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31 October 2012 : Oxford 4 Yeovil 2 : Glovers Bow Out Of FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town's Under-18s headed out of the FA Youth Cup tonight at the First Round stage. The young Glovers had been given a difficult away tie against Oxford United, who had already beaten them 4-3 earlier this season, and a near repeat saw them lose 4-2, with their hotshot striker James Roberts bagging two of their goals. Whilst the Glovers own striker Liam MacDevitt also netted twice during the evening, the home side triumphed through second half goals from Jermaine Udumaga and Callum O'Dowda to take them through to a Second Round home tie against Plymouth Argyle.

The Glovers got off to the sort of start that they didn't want, falling behind after six minutes to a James Roberts header from a corner. However, they fought back well, and equalised from their own set piece, as a corner put into the box was not cleared by the Oxford defence, and as the ball ricocheted around, Liam MacDevitt was on hand to poke the ball home from close range. 1-1 and parity restored.

Oxford had the edge during the first period, aided by a head-wind that held the ball up when the Glovers tried to play the ball forward. Both sides passed the ball well though, and Melchi Emmanuel-Wilkinson went close when he drove the ball on goal, only to find home keeper Eddie Cavanagh in the way. Instead it was Oxford who regained the lead when the dangerous James Roberts was given too much room to move through the centre of the park, and his shot from distance managed to squeeze into the corner for a crucial 41st minute lead.

The second half opened with Yeovil Town playing more fluently, and they threatened to carve out another equalising goal as firstly Melchi Emmanuel-Wilkinson, then Will Agbo tested Eddie Cavanagh. But instead the home side extended their lead, with James Roberts heading into the path of Jermaine Udumaga, whose shot worked its way into the net despite Glovers keeper Matt Cafer getting a hand on the ball. With 67 minutes gone, the 3-1 scoreline looked like it was going to be enough to send Oxford through.

Still Yeovil fought back, by pushing men forward, and they got their reward when in a crowded goalmouth, Liam MacDevitt got his second of the evening - once again from a corner kick, with the striker rising first to head home. With just four minutes remaining, the Glovers sniffed a chance, but as the game entered a lengthy period of additional time caused by treatment to an Oxford player, the home side grabbed the sixth and final goal as Matt Cafer came out to claim a ball into the box, and Callum O'Dowda flicked a header over him to send the home side through to the next round.

Whilst Yeovil did not play badly on the night, they were defeated by an Oxford side currently in the form of their lives. Tonight was their eighth consecutive victory, whilst striker James Roberts, who put five past Hereford United earlier this season, grabbed his 13th and 14th goals from his last six matches. The chances of us seeing Roberts playing in the Football League in the next couple of years must be quite high.

Final Score: Oxford United U18s 4 Yeovil Town U18s 2.

Scorers: James Roberts (1-0, 6 mins), Liam McDevitt (1-1, 13 mins), James Roberts (2-1, 41 mins), Jermaine Udumaga (3-1, 67 mins), Liam McDevitt (3-2, 86 mins), Callum O'Dowda (4-2, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
13. Matt Cafer 2. Taran Singh Jheeta 5. Elliott Nelson 6. Curtis Hansford 3. Matt Long 4. Lee Sweet 10 Aidan Chainey 8. Mitch Brundle 7. Will Agbo 9. Melchi Emmanuel-Wilkinson 11. Liam MacDevitt

Substitutes:
12. Charlie Ware 14. George Russell 15. Sol Carney 16. Oakley Hanger 17. Callum Thompson

Oxford United Under-18s:
1. Eddie Cavanagh 2. Liam Wright 3. Dave Lynn 4. Josh Ashby 5. Justin Niangasa 6. Sam Long 7. Jacob Hughes 8. Sam Humphreys 9. James Roberts 10. Jermaine Udumaga 11. Callum O'Dowda

Substitutes:
14. Marvin Ekpiteta 15. Jack Sellick 16. Scott Gee 17. Matt Woodley GK. Josh Hill

Referee: T Blanch. Assistants: O Spender and D Wootton.


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31 October 2012 : Breaking News: Footballer Getting A Hair Cut
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Paddy Madden is going to get his hair cut. Yes, this normally wouldn't be breaking news, but bear with us. The on loan Carlisle United striker has asked his followers on social networking site Twitter to recommend a hairdressers in the town of Yeovil. Not Carlisle - Yeovil.

Given Madden spent the early part of the week in Dublin, it might be assumed that he would head back to his Cumbria home, pending a decision between the two clubs which is due to happen either today or tomorrow, concerning the extension of his current loan deal. However, he appears to be back in the town of Yeovil, which could be rather significant concerning where he intends to be for tomorrow's training session.

The one thing that we can firmly conclude is that Carlisle have not turned down Yeovil's offer to extend at this stage. However, his current location certainly gives some cause for optimism.


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31 October 2012 : Abbott Weighing Up Pros And Cons On Madden
Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott feels that he could end up making the wrong decision, whichever way he turns over the future of striker Paddy Madden. The wait to find out whether the 22 year old is allowed to extend his highly successful time with Yeovil Town has dragged through the week without any word on the issue, although news coming from the Brunton Park end yesterday suggested that the issue wasn't as clear-cut as initially thought, when all signs pointed to the Irishman being recalled.

Abbott has told the BBC that whether he recalls Madden or lets him stay at Huish Park, he could see the decision back-firing on him and explains this is why they have taken their time over the situation:

"I don't think there's any right decision with Paddy (Madden). If he goes there and scores goals, then we'll probably live to regret that. If he stays with us and doesn't get into the team then he doesn't play, then we'll probably live to regret that. So it's one of those - I wish we had a crystal ball. But what we're going to do is to try to make the right decision as we sit here now. It's a difficult one and it's not straight-forward. I'm sure there will be arguments for and against the situation that goes on with Paddy."

One thing that may count in the Glovers' favour is that Abbott has referred the matter to Carlisle's Managing Director John Nixon, strongly implying that the decision made may not be just a playing one. Abbott told Carlisle's website that Nixon was talking directly with Yeovil Town:

"Some of it has to be considered for Paddy's benefit and we also have to think about what's best for the club. Obviously Yeovil are involved in at all as well, so it's not as cut and dried as you would think. I've given my opinion to John (Nixon) and he is talking about what happens next to Yeovil. We'll see where we are at in terms of what they want to do with him and what the state of play is and then we'll decide what we think is the right thing to do."

One factor that may not be in Yeovil's favour is that Carlisle have a mini-injury crisis ahead of their FA Cup First Round tie against Ebbsfleet United at Brunton Park. The Cumbrians have four players who may not be fit for the weekend, with winger Matty Robson suffering a back injury on Monday that saw him pull out of that day's training session. Midfield captain Paul Thirlwell is out for a fortnight with an ankle injury, whilst defensive pair Chris Chantler (heel) and Peter Murphy (hamstring) have also missed training this week.

Carlisle also have striker Lee Miller out for the next two months, whilst striker Rory Loy and winger John-Paul McGovern are short of match fitness having only just returned to the training ground following injuries and are not expected to be ready for the weekend. Abbott has told the Carlisle News and Star that he is looking to bring in an emergency loan, but has little room to manoeuvre here, which suggests that Madden could be needed to add to the squad numbers:

"We have nowhere to go in terms of the squad with injuries to key players. We are in a tough situation and this is going to be one hell of a tough weekend for us. We have to wait and see if what we have got left, in a couple of days, will be good enough to get us through Saturday and next Tuesday at Preston. We certainly haven’t got lashings of money to throw about but the board don’t like the situation any more than I do."


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31 October 2012 : Sky Stick With Stech
Whilst the Football League opted for central defender Byron Webster in their Team of the Week for last weekend's set of fixtures, the Sky Sports website has for the second week running opted for a different opinion. They've gone for Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech in their line-up after he kept a clean sheet against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. They say of the Czech Republic keeper:

"In-form Yeovil stretched their winning streak to three games as they triumphed 1-0 at Crewe and Stech cut a solid figure between the sticks as he kept his second clean sheet of the season. The keeper's best moment came in the first half as he dived to keep out a low drive from Chuks Aneke."

The full Sky Sports team reads as follows:

Marek Stech - Yeovil Town
Tony McMahon - Sheffield United
Kyle McFadzean - Crawley
Richard Wood - Coventry
Dan Lewington - MK Dons
Kyle Bennett - Doncaster
Luke Chadwick - MK Dons
Craig Eastmond - Colchester
Mark Pugh - Bournemouth
Paul Hayes - Brentford
Matt Ritchie - Swindon


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30 October 2012 : Abbott Still Holding Back On Madden Decision
Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has said that there has been no final decision made over the future of striker Paddy Madden. The Irishman's loan deal at Huish Park formally ends on Sunday 4th November, although it's yet to be determined whether he will return to Huish Park, having spent a long weekend in Dublin whilst the two clubs decide if there is any option to extend that deal and consequently whether that will include the right to play in Saturday's FA Cup First Round match against Preston North End.

The final decision lies very much with the Cumbrians boss, who had earlier stated that he was likely to recall the 22 year old, having seen his name appear on the scoresheet five times in five matches during his time with the Glovers. However, speaking to the BBC today, Abbott said that things would only be sorted within the next 24-48 hours:

"Paddy wants to play football, and that's always been Paddy's gripe since he's been here (at Carlisle). He's been really unfortunate with us. I don't think we've seen the best of him. At the moment, a final decision hasn't been made. There are conversations going on between the two clubs and Paddy, and a decision will be made probably at some point tomorrow (Wednesday) or Thursday."

The most likely situation that Madden himself is probably making the argument that he only wants to be recalled to Brunton Park if he has any chance of being part of Abbott's first team plans. Prior to his loan spell with the Glovers, the former Bohemians player had only made one substitute appearance at League One level and despite scoring in that game has not been used since outside cup matches. However, the risk for Abbott could be that he is left with egg on his face if Madden continues to score and propel his temporary side above Carlisle in the League One table.


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30 October 2012 : Officials For The Preston North End FA Cup Match
Officials for the FA Cup First Round match between Preston North End and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd November 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Referee Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear).

We've had Mr Haines five times before in competitive matches, and on all occasions away from home. The most recent one came in April 2012 when he took charge of the 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. No complaints on the day from either camp, and just the one booking, made for a quiet game. Prior to that, he looked after the October 2010 1-0 win over Rochdale. In general he was fairly uncontroversial, except for one last minute incident when he rejected suggestions that Luke Freeman deserved a penalty after he was brought down by Craig Dawson. Mr Haines said no, but Terry Skiverton said after the game that he disagreed:

"That's two times now where we've had that referee (Andy Haines) - once against Leeds away and then today - where I think we should have had a stonewall penalty. I think the only thing he (Rochdale defender Craig Dawson) didn't do was to bring an axe out!"

As Skivo suggests, we'd also seen him in a match against Leeds United - two in fact, and both at Elland Road. We weren't too happy with some of Mr Haines' decision-making early on in the October 2009 game, although his biggest decision came after the match when Leeds striker Tresol Kandol was given a retrospective red card for attacking Sam Williams after the final whistle. Not much you can do as a referee when players decide to do that.

In the March 2009 meeting, also at Elland Road, Mr Haines didn't have too much of a bad game, and certainly didn't affect the final result, but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton wasn't totally happy with Mr Haines' performance, citing his side's two bookings as part of his post-match views on the official as being evidence that the bigger side was receiving favourable decisions.

Prior to the two Elland Road matches, we had Mr Haines for a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle and a number of occasions as an assistant referee. His one other time in the middle came in January 2008 for a 2-2 draw at Port Vale. We had no major complaints about him on the night.

Mr Haines will be assisted by Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire). The Fourth Official will be Steven Copeland (Merseyside).

Link: April 2012 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2010 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 1.

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

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

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


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29 October 2012 : FA Cup Availability
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is now starting to piece together a picture of which of his loan players will be available for Saturday's FA Cup First Round match against Preston North End. Today's Western Daily Press gives an early indication of where the Glovers are going to stand regarding team selection for that game, and as usual it's a mixed bag.

Johnson confirmed that Fulham have allowed defender Daniel Burn to play on Saturday, whilst he is expecting Reading to give striker Gozie Ugwu the green light. However, one player who will not feature is Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson - something that was made clear to the Glovers when they took him on loan.

Of the other players, Johnson describes Korey Smith as 'unlikely' to play, but that he will pop the question to Norwich City again. There's no mention of Bristol City defender Joe Edwards either way, whilst the club are still waiting to hear if Carlisle United will even allow Paddy Madden to still be at the club, let alone whether he'll be allowed to play on Saturday. Doubtless all will start to become clear on these players by Thursday.


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29 October 2012 : Ladies Burst Hammers Bubbles
Yeovil Town Ladies enjoyed a fantastic victory at the weekend taking three important points in their home game against West Ham United Ladies. Stacey Pearson scored the all-important Glovers goal just before half time, and as a result her side now sits in fifth place in the table on nine points.

The Ladies were pleased to have The Park School girl's football team as their mascots for the day, and they were treated to a pre-match coaching session and free entry to the match. They certainly sang their way throughout the game, which was a real boost for the players and atmosphere in the ground.

The game started at a fast pace, and really was an end to end affair for the first fifteen minutes. The Glovers were forced to make a change on fifteen minutes after Kirsty Whitton clashed knees in a brave tackle. This gave Grace Rapp an opportunity to come on as centre forward, after spending a week on an England U19 International Camp at St Georges Park. Grace made a good impact and Yeovil began to settle down and dominate possession.

West Ham were quick on the break and there were a few last ditch tackles made by the strong back four of Nadine Grogan, Rachael Edwards, Charlotte Hannam and Emma Brazell to keep Yeovil out of trouble. Goalkeeper Rachel Simkin also had to come out and collect a few through balls that the Hammers tried to fire at Yeovil’s goal.

As confidence grew the home side started to combine and build play through the midfield, with Laura Wensley and Jade Radburn winning the ball and feeding it wide to Kayleigh Sage and Pearson. This build up play rewarded them on 44 minutes when Laura Bray crossed in a ball to the back post which Stacey Pearson headed into the net. Yeovil played out the half dominating the game and having shots go wide from Bray and Radburn. Joint Manager Sarah Lawler said, "Stacey took her goal well after going close to scoring earlier in the game, and the delivery from Laura Bray was quality."

The second half started and Yeovil knew there would have to put their bodies on the line as West Ham pushed three up front and played a more direct game. This half saw a great effort to defend as a team. Yeovil came close to scoring again, but were denied by a fantastic save from the Hammers ‘keeper, who was the outstanding player for their team. It became end to end with two clearances off the line from Nadine Grogan, and every player was working hard to press their opposition and put in the tacklers to break down their attacks.

Simkin was cautioned in the last ten minutes of the game after an off the ball tangle with a forward on a one-v-one, but she then went on to make a great top corner save and clearance to redeem herself from the pressure West Ham were putting the team under which involved a free kick and then corner that the Hammers ‘keeper came up for to connect with a bicycle kick that dipped over the bar. Individually the back line played exceptionally in the last ten minutes with every single defender making outstanding clearances and blocks, along with the midfield chasing down everything in front of them.

With West Ham pushing on the attack it left them exposed, and Yeovil had another chance to finish the game from a rocketing header from Radburn that was saved with a full stretch dive from the hammers’ ‘keeper. At the final whistle the Glovers and the home crowd were delighted. Assistant Manager Chris White said. "The girls deserved the win today, and we probably could have scored more than we did, but the important thing is we earned the points."

On reflection Sarah Lawler added. "Today showed how far we have come, and how much we believe in our club motto ‘Achieve by Unity’. We stuck to our game plan and every single player in the squad had the right attitude to give their all."

"There were several players I could say were exceptional today as much as the team all performed, but I have to make mention to Nadine Grogan who has just returned from several weeks out from injury and played her socks off. We are very confident going into this weekend’s fixture at QPR in the League Cup and want to continue our unbeaten run in this competition."

"We have a BINGO night to raise money for Yeovil Town Ladies FC and MacMillan on Friday 9th November at Huish Park. We want as many people to support this as possible. It starts at 7.30pm with some great prizes up for grabs. The cost is eight pounds which will get you entry and covers the cost for all the games we will play on the night. All money raised will go towards the cost of running the Girls and Ladies teams as well as a proportion being donated to Macmillan."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 West Ham United Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Grogan, Edwards, Hannam, Brazell, Wensley, Radburn, Sage, Whitton (Rapp – 20), Bray, Pearson

Goalscorer: Stacey Pearson (44)

Referee: Peter Mawhood (Somerset)

Next Match: Away to Queens Park Rangers Ladies - Sunday 4th November 2012 (League Cup)

[Report by Sarah Lawler - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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29 October 2012 : Byron Bags Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town central defender Byron Webster has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week for the weekend just gone. The 25 year old has scored across consecutive weekends, and netted the only goal of the game in Saturday's 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra.

Given Byron had not netted for seven and a half years before the previous weekend, winning the match for the Glovers with another goal was even more of a rarity, and he takes his place in the side that is shown below:

Wes Foderingham (Swindon Town)
Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers) Dean Lewington (MK Dons)
Kyle Bennett (Doncaster Rovers) Luke Chadwick (MK Dons) Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) Marc Pugh (Bournemouth)
David McGoldrick (Coventry City) Paul Hayes (Brentford)

The full list of 2012-13 nominations for Yeovil Town players are as shown below:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)


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29 October 2012 : Iron Swap Knill For Laws
League One side Scunthorpe United have changed managers today, after sacking Alan Knill. The Iron have made their move after a poor run of results that have seen them lose five out of their last seven matches, and slip down to 22nd place in the League One table. The move now means that all four teams in the bottom four of the table have changed managers during the 2012-13 season, even if Bury's move was forced during the week leading up to the start of the campaign.

Knill lasted 69 matches, and his record of just 14 wins, including their relegation from the Championship, was not going to keep him in that job. Despite stating on Saturday that he would not walk away from the job, Scunthorpe's Board of Directors have determined otherwise and he leaves after 19 months in charge.

His replacement, as of tomorrow, will be the rather familiar name of Brian Laws. The 51 year old has been working as a director of football at Shamrock Rovers, but has nearly 10 years of managerial experience at Glanford Park across two spells, interrupted by a bizarre two week period in March 2004 that saw him sacked, a boardroom coup follow, and then saw him reinstated to the same position. He left Scunny in November 2006 for a three year spell with Sheffield Wednesday, followed by a year long reign at Burnley, but has not been in front line management since December 2010.

Meanwhile, in an unconnected event, Scunthorpe's Chairman Steve Wharton plans to step down at the end of this season, having announced his plans as part of a press conference today.


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28 October 2012 : Video : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra, the Sky Sports website has been updated with match highlights from the game. Just under two minutes worth from the match, including Byron Webster's winner and Paddy Madden's disallowed goal, can be found via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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28 October 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Crewe Interview
Just before Saturday's away match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's pre-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Crewe.


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28 October 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Crewe Away Match
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Crewe Away Match.


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27 October 2012 : Haynes-Brown Has Dons Deal Ended
Yeovil Town's left-sided defender Curtis Haynes-Brown will return to Huish Park on Monday, after his current loan spell with AFC Wimbledon was ended. The League Two side have decided against extending the two months that he's spent in South-West London, despite him starting for them in their match against divisional leaders Gillingham today.

Curtis was taken on loan by the Dons under former manager Terry Brown but he resigned a few weeks after the former Lowestoft Town player's arrival at Kingsmeadow. New boss Neal Ardley has generally kept him on the bench, and he has told the Hounslow Chronicle that was a strong factor in why he will not be extending the deal:

"Curtis Haynes-Brown's loan was was up today – this was his last game – he hasn't played much on his loan and that (match against Gillingham) was his first full game for us. We look at the expense of Curtis, where he is, and what we need to do and whether there is anybody that we can look to bring in that might be more cost-effective."

Overall Curtis made three starts and three substitute appearances for Wimbledon during his two months on their books. He has not played for the Glovers first team since April, and perhaps significantly has only managed 26 minutes worth of first team football at League One level in the past 12 months.


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27 October 2012 : Johnson Happy With Points Over Style
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was happy to see his team grind out a narrow win over Crewe Alexandra this afternoon, but was honest enough to admit it wasn't pretty. The 1-0 win was achieved in a game in which the Glovers created few chances, but defended well throughout the whole 90 minutes, to lift them up to 10th place in the League Table.

Johnson described his team's efforts as 'professional' throughout the game, ensuring that the home side were unable to breach their defence. On the back of their third win in eight days, he explained that it wasn't always possible to be totally on top of their game:

"The important thing is the result. Some games you have to play like Barcelona sometimes you have to play like a pub team, but it doesn't matter as long as you get the result. Crewe have got a lot of lads they think highly of so any result is a good result here. We had to dig in at times and we gave a professional performance and got in a few times to kill it off towards the end."

From a club record run of six consecutive defeats, the Glovers have immediately managed the opposite run of form - five victories in six, with the only negative result during that time being a 3-2 defeat against League One leaders Tranmere Rovers. Johnson added that the turnaround had been good to see, and was pleased to see Byron Webster netting on consecutive weekends:

"We've won three games in eight days and have turned things around and we're looking strong. Byron Webster has got the technique to score goals with his head and his feet and I know that once he started really wanting to get on the end of things he would score."


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27 October 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Crewe vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 away win against Crewe Alexandra at the Gresty Road, 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 Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.


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27 October 2012 : Crewe 0 Yeovil 1 : Webster Strike Grinds Out Glovers Win
Yeovil Town picked up their fifth win in six matches, and their fourth out of five in League One this afternoon, as a solitary goal against Crewe Alexandra got them all three points. In a match that was more summarised as 'dogged and determined' rather than a truly classy game, a Byron Webster goal from close range saw them triumph when he capitalised on a loose ball from a corner to fire into the roof of the net. Despite controlling large portions of the game, the Alex couldn't get back into the match, with Marek Stech in fine form when they did threaten the goal.

The Glovers went into the match with an unchanged line-up across the starting eleven and the seven substitutes, with left-back Jamie McAllister having been the major pre-match doubt, having limped off in midweek. He recovered from that knock, and his side took part in a fairly low key opening 20 minutes, most of which was about Crewe striker Chuks Aneke. He was booked five minutes into the half for a flailing arm on Byron Webster and then later forced Marek Stech into two early saves.

A poor first half saw Yeovil create very few openings of their own - on one occasion Paddy Madden did have the ball in the back of the net only for a linesman's flag to rule that one out. Keanu Marsh-Brown delivered a few decent crosses that just evaded strikers in the box, whilst Ed Upson nearly capitalised on a loose ball and a long range strike that keeper Alan Martin made a bit of a meal out of.

Overall though the home side were on top, and so it was a bit of a surprise when five minutes from the break the Glovers took the lead. A corner into the box from Ed Upson saw Byron Webster challenge for the ball, only to find his initial header blocked. His second attempt though was rather more emphatic - a close range shot that was fired into the roof of the net. No goals in seven-and-a-half years for Byron before last Saturday, yet now two on consecutive weekends!

Whilst the first half had seen Crewe's Chuks Aneke miss a couple of good opportunities, the second period opened with Mathias Pogba missing two good opportunities - one blazed well over the bar, whilst another forced Marek Stech into an excellent save. The gambit from the Glovers in a far more open second half was to defend in numbers, with men behind the ball, and then use the likes of Paddy Madden to quickly break on their opponents - Sam Foley was pushed up front as part of a reorganistion ten minutes into the half that saw Daniel Johnson introduced for a fairly quiet James Hayter, with Johnson slotting into Foley's left-wing position.

The question was whether one goal would be enough to defend on. A mix of wastefulness, superb goalkeeping from Stech and some brave defensive blocks ensured that was the case, and towards the end Yeovil even indulged in the odd bit of 'slowing the game down' that seemed to frustrate the home side, as they picked up a few late bookings. Whilst this wasn't the most typical 'Gary Johnson style match' that we're used to, it did show that the players are capable of grinding out results just as much as showing the flair side of their game. Few in the 156 travelling supporters would have complained, even there wasn't much to warm them up on their day in the suitably named Ice Cream Stand - until the final whistle blew, of course.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Byron Webster (0-1, 40 mins)

Crewe Alexandra:
13. Alan Martin 2. Matt Tootle 3. Harry Davis 5. Mark Ellis 8. Luke Murphy (Capt) 9. Mathias Pogba 11. Byron Moore 12. Oliver Turton 14. Kelvin Mellor 23. Michael West 26. Chuks Aneke

Substitutes:
1. Steve Phillips (GK) 6. Adam Dugdale 15. Gregor Robertson 16. Jon Guthrie 17. George Ray 18. Brendon Daniels (65 mins for Michael West) 22. Harry Clayton

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
14. Sam Foley 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (88 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 25. Daniel Johnson (56 mins for James Hayter).

Crewe Bookings: Chuks Aneke (5 mins, foul), Brendon Daniels (90 mins, foul), Mark Ellis (90 mins, dissent).

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (49 mins, dissent)

Crewe Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 7; Fouls: 4.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland). Assistants: Joe Clark (West Midlands) and John Law (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Robert Jones (Merseyside).

Attendance: 4,156 (including 156 Yeovil fans).


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27 October 2012 : Team News For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Whether settled sides produce good results, or whether good results result in settled sides, there's little doubt that the two go hand in hand. No surprises then that manager Gary Johnson has named an unchanged starting line-up for the third match in a row, with the club having picked up six points in their last two matches. The only question marks for today's match against Crewe Alexandra were whether some of those who have been carrying knocks would be able to cope with three games in eight days. The main concern was of captain Jamie McAllister but once again he's been passed fit and ready to play.

The side for this afternoon's match at Gresty Road therefore reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
14. Sam Foley 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 25. Daniel Johnson

Crewe Alexandra:
13. Alan Martin 2. Matt Tootle 3. Harry Davis 5. Mark Ellis 8. Luke Murphy (Capt) 9. Mathias Pogba 11. Byron Moore 12. Oliver Turton 14. Kelvin Mellor 23. Michael West 26. Chuks Aneke

Substitutes:
1. Steve Phillips (GK) 6. Adam Dugdale 15. Gregor Robertson 16. Jon Guthrie 17. George Ray 18. Brendon Daniels 22. Harry Clayton


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27 October 2012 : Officials For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Officials for this afternoon's League One match between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. this afternoon at Gresty Road. The man in charge will be referee Tony Harrington (Cleveland).

This is the Cleveland official's first match involving the Glovers as the main man - previously he's only acted as the Fourth Official or Linesman, having only been promoted to the Football League's lists over this summer. As such we've not got anything good or bad to say about him ... yet! This will be his first match at League One level - so far he's done six League Two games and one Football League Trophy match. He's yet to send anyone off, and his 16 yellow cards across seven matches is definitely on the low side. Let's hope things stay that way!

Mr Harrington will be assisted by Joe Clark (West Midlands) and John Law (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Robert Jones (Merseyside).


