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31 October 2015 : Sturrock Restates Glovers Commitment Despite Club Falling Bottom
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he is still fully committed to getting the club out of trouble, despite watching his side slip to the foot of the Football League. The Glovers boss, who has been in charge since the tail end of the 2014-15 campaign, has been as yet unable to turn around the club's fortunes that have this week focussed upon their slide from the Championship division during the 2013-14 season down to the foot of League Two, which they hit for the first time today.

That was despite the club going 2-0 up at Blundell Park, thanks to early goals from Ryan Bird and Harry Cornick that put them into a commanding position. However, that was eroded over the course of the 80 minutes that followed, with Carlisle gaining an ascendancy as two goals from Michael Raynes and another from Macaulay Gillesphey gave Carlisle a 3-2 win that put the Glovers in 24th position on goal difference, with Dagenham and Redbridge not playing today.

Sturrock told BBC Somerset that he was still fully focussed on getting the club out of their current predicament, although was frustrated that individual defensive errors had cost his team those goals, with Raynes getting a free header for a corner, whilst goalkeeper Artur Krysiak - normally rock solid for the club - missed the ball when leaving his line from another set piece:

"I'm totally committed to this football club. I want this football club to do well. The picture that is to be painted is not a pretty one at this minute in time. But I'm totally totally confident that things will change. Things will get better. How quickly that happens is in the lap of the Gods. We should have taken one or two of our other chances in the first half especially. I think that it's a kick in the teeth to everybody involved in the football club. I feel so sorry for everybody because today that first half was as good again, but in the second half we just couldn't piece it together. Our substitutes bench is basically not helping the cause. Sometimes we should get a reaction (from the substitutes) and we're not getting that reaction and that's very disappointing to me as well."

Two of Sturrock's substitutions were forced, with Nathan Smith's ankle injury forcing a defensive reshuffle, whilst Jakub Sokolik was forced to head off the pitch midway through the second half, after trying to battle his way through, having suffered a hip injury. Sturrock had already lost midfielder Marc Laird to a hamstring injury during the week and he explained that those changes had not helped the way the game had panned out:

"Jakub Sokolik should have come off at half time as it was that sore, but he soldiered on. It's difficult when you are all of a sudden putting Ryan Dickson back to left-back, because the shape of your team is knocked sideways. I am gutted about it because as I've said we're so close to being a decent team. It just seems to be that we're just picking up injury after injury. That's two today. If those two are out for any length of time, then it's going to be very difficult, as I haven't got defenders! There's no chance of anybody coming back for next Saturday as starters. So it's going to be a difficult week trying to piece together a team for the cup tie."

Sturrock has said that he is still looking to bring in a defensive-minded loan player as a replacement for Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey, who is not expectedd to return to the club following his knee injury. However, at present he has indicated that he has hit knock-backs in terms of persuading any parent clubs to allow their players to become cup-tied for the forthcoming FA Cup and Football League Trophy ties, with the club not returning to Football League action for another two weeks. He does not expect Sokolik to recover in time for next Sunday's trip to Maidstone United, whilst Laird's injury is likely to keep him sidelined for around three weeks - Smith's problem will be assessed during the week.


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31 October 2015 : Carlisle 3 Yeovil 2 : Halloween Horror Leaves Glovers Rock Bottom
Yeovil Town slipped to the foot of the Football League tonight after they lost 3-2 against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, despite taking a surprise two goal lead. They appeared to be in dreamland after just eight minutes as Ryan Bird headed home a Ryan Dickson corner for his seventh goal of the season, and that was followed up by AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick who accepted a George Thomas pass for his fourth of the campaign. But Carlisle fought their way back into it when Michael Raynes headed home from close range after half an hour, and the Cumbrians followed that up with an equaliser from Macaulay Gillesphey, with the game ultimately being won by a second goal from Raynes, leaving the club in 92nd place in the Football pyramid.

The Glovers made one change to their starting line-up with Marc Laird's hamstring injury sustained on the training ground during the week meaning that he will miss around three weeks worth of football. His place in the side was taken by Wes Fogden who was returning from a minor problem with shin splints. On the bench just five players remained, with Stephen Arthurworrey's return to Fulham and Jamie Burrows' recent decision to quit professional football leaving them off the club's books.

The game got off to an incredible start from a Yeovil Town point of view. Carlisle defender Michael Raynes slipped inside his own half, allowing Harry Cornick through on goal. Carlisle keeper Mark Gillespie parried the attempt for a corner, and from that set piece Ryan Dickson's delivery found Ryan Bird inside the box and his header brought him his seventh goal of the season - and crucially his first on the road, with all of his previous conversions having come at Huish Park.

Three minutes later and things got even better. Coventry City attacker George Thomas was playing as the most advanced of the midfield quartet and he slipped the ball through to Harry Cornick, allowing him the space to slot home for a 2-0 lead. With the Glovers having other chances around those goals, as Thomas headed over the bar, the visitors were well on top, with Carlisle appearing to have entirely misjudged their tactics in terms of picking up Yeovil's most advanced trio of players. Gary Dicker's awful challenge on George Thomas that gave him a yellow card showed how stretched the Cumbrians were early on.

Home fans vented their frustration, loudly booing their team for the way they'd started the match, but ultimately they began to get a foothold in the game, and showed that they were not afraid to shoot on sight. Jason Kennedy and Gary Dicker's long rangers went wide, but for a while at least, Carlisle seemed constrained to pot shots that didn't trouble Artur Krysiak. The problem was that when Carlisle did finally hit the target, it landed in the back of the net. An Alex Gilliead corner found Michael Raynes, who had lost his marker and was able to score from a close range - 2-1 and suddenly a rather critical home crowd were lifted.

Yeovil's situation was also becoming complicated by an injury to Nathan Smith - one of only two Yeovil players who have started in every fixture so far this season. He had clearly picked up an ankle problem and hobbled about before sitting down for treatment. After much delay, Smith withdrew, replaced by Matt Dolan, with Ryan Dickson dropping into the back four, as Dolan took his place on the left side of the midfield diamond. Carlisle had made their own voluntary reshuffle with a first half substitution and a change in tactics and that seemed to suit them better than Yeovil as they finished the half as the stronger team, with Charlie Wyke firing over the bar. Yeovil needed the half time break, particularly given that Jakub Sokolik was added to the walking wounded as he struggled to complete the five minutes of injury time, although slightly against the run of play both Ryan Bird and Josh Sheehan fashioned chances in the dying seconds that could have seen them extend their leads.

Sokolik somehow reappeared after the break, and the half opened with Ryan Bird getting another good opportunity that went wide. However, ten minutes after the break, Carlisle's increasing pole in the match was emphasised by their equalising goal. Once again it came from a corner, with Alex Gilliead's delivery seeing Macaulay Gillesphey beat the on-rushing Krysiak to the ball and head home for a 2-2 scoreline. Inevitably Carlisle had their tails up, despite Yeovil's attempts to flood the midfield by switching their formation to a 4-5-1 during the second period, with Cornick and Thomas taking wide slots.

Callum Hope's shot saw Artur Krysiak having to make a late adjustment to tip the ball for a corner, after it took a deflection off a defender's leg as Carlisle began to threaten a winning goal. The likelihood of that became more apparent when Jakub Sokolik finally couldn't continue, with Ryan Bird having to drop into defence as a makeshift centre-half - the last time he played there was as a youngster for non-league side Burnham. In effect that meant that the Glovers had lost three of their first choice back four in just a couple of games, with Sokolik and Smith off the pitch and Stephen Arthurworrey back at Fulham for an operation, leaving Swansea City youngster Connor Roberts as the last man standing, and now the only player in Yeovil Town's squad to have played in every minute of the season so far!

With such a makeshift back four, Yeovil looked distinctly rickety, with Ryan Bird and Connor Roberts picking up yellow cards in quick succession. Then came the sucker punch. Charlie Wyke's shot on goal could only be parried by keeper Artur Krysiak, with the loose ball falling neatly into the path of Michael Raynes, who had an easy conversion for a complete turnaround and a 3-2 scoreline in Carlisle's favour.

Just 15 minutes remained for Yeovil to make a real push for it, as they gambled by sending Ryan Bird back up front in a risky looking 3-4-3 formation for the closing stages. That led to a rather stretched end-to-end finish to the match, but not enough to get Yeovil back into the match. The defeat pushed them to the foot of the League Two table - something that the club has never faced before. Moreover, one injury before the match, and two more during the match inevitably pile on the woes faced by manager Paul Sturrock - new loans are desperately needed, although with the next two matches being cup competitions that will complicate whoever he can bring in before next weekend.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Ryan Bird (0-1, 5 mins), Harry Cornick (0-2, 8 mins), Michael Raynes (1-2, 31 mins), Macaulay Gillesphey (2-2, 55 mins), Michael Raynes (3-2, 75 mins)

Carlisle United United:
1. Mark Gillespie
6. David Atkinson 5. Michael Raynes 27. Mark Ellis 3. Danny Grainger
16. Gary Dicker 7. Jason Kennedy 10. Bastien Hery
17. Alex Gilliead 9. Charlie Wyke 24. Hallam Hope

Substitutes:
2. Tom Miller (86 mins for Alex Gilliead) 12. Antony Sweeney 13. Dan Hanford 21. Steven Rigg 23. Joe Thompson 25. Derek Asamoah (82 mins for Charlie Wyke) 26. Macaulay Gillesphey (35 mins for Bastien Hery)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith
20. Wes Fogden
30. Josh Sheehan 16. George Thomas 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 4. Matt Dolan (38 mins for Nathan Smith) 10. Shaun Jeffers (66 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck (80 mins for George Thomas)

Carlisle Bookings: Gary Dicker (foul, 10 mins), David Atkinson (timewasting, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Ryan Bird (foul, 71 mins), Connor Roberts (throwing ball away, 73 mins)

Carlisle Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistants: Graeme Fyvie (Tyne and Wear) and Joe Simpson (Manchester). Fourth Official: Barry Cropp (Lancashire).

Attendance: 4,095 (with 108 Yeovil supporters).


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31 October 2015 : Team News For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. Wes Fogden missed last weekend's match against Cambridge United with a minor knock and he returns for an immediate slot back in the starting line-up. That's at the expense of midfielder Marc Laird who has dropped out of the squad entirely with a hamstring injury picked up in training this week. Youth teamer Ollie Bassett is also not in today's squad, with the Glovers fielding a five man bench. Laird is expected to miss around three week's worth of football, as he recovers from his latest problem.

The club's injury list remains more or less as it was, with Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) do not feature. Centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey has returned to Fulham for a knee operation, and although the club have not been explicit, the vibes are that they do not expect him to return this season.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 30. Josh Sheehan 20. Wes Fogden 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird 16. George Thomas

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 4. Matt Dolan 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck


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31 October 2015 : Smith Wanting Sharper Starts To Avoid Cambridge Repeat
Yeovil Town vice-captain Nathan Smith has admitted that his side need to eradicate their slow starts if they are to dig themselves out of trouble near the foot of League Two. The left-back has been an ever-present in the Glovers 2015-16 line-up as either a full-back or a left-sided centre-back and so has witnessed a series of lop-sided performances from the club that was emphasised by last weekend's poor first half against Cambridge United that was followed by an unsuccessful attempt at a second half comeback.

The pattern for this type of performance has been seen across the season, with the opening day of the campaign against Exeter City seeing the club two goals down at half time, whilst similar effects could be witnessed against Luton Town at Huish Park that saw them come from two goals down to win 3-2, then more recently against Dagenham and Redbridge where a two goal deficit saw the game brought back to a 2-2 draw. Smith told BBC Somerset that starting games strongly had been a big topic of conversation at the club this week:

"That's definitely one of the things that the manager has addressed. We need to start games in the same way that we're finishing them in the second half of games. In the first half sometimes we don't, and if you're not performing in the first half then it can be game over, so we need to carry that from the start of games. It's a hard one to put your finger on. We're in this situation where we need the fans to be behind us. But it's understandable when you're coming from the level of success that the club has had from a few seasons ago, and the fans are craving that. We obviously want to be higher and we understand the situation."

Smith added that despite the club's rather precarious league position, that sees them stuck in the League Two relegation zone, that there was a positive atmosphere around the dressing room and management team. He hoped that ability to stick together would eventually see a reward from it:

"The management have been very positive. The gaffer's record speaks for itself. We've got to stick with it, and the players are behind him as well, so we've just got to do that. It's about everyone clubbing together. Everyone is remaining positive. Obviously you do have your frustrations from time to time, but that's within any team, because everyone wants to win. Everyone is remaining positive and there's no ill-thoughts at all. The manager is someone we all believe in, so we just need to repay him, and the fans as well."


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30 October 2015 : John Fry : Championship Miracle Made Club's Fall Harder
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has suggested that the club's rise up into the Championship division has a lot to do with why their fall from grace has been so sudden. The Glovers spent a single season playing second tier football, during the 2013-14 campaign, but unsurprisingly found it hard to compete at that level, with the club by far the smallest in the division. Whilst that relegation was no disgrace, what has followed has been rather more unexpected, as the club have plummeted straight through League One and currently lie in 23rd place in League Two - a position which if maintained would give them three consecutive relegations.