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27 October 2012 : Madden Decision Planned For Monday
Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has confirmed that he will look to make a decision on the future of striker Paddy Madden on Monday. The 22 year old is coming towards the end of a one month loan at Huish Park, having been highly impressive during the four matches he's played so far. On Saturday afternoon, the Irishman plays what could be his final match, with Crewe Alexandra the opposition, looking to add to the five goals he's scored for the Glovers.

Madden's month loan ends one day after Yeovil Town's trip to Preston North End in the FA Cup, but with parent clubs able to veto their players from becoming cup-tied, that game will only become relevant if the Glovers can agree a loan extension with the Cumbrians. On Thursday, their boss Greg Abbott suggested he was planning to recall the player. Whilst that is still the expected outcome, he explained to the BBC that he would be leaving any formal discussions on the subject until Monday:

"We're going to get the weekend out of the way, and then we'll go with that one. What we did with Paddy was we sent him out to get some football, to see where he was, and to see if he could find some consistency and some goals and he's done that. So he's caused us a problem that nobody could have foreseen before he left. But that was the idea of the loan period, and so it's a win-win all round. But I'm going to speak to Paddy and probably Yeovil on Monday, and see where that one goes."

Madden's five goals in four matches has come as a bit of a surprise to Carlisle fans, given that he had only netted twice in 36 appearances across 19 months for his parent club. Abbott admitted that he would have to look at why that had happened, but hinted that it may come down to the style of play that the two clubs employ:

"As a team, you can't build your team around one player. But likewise you have to look at what Paddy has achieved in doing that, and have a look and see if he could be an effect for us. I'm sure he can, but he'll have to fit into the way that we play. He's done himself an absolute power of good, and he'll come back bouncing and full of confidence if that's what the decision is next week."


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26 October 2012 : Ladies Looking To Nail The Hammers On Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies will be looking to take the points against West Ham United Ladies at Wells on Sunday following a close match and a good performance against Premier League Southern Division leaders Reading Ladies last weekend. The Hammers presently sit fourth in the league, but their current form is patchy. This will give the Glovers heart, but despite this joint manager Sarah Lawler is standing on the side of caution.

"West Ham are a quality side, and we will go into the game aware of that," she said. "However, we have confidence in our own ability, and know that we are fully capable of winning the game. We know the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition, but are more concerned with our own game. We will play the match in a professional manner, and if we play to the standard that we know we are capable of I really feel we can take all three points."

"Nigel (Williams) and I were very pleased with last week’s performance against Reading. It is not easy playing back to back games against the same opposition, and I thought we were unlucky to lose, having beaten them 2-1 the week before. With the way the game was going, I felt that we could have at least drawn level is we had had an extra ten minutes or so. With this in mind, I feel we have a massive chance this Sunday against West Ham."

"We are allowing anyone below the age of eighteen to enter the match for free, It should be a great atmosphere, so please come along and support the girls."

Yeovil Town Ladies take on West Ham United Ladies at the Athletic Ground, Wells this Sunday, 28 October, with the match kicking off at 2.00p.m. All fans are asked to come along and support the girls, and can enter the ground for a great value £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions. The match day programme is free of charge, and the ground contains full refreshment and bar facilities. And don’t forget anyone below the age of eighteen to enter the match for FREE.

Directions to Wells City:
The Athletic Ground
Rowdens Road
Wells
Somerset.
BA5 ITU

From the Yeovil Hospital roundabout take the third exit, before taking the second exit at the subsequent roundabout on to Ilchester Road. At the end of Ilchester Road use the second exit to head towards Chilthorne Domer, and follow signs for the A303 and London once on the outskirts of Ilchester. Once on the dual carriageway continue until the Podimore roundabout where it will be necessary to take the second exit for the A37.

Approaching Shepton Mallet, take the first exit at the Whitstone Corner roundabout before bearing left and then taking the second exit at the Cannards Grave roundabout. Continue out on the A37 before turning left at Charlton crossroads for the A361. At the next mini-roundabout continue forward on to the A371 before turning left five miles later for Rowdens Road.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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26 October 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra
For those supporters heading back up the M5, having barely returned home from Tuesday night, the Ciderspace guide to Crewe Alexandra has been updated to cover tomorrow's fixture. With the usual range of ticketing, directions, parking and a pub guide, tomorrow's opponents are covered via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Crewe Alexandra.


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26 October 2012 : Ticket Office Receives Preston Ticket Allocation
The Huish Park Ticket Office has now received Yeovil Town's ticketing allocation for next weekend's FA Cup tie against Preston North End. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd November 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Deepdale. For full ticket and travel information, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Crewe Alexandra.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Preston North End.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Oxford United U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s.

Link: Ticketing For Bishop Sutton vs Yeovil Town Reserves.


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26 October 2012 : Skiverton Hails Foley Impact
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton believes that attacking midfielder Sam Foley has been one of the finds of the season, with the summer arrival having firmly established himself at League One level. The 26 year old joined on a free transfer from Conference National side Newport County, having failed to break into the first teams of Cheltenham Town and Kidderminster Harriers earlier in his career. Having now scored four times in 17 appearances this season, he is a regular in the starting line-up - something that's even surprised the player himself.

Skiverton felt that Foley had come up trumps since joining the club on a one year contract in May, and told BBC Somerset that the player reminded him a lot of Tottenham Hotspur's Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar, even if he admitted that might be a bit of an outrageous comparison to make:

"If you look at Sam Foley, to come from Newport, and to give him his feet in League One and in league football, I think he has come up trumps. It's an outrageous comparison, but he reminds me a little bit of Niko Kranjcar from Tottenham, who is a bit flairy, gets on the ball, can play on the left but cut in on his right and really links in with the forward players excellently. He gets to the byline as well on his weaker foot and puts in some great crosses and he's come up with a few important goals for us. So for us and the gaffer, bringing out these gems, he does like two or three of them in a squad that are untried and untested. I think that's what the gaffer gets a buzz out of, in making them players."

Foley is not the only player within the Glovers ranks doing the business. Striker Paddy Madden's five goals in four games has made him an instant hit with supporters, although it now seems highly likely that he will be returning to Brunton Park at the end of his one month loan. Skiverton said that although the club would try to extend the deal, he had no news on whether that was going to be possible:

"That's to do with the gaffer. He had the foresight to bring him in. Paddy has done a fantastic job for us so far, as well as James Hayter. I think those two have been linking really well. I think our delivery has been excellent for Paddy Madden. So he fits into our team quite well at the moment. But there's no news from me - it's just something that will be ongoing with the clubs at the moment. It's something that for the gaffer is a priority that he'll be looking into, to try to extend Paddy's loan."

The Glovers go on the road for the second time in five days tomorrow, when they take on Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. Having only managed four away wins across the whole of last season, Tuesday night saw them clock up their third away victory, with Shrewsbury Town being put to the sword. Skiverton felt that different preparation for away matches was making a difference in how the team performed on the road:

"We've been doing something a little bit different this year, with the gaffer, which is a different way in which we travel up. We'll keep that under our hat and we won't let you know too much in what we're doing, but it seems to be working. Our away performances especially lately - even against Tranmere - we've been coming out and starting really well in games. I think it might have something to do with that, and so we'll keep that going. Crewe is a really big game for us."

As for squad news, despite losing Jamie McAllister midway through the second half at Shrewsbury, Skiverton confirmed that the left-back would be on the bus to Crewe, and that they would be looking to select from the same squad that won at the New Meadow:

"The ones that have taken knocks, like Macca (Jamie McAllister) will be travelling up with the squad. So we don't envisage any problems with him. There's a couple that we're waiting on again, but I think they'll be alright. Most of them have got through training today, so we should be picking from the same squad that travelled to the Shrewsbury game."


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25 October 2012 : Kids Go Free For Sunday's Ladies Match
Yeovil Town Ladies will be allowing children to attend their match on Sunday free of charge. They take on West Ham Ladies in a FA Women's Premier League Fixture on October 28th 2012, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off in a match that will take place at Wells City Football Club.

Anyone aged Under-18 years old can watch this game free of charge. Adults attending the game will be charged just £3.00, giving a great value afternoon out for everyone attending the game.

Directions to Wells City:
The Athletic Ground
Rowdens Road
Wells
Somerset.
BA5 ITU

From the Yeovil Hospital roundabout take the third exit, before taking the second exit at the subsequent roundabout on to Ilchester Road. At the end of Ilchester Road use the second exit to head towards Chilthorne Domer, and follow signs for the A303 and London once on the outskirts of Ilchester. Once on the dual carriageway continue until the Podimore roundabout where it will be necessary to take the second exit for the A37.

Approaching Shepton Mallet, take the first exit at the Whitstone Corner roundabout before bearing left and then taking the second exit at the Cannards Grave roundabout. Continue out on the A37 before turning left at Charlton crossroads for the A361. At the next mini-roundabout continue forward on to the A371 before turning left five miles later for Rowdens Road.


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25 October 2012 : Youth Cup Victors Facing Pilgrims Next
The winners of Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Oxford United will stage a home tie against Plymouth Argyle after their Second Round opponents were decided last night. The Pilgrims beat Exeter City's Under-18 side by a 3-0 scoreline, with Tyler Harvey grabbing a brace, whilst Joshua Hutchinson got their third five minutes from time in front of 748 spectators at Home Park.

Yeovil Town will play their First Round tie next Wednesday 31st October, when they travel to Thames United's stadium at Meadow View Park for the match against the U's, which will be settled on the night, with a 7.30p.m. start.

Link: Ticketing For Oxford United U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s.

Link: FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw.


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25 October 2012 : FA Cup First Round Highlights Matches Chosen
Television broadcasters ITV have selected the three matches they will feature for their FA Cup First Round Highlights package. On Saturday 3rd November, they will be showing 75 minutes (minus adverts) worth of highlights at 11.20p.m. and have chosen three matches to feature in more detail. As usual all of the goals from the other ties will be shown as well.

The three matches queued up for around ten minutes of highlights each are as follows:

Boreham Wood v Brentford
Forest Green Rovers v Port Vale
Hereford United v Shrewsbury Town

Each club will receive £6,325 for the extended highlights. The full live matches were chosen earlier this week. For details on this, see the article linked below, with arrangements for Yeovil Town's trip to Preston North End also available.

Link: FA Cup First Round Live Matches Chosen.

Link: Ticketing For FA Cup : Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC FA Cup Travel To Preston.


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25 October 2012 : D'Ath Gets Robins Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Lawson D'Ath has joined League Two side Cheltenham Town on a temporary basis in search of first team football. The 19 year old has agreed a one month deal with the Robins, who are currently in fourth place in the League Two table.

Lawson spent three months at Huish Park at the tail end of the 2011-12 season, starting 12 matches in a total of 14 appearances, and scoring his debut Football League goal against Colchester United in February. There were suggestions towards the end of that season that manager Gary Johnson would look to bring him back, although the acquisition of mainly permanently contracted players over the summer pointed away from that plan once the season started.

He will now spend time out at Whaddon Road, in the hope of adding to his growing experience at this level.

Link: Lawson D'Ath : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 October 2012 : Carlisle Planning Madden Loan Recall
Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott has indicated that he is highly likely to refuse the Glovers a chance to extend striker Paddy Madden's loan. The Irishman has been a sensation at Huish Park, scoring five goals in four matches during his time at the club, but will play his last scheduled match on Saturday when Yeovil travel to play Crewe Alexandra in a League One fixture.

In theory Madden's deal at Huish Park runs until Sunday 4th November, but with the final game being the FA Cup trip to Preston North End, that's only going to be relevant if a loan extension is agreed between the two clubs. Speaking to the Carlisle News and Star today, Abbott has told the paper that he has yet to receive an approach from the Glovers for an extension to the current deal, but makes it pretty clear that he expects him to return to Brunton Park after the weekend:

"Paddy is going to come back with goals and confidence under his belt. He is going to be looking to force his way into the team. It has been a bit stop-start for him here with his injuries and stuff, but it’s fantastic news that he is scoring goals, and that is another boost we can look forward to – an unexpected one. He (Gary Johnson) will obviously want to keep him but at the minute it’s looking like he is going to be coming back. If he can reproduce his form for us then that’s all the better."


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25 October 2012 : GWSC FA Cup Travel To Preston
In just over a week's time Yeovil Town head back up to Lancashire as they travel to play Preston North End for their FA Cup First Round. The game at Deepdale takes place on Saturday 3rd November 2012 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 Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £28.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £26.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Crewe Alexandra.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Bishop Sutton vs Yeovil Town Reserves.


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25 October 2012 : Glovers Sweat On FA Cup Loan Clearances
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has revealed that at present some of his loan players could be in danger of missing out on next Saturday's FA Cup game against Preston North End. The Glovers travel to Deepdale for the second time this season for their First Round clash on Saturday 3rd November, but it appears that they could be a player or two short on the day, unless Gary can twist a few arms over the coming week.

Johnson has spoken to BBC Somerset about the issue, and has not yet named names, regarding which players may have to sit out next weekend's match. However, he will be doing his best to persuade those parent clubs that it would be in their interests just as much as Yeovil's to keep their player involved in first team football:

"There's a lot of work to be done still. Some have said no and we're still trying to change their mind. Some have said to ask them a bit later on. But we know it's the FA Cup and we've got some good players here on loan, and clubs are not necessarily looking to lose them. But they know that we can give them good experience, and that's what we're doing. So we'll talk to (their parent clubs) and we'll talk nicely, and we'll try to bribe them or whatever it is was have to do keep some of the lads, because it would be nice to go out there with a strong squad."

Of the six players the Glovers have on loan at present, it would be a significant surprise if they did not get permission to play Reading striker Gozie Ugwu and Fulham defender Daniel Burn in next weekend's match given that both are a fair distance from their club's first team plans at present.

The question of whether Korey Smith and Daniel Johnson will get permission from Norwich City and Aston Villa is a lot more cloudy - Smith is unlikely to be a Glovers player by the time the Canaries enter the competition, whilst Johnson has only just arrived at Huish Park. The two that we'd guess are most in jeopardy in nine days time would be Bristol City right-back Joe Edwards, who may be back at Ashton Gate when they enter the competition, and Paddy Madden, whose one month loan expires one day after the trip to Preston and has yet to be extended.


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25 October 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Shrewsbury Interview
Just before kick-off against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. In an interview with local journalist Chris Spittles for BBC Somerset, Gary also explains why he took Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson on loan on the day of the game.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Shrewsbury.


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24 October 2012 : Video : Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
This one may be worth a watch. Following last night's impressive 3-1 win over Shrewsbury Town, the Sky Sports website has been updated to include the four goals from the game. Watch two Paddy Madden headers, and a James Hayter close range goal by clicking on the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Shrewsbury Town 1 Yeovil Town 3.


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24 October 2012 : Cooper Quits Pools Job
Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper has resigned from his position, after the Durham club slipped to the foot of the League One table last night. His second spell at Victoria Park lasted just ten months, having been appointed last Christmas.

His record of just seven wins from his 40 matches in charge tells its own tale, particularly given that his predecessor Mick Wadsworth was fired with Pools in 13th place in the middle of the 2011-12 season. Cooper's side have won just one match in fourteen matches this season, and they have just seven points - with a six point gap already forming between themselves and safety.

Assistant boss Micky Barron, who stepped in as caretaker between Wadsworth and Cooper's spells last December, has got the job on a temporary basis whilst Hartlepool figure out what their next step will be.


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24 October 2012 : Glovers Duo Given Nod By Sky
Two Yeovil Town players have been included in the Sky Sports Team of the Week for League One. Whilst the regular Football League Team of the Week was based on matches from the weekend, Sky's version also includes views on last night's set of matches, and consequently they've gone for slightly different players.

Centre-back Byron Webster and striker Paddy Madden are the two they opt for, with both having netted during the past seven days. Byron got his first ever Glovers goal in the 2-1 win over Bury, whilst Paddy got a brace last night against Shrewsbury Town. Their thoughts on the two players are as follows:

Byron Webster - Yeovil Town
Webster scored his first goal of the season for Yeovil as they saw off Bury at the weekend, then helped keep things tight at the back two days later as the Glovers eased to a 3-1 triumph at Shrewsbury, producing some important clearances.

Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town
Yeovil built on their home win over Bury at Shrewsbury on Tuesday and Madden was on target with a brace to help overthrow the hosts. The Irish frontman hit home in the ninth minute before adding his second 20 minutes from time after strike partner James Hayter had contributed to the haul.

The other players to be listed by Sky Sports are as follows:

Sky Sports Team Of The Week (League One):
George Long - Sheffield United
Michael Rose - Colchester
Byron Webster - Yeovil Town
Mark Roberts - Stevenage
Mat Sadler - Crawley
Filipe Morais - Stevenage
Harry Arter - Bournemouth
Nicky Wroe - Preston
Nicky Adams - Crawley
Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town
Billy Paynter - Doncaster.


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24 October 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Shrewsbury Away Game
Following last night's 3-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match views can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Shrewsbury Away Game.


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24 October 2012 : Smith Claims Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town midfield player Korey Smith has been included in this week's Team of the Week for League One. The Norwich City loanee played a full 90 minutes against the Shakers over the weekend, in the 2-1 win at Huish Park, and last night made his tenth appearance for the Glovers.

Korey has been included in the team, which was based on performances prior to last night's midweek results, along with former Yeovil Town left-back Michael Rose, who is now on the books of Colchester United. The full team reads as follows:

Dean Bouzanis (Oldham Athletic)
Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe) Jordan Stewart (Notts County) Michael Rose (Colchester United)
Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth) Korey Smith (Yeovil Town) David McAllister (Sheffield United)
Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic) Izale McLeod (Portsmouth)

The full list of 2012-13 nominations for Yeovil Town players are as shown below:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).


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24 October 2012 : Johnson Proud Of Glovers Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he was proud of his side's performance, after watching the 3-1 away win over Shrewsbury Town last night. Factoring in the Football League Trophy penalty shoot-out victory over Torquay United, this was his side's fourth win in the last five matches, but speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Gary feels that this was one of his side's more complete performances:

"That was a proud performance, and I was standing on the line being proud of that group that we've put together. Because if they've got that in them, and I'm sure we've gone up the table a little bit (to 11th) which is nice. That's where we want to be. Although we actually want to be in the top six, we want to be near enough so that we're competing for the top six. We looked a top six team today. I'm sure that you people who were here, who are very good at your football and understand the game, would have seen our team put in a super performance today."

The star of the show at the New Meadow was striker Paddy Madden, who netted his fourth and fifth goals in a four game loan spell, but Johnson felt that his strike partner James Hayter who scored his seventh of the season last night also deserved praise. He also felt that right winger Keanu Marsh-Brown was now starting to show what he was capable of, as the 20 year old clocked up his 50th professional first team appearance last night:

"When you need that one to stretch the play sometimes, Paddy does that really well. It enables Hayts (James Hayter) to work into those little holes. Keanu (Marsh-Brown) is getting better and better, and he's playing his part now. It allows the midfield to get on to second balls, and we've got some midfielders who can pass the ball. All we had to do was to get enough time together to make sure that we played the right game out of possession, and the right game in possession. Tonight we got them both together."


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24 October 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Shrewsbury vs Yeovil
If you watched last night's 3-1 away win against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow, 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 Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.


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23 October 2012 : Shrewsbury 1 Yeovil 3 : Another Paddy Double Sinks Shrews
Yeovil Town continued their progress back into form this evening as they gained an impressive 3-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow. Loan striker Paddy Madden once again did the damage, as the Carlisle United player grabbed a brace, getting on the end of a Jamie McAllister free kick, and an Ed Upson cross to the back post. In between James Hayter got his seventh goal of the season, and whilst the Shrews had a late rally through a Matt Richards penalty, the Glovers were good value for their win which lifts them up to 11th in the League One table.

Team selection saw an unchanged starting eleven take to the field following Saturday's 2-1 win over Bury. Meanwhile the bench got a double boost - firstly by the arrival of Aston Villa loanee Daniel Johnson, who signed for the club earlier in the day, plus Luke Ayling, whose hip injury had cleared up enough for him to sit with six other substitutes - only the fourth time this season that the Glovers have been able to fill all seven places. In the Shrewsbury squad, Glovers legend Chris Weale was between the sticks, getting a fine reception from the 125 supporters who sat in the away stand.

The Glovers got off to the perfect start just nine minutes into the match. Matthew Richards committed a foul on Joe Edwards, which referee David Coote tried to play advantage for, but eventually pulled play back. Jamie McAllister's free kick saw Paddy Madden leap unmarked to plant the ball in the bottom corner of the net. A superb start, but perhaps caution needed - we'd been there before at Preston and Tranmere and yet still lost.

It was a first half of few direct chances. Marek Stech had to save a couple of fairly simple headers that were put straight at him, but otherwise wasn't too troubled, even if Paul Parry put in a few good crosses. If anything it was Yeovil who had the best of the other chances throughout that first period, as Keanu Marsh-Brown's strong run and driven shot from 25 yards seemed destined for the back of the net. Unfortunately, Glovers fans know what Chris Weale can do, and he's still doing it - superbly diving to his right to beat the ball away. Still, 1-0 at half time, and with the home side looking somewhat inert up front without top scorer Marvin Morgan.

The second period was more of the same, even though there were concerns about a couple Yeovil players' fitness levels, with as many as five players having needed fitness tests on the day of the match. Jamie McAllister was the first to be withdrawn, after he was twice beaten down his flank, struggling to get back to his feet after the moves, and clearly in pain. Dominic Blizzard replaced him in the same slot, and a minute later, the Glovers retook the lead with a goal not a million miles from one scored at Torquay last week. Keanu Marsh-Brown is becoming a more influential player as the weeks go on, and he got himself room to put a ball into the box that saw James Hayter arriving at the near post to convert from close range.

A two goal advantage then became a three goal advantage. Paddy Madden has been a revelation since his arrival from Carlisle on loan, and the only problem is that the Cumbrians may now want him back! For now, he has been the scourge of League One defences, and he grabbed his fifth goal in four appearances, when Ed Upson's cross field ball ran into the path of the striker, who confidently directed his header past Chris Weale for a 3-0 scoreline.

Both Madden and Hayter could have grabbed further goals as the home side crumbled briefly, with a terrible Joe Jacobson header setting up Hayter, but the striker this time wasted the opportunity to get his second of the evening. With ten minutes to go, Shrewsbury had a small glimmer of hope when Shrewsbury substitute Tom Bradshaw and Glovers debutant Daniel Johnson tangled for what turned out to be a rather soft penalty being awarded by referee David Coote. Up stepped Matt Richards who duly converted to reduce the deficit.

In the final nine minutes, Shrewsbury did their best to create a head of steam, sending the huge Jermaine Grandison up front to press the gamble button. It didn't make the difference, although it was probably the most pressurisation that the home side had managed all evening in what turned out to be a fairly comfortable win on the night. That gives Yeovil four wins out of five, if the JPT penalty shoot-out result is counted as such, and as manager Gary Johnson said before the game, maybe the spectre of the six consecutive defeats that was on many peoples tongues can now be put to bed. Now in a firm mid-table position, the season can still easily go one way or the other, but the players are well ahead of the position they were in this time last season, and that's no bad thing at all.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Shrewsbury Town 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (0-1, 9 mins), James Hayter (0-2, 60 mins), Paddy Madden (0-3, 70 mins), Matt Richards (1-3, pen, 81 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
14. Sam Foley 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (59 mins for Jamie McAllister) 10. Gavin Williams (89 mins for James Hayter) 11. Reuben Reid 25. Daniel Johnson (63 mins for Korey Smith)

Shrewsbury Town:
1. Chris Weale 2. Jermaine Grandison 3. Joe Jacobson 4. Luke Summerfield 5. Darren Jones 8. Matt Richards (Capt) 14. Asa Hall 15. Lee Collins 17. Paul Parry 19. Sam Winnall 24. Terry Gornell.

Substitutes:
13. Gavin Ward (GK) 6. Rob Purdie (for Asa Hall) 7. Mark Wright 9. Tom Bradshaw (64 mins for Terry Gornell) 11. Jon Taylor (46 mins for Sam Winnall) 20 Aaron Wildig 23. Michael Hector.

Shrewsbury Bookings: Lee Collins (foul)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Shrewsbury Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 7.

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Marc Perry (West Midlands) and Gordon Johnson (Liverpool). Fourth Official: Andy Scregg (Liverpool).

Attendance: 4,711 (including 125 Yeovil fans).


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23 October 2012 : Team News For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for tonight's League One match against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow. Despite concerns over the fitness of a number of players who picked up knocks over the weekend, Jamie McAllister, Keanu Marsh-Brown and Korey Smith have all been passed as fit to play, and on the back of a 2-1 win, manager Gary Johnson has chosen to keep faith with that side.

There's also good news on the bench, with right-back Luke Ayling fit enough to grab a slot amongst the substitutes, after recovering from a hip injury. And a rare picture as all seven slots are filled, with new loan signing Daniel Johnson providing the last place, giving the Glovers a full squad of eighteen players tonight.

The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 25. Daniel Johnson

Shrewsbury Town:
1. Chris Weale 2. Jermaine Grandison 3. Joe Jacobson 4. Luke Summerfield 5. Darren Jones 8. Matt Richards (Capt) 14. Asa Hall 15. Lee Collins 17. Paul Parry 19. Sam Winnall 24. Terry Gornell.

Substitutes:
13. Gavin Ward (GK) 6. Rob Purdie 7. Mark Wright 9. Tom Bradshaw 11. Jon Taylor 20 Aaron Wildig 23. Michael Hector.


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23 October 2012 : Johnson Hoping Glovers Stay In Touch Over Road Trips
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson wants to set a target of a minimum of one win out of two from two long distance away games his side will play this week. The Glovers visit Shrewsbury Town tonight, and follow that up with a near identical trip up the M5 and M6 on Saturday as they head to Crewe Alexandra. With their opponents in 20th and 19th in the League One table and three points or less from Johnson's side, the results from those games will be highly influential on the League table once both games have been completed.

Johnson wants his team to break back into the top half of the table position they occupied during the early stages of the 2012-13 season, and he has told BBC Somerset that getting wins from either of those two away matches will be massive for his side's ambitions:

"You've got to stay in touch. Because we were top of the league early on, you've got to be careful that you don't let your expectations go too high. Meanwhile you've got to work very hard. Me, Terry and Darren work very hard to compete at this level. That's why I say that every win we get is massive. If we can get one win in the next two - if we get two it will be unbelievable - but if you get one, then you will be up there still, and challenging."

Yeovil's failing in their last two away League One matches has been to lose matches that they've initially been winning, with defeats against Preston North End and Tranmere Rovers having seen good first halves followed by their hosts taking over the game in the second period. Johnson says that if they do that again, then the important bit will be extending that lead that little bit further:

"It's really a matter of us going into that game with confidence. What you do know with anything is that 1-0 is never enough. Whether you are outplaying a team or not, anything can happen. It's that second goal, especially as it goes into the second half - if you're 1-0 up then the next goal is very important generally. We've got to make sure that we get the second one."

The Glovers have had no problems in finding the back of the net this season. Having netted 21 times this campaign, only League One leaders Tranmere Rovers and fifth placed Notts County have scored more goals. Gary remains confident that his team can do the business in front of goal, given the chance:

"Even when bringing Gavin (Williams) on, we know that he has got a pass in him and he has got a goal in him. I thought Ed (Upson) and Korey (Smith) did very well for us. You've got two midfielders that are going to work hard, so I'm confident that we've got enough oomph about us, for want of a better word, and that does give you a chance."

Injuries have impacted upon Yeovil's small squad in recent weeks, and one notable absentee has been Reading striker Gozie Ugwu. Gary confirmed that the Oxford born player would not be involved in the forthcoming two matches, thus simplifying the question of which of his six loanees to leave out during those games:

"Gozie should be back next week - next Monday - so he misses the next two away games (against Shrewsbury and Crewe). You may see Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, or even worse - it could be me coming out of retirement!"


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23 October 2012 : Fulham Agree Burn Extension
Yeovil Town have extended the loan deal for Fulham defender Daniel Burn. The left-sided centre-back will now be on the books of the Glovers until 20th November 2012, after the London side agreed to the extension. Burn is on a Youth Loan deal, and so in theory this can be extended on a rolling basis as the clubs see fit.

So far, Dan has made six appearances, scoring one goal - with that coming on his debut against Preston North End last month. As yet there's no firm word on whether he will be allowed to play in the FA Cup for Yeovil, but we'd be surprised if that was a problem.


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23 October 2012 : Johnson Deal For Johnson Confirmed
Yeovil Town have now completed a Youth Loan deal with Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson. The 20 year old has arrived on an initial month deal from Villa Park, and will be in tonight's squad for the League One game against Shrewsbury Town. For a full profile on Daniel, follow the link below.

Johnson is currently the sixth loan on Yeovil Town's books, and so they will have to leave one of them out of tonight's squad, although that's almost certainly going to be Reading striker Gozie Ugwu, who has only just returned from a hamstring strain. The other loanees are defender Daniel Burn, right-sided Joe Edwards, midfielder Korey Smith and striker Paddy Madden.

Link: Manager Johnson Linked With Midfield Johnson Loan.


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23 October 2012 : Nkumu Heads To Essex On Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Archange Nkumu has been loaned out by parent club Chelsea again. The 18 year old played just eight minutes during a September spell at Huish Park, before returning back to Stamford Bridge, with the Glovers deciding against extending his time in Somerset.

New Colchester manager Joe Dunne has agreed a Youth Loan deal with Chelsea to give him more experience. That deal will see him remain in Essex until January 14th, and subject to paperwork he will be travelling to their match at Leyton Orient tonight - the venue at which he made his one and only Glovers appearance. Dunne has told his club's website that Nkumu's stay there could be much about getting him involved with their Under-21 set-up, rather than necessarily the first team:

"It's a youth loan and, as well as being around our first team during the week, he will add to the quality of the U21s group. I've seen him play a number of times and the level of competition at Chelsea at U21s level is exceptionally high, so it's a chance for him to come out and experience a different pathway in the game. He'll push on the players in the U21s group and it will give us a chance to take a closer look at him."


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23 October 2012 : Manager Johnson Linked With Midfield Johnson Loan
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for a 20 year old Aston Villa midfielder. The Sky Sports website is claiming that Daniel Johnson "has agreed a deal to join Yeovil on loan". They don't provide any quotes or sources for this, and as yet neither club has given a hint this is on the cards.

He is a Jamaican-born player who played in all bar one of Aston Villa's Reserve Team 2011-12 season, as well as making the bench on six occasions for the first team in the Premier League. He has yet to make a first team appearance. He is a left-footed central midfielder who captained their Under-18 side during the 2010-11 season, and scored the two penalties in their final match of that season which gave them the Barclays Premier Academy League Group B title. Born on October 8th 1992, he is under contract at Villa Park until the summer of 2013.

At present, manager Gary Johnson has five loan players on his books, and so any intention to bring in a sixth would require one to sit in the stands, even if Reading striker Gozie Ugwu is not quite matchfit following his hamstring problem. The Glovers do have to sort out extended deals with Dan Burn and Paddy Madden via their parent clubs Fulham and Carlisle United, but Johnson has made it clear he would like to keep both players for an extended period at the club.

Sky state that Johnson will sign for the club on a month's loan.

Update: 16:00hrs Daniel Johnson himself has heavily hinted himself that this is going through. Via his own Twitter account, he has retweeted 'Good Luck' messages from Villa fans, and although he hasn't said anything himself, the fact that he hasn't refuted them would suggest that this one has legs.


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23 October 2012 : Sky Blues Man Given Three Year Ban For Huish Park Offence
You may recall that on the opening day of the 2012-13 League One season, a smoke flare was thrown onto the pitch, during the home match against Coventry City. The man in question was arrested immediately and has been now named as 18 year old Sky Blues supporter Cameron Ross. He appeared in court on Friday charged with the incident, and pleaded guilty.

Ross has now been given a three year Football Banning Order, which will stop him attending any football matches during that period, even to the point where it will be a criminal offence for him to be seen inside a ground during this time. He was fined £150 for the incident, plus £100 in court costs, and a £15 victim surcharge. If he breaches the Football Banning Order, then the courts have the power to send him to prison.

An Avon and Somerset Police statement said of the conviction:

"If someone is convicted of a football related crime, be it violence or anti-social behaviour, we will seek a banning order from the court. That order can be imposed for between three and ten years. The act can be at a ground or away from a ground, but if it’s football related we will seek a banning order."

Thankfully, the flare did not cause any issues, other than a short delay to the game, and there were very few other issues involving Coventry fans on the day - five amongst their 2,136 fans were removed from the stadium for alcohol-related offences.


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23 October 2012 : FA Cup First Round Live Matches Chosen
Television broadcasters ESPN and ITV have chosen their three live matches for broadcasting the FA Cup First Round. In keeping with the spirit of the competition at this stage, all three of them pitch non-league sides at home to Football League teams, doubtless in the hope of seeing a shock on the cards.

Of particular local interest, Dorchester Town have had their match selected for transmission, with a home game against Plymouth Argyle to be shown on the Sunday afternoon on ESPN. Former Glover Nick Crittenden helped the Magpies get that far - scoring in their 3-1 win over Bury Town on Saturday. Cambridge City and Braintree Town are the other clubs to host live matches

All six clubs below will benefit to the tune of £63,800 as a broadcast fee.

Friday 2nd November 2012:
Cambridge City v Milton Keynes Dons (7.30) – Live on ESPN

Sunday 4th November 2012:
Braintree Town v Tranmere Rovers (12.30) – Live on ITV
Dorchester Town v Plymouth Argyle (4.30) – Live on ESPN

We already knew that Yeovil Town's match was not going to be televised yesterday - ticketing arrangements are available via the link below.

Link: Ticketing For FA Cup : Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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23 October 2012 : Officials For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place tonight at the New Meadow stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

We've had Mr Coote twice before, and both during the 2011-12 season. On both occasions, he was a late replacement for the planned official, and so he's clearly the sort of guy who likes jumping into his car at late notice. On both occasions he was rather excellent overall. Two games, and just one booking in each one, as he took charge of our away games against Hartlepool United and Charlton Athletic. In the latter game, our match report described him as having "a tidy uneventful game" - that's unconditional praise for what we normally say about referees! In the Western Gazette they said of the same match that he "used commonsense and went about his job well. Could easily have booked two or three more players" whilst for the Hartlepool game they said he "officiated a well-tempered match".

Outside football, Mr Coote likes travelling a lot. No, not up and down the M1 close to his home, but to Peru, Cuba, Costa Rica, South Africa, Vietnam and Thailand with Sri Lanka on the cards for 2013. His career in refereeing began by accident when as a 12 year old he picked up the flag for a game involving Wheatsheaf United, who his father played for. His father, also called David, turned out for Nottinghamshire County Cricket and up until the age of 16, David Jnr also adopted a similar path, before choosing football refereeing as a career. He's moved up through the Notts Alliance, the Northern Counties East League, Evo-Stik League and Blue Square North before becoming a Football League referee in the summer of 2010. He is the Referees' Development Officer for the Nottinghamshire FA.

Mr Coote will be assisted by Marc Perry (West Midlands) and Gordon Johnson (Liverpool). The Fourth Official will be Andy Scregg (Liverpool).

Link: November 2011 : Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2012 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 0.


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22 October 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury Town
For those heading up to Shropshire tomorrow evening, we have a new ground to visit. Just after ourselves and Shrewsbury Town were seen playing each other, they moved to the New Meadow (sponsored as the Greenhous Meadow) and it's our first chance to see a game there. Hence the Ciderspace guide for the Shrews has had a bit of a radical overhaul to recognise the new surroundings, with directions, parking, a few extra pubs thrown in, along with all the other usual stuff. Access it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury Town.


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22 October 2012 : League Leaders Enjoy Narrow Victory Over Ladies
Reading Ladies moved to the top of the FA Women's Premier League, Southern Division on Sunday following a 1-0 victory over Yeovil Town Ladies. The Glovers had beaten the Royals a week previously in the League Cup, but Reading came back with a stronger team to take the points thanks to a 46th minute goal from Francesca Kirby. Yeovil remain sixth in the league, but have now played one more game than most of their competitors.

"This was a game where we knew Reading would want revenge for last week’s defeat against us, so we had to be on our game," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the match. "It was disappointing to lose the game, but we have to learn from the experience, and come back stronger. To take a positive from the game; we only lost narrowly to one of the best teams in the league; but that was only cool comfort to the players after the game."

"The match started with some good football down the left, and Stace (Stacey Pearson) was getting some good results against their right back, beating her to the ball and delivering some good crosses for us to get on the end of. Reading played some good football today, but with heavy reliance on their number eleven (Francesca Kirby), who was very quick and had good ability. However, we should have read a lot more of the game that they were trying to play."

"I said in the changing room before the game that it was all about who wanted it the most today," Williams continued. "Unfortunately in a game like this you have to be honest and say that the visitors got the points because they were quicker to the ball and raised their game. We had some spectators today on the field, and in no way can you do this at this level. We have to support each other in every aspect of our play from the back to the front. I think if you asked any of the players today if they were happy with their performance you would have got an answer that we were not."

"Having said all that, I am happy to say that we were making chances to score and for periods of the game held possession well. We are going to get very few chances in any game in this league, and we need to punish when we can. Their goal came on 46 minutes and the number eleven (Francesca Kirby) took the ball on against our defence and to her credit struck the ball into the roof of the net."

"We will get back to the training ground now and pick ourselves up, dust off the negatives and look to the next match. We have had our post-match chat, and all the girls have accepted the constructive criticism that took place between the squad and management team. That is for us to digest and we will see the response that we get from it."

"We have some good players waiting for their chance to show us what they can do, and those in the squad know that there is this pressure on them this year. We have built a competitive squad and one that wants to remain at the level we are. I have said it time and time again, I have complete faith in the players we have, and that has not changed from this performance. They need to transfer what we see in training onto the pitch as a team."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Reading Ladies 1.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Brazell, Edwards, Radburn, Keehan (Hannam – 65), Osman, Wensley, Whitton, Pearson, Sage (Cornwall – 60), Bray

Goal Scorer: Francesca Kirby (46 mins, 0-1)

Referee: Mike Hall (Wellington)

Next Match: Home to West Ham United Ladies - 28 October 2012 (Wells City FC)

[Nigel Williams was talking to Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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22 October 2012 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw Made
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side have the prospect of an all-West Country Second Round tie in the FA Youth Cup, if they can win their First Round match. The Centre of Excellence side have been drawn at home to the winners of the Plymouth Argyle vs Exeter City match, provided they can get through their First Round clash against Oxford United. The outcome of that match will be known next Wednesday evening when the Glovers travel to play Oxford in a game that will be played at Thame United.

The Second Round ties very quickly follow the completion of the First Round - hence the early draw of the next stage of the competition. The full Second Round draw reads as follows:

1 Dunkirk or Stourbridge v Bradford City or Grimsby Town
2 Oldham Athletic or Accrington Stanley v Coventry City or Shrewsbury Town
3 Hereford United v Stevenage or Luton Town or Milton Keynes Dons
4 Crewe Alexandra or Carlisle United v FC Halifax Town or Bedlington Terriers or Scunthorpe United
5 Burton Albion v Bottesford Town or Brighouse Town or Kidderminster Harriers
6 Rochdale v Sheffield United
7 Lincoln City or Notts County v Hartlepool United or Fleetwood Town
8 Doncaster Rovers or Morecambe v Gateshead or Wrexham or Preston North End
9 Tranmere Rovers or Bury v Port Vale or Walsall
10 Chesterfield or Northampton Town v Chester or York City
11 Swindon Town or Sholing v Cirencester Town or Tiverton Town or Mangotsfield United or Oxford City
12 Crawley Town v Bury Town or Histon or Dagenham & Redbridge
13 Stotfold or Leyton Orient v Didcot Town or Aldershot Town
14 Portsmouth or Southend United v Carshalton Athletic or Woking
15 AFC Wimbledon or Farnborough v Cheltenham Town or Maidenhead United
16 Brentford v Brentwood Town or Gillingham
17 Colchester United v Faversham Town or Welling United or Sevenoaks Town or Camberley Town
18 AFC Bournemouth or AFC Totton v Hoddesdon Town or Canvey Island
19 Bristol Rovers or Torquay United v Staines Town or Wroxham
20 Oxford United or Yeovil Town v Plymouth Argyle or Exeter City

All Second Round ties must be played by Saturday 17th November 2012. In practice, provided the relevant First Round fixtures have been resolved, most ties will be played during the midweek period leading up to that date.

Link: Ticketing For Oxford United U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s.


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22 October 2012 : Ticketing For FA Cup : Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round tie against Preston North End are now available. The Lilywhites have confirmed the game will take place on Saturday 3rd November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, meaning that they are confident that the match will not be televised.

With the exception of corporate areas, Preston's prices are a flate rate across the Deepdale ground and are as follows:

Adults £10.00; Concessions: £5.00.

Concessions apply to all Over-60s and those aged 18 and under. Students carrying an NUS card also can apply.

As yet, tickets have not arrived at the Huish Park Ticket Office, but are expected to do so in the next few days.

Update: 24/10/2012: Tickets are now on sale from Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Shrewsbury Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Crewe Alexandra.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Bishop Sutton vs Yeovil Town Reserves.

Link: Ticketing For Oxford United U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s.


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22 October 2012 : Shrews Lose Leading Goalscorer For Tomorrow's Game
Tomorrow evening's opponents Shrewsbury Town will have to make do without their leading goalscorer, after he was given a ban by the Football Association. Striker Marvin Morgan was issued with a red card in their 3-1 defeat at Portsmouth on the weekend in what turned out to be a dramatic couple of minutes for the 29 year old.

Morgan, who has scored five times this season, scored in the 61st minute of the game at Fratton Park, was booked straight from the kick-off for a foul committed in the centre-circle, and when he voiced his protests at referee Fred Graham, the yellow then turned into a red.

There appeared to be some confusion over exactly what had provoked Mr Graham into issuing the red so quickly - the Football Association have now confirmed it to be for Foul and Abusive language towards the match official. He is now suspended for their next two matches against Yeovil Town and Colchester United.


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21 October 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Bury Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's League One match against Bury, video highlights are now available online. The Sky Sports website is now carrying 2 mins and 23 seconds from the 2-1 win at Huish Park, and those using UK ISPs can access that video via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Bury Match Highlights.


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21 October 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bury Interview
Just before yesterday's match against Bury kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary talks about his team selection, the problems of facing a side that hadn't won all season, and his need to get his own side back into their stride.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Bury.


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21 October 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Bury Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Bury in a League One match at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bury Home Game.


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21 October 2012 : FA Cup Full First Round Draw Details
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the First Round of the FA Cup. They will play Preston North End at Deepdale in a draw that was made live on the ITV1 Channel this afternoon. This will be our second trip to Preston of the season, having already lost 3-2 in a match played on September 29th.

The full First Round draw is as follows:

Kidderminster Harriers vs Oldham Athletic
Hayes and Yeading United or Boreham Wood vs Brentford
Chelmsford City or East Thurrock United vs Colchester United
Metropolitan Police vs Crawley Town
Luton Town vs AFC Telford United or Nuneaton Town
Portsmouth vs Notts County
Bishop's Stortford vs Hastings United
Fleetwood Town vs Bromley
Forest Green Rovers or Dartford vs Port Vale
Torquay United vs Hyde or Harrogate Town
AFC Bournemouth vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Morecambe vs Rochdale
Swindon Town vs Macclesfield Town
Cambridge City vs Milton Keynes Dons
Cheltenham Town vs Yate Town or Newport County
Dorchester Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Coventry City vs Arseley Town
York City vs AFC Wimbledon
Bury vs Exeter City
Chesterfield vs Hartlepool United
Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford Park Avenue
Gillingham vs Scunthorpe United
Aldershot Town vs Hendon
Lincoln City or AFC Halifax Town vs Walsall
Wrexham vs Alfreton Town
Southend United vs Stockport County
Crewe Alexandra vs Wycombe Wanderers
Bristol Rovers vs Sheffield United
Hereford United vs Shrewsbury Town
Mansfield Town vs Slough Town or Gosport Borough
Barnet vs Oxford United
Rotherham United vs Stevenage
AFC Fylde or Ilkeston vs Accrington Stanley
Gloucester City vs Leyton Orient
Burton Albion vs Altrincham
Guisley vs Barrow
Northampton Town vs Bradford City
Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
Braintree Town vs Tranmere Rovers
Carlisle United vs Ebbsfleet United

All First Round matches are scheduled to take place around the weekend of Saturday 3rd November, subject to policing and television requirements.


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21 October 2012 : FA Cup First Round Draw : Glovers Given Away Tie
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the First Round of the FA Cup. They will play Preston North End at Deepdale in a draw that was made live on the ITV1 Channel this afternoon.

The full draw will follow on this site shortly.

All First Round matches are scheduled to take place around the weekend of Saturday 3rd November, subject to policing and television requirements.


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21 October 2012 : FA Cup First Round Simplified Ball Numbers
Following yesterday's Fourth Qualifying Round matches in the FA Cup, the list of clubs that will enter today's draw has been simplified. The First Round draw will be televised live on the ITV1 Channel, at 1.30p.m. on Sunday 21st October, with Yeovil Town in the hat as Ball Number 47.

Aside from the usual League One and League Two sides, there's plenty of scope for us to draw a few blasts from the past, with Hayes and Yeading United and AFC Telford United being merged or reformed versions of the clubs we used to play in the Conference. Meanwhile Hereford United, Kidderminster Harriers and Macclesfield Town are all definitely through to the next round. Of local interest we could still get Dorchester Town, Yate Town or Forest Green Rovers in the draw.

There's no regionalisation, and no seeding, so we can draw any of the teams below. Tune into ITV at 1.30p.m. to find who we get. We'll also put the Yeovil draw on our Twitter account as soon as it happens, and the full draw on the news page as soon as it happens. Ball numbers are as shown below. Balls No. 1-48 are unchanged and represent the Football League Sides:

FA Cup First Round Ball Numbers: (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 Cheltenham Town 13 Chesterfield 14 Colchester United 15 Coventry City 16 Crawley Town 17 Crewe Alexandra 18 Dagenham & Redbridge 19 Doncaster Rovers 20 Exeter City 21 Fleetwood Town 22 Gillingham 23 Hartlepool United 24 Leyton Orient 25 Milton Keynes Dons 26 Morecambe 27 Northampton Town 28 Notts County 29 Oldham Athletic 30 Oxford United 31 Plymouth Argyle 32 Port Vale 33 Portsmouth 34 Preston North End 35 Rochdale 36 Rotherham United 37 Scunthorpe United 38 Sheffield United 39 Shrewsbury Town 40 Southend United 41 Stevenage 42 Swindon Town 43 Torquay United 44 Tranmere Rovers 45 Walsall 46 Wycombe Wanderers 47 Yeovil Town 48 York City

FA Cup First Round Ball Numbers: (Non-League Sides)
49 Alfreton Town 50 Hyde Or Harrogate Town 51 Hereford United 52 Barrow 53 Guiseley 54 Kidderminster Harriers 55 Bradford Park Avenue 56 Wrexham 57 AFC Fylde Or Ilkeston 58 Altrincham 59 Lincoln City Or FC Halifax Town 60 Macclesfield Town 61 Mansfield Town 62 Stockport County 63 AFC Telford United Or Nuneaton Town 64 Metropolitan Police 65 Arlesey Town 66 Forest Green Rovers Or Dartford 67 Yate Town Or Newport County 68 Slough Town Or Gosport Borough 69 Hastings United 70 Bromley 71 Chelmsford City Or East Thurrock United 72 Hayes & Yeading United Or Boreham Wood 73 Cambridge City 74 Bishop’s Stortford 75 Braintree Town 76 Dorchester Town 77 Luton Town 78 Gloucester City 79 Hendon 80 Ebbsfleet United.


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21 October 2012 : GWSC Travel To Crewe Alexandra
Next Saturday sees Yeovil Town on the road for the second of two games in the coming week. The team head to Cheshire, and a League One match against Crewe Alexandra. The match takes place at Gresty Road on Saturday 27th October 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club travel plans for the game are shown below.

Coaches will depart 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 (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Shrewsbury Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Bishop Sutton vs Yeovil Town Reserves.

Link: Ticketing For Oxford United U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s.


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20 October 2012 : Johnson Praises Foley Progression After Winning Goal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has praised the contribution of Sam Foley after the midfielder scored the winning goal against Bury today. The 26 year old arrived from Conference National side Newport County over the summer as a bit of an unknown quantity, after having been on the books of Cheltenham Town as a youngster, but not having previously made the grade as a professional at Football League level.

Sam made his 16 appearance for the club today, and scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win at Huish Park, converting an Ed Upson corner through a near-post header, 14 minutes from time. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Johnson explained that the equalising goal from the Shakers that came through Dominic Poleon was from the player Sam was marking, and so the response between two minutes may have been a reaction to that:

"I've got to check this, but I think it was Sam Foley's man who scored the equaliser. As you know, when you've made a little mistake and it's cost you a goal, you do all you can to go up the other end and make sure you get on the other end to redress the balance, and we think that's what has happened. He's done marvellously - he really has. He's a good finisher when he's in those areas. He works very hard. He's got more pace than people realise, when he gets going. He's been a great player for us and he's been a good find. Hopefully we can keep improving him, as we will with a lot of our young inexperienced lads."

With Yeovil having also netted through Byron Webster's ricocheted goal, Johnson was happy to pick up all three points regardless of the circumstances. He felt that Bury's red card had helped the opposition more than the Glovers, and admitted that his team had struggled to raise their game following the dismissal of Leeds United loanee Zac Thompson, 27 minutes into the match:

"Obviously I'm a happy man, as any three points at this level is a good three points. You can't always play like Barcelona every week. It didn't help us when Bury went down to ten men. We were playing alright at the time. Obviously it was a poor tackle, and the lad deserved to get sent off, but at that point you want us to raise it. We did for a little while, but then just after half time we let Bury get back into the game, both in their play and in a few opportunities that they had. But when they scored, we then suddenly in the last 20 minutes started playing again. We got our goal, which was great, and we saw the game out fairly comfortably."


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20 October 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Bury
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win 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.


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20 October 2012 : Yeovil 2 Bury 1 : Foley Secures Glovers Narrow Win
Yeovil Town ground out a 2-1 victory this afternoon against basement side Bury at Huish Park. Their third positive result in four matches was not their best performance by any stretch of the imagination, at times struggling to impose themselves on a Shakers side that played an hour with ten men after Zac Thompson was dismissed for a two footed tackle on Keanu Marsh-Brown. Byron Webster put the Glovers up after he got in the way of a Bury clearance from a corner shortly after that red card, but the Glovers failed to cruise the game, with Dominic Poleon equalising midway through the second half. However two minutes later, a Sam Foley header put the Glovers back in front and that was good enough to wrap up the game.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. Two of those changes restored Joe Edwards to the right-back slot, and Paddy Madden up front, after both were unavailable during the midweek Football League Trophy win. The third saw Richard Hinds drop to the bench, with Byron Webster preferred in the centre-back position. Bury's squad included four former Glovers, with Adam Lockwood and Andy Bishop starting, whilst Peter Sweeney and Efe Sodje were on the bench.

It was Yeovil who started the better, albeit without creating an extreme number of chances. Most went wide of the target - an Ed Upson free kick, a run and drive from Keanu Marsh-Brown that saw him shoot wide, and a Sam Foley ball across the face of the box that James Hayter couldn't quite get on the end of as it squeezed wide for a goal kick. Bury were struggling for possession, and they'd already put in one or two 'tasty' tackles in midfield. Just 27 minutes into the match, one of those tackles became unacceptable - Leeds United loanee was playing only his second match for the Shakers, and he left the field early, as his two-footed tackle on Keanu Marsh-Brown saw him deservedly dismissed, and leaving Bury with an uphill battle.

It didn't take long for Yeovil to take advantage of the situation - seven minutes in fact. That said, the opening goal came in possibly fortunate circumstances, after Ed Upson swung in a corner into the box. Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson appeared to have the ball under control, but spilt it as he came down. In the confusion caused by the loose ball, Matt Doherty attempted a clearance, and the ball rebounded off Byron Webster and into the back of the net - his first goal for the Glovers and only his second career goal, with the last having happened on January 8th 2005 - a gap of over seven and a half years!

At 1-0 up, and a man advantage over the division's bottom side, in theory this should have been the opportunity for the Glovers to win at a canter. That never really happened, with them taking their foot off the gas for the remainder of the first period, and gradually Bury began to get themselves back into the game. Marsh-Brown lasted as long as the first minute of the second period, when clearly the bruising he'd received in the first half had frozen up over the half time break.

Alarm bells began to ring at the other end, with Tom Hopper firing over the bar, then defender Mark Hughes forced Marek Stech into a rare save, as Bury almost converted from a free kick. Matters were unravelling somewhat, even if Paddy Madden almost broke through on the counter-attack with Trevor Carson saving well with his legs to stop Yeovil doubling their lead. Straight after that attack, Bury forced an equalising goal and one that they fairly deserved on their second half play. Yeovil failed to clear their lines, and Dominic Poleon was on hand to pick up the loose ball and convert from close range. 1-1 and suddenly a possible embarrassment.

Thankfully that seemed to be the wake-up call. A minute after Jamie McAllister had hobbled off to be replaced by Dominic Blizzard, Yeovil got their noses ahead from a well worked corner move. Ed Upson put it in to the near post, and Sam Foley met it with a glancing header for his fourth goal of the season, provoking some significant relief around the majority of the 3,386 crowd. The Glovers had not been at their best at all, but had snuffed out any hopes the Shakers had of getting something out of the game.

In the remaining fourteen minutes, Paddy Madden could have produced a flattering scoreline as Trevor Carson saved from the Carlisle man again. In the end 2-1 was perhaps justified on the balance of play, but it wasn't pretty and it could have easily gone wrong during the second half. The three points is vital though, and including the penalty shoot-out win over Torquay United, it's three victories in four games - a sign perhaps that the Glovers are coming out of their slump, even if the performances are not quite there at present.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bury 1.