Fry was interviewed by BBC Points West this week, in a feature shown tonight, and although he described that rise up into the Championship as an 'absolute miracle', he also believes that the difficulty the club has faced in having to readjust from Championship revenues to having to work with League One and League Two revenues has made it a difficult task for the club and its first team management to deal with. He explained that each relegation accelerated the need for the club to get players off the club's books - something that may explain why current boss Paul Sturrock adopted a policy of allowing most of last season's squad to depart. The Glovers Chairman said that the difference in revenues has since forced that issue, even if the actual experience of being at second tier level felt like the club were in dreamland:

"To get into the Championship was an absolute miracle for a club of this size and the football world recognises that. From a business point of view and a finance point of view it seems all glamorous, and it seems as though there's a lot of money and that you should be able to build on that. We took on the big boys and they respected us for it. It was a moment in history, but the moment in history has cost us dearly - seriously. In order to bring what was a revenue of an extra five million down to a level of League One and League Two, we've got to get people off the books. I'm telling you, it's an absolute nightmare. From the point of view that when you've built a team in the Championship, with the wages these people were getting paid, and going down to the level of revenues that we got from League One and now League Two, you've got to change things and you've got to terminate contracts and you've got to get people off the books."

Fry indicated that the club had allowed 24 player contracts to be terminated over the summer, with around 17 new players arriving. Whilst much of that was a club decision, he felt that some of that came down to players being far more transient in their careers than has been in the past, with some such as Joe Edwards and Sam Foley choosing to move on over the summer. He also questioned the commitment of some of the players that had moved through the Huish Park revolving door over the past few years, and felt that sort of aspect of the game made a manager's job a deceptively hard one:

"I'm sort of appalled really in the way that managers are treated in this football industry. They deserve better as it's a hard job. I wouldn't like to sit in that dugout. Those players either fight for your club, or they don't. And that's been the problem - they've been passing through and there's been no stability in people staying here like your Terry Skivertons, as a player, for a long period - and that's a fact. But I still don't think we're far off, and I think it would be a big mistake if we ripped it all up, panicked and someone came in here and changed it. You'd be back again here for the next three or four years."


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30 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Carlisle Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Paul runs through the injury to Stephen Arthurworrey and the club's overall injury problems, his relationship with Chairman John Fry and the board, and of course the Carlisle trip and forthcoming cup competitions. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset As Part Of The Build-Up To Carlisle.


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30 October 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town make their longest journey of the 2015-16 season. The 676 mile round trip to Carlisle United sees the club head to Brunton Park for a League Two match, and the Ciderspace guide has been updated with that in mind. Find yourself ticketing, directions, parking, a pub guide and various statistics via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.

The East Stand, which now takes the name of the Pioneer Food Service Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators
The East Stand, which now takes the name of the Pioneer Food Service Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators.
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30 October 2015 : Seated Maidstone United Tickets Sell Out On First Morning
Given we were limited to just 86 seated tickets for this match, this shouldn't come as any great surprise - seated tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United are now sold out. Terraced tickets - for which we were given 314 of them - are still on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

For more information on ticketing and travel arrangements, follow the links below.

Link: GWSC Travel To Maidstone And Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town.


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29 October 2015 : Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 31st October 2015 at Brunton Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee David Webb (County Durham).

This particular David Webb (who is not our former manager and club owner, in case you were wondering!) is from the north-east, which probably explains why we've not got much history with him, even though he's been at Football League level as a referee since the summer of 2008. We've had him just twice. The first was for an away match against Notts County in September 2010 at Meadow Lane. That game was a bit of a car crash - we lost 4-0 with a team that included Luke Ayling as a right winger and Adam Virgo as a striker! We lost badly, and to be honest the end scoreline flattered us. The idea of attaching any blame to the match referee for it would be laughed out of town.

We then had him for a March 2013 away match against Hartlepool United. A bit of a dull game all round, with only a Paddy Madden shot off the underside of the crossbar theatening to break the deadlock. As for the officials - they didn't seem to get visibly involved, which was nice. Two Hartlepool bookings, but nothing shown in our direction, in what was a low key game and an eventual 0-0 draw. No real complaints either about his performance in the October 2014 match against Sheffield United, which we lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane. There was the odd decision we quibbled over, but he didn't really change the course of the game at any stage.

Mr Webb started life as a referee 16 years ago after he spotted an advert in a football programme recruiting referees, and went into the Consett Sunday League in the North-East, whilst running the line in the Wearside League. Heading through the Northern League and the Football Conference, he spent just one season at Conference level before being promoted to the Football League lists in the summer of 2008. In early 2009 he was England's representative at the Dallas Cup international youth tournament and also took charge of the Under-16s international between England and Scotland during the same season.

Mr Webb will be assisted by Graeme Fyvie (Tyne and Wear) and Joe Simpson (Manchester). The Fourth Official will be Barry Cropp (Lancashire).

Link: October 2014 : Sheffield United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2013 : Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2010 : Notts County 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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29 October 2015 : GWSC Travel To Maidstone And Gillingham
Travel information for those planning to attend Yeovil Town's two cup competitions later this month is now available. The GWSC will be running transport to both the FA Cup First Round tie against Maidstone United and the Football League Trophy game against Gillingham, with plans set as follows:

Maidstone United : Sunday 8th November 2015.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Gillingham : Tuesday 10th November 2015.
Huish Park: 2.00p.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

IMPORTANT: Particularly with the Maidstone United tie, make sure that you have secured a match ticket for the game when you book your travel. If your circumstances change remember to cancel your seat, rather than leave the seat unused.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Forest Green U18s.

Link: Ticketing For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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29 October 2015 : Priestfield Trip Stays Put Despite FA Cup Move
Yeovil Town's match against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy will not be moved, despite the Glovers now playing their FA Cup First Round game on a Sunday. When the arrangements were made for the game at Priestfield in the Trophy match, the Gills had indicated that the match might be moved if either side had their game moved in the FA Cup.

However, it appears that the two clubs have now decided to let sleeping dogs lie and to keep the Priestfield match on the Tuesday. For the avoidance of doubt, that therefore means the two ties will be scheduled as follows:

Sun 08/11/2015 : 14:00hrs : Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town (FA Cup First Round)
Tue 10/11/2015 : 19:15hrs : Gillingham vs Yeovil Town (Football League Trophy Area Quarter Final)

This means that the club will be making two lengthy trips to Kent in just over 48 hours. Manager Paul Sturrock has already indicated that the team will not be staying in Kent in between the two matches, and so will make two separate trips for the two games.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Forest Green U18s.

Link: Ticketing For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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29 October 2015 : Sturrock To Exercise Caution Over Arthurworrey Replacement
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he will wait until after the club's long trip to Carlisle United before deciding what to do about the gap left by Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey. The Glovers will begin their journey to Cumbria tomorrow morning, meaning that there is little opportunity to resolve the fact that they will not be seeing the centre-back for an indefinite period.

Officially, Arthurworrey is on loan at Huish Park for the whole of the 2015-16 season, and the club have not directly responded to the suggestion that he may not return to the club once he has had an operation on his injured knee. However, in practice he is expected to be out for a long term period, meaning that attention is now being turned elsewhere on the assumption that he will not be part of the club's plans.

Sturrock told BBC Somerset that part of his thinking was that defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi is due to be back in full training next week following an ankle injury, whilst Ben Tozer, who is capable of playing at right-back or at centre-back is finally expected to get on the training ground, having missed the whole of pre-season and the 2015-16 campaign so far. That would give them the potential of two extra defensive options, and the Glovers boss wants to see what state they are in before going back into the loan market. He explained Arthurworrey's situation:

"He's going to need an operation of some sort. He went back to their medical team under Fulham. So we are now short in that department, so we're going to have to address it. I think that it's important that we get over Saturday's game first. We'll have another full week of training next week, which enables two of the boys who have been out injured to come back into full training - Ben Tozer and Omar Sowunmi. So we'll look forward to that. We can then decide which way we go, and which area we address as far as bringing players in are concerned."

Sturrock added that he was drafting up shortlists of players that he might be interested in. However, he wanted to keep his options open, hinting that Arthurworrey's replacement may not necessarily be a centre-back:

"We've obviously started the search for that kind of thing but it's obviously a very difficult scenario to all of a sudden need that. I don't want to rush in and pick the wrong one. We'd rather make a list of certain positions that we would like to strengthen and basically we will take it from there."

For this weekend, Yeovil Town are expected to welcome back Wes Fogden, who missed last weekend's match against Cambridge United with a minor knock - he is back on the training ground. However with that exception, the remainder of his long term injured players will not travel up to Cumbria, with Sowunmi and Tozer the nearest two players to a return. Sturrock has said that he is monitoring the fitness of two of last Saturday's squad, with them having picked up training ground knocks that have caused him concern - the unnamed duo will have fitness tests ahead of the match at Brunton Park.


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29 October 2015 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Forest Green Rovers
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Forest Green Rovers have now been agreed. The match will take place on Tuesday 3rd November on the main Huish Park stadium pitch, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £4.00; Juniors, Concessions and Aged 16-21: £2.00.

The winners of next Tuesday's tie will play the winners of the First Round tie between Met Police and Dulwich Hamlet. The tie at Huish Park will be finished on the night, with extra time and penalties used for any games that fail to reach a conclusion after 90 minutes.


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28 October 2015 : Young Glovers Given Forest Green Challenge
Yeovil Town Under-18s will face Forest Green Rovers in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. Their long wait to determine who they would face in the competition was finally ended tonight when Rovers defeated Hungerford Town in the Third Qualifying Round tie at the New Lawn. A 29th minute goal from Rovers captain Joe Stokes was good enough to win the match by a 1-0 scoreline.

That was rough justice on Hungerford who had led the original tie 1-0 with 84 minutes played when a serious injury to Forest Green's Jack Holmes forced the match to be abandoned. Holmes was ultimately diagnosed as having suffered three cracked vertebrates, along with some ligament damage causing some floating bone in his back, and so could not be moved until an ambulance arrived. Tonight's game saw the tie entirely restarted, with Rovers getting it right at the second time of asking.

Forest Green's Under-18s side will now travel to Huish Park for their First Round tie, with the match being played on the main stadium pitch on Tuesday 3rd November, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. We'd expect a small admission charge to apply for this fixture. The visitors have won the South West Counties Youth League title three seasons running, and currently have a 100 percent winning record in their 2015-16 campaign, having clocked up 44 goals in just six games!

The winners of next Tuesday's tie will face a home tie in the Second Round. They will play the winners of the First Round match between Met Police and Dulwich Hamlet. The tie will be finished on the night, with extra time and penalties used for any games that fail to reach a conclusion after 90 minutes.


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28 October 2015 : Maidstone Tie Moved To Sunday : Full Ticketing Arrangements
Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round tie against Maidstone United has been moved to a Sunday. The Glovers tie at the Gallagher Stadium has been selected as one of eight ties that will be played on Sunday 8th November as part of the BBC's rolling FA Cup Final Score coverage. The match will kick off at 2.00p.m.

Tickets for the match will go on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY on Friday 30th October at a limit of ONE ticket per season ticket holder. Season Ticket Holders have until 7.00p.m. on Tuesday 3rd November to make their purchases - or until the supply of 400 tickets run out.

If there are any tickets left at that point they will go on General Sale at 9.00a.m. on Wednesday 4th November. The club have been allocated only 314 terrace places and 86 seated tickets. Prices will be as follows:

TERRACING: Adults: £12.00; Seniors/Students: £9.00; Aged 11-15: £5.00; Under-11: £1.00.

SEATING: Adults: £14.00; Seniors/Students: £11.00; Aged 11-15: £7.00; Under-11: £3.00.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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28 October 2015 : New Loan Signing George Thomas Talks About The Cambridge Defeat
On Saturday, Yeovil Town gave Coventry City striker George Thomas a debut, as part of a one month loan deal between the two clubs. He played a full 90 minutes in the 2-3 home defeat against Cambridge United and after that match, he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin about the game. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: George Thomas Speaks To The BBC After The 2-3 Defeat Against Cambridge United.


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28 October 2015 : Trio Of FA Cup First Round Live Matches Selected
The Football Association have announced details of the FA Cup First Round ties that will be televised in full as part of the BBC's and BT Sport's coverage. They have opted for three non-league sides at home to Football League opposition, with Salford City, Didcot Town and FC United of Manchester the three clubs to financially benefit. The ties chosen are as follows:

Fri 06/11/2015 : 19:55hrs : Salford City vs Notts County (BBC)
Sun 08/11/2015 : 12:00hrs : Didcot Town vs Exeter City (BT Sport)
Mon 09/11/2015 : 19:45hrs : FC United of Manchester vs Chesterfield (BT Sport)

Each of the six clubs will receive £67,500 as a Broadcast Fee. All First Round winners, irrespective of television coverage, will receive £18,000.

Note that the BBC have still yet to identify which ties will be moved to Sunday 8th November. They will select eight ties for that day, as part of an FA Cup 'BBC Final Score' programme, which will see them rotate around those grounds as each score or major incident is recorded during the games. Hence do not assume that this stage that Yeovil Town's match against Maidstone United has a date cast in stone.

Link: Ticket Allocation And Prices For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town.