Scorers: Byron Webster (34 mins, 1-0), Dominic Poleon (74 mins, 1-1), Sam Foley (76 mins, 2-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (75 mins for Jamie McAllister) 10. Gavin Williams (47 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 11. Reuben Reid (90 mins for James Hayter).

Bury:
1. Trevor Carson
31. Matt Doherty 5. Adam Lockwood 17. Mark Hughes 3. Joe Skarz
7. David Worrall 32. Zac Thompson 33. Dominic Poleon 8. Steven Schumacher
10. Andy Bishop 28. Tom Hopper

Substitutes:
30. Cameron Belford 6. Peter Sweeney (63 mins for Steven Schumacher) 9. Craig Jones (88 mins for Mark Hughes) 11. Marcus Marshall 13. Mark Carrington (58 mins for Tom Hopper) 16. Efetobore Sodje 25. David Healy

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Bury Bookings: Matt Doherty (foul, 7 mins). Red Card: Zac Thompson (serious foul play, 27 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 75%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Bury Match Statistics: Possession: 25%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire). Assistants: Lee Swabey (Devon) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,386 (including 147 Bury fans)


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20 October 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made three changes from Tuesday night's midweek win over Torquay United for this afternoon's League One home fixture against Bury. Two of those changes are to swap back the two players who had to be left out of the midweek match, with Joe Edwards returning to the right-back position after his one match suspension, whilst Paddy Madden is eligible again after being cup-tied on Tuesday.

The third change is that Byron Webster, who came on as a substitute in midweek, is preferred to Richard Hinds, who he replaced that night. Hinds sits on the bench, along with Dominic Blizzard and Reuben Reid who are the other two players to drop out. Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo were used by the Under-18s today in their 4-0 win over Torquay United and so are not in the first team squad today.

Bury's squad features four former Glovers in their eighteen. Centre-back Adam Lockwood starts the game, whilst former loan striker Andy Bishop is up front. Meanwhile on the bench, former winger Peter Sweeney returns to Huish Park, whilst defender Efe Sodje is also a back-up player, and part of the Shakers coaching staff.

The line-ups are as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid

Bury:
1. Trevor Carson
31. Matt Doherty 5. Adam Lockwood 17. Mark Hughes 3. Joe Skarz
7. David Worrall 32. Zac Thompson 33. Dominic Poleon 8. Steven Schumacher
10. Andy Bishop 28. Tom Hopper

Substitutes:
30. Cameron Belford 6. Peter Sweeney 9. Craig Jones 11. Marcus Marshall 13. Mark Carrington 16. Efetobore Sodje 25. David Healy


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20 October 2012 : Colchester League Home Man Of The Match
Yeovil Town played their last home match a fortnight ago in a League One fixture against Colchester United. The end result was an impressive 3-1 win over the Essex side - the second time the Glovers had beaten them this season. Two goals from Paddy Madden on his debut, and a third from James Hayter gave them victory, with both strikers involved in the build-up for each others goals.

Man of the Match voting saw James Hayter and Korey Smith battle it out for second and third in the poll, with Norwich City loanee Smith just about edging out Hayter, who got the Sponsors Man of the Match. However, the winner was Carlisle United striker Paddy Madden, who got his time at Huish Park off to a real flier.

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

1 Paddy Madden 372 (30)
2 Korey Smith 218 (14)
3 James Hayter 216 (9)
4 Sam Foley 102 (4)
5 Ed Upson 70 (4)
6 Jamie McAllister 46 (1)
7 Keanu Marsh-Brown 40 (1)
7 Daniel Burn 40 (1)
9 Joe Edwards 14 (0)
10 Marek Stech 12 (0)
11 Richard Hinds 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 7.52

Performance: 7.38
Entertainment: 7.66

VOTES RECEIVED 64


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20 October 2012 : Gary Previews The Bury Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's home match against Bury, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the opposition and the match can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Bury.


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19 October 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bury
Officials for tomorrow's League One fixture between Yeovil Town and Bury have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 20th October 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

A well known former Premier League referee, Mr Attwell was demoted from his Select Group position in February 2012, and is now back at Football League level. Aged just 29, he was an official who was promoted perhaps a little bit too quickly for his own good, landing on the Premier League's lists at the age of 25 after just one season in the Football League.

In September 2008 - just one month into his tenure as a full time referee, Mr Attwell was at the scene of a controversy that he will doubtless be forever associated with. He may feel somewhat aggrieved that the name of his linesman on the day - Nigel Bannister - is not so well known for the incident. A Championship match between Watford and Reading saw what is now referred to as the "ghost goal" - scored by Reading's Noel Hunt, but only after Watford's John Eustace had clearly played the ball out for a corner.

Television replays showed the extent of the blunder, with Mr Attwell bearing the brunt of it, despite Mr Bannister being the one who should have been better placed to judge the ball going out of play. Attwell and Bannister were dropped from their duties on the following weekend's fixtures amidst a tabloid-fuelled furore, but were reinstated on the following weekend.

His last game at Premier League level was the 2012 New Year's Day fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Everton. He then was given Football League fixtures and was present for Yeovil Town's worst defeat at Football League level, in April 2012, when he took charge of the home game against Stevenage. Can we blame a referee for a 6-0 defeat at home? That might be stretching it too far - we certainly didn't play well and so it would be wrong to put particular emphasis on Mr Attwell's performance, except to say that he was almost as poor as our defending was. Almost, but not quite.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Lee Swabey (Devon) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Link: April 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 6.


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19 October 2012 : Youth Team vs Torquay United Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side have a second attempt to commence their involvement in the Football League Youth Alliance League Cup tomorrow. They take on Torquay United at their usual Alvington venue, having been unable to stage their opening group game two weeks ago, due to a waterlogged pitch. The end result is that the Glovers are the only team to have not played any Cup Group fixtures, with tomorrow's opponents having beaten Exeter City in their opening match at the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground in both sides' opening fixtures.

Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. and admission is free of charge. If you've not been to the Alvington venue, then you can find it situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub, just off Bunford Lane. All supporters are welcome to attend and support the lads.


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19 October 2012 : Ding - Ding, A Right Royals Round Two For Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies will come into their FA Women's Premier League match with Reading Ladies on Sunday full of confidence after beating 2-1 them a week previously in the League Cup.

The Glovers played well last week, and fully deserved their victory. Reading also proved what a good side they are, particularly in the way they fought their way back into the match in the final twenty minutes. Part two of the double whammy between the two teams this Sunday promises to be just as competitive and high on entertainment. Supporters are urged to come along and support the Yeovil girls, and inspire them to picking up three valuable points.

Yeovil Town Ladies take Reading Ladies at the Athletic Ground, Wells this Sunday, 21st October, with the match kicking off at 2.00p.m. All fans are asked to come along and support the girls, and can enter the ground for a great value £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions. The match day programme is free of charge, and the ground contains full refreshment and bar facilities.

Directions to Wells City:
The Athletic Ground
Rowdens Road
Wells
Somerset.
BA5 ITU

From the Yeovil Hospital roundabout take the third exit, before taking the second exit at the subsequent roundabout on to Ilchester Road. At the end of Ilchester Road use the second exit to head towards Chilthorne Domer, and follow signs for the A303 and London once on the outskirts of Ilchester. Once on the dual carriageway continue until the Podimore roundabout where it will be necessary to take the second exit for the A37.

Approaching Shepton Mallet, take the first exit at the Whitstone Corner roundabout before bearing left and then taking the second exit at the Cannards Grave roundabout. Continue out on the A37 before turning left at Charlton crossroads for the A361. At the next mini-roundabout continue forward on to the A371 before turning left five miles later for Rowdens Road.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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19 October 2012 : Edwards Extends Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town have agreed a further loan extension for Bristol City full-back Joe Edwards. The 21 year old will now stay at Huish Park until December 22nd 2012, which is the maximum allowable 93 days under the Football League's Emergency Loan rules. City will no doubt retain a 24 hour call-back clause in the event of injuries at Ashton Gate.

Joe returns to action in tomorrow's game against Bury having just served a one match suspension. He has so far made five appearances for the Glovers, to add to the four he made in last season's loan spell. There's no word as yet on whether he'll be allowed to play in the FA Cup.


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19 October 2012 : Supporters Liaison Director To Hold Fans Talks
Yeovil Town supporters heading to tomorrow's home game against Bury should note that the club's new Supporter Liaison Director Stephen Allinson will be occupying the Beer Tent before the match. Fans who want to ask questions to one of the club's Board level Directors can expect to see him in there from around 1.30p.m. onwards. Turn up and approach Stephen prior to kick-off - he'll probably be the one in the tent wearing a tie! - and field your questions and concerns to him.

The club have also announced that they have distributed over 1,120 ticket vouchers for tomorrow's match, in the hope of boosting attendances at Huish Park. With only 3,002 fans having turned up for the last home game against Colchester United - the club's worst League crowd since joining the Football League - the vouchers can be used to obtain tickets at reduced prices for the fixture.

The vouchers have been distributed to a range of local schools, along with Yeovil Town Community Trust coaching sessions and allow an Under-16 to gain free admittance to tomorrow's game when accompanied by an adult. The adult will pay just £10.00 for the game. If you have obtained one of the vouchers this week, then you must take it to the Huish Park Ticket Office where in return for your tenner, they will give you your two admission tickets.

Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has been talking to this week's Western Gazette about the initiative, which is valid only for tomorrow's game. He admits that this is a reaction to recent attendances at Huish Park:

"We don’t want to see the stadium empty. The more people in, the more atmosphere and the more atmosphere the better it is for the players to play in. At this moment in time the majority of clubs in the Football League are struggling to maintain their attendances and we have come to the conclusion that the common denominator is the current economic situation.

"We have to realise that is an issue and do what we can to try and encourage people to spend some of their leisure money at Yeovil Town. We want to try and engage with families. There is a lot of competition for their time and leisure spend. We wanted to come up with an initiative where we address concerns about the engagement of local people and local fans."


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19 October 2012 : FA Cup First Round Draw : Ball Numbers Released
As mentioned earlier this week, Yeovil Town enter the FA Cup this weekend, along with all other League One and League Two sides.

The First Round draw will be televised live on the ITV1 Channel, at 1.30p.m. on Sunday 21st October. For that draw, Yeovil Town have been given Ball Number 47 with all Football League sides numbered No.1 to No.48. The remaining 32 teams will come from the Fourth Qualifying Round winning clubs, the majority of whom will know their fate this weekend.

The full list of balls is 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 Cheltenham Town 13 Chesterfield 14 Colchester United 15 Coventry City 16 Crawley Town 17 Crewe Alexandra 18 Dagenham & Redbridge 19 Doncaster Rovers 20 Exeter City 21 Fleetwood Town 22 Gillingham 23 Hartlepool United 24 Leyton Orient 25 Milton Keynes Dons 26 Morecambe 27 Northampton Town 28 Notts County 29 Oldham Athletic 30 Oxford United 31 Plymouth Argyle 32 Port Vale 33 Portsmouth 34 Preston North End 35 Rochdale 36 Rotherham United 37 Scunthorpe United 38 Sheffield United 39 Shrewsbury Town 40 Southend United 41 Stevenage 42 Swindon Town 43 Torquay United 44 Tranmere Rovers 45 Walsall 46 Wycombe Wanderers 47 Yeovil Town 48 York City

49 Alfreton Town 50 Hyde Or Harrogate Town 51 Hereford United 52 Barrow 53 Guiseley 54 Kidderminster Harriers 55 Bradford Park Avenue 56 Wrexham 57 AFC Fylde Or Ilkeston 58 Altrincham 59 Lincoln City Or FC Halifax Town 60 Macclesfield Town 61 Mansfield Town 62 Stockport County 63 AFC Telford United Or Nuneaton Town 64 Metropolitan Police 65 Arlesey Town 66 Forest Green Rovers Or Dartford 67 Yate Town Or Newport County 68 Slough Town Or Gosport Borough 69 Hastings United 70 Bromley 71 Chelmsford City Or East Thurrock United 72 Hayes & Yeading United Or Boreham Wood 73 Cambridge City 74 Bishop’s Stortford 75 Braintree Town 76 Dorchester Town 77 Luton Town 78 Gloucester City 79 Hendon 80 Ebbsfleet United.

Update: 19/10/2012: Balls No.49-80 Updated following today's Fourth Qualifying Round Results.


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18 October 2012 : Shakers Lose Striker Before Glovers Trip
Saturday's opponents Bury have suffered a pre-match set-back with the recall of one of their loan players. Striker Mark Cullen has today left Gigg Lane, and returned to his parent club Hull City. The 20 year old has been on their books since the start of the season, making 12 appearances, having also been with the Shakers last season.

Bury themselves have been significantly revamping their squad since the arrival of Kevin Blackwell as their manager on September 26th, who was appointed with his team sat at the foot of League One. He has brought in 20 year old Wolves defender Matt Doherty and recalled former Glovers loanee Andy Bishop from a loan spell with Wrexham. More recently he has drafted in Leeds United teenagers Dominic Poleon and Zac Thompson, who both made their debuts in their 1-1 midweek draw against Carlisle United.

The Shakers will bring down two very familiar faces to their line-up, with defender Adam Lockwood having signed for them over the summer, whilst Efe Sodje is on the coaching staff and warmed the bench on Tuesday night. However, Blackwell's arrival has yet to turn around their fortunes - they currently lie bottom of the league, having gained two draws and two defeats during his reign, and have yet to win a match this season.


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18 October 2012 : Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Next week sees Yeovil Town on the road twice in quick succession, and to a similar part of the country on both occasions. From Shropshire on Tuesday, we head to Cheshire, and our first match against Crewe Alexandra for three and a half years. The match takes place at Gresty Road (or Alexandra Stadium to give it the more formal title) on Saturday 27th October 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s: £16.00; Aged 12-16: £9.50; Aged 11 and Under: £5.50

Wheelchair users will pay £16.00 but must call 0871 876 1993 to book in advance.

Crewe's usual policy is to give advance tickets to opposition clubs although we're told in this case the Huish Park Ticket Office aren't expecting tickets in advance - so pay on the day. There is no increase in prices on the day of the match, however you should note that Crewe do not allow cash on the turnstiles. Hence you have to purchase your tickets from a ticket booth close to the turnstiles and then go in.

Away supporters are housed in the splendidly named Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand, which is a side-facing seated covered stand housing up to 1,680 supporters. There are a few supporting pillars that can block some views of the game, but with us unlikely to threaten the capacity of the stand, there should be plenty of room to pick'n'choose your slot.

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18 October 2012 : GWSC Travel To Shrewsbury Town
Next Tuesday night, Yeovil Town travel up the M5 to play Shrewsbury Town for a League One fixture. The game at the New Meadow (under sponsorship as the Greenhous Meadow) takes place on Tuesday 23rd October 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club travel plans for the game are shown below.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 2.00p.m. There will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £23.00 with Concessions available at £21.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

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18 October 2012 : Johnson Cautious Of Adding Further Signings
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is unlikely to add to his current squad of players for the foreseeable future. There have been a number of reports in recent weeks implying that there would be steps taken to add to what is currently a very small first team squad - only 14 full time professionals were available for the last midweek fixture against Torquay United, with two of the club's Under-18s players completing the bench.

Despite that, the Glovers boss is making do with what he's got - whether that's out of budget necessity, or based on his own views on a workable squad size isn't stated. However, Gary noted in his pre-match Torquay interview that he was reluctant to bring in players that might end up just being a short term fix, rather than as part of a longer term plan.

This weekend will see striker Paddy Madden return from being cup-tied, whilst Joe Edwards will be available after a one match suspension. Hence although Luke Ayling (hip) is not expected to feature, whilst Gozie Ugwu (hamstring), Lewis Young (ankle/knee) and Nathan Ralph (knee) are long term absentees, the Glovers should be back to sixteen available players for Saturday's game against Bury.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that despite recent form not having been great, he wants to lift his team back into the top half of the table. He also confirmed that unless a real big opportunity presents itself in the loan market, that he will work with the players that he's got:

"Not unless something crops up where you can get somebody who can make a difference. We've worked hard with this group of lads and we want to keep working hard and give them an opportunity. We're going to be up and down on occasions, but I'm hoping that if we can be there or thereabouts between 10th and 6th, or anywhere near there, then we can have a look and give it a right good go during the second half of the season."

Part of Gary's thinking may well be that he currently has five loan players on his books, albeit with Gozie Ugwu back at Reading for treatment for the rest of October. Striker Paddy Madden, midfielder Korey Smith, defender Daniel Burn and the right-sided Joe Edwards are all borrowed from other clubs, and so once Ugwu returns to action, bringing in any further loan signings will force Johnson to put players in the stand, due to Football League matchday squad rules.

The Glovers boss added that he was not happy with his side's current form, and that although he was delighted to get past Torquay in the Football League Trophy in midweek that he wanted to see better performances. He has hopes that in the long run, fans will see a better side than they have in recent matches:

"We are where we are at the minute. We've been a bit disappointed in our form of late, and over a period of time. But we'll keep going and hopefully the lads will pick up all of the things that we're saying. When it does all come together, we'll look a different team."


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17 October 2012 : Ticketing For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's next away match against Shrewsbury Town is now available. The match takes place at their New Meadow ground (under sponsorship as the Greenhous Meadow) on Tuesday 23rd October 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Over-65s/Students/Disabled: £14.00; Age 12-16: £11.00; Age 11 and Under: £5.00

Students must be carrying appropriate ID. Disabled supporters can also admit an assistant free of charge. For any advance arrangements you may have, Shrewsbury's main contact is 01743-273943.

There are also Family Tickets available as follows:

Family Tickets:
1 Adult plus 1 Child (11 and Under): £20.00
1 Adult plus 1 Child (12 to 16): £22.00
1 Additional Child under 11: FREE
1 Additional Child aged 12 to 16: £5.00.

Supporters should not that there is a £2.00 increase on all prices for tickets bought on the matchday itself. Advance tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, or you can buy on the day at the New Meadow at the higher tariffs.

Away fans are housed in the North Stand which is a covered seated stand with 1,796 available seats. We're not sure why, but for Walsall's recent visit, they only put 1,434 of those on sale for the game. Either figure though will be more than enough for a long midweek trip.

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17 October 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Torquay United Game
Following last night's penalty shoot-out win over Torquay United at Plainmoor, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Torquay United Game.


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17 October 2012 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Wycombe Wanderers is now available. The match against the Chairboys is the reward for beating Torquay United in last night's Second Round tie.

The match will be played on Tuesday 4th December at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Seniors/Young Persons/Disabled: £5.00; Juniors: £2.00.

This is a flat rate throughout the ground. In addition there will be no matchday surcharge for this game. Tickets for the match are on sale now from the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in person or on 01935-847888.

Season Ticket Holders have their seats/places reserved until Wednesday 7th November at 5.00p.m. You will need to make your purchase by that date. After that point, those seats will go on general sale.


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17 October 2012 : Johnson Choose Late On Glovers Spot Kick Winners
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson revealed that the club's five penalty takers last night were decided at the end of the match, with the players not knowing who would be involved until the last moment. The Glovers scored a perfect five out of five in a 5-4 penalty win, after the two sides had drawn 2-2 after 90 minutes of normal play.

The five players who stepped up all converted theirs whilst under pressure, but Johnson told BBC Somerset that it had been a very different story on the training ground when the whole team had a practice run which had originally been planned to decide the spot kick personnel:

"We practiced our penalties on Tuesday morning, and I'll tell you now, they were absolutely useless! So what we decided to do was that me and Terry (Skiverton) would pick the penalty takers today on the strength of their game. That's what we did, and we asked them to step up and be confident and strike it hard. It was a much better percentage than we had in training!"

Right-winger Keanu Marsh-Brown delivered the cross for James Hayter's 90th minute equaliser that took the game to penalties, and then was the match winner, as he took the last of the spot kicks to send Yeovil through to a Quarter-Final tie against Wycombe Wanderers. Johnson said he picked him out for the final one because he'd been so confident throughout the game:

"We put Keanu in to be our fifth one as we thought he was our Man of the Match, and if you've played well, then you're in credit. At that point the fifth one is often important and we gave it to him and he tucked it away nicely."

One of the other heroes of the night was striker James Hayter, who netted his fifth and sixth goals of the season, as well as scoring the first of Yeovil's penalties. Johnson added that having that sort of a player in his side was vital in matches when the team were not firing on all cylinders:

"The great goalscorers score goals just at the vital times. With three minutes (of injury time) to go, Keanu did his job with a little dribble and a great cross and Hayts got across his man for the second time in the game. He got his two goals and he's a good man to have in situations like that. But I didn't think we had enough of the ball to get him those balls. We did have a lot of the ball at times but we didn't do enough with it."


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17 October 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Torquay Interview
Just before last night's Football League Trophy match against Torquay United kicked off at Plainmoor, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's pre-kick-off thoughts and on the Trophy itself, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Torquay.


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16 October 2012 : Torquay 4 Yeovil 5 On Penalties : Late Drama Sends Glovers Through
Yeovil Town managed to squeeze their way into the Area Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy tonight, with a penalty shoot-out win over League Two side Torquay United. They were indebted to a 90th minute James Hayter goal that took the game to spot kicks, and also to a Marek Stech save that saw Thomas Cruise the only player to not score across the ten attempts made at the end of the match. Before that, it was Torquay who were in the driving seat, with Ryan Jarvis having twice put the Gulls ahead in the game, only to find Hayter twice peg the game back. In the end, Keanu Marsh-Brown was the hero, converting the tenth and final shoot-out penalty to give the Glovers a morale boost and send them through to a home match against Wycombe Wanderers.

Manager Gary Johnson made two team changes, both of which were enforced on the night. Striker Paddy Madden had already played in the competition for Carlisle United and so was unable to be fielded, whilst Joe Edwards was serving a ban for his red card on the weekend against Tranmere Rovers. They were replaced by Reuben Reid and Dominic Blizzard respectively, in like-for-like swaps, as Blizzard reprised his right-back role he performed at Leyton Orient. On the bench, Under-18s pair Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo got a chance to experience matchdays with the first team, with only 14 professionals available for selection. In the Torquay side, former trialise Aaron Downes started the game along with former Arsenal trainee Thomas Cruise, who has been widely expected to join the Glovers just over a year ago when he was released by the Gunners.

The Glovers got off to a reasonable start, with Sam Foley forcing Michael Poke to tip a shot around the post for a corner. In fact they were the better team throughout the opening 25 minutes, right up until the moment when Torquay took the lead. To be fair to the Gulls, it was a well worked goal, with Billy Bodin cutting the ball back across goal and thus putting it out of reach of Marek Stech and into the path of Ryan Jarvis for a 1-0 lead.

Reuben Reid should have provided a quick response when he fired at goalkeeper Poke, with Keanu Marsh-Brown unable to follow up. But the Glovers got their equaliser seven minutes before the break after Richard Hinds was fouled by Craig Easton. Jamie McAllister swung in the free kick, and Daniel Burn used his physical presence in the box to win the ball and disrupt the Gulls back line, critically leaving keeper Michael Poke out of position. Performing the classic goalpoacher's role, James Hayter managed to get his boot on the loose ball, and he nudged the ball home from close range for a 1-1 scoreline at the break.

The second period opened in a rather quiet pedestrian fashion, but one again it was Torquay who retook the lead with a flowing moove. Lee Mansell fed Danny Stevens, who provide an excellent pass through to Ryan Jarvis, who slotted home right footed past Marek Stech to put the home side 2-1 up. At that point Torquay looked like they were going to go on and win it, as the Glovers defence got the jitters, and that man Jarvis looked likely to get his hat-trick on the night.

With 20 minutes remaining though, Torquay withdrew Jarvis, whilst manager Gary Johnson threw his last roll of the dice, bringing on Byron Webster for Richard Hinds, whilst Gavin Williams replaced Reuben Reid, provoking a bit of a reshuffle as Sam Foley joined Hayter up front. All in all though, Torquay looked comfortable, playing keep-ball at times, and the game seemed to be fizzling out ... all until out of the blue, Keanu Marsh-Brown delivered a cross into the box just as the fourth official put up for three minutes of added time, and there was James Hayter to send the game through to a penalty shoot-out.

Whether the Glovers deserved to get that far was another matter, but they were able to regroup on the final whistle and choose their penalty takers, doubtless feeling better about the situation than the Gulls would have been. James Hayter and Ed Upson netted from the spot kicks, as did Torquay's opening pair. But then crucially Thomas Cruise had his attempt saved by Marek Stech and suddenly Yeovil had the advantage. They held their nerve as Gavin Williams and Jamie McAllister stepped up, with Torquay staying in the shoot-out up to the tenth penalty. But with the single advantage, Keanu Marsh-Brown had the responsibility to take the final one, and he made it a perfect five out of five for his side, to give them a Quarter-Final home clash against Wycombe Wanderers in December.

Final Score: Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Ryan Jarvis (25 mins, 1-0), James Hayter (38 mins, 1-1), Ryan Jarvis (57 mins, 2-1), James Hayter (90 mins, 2-2).

Penalties: Lee Mansell (1-0, scored), James Hayter (1-1, scored), Nathan Craig (2-1, scored), Ed Upson (2-2, scored), Thomas Cruise (2-2, not scored - saved), Gavin Williams (3-2, scored), Billy Bodin (3-3, scored), Jamie McAllister (4-3, scored), Rene Howe (4-4, scored), Keanu Marsh-Brown (5-4, scored).

Torquay United:
1. Michael Poke
12. Daniel Leadbitter 4. Aaron Downes 5. Brian Saah 21. Thomas Cruise
7. Lee Mansell 18. Craig Easton 20. Nathan Craig
8. Ryan Jarvis 15. Billy Bodin 19. Danny Stevens

Substitutes:
13. Martin Rice 2. Joe Oastler (81 mins for Danny Stevens) 9. Rene Howe (90 mins for Craig Easton) 23. Ashley Yeoman 29. Niall Thompson (72 mins for Ryan Jarvis)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
6. Dominic Blizzard 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 5. Byron Webster (70 mins for Richard Hinds) 10. Gavin Williams (70 mins for Reuben Reid) 24. Mitch Brundle 23. Will Agobo.

Torquay Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Keanu Marsh-Brown (kicking ball away, 78 mins)

Torquay Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 1; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 8; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Paul Rees (Somerset). Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Attendance: 1,280 (including 213 Yeovil fans).


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16 October 2012 : Team News For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
As mentioned earlier today, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is forced into making two changes to his starting line-up for tonight's away match against Torquay United. The Glovers have introduced striker Reuben Reid into a front line position, due to Paddy Madden being cup-tied, having already played for his parent club Carlisle United in the Football League Trophy.

The other change comes in at right-back. With Joe Edwards out suspended, and Luke Ayling suffering from a hip injury, in comes Dominic Blizzard as a right-back, having already played there earlier this season in the September away game at Leyton Orient.

On the bench, Under-18s pair Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo are included in the sixteen, due to there only being 14 first team players being available on the night - Lewis Young, Gozie Ugwu and Nathan Ralph are all out with long term injuries. Mitch is a defender, whilst Will generally plays in midfield.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
6. Dominic Blizzard 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 5. Byron Webster 10. Gavin Williams 23. Will Agobo 24. Mitch Brundle.

Torquay United:
1. Michael Poke
12. Daniel Leadbitter 4. Aaron Downes 5. Brian Saah 21. Thomas Cruise
7. Lee Mansell 18. Craig Easton 20. Nathan Craig 8. Ryan Jarvis
15. Billy Bodin 19. Danny Stevens

Substitutes:
13. Martin Rice 2. Joe Oastler 9. Rene Howe 23. Ashley Yeoman 29. Niall Thompson

Speaking prior to the team being revealed, manager Gary Johnson said that he would be fielding a full strength team, in terms of what he had available, saying that he didn't feel that he had the option of rotating his small squad:

"Our squad at the moment is not large numbers anyway. So short of putting the Youth Team lads in, it's going to have to be all of our pros. It will be the team that we think will win on the day. It won't be a team that I'm resting, and picking a team because I'm resting another team. This will be similar to a league game and we've got to treat it like that, because Torquay are a decent side at the moment. I'm sure they'll want to get through to the next round as well."

Johnson warns of the fact that a large number of League One sides have already fallen by the wayside in this competition, adding that even in the League Cup, his own side were able to match a club two leagues higher. He believes that his side will need to play better than they did in the first round when the Glovers gained a perhaps flattering 3-0 win over Bristol Rovers:

"We did well against West Brom didn't we, and it was a close game. There's been a lot of teams knocked out by lower league teams. We got the trophy for the team of the round against Bristol Rovers. There must have been some bad in that round if we got team of the round! But anyway we thank people for it, and we're going to need to play a lot better than that to beat the next team."


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16 October 2012 : Two Changes Forced On Glovers For Cup Tie
Yeovil Town will be forced into making at least two changes for this evening's Football League Trophy tie against League Two side Torquay United. The Glovers will definitely be without right-back Joe Edwards after he was given a red card in the weekend's 3-2 defeat against Tranmere Rovers that sees him sit out a one match ban tonight.

Their other problem is that Carlisle United's on loan striker Paddy Madden is cup-tied tonight, having played in the First Round for his parent club against Preston North End. Manager Gary Johnson was of course already aware of this when he took Madden on loan, and has told BBC Somerset that he had an alternative line-up in mind when the tie was original due to be played last Tuesday:

"He'll still be cup-tied - it doesn't change because the week changes! We'll have to do what we had in mind (last week). We've got an idea of what we want to do at Torquay and I don't see that changing much."

The most obvious change up front will be for Reuben Reid to come into the starting line-up, with the former Oldham Athletic target man having dropped out of the starting line-up since Madden's arrival at the club. However, the right-back position could be more of a conundrum. Regular full-back Luke Ayling was missing on Saturday with a hip injury and so would be a perfect replacement if he is fit - he was doing some light warm-ups at Prenton Park before the match but did not make the final sixteen.

If this game comes too soon for Ayling, then Byron Webster may be restored to the starting line-up, given that he filled that gap when Edwards was dismissed on Saturday. Theoretically, the Glovers could have as few as 15 players in their squad tonight, although Youth Team captain Mitch Brundle significantly did not travel to a midweek friendly the Under-18s were undertaking against Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon, suggesting he could be on the bench tonight.

The original tie between the two clubs was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Plainmoor. Johnson admitted that he was frustrated by this decision, but soon tried to use it as a positive to give him more time on the training ground with his players:

"I was frustrated on Tuesday. I was all dressed up with nowhere to go! I was just waiting for the lads to pick me up, but we didn't get that game. Having said that now, I'm quite okay about it, because it meant that we had a free week to work on things in the build-up to the Tranmere game."


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16 October 2012 : FA Cup Draw Scheduled For This Weekend
Yeovil Town will make their entrance into the 2012-13 FA Cup competition this coming Sunday, when the First Round Proper draw is scheduled to be made. The Glovers come in at First Round stage along with all other League One and League Two sides who will compete against those who get through the Fourth Qualifying Round stage, of which all ties are due to be played this Saturday.

The First Round draw will be televised live on the ITV1 Channel, at 1.30p.m. on Sunday 21st October. As usual, there will be 40 ties at this stage. Of regional interest, Hereford United, Forest Green Rovers, Yate Town, Dorchester Town, Gloucester City and Chippenham Town are all still involved in the Fourth Qualifying Round stage.

If you want to keep an eye on the minnows, then South Park are home to Metropolitan Police, whilst Blackfield and Langley are away at Hastings United. They are the only survivors from the Extra Preliminary Round stage that saw 758 teams enter the competition from the 833 that applied.

Prize money for those winning through the various rounds, with the number of teams that will win that sum of money shown in brackets, are provided below:

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32) £12,500
First Round Proper winners (40) £18,000
Second Round Proper winners (20) £27,000
Third Round Proper winners (32) £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners (16) £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners (8) £180,000
Sixth Round Proper winners (4) £360,000
Semi-Final winners (2) £900,000
Semi-Final runners-up (2) £450,000
Final runners-up (1) £900,000
Final winners (1) £1,800,000

All First Round matches are scheduled to take place around the weekend of Saturday 3rd November, subject to policing and television requirements.


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15 October 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Torquay United
It's hard to believe that it's now eight years since Yeovil Town met Torquay United in a Football League match. Since then we've travelled down to Plainmoor twice in cup competitions, with the last taking place five years ago. Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town make their second attempt to play their Football League Trophy Second Round match against the Gulls.

As well as those past meetings, expect directions, parking, ticketing, travel, pub guides and a club background when you click on the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Torquay United.

Link: GWSC Travel To Torquay United.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.


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15 October 2012 : Video : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive Saturday's away match against Tranmere Rovers, the Sky Sports website has now uploaded their weekend highlights. A total of 2 minutes and 48 seconds to cover the five goals, and some questionable marking, can be found via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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15 October 2012 : Portsmouth Man Of The Match Result
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played host to fallen giants Portsmouth in a League One fixture for the first time. The 1-2 home defeat saw goals from Izale McLeod and Gabor Gyepes sandwich a Reuben Reid penalty scored during the Glovers best period of the match during the second half.

As for the Man of the Match voting, this was one where the second and third placed votes came in very important. More supporters ranked Keanu Marsh-Brown as their top player on the night, but he was pushed out by Korey Smith, whose votes across the board managed to make the Norwich City midfielder the outright winner. Votes are as shown below, with outright MOTM figures in brackets:

1 Korey Smith 170 (9)
2 Keanu Marsh-Brown 152 (13)
3 Reuben Reid 84 (5)
4 Marek Stech 46 (2)
5 Joe Edwards 34 (3)
6 Daniel Burn 24 (1)
7 Dominic Blizzard 22 (1)
7 Gozie Ugwu 22 (1)
9 Jamie McAllister 22 (0)
10 Byron Webster 18 (0)
10 Nathan Ralph 18 (0)
12 Lewis Young 16 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 4.22

Performance: 3.68
Entertainment: 4.76

VOTES RECEIVED 36


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14 October 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Tranmere Interview
Just before yesterday's match against Tranmere Rovers kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's thoughts on the game, team selection, and injuries to Nathan Ralph and Luke Ayling along with possible moves into the loan market, are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Tranmere.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Away Game.


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14 October 2012 : Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 defeat against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Skivo's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Away Game.


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14 October 2012 : Ladies Hosting Reading On Sunday Afternoon
A reminder that there is free entry to this Sunday afternoon's Yeovil Town Ladies' game for all female footballers in Somerset aged Under 18.

Yeovil Town Ladies FC vs Reading Ladies FC
FA Women's Premier League Cup Fixture
Venue: Wells City Football Club, Rowdens Rd, Wells, Somerset.
2.00p.m. Kick Off – 14th October 2012

Yeovil Town Ladies in action against Reading Ladies on Sunday
Free admission for all females aged U18s
£3.00 (Adults) £1 (Children/OAP concessions)
For your free admission quote ‘Girl’s Football Offer’ on the gate.



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13 October 2012 : Ralph Knee Problem Requires Operation
Yeovil Town's left-sided player Nathan Ralph is going to be spending a lengthy period on the treatment table after it was revealed that he faces a knee operation. The former Peterborough United trainee has made just one substitute appearance since mid-September, and did not make the squad for this weekend's trip to Tranmere Rovers, having been left at home with a knee injury during the club's last away trip at Preston North End.

Manager Gary Johnson revealed prior to kick-off that Ralph's knee problem is going to require him to go under the knife to remove a cyst that is causing him discomfort, and that is likely to keep him out until mid-to-late November. He was joined on the sidelines this weekend by right-back Luke Ayling, who has a more minor knock. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary explained the situation:

"Nathan Ralph has got a cyst on his knee. It's been troubling him for a little while. We didn't really know what it was, but he's got to have that cut out. That's going to be at least a month to six weeks. Luke Ayling has got a problem with his hip and that's troubling him at the moment. So we have to see how that settles down as well."

With right-back Joe Edwards now facing a one match ban, if Ayling isn't fit in time for Tuesday's trip to Torquay United then the Glovers will have just fifteen recognised professional players available for that match. Right-winger Lewis Young (ankle/knee) and striker Gozie Ugwu (hamstring) are likely to be absent for the rest of the month, leaving them firmly off the list of possible players.

Even the presence of midfielder Gavin Williams on the bench is no guarantee of his ability to play over a sustained period, with the Welshman having been dogged with calf muscle issues all season. Johnson adds that he will consider bringing in additional loan signings to the club to help boost numbers, but admits that he needs to choose carefully:

"I'm always considering bringing in loan signings as that's the only way to improve your squad at this time. You can't bring any contracted players in until January. So we're keeping an eye out on that. We don't think that Luke will be too long, and we've got Gavin (Williams) on the bench, so hopefully he will get fitter and fitter every week. We'll have a look at it, but at the moment we've got the numbers. One or two would be nice, but it's got to be the right one or two."


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13 October 2012 : Skiverton: Second Half Spell Cost Points
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton felt his side were outstanding this afternoon during the first half against League One leaders Tranmere Rovers. However, having watched his team fall apart during the second half, Skivo felt that the turning point had been James Wallace's goal scored just before the break, which narrowed the margin created by Paddy Madden and Sam Foley's opening goals.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the game that if his side had managed to get a third goal during that period, that they could have won the match, but said that a 20 minute period during the second half saw Tranmere take over proceedings:

"I thought for the first 40 minutes we were outstanding today. I thought that we could have had maybe one or two more goals in that period. But you can see why Tranmere are top of the League. The timing of their goal right on half time seemed to knock the stuffing out of us a little bit. The positives are that our start was excellent. But it was just that 15 or 20 minute spell in the second half, where we didn't stand up to a good Tranmere team, where their fans really got behind them."

Tranmere went on to win the match by a 3-2 scoreline, with Jake Cassidy and Danny Holmes scoring their second half goals. In between that, Yeovil right-back Joe Edwards got his marching orders, and although Skiverton wasn't happy with referee Kevin Wright's performance throughout the afternoon, he felt the Bristol City loanee could have showed better discipline:

"There were quite a lot of free kicks that were easily earned today. Not that I'm making any excuses for Joe's (Edwards) first one to be fair, because the lad had to come off. But we said at half time to make sure that you don't lunge in, and make sure you're not stretching for anything, and that's the first thing that Joe does. I think that's the third or fourth time this year that we've gone down to ten men, and when you're coming to the team that's top of the league, you're not going to get the game back after that."


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13 October 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Tranmere vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 3-2 defeat against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton 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 Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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13 October 2012 : Tranmere 3 Yeovil 2 : Second Half Collapse Costs Glovers
A second half collapse saw Yeovil Town go down by a 3-2 scoreline to League One runaway leaders Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park this afternoon. The Glovers held a 2-0 lead, having taken advantage of early goals from Paddy Madden and Sam Foley that threatened to end a ten month unbeaten home run for the Wirral side. However, the warning signs were there when James Wallace's headed goal was scored just before the break, and Tranmere turned the game on its head as Jake Cassidy got his 8th goal of the season, and Danny Holmes got the winner eleven minutes from time. Yeovil's miserable end to the match was capped by the dismissal of Joe Edwards, who was sent off for two yellow cards.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side, retaining the eleven players who had beaten Colchester United 3-1 last week at Huish Park. Byron Webster returned but had to settle for a position on the substitutes bench. Only five players were named there, with Nathan Ralph out with a knee injury, Luke Ayling missing with a hip problem, and Gozie Ugwu (hamstring) and Lewis Young (ankle/knee) out with long term problems. The home side featured former Glover Abdulai Bell-Baggie who has become a regular in the table-toppers' first team since joining them over the summer.

They got off to a dream start, just nine minutes into the match. Sam Foley's ball into the box took a big deflection as it went across the face of the box, and Paddy Madden was on hand to take advantage and score his third goal since arriving on loan from Carlisle United - not a bad tally given he has only scored twice for his parent club in 18 months.

This was a very open half of football, with both sides having chances for further goals - Adam McGurk fired over the bar as the home side hit back, whilst Keanu Marsh-Brown's deflected attempt forced Owain fon Williams to push behind for a corner. But on the half hour mark the Glovers doubled their lead, with Paddy Madden and Sam Foley again the provider and scorer. This time they swapped it around - Madden's driven ball into the box may have been a shot rather than a cross, but Foley was in a good position to convert his third goal of the season. 2-0 up against a side that hadn't lost a league match all season!

Referee Kevin Wright hadn't taken charge of a Football League match since Boxing Day 2011, and it showed somewhat, with Rovers captain James Wallace lucky to stay on the pitch after appearing to land an arm in the face of Korey Smith, as the Glovers midfielder pulled his shirt in a tussle for the ball. Smith was booked for the foul, but after a lengthy dramatic pause, the match official decided Wallace's actions were worthy of a yellow. That was to prove significant by half time. This was a feisty end to the half, with Joe Edwards landing in the book and the home support baying for blood at every Yeovil foul.

Right on half time, Tranmere got themselves a lifeline, after Sam Foley was penalised for handball. Adam McGurk took the free kick, and James Wallace got in a free header that in other circumstances he might not have been on the pitch to take advantage of. 2-1 at the break but scored so close to the game, it was bound to make Ronnie Moore's half time team talk a lot easier for a side that had scored 26 times in 11 matches prior to the game.

Although Yeovil initially started the half well, it was Tranmere who took control of the match, with Marek Stech making a number of excellent saves - one after the ball had taken a heavy deflection off Richard Hinds, and another from Zoumana Bakayogo which saw the ball palmed around the post for a corner. Six minutes into the second half though, the home side were level - Adam McGurk's shot could only be parried by Stech, and Jake Cassidy was in the right place to anticipate the rebound, and bring the game level at 2-2.

A lull in the match suggested that Yeovil could still get a point out of the match, but with so many players booked during the first half, there was always the possibility that one side might end the game with ten men. So it was to be, with Joe Edwards getting the first red card of his professional career - a late tackle on Zoumana Bakayogo that he tried to pull out of, but one where referee Kevin Wright wasn't going to show any leniency. Down to ten men, and that was the opportunity for the home side to grab all three points.

They did so just five minutes after that dismissal, and shortly after the Glovers had reorganised defensively, with Byron Webster introduced as a right-back to replace Edwards, whilst Sam Foley and James Hayter were withdrawn, as Yeovil operated with a 4-4-1 formation, with Gavin Williams playing in Foley's position.

The winning goal when it came was one of defenders and markers entirely switching off from a corner. Tranmere's Adam McGurk took it short and quickly whilst Yeovil were still working out who they were going to mark. In came the ball into the box, and Danny Holmes was able to fire home from close range to put the home side 3-2 up, and Yeovil's marking having gone dreadfully amiss.

And that was pretty much it. Four minutes of injury time saw nothing happen of note, and so the Glovers drop one place in the League Table, whilst Tranmere stretch their lead at the top to an incredible seven points. Things could have been so different at the 45 minute mark, but the second half saw the home team show why they are top of the league, whilst Yeovil showed why they have only kept one clean sheet in league matches this season. With Joe Edwards now suspended for the midweek trip to Torquay United, and Luke Ayling out today with a hip problem, dealing with those defensive issues isn't going to be straight-forward.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (0-1, 9 mins), Sam Foley (0-2, 29 mins), James Wallace (1-2, 45 mins), Jake Cassidy (2-2, 51 mins), Danny Holmes (3-2, 79 mins)

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Owain Fon Williams
2. Danny Holmes 4. Ash Taylor 21. Ben Gibson 14. Zoumana Bakayogo
22. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 6. Liam Palmer 8. James Wallace 7. Joe Thompson
11. Adam McGurk 9. Jake Cassidy

Substitutes:
33. Jason Mooney 3. Paul Black (85 mins for Adam McGurk) 12. Danny Harrison 15. Jake Kirby 16. Cole Stockton (46 mins for Joe Thompson) 17. Max Power 19. Michael Kay

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 5. Byron Webster (76 mins for Sam Foley) 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams (76 mins for James Hayter) 11. Reuben Reid.

Tranmere Bookings: James Wallace (retaliation, 41 mins), Danny Holmes (excessive celebration, 79 mins).

Yeovil Bookings: Daniel Burn (21 mins, foul), Korey Smith (foul, 41 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 42 mins), Keanu Marsh-Brown (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Joe Edwards (two bookable offences, 73 mins).

Tranmere Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 25.

Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Scott Oldham (Lancashire) and Philip Dermott (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire).

Attendance: 6,344 (including approximately 100 Yeovil fans).


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13 October 2012 : Team News For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against League One leaders Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Centre-back Byron Webster returns from his one match suspension, but he only gets as far as the substitutes bench, as the side that beat Colchester United 3-1 is preferred by manager Gary Johnson.

However, there are injury problems on the bench with Nathan Ralph's knee injury that has caused him recent problems stopping him from travelling, whilst Luke Ayling is also missing with a hip injury. As such, there are only five substitutes on the bench, with the sixteen remaining squad players all selected for the game, with Lewis Young (ankle/knee) and Gozie Ugwu (hamstring) long term absentees.

Tranmere's line-up includes former Glover Abdulai Bell-Baggie on the wing, whilst there's a surprise as Owain fon Williams starts in goal despite their pre-match reports saying that he would be unavailable due to international duty.

The line-up this afternoon reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Mallen

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 5. Byron Webster 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid.

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Owain Fon Williams
2. Danny Holmes 4. Ash Taylor 21. Ben Gibson 14. Zoumana Bakayogo
22. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 6. Liam Palmer 8. James Wallace 7. Joe Thompson
11. Adam McGurk 9. Jake Cassidy

Substitutes:
33. Jason Mooney 3. Paul Black 12. Danny Harrison 15. Jake Kirby 16. Cole Stockton 17. Max Power 19. Michael Kay


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13 October 2012 : September 2012 Player of the Month
The month of September was not the best in Yeovil Town's Football League history. It started brightly enough, with wins over Doncaster Rovers in the League, and Bristol Rovers in the Football League Trophy, but nosedived shortly afterwards, with a run of five consecutive defeats - which became six when we rolled into October.

As far as Man of the Match results were concerned, the individual match winners across the month were Byron Webster (Doncaster Rovers), Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers), Marek Stech (Bournemouth, MK Dons), Sam Foley (Leyton Orient) Korey Smith (Sheffield United) and Daniel Burn (Preston North End).

Once the month's votes had been totted up, Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith has made a good impression since his arrival from Carrow Road in the middle of the month, and his four matches were good enough to get him a third place slot. Centre-back Byron Webster has also had a good month, and he came in second place. But the runaway leader, once again, was goalkeeper Marek Stech, who also won the August 2012 poll.

The top ten players, along with the percentage of the vote cast, are as shown below:

1 Marek Stech 23.3
2 Byron Webster 12.0
3 Korey Smith 10.5
4 Ed Upson 9.7
5 Sam Foley 9.2
6 Daniel Burn 8.5
7 Gavin Williams 5.6
8 Dominic Blizzard 4.0
9 James Hayter 3.6
10 Richard Hinds 3.2


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13 October 2012 : Foster Trying To Sell Young Striker To Glovers
Gillingham Town manager Adrian Foster has said that he is trying to persuade Yeovil Town to take on one of his players. Seventeen year old Aaron Rodriguez is currently on the books of the Western Football League Premier Division side, but Foster, who played for the Glovers himself during the 1999-00 season, believes his player has the ability to succeed at full time level.

Despite his age, Aaron made his first team debut for the Dorset club in August, whilst still sixteen years old. Since then he's made 12 appearances, with Foster frequently praising the striker, who came through the club's Youth set-up. Having scored four goals already this season, Foster has told the Western Gazette that he believes his player would benefit from being in a full-time development environment and wants the Glovers to take a look:

"Aaron really needs to be taken on full time. He was man of the match for us on Saturday and has got unbelievable ability. Full time training would be so good for him. I have had a conversation with Yeovil but there is no interest at present. I am entitled to take him there for a day so they can have a look at him so I will look to do that."

The concept of a player moving from Gillingham Town to Yeovil is not as unlikely as it might seem. Goalkeeper Chris Weale started his footballing career playing in Dorset, before he was signed up by Stuart Housley to play for the club's Under-18s side.


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13 October 2012 : Football League Trophy Area Quarter-Final : Full Draw
The draw for the Area Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy has been made this morning, live on Soccer AM. The draw has given the winners of this Tuesday's Second Round tie between Torquay United and Yeovil Town a

The full draw is as follows:

Northern Section:
Crewe Alexandra vs Doncaster Rovers
Bury vs Preston North End
Port Vale vs Bradford City
Coventry City vs Notts County or Sheffield United

Southern Section:
Northampton Town vs Leyton Orient
Southend United vs Brentford
Torquay United or Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Plymouth Argyle vs Oxford United

All Area Quarter-Final ties are scheduled to be played during week commencing December 3rd 2012. Yeovil Town's outstanding Second Round tie will be played at Plainmoor on Tuesday 16th October 2012.


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13 October 2012 : Gary Previews The Tranmere Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's away match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's views on the game and restarting his side's run of form can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Tranmere.


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12 October 2012 : Townsend Makes Under-21s Debut
Former Yeovil Town loanee Andros Townsend made his debut for the England Under-21 set-up tonight, as part of their 1-0 win over Serbia. The 21 year old came on as a 65th minute substitute, replacing Raheem Sterling just one minute after Craig Dawson scored the vital penalty that gives the Three Lions the edge going into the second leg of their Euro 2013 Under-21 play-off match.

For Townsend this was his first ever appearance at this level. His Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Steven Caulker once again played a full 90 minutes at the heart of the defence. In the seven caps he's now gained at Under-21 level, Caulker has featured in wins on all bar one of those occasions.

As mentioned in today's earlier article, Townsend's career is starting to show signs of taking off. He has certainly been noticed by Spurs assistant manager Steffen Freund, who believes the only reason why Townsend has not made it into the Spurs first team faster has been that he is battling against Gareth Bale for that slot on the wing. But Freund predicts that Andros will get there in the end:

"From the first moment this season, he’s tried to fight for a place in the team. Can you imagine, as 21 year-old, you have in front of you Gareth Bale, one of the best wingers around? Andros keeps going, he trains well, he’s always there if you need him, always strong, creates something, he played fantastic at Carlisle (in the League Cup) and scored as well. Now he’s with the Under-21s and that’s great for him to be involved in two big games against Serbia. It’s fantastic to work with Andros because he likes to improve and I think over the next few years, he’ll be one of the biggest talents in England."

Whilst on the subject of former Glovers players getting international selection, Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford is on the bench tonight for the full Republic of Ireland side that is playing Germany at the Dublin Arena in a Group C match. The 21 year old has been an unused substitute before for the full Irish side, having sat on the bench for in the August 2011 friendly against Croatia.

Clifford was a late call-up to the squad, after a series of drop-outs through injury from the original squad and manager Giovanni Trapattoni has suggested that he sees him as part of the future of Irish football:

"I think it's better for the FAI that we look for the future. I saw Clifford in training today and I think he is very good for the future."


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12 October 2012 : Roadworks Outside Tranmere's Ground
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to tomorrow's match at Prenton Park should be aware of roadworks that may cause them delays. The BBC Travel website reports:

"Temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Prenton Road East in Tranmere at the Borough Road junction."

This junction is immediately East of the ground, and so any traffic converging on that junction in the lead-up to tomorrow's kick-off time is likely to suffer extended delays. They will be hard to avoid, the closer you get to the ground.

The delays are reported to be mainly along the Borough Road junction where you'd have to pass through the roadworks to get to the ground. Most Yeovil supporters will come off at Junction 4 of the M53 as normal, taking the B5151 (Mount Road) towards Tranmere and Prenton.

At the 'kidney' double-roundabout, the road signs for the ground will advise you to fork right into Thornton Road, followed by a left into Borough Road that will take you through the roadworks. As an alternative to that, stay on the B5151 instead, and into Storeton Road. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right into Prenton Park West, and this will take you to the ground.

In practice, given that the roadworks are just beyond the ground, you'd probably be better off finding somewhere to park before you reach the ground, as on both routes, once you go beyond it, you'll be hitting the temporary traffic lights.

The Ciderspace guide to Tranmere Rovers can be accessed via the link below.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.


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12 October 2012 : Townsend Gives Glovers Credit For Career Progression
Former Yeovil Town loan winger Andros Townsend has today given his former club a large slice of the credit for putting him where he is today. The 21 year old has been interviewed by the London Evening Standard on the day that could see him get his England Under-21 debut. The Euro-2013 Play-Off match against Serbia kicks off at 6.00p.m. tonight as a prelude to the full England side playing later that evening, and can be viewed on the ESPN Sports Channel.

Townsend was selected earlier this month along with Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Steven Caulker. Whilst Caulker has become a regular at this level, Andros has only just broken through - if he gets onto the pitch this will be his first Under-21 appearance. Having also broken into the Spurs first team squad this is turning into a significant season for the winger.

Andros is very clear about what allowed him to make the bridge from youth team football into the more senior side of the game, citing his ten game spell at Huish Park at the tail end of the 2008-09 season as a landmark moment. He also told the paper why some loan spells for Premier League Academy players don't always work out:

"There are loads of players who go to clubs like Yeovil from the Premier League and probably turn their noses up. If you have that attitude, it doesn’t work out, so you have to buy into what happens in the lower leagues and get on with it. When you grow up at a Premier League club, you’re more likely to be better at the technical side of the game. What you learn in the lower leagues is the defending, the nitty-gritty stuff, the streetwise football. I was 17 when I went to Yeovil and it was a culture shock for me. Obviously, the facilities weren’t the same as at a Premier League club and it took me a few games to get used to the tempo and the physicality."