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28 October 2015 : October 2015 Yeovil Town Supporters Survey
With so much debate from Yeovil Town supporters on the subject of the club's current situation, it's sometimes difficult to see what the common consensus is amongst fans - if there is one! However, to allow fans a chance to record their own views on where the club's current weaknesses lie, and what they should be doing about it, we've set up a survey for you to fill in. We'll keep the survey open until Saturday's match at Carlisle United kicks off, to ensure that views are not clouded by individual results on the field of play, and then aim to sift through the results a day or two after that game.

Note that one or two of the questions are slightly interlinked, but that you should consider the difference between a club Owner, Chairman and Board when giving responses as the questions hopefully allow you to give independent responses to those areas.

Head via the link below to cast your vote. All names and email addresses are purely there to record votes for uniqueness. They will NOT be distributed to any other party outside the Ciderspace website.

Link: October 2005 Yeovil Town Supporters Survey.


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27 October 2015 : Chairman Fry Warns Of Knee Jerk Reactions And Backward Steps
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has provided more views on the club's current on the pitch situation, following dissent from supporters at the club's home League Two game against Cambridge United. The Chairman was the subject of calls for him to step down both during and after the game, with the club stuck in a worrying 23rd place spot in the League Two table.

With booing from supporters at half time and full time and chants of 'We want John Fry out' and other variations across the afternoon, it was probably one of the biggest shows of dissent that Fry has seen from fans since he took over as Chairman in 1996. He does not respond directly to what was aimed at him during the match, but gives a defence of manager Paul Strurrock's current circumstances and his management and playing record, saying that "sacking the Football Manager at this stage of the season would be a backward step" - a strong statement that would appear to take any talk of a management change off the table for the time being, at least. Fry also defends the track record of the club itself by referring to the recent 2013-14 season in the Championship.

In a statement issued by the club, Fry outlines four key areas that need to be considered when critiquing the season that the club have had so far. He cites the club's current injury crisis, falling attendances at Huish Park and the transfer window rules. However, he does centre attention on the club's current scouting system and coaching methods, suggesting that this is an area causing him concern. Fry's four areas of consideration state:

"1. The club has had to endure a crippling injury crisis the like of which the manager has never had to contend with in all his life in football.

2. All clubs in the Football League have to work within the new Salary Cap Management Protocol rules which stipulate that clubs can only spend 55% of their football turnover, and with gate revenue continuing to fall, there is little or no scope to bring in better players.

3. Due to the transfer window rules, there are restrictions in bringing new players to Huish Park until the start of next year. Then one will have to go out, before another one can be brought in.

4. After rebuilding the playing squad following our relegation from League One, sacking the Football Manager at this stage of the season would be a backward step, however, it is time to seriously look at our player recruitment system and coaching methods
."

Although it was never formally stated, Peter Johnson left the club last season around the same time that his brother Gary Johnson left the club, and has unsurprisingly since reappeared at Cheltenham Town. There has been no formal announcement of a successor, although midfielder Simon Gillett has been providing some informal assistance in watching future opposition matches, whilst he recovers from a cruciate knee ligament injury. Fry's mention of coaching methods though, may centre on the current role of assistant manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way, who stayed on at the club following the relegation into League Two, and have been Sturrock's main coaching team, along with new goalkeeper-coach Chris Weale.

Moving back to Sturrock, Fry highlights the Scotsman's track record, which includes promotions with St Johnstone, Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town. He felt the task that the new manager had taken on was a large one, given the circumstances of the summer just gone:

"Paul Sturrock has huge experience having managed in the Premier League in England and Scotland, the Championship, League One and Two and he has several promotions on his CV not to mention over 500 games in Scotland, several international caps and two World Cup Finals to his name. When he joined the club he had to sign almost a complete new squad of players which involved terminating fixed term contracts and negotiating new ones. To hit the jackpot with all the new players would have been extremely lucky. Having signed those players the team needed time to gel. And then the injuries started to take their toll."

Fry finishes by pointing to the club's own record, and the efforts put in by his own Directors over the years. He warned of the risks of 'knee jerk reactions' to the current circumstances and maintained his condidence that the club's situation could be reversed, given time:

"This club has recently enjoyed unbridled success including a Wembley play-off final and promotion to the Championship. The club’s board of directors are one of the most conscientious around, and all give their time and expertise for free, and that includes myself. But in football success can never be guaranteed and when the tides turn it needs hard work and dedication to bring about change. That is what is happening right now, so I say to all of those loyal, but disappointed Glovers supporters this is a time for cool heads and a not for knee jerk reactions. Everybody at the club from the office staff, through to the manager, players and board of directors has to work that little bit harder to turn things around, which I am certain will happen."


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27 October 2015 : Ticket Allocation And Prices For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have provided advance ticketing information for their FA Cup First Round tie against Maidstone United. A date for this match has yet to be firmly set as the two relevant television companies are still sorting out their own schedules. However, the two clubs have agreed that this game will be an ALL TICKET affair, with Maidstone's Gallagher Stadium holding only 2,363 spectators, partly due to redevelopment work to bring the ground up to Conference South standard.

The club have been allocated only 314 terrace places and 86 seated tickets. These will be put on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY in the first instance - with exact sale date dependent upon the final details of the tie being firmed up. Prices will be as follows:

TERRACING: Adults: £12.00; Seniors/Students: £9.00; Aged 11-15: £5.00; Under-11: £1.00.

SEATING: Adults: £14.00; Seniors/Students: £11.00; Aged 11-15: £7.00; Under-11: £3.00.

Please do NOT call the Huish Park Ticket Office at this stage. We'll provide an update as soon as the tie is properly scheduled, and tickets have arrived at the club for actual sale.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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27 October 2015 : Arthurworrey Blow As He Heads For Operation On Injured Knee
Yeovil Town will be without Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey for an indefinite period after he returned to his parent club for treatment. He had been an ever-present in the Glovers line-up until a knee injury forced him off during the second half against Mansfield Town a week ago, but then was absent on Saturday entirely for the home match against Cambridge United.

The bad news is that his return to Craven Cottage has seen their medical staff determine that the centre-back needs an operation. As yet there's been no date put on his return, but that would imply that he will be absent for a longer period of time than originally anticipated. Manager Paul Sturrock told the club's website:

"He went back to Fulham and had an x-ray and there is knee damage of some sort. Fulham have explained that he is going to need an operation and that obviously puts him out of contention here for a while. It's a massive blow."

The Glovers agreement with Fulham was for a season long loan, but the understanding was that there would be a break clause during the January transfer window for either party to terminate the agreement. However, under the normal terms of a standard loan agreement the loan would remain operative until January 1st. Doubtless all parties will come to a conclusion of what the next steps may be once Arthurworrey is fit.

The news leaves the club very thin in terms of central defenders, with Alex Lacey and Jakub Sokolik as the only two recognised centre-backs that are fit and ready to play. Omar Sowumni is close to fitness, but the club have been trying to convert him into being a front line striker. Meanwhile, Ben Tozer, who can play in the centre, has been injured since his arrival at Huish Park. Both are being targetted for a return somewhere around the Maidstone United or Gillingham cup ties, although Tozer in particular would be significantly short of match fitness, having missed the whole of pre-season. It would therefore be no surprise if the club moved into the loan market to cover for Arthurworrey's loss for the remainder of 2015.


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27 October 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Groundhog Day Strikes Again
Over the past few weeks, there's been a lot of debate about Yeovil Town's current fortunes. A lot of debate. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the current situation, with the club currently sat inside the League Two relegation zone. Doubtless you'll have your own views on the club and where it's going - add alternative views (or agreeing ones!) at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Groundhog Day Strikes Again.


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26 October 2015 : FA Cup Trip Revives Old Stones Rivalry
Earlier this evening, Yeovil Town were given a deceptively tricky First Round draw against Maidstone United in the FA Cup. Strictly speaking, the Glovers have never played this version of Maidstone, with the club that they played on many occasions at Southern League and Conference level having been liquidated in 1992, having collapsed just prior to the start of the 1992-93 season, after running up debts and losing control of their ground.

In the same year, a new club Maidstone Invicta was formed, and they took on the name of the old club three years later. Having folded just before the season, and having no ground of their own, they had to start life in the Fourth Division of the Kent County League during the 1993-94 season, playing on the original club's Reserve and Training pitch that was situated next to their old London Road Stadium. By 2006 they rose as high as the Isthmian League, but inevitably progress stalled without them having a ground to call their own, playing at Sittingbourne and Ashford Town. In 2012 though, they moved to the Gallagher Stadium - a £2.6 million construction that allowed them to keep their own match revenue, and this gave them enough impetus to go up as Isthmian Premier League Champions during the summer of 2015, giving them a position in the Conference South for the first time in the new club's history.

The Gallagher Stadium is an unusual one, in that the main venue hosts a 3G artificial pitch. The 2,363 capacity ground was built without a grass surface and reportedly gives the club an additional £150,000 income per season as well as allowing their Reserve and Youth sides a chance to play on the main pitch. Recent rule changes mean that they can climb as far as the Conference National League, as well as to use it in the FA Cup. They already have one Football League scalp on that surface, having knocked out Stevenage in a First Round Replay last season by a 2-1 scoreline - the best performance of the new club so far.

Yeovil Town's last meeting against the original Maidstone club came in the FA Cup during the 1989-90 season in an FA Cup First Round tie during the brief period in which Maidstone were a Football League club, with the match being played at Dartford's old Watling Street ground. The Glovers lost the tie by a 2-1 scoreline with Mickey Spencer getting our goal. The team that day was as follows:

Yeovil Line-Up: 1. David Fry, 2. Jeff Sherwood, 3. Tiv Lowe, 4. Mark Shail, 5. Derek Dawkins, 6. Peter Conning, 7. Jimmy Quinn, 8. Andy Wallace, 9. Barry Blackman, 10. Mickey Spencer, 11. Richard Thompson

Subs: 12. Richard Thompson (for Barry Blackman), 14. Neil Cordice (for Peter Conning).

Such was the strength of the Maidstone club that were promoted into the Football League, Yeovil Town's last five meetings against Maidstone all ended up in defeats, including one infamous 5-0 loss during the 1988-89 season that saw Glovers keeper Bob Iles stretchered off with a broken leg, and with substitute keepers being rare on a two-man bench, an outfield player had to deal with the prospect of facing a team that were on their way to the Conference title and bar the aforementioned FA Cup game, the two clubs would at that point part ways.

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw : Glovers Given Stones Trip.

Link: Previous Meetings : Maidstone United.


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26 October 2015 : FA Cup First Round Draw : Glovers Given Stones Trip
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the First Round of the FA Cup. The Glovers will play Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium, after the teams were drawn out live on BBC2 this evening from Thackley Juniors Football Club in Bradford.

The draw in full was as follows:

Burton Albion vs Peterborough United
Port Vale vs Maidenhead United
Barnet vs Blackpool
Bristol Rovers vs Chesham United
Cambridge United vs Basingstoke Town
Mansfield Town vs Oldham Athletic
Altrincham vs Barnsley
Crewe Alexandra vs Eastleigh
Northwich Victoria vs Boreham Wood
Coventry City vs Northampton Town
Brackley Town vs Newport County
Grimsby Town vs St Albans City
Hartlepool United vs Havant and Waterlooville or Cheltenham Town
Salford City vs Notts County
Dover Athletic vs Stourbridge
Stevenage vs Gillingham
Millwall vs AFC Fylde
Aldershot Town vs Bradford City
Walsall vs Fleetwood Town
Bury vs Wigan Athletic
Portsmouth vs Macclesfield Town
Sheffield United vs Worcester City
Barwell or AFC Rushden and Diamonds vs Grays Athletic or Welling United
FC Halifax Town or Guiseley vs Wycombe Wanderers
Crawley Town vs Luton Town
Doncaster Rovers vs Stalybridge Celtic or North Ferriby
Didcot Town vs Exeter City
Dagenham and Redbridge vs Morecambe
Leyton Orient vs Staines Town
Gainsborough Trinity vs Shrewsbury Town
Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town
Braintree Town vs Oxford United
Whitehawk vs Tranmere Rovers or Lincoln City
Accrington Stanley vs York City
Scunthorpe United vs Southend United
AFC Wimbledon vs Forest Green Rovers
Plymouth Argyle vs Carlisle United
FC United of Manchester vs Chesterfield
Rochdale vs Swindon Town
Wealdstone vs Colchester United

All FA Cup First Round ties are scheduled to be played across the weekend of Saturday 7th November 2015, with the BBC and BT Sport screening live matches on other days.


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26 October 2015 : Sturrock Understanding Of Fans Frustration After Cambridge Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock says that he understands why his club's supporters are getting so frustrated at the club's current form. Saturday saw the Glovers end up with a three goal deficit within 35 minutes of their home match against Cambridge United at Huish Park, with major defensive errors for the two opening goals particularly noticeable, as they failed to clear their lines from corner kicks, that saw Rory Gaffney grab a close-range brace.

Fans gave their verdict on the team performance by booing, particularly at half time, whilst throughout the game and on the final whistle there were chants at the stadium calling for Chairman John Fry to quit the club, as the 2-3 defeat ended up with the club rooted dangerously in the League Two relegation zone.