Prior to this season, Townsend had played a scattering of first team matches for Spurs, mainly in the Europa League during the first half of the 2011-12 season. However, on September 16th 2012, he made his first ever Premier League appearance for the club, as an 88th minute substitute against Reading. He has since followed that up with two more top flight sub appearances, and has got onto the pitch six times in all competitions, including last Sunday's 2-0 win over Aston Villa. He sees that as a significant breakthrough, and hopes that tonight's match will add to that growing list of milestone moments:

"I’ve made a leap forward this season. I’d never played in the Premier League before this year and now I’ve made three appearances, albeit from the bench. I’ve made a step up and I just have to continue it. This call-up (to the England Under-21 squad), hopefully, is another step in the right direction."


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12 October 2012 : Ladies Ready For Part One Of Royals Double Whammy
Yeovil Town Ladies enter part one of two matches in two weeks with Reading Ladies at the weekend, as they do battle with the Berkshire side in the Premier League Cup on Sunday, warming up for next week's contest in the league.

The Glovers drew their first match of the competition 0-0 with Cardiff City last month, and will be looking to take victory against the Royals, giving themselves fair chance to progress in the completion. Reading are going great guns this season, and are presently sitting in second place in the league. They will likely prove tough opposition, but having put in a good performance last weekend at Colchester Yeovil will be in buoyant mood. It should be a great match to watch, and with all female footballers from Somerset aged under eighteen allowed to enter the ground free of charge, the Athletic Ground will be buzzing.

Yeovil Town Ladies take Reading Ladies at the Athletic Ground, Wells this Sunday, 14 October, the match kicking off at 2.00pm. All fans are asked to come along and support the girls, and can enter the ground for a great value £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions. The match day programme is free of charge, and the ground contains full refreshment and bar facilities. And don’t forget, any female footballers from Somerset under the age of eighteen enter FREE of charge.

Directions to Wells City:
The Athletic Ground
Rowdens Road
Wells
Somerset.
BA5 ITU

From the Yeovil Hospital roundabout take the third exit, before taking the second exit at the subsequent roundabout on to Ilchester Road. At the end of Ilchester Road use the second exit to head towards Chilthorne Domer, and follow signs for the A303 and London once on the outskirts of Ilchester. Once on the dual carriageway continue until the Podimore roundabout where it will be necessary to take the second exit for the A37.

Approaching Shepton Mallet, take the first exit at the Whitstone Corner roundabout before bearing left and then taking the second exit at the Cannards Grave roundabout. Continue out on the A37 before turning left at Charlton crossroads for the A361. At the next mini-roundabout continue forward on to the A371 before turning left five miles later for Rowdens Road.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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12 October 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Three (Thousand)'s A Crowd
Last Saturday's home attendance of 3,002 has caused plenty of debate amongst supporters, and doubtless the same inside the Huish Park offices. On Monday, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes gave his own views in a BBC interview to add to that.

In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, regular blogger Cruncher considers both and adds his own thoughts to the club's strategy. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own thoughts on the subject at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Three (Thousand)'s A Crowd.


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11 October 2012 : Johnson: One Game Doesn't Put Everything Right
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is keeping his feet firmly on the ground, despite guiding his side through last Saturday's match that finally broke their six match losing run. Mindful perhaps that last Saturday's win over Colchester United is now being followed by a trip to unbeaten League One leaders Tranmere Rovers, the Glovers boss is putting forward the message that the home victory was one game only, and that his side need to build back up the form they had earlier in the season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Johnson said that he had taken full advantage of the postponement of Tuesday night's Football League Trophy game to squeeze in a full weeks training that despite the poor weather had been enjoyable:

"You're always lifted by wins, and more so with the management! At the same time, one game doesn't suddenly put everything right. We've got to work as hard as we have done to get our results at this level. That's what we keep saying. It was a nice week to train, because we've ended up with the full week because of the game at Torquay being off. So it is nice, even though it's peeing down with rain. You can still train with a smile on your face, and that's been good."

When the Glovers arrive at Prenton Park, they will be reunited with one of their former players, although one that fans will be much less familiar with. Former Reading academy player Abdulai Bell-Baggie didn't get a single minute on the pitch during his half season at the club, and was released from his contract just before Johnson's return to the club, playing for Hayes and Yeading plus Salisbury City during the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

Over the summer of 2012, Bell-Baggie went on trial at Tranmere, eventually earning a contract under manager Ronnie Moore, who had given him a loan spell at Rotherham United whilst he was boss there. The 20 year old has now become a regular member of Tranmere's line-up, clocking up 12 appearances and scoring once. Johnson said that coming up against players with connections with the management team was a regular thing, although admitted that he knew very little of the player in question, who was signed by his assistant Terry Skiverton:

"When you've been in the game as long as I have, there's always players that want to come back and prove you right - as in Colchester's case, Michael Rose had a very good career with me, and Brian Wilson (at Bristol City) had a very good career with me. So some of them want to keep impressing you, but some of them want to prove you wrong, because you've released them or you've moved them on, or you've turned them down at some stage. However, I've not had anything to do with him, so if he's doing anything then it's either for or against Terry and Darren!"

Tranmere will go into Saturday's game missing two of their most influential players, with attacking midfielder Andy Robinson and striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro both having netted seven goals each so far this season. They will sit out the match through injury, whilst goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams is on international duty and so will be elsewhere. Former Wycombe keeper Jason Mooney has been Tranmere's benchwarmer this season and so seems likely to cover between the sticks, whilst the outfield positions will be contested by Joe Thompson, who replaced Akpa Akpro in midweek, and Adam McGurk, who manager Ronnie Moore has said is the most likely player to start up front.

For the Glovers, they welcome back centre-back Byron Webster, who has served a one match ban, but otherwise should retain last weekend's squad, with Lewis Young (ankle/knee) and Gozie Ugwu (hamstring) both out for the month of October. Meanwhile midfielder Gavin Williams will be the perennial 'will he, won't he?' decision in terms of his calf muscle problems. Manager Gary Johnson is unlikely to make too many changes given his side's strong performance against Colchester, and the full week's rest his side will have enjoyed.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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11 October 2012 : England On TV At Huish Park Next Month
The England football team are in action twice over this coming 'international' weekend, taking in two World Cup Qualifying matches. Tomorrow night's home game against San Marino is followed by next Tuesday's trip to Poland, in Group H matches.

A month later, England are back in action with an International Friendly match, and you can watch that game in the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park. The bar will be opening at 6.30p.m. with the match itself kicking off an hour later. England's opponent that night are Sweden, in a game that has been schedule to mark the opening of the 50,000-capacity Friends Arena (also known as the Swedbank Arena) which has been built on the outskirts of Stockholm, and will be the new home of the Swedish National side, replacing the existing Rasunda Stadium.

In an effort to entice you into Huish Park, the club will be offering 50 pence off a pint at the bar that night. In addition, there will be hot food in the form of Cottage Pie and Beans available, priced £3.00.


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10 October 2012 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Prenton Park on Saturday 13th October 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).

Some referees you have every season on a repeated basis, to the point where you'd almost recognise them if they walked past you in the street. Then there's Mr Wright - three times in the last nine years, and no sighting of him for a four year period. There are a few reasons for that - for instance this is his first match at Football League level since Boxing Day 2011 - a profile written by the Football League pre-dating that reveals that he also disappeared for nine months due to a knee injury. He is a keen fisherman, and doubtless is just as keen to hook people in during his day time job as a Senior Manager at HMRC.

We had him twice during the 2003-04 season. Both matches saw him have to make big decisions. At the September 2003 fixture, he seemed to have a pretty competant game, with even many rather partisan Doncaster Rovers fans at Belle Vue seeing an elbow by Leo Fortune-West late on as worthy of a red card - preferring to take it out on their errant striker than the match official.

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

That season was the year that Mr Wright was promoted to the Football League's referee's list, so it's a touch surprising that our paths have only crossed once since then. During that time he moved from Northamptonshire to Cambridgeshire, and so it was perhaps surprising that he was selected for a home Northampton Town game in October 2008. We lost the match 3-0, and were a little irritated by the way he got sucked in by some theatrical falling that led to the free kick that the Cobblers opened the scoring. The home side's players were indulging with that sort of stuff throughout the afternoon, and Abdul Osman's reaction to an altercation with Terrell Forbes should have won him an Oscar. Unfortunately for Terrell, his fairly tame hand in the face probably did deserve a red card, and we were probably more annoyed with him and Osman's behaviour than we were with the referee for sticking to the letter of the law.

Since then, Mr Wright has disappeared from view, as far as Yeovil Town fixtures are concerned. Let's hope his ten month lay-off from action at this level hasn't left him too rusty.

Mr Wright will be assisted by Scott Oldham (Lancashire) and Philip Dermott (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Michael Salisbury (Lancashire).

Link: October 2008 : Northampton Town 3 Yeovil Town 0.

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

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


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10 October 2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies Launches Update To Fans Bill Of Rights
Yeovil Town Ladies FC has today launched an update to it's award winning 'Fans Bill of Rights'. Last season the Club became the first Women's Club ever to win a National FA Respect Gold Award. This award was mainly down to the Bill of Rights, which sets out in writing what can be expected of the club in terms of Respect, Fair Play and Customer Service.

The document is designed to be equally applicable to visiting fans/players and officials. Chairman of Yeovil Town Ladies FC, David Mills said:

"Although this was literally an award winning idea last season, we want to build further on it as after all if you do not keep ideas like this refreshed, there is no point in doing them. As a club we are always looking to do better on and off the pitch, so as soon as we picked up the Respect award last season, we were thinking about how we could improve matter further this time round."

This season our Bill of Rights includes a new option for fans – an email address especially for them to send queries on Respect and Customer care. Commenting on this, David Mills said:

"We thought this was an important step forward as the more ways we can give people to communicate with us on these important issues, the better. Very often if someone has a complaint about something, they might not want to speak to someone directly and this email address gives them another option."

A copy of Yeovil Town Ladies FC 2012-13 Season Bill of Rights can be found via the link below, or on the Ladies' website.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies FC 2012-13 Season Bill of Rights.

[David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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10 October 2012 : Football League Trophy Quarter-Final Draw Scheduled
With Yeovil Town's Second Round tie againat Torquay United having been postponed on Tuesday, the end result is that the Glovers will be in the Quarter-Final draw. The competition will now split into just two regional groups, with Northern and Southern representation. Yeovil Town and Torquay will obviously fit into the Southern draw. That will be made live on Sky's Soccer AM programme this coming Saturday, 13th October, from 10.00a.m.

The groupings are shown below. Whereas the Northern part of the draw is still dominated by League One clubs, with six of the eight remaining slots guaranteed to feature third tier clubs, the Southern grouping has been where all of the shocks have occurred. From League One, currently only Brentford and Leyton Orient are guaranteed a place in the Quarter-Final draw, giving a big incentive for the Glovers to progress.

Northern Section:
Crewe Alexandra
Bury
Preston North End
Port Vale
Doncaster Rovers
Coventry City
Notts County or Sheffield United (playing 17/10/2012, live on Sky Sports)
Bradford City

Southern Section:
Wycombe Wanderers
Oxford United
Torquay United or Yeovil Town (playing 16/10/2012)
Plymouth Argyle
Northampton Town
Leyton Orient
Brentford
Southend United

Yeovil Town's rearranged trip to Torquay will take place on Tuesday 16th October, kick-off 7.45p.m. at Plainmoor. All Area Quarter-Final ties are scheduled to be played during week commencing December 3rd 2012.


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10 October 2012 : Revised GWSC Travel To Torquay United
Next Tuesday night, Yeovil Town will make their second attempt to play Torquay United in their outstanding Football League Trophy fixture. Last night's original fixture was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The game at Plainmoor will now take place on Tuesday 16th October 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The Green and Whites Supporters Club will be taking a coach down to Devon for this game. If you had previously booked on yesterday's coach you must rebook if you wish to travel with the GWSC for this rearranged fixture. If you can't make the rearranged fixture, but were on the original list, then just drop them a message so they can cross you off the list. Obviously new bookings for this new date are also welcomed.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 4.45p.m. There will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £10.00 with no Concessions available for this game. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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10 October 2012 : Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion
Two of Yeovil Town's forthcoming League One home matches have been designated as 'Kids For A Quid' days. The match against Oldham Athletic on December 22nd 2012 and the home game against Walsall on Friday 29th March 2012 will allow all supporters aged Under-16 to gain admittance to the stadium for one pound only.

The rules on this promotion are usually very simple. There are no limitations on the offer (apart from the capacity of the stadium!) There are no adults required as part of the promotion. There are no forms to fill in. Simply take your one pound coin up to the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in advance, or on the day of the game. Call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 for further information.


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9 October 2012 : Interview With Martyn Starnes
Yeovil Town's home attendance on Saturday represented a new low in terms of the club's Football League records. The 3,002 that showed for the League One game against Colchester United was the lowest since entering the Football League in 2003, beating the 3,121 record that had been established during the 2011-12 midweek fixture against Leyton Orient.

That early part of the 2011-12 season had quickly established the five lowest crowds since entering the Football League, with Milton Keynes Dons (3,274), Oldham Athletic (3,237), Wycombe Wanderers (3,134), Bury (3,127) and Leyton Orient (3,121) having formed five of the opening eight fixtures of last season.

This season has been kinder to the Glovers, with Coventry City, Portsmouth, Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United all recently relegated Championship sides, and with AFC Bournemouth being a local derby. However, the meeting against Essex side Colchester put the club as close as it has come so far at recording a sub-3,000 gate in the Football League.

Yesterday, BBC Somerset interviewed Chief Executive Martyn Starnes live on air as part of their Drive programme. With questions from Ben McGrail, particularly centring around crowds at Huish Park, Martyn's views on that can be read via the link below.

Link: Martyn Starnes Speaks To The BBC About Falling Attendances At Huish Park.


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9 October 2012 : Ladies Unfortunate Not To Take Full Points
Yeovil Town Ladies picked up a valuable point in a hotly contested game at Colchester United Ladies on Sunday. The match finished goalless, ending a run of two straight defeats, but the Glovers left the pitch feeling that they could well have brought all three points back to Somerset.

"I seem a little repetitive at the moment in that again we played some excellent football, and created a number of chances," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. "But we could not finish in the final third of the pitch. We need to be killing off teams better at this level, and given a fine second half performance we could and should have won this game."

"We asked the team to perform from the start, and they went out and responded, and we were all over the opposition in every part of the field. In the last two matches we have allowed teams to come onto us, and for the first twenty minutes of games we are trying to find our feet. In this game the response we got from the team was great. We were keeping the ball at the right times, our passing was precise and our movement off the ball gave us opportunity in attack after winning the ball."

"Stace (Stacey Pearson) was having a field-day with the Colchester right back. Her work on the left wing was a position where we felt that we were strong and could exploit. Work from midfield gave both our wingers chances to deliver some great crosses in the first half, but for saves from the Colchester ‘keeper, we could have taken the lead during this period. We were in control."

"Our attacking two Laura (Bray) and Kay (Sage) were working well together, Laura being put through on three or four occasions. She put one in the net, but that was called offside, and to be fair she was caught inches off side on other occasions. As the half went on Sarah (Lawler) and I were struggling to find fault with the play as we were creating chance after chance, and this continued in the second period, with the first chances made down the left and right of the pitch, corners a free kick and further great work all resulted in nothing. It was almost one of those days that you could have used the cliché, "It’s just not our day."

"There was not a single player I could say was not pulling their weight in this match. We were extremely proud of the way we played as a team, but in all honesty we cannot keep accepting being the best team and not getting the full three points from the games that we are on top. The last time we were in this league we were off the pace. We were not in a position to complete at this level. Now we are, and the results and performances tell Sarah and I that we have the players to achieve at this high level. However, we now need to move on from congratulating ourselves for great performances and come home with the points that will keep us in this league."

"I know that our players will continue to work hard in training, and when they have been selected to play. Every player and coach has the same objective, and that is to improve as a team, make sure that we have a hundred per sent commitment, and learn from where we are not making things count. Once again an excellent point from a game that could have tripped us up, and another point towards remaining at the highest level."

Final Score: Colchester United Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Brazell, Edwards, Williams (Cornwall – 60), Keehan, Osman, Wensley, Whitton Pearson, Bray, Sage (Lock – 85)

Referee: Cheron Robinson (Essex)

Next Match: Home to Reading FC Women Ladies, (League Cup) Sunday 14 October – The Athletics Ground, Wells

[Report by Nigel Williams and Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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9 October 2012 : Cherries Chief Looking For Out Of Work Manager
Since last week, there's been concern amongst Yeovil Town supporters regarding the future of manager Gary Johnson at Huish Park. Linked with the position at AFC Bournemouth, the rumourmill has been in full flow, with claims that the Glovers boss was being lined up to replace former Cherries boss Paul Groves who was fired last week along with his assistant Shaun Brooks.

The growing speculation led to Johnson issuing a denial on Saturday that he had been in contact with the Dorset club. Those still worrying about whether Gary's words contained any get-out clauses should perhaps rest a little more easily by the news that Bournemouth Chairman Eddie Mitchell has said that he is most likely to choose a manager that is currently out of work, rather than pay out a compensation fee for an in-work boss.

Mitchell has told his club's website that he has no firm person in mind for the job yet. With Dennis Rofe in careataker charge at present, and plenty of applications coming into Dean Court, he does not see himself needing to approach another club at present:

"There are lots of people out there who are looking at the job and have shown a desire to come and work at Bournemouth, but it has to suit our budget and it has to suit our expectations of where we want to go. The likelihood is that we'll pursue the best possibility of somebody that is between jobs rather than employed. Even last night there were applications made to me and again they are recognised names, so there is still people coming in. We have got to do our best to find the right person whilst we have got this break in jobs."

As yet this hasn't entirely convinced the bookies, who have been largely touting Burnley's Eddie Howe and MK Dons boss Karl Robinson. But certainly at the Bournemouth end, all mention of Gary Johnson has gone off their radar, and so hopefully this story can be considered to be a dead duck. If that situation changes, we'll report again.


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9 October 2012 : New Date For JPT Cup Tie
Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy match against Torquay United has got a new date already. The match which was originally scheduled to be played tonight, will take place on Tuesday 16th October 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Tonight's game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Plainmoor and so is now put back by seven days.


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9 October 2012 : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy Tie tonight has been called off. The game against League Two side Torquay United has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The tie will now need to be rearranged to a later date.


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9 October 2012 : Madden Open-Minded On Longer Somerset Stay
Yeovil Town's two-goal hero Paddy Madden is open-minded on whether his month's loan at Huish Park will lead to a more extended stay at the club. The Carlisle United striker is with the Glovers until early November to cover for injuries to Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young and had dream start on Saturday as he scored twice in the 3-1 win over Colchester United.

Theoretically, Madden could stay at the club for up to 93 days if the two clubs and the Irishman agree to extended terms - something that would cover him until the turn of the calendar year. Speaking to BBC Somerset after Saturday's game he strongly implied he saw getting on the field of play as his main priority:

"The gaffer has given me my chance out here to get the run of games that I need. I have confidence in myself that I'll get the goals. Unfortunately I didn't get the run of games at Carlisle, but the gaffer has given me a chance, and I'm showing people what I can do. It's a great club here and everyone has made me feel welcome from the first day that I've come in. So who knows where it might lead to. I'm just happy that I'm playing somewhere and getting a run of games."

As for his debut, the 22 year old was understandably proud of his performance. However he added that his new team-mates also deserved to be in the limelight, given that they had been involved in the build-ups leading to his goals:

"I was a good debut for myself and I'm happy with the goals. I thought the overall performance from the team was top notch. Everybody worked hard and you could see the hunger to get back to winning ways. Today hopefully I've shown people that I can add something different. But as I've said, it's down to my teammates as well, and not just me. I know that's my job to get the goals, but my teammates at the ones who created the chance for me."

Unfortunately for Madden, having created such a great first impression on his debut, the first thing that manager Gary Johnson will be doing for his next match is dropping him! The former Bohemians first teamer has already played in the Football League Trophy, having managed 90 minutes for Carlisle in their first round game against Preston North End. He is therefore cup-tied for Tuesday night's game against Torquay United, meaning that Reuben Reid will stand an early chance of trying to win back his place in the side as the most likely replacement.


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9 October 2012 : Glovers Duo Included In FL Team Of The Week
Two Yeovil Town players have been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. Left-winger Sam Foley and on-loan Carlisle United striker Paddy Madden have been given the recognition for their part in the Glovers' 3-1 win over Colchester United.

Sam made his return to the side having not started since September 22nd, whilst Paddy was making his debut for the club - scoring two goals and then being involved in the build-up to the third goal that was scored by James Hayter.

The full line-up, as chosen by the Football League, is as follows:

Joe Murphy (Coventry City)
Tony McMahon (Sheffield United) Aden Flint (Swindon Town) Cliff Byrne (Oldham Athletic) James Husband (Doncaster Rovers)
David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) Kevin McDonald (Sheffield United) Greg Tansey (Stevenage) Sam Foley (Yeovil Town)
Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) Clayton Donaldson (Brentford)

The full list of 2012-13 nominations for Yeovil Town players are as shown below:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).


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9 October 2012 : Date And Ticketing For FA Youth Cup Tie Set
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have a date for their FA Youth Cup First Round tie. The away tie against Oxford United will be played on Wednesday 31st October at Thame United Football Club with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Over-65s/Under-16s: £3.00.

Thames United's ground is situated half a dozen miles East of Oxford, and east of the M40. You'll almost certainly need to cross the M40 at Junction 7, and use the A329 into Thame town centre.

Address: The ASM Stadium, Meadow View Park, Tythrop Way, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3RN. Tel: 01844 214401.

The match will be played over 90 minutes, with Extra Time and Penalties deciding the contest if scores are level.


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8 October 2012 : Ticketing For Bishop Sutton vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup match against Bishop Sutton is now available. The Second Round match takes place at their Lakeview ground on Wednesday 7th November, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Admission prices will be as follows:

Adults: £6.00; OAPs/Under-16s: £3.00

Address: Lakeview, Wick Road, Bishop Sutton, Somerset, BS39 5XN.

Link: GWSC Travel To Torquay United.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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8 October 2012 : Gulls Close Away Terrace For Tomorrow's Game
Yeovil Town supporters heading down to Devon tomorrow evening should note that their hosts Torquay United have reduced the standard allocation to away supporters for this Football League Trophy match. The Gulls will now not be opening the away terrace at Plainmoor for this game.

All Glovers fans will be housed in seated accommodation in their new Bristow's Bench Stand, which has a side-on view of the pitch. We'd guess that this is a reaction to the expected crowd size for tomorrow's game, much in the same way that the away terrace at Huish Park is not opened for smaller away followings.

The match at Plainmoor takes place at 7.45p.m. on Tuesday night, with all tickets purchased on the night of the game. For ticketing and travel information follow the links below.

Link: Officials For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Torquay United.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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8 October 2012 : Officials For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Torquay United in the Football League Trophy have been published by the Football League. This Second Round tie takes place at Plainmoor on Tuesday 9th October 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but for unknown reasons only had him sporadically since we've got into the Football League.

Two of these matches were in the 2005-06 season. One of those was the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup, where he had a good game that night. However, we were less happy about his performance in the 0-1 home defeat against Scunthorpe United where we described him as "a candidate for the worst official to visit Huish Park this season" - not a good accolade given that the game took place at the tail end of that season. Our report said that "it's difficult to imagine one official being so constantly berated by supporters throughout an entire game" with the Northamptonshire official in general favouring the 'easy' decisions throughout the match, rather than the 'big' ones that might have turned the game.

One positive thing to note about Mr Woolmer is that Hereford United utterly loathe him. This stems from a 2003-04 Conference Play-Off Semi-Final when he red-carded Andy Tretton for a professional foul during the Edgar Street leg. Despite the decision appearing to be the correct (if wholly accidental) one as Tretton lost his bearings and collided with an Aldershot Town striker, Woolmer was given the blame for the incident, resulting in alleged damage to his car after the game, and stewards having to protect him from an irate fan who invaded the pitch.

We nearly had Mr Woolmer for an FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County during the 2008-09 season, but by the time the game took place, he had been replaced. Why we've rarely had an official who is in a fairly central-southern based location isn't clear - just one of those things as he certainly clocks up the matches each season, having done 36 games last season, and seven already during this season.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Paul Rees (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Link: August 2005 : Ipswich Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.


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7 October 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Colchester Interview
Just before Saturday's match against Colchester United kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary speaks about his opponents as well as touching on some of the things that he's heard that have been suggested as reasons or excuses for the club's recent losing run. That interview can now be read in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Colchester.


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7 October 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Colchester Match Highlights
For those who want to see yesterday's match replayed, the Sky Sports website has got just over two minutes worth online. The 3-1 win over Colchester United can be viewed via the link below for those using a UK internet service provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Highlights.


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7 October 2012 : GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers
Next Saturday sees Yeovil Town head up to the Wirral as they travel to play Tranmere Rovers for a League One fixture. The game at Prenton Park takes place on Saturday 13th October 2012 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 Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £26.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Torquay United.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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7 October 2012 : Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Tranmere Rovers is now available. The match takes place at Prenton Park on Saturday 13th October 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Over-60s and 17-22yo: £11.00; Aged 16 and Under: £6.00.

Both Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled supporters will pay £6.00. Ambulant disabled supporters must be on the middle or higher rate of disability to be eligible.

Those wishing to purchase the middle £11.00 category tickets or disabled rate tickets must buy their tickets from a Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles, with proof of identity/eligibility required - ie. the concessions will not be available directly on the turnstiles. The Adults and Junior rates can be paid for by cash on the turnstiles.

Yeovil Town fans get the Cowshed Stand - a rather better stand than the name sounds - holding 2,500 supporters. Disabled supporters are in the opposite end of the ground in the Kop End. You are advised to book any places in advance - for that and any other special arrangements, call their Ticket Office on 0151 609 3355 or 0871 221 2001.

The usual arrangements are for Tranmere to make available advance tickets to visiting clubs - we're not 100 percent sure if those have reached the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, admission prices are unchanged for the day of the match itself and so unless you need to book disabled tickets, there is no hurry in this case.

Link: GWSC Travel To Torquay United.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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7 October 2012 : GWSC Travel To Torquay United
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town travel down to Devon to play Torquay United for a Football League Trophy fixture. The game at Plainmoor takes place on Tuesday 9th October 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club travel plans for the game are shown below.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 4.45p.m. There will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £10.00 with no Concessions available for this game. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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7 October 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Colchester Home League Game
Following yesterday's 3-1 win over Colchester United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. Speaking live to BBC Bristol presenter Richard Hoskin on the Saturday Sport programme, Gary's post-match views, and his reaction to the speculation concerning the AFC Bournemouth job can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Colchester Home League Game.


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7 October 2012 : Robins Under Transfer Embargo
League One side Swindon Town have confirmed that they have been hit by a transfer embargo. The Robins are, to our knowledge, the first club at third tier level to be penalised under the Football League's new Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), more informally known as Salary Capping or Financial Fair Play. Whilst the rule has only been fully brought in for League One clubs for the 2012-13 season, Swindon will have been working under those rules last season as a League Two side.