Fry became a director of the club in October 1992, before taking over the Chairmanship in 1996. Under various ownership structures, he has acted as a figurehead for a number of moneymen, and is currently listed as the club's joint owner alongside Norman Hayward. As the higher profile of the pair though, he became the target of fans frustrations during the match. Sturrock told BBC Somerset that he understood why things panned out that way but said that his view was that Mr Fry was working very hard to try to resolve the club's financial limitations:

"When it's 3-0 it's very difficult to back your football team at the end of the day. I don't think the Chairman deserves those comments. I think that he's done a fantastic job at this football club - to be in the Championship at this football club is unbelievable. He's working very hard to try to find the finance to strengthen this squad of players. It's a difficult scenario that we find ourselves in. I think he's working day and night - the man has done so much and he works so hard at the football club, so I think it's a bit harsh. But I'm a great believer in saying that at 3-0, fans can vent their frustration."

During the second half against Cambridge, Yeovil Town improved their game radically, and after Ryan Bird's 44th minute goal had given them hope just before the break, they were the better side during the second period, and set up an exciting final ten minutes with Josh Sheehan's goal. Sturrock said that he felt the crowd's reaction at the half time break and at the final whistle was fair as the reaction at full time was far more moderate in its tone, in terms of what was directed at the players:

"We got booed off the pitch (at half time) but strangely enough the booing wasn't as loud at the end of the game because we'd actually put a shift in during the second half. That's where fans are good in that they are appreciative of certain aspects of the game. We are working even harder again to try to turn this around."

Sturrock still maintained that the long term vision was that the club would climb out of their current problems, once the availability of various players and the selection of the team began to stabilise. He said that he was working to a notional three year plan - something that Fry supported at the start of the season - and so said that expectations of quick fixes needed to be reined in:

"I'm very confident after seeing that (second half) today that if we can get healthy and get Stephen Arthurworrey and a few of the others coming back then we'll start to ascend this league. I understand that the fans want a quick fix, and I understand their frustrations as well. I'm frustrated, so I can imagine with the fans how bad they're feeling as well. But I still believe that we have the players here, once we're up and running, that we will be comfortably out of this area of the league by Easter - quite comfortably."


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26 October 2015 : FA Cup First Round Simplified Ball Numbers
Tonight sees Yeovil Town's interest in the 2015-16 FA Cup commence, as the balls for the First Round draw are made. As reported on Thursday, the draw will be screened live on BBC Two at 7.00p.m. on Monday 26th October, from Thackley Juniors Football Club in Bradford. The BBC's Mark Chapman will be presenting the draw, with Bradford City and Everton legend Stuart McCall also involved. Assuming the FA follow the format of last season, we'd also expect a local grassroots football representative - possibly from Thackley Juniors - to also be involved in the draw.

The Fourth Round ties were played over the weekend, which simplifies the draw somewhat. That Fourth Qualifying Round did see us losing a lot of local interest with Torquay United, Poole Town and Weston-super-Mare dropping out of the competition. However, Forest Green Rovers (76), Eastleigh (75) and Cheltenham Town (78) still stand as three of the more local clubs Yeovil could face, along with the South-West's Football League representatives. However, the draw is done on a national basis, meaning that the likes of Lancashire side AFC Fylde (50) and North Ferriby United (57), out in the Humber estuary are just as likely to come out of the hat.

The ball numbers now read as follows, with Football League sides taking No.1 to No.48 and non-league clubs taking No.49 to No.80. There is no seeding, and the draw is done on a national basis:

Football League Sides:
1. Accrington Stanley 2. AFC Wimbledon 3. Barnet 4. Barnsley 5. Blackpool 6. Bradford City 7. Bristol Rovers 8. Burton Albion 9. Bury 10. Cambridge United 11. Carlisle United 12. Chesterfield 13. Colchester United 14. Coventry City 15. Crawley Town 16. Crewe Alexandra 17. Dagenham and Redbridge 18. Doncaster Rovers 19. Exeter City 20. Fleetwood Town 21. Gillingham 22. Hartlepool United 23. Leyton Orient 24. Luton Town 25. Mansfield Town 26. Millwall 27. Morecambe 28. Newport County 29. Northampton Town 30. Notts County 31. Oldham Athletic 32. Oxford United 33. Peterborough United 34. Plymouth Argyle 35. Port Vale 36. Portsmouth 37. Rochdale 38. Scunthorpe United 39. Sheffield United 40. Shrewsbury Town 41. Southend United 42. Stevenage 43. Swindon Town 44. Walsall 45. Wigan Athletic 46. Wycombe Wanderers 47. Yeovil Town 48. York City.

Non-League Sides:
49. Worcester City 50. AFC Fylde 51. Gainsborough Trinity 52. Northwich Victoria or Chorley 53. Grimsby Town 54. Barnwell or AFC Rushden and Diamonds 55. Salford City 56. FC United of Manchester 57. Stalybridge Celtic or North Ferriby United 58. FC Halifax Town or Guiseley 59. Tranmere Rovers or Lincoln City 60. Stourbridge 61. Macclesfield Town 62. Brackley Town 63. Altrincham 64. Whitehawk 65. Maidenhead United 66. Basingstoke Town 67. Grays United or Welling United 68. Boreham Wood 69. Wealdstone 70. Didcot Town 71. Dover Athletic 72. Chesham United 73. Staines Town 74. Aldershot Town 75. Eastleigh 76. Forest Green Rovers 77. Braintree Town 78. Havant and Waterlooville or Cheltenham Town 79. Maidstone United 80. St Albans City

All FA Cup First Round ties are scheduled to be played across the weekend of Saturday 7th November 2015, with the BBC and BT Sport screening live matches on other days.

The BBC have confirmed that they will be carrying one tie on Friday 6th November, and will be selecting eight ties for Sunday as part of a special FA Cup show that rotates around each ground as goals and key action happens. We'd expect another BBC live match on top of that, along with two selections from BT Sport. Last season BT Sport picked a pair of games for Sunday, whilst the BBC took a Monday night slot.


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26 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Cambridge United Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Cambridge United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul talks about new Coventry City loan signing George Thomas, who was unveiled on the day of the game, along with the departure of Jamie Burrows. He also talks about the injury to Stephen Arthurworrey and the playing squad's overall mood after the Tuesday night defeat. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Cambridge United.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Cambridge United Home Game.


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26 October 2015 : Wilcox Fired By Minstermen
League Two side York City have made the decision to sack their first team manager and his assistant manager. The Minstermen are currently in 21st place position and have decided to part company with Russ Wilcox and John Schofield following their 1-3 home defeat against AFC Wimbledon. That defeat extended their League Two form to nine games without a win, and even Wilcox himself described the performance as "Shambolic in a nutshell. Nowhere near good enough. We didn't do the basics you need to do in a football match."

Wilcox had been in charge for just over a year, clocking up 54 games in charge, having arrived just after a year stint at Scunthorpe United. He won 13 of his games in charge, drawing 20 of them. Reports are that he was actually fired immediately after Saturday's game, but the club chose to delay their announcement due to Wilcox's 12 year old daughter having her birthday yesterday. Their remaining backroom staff of Richard Cresswell, Jonathan Greening and Andy Leaning are expected to take over in a caretaker capacity, whilst York put the position out for external applicants.


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25 October 2015 : Sturrock Explains Burrows Departure
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has explained some of the circumstances that saw striker Jamie Burrows decide to leave the club, just three months after his arrival at Huish Park. The 20 year old was a summer signing from Glasgow side Rangers, having been recommended to Paul by a Scottish contact in the game. Having made it as far as Rangers' Under-20 and Reserve Team line-ups, there had been hopes that he would make the transition into first team football at League Two level.

Unfortunately, that has not been the case, with him clocking up just two substitute appearances - both in August - with his role at the club being heavily diminished by an ankle injury that required an operation at the tail end of August. Since then he has been aiming to recover from that problem. However yesterday, it was confirmed that he would instead be leaving the club. Sturrock told BBC Somerset that his understanding was that Jamie was looking to give up full time football entirely, with another career path in mind:

"Jamie Burrows has had a real think about things, and he doesn't feel that football is the road that he wants to go down now. At the end of the day, I would not try to persuade anybody who has a belief that their career - their working career - is going to go down a different avenue. I would never stop anybody, so it was a mutual agreement where he was quite happy and we were quite happy. So we wish him all the best."

Burrows has had an injury ravaged couple of seasons, having missed six months of the 2014-15 season at the Ibrox Stadium with a broken leg and a dislocated ankle. He had recovered from that problem at the tail end of the season, only for another ankle injury to turn up just a few weeks into the 2015-16 season. Sturrock felt that the injuries may have been a factor in the player's thinking, but believed that there were wider issues on the player's mind:

"I think it's a bit more than that. He's a young lad and he's got ideas of how he wants his life to unfold. I think that's the way that football is at the minute. I think that the injury was a factor, but I don't think that it was the total package."

Link: Jamie Burrows : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 October 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United Match Highlights
For those who want to review match highlights from yesterday's 2-3 home defeat against Cambridge United at Huish Park, there is now a video online. As well as the five goals scored during the match, including Yeovil's that came from Ryan Bird and Josh Sheehan, you'll find another Bird effort that hit the post, a Jakub Sokolik header that went over the bar, a Ryan Dickson shot that was saved, and a George Thomas header that went over the bar. Watch the action below.




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25 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Cambridge United Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-3 home defeat against Cambridge United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul's verdict on the match, including the debut of Coventry City loanee George Thomas, and the differences between the first half and second half performances, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Cambridge United Home Game.


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24 October 2015 : Sturrock: Individual Errors Made Cambridge Comeback Impossible
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock put his side's defeat against Cambridge United this afternoon down to a catalogue of individual mistakes, suggesting his side had shot themselves in the foot. The Glovers' first half performance was one of the worst of the season as they allowed the visitors the opportunity to go 3-0 up inside 35 minutes, with Rory Gaffney grabbing a double, whilst Luke Berry scored the third.

That left the Glovers with an almost impossible task, mainly caused by their attention to detail following set pieces that allowed the first pair of goals to be scored. Sturrock told BBC Somerset after today's game that he felt that those lapses in concentration had handed Cambridge the upper hand, which they never surrendered:

"In the end it was individual mistakes and that's how goals are scored. But as a team we didn't defend well in the first half. As per usual, it was a rollercoaster of emotions at this football club. We actually lost a goal after five minutes, after a terrible error by a couple of players. Then for 15 minutes we played quite well, but, lo and behold, our usual defensive lapses let us down dramatically. When you look at the game and you take into consideration the chances that we created during the second half, we shot ourselves in the foot again."

Despite the way the Glovers had started the game, they pulled a goal back through Ryan Bird, who had already hit the woodwork earlier in the half. That at least gave them something to build on after the half time break, and after a great deal of second half pressure, they made a game of it with Josh Sheehan's 79th minute goal that set up a bit of late drama at Huish Park.

Sturrock felt that 45 minute period was the best his side had played at home during the 2015-16 season - extraordinary given that it was the same eleven players who had put in a substandard showing before the break. He felt that the players deserved credit for the way that they'd performed in that half, although acknowledged that any club handing the opposition a three goal head start was unlikely to claw that back by the time the game ended:

"I think that is the best that we've played over 45 minutes here this season. We absolutely dominated from start to finish during the second half, against what is going to be one of the top sides. I changed things system-wise, and I changed things so they were more direct. We had a couple cleared off the line and we had a couple where their goalie saved. But then the disappointment takes over again - to be so close to getting things right, but then to walk away with getting nothing out of the game. But at the end of the day you can't lose three goals and expect to get anything out of the game."


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24 October 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
If you watched this afternoon's 2-3 home defeat against Cambridge 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 Cambridge United.


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24 October 2015 : Yeovil 2 Cambridge 3 : Catastrophic First Half Sinks Glovers Again
Yeovil Town suffered their second home defeat in five days this afternoon as a catastrophic first half performance saw them go down against Cambridge United. The damage was done during the opening 35 minutes as the visitors raced to a 3-0 lead, with a poor defensive error letting in Rory Gaffney for an opening goal after just four minutes. Then the Glovers conceded from a corner with Gaffney bagging his second, meaning that it was pretty much game over when Luke Berry's shot into the corner provided Cambridge's third. Yeovil did battle their way back into the match, with Ryan Bird getting his sixth goal of the season just before the break, whilst a much improved second half saw Yeovil create the best of the second half chances, with Josh Sheehan's conversion from a corner setting up a tense final ten minutes. But that opening spell gave them too much of a mountain to climb, leaving the Glovers still in 23rd place and now three points short of safety.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up. One was forced, with Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworry picking up a knee injury that is likely to keep him out of action for around three or four weeks. His place was taken in the side by Alex Lacey. Up front there was a chance for Coventry City loanee George Thomas to make his debut for the club, with Shaun Jeffers sitting on the bench for this match. Also on the bench was Mark Beck, following his recent glute muscle injury, with Wes Fogden dropping out of the squad for this match.

As starts to a game of football are concerned, Yeovil's couldn't have gone any worse. Harrison Dunk's corner wasn't cleared, and a poor defensive header from Alex Lacey fell into the path of Cambridge striker Rory Gaffney, who was able to slot the ball home from six yards out for a 0-1 lead. Yeovil's defence overall look nervous and jittery every time they were put under pressure, with too many mistakes being made. The only thing that stopped Cambridge from taking 26 minutes to grab their second was the lengthy delay that saw their defender George Taft stretchered off after he seemed to slip awkwardly on the turf. But by the time they regained their momentum, they were 2-0 up. Another corner from Ryan Donaldson wasn't defended well enough as it went straight through the crowd and Rory Gaffney was gifted his second of the afternoon.

Yeovil could have pulled one back when Ryan Bird struck the goal post on the half hour with their best chance of the match, whilst a Ryan Dickson corner saw Jakub Sokolik head over the bar. But 35 minutes into the game that difficult task became an almost impossible one, when Harrison Dunk's cross from the left was controlled by Luke Berry and then fired home from just inside the box. 0-3 down and with a team on low moral and confidence the worry was that a cricket score could be on the cards.

A minute before the break though, Yeovil got a tiny glimmer of light in the darkness. Just two-and-a-half months into this season, Ryan Bird's sixth goal of the 2015-16 campaign meant that his tally beat last season's top goalscorer, as he darted between two Cambridge defenders after receiving the ball from a Jakub Sokolik pass, and almost appearing to take one touch too many before he slotted past goalkeeper Sam Beasant. The half time whistle was inevitably greeted with boos, but perhaps they were a little more muted than they would have been if Bird hadn't managed to end it on a mildly positive note.

Perhaps surprisingly, there were no half time substitutions made, but perhaps also surprisingly Yeovil didn't fold in the way that they could have. Instead it was Cambridge who began to wobble as a Nathan Smith cross found Ryan Dickson, whose shot was saved by the goalkeeper, with the rebound being shot wide. Then Harry Cornick had a shot saved from a corner, with the resultant set piece seeing Sam Beasant brought into action again as he tipped George Thomas's effort over the bar.

As the game went into its final quarter, Paul Sturrock tweaked the eleven that were out there by pushing Harry Cornick into a more advanced position, as George Thomas played wide left, in a more attacking 4-3-3 formation. With eleven minutes remaining, they got themselves an exciting finale as Ryan Dickson's corner was flicked on by Jakub Sokolik, and the ball eventually fell to Josh Sheehan, who converted into the bottom corner for a 2-3 scoreline.

Yeovil's attempt at a comeback didn't quite happen, despite some Cambridge players appearing to be out on their feet in the closing stages, despite the away side having made all three of their substitutions early on, whilst a still fresh looking Yeovil side kept the same eleven out there. If only the Glovers hadn't put in such a Jekyll and Hyde performance across the 90 minutes, they might have got something out of the game, but they will be left kicking themselves for the woeful opening half hour performance that sealed their fate, rather than the more impressive second period that could have got them out of jail.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 3.

Scorers: Rory Gaffney (4 mins, 0-1), Rory Gaffney (26 mins, 0-2), Luke Berry (35 mins, 0-3), Ryan Bird (44 mins, 1-3), Josh Sheehan (79 mins, 2-3)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 30. Josh Sheehan 8. Marc Laird 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird 16. George Thomas

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 4. Matt Dolan 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 28. Ollie Bassett

Cambridge United:
13. Sam Beasant
3. Greg Taylor 22. George Taft 12. Alie Sesay 11. Harrison Dunk
17. Liam Hughes 18. Jeff Hughes 8. Luke Berry 7. Ryan Donaldson
10. Barry Corr 21. Rory Gaffney

Substitutes:
2. Elliot Omozusi (22 mins for George Taft) 9. Jordan Slew (80 mins for Ryan Donaldson) 15. Robbie Simpson 16. Gearoid Morrissey 19. Daniel Carr 24. Conor Newton 25. Mickey Demetriou (64 mins for Rory Gaffney)

Yeovil Bookings: Marc Laird (9 mins, foul), Ryan Bird (63 mins, handball), Jakub Sokolik (83 mins, foul)

Cambridge Bookings: Ryan Donaldson (77 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 10; Fouls: 10.

Cambridge Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). Fourth Official: Matt Eva (Surrey).

Attendance: 3,224 (with 257 Cambridge supporters).


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24 October 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
Yeovil Town have suffered yet another injury blow today, with the loss of Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey. The centre-back had been one of only three players who had managed to start in every fixture so far this season, but a knee injury sustained during Tuesday night's home match against Mansfield Town means that he doesn't feature in this afternoon's match against Cambridge United.

Arthurworrey represents one of two changes to this afternoon's starting line-up against Cambridge, with his place in the side taken by Alex Lacey. The club have also included Coventry City striker George Thomas in their line-up, having signed him on a one month's loan deal in time for today's fixture. He replaces Shaun Jeffers, who drops to the bench. A more subtle change is that striker Mark Beck comes onto the bench, with Wes Fogden dropping out of the squad entirely - we're not sure at this stage if that is injury related.

The club's injury list remains more or less as it was, with Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) do not feature. Striker Jamie Burrows (ankle) had been another long term injury, but today's agreement to have his contract torn up means that he now disappears off that list.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 30. Josh Sheehan 8. Marc Laird 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird 16. George Thomas

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 4. Matt Dolan 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 28. Ollie Bassett


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24 October 2015 : Thomas Signs Up On Loan From Sky Blues
Yeovil Town have brought in a new loan striker for today's match against Cambridge United. They have taken Coventry City striker George Thomas on a one month loan deal, and he comes into the matchday squad for today's game.

Born in Leicester on March 24th 1997, he is an 18 year old who has gone through Coventry's academy system. He made his professional first team debut for the Sky Blues at the age of 16, when he started in a League One fixture against Leyton Orient in January 2014. He has made six appearances for Coventry so far this season, all from the substitutes bench, and was a 55th minute introduction in their recent Football League Trophy tie against the Glovers earlier this month, and so has already had a tour of Huish Park.

Overall he's made 14 appearances for Coventry, with most coming from the bench. He is also a Welsh Youth international, having made 13 appearances, scoring five goals at Under-17 level. By September 2014, whilst still 17 years old, Wales called him up for their Under-19 side, and he's gone on to make six appearances at that level, scoring one goal.


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24 October 2015 : Burrows Departs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have announced that striker Jamie Burrows has left the club. The former Glasgow Rangers player has had a rather unfortunate time at Huish Park, having made just two substitute appearances for the club, with the last coming during the August 15th home match against Bristol Rovers. He warmed the bench for two more matches, but after the trip to York City in August, he has not featured at all, with an ankle injury putting him out since that point.

Jamie has now departed the club by mutual consent. with the request to leave the club initiated by the player himself. That means that he will come off the payroll, although transfer window rules mean that the club won't be able to numerically replace him until January. Needless to say, we wish Jamie all the best on his road to recovery.

Link: Jamie Burrows : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 October 2015 : Cambridge United : The Lowdown
Like Tuesday night's opponents Mansfield Town, Saturday afternoon's visitors Cambridge United have a bit of a down'n'up decade since we last faced each other. We last met four times during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 season, during our first two seasons as a Football League club. The 2004-05 campaign was also to be Cambridge's last as a League club until just over a year ago. They were relegated to the Conference national division, and suffered an extended stay down there, with it taking nine long seasons before they managed to get themselves back up to this level via the play-offs system.

They managed a fairly run-of-the-mill 19th placed slot last year, but all the signs are that they are starting to build a fairly serious first team playing squad. Of their summer signings, eight of the ten came from clubs further up the pyramid, mainly from League One, whilst in Barry Corr they took a striker from League Two play-off winners Southend United, who the Shrimpers had been planning to keep for their own return to League One. A number of the others, such as Keith Keane, Leon Legge and Jeff Hughes fit firmly into the 'been there, done that' level of Football League player.

By their own admission, they've increased their playing budget from a reported £1.1 million from last season, but say that they've been able to do so by a significant increase in their club's turnover, which Chairman Jez George estimates as being in the region of £4.5 million to £5 million, with average gates of 5,607 at the Abbey Stadium and increased commercial revenue. As such, they're being regarded as one of the dark horses of this season's promotion race. Currently in 16th place in the League Two table they might not look that way at present, but as that's only six points off a play-off spot anything is possible.

Various facts about where Cambridge United stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 14/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them joint 14th in the bookies odds lists (via Sky Bet).

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 11/5; Cambridge United Win 6/5; Draw 12/5 (via Bet365)

New Signings: Luke Berry (midfielder, Barnsley), Daniel Carr (striker, Huddersfield Town), Barry Corr (striker, Southend United), Keith Keane (midfielder, Preston North End), Leon Legge (centre-back, Gillingham), Elliot Omozusi (right-back, Leyton Orient), Mark Roberts (centre-back, Fleetwood Town), Sam Beasant (goalkeeper, Stevenage), Jeff Hughes (left-wing, Fleetwood Town), Conor Newton (midfield, Rotherham United), George Taft (left-back, Burton Albion, loan), Jacob Blyth (striker, Leicester City, loan), Mickey Demetriou (left-back, Shrewsbury Town, loan), Alie Sesay (right-back, Leicester City, loan)

Recent Results:
26/09/2015Stevenage BoroughHomeSBL2W1-04582Dunk 90
29/09/2015Wycombe WanderersAwaySBL2L0-13152
03/10/2015York CityAwaySBL2D2-22987Roberts 71, Corr 81
10/10/2015PortsmouthHomeSBL2L1-36607Simpson 5
17/10/2015Northampton TownHomeSBL2W2-15459Dunk 39, Corr 50
21/10/2015Exeter CityAwaySBL2L0-12883

Last Line-Up:
13. Sam Beasant; 3. Greg Taylor 12. Alie Sesay 22. George Taft 25. Mickey Demetriou; 7. Ryan Donaldson 18. Jeff Hughes 17. Liam Hughes 11. Harrison Dunk 15. Robbie Simpson; 10. Barry Corr

Substitutes:
2. Elliot Omozusi 8. Luke Berry 9. Jordan Slew 16. Gearoid Morrissey 21. Rory Gaffney 24. Conor Newton 27. Matty Lowe

Team Selection, Injuries and Suspensions: Goalkeeper Chris Dunn, formerly of this parish, is out injured with a groin problem, and will be part of Cambridge's matchday squad. Keith Keane, Leon Legge and Josh Coulson are also players on the treatment table that are not expected to return, while captain Mark Roberts is serving a three match suspension. As such, Richard Money is expected to select from the same squad of players he used for their 1-0 defeat at Exeter City.

Manager: Richard Money - At 60 years old, he's been quietly loitering around the lower divisions for a lot longer than you'd think. He had an 18 month spell with Scunthorpe United all the way back in 1993. He then disappeared for a decade, managing two clubs in Sweden and one in Australia as well as taking on lower key coaching roles with Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and Coventry City. His return to front line management came in 2006 when he took over the Walsall job, leading them to the League Two title in his first season. In 2009 he took over at Luton Town, who were then a non-league club, before getting the Cambridge job in October 2012. In the 2013-14 season, he struck gold, gaining Cambridge promotion back to the Football League as play-off winners, as well as winning the FA Trophy. He's been in charge of them for 168 games, and last season gave them a 19th placed slot - not incredible, but for their first year back in the Football League an acceptable start.

Connections: Chris Dunn was Yeovil Town's second-choice goalkeeper during the 2013-14 season, having been signed by Gary Johnson - who he played under at Northampton Town - as a back-up to Marek Stech. He made eight appearances for the club and was offered a new deal at the end of that campaign, but chose to sign for Cambridge United on a two year contract, where he was likely to have a better chance of first team football. So far that has been realised with sixty appearances to his name. However, we won't see him today - he's out with a groin injury that he was already suffering with when he was sent off against Wycombe Wanderers in September, with the club taking the opportunity to get him fixed up during his suspension period. Whilst not a Yeovil Town connection, the name of striker Barry Corr is worthy of note. He played under Paul Sturrock at both Swindon Town and Southend United - if Luggy didn't make a summer enquiry about him, we'd be surprised, but he chose to sign for the U's and is their top goalscorer.


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24 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Cambridge United Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Cambridge United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from Alex O'Loughlin, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the club's disappointing Tuesday night against Mansfield Town, the form and comebacks of Marc Laird and Ryan Dickson, the recent injury to Stephen Arthurworrey and his search for a new attacking player. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Cambridge United.


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23 October 2015 : Sturrock Still Negotiating With Potential Striking Options
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he is still looking for new attacking options ahead of tomorrow afternoon's League Two match against Cambridge United. Speaking this afternoon, the Glovers boss indicated that he did not have a finalised deal in place, but had a number of leads following his revelation last weekend that he was chasing a player to fill the gap left by the outgoing Jake Howells, who returned to his parent club Luton Town at the end of a month's loan.

Sturrock has since clarified that his main aim is to bring in a striker, rather than a winger, with his side having failed to record a shot on target during Tuesday night's 0-1 home defeat against Mansfield Town. Speaking to BBC Somerset after today's training session, he explained that he had a number of irons in the fire, but nothing that he could report on at that stage:

"It will be early stages. We're in negotiations with several players, and keeping all options open. We're hopeful of bringing someone offensively in, but it's a hard job at this minute in time. We'll wait and see."