The Robins have said that their breach of the rules has come about as a result of a transfer tribunal, that ordered them to pay out on two of the players that they recruited over the summer. Last month that tribunal ordered them to pay a total of £340,000 for Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins and Exeter City defender Troy Archibald-Henville. They indicate that transfer fees are included inside the SCMP regulations, and that as the tribunal stated that the amounts must be paid immediately, that this has taken them up to spending 66.5% of their turnover on wages and fees - 1.5% over the League's 65% limit. Swindon had been expecting (or perhaps hoping) that they would be able to pay out those fees over a period of time.

Chairman Jeremy Wray has told BBC Sport and the Swindon Gazette and Herald that the fact that the transfer window isn't currently open causes them a problem, and they may need to rely upon additional cup revenue to persuade the League to lift the block:

"If they had been straight-forward transfers then half of it would have been payable this year and the other half would have been payable in 12-months' time. As a result of the tribunal the whole amount is due now, so it's reflected in our wage cap and it takes us around 1.5% over the threshold. If it was during the transfer window we could sell players but we can't. The board now need to work out how we deal with this. There are ways to correct that. If we get a win against Aston Villa then that’s unbudgeted revenue and that would help greatly."

Although there have been no other League One clubs openly stating this, Wray claims that Swindon are not the only club with this sort of problem currently:

"It sounds very dramatic but there are several clubs under embargo throughout the bottom two leagues. The wage cap was deliberately introduced so clubs can only spend an amount of money. If you look down, we see the salary documents of other clubs, everyone’s pressing as much against the seams as they can. In terms of a wage cap it’s about cash. As a result of the tribunal the whole amount is due and that is reflected in our wage cap calculations just for this year and that would take us over the threshold."

Swindon have indicated that former Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams is facing three weeks on the sidelines after he was substituted yesterday in their 1-0 win over Bury. They also have injuries to Alan McCormack and Gary Roberts and had hoped to use the emergency loan market to replace them.


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7 October 2012 : Johnson: We Got A Monkey Off Our Back
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that his side had got a 'monkey off their back' during Saturday afternoon, when they ended a run of form that had seen them lose six consecutive matches. Their 3-1 win over Colchester United was their first League points since September 1st's victory over Doncaster Rovers arresting a slide that had seen them drop from their early season top position.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that his players had been put through double training sessions during the week, but that the hard work had ultimately paid off. He was glad to finally see talk of losses ended by this weekend's result:

"It is a little bit of a monkey on your back when you've lost a few games on the trot. We've had double sessions, and we felt that we were going to have to work them very hard just to make them feel that if they get something then they would have earned it. They certainly did that today, and because of the double sessions, they went into the game and it had to be pure mental toughness. Colchester are on a good run so we knew they'd be no mugs. They've got a particular game that keeps possession a little bit. But I was really really pleased with firstly our preparation throughout the week, and secondly - thank God - we've stopped this run of defeats."

The key to the victory was debutant Paddy Madden, who arrived on a month's loan from Carlisle United on Thursday. He scored two goals, and was involved in the build-up of the third. That was scored by his strike partner James Hayter and Johnson had praise for both of them:

"It was a super debut (by Paddy Madden). We felt that we needed that club in our bag, and that sort of infectious runner up there. He has helped, but James Hayter had his best game of the season as well. The two of them were very unselfish in their movement and their running, and there was a lot of skill. It was lovely to see him score the two goals. He had a couple of chances for his hat-trick as well, but that might have been too much for his debut. He certainly created a wonderful first impression."

The third and vital goal of the afternoon went to Hayter, who was celebrating becoming the father to a baby daughter just before the game. Johnson joked that perhaps Hayter needed that to happen to him every week:

"That (third goal) was testament to his game really, and a reward for his game. He worked so hard, and I wish he could have a baby every week! Then he and us would be fine!"


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6 October 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Colchester
If you watched this afternoon's 3-1 win against Colchester United 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 Colchester United.


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6 October 2012 : Yeovil 3 Colchester 1 : Glovers Win On Paddy Power
Yeovil Town broke their six game losing run this afternoon at Huish Park, as they saw off Colchester United by a 3-1 scoreline. Two goals from Carlisle United loanee Paddy Madden gave him a dream debut, even if Jabo Ibehre equalised in between those two strikes. The match was sealed 12 minutes from time, after James Hayter netted to celebrate both a win for his side and the weekend that he became the father to a baby daughter. The three points represented the fourth consecutive home win over their Essex opponents, and lifts them back up to 13th in the League One table.

Manager Gary Johnson once again rang the changes, with three players dropping out of the side. Centre-back Byron Webster was suspended after reaching five bookings, and he was replaced by Sam Foley as a readjustment in formation allowed the Glovers to revert to a 4-4-2 formation. Ed Upson returned from suspension, and he slotted into midfield, displacing Dominic Blizzard. Up front Paddy Madden made his debut as he replaced Reuben Reid in the side.

The opening period was a little tentative and nervous, with both sides having chances to open the scoring. There were a few half chances, with Sam Foley sending a header wide, and then the same player putting a volley away from the goal. Keanu Marsh-Brown moved in from the wing and forced a save out of Mark Cousins, but again didn't quite strike the ball cleanly. At the other end, former loanee Gavin Massey forced his way past Dan Burn and forced Marek Stech into his first save. It was an okay start, but one in which both sides could have nudged their way into the lead.

The goal that the Glovers needed to ease their nerves came 20 minutes into the half, as both strikers combined to open the scoring. James Hayter did all the spade work, getting clean through on goal. As he tried to get past keeper Mark Cousins, the ball was fumbled out. In the right place at the right time was Paddy Madden who took advantage of an open goal to slot the ball home and put Yeovil 1-0 up.

Frustratingly though, that lead only lasted five minutes. Former loanee Gavin Massey was involved in the build-up of a somewhat scrappy equalising goal, as Ed Upson's slip on the turf allowed Marcus Bean to out-muscle him, and when Massey poked the ball across the face of goal, Jabo Ibehre was on hand to force the ball home, with the marking having gone rather missing once the Glovers had conceded possession.

The worry then, was that heads might drop, just as they did last weekend at Preston once the equaliser came in. Thankfully there seemed to be a bit more steel about the performance, and the game was level for just nine minutes as the game swung Yeovil's way again. Joe Edwards had a shot on goal that was blocked by a defender, and when the ball fell loose to Paddy Madden, he rifled home a volleyed shot from the edge of the box that flew past keeper Mark Cousins to put his temporary side ahead again. Two goals in 34 minutes - not bad for a debut at all!

Colchester had a couple of chances to equalise before the break, but overall it was a worthy half time lead. The second period opened up with both sides striking the woodwork from distance. Korey Smith's run through the middle of the park saw him thump one against the crossbar from 25 yards out, with the ball ultimately pinging out for a goal kick. At the other end, former Bristol City fullback Brian Wilson did the same, with his curling effort having Marek Stech well beaten.

Paddy Madden was doing his best to get a hat-trick, and he forced Colchester keeper Mark Cousins into two excellent saves - one after his shot was a little too close to the keeper, and another which he fired from the edge of the box that Cousins could only parry away. Overall this was Yeovil's half, although there were hearts in mouths when Marek Stech fumbled a cross, with centre-backs Richard Hinds and Dan Burn doing enough to get in the way of the loose goalmouth scramble that ensued.

That was probably Colchester's moment to get back into the game, as twelve minutes from time, Yeovil extended their lead. New father James Hayter got a chance to celebrate the big moment in his personal life, with a bit of glory on the pitch. Paddy Madden and Jamie McAllister combined down the left flank, and the captain's cut-back was well timed to allow Hayter to net his fourth goal of the season. It was also enough to give him the sponsors Man of the Match award, although Madden might be having a word with them about that one after his brace.

In the end, what mattered most was that the six game run had been ended, and all could heave a sigh of relief that six hadn't become seven. With four away matches coming up over the next five games, leading up to the FA Cup, it's not going to be a walk in the park. But the Glovers got a little back into their stride today, and that will be vital in order to get the club back on track a little bit. Up to 13th in the table, and a bit more of a solid base for Gary Johnson to work from.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 1.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (1-0, 20 mins), Jabo Ibehre (1-1, 25 mins), Paddy Madden (2-1, 34 mins), James Hayter (3-1, 78 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 16. Nathan Ralph (none used).

Colchester United:
1. Mark Cousins
20. Brian Wilson 18. Tom Eastman 4. Magnus Okuonghae 3. Michael Rose
15. Marcus Bean 33. Craig Eastmond 22. Anthony Wordsworth 39. Sanchez Watt
21. Gavin Massey 12. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
35. Carl Pentney 6. Matt Heath 7. Karl Duguid (72 mins for Marcus Bean) 9. Clinton Morrison 11. Freddie Sears (62 mins for Gavin Massey) 16. Ian Henderson (80 mins for Sanchez Watt) 25. John White

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 55 mins)

Colchester Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 6.

Colchester Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Stephen Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Dan Robathan (Surrey). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 3,002 (including 118 Colchester fans).


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6 October 2012 : Johnson On Bournemouth: There's Nothing In It Whatsoever
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has not spoken to anyone about the managerial vacancy at AFC Bournemouth. There has been widespread speculation about Johnson's future at Huish Park since the Cherries fired their management team of Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks on Wednesday, and that continued a day later when the Glovers boss gave views on the situation that appeared to leave a door open for a move down to the South Coast.

Speaking after today's 3-1 win over Colchester United, Johnson told BBC Bristol presenter Richard Hoskin live on air that he had zero contact with the Cherries in either direction, and stressed that he was happy at the club:

"I'm loving it here. I'm loving my partnership with Darren (Way) and Terry (Skiverton) and we're all working hard. It's a club that I wanted to come back to and it's a club that we want to try to get back up that table. There's nothing in it whatsoever. Nobody has spoken to me. I've not spoken to anyone else. So there's absolutely, at this moment in time, nothing in it. So I'd be stupid to be thinking about anything else other than Yeovil, and making sure that Yeovil are competitive."

Interviewer Richard Hoskin pointed out that he would be the main radio commentator for Yeovil Town's forthcoming fixtures against Torquay United and Tranmere Rovers during the coming week, and put Gary on the spot asking him if he would be interviewing him on those days. Johnson simply replied:

"Yes we will - that's for sure."

Whilst the future can't be absolutely predicted - Johnson does provide an "at this moment in time" get-out clause - the response tonight at least suggests that there is nothing on the cards that can be foreseen.


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6 October 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Colchester
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will revert back to a standard 4-4-2 for this afternoon's visit of Colchester United. The suspension of central defender Byron Webster makes for an easy decision on that front, as wing-backs Jamie McAllister and Joe Edwards become full-backs today.

The return of Ed Upson after suspension sees him come back into the side, displacing Dominic Blizzard. Attacking midfielder Sam Foley also returns to the side as Webster's numerical replacement. There's also a debut for new loan signing Paddy Mallen who starts up front instead of Reuben Reid. Right-winger Lewis Young and striker Gozie Ugwu drop out of the squad through injuries picked up on Tuesday.

Colchester's line-up includes two former Glovers, with left-back Michael Rose having scored during midweek against Swindon Town, whilst former loanee Gavin Massey starts up front.

The line-ups are as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Mallen

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 16. Nathan Ralph

Colchester United:
1. Mark Cousins
20. Brian Wilson 18. Tom Eastman 4. Magnus Okuonghae 3. Michael Rose
15. Marcus Bean 33. Craig Eastmond 22. Anthony Wordsworth 39. Sanchez Watt
21. Gavin Massey 12. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
35. Carl Pentney 6. Matt Heath 7. Karl Duguid 9. Clinton Morrison 11. Freddie Sears 16. Ian Henderson 25. John White


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6 October 2012 : Preston Away Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend saw Yeovil Town travel to Deepdale for a League One match against Preston North End. The first half was a reasonable one with Gavin Williams providing an early lead for the Glovers from the penalty spot, but it all unravelled during the second period, as they conceded three times. Defender Dan Burn scored a late goal but also put through the wrong end as well.

Man of the Match voting saw Joe Edwards and Gavin Williams get recognition for their performances. However, despite scoring an own goal, those at the game were impressed enough with Fulham loanee Dan Burn to give him the nod as the Man of the Match winner. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Daniel Burn 36 (3)
2 Gavin Williams 12 (0)
3 Joe Edwards 10 (1)
4 Korey Smith 6 (0)
5 Gozie Ugwu 4 (0)
6 Jamie McAllister 2 (0)
6 Ed Upson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.50

Performance: 5.00
Entertainment: 6.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 4


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6 October 2012 : Sheffield United Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played their last weekend home match, which was a League One game against Sheffield United. It was a relatively reasonable performance, but ultimately saw a 0-1 home defeat with a Neill Collins header sealing the game.

Man of the Match voting saw Gavin Williams pick up a large number as part of his return to footballing action, having not previously appeared in a 2012-13 fixture. Just ahead of him was goalkeeper Marek Stech, who put in another strong performance. However, the poll winner was Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith, who was part of a five man midfield operating during the match.

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

1 Korey Smith 368 (29)
2 Marek Stech 208 (10)
3 Gavin Williams 164 (9)
4 Byron Webster 90 (5)
5 Sam Foley 54 (2)
6 Luke Ayling 32 (0)
7 Jamie McAllister 24 (0)
8 Ed Upson 22 (1)
9 Richard Hinds 14 (0)
9 James Hayter 14 (0)
11 Dominic Blizzard 8 (0)
12 Joe Edwards 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.09

Performance: 6.29
Entertainment: 5.89

VOTES RECEIVED: 56


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6 October 2012 : Grecians Visit Hit By Weather
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their Football League Youth Alliance Cup Group game postponed. The match against Exeter City has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch and will need to be rearranged.

We're not aware of any issues affecting the first team match against Colchester United.


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5 October 2012 : Johnson Looks To Build Glovers Back Up Again
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes he is in the process of having to rebuild things to get his side back on track after a poor run of form. The Glovers go into tomorrow's match against Colchester United trying to arrest a slide that has seen them drop from an early first placed position in the League One table, down to their current 16th slot following six consecutive defeats.

During that time, Johnson has brought in a number of new faces to the club on loan, including midfielder Korey Smith, right-sided Joe Edwards and defender Dan Burn and has tried various formations and personnel to try to shake things up. Speaking to BBC Somerset, he said that it is a necessary part of getting the team out of the rut they are in at the moment:

"Sometimes what you have to do is to knock down your little structure of bricks and build it again. When you build it again, you have to build it stronger, and that's what I've always done. We've got to compete above our weight all the time. We've got to believe that. We're all positive people, and we want to be at the top end of this league, and we will keep trying, and I will keep saying things like that. But we've also got to be aware that there will be situations where you do have some runs of losses. Then you just have to do what me, Darren and Terry do, which is to work every hour that God sends to put it right."

As mentioned in yesterday's news, attacking pair Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young are facing a month on the sidelines after both coming off injured during the midweek defeat against Portsmouth. Johnson gave an update on both and explained that Gavin Williams was still having fitness problems:

"Gozie has gone back to Reading to have his treatment, so he is probably going to be three or four weeks away, hence we needed another striker coming in. With Lewis Young, we've just got the word that it's ligament damage and bone bruising, and he's probably going to be out for at least a month. So that's disappointing. We've got Webby (Byron Webster) suspended of course, and we've got Gav (Williams) who we always wait until the last minute to make a decision on. We'll have to wait and see (on Gavin Williams) but the others are definitely out."

With Ugwu and Young missing, Johnson brought in striker Paddy Mallen on loan yesterday from Carlisle United, with the aim of him filling the gap in the squad created by those injuries. Johnson said that from what he had seen of Mallen, he was very much in the mould of the late Adam Stansfield:

"We'd earmarked him as like an Adam Stansfield type. The minute we started feeling that we needed that type in our squad, and he became available, the two came together and we thought we'd better get this done. He was very very keen to come down and show what he can do. So I picked him up myself at Bristol Airport on (Thursday) morning and brought him in. So I'm looking forward to it. He's had a good training session. So he looks fit, he looks lively, and he'll certainly be involved on Saturday in the squad."

Despite six straight defeats, Gary had praise for the way that the Yeovil Town supporters kept behind the team during Tuesday night's game against Portsmouth. He said that there was a real need to try to build up a 'head of steam' in his efforts to turn defeats back into wins:

"I thought our support was fantastic the other night. There was a little bit going on with us, and we did give them a little bit of something. We had a couple of chances. But we haven't got our real head of steam game going for a little while. That's what we've got to try to get back, because our supporters have kept with us, and yet we've had a long losing run. But we haven't dropped into that bottom four yet, and a couple of wins will turn it around."

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the game from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday tariffs. As usual, BBC Somerset will be entertaining those who can't get to the game on 95.5FM, and there will be Tweets galore via our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account.


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5 October 2012 : Ex-Glovers Woods Makes Donny Switch
Last week's news that former Yeovil Town midfielder Michael Woods was turning out for Stamford Bridge, at the third level of the York Minster Engineering Football League did seem like he was playing rather beneath his own abilities. That's turned out to be a very brief stay, as this afternoon he has agreed non-contract forms with League One side Doncaster Rovers.

The 22 year old has agreed non-contract terms at the Keepmoat Stadium and has been given the No.12 shirt after he was registered by Donny today to play Football League matches. His arrival could cause a bit of confusion amongst Rovers fans - they already have Martin Woods on their books, who is also a midfielder at the club. Michael had been training with Doncaster during the last couple of weeks, since moving back to his home county of Yorkshire.


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5 October 2012 : Youth Team vs Exeter City Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in a home match. They commence their involvement in the Football League Youth Alliance Cup Group stages with a home game against Exeter City. The Glovers are in a five team group all of which are in their main League division as well. In terms of the Grecians, they lie just one place above their opponents in the main Youth Alliance League Table, albeit having played two less games.

Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. at the usual Alvington venue, which is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub situated just off Bunford Lane. Admission is free of charge with all supporters welcome to attend.


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5 October 2012 : Young Glovers Given Oxford United Draw
Yeovil Town Under-18s have been given an away draw in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. The Glovers enter the competition at the First Round stage, along with all other Football League clubs, and will face a trip to Oxford United, who they played last weekend in the Football League Youth Alliance, losing out by a 4-3 scoreline after being 3-1 up at one stage.

The tie will be played in Oxford, with all First Round ties due to be settled by Saturday 3rd November - in practice most clubs choose a midweek evening to play such games, so they can be staged on the main first team pitch.

The full draw is as follows:

1 Gateshead or Wrexham vs Preston North End
2 Runcorn Linnets or Lancaster City or Chester vs York City
3 Doncaster Rovers vs Morecambe
4 Oldham Athletic vs Accrington Stanley
5 AFC Blackpool or Bottesford Town or Thackley vs Brighouse Town or Hall Road Rangers or Harrogate Town
6 Tranmere Rovers vs Bury
7 FC Halifax Town or Bedlington Terriers vs Scunthorpe United
8 Crewe Alexandra vs Carlisle United
9 Rochdale vs Rotherham United
10 Bradford City vs Vauxhall Motors or Grimsby Town
11 Hartlepool United vs Fleetwood Town
12 Hereford United or Atherstone Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
13 New Mills or Ilkeston or Lincoln City vs Notts County
14 Stevenage vs Luton Town or Barton Rovers or Rothwell Corinthians
15 Coventry City vs Shrewsbury Town
16 Chesterfield vs Northampton Town
17 Port Vale vs Walsall
18 Burton Albion vs or Buxton or Matlock Town or Kidderminster Harriers
19 Dunkirk or Yaxley vs Chasetown or Stourbridge
20 Enfield 1893 or Bury Town vs Cheshunt or Histon
21 Colchester United vs Dulwich Hamlet or Camberley Town
22 Carshalton Athletic or Worthing vs Aylesbury or Woking
23 AFC Wimbledon vs Farnborough or Alton Town or VCD Athletic
24 Portsmouth vs Southend United
25 Hoddesdon Town or Langford vs Canvey Island or Boreham Wood
26 Brentford vs Barnet
27 Faversham Town or Bognor Regis Town vs Welling United or Sevenoaks Town
28 Staines Town or Ashford Town (Middx) vs Wroxham or Needham Market
29 Brentwood Town or AFC Sudbury vs Gillingham
30 Crawley Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge
31 Stotfold or Billericay Town vs Leyton Orient
32 Bristol Rovers vs Torquay United
33 Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
34 AFC Bournemouth vs AFC Totton or Bath City
35 Didcot Town or Havant & Waterlooville vs Aldershot Town
36 Plymouth Argyle vs Exeter City
37 Cirencester Town or Tiverton Town vs Mangotsfield United or Oxford City
38 Swindon Town vs Sholing or Chippenham Town
39 Cheltenham Town vs Maidenhead United or Forest Green Rovers


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5 October 2012 : Date Set For County Cup Tie
Yeovil Town Reserves now have a firm date for their Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie. The away match against Bishop's Sutton will take place at their Lakeview ground on Wednesday 7th November 2012, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

Their opponents beat Radstock Town 5-0 on Tuesday night in the First Round match. This now produces a revised Second Round draw that reads as follows:

Second Round:
Bridgwater Town v Portishead Town
Wellington v Bath City
Taunton Town v Brislington
Bishop Sutton v Yeovil Town Reserves
Paulton Rovers v Wells City
Larkhall Athletic v Cheddar
Odd Down v Hengrove Athletic
Weston Super Mare v Frome Town

Somerset Premier Cup Round Dates:
Second Round to be played w/c 5th November 2012
Quarter Finals to be played w/c 25th February 2013
Semi-Finals to be played w/c 8th April 2013
Final date/venue to be confirmed.


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4 October 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Colchester United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 6th October 2012 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The main in charge will be Stephen Bratt (West Midlands).

Bratt by name ... but actually not brat by nature; our seven experiences have been relatively positive, particularly as two of the matches featured significant incidents which he seemed to deal with in a level-headed manner.

The November 2005 FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town saw him red-card Danny Swailes for deliberate handball inside the box. Then just over a year later he took charge of the 4-2 defeat against Port Vale, booking two players each, but having enough self-control to avoid reaching for his reds when Vale's players tried to provoke an on-pitch melee in the final minute after a Chris Cohen foul. The correct decision - a yellow card - was the outcome despite the histrionics of the home team.

His third involvement in a Yeovil match was the November 2007 match at the New Den against Millwall. The 2-1 defeat for the Glovers was not influenced by anything Mr Bratt was doing on the field of play. Then we had him again for the March 2008 win over Doncaster Rovers, with the referee again not warranting anything worthy of a mention.

The 2008-09 season saw him involved in one of those moments we'd rather forget, as Mr Bratt was in charge of the 5-0 thrashing by Brighton and Hove Albion. Whilst he sent off keeper Josh Wagenaar during that match for a second bookable offence, we'd not dare to suggest that he had anything to do with the scoreline on a dreadful day.

The next season, on a more entertaining note, Mr Bratt was in charge of the 3-3 draw against Leyton Orient back in August 2009, that was a somewhat topsy-turvy affair. Referees are often guilty of taking over the focus of the game - with six goals scored, this wasn't a game where anyone was looking at the referee. The most recent encounter was during the 2009-10 season when we gained a rather excellent 4-1 win against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. Again his performance was very strong, with perhaps one noticeably duff decision on a corner/goal-kick incident - but as it went our way we didn't make too much of it!

Then he disappeared from view for the 2010-11 season, with suggestions that he'd been demoted from the Football League's list. He popped up again during the 2011-12 season back at Conference level, and has rejoined the Football League for this season.

Mr Bratt will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Dan Robathan (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Link: November 2005 : Macclesfield Town 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: March 2007 : Port Vale 4 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: November 2007 : Millwall 2 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Doncaster Rovers.

Link: March 2009 : Brighton and Hove Albion 5 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 3 - 3 Leyton Orient.

Link: February 2010 : Wycombe Wanderers 1 - 4 Yeovil Town.


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4 October 2012 : Ugwu And Young Out For October
Manager Gary Johnson's rationale for bringing striker Paddy Madden in on loan from Carlisle United today has become more apparent by the news that two of his attacking players will be missing for the next month. Tuesday night substitutes Lewis Young and Gozie Ugwu both failed to finish the 90 minutes against Portsmouth and both will be on the treatment table for the month of October.

According to the Western Gazette, right-winger Lewis Young has damaged ankle ligaments and a bruised bone that will keep him out for around a month. Meanwhile Gozie Ugwu, who was signed on a six month loan, has made a temporary return to his parent club Reading for treatment on a hamstring injury sustained in the same match. His absence is expected to be slightly less, with three or four weeks on the cards.

With attacking midfielder Gavin Williams struggling throughout the 2012-13 season with a calf muscle problem, and having only made one appearance, that leaves the club significantly short of attacking options, and so Madden's arrival would appear to be a reaction to that situation. Strikers Reuben Reid and James Hayter and wide attackers Keanu Marsh-Brown and Sam Foley are the other obvious options available for the weekend.


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4 October 2012 : Johnson Guarded Over Bournemouth Vacancy
Yesterday, League One side AFC Bournemouth parted company with their management team of Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks. Almost immediately the bookies began to line up a list of managers that they believed would be in line for the job as a consequence, naming Glovers boss Gary Johnson, along with Burnley manager Eddie Howe and former Bournemouth player Steve Cotterill, as well as former manager Harry Redknapp. At present, the Cherries have not appointed a Caretaker boss with Chairman Eddie Mitchell just obliquely saying that there were existing coaching staff who could take the players for training sessions for the time being.

The naming of Gary Johnson has obviously raised eyebrows amongst Glovers fans, although as yet there has been little mention of him beyond what the bookies were touting. However, speaking to BBC Somerset at today's press conference, he has directly spoken about the situation. He doesn't confirm the interest, but on the other hand he doesn't deny it either. Gary merely states that it is not an unwanted distraction:

"No, it's not unwanted and it's not a distraction either. That doesn't mean to say - you know what it's like, all managers have a particular saying that they're very flattered, but there's no decision until a decision is made. But we've got a bit of work to do here, and nothing must take our focus away from what we've got to do, because if anyone sees that your focus is even slightly away from the job here - at this minute everyone needs to be giving 100 percent, and that's what we're all giving. So in effect it (the speculation) doesn't affect anything, if you know what I mean, other than me answering the question that you've just asked."

Burnley boss Eddie Howe, who used to be in charge at Dean Court before leaving for his current job in 2010, was a little bit more forthright in his views, saying that he didn't regard the situation as any of his business:

"I think this is a Bournemouth story and one I don’t think I should comment on. I am proud to be Burnley manager, we have a lot of work to do here and it’s still very early in the job."

Clarets Chief Executive Lee Hoos has said of claims being made in the Bournemouth press that the Cherries were preparing an approach:

"We are in the process of building for the future with Eddie and his staff and speculation is an unwanted distraction."