Emergency loan rules allow clubs up until twelve noon for a Saturday afternoon kick-off for any paperwork to be lodged, meaning that Sturrock still will have an opportunity to fill the gap as late as tomorrow morning. Aside from any new arrivals, he said that his other focus was to get his team into a fit mental state for the visit of Cambridge United, admitting that a few of his players had to be told to keep their heads up on the training ground, following Tuesday's shattering defeat that saw the Stags score in the tenth minute of injury time.

"I just think we've got to get this football club out of the predicament that we're in at this minute in time. I'm confident that we have the players to do that. We just need them all firing on all four cylinders and everybody healthy. That's all we need. Now timeframe is the problem with that. At this moment in time we are playing as the second from bottom team in the league - stats never lie. And that's something that we're going to have to turn around. But it won't be for the lack of trying, I can assure you."

Aside from any hopes of bringing in an attack-minded player for Saturday's game, Sturrock's other worry lies with the situation regarding Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey. The centre-back limped out of Tuesday night's match against Mansfield during the second half, and will need a fitness test to determine if he can play in tomorrow's fixture. The Glovers boss has already indicated that he does not expect any of his long term injured players to have recovered in time for this weekend.


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23 October 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Cambridge United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 24th October 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

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

Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009. Perhaps our attention was swayed a little with three new loan signings in the side on that day, but the match referee doesn't get a mention in our match report, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. We then had him for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game: "Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didn’t see anything wrong with that." The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

Our paths crossed in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."

The most recent meeting involving him though was a corker that will live long in the memories of Yeovil Town supporters - although Paul Ince will be doing the best to blot it out of his mind. The December 2013 match seemed to be heading towards a relatively normal 1-0 win for the Glovers until Blackpool seemed to lose the plot in the closing minutes. Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all got their marching orders in the 90th minute - two for a pair of yellow cards in quick succession, whilst Fuller got his for lamping Luke Ayling.

Sometimes you can blame a referee for losing control of the match, and sometimes the responsibility has to come firmly onto the players. This was a case of the latter, as the Tangerines ended the game with just eight men, and Ince endured what he described a bit of a crap night - amongst other things! Ince's team ended up with eight players sent off before Christmas, and himself given a five match ban in another match, but denied his side had a disciplinary problem and instead blamed the officials and the fixture computer. Which is a bit 'crap' really. Like ourselves, the Western Gazette felt the referee was given little choice in the matter saying "the referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale."

Having dealt with such a 'crap' game, Mr Sarginson would probably have been glad to have had a much quieter match for our January 2015 away match against Preston North End. A couple of late bookings was about his only impact in a 1-1 draw - that currently stands as our most recent match involving his services. No complaints.

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

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Matt Eva (Surrey).

Link: January 2015 : Preston North End 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

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

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

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


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22 October 2015 : FA Cup First Round Ball Numbers And Draw Schedule
Yeovil Town will head into the FA Cup First Round draw next Monday, as the 2015-16 season reaches the Proper Round stages. All Fourth Qualifying Round ties are due to take place this weekend, with 32 sets of non-league sides battling to make it past those stages. Those who avoid defeat will be placed in a draw that will be screened live on BBC Two at 7.00p.m. on Monday 26th October, from Thackley Juniors Football Club in Bradford.

Mark Chapman will be presenting the draw, with Bradford City and Everton legend Stuart McCall also involved. During last season, the FA picked out one famous name and one local grass-roots football representative, so we'd expect someone from the Bradford football scene to also be involved.

The ball numbers in full are as follows, with Football League sides taking No.1 to No.48 and non-league clubs taking No.49 to No.80:

1. Accrington Stanley 2. AFC Wimbledon 3. Barnet 4. Barnsley 5. Blackpool 6. Bradford City 7. Bristol Rovers 8. Burton Albion 9. Bury 10. Cambridge United 11. Carlisle United 12. Chesterfield 13. Colchester United 14. Coventry City 15. Crawley Town 16. Crewe Alexandra 17. Dagenham and Redbridge 18. Doncaster Rovers 19. Exeter City 20. Fleetwood Town 21. Gillingham 22. Hartlepool United 23. Leyton Orient 24. Luton Town 25. Mansfield Town 26. Millwall 27. Morecambe 28. Newport County 29. Northampton Town 30. Notts County 31. Oldham Athletic 32. Oxford United 33. Peterborough United 34. Plymouth Argyle 35. Port Vale 36. Portsmouth 37. Rochdale 38. Scunthorpe United 39. Sheffield United 40. Shrewsbury Town 41. Southend United 42. Stevenage 43. Swindon Town 44. Walsall 45. Wigan Athletic 46. Wycombe Wanderers 47. Yeovil Town 48. York City.

49. Gateshead or Worcester City
50. AFC Fylde or Barrow
51. Wrexham or Gainsborough Trinity
52. Northwich Victoria or Chorley
53. Harrogate Town or Grimsby Town
54. Barnwell or AFC Rushden and Diamonds
55. Salford City or Southport
56. Sporting Khalsa or FC United of Manchester
57. Stalybridge Celtic or North Ferriby United
58. FC Halifax Town or Guiseley
59. Tranmere Rovers or Lincoln City
60. Stourbridge or Kidderminster Harriers
61. Macclesfield Town or Alfreton Town
62. Brackley Town or Bamber Bridge
63. Altrincham or Chester
64. Whitehawk or Poole Town
65. Maidenhead United or Woking
66. Basingstoke Town or Torquay United
67. Grays United or Welling United
68. Boreham Wood or AFC Hornchurch
69. Wealdstone or Bognor Regis Town
70. Didcot Town or Brentwood Town
71. Eastbourne Borough or Dover Athletic
72. Chesham United or Enfield Town
73. Staines Town or Gloucester City
74. Aldershot Town or Sutton United
75. Bromley or Eastleigh
76. Margate or Forest Green Rovers
77. Braintree Town or Harlow Town
78. Havant and Waterlooville or Cheltenham Town
79. Chippenham Town or Maidstone United
80. St Albans City or Weston-super-Mare

All FA Cup First Round ties are scheduled to be played across the weekend of Saturday 7th November 2015, with the BBC and BT Sport screening live matches on other days.

The BBC have confirmed that they will be carrying one tie on Friday 6th November, and will be selecting eight ties for Sunday as part of a special FA Cup show that rotates around each ground as goals and key action happens. Although it's not mentioned, we'd expect another BBC live match, along with two selections from BT Sport. Last season BT Sport picked a pair of games for Sunday, whilst the BBC took a Monday night slot.


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22 October 2015 : Ryan Dickson Talks About The Club's Current Form
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town captain Ryan Dickson was interviewed by BBC Somerset as part of a midweek feature. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Ryan talks about the club's current form, his and other player injuries and the need for confidence boosts throughout the club.

Read that interview via the link below - note that it was conducted on the day before the home match against Mansfield Town, and so should be read with that in mind.

Link: Ryan Dickson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Mansfield.


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22 October 2015 : Date Set For FA Youth Cup Tie
Yeovil Town have set a date for their First Round tie in the FA Youth Cup. The match will be played on the Huish Park main pitch on Tuesday 3rd November with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. As reported earlier this month, they will play either Hungerford Town or Forest Green Rovers, and that date will apply regardless of which opponent finally gets through.

At present the result of that tie is still unknown. The two clubs met on Tuesday night but the match was abandoned during the second half when Forest Green's Jack Holmes sustained a back injury with just six minutes remaining. Hungerford had been leading 1-0 at the time, but with the player suffering nerve issues and falling unconscious on the pitch, an ambulance had to be called to the Nailsworth ground, with the medical staff reluctant to move him from the pitch until he could be taken to hospital. The match will need to be replayed at a later date.

This will be Yeovil Town's first game in this competition since October 2012, just before the club's Centre of Excellence was closed down. With a new Academy provided for the start of the 2015-16 campaign, they have now re-entered the competition.


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22 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Mansfield Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Mansfield Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul explains his thinking about the formation change he did on the night, as well as his decision to recall Marc Laird. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset Just Before Kick-Off Against Mansfield Town.


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21 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Mansfield Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-1 home defeat against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Glovers boss gives his views on the Stags' winner that was scored ten minutes into injury time, and also explains his thoughts concerning his next loan target. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Mansfield Home Game.


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21 October 2015 : Fry Defends 'Biggest Budget' Club Have Used At League Two Level
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has insisted that manager Paul Sturrock has been given the club's biggest playing budget the Board have authorised at League Two level. In defending the record of the club's top hierarchy, Fry believes that his first team boss does have enough money to work with, and has set a target for the club to finish in mid-table by the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Glovers have only been at League Two level for two previous seasons, with both coming over ten years ago - the 2003-04 season and 2004-05 season that gave them their first two years of Football League membership. Nevertheless, Fry has used those two seasons to compare with the budget in place for the 2015-16 season and has said that it is higher, telling the Western Gazette that his club rank as the 11th biggest spenders in the division:

"The directors put through the biggest budget yet for a League Two manager. We are the 11th highest spenders in the division. So we were expecting to finish around the halfway mark this season. Paul has spent the budget, although there is a little room to manoeuvre. He has identified changes he wants to make and it is comforting that he has done that this early in the season rather than three-quarters of the way through."

Fry used the 'biggest ever budget' tag during the 2014-15 season to describe the funds given to former boss Gary Johnson when his side was struggling near the foot of League One, although by the time this was put in print it had been qualified as being "the Club's biggest League One player budget in our recent history" with the last four words an important qualification what that meant in practice. With general inflation and the raising of ticket prices over the years and more lucrative League central payments, inevitably football clubs should be increasing their turnover over the course of time, meaning it would be a major surprise if the club's playing budget in 2015-16 wasn't bigger than what it had to hand between 2003 and 2005.

In yesterday's Gazette article, Fry insisted that any prospect of them dropping out of the Football League wasn't being discussed stating firmly: "We are a Football League club". However, today he grouped the Glovers amongst a batch of former Conference clubs that currently form the bottom seven of the Football League. Fry said that was evidence of the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SMCP) biting, producing a hierarchy where those clubs would struggle to compete:

"It is just as hard in League Two as it was in League One. If you look at the table the ex-Conference sides are the ones near the bottom. That indicates the salary protocol system is starting to bite. We are struggling to bring in revenue. The gate has dropped and we need a bigger turnover for business. We have 100 per cent faith in the club. There is a fine setup here, but it is not easy to stop a club going downwards."

Last night, there were strong rumours that the club's Board of Directors had held an impromptu Boardroom meeting, using an Executive Box at the end of the game against Mansfield Town. However, whilst there's been plenty of speculation as to what they may have been discussing, there has been no firm output that would make clear what was discussed.


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21 October 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
If you watched last night's 0-1 defeat against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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21 October 2015 : Sturrock Sees A Striking Problem With Glovers Form
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admitted that scoring goals is an Achilles heel in his side, after watching them slip to an ultra-late defeat against Mansfield Town last night. The Glovers lost to a Reggie Lambe goal scored 99 minutes and 41 seconds into the game to give the Stags a 1-0 win that sunk Sturrock's side into the League Two relegation zone.

That came on a night where the Opta statistics showed that Yeovil Town had gone through the entire evening without recording a shot on target. Sometimes such stats-based summaries can paint a lie on how a match actually panned out, but the tendency for the Glovers to be shot-shy this season has been a common one, and something that plagued their 2014-15 campaign as well. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Sturrock felt that his side's shape and workrate was okay, but that the lack of serious pressure on the opposition goal was a problem for him:

"The players are a bit down obviously. They worked hard today - very hard. To be fair, I didn't think we were that out of sorts with our positioning. But scoring goals is what it's all about, and that's something that we haven't done on a regular occurrence. At the end of the day it would have been nice to have taken a point, but football has a way of kicking you up the bum when you're down. I thought the back four played very well and were very solid for most of the game, but then obviously a cross comes into the box and it lands on somebody's head. There's not any words that can adequately explain how everybody feels at the moment."

Sturrock said on Saturday that he planned to replace winger Jake Howells with an attack-minded player, with the 24 year old having returned to Luton Town after his one month loan expired. On the weekend, the Glovers boss wasn't explicit about whether he was planning to bring in another winger or someone who would feature in an alternative position. His words last night pointed directly to a front line striker as being his number one target:

"I've got one more loan and that's an area that we're going to have to strengthen. I think for everyone that is glaringly obvious. So I'm going to look for a forward in the next couple of days and hopefully have a man for Saturday. We can only look forward now - there's no point in looking backwards. I think that if we look backwards then the confidence will just seep out of the team. We've got to rest a few and get ready for Saturday."


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20 October 2015 : Yeovil 0 Mansfield 1 : Lambe Silences Glovers With Sickening Late Goal
Yeovil Town slipped into the League Two relegation zone tonight, after an ultra-late goal saw them lose to Mansfield Town. It took the Stags until 99 minutes and 41 seconds had passed on referee Charles Breakspear's watch before a recycled free kick saw Mitch Rose's cross headed home by Reggie Lambe for a late late goal scored in time added on due to a head injury sustained by Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak. Elsewhere during the match, the Glovers did generally OK, but severely lacked a spark in the final third, and as a consequence find themselves level on points with Dagenham and Redbridge and Newport County with the bottom three having become cut adrift of the midtable pack above them.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their side, with both of Saturday's central midfielders being swapped out to the bench. Matt Dolan and Wes Fogden were exchanged for Marc Laird and Shaun Jeffers, with a formation change also being employed. Josh Sheehan dropped properly into midfield, whilst Jeffers partnered Ryan Bird up front. The new line-up saw over a very quiet opening period where neither side really got a foothold on the game. Mansfield passed better during the early stages, but all they had to count on was a Mitch Rose effort that went wide.