Cherries Chairman Eddie Mitchell would not be drawn on any timescales relating to appointing a permanent successor to Groves and Brooks - he has this afternoon given Dennis Rofe and Chris Hargreaves the reins for this weekend's match. But Mitchell implied that he would be prepared to pay compensation to another club if he had to:

"We have got to find another manager and we would love to have one in charge for Saturday's game, but we want to think about it and appoint someone as and when we are ready. It could be very soon or it could be in the distant future, but we've got the personnel to coach the players and get the team ready to play at Coventry on Saturday. I've got to sit down and work with the people around me to find the right people to take the club forward. I think there will be a lot of interest in the job but I've got to make sure I get the right person. It can also be an expensive decision, but we want to get right and we will keep looking."

On the specific subject of Harry Redknapp, who many speculated would be ultimately moved in as first team manager, since his arrival last month as a Football Advisor, Mitchell rather implies that if given the chance he would appoint Redknapp to the position, but doesn't expect him to be interested at this stage:

"We've spoken about the football club and the best way forward and Harry knows my feelings but I can't say much more than that. Harry is his own man and he's got the capability to manage at a club much higher than a League One club, but that's where we are at the moment."


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4 October 2012 : Madden Signs On Loan For Glovers
Yeovil Town have bolstered their squad today with the signing of Carlisle United striker Paddy Madden on a month's loan. The 22 year old has been at Brunton Park since January 2011, after signing from Irish side Bohemians. He is a Republic of Ireland youth international who has been capped at Under-19, Under-21 and Under-23 level.

Born in Dublin on March 4th 1990, Paddy initially started his career with Bohemians in 2008, spending three seasons with them, along with a 2009 loan spell with Shelbourne. He netted 20 times for his parent club grabbing eight in sixteen during his loan spell.

Since moving across to Cumbria, Paddy has generally been used as an impact substitute for Carlisle. He has made seven League starts in the 19 months that he's been on their books, but has clocked up 36 appearances overall, scoring two goals. So far this season, they've used him just three times, with two of those coming in cup competitions. He scored against Portsmouth on August 25th - currently his one goal of the 2012-13 season.

The Glovers currently have defender Daniel Burn, midfielder Korey Smith, the right-sided Joe Edwards and striker Gozie Ugwu on loan, meaning that Paddy's arrival gives them the maximum five that are allowable within the matchday squad rules.

Paddy has agreed a one month loan at Huish Park, that will keep him at the club until Sunday 4th November - the day after the scheduled FA Cup First Round date. There's no firm indication that he will be allowed to play in that match at this stage.


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4 October 2012 : Lewis Young Update
Doubtless further diagnosis will be available during the next few days, but the good news is that it appears that Yeovil Town player Lewis Young has not broken any bones or suffered any dislocation. The right winger was stretchered off during Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth, after a lengthy delay on the touchline, having lasted just six minutes after appearing as a half time substitute.

This morning's Western Gazette says that the injury is believed to be ankle ligament damage, with a trip to hospital and an x-ray proving negative in terms of any bone damage. There's no indication at this stage how long he will be missing for, but at least the early news implies that it might be measured in 'weeks' rather than 'months' at this stage.


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3 October 2012 : Ladies Match Seagulls But Lose Out On Points
Kayleigh Sage scored her first ever goal for Yeovil Town Ladies at the Recreation ground on Sunday, but unfortunately it was not enough to stop visitors Brighton and Hove Albion from coming away with a 2-1 victory.

The Glovers remain fifth in the league, but joint manger Nigel Williams still left the game disappointed, feeling that with his side matching Brighton for large parts of the match they should have come with something.

"It was a disappointing result, because both Sarah and I felt we deserved to get something from the game," he said. "Brighton are one of the best sides we have played this season. We were pleased to have drawn level with them in the second half, and felt that we had done enough to have held onto that, or even to have bettered it. But we will learn from the experience, and come back stronger."

The first twenty minutes saw the Seagulls come at Yeovil with guns brazing, and they took the lead on 17 minutes through a penalty given away at the edge of the box, after the ball had been played in from a very good piece of play by the Brighton forward. The penalty was dispatched with a firm strike into the middle of the goal.

"The goal seemed to ignite us into the game," Williams said. "And we pressed Brighton for the rest of the half, creating clear chances to pull level. This continued into the second period, and Brighton had to give everything to defend against us."

"We had made two changes at the start of the half, bringing on Grace Rapp and Charlotte Hannam. It was great to see Charlotte back in a first team shirt. She is a player that has suffered with a long term injury and we are working with her to get her back up to the levels we know she can play at, and she had a great second half."

"Grace, coming off the back of a week where she has been called up for England under 19 squad to face Wales in November, came on up front and both she and Charlotte made a great impact on the game."

In an early move Rapp picked up the ball on the left, and being marked closely by a Brighton defender she slotted the ball to summer signing Kayleigh Sage, who unleashed a right foot shot that curled into the top right hand corner of the net for a deserved equaliser.
Kayleigh Sage curls Yeovil's goal on the day
Kayleigh Sage curls Yeovil's goal on the day
Photo ©2012 David Mills/Yeovil Town Ladies


"It was Kayleigh's first start for the club," Williams said. "And we were really impressed with her performance. She has fitted into the side well and shows her continued growth into the side. It was a well taken goal, and was created well by her former Keynsham team mate Grace Rapp."

Yeovil now had the bit between their teeth, and pressed Brighton back into their defending third of the pitch, and chances were created from the right and left, but without success. Brighton were still seeing plenty of the ball, and on 69 minutes they managed to break with a smart move from the right which was passed inside. The ball was then played into the box for a first time strike at goal. Glovers goalkeeper Rachel Simkin managed to get a foot to it, but it deflected back off her and into the net.

"This is where we need to learn," Williams said. "This was a quick move where we should have closed the ball down. A chip was then lifted to the left side of the box, and again Brighton, with what was actually a poor first touch, managed to toe poke the ball towards goal. It was unfortunate the way it deflected off Dodge (Simkin), but again we have to learn from it, and avoid these kinds of situations."
Stacey Pearson and Jade Radburn chase down a Brighton attack
Stacey Pearson and Jade Radburn chase down a Brighton attack
Photo ©2012 David Mills/Yeovil Town Ladies


Reflecting on the game as a whole, Williams was generally happy with what he had seen from his players:

"I was pleased with the response we gave this week, going down to a penalty, then creating chances and being as good if not better than Brighton. And still going for the equaliser when we had conceded the second goal says to me that we have the spirit at this club to battle in this division."

"We have learned a lot from Brighton who have some great players, and their passing and movement were something to admirer. They are in the position where we want to be, and I am sure that we can get there with the way we are set up, and the players we have in our squad. This game is now behind us, and we travel next week to Colchester, and are ready for the challenge they will present. This league is not easy, and we are growing in stature week by week."
Kayleigh Sage closes down her Brighton marker
Kayleigh Sage closes down her Brighton marker
Photo ©2012 David Mills/Yeovil Town Ladies


Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies 2.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge (Hannam – 60), Brazell, Keehan, Edwards, Whitton (Rapp – 69), Wensley, Radburn, Pearson, Bray, Sage (Osman – 65)

Goals: Kayleigh Sage - 60

Referee: Steve Porter (Somerset)



Next Match: Away at Colchester United Ladies, Sunday 07 October – The Hawthorns, Colchester

[Report by Nigel Williams and Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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3 October 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth Match Highlights
For those who can bear to see it all over again, the highlights from last night's League One home game against Portsmouth are now online. The Sky Sports website has uploaded just over two minutes worth of coverage, which can be viewed by those who use a UK-based internet provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth Match Highlights.


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3 October 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Portsmouth Interview
Just before yesterday's home match against Portsmouth kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on his team selection and of the opposition can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Portsmouth.


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3 October 2012 : FA Confirm Webster Ban
Yeovil Town central defender Byron Webster's suspension has now been confirmed by the Football Association. The 25 year old will sit out a one match ban that will see him miss Saturday's home match against Colchester United. He picked up his fifth booking of the 2012-13 season in last night's 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth.

Webster's absence will be offset by the return of midfielder Ed Upson, who served his one match suspension during last night's match. However, manager Gary Johnson is likely to have a bit of a selection headache, with right-winger Lewis Young being stretchered off with a leg injury just six minutes after coming on as a substitute. Other worries include Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu, who limped off with a hamstring problem with ten minutes to go, whilst midfielder Gavin Williams was an unused substitute due to concerns over his persistent calf muscle problems.

Johnson does have one spare slot available to him as far as loan options are concerned. He currently has defender Daniel Burn, midfielder Korey Smith, the right-sided Joe Edwards and striker Gozie Ugwu on his books, which would allow him to name a fifth player in his matchday squad if he chooses to go back into the market again.


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3 October 2012 : Former Glovers Duo Get England U21 Call-Ups
Two former Yeovil Town loanees have been included in the England Under-21 squad announced this afternoon. They have been included by manager Stuart Pearce in a 26 man squad that will take on Serbia in a a two-legged play-off match for the right to play in the Euro 2013 Under-21 Championship Finals.

There's no surprise that central defender Steven Caulker has been included in Pearce's squad. However, his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Andros Townsend has also received his first call-up at this level, having recently nudged his way into the Spurs first team squad on a more regular basis this season, mainly as a bench-warmer.

The home leg of the Euro 2013 play-off will be staged at Carrow Road, Norwich on Friday 12th October, kick-off 6.00p.m. The second leg takes place on Tuesday 16th October, at 5.00p.m. (BST) in Krusevac, Serbia.

Goalkeepers:
Ben Amos (Hull City - loan from Manchester United), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)

Defenders:
Ryan Bennett (Norwich City), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Lees (Leeds United), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Danny Rose (Sunderland - loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Smith (Tottenham Hotspur), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool)

Midfielders:
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Tom Ince (Blackpool), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough - loan from Chelsea), Nick Powell (Manchester United), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Forwards:
Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool - loan from Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Connor Wickham (Sunderland).


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3 October 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Portsmouth Game
Following last night's 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Portsmouth Game.


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3 October 2012 : Cherries Fire Management Team
League One side AFC Bournemouth have fired their management team after a sequence of poor results. Despite being one of the biggest spenders in the division, the Cherries are currently floundering in 20th place and lost 3-1 at Crawley Town last night.

Just over a week ago, Chairman Eddie Mitchell said that any idea of sacking his management team was unthinkable, claiming that it would not be a policy he'd consider under his reign:

"We’re not sacking anybody. Instantly changing the manager would not automatically mean we would start winning games. We have no intention of sacking anybody. That is not what this club is going to be about while I am here."

Today, Paul Groves and his assistant manager Shaun Brooks have been shown the door, with Mitchell admitting that they were working in a "results-based business". Bournemouth haven't appointed a caretaker manager yet, but say they will be doing so in due course. Inevitably, the name of Football Advisor Harry Redknapp, who had been tipped to return as manager from the day he arrived back at Dean Court, will be the one that will be speculated about the most.

Update: Early reaction from the bookies has been to identify a certain Gary Johnson as one of their favourites to take over the job. In addition to the predictable choice of Redknapp, former manager Eddie Howe and Bournemouth-based Steve Cotterill were being claimed to be up for the job.


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3 October 2012 : Johnson: Not Enough Players Up To Standard
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that only around four of his players came up to scratch during last night's 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth. The Glovers suffered their sixth consecutive defeat after goals from Izale McLeod and Gabor Gyepes saw them go down by the odd goal, with a Reuben Reid penalty providing a brief equaliser.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that on both Saturday and Tuesday that his team only seemed to wake up when they went down to ten men, having lost Gozie Ugwu to a hamstring strain during the second period after all three substitutions had been made. Although he admitted that having midfielder Ed Upson suspended, and Gavin Williams struggling for fitness last night didn't help matters:

"We had Ed sent off this week, and we had Gavin sitting on the bench, but where we're worried that if we bring him on that he's not quite right and could break down again any minute. So there's a few things not helping us at the minute. However, we still put out an eleven and they should have done a lot better. We've been giving it a go when we've been down to ten men, and people have been stepping up to the plate, but we only had four or five, or maybe three or four, that were doing anything near being a professional footballer."

During his first spell with the club, the Yeovil boss said that he tended to judge situations in ten game blocks, rather than reacting to individual matches. However, he added that the club's current 16th place position was a disappointment, particularly given the start to the season they'd made:

"It's turned out to be a poor start from ten games, from a good start after four games. Some of them are showing a little bit that they are not quite up to it. So we'll have to have a look at that. But that doesn't mean to say that me, Terry and Darren are going to give up. We certainly won't do that, and we'll be doing all we can to get the next win."


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3 October 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth 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.

And yes if you want to treat the vote as a "three least worst" poll, then please do so!

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


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2 October 2012 : Yeovil 1 Portsmouth 2 : Glovers Suffer Six Of The Worst
Yeovil Town crashed to their sixth consecutive defeat as they lost by the odd goal in three at Huish Park tonight, allowing Portsmouth the chance to leapfrog them in the League One table. An error-strewn first half saw Izale McLeod give Pompey the lead as he broke the offside trap, and with the same player having hit the woodwork it could have been worse by the break. A double substitution at half time saw the Glovers fight back, and they equalised from the penalty spot through Reuben Reid, after substitute Nathan Ralph had been felled in the box. But Gabor Gyepes grabbed a 2-1 win for the visitors, leaving Yeovil down in 16th place and now only two points off the relegation spots.

Gary Johnson once again rang the changes with four changes in the starting line-up and a formation change on top. Midfielder Ed Upson served a one match suspension, whilst Gavin Williams was deemed to be only just about fit enough to sit on the bench, having played the first hour of the match at Preston on Saturday, with Keanu Marsh-Brown coming in as an advanced midfielder. The other two changes were tactical, with Luke Ayling dropped from the right-back position, allowing Richard Hinds to come in as a centre-back in the three man defence, whilst James Hayter and Reuben Reid resumed their partnership up front.

The first half didn't really work for Yeovil. The three man defence was being pulled apart by Pompey's front line, with Wes Thomas and Izale McLeod closing them down persistently. On one occasion McLeod burst through with Marek Stech palming the ball onto the post, with the keeper just about about getting his hands on the rebound before Thomas could get the rebound. That respite though didn't last for long, with McLeod getting on the end of a ball over the top. The former Barnet striker finished confidently from 10 yards out to put Pompey 1-0 up and a lead they deserved on the early play.

Mistake followed mistake, with defenders and midfielders frequently losing possession, and Wes Thomas could have easily doubled the lead when he broke through, instead firing wide of the target on the half hour mark, albeit with the striker claiming that Marek Stech had touched it wide for a corner. At the other end, Yeovil chances were few and far between - Keanu Marsh-Brown sliced wide of the target, and later the same player was felled in the box under pressure from Wes Thomas, with replacement referee Chris Foy waving away the penalty appeals. But there was no doubt which side the opening 45 minutes belonged to.

Half time saw a double substitution for Yeovil, as they switched back to a 4-4-2 formation. Lewis Young and Gozie Ugwu replaced Richard Hinds and James Hayter, with Young going out onto the right-flank, whilst Keanu Marsh-Brown headed onto the opposite flank, whilst Gozie Ugwu partnered Reuben Reid up front. Immediately the team began to look more comfortable with what they had to deal with, but there was a major set-back when Young's presence on the pitch lasted just six minutes. Going in for a sliding tackle, he fell badly, appearing to suffer a bad knee injury that held play up for several minutes, with the winger lying on the sidelines for numerous further minutes before being stretchered off down the tunnel and heading off to hospital.

Nathan Ralph was introduced as a replacement, with Marsh-Brown swapping wings again, in a relatively improved second period - mainly because the Glovers were more successfully neutering the McLeod-Thomas domination of the first period. Ralph was responsible for getting his team back into the game, drawing a foul out of Pompey full-back Mustapha Dumbuya, as he touched the ball into the penalty box for an obvious spot kick. Up stepped Reuben Reid who grabbed his fourth goal of the season from 12 yards.

Although many of Yeovil's woes were self-inflicted, they weren't getting an awful lot of luck either, and they lost a second substitute when Gozie Ugwu began hobbling with a hamstring injury. The Reading loanee hobbled around knowing that all three substitutes had been used, but eventually he had to also disappear down the tunnel. Whilst he was a semi-passenger on the field, more questionable defending allowed Pompey to retake the lead - a ball bounced into the penalty box without a challenge, and Gabor Gyepes fired home.

Now down to ten men, and a goal down, Yeovil's finish to the match was pretty anonymous, and Pompey ran off with all three points fairly comfortably. Manager Gary Johnson now faces a headache of significant proportions. Having tried on frequent occasions lately to change formations and personnel, a fifth booking for Byron Webster means that he will have to reorganise his back line again, whilst the serious injury to Lewis Young implies a long spell on the sidelines for him, combined with the possibility of Gozie Ugwu needing some time on the treatment table. Yet Saturday's game against Colchester is massive for them - the Essex side just below them on goal difference, and just coming into some form since their change of management. The run of six defeats needs to be broken somehow - and fast.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 2.

Scorers: Izale McLeod (0-1, 13 mins), Reuben Reid (1-1, 69 mins), Gabor Gyepes (1-2, 79 mins)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Marek Stech
5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
22. Joe Edwards 6. Dominic Blizzard 26. Korey Smith 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 10. Gavin Williams 14. Sam Foley 15. Lewis Young (46 mins for Richard Hinds) 16. Nathan Ralph (51 mins for Lewis Young) 19. Gozie Ugwu (46 mins for James Hayter)

Portsmouth:
1. Mikkel Andersen
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 20. Lubomir Michalik 16. Gábor Gyepes 22. Adam Webster
7. Lee Williamson 8. Brian Howard 18. Johannes Ertl 3. Jon Harley
14. Wes Thomas 9. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
13. Simon Eastwood 6. Liam Walker 11. Jack Compton 15. Jordan Obita (89 mins for Izale McLeod) 17. Akos Buzsaky 21. Ashley Harris (82 mins for Wes Thomas)

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (foul, 77 mins), Jamie McAllister (foul, 86 mins), Dan Burn (foul, 90 mins)

Portsmouth Bookings: None.

Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire). Assistants: Adrian Gillett (Buckinghamshire) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 4,769 (including 1,297 Portsmouth fans).


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2 October 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made four changes to tonight's line-up for the visit of Portsmouth at Huish Park. The changes also include a switch in formation, with the Glovers lining up with wing-backs for the first time this season, in a 3-4-1-2 formation.

One of the changes is enforced, with midfielder Ed Upson serving a one match suspension for his red card gained on Saturday at Preston North End. That allows Keanu Marsh-Brown to come into midfield, and he is expected to be the most advanced of the five midfielders.

The three players to sit out tonight's match are midfielder Gavin Williams, right-back Luke Ayling and striker Gozie Ugwu. That allows Richard Hinds to be restored to the heart of defence, with James Hayter and Reuben Reid partnering up front.

The formation is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Marek Stech
5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
22. Joe Edwards 6. Dominic Blizzard 26. Korey Smith 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 10. Gavin Williams 14. Sam Foley 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Gozie Ugwu

Portsmouth:
1. Mikkel Andersen
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 20. Lubomir Michalik 16. Gábor Gyepes 22. Adam Webster
7. Lee Williamson 8. Brian Howard 18. Johannes Ertl 3. Jon Harley
14. Wes Thomas 9. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
13. Simon Eastwood 6. Liam Walker 11. Jack Compton 15. Jordan Obita 17. Akos Buzsaky 21. Ashley Harris


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2 October 2012 : Interview With Dan Burn
Following yesterday's 3-2 defeat against Preston North End at Deepdale, Yeovil Town's new loan signing Daniel Burn, who was brought in from Fulham last week, spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Dan's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Daniel Burn Speaks To The BBC After The 3-2 Defeat Against Preston.


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2 October 2012 : Wounded Animal vs Wounded Animal
Both managers in the dugout for tonight's League One match between Yeovil Town and Portsmouth have said that they regard each others teams as 'wounded animals' following their recent problems. The two sides clash at Huish Park in a 7.45p.m. kick-off, with both trying to overcome very different problems.

In terms of League Table positions the pair are fairly well matched - Yeovil in 13th and two points better off than 17th placed Portsmouth. However, their Hampshire opponents still face a ten point deduction if/when they finally exit administration, due to it being their second insolvency event in three years. Of that there is no direct certainty over their future, with would-be club purchasers Portpin coming under opposition from Pompey fans who would rather see their Supporters Trust take on the running of the club.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has plenty of sympathy for his opposite number Michael Appleton, who became Pompey boss in November 2011. Later that same month matters at Fratton Park began to unravel as an international arrest warrant was put out for then owner Vladimir Antonov, setting off a chain of events that led to the collapse of their holding company, and subsequently the football club itself. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson admitted that Appleton was unlikely to have known that was on the cards at the time he signed his three and a half year contract:

"He took the job on, thinking that it was all going to be hunky dory, and all sorted out, and almost from the second day he started there were problems. Obviously some of the problems were things that he didn't know about when he joined the day before. But like all Portsmouth managers, they all hang on in there, and they all do a job, and at the moment they are keeping the club in football."

Johnson added that although Portsmouth were down as a club, that they had plenty of fighting spirit, and said that his own club needed to be wary of the way that Pompey are reacting to the situation:

"They're having their problems at the moment, but they are that wounded animal that you've got to be careful of. But it will be a good atmosphere, won't it? They'll bring their full quota of fans. Their supporters club are trying to keep the club going, and they get fantastic support. It's not quite a local derby, but it's not far."

As for Appleton himself, his description of Yeovil as a 'wounded animal' stems from the Glovers' unwanted sequence of five consecutive defeats - a Football League record for the club. Having started the 2012-13 season so well, Appleton believes that his side could face a backlash against a Yeovil side wanting to end that sequence as quickly as possible:

"Yeovil got off to a fantastic start, winning a few games and going close against West Brom in the League Cup. It’s not gone their way in the last five games, but they’ll be like a wounded animal. We’re playing them on their own patch and they’ll be desperate to get a win. We have to be ready for that."

As far as team news is concerned, Pompey are expecting to go into the game without Darel Russell (hamstring), former Glover Luke Rodgers (thigh) and Josh Thompson (ankle), whilst new signing Akos Buzsaky is considered to be 'nowhere near' match-fit enough to start the match, according to the Pompey boss, although obviously could be lined up as one of their substitutes.

For the Glovers, their only missing man is midfielder Ed Upson, who sits out a one match suspension, although left-back Nathan Ralph missed Saturday's trip to Preston North End with a slight knee injury and so will require some assessment.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the usual matchday tariffs. Expect a larger than usual crowd at the ground tonight, with Pompey fans also having to use the Ticket Office, so allow time for the inevitable queues if you can. If you can't get down there, then expect BBC Somerset to be on the airwaves on 95.5FM from just after the 7.00p.m. news, whilst we'll be tweeting via our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account throughout the evening.


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1 October 2012 : No Ashton Loan Deal
Yeovil Town will not be making a move for Chelsea's Academy product James Ashton. The 19 year old had been listed on the Premier League club's website as going out on loan for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Chelsea have now issued a correction, stating that he is actually going out on loan to Championship side Charlton Athletic. Where they got Yeovil Town from is another matter!
James Ashton - Now You See Him
James Ashton - Now You See Him

But wait ... hang on ...
But wait ... hang on ...

James Ashton - Now You Don't See Him
James Ashton - Now You Don't See Him




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1 October 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Officials for tomorrow's League One match between Yeovil Town and Portsmouth have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

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

The second match involving Mr Scott was the 2-2 draw with Stockport County during the 2009-10 season. In that match, he showed a red card to Glovers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, after he committed a professional foul on Stockport County striker Nicholas Bignall. We somewhat disputed how much Bignall had played for the penalty, but had no regrets about the decision to dismiss McCarthy once Mr Scott had blown his whistle.

The third occasion was the 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in October 2010. During this match, Mr Scott dished out a red card for Owls defender Jon Otsemobor for a studs-up tackle on Nathan Smith - many in the crowd felt that he should have also done the same to Darren Purse, who landed his studs - intentionally or otherwise - down the back of the legs of Gavin Williams, but Mr Scott either missed it or saw it as an accident. Certainly manager Terry Skiverton felt the referee had got it wrong. In between he gave the Owls a penalty - Otsemobor tripped in the box by Luke Ayling.

Most recently, he was at Huish Park for the 0-1 home defeat against Milton Keynes Dons. Again, he was rather card-happy - six yellows were followed by a red in injury time for Franchise player Darren Potter, which was probably a fairly brave decision - excessive timewasting on a throw-in, with his side having repeatedly tried to run down the clock in the closing stages. After the game, manager Karl Robinson appeared to concede it was the right decision, saying that he had been shouting at Potter to not take the throw-in, admitting the decision was "part of the rules" which is about as close as you'll get to Robinson agreeing with a referee's decision.

But overall the card waving irritated, as did the referee's overall performance, with the Western Gazette saying: "Another poor performance from a referee at Huish Park. Waved away appeals for three Yeovil Town penalties but proceeded to award free kicks for lesser infringements elsewhere on the pitch" - Dons local paper The Citizen conceded that on one of those penalty shouts that the ball "appeared to strike Gary MacKenzie’s hand".

Overall, Mr Scott does not fall shy of issuing red cards. Last season he dished out nine of them, along with 129 yellow cards in 38 games. This season, he's been a little more mundane, dishing out 21 yellows across eight matches, and has yet to send a player off.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Adrian Gillett (Buckinghamshire) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adam Bromley (Devon).

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

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

Link: October 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 1.


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1 October 2012 : FA Confirm Upson Ban
The Football Association have today confirmed midfielder Ed Upson's suspension. The 22 year old was given a red card in Saturday's 3-2 defeat against Preston North End for two yellow card tackles, leaving referee Mark Brown with little option other than to dismiss him.

Upson will now serve a one match ban, as confirmed by the FA, and so will sit out tomorrow evening's home game against Portsmouth at Huish Park.


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1 October 2012 : Tomorrow's Opponents Complete Buzsaky Signing
Tomorrow evening's opponents Portsmouth have made a new signing today, snapping up Hungary international midfielder Akos Buzsaky. The 30 year old's name had been on the rumourmill as interesting Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Bristol City during the summer, but has instead agreed a one month contract with the Hampshire side, who remain in administration. Buzsaky had been offered a new deal with Premier League side Queens Park Rangers over the summer, but the two parties were unable to agree a deal, leaving him as a free agent.

Pompey also signed up AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas on loan on Friday. The 25 year old former Cheltenham Town striker made his debut in their 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United on Saturday, scoring an 89th minute winning goal. Thomas has been drafted in to partner former Glovers transfer target Izale McLeod, after fellow striker Luke Rodgers suffered a torn calf muscle that is expected to keep him out for another fortnight, ruling him out of a return to his former club on Tuesday.


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1 October 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Preston 3 Yeovil 2 : Deepdale Defeat Dissected
Saturday's 3-2 defeat against Preston North End saw the current losing run extended to five games, as the Glovers crumbled in the second half at Deepdale. Pulling the game apart a bit, the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that game and the wider issues afoot as manager Gary Johnson is faced with the problem of trying to arrest that form. Read on via the link below, and feel free to chuck in your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Preston 3 Yeovil 2 : Deepdale Defeat Dissected.


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