Finally around the midway point of the first half, Yeovil began to get into their stride. Harry Cornick fed Ryan Bird with the striker showing a strong first touch to control the ball, but his shot went over the bar. Swansea City loanee Connor Roberts was starting to cause Mansfield's defence a lot of problems, with Mansfield debut boy Blair Adams picking up a booking after he took out Roberts, picking up a card that could have easily been of a different colour. Roberts was thankfully back on his feet and put in a strong cross minutes later that saw Shaun Jeffers head wide. But those chances began to eventually fizzle out, with just a Marc Laird effort going over the bar before the break, in what was a rather inert looking half from the point of view of both sides, with Artur Krysiak a near spectator.

Another slow start to the second half from a Glovers point of view saw Reggie Lambe force Artur Krysiak into his first save of the game after a loose ball in a crowded goalmouth following a corner couldn't be cleared. Substitute Adi Yussuf also forced Krysiak into a strong save as the Stags ramped their game up. Then midway through the second period, Connor Roberts produced a brilliant goal-line clearance after Lambe managed to get the ball past Krysiak, only to find the Swansea loanee anticipating the danger afoot by stopping a certain goal.

That move was to prove significant, as goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had received a head injury in his own efforts to block the goal and he spent a lengthy period of time receiving treatment on the pitch. That was also the point at which Stephen Arthurworrey, who had been playing with his right leg strapped up and had gone down injured earlier in the half to signal that he couldn't continue any longer. Krysiak thankfully could - once his head was bandaged up, but Arthurworrey had to be replaced by Alex Lacey for his first game in six weeks, whilst Iffy Allen also came on for a tiring Shaun Jeffers.

Moving into nine minutes of injury time, caused by Krysiak's injury, it seemed that Mansfield's efforts had fizzled out - Yeovil were unlucky not to see Ryan Dickson convert as the clock struck ninety, with Connor Roberts once again the creator. However, in the tenth minute of injury time, Ryan Bird conceded a foul on Lee Collins, and Mansfield got some late late pressure on the Yeovil Town penalty area. The ball was half cleared from the set piece, but was recycled by Mitch Rose, who crossed into the box, allowing Reggie Lambe the chance to head home - 99 minutes and 41 seconds into the game, guaranteeing that Yeovil Town had no chance to recompose their demoralised selves before the final whistle blew and 2,900 shellshocked supporters trudged out of the stadium - some making their feelings known before they turned their backs and walked out.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 1.

Scorers: Reggie Lambe (0-1, 99 mins 41 secs)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 30. Josh Sheehan 8. Marc Laird 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 4. Matt Dolan 19. Iffy Allen (78 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 20. Wes Fogden 21. Alex Lacey (78 mins for Stephen Arthurworrey) 28. Ollie Bassett

Mansfield Town:
12. Brian Jensen
4. Mitchell Rose 6. Lee Collins 15. Ryan Tafazolli 28. Blair Adams
24. Jamie McGuire 7. Adam Chapman 20. Jack Thomas
11. Craig Westcarr 10. Matt Green 19. Reggie Lambe

Substitutes:
1. Scott Shearer 2. Liam Marsden 8. Chris Clements (60 mins for Adam Chapman) 9. Chris Beardsley 14. Nathan Thomas 18. Adi Yussuf (54 mins for Craig Westcarr) 17. Matty Blair (50 mins for Jack Thomas)

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (56 mins, foul)

Mansfield Bookings: Blair Adams (19 mins, foul), Matt Green (45 mins, foul), Chris Clements (88 mins, foul), Jamie McGuire (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 17.

Mansfield Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Somerset).

Attendance: 2,954 (with 105 Mansfield supporters).


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20 October 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Mansfield Town at Huish Park. The changes both come in midfield, with Wes Fogden and Matt Dolan both dropping to the bench. In their place come midfielder Marc Laird and striker Shaun Jeffers, meaning that there is a formation change with Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan dropping properly into midfield, whilst Jeffers will join Ryan Bird up front in a 4-4-2.

The lengthy injury list continues to mean that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Mark Beck (unspecified injury) do not feature.

The full team for this evening's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 30. Josh Sheehan 8. Marc Laird 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 4. Matt Dolan 19. Iffy Allen 20. Wes Fogden 21. Alex Lacey 28. Ollie Bassett


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20 October 2015 : Dickson Calls On Fans To Stick By Team In Adversity
Yeovil Town club captain Ryan Dickson has called on people around the club to stick with the team, as they try to claw their way out of trouble. The Glovers are currently facing a difficult upward climb ahead of tonight's League Two match against Mansfield Town that sees them trying to keep above the dreaded dotted line, in 22nd place in the League Two table.

With fans becoming restless following Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Notts County that saw them end up just one point off the relegation spots, Dickson told BBC Somerset that the team were all pulling in the same direction, and said that everyone associated with the club needed to do the same to help the players succeed:

"People do need to stick with us, because it is a young squad and it is inexperienced. The club has obviously had success in the past but of late that's not been the case over the last couple of years. So there needs to be a little bit of realism where things are not going to turnaround overnight. But everyone is pulling in the right direction. There's definitely fight amongst the boys and we're desperate to do well, that's for sure."

Much of the focus has been on manager Paul Sturrock, who took over at the point that the club's relegation into League Two at the tail end of last season. Now just thirteen games into the 2015-16 season, he has overseen two wins in the league, which has inevitably turned attention to the man in the dugout. However, Dickson felt that the players needed to take their own responsibility, and pointed to recent home matches against Hartlepool United and Dagenham and Redbridge that had secured a single point between them, when the captain wanted to see wins:

"It isn't soley on the manager. He's got players to work with, and we haven't performed to the standard that we need to, especially at home I feel. We know that it's going to be a big ask to win every game, but with the likes of Dagenham and Hartlepool, those are the sort of games that we should be looking to win."

Tonight sees a free-scoring Mansfield side visit Huish Park, who up until last weekend's defeat against Bristol Rovers had scored seven times in their previous couple of outings, helping them into their current fourth position. Despite the challenge of the opposition, Dickson wanted to see his side target a win, to lift that pressure off their shoulders:

"We need a win. We need to pick up three points, somewhere along the line and hopefully sooner rather than later. It needs to be Tuesday. But yes if you win a few then it can change around in this league quite quickly. We just need to find a formula where we can pick up points really. We need to take the game to teams at home now, and try to be as positive as possible, to create and score some chances. If we're going to win games, then we're going to have to score goals. It's as simple as that really - we need to start scoring. The plan is that at home, we're going to have to see it as better off getting three points, rather than trying to nick a draw or trying to nick a win. We're going to have to try to take games to teams."


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20 October 2015 : Fry Says Board Are 'Completely Behind' Management Team
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has claimed that his Board of Directors are 'completely behind' manager Paul Sturrock, with the club still struggling to find form during the 2015-16 season so far. The club currently lie in 22nd place in the League Two table, having endured a poor start to the club's first season at fourth tier level in ten years.

The summer of 2015 saw a large scale turnover of players over the summer - Fry quotes 24 departures and 17 arrivals, although with a few short term deals having come and gone since then the arrivals figure is slightly higher. He has told the Western Gazette that this level of turnover, coupled with the club's lengthy injury situation has meant that he did not expect them to hit the ground running right from the start of the season:

"There were major changes - too many to expect them to perform to the expected levels straight away. It takes time to gel without injuries, never mind with the amount we've had. We had to build a squad around contracted players. Paul made it clear which players he wanted but we were unlucky not to get them. The fans want overnight success but there is no magic wand. We stick by that decision. The board is completely behind this management team. There are problems with timing and judgement when bringing people in or getting people out. Paul had to get rid of 24 players - some on contracts - and then bring in 17 more for a completely new side. He'll make mistakes, we all do."

Mr Fry feels that over the summer the right plans were put in place for the club to succeed, in the wake of the club's relegation from League One, and here he does put the focus sharply onto Sturrock, in terms of where he feels the action needs to be taken, and acknowledges the point that some supporters are beginning to get concerned at the club's position in the table:

"I understand the fans' frustration. Everybody is disappointed. Over the summer we were buzzing and things were put in place. We got the Academy going and everywhere else at the club things are on target. So you have to ask yourself what is going wrong. The management team has got to get it right. The board doesn't pick the players. It is up to Paul's governance. He chose the players and now has to stabilise things. We need to start moving up and winning matches."

Yeovil Town face the first of two home fixtures, starting tonight, with fourth-placed Mansfield Town heading down for a midweek fixture, with 14th placed Cambridge United arriving at Somerset on Saturday.


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20 October 2015 : Mansfield Town : The Lowdown : Stags Forced Into Defensive Shake-Up
It's been over ten years since Yeovil Town and Mansfield Town last crossed swords. At the time the two clubs last met, the Glovers were about to win the League Two title, and the 5-2 win gained at Huish Park in April 2005 was a big part of that, relieving the pressure on a Glovers side that had been stuttering a bit up in the games just preceding that. Two goals from Darren Way, plus one each for Arron Davies, Michael Rose and Phil Jevons gave us a comfortable win. That was one of only four competitive meetings between the two clubs, all between 2003 and 2005.

At the end of that season, Yeovil Town went up into League One, whilst the Stags were relegated at the end of the 2007-08 season, heading into the Conference after a 77 year stay in the Football League. It took them until the summer of 2013 before they were able to get back up to this level. During 2013-14 they managed a creditable 11th place, but last season they struggled, ending up in 21st place. This year, they're a bit of a surprise package and come to Huish Park in 4th place in the League Two table, with the big alarm bell being that it is their away form that has got them that far up the table - four wins in their six travelling fixtures so far. However, they come to Huish Park with big defensive team selection problems (see below) with two players ruled out through suspension, and two more having suffered bad injuries in their Saturday match, meaning that their back four could be anyone's guess!

Various facts about where Mansfield Town stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 7/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them joint 12th in the bookies odds lists (via Boyle Sports).

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 3/1; Mansfield Town Win 21/20; Draw 5/2 (via Bet365)

New Signings: Chris Beardsley (striker, Stevenage), Malvind Benning (left-back, Walsall), Adam Chapman (midfielder, Newport County), Lee Collins (centre-back, Northampton Town), Matt Green (striker, Birmingham City), Nicky Hunt (right-back, Accrington Stanley), Brian Jensen (goalkeeper, Crawley Town), Mitch Rose (midfield, Rotherham United), Scott Shearer (goalkeeper, Crewe Alexandra), Nathan Thomas (right-wing, Motherwell), Craig Westcarr (striker, Portsmouth), Adi Yussuf (striker, Oxford City), Krystian Pearce (centre-back, Torquay United)

Recent Results:
19/09/2015Luton TownAwaySBL2L0-17939
26/09/2015Plymouth ArgyleHomeSBL2D0-03185
29/09/2015Stevenage BoroughAwaySBL2W2-02509Tafazolli 47, Thomas 50
03/10/2015Dagenham and RedbridgeAwaySBL2W4-31597Benning 6, Green 37, Pearce 81, Yussuf 85
10/10/2015Newport CountyHomeSBL2W3-03278Westcarr 50, Benning 70, Yussuf 90
17/10/2015Bristol RoversHomeSBL2L1-24196Tafazolli 81

Last Line-Up: 12. Brian Jensen; 16. Nicky Hunt 5. Krystian Pearce 15. Ryan Tafazolli 3. Malvind Benning; 24. Jamie McGuire 7. Adam Chapman 20. Jack Thomas; 11. Craig Westcarr 10. Matt Green 19. Reggie Lambe

Substitutes: 1. Scott Shearer 4. Mitchell Rose 6. Lee Collins 8. Chris Clements 14. Nathan Thomas 18. Adi Yussuf 17. Matty Blair

Team Selection, Injuries and Suspensions: Mansfield will definitely be without captain Nicky Hunt and centre-back Krystian Pearce for the Tuesday night game, forcing at least two changes to their back four. Both were sent off during their 2-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers. The Stags also have concerns about the state of goalkeeper Brian Jensen, who collided with left-back Malvind Benning late on during that game but had to stay on the pitch due to them having already used all three subs. Knocks to winger Craig Westcarr and midfielder Jamie McGuire during that match also mean they will need to be assessed.

Manager: Adam Murray - One of the youngest managers in the league - at the time he was appointed he was announced as such. He is still listed as a player-manager, although has only played once since his appointment to the hotseat in December 2014. He's so far done 44 games in charge, with just 13 wins, but a recent surge in form has propelled them up the table. Prior to his time in the dugout, he had been a Stags midfielder across two permanent spells and one loan spell and had been their assistant manager since 2012, meaning that his move into management wasn't quite as sudden as might be perceived. Born in Birmingham, he's got a long string of East Midlands clubs to his name, including Derby County, Notts County and Burton Albion.


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20 October 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
Officials for Tuesday night's League Two match between Yeovil Town and Mansfield Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 20th October 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list. However, as it was his first season at the new level and we were in the Championship it took until the 2014-15 campaign when we met twice at League One level. The first was the September 2014 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he had a fairly quiet game, with just one booking, whilst Crawley's two second half goals that gave them a 2-0 win were more down to uncertain defending than dodgy refereeing.

We then had him for the home match against Walsall, which turned into a lively Tuesday night match from a referee's point of view. He managed to award a penalty to both sides - both decisions probably correct - but with both failing to hit the back of the net, with goalkeepers coming out on top, with Scott Loach our hero for the Walsall spot kick, whilst Adam Morgan had his saved. The referee was also put under the spotlight when Stephen Kingsley was stretchered off with a fractured cheekbone after a rather physical challenge by Tom Bradshaw - a lengthy chat with his assistant presumably concluded that neither he nor Mr Breakspear had seen the incident. On top of that, the referee booked six players - three each way - and there was just the feeling that he was a bit too involved in the game. Manager Terry Skiverton certainly took that line, feeling that the Kingsley incident had affected the referee's judgement saying "after that, the referee seemed to take a bit of a backtrack, and I think he lost the game ... I just felt that they all seemed to lose the plot within the game."

He's rapidly been moved through the divisions, with his 2013 promotion being his fourth move up the lists in four seasons, and given that he attained that at the age of 24, it would suggest he is one of the officials the authorities are hoping to fast-track through the system - sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Last season he was very top heavy with his number of dismissals, with nine red cards in 29 games, but this season has been the opposite, with 45 yellow cards but having kept everyone on the field of play across eleven games.

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Somerset).

Link: September 2014 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.


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19 October 2015 : Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two fixture between Northampton Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 28th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-65s and Adult Disabled: £16.00; Under-18s: £8.00; Under-7s: FREE.

All ticket prices increase by £2.00 if purchased on the day of the game, with the exception of the Under-7s tickets. In the past, we've had to purchase tickets from a small portacabin situated close to the away turnstiles.

Yeovil Town fans will be situated in the South Stand, which is a covered seated area situated behind one goal, catering for up to 850 supporters.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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19 October 2015 : Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Newport County are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match at Rodney Parade takes place on Saturday 21st November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are for seated accommodation and are priced as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Over-65s and Under-21s: £15.00; Under-16s: £9.00; Under-12s: £7.00; Under-6s: FREE.

For the Adults, Seniors and Young Adults rates, you will pay £2.00 more if you choose to purchase on the day of the game. The offer for the Under-6s is only valid if they are accompanied by a full paying Adult or Senior. If you purchase tickets on the day, they will be available from the mobile ticket unit adjacent to the away turnstiles.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates according to their age. Wheelchair disabled supporters must liaise directly with Newport - call them on 01633 674963.

Rodney Parade's away end has recently been revamped, with the new facilities opened on Saturday 17th October, which relate to seating behind one of the goals. However, they have been using the Bisley Stand which is side-facing facilities shared with home fans. We'll clarify which section we're in nearer the time.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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19 October 2015 : Yorston Spot Kick Ensures Ladies Finish Season On A High
Yeovil Town Ladies finished their 2015 season on a high, but it took until the penultimate minute for them to gain victory over Durham Women. A competitive game was sealed in the 89th minute when Sarah Wiltshire was felled inside the box, allowing Corinne Yorston to slot home from the penalty spot and to win the match by a 1-0 scoreline.

That ensured that Yeovil finished in 4th place in their second season at FAWSL2 level - the club's highest finish in their history, and with them only missing out on third spot due to Everton Ladies having a superior goal difference. Their 31 points and 36 goals was also an improvement upon last year's 22 points and 27 goals that gave them a fifth placed finish during 2014. As such, first team manager Jamie Sherwood was able to report clear progress by the end of the season, and hoped that the 2016 campaign would go one step further:

"We set a three-year objective at the beginning of the season just gone; we’re in year one of it and we are fourth – tied on third and only separated by goal difference. We are not too far away, we know we’ve dropped silly points this year, but that’ll come with maturity for the group. Once we get that sorted, we will grow; this season was the growing part, but next season we will go out and make our statement."

Sherwood decided to turn his back on the pitch when Wiltshire won the spot kick, and so didn't see the crucial goal being scored. He said that wasn't a reflection upon his faith in his left-back's abilities, but more of a superstitition that he's had over the years:

"I’ve never watched a penalty since I started coaching and managing, I trust the players that they know what to do, so I didn’t watch it. For a left-back to score goals the way that she (Corinne Yorston) has scored this year shows the quality that she’s got; but – as I’ve always said - it’s not just about the one person, we always make sure that we play football for the unit and we’ve got players who can finish it off – and she’s certainly done that."

The successful penalty conversion meant that Durham had no time to get back into the match, leaving them ruing the fact that they didn't take advantage of some of their earlier chances in the game. For Yeovil, it was a good way to leave the stadium with the majority of the impressive 475 crowd going home with a smile on their face.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Durham Women 0.

Scorer: Corinne Yorston (89 mins, 1-0, pen)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes, Ellie Issac, Corinne Yorston, Nicola Cousins, Sarah Wiltshire, Steph Williams, Annie Heatherson, Ellie Curson, Ellis Hillman, Sammy Quayle, Helen Bleazard

Yeovil Substitutes: Shauna Cossens (68 mis for Steph Williams), Natasha Knapman (77 mins for Sammy Quaye), Emily Donovan (90 mins for Ellis Hillman), Natalie Haigh, Alys Hinchcliffe.

Durham Women: Helen Alderson, Ellie Christon, Julie Nelson, Sarah Wilson, Becky Beech, Beth Hepple, Rachel Lee, Jordan Atkinson, Natalie Gutteridge, Courtney Corrie, Gemma Purfed

Substitutes: Anna Moorhouse (86 mins for Rachel Lee), Jess White (90 mins for Jordan Atkinson), Erika Warden

Referee: Gary Parsons

Attendance: 475.


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19 October 2015 : Sturrock Targets Attack-Minded Loan For This Week
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed that he will be looking to replace winger Jake Howells, who recently left the club at the end of his one month loan spell at Huish Park. The 24 year old returned to parent club Luton Town, having been substituted in five of his seven outings for the Glovers, leaving Sturrock with a spare space in terms of the loan players he is allowed to field in a matchday squad.

Thus his side went into the weekend match at Notts County with just the four loans in the squad, but Sturrock has explained that he will be looking to add to his squad. He told BBC Somerset on Saturday that it would be unlikely that he would get a new man in before Tuesday night's game against Mansfield Town and confirmed that the sort of player he was after was an attack-minded player, but that he was facing a fair bit of competition for those he was after:

"We've been searching the land, as have most teams, and we've been in discussions with agents and other clubs for a certain type of player that we're looking for. Tuesday might come too early for it, but I'd be hopeful that by next Saturday that we'd have somebody in."

The club's long term injury list remains a fixed one, with Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Mark Beck (unknown injury) all having been missing for numerous matches. Sturrock said that he did not expect any of those players to return for either the Mansfield game or next Saturday's Cambridge United fixture, despite having hoped that a few of them would be ready by now:

"I'm actually totally fed up chatting about it and discussing it. Nobody will be ready for this week - either this Tuesday or this Saturday. What we've got is what's on the football pitch, and sitting in the dugout. I'd like to add one more player - an offensive player of some sort to the squad, but that will not happen before Tuesday's game."


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18 October 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's home match against Hartlepool United during September was a frustrating experience. The 1-2 home defeat saw the Glovers run out of steam a bit, despite seeing Ryan Bird score another home goal just before half time. Earlier, Scott Fenwick had got the last touch on a Hartlepool free kick for the opening goal, with the game being sealed when a tired looking second half finish saw Brad Walker net seven minutes before the end.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Jakub Sokolik and left-back Nathan Smith praised for their performances. However, the match sponsors chose Luton Town loanee Jake Howells as their Man of the Match, and the fans voting agreed with his, in what was to be Howells' best performance in green and white colours.

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

1. Jake Howells 172 (13)
2. Nathan Smith 68 (4)
3. Jakub Sokolík 50 (2)
4. Matthew Dolan 34 (1)
5. Ryan Bird 24 (1)
6. Stephen Arthurworrey 20 (1)
7. Ollie Bassett 18 (1)
8. Josh Sheehan 16 (0)
9. Connor Roberts 8 (0)
10. Harry Cornick 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.78
Performance : 5.83
Entertainment : 5.74
VOTES RECEIVED : 23


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18 October 2015 : Video : Notts County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane, these are now online. In addition to the two goals scored by Stanley Aborah and Izale McLeod, they also show a first half free kick from Josh Sheehan and a second half effort from Connor Roberts, along with a late right wing cross that narrowly missed connecting with an Iffy Allen boot. They appear to have entirely missed McLeod's first half effort which came off the post though, whilst Matt Dolan's first half volley that went narrowly wide is also missing. Watch it via the video below.




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18 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the team performance and where it leaves the Glovers from a league point of view can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game.


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17 October 2015 : Sturrock: Players Didn't Respond Properly To Crucial County Goal
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that his players didn't react in the right way to falling a goal behind against Notts County at Meadow Lane today. The Glovers lost 2-0 in a match that swung on two goals in six minutes, as a Stanley Aborah free kick deflected off the defensive wall, followed by an Izale McLeod effort that saw him break through the offside trap with rather too much ease.

Whilst the free kick had an element of fortune about it, Sturrock told BBC Somerset that he was particularly concerned with the passage of play that followed that goal, with County's second goal coming short after that, after Yeovil's back four got themselves out of line, allowing McLeod to ghost through, during a short period of the game in which County had some of their best chances in open play:

"Obviously a deflected free-kick cost us dear. Then we chased it and went out of shape for ten minutes which cost us another goal, with just a quick kick through the middle of us, which should never happen. This team want to fight and attempt to win football games, but when they lost the goal their heads definitely went down for about five or ten minutes and that set the tone for the second goal. After that it was an uphill climb. The players didn't respond properly, in trying to get back into the game again. We've got to respond properly to this and keep our heads up."

Sturrock felt that after substitutions were made, his side began to recompose themselves and looked to even the game back up. However, he admitted that even then they struggled to create chances that would worry Magpies keeper Roy Carroll. Overall he admitted that Notts County were the better team across the 90 minutes, but felt that the key to their win came down to them getting the first goal and the pattern it established after that moment:

"After that (second goal) we've made changes to try to get back into the game. Alright, we've been a bit more positive about it and got ourselves in some decent areas, without really testing their goalie. We've been beaten by a better team today. I think that is the first thing that I should say. We've been beaten by eleven men, who are a very experienced football team with pace right through it. You can understand the frustration that their fans are having at this minute in time, because of how hot and cold that they've been. But they've got some really good footballers. In the first half, really other than the one that hit the post, they really didn't have much danger to it, but the early goal in the second half has set the tone for the rest of the game."


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17 October 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Notts County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane, 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 Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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17 October 2015 : Notts County 2 Yeovil 0 : Magpies Quick Double Sinks Glovers
Two second half goals in six minutes condemned Yeovil Town to a deserved defeat against Notts County this afternoon at Meadow Lane. The home side hit the woodwork twice during a goalless first half, but gained their crucial advantage ten minutes after the break when Stanley Aborah's free kick took a deflection that looped the ball past Artur Krysiak. Then Izale McLeod beat the offside trap to score the Magpies second, in a game that lacked a spark from the Glovers in the final third that was ever likely to see them get back into the game.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their side, with Josh Sheehan returning after his international duty, whilst Jakub Sokolik's second half performance as a substitute last week was good enough to earn him a spot in the starting line-up. Out went Jake Howells who had returned to Luton, and Marc Laird, who dropped to the bench. Sheehan's role was to play as the most advanced midfielder of the five.

It was a sluggish start by the Glovers, who seemed to try to find their feet by standing off Notts County and giving them plenty of space to move the ball about, meaning the home side enjoyed plenty of early possession. In fairness to Yeovil, they looked compact and well organised, but it took a while before they got the ball near the opposition's final third. An early long range shot saw Izale McLeod attempt to deflect the ball towards goal, but he missed his attempt and it went wide of the target.

Gradually, Yeovil began to get their foot on the ball. After Mike Edwards had picked up a booking for a poor foul on Ryan Dickson, a Josh Sheehan free kick curled wide. That was followed by Matt Dolan drilling the ball on the volley just wide of the target - a real thunderbolt of a shot.

But at the other end, County were the superior side, with Stanley Aborah showing some dazzling midfield showmanship to beat his man, before chipping the ball into the path of Izale McLeod - the striker knocked the ball past Artur Krysiak, but it bounced onto the post and sat there before Nathan Smith hooked it to safety. Liam Noble then produced a shot seemed to deceive Artur Krysiak who could only parry the ball away to safety. The Magpies also struck the outside of the goalframe when Adam Campbell tried to beat Krysiak at his near post but found the angle defeating him.

In theory, having a goalless scoreline at the break suited Yeovil more than their hosts, even if they had to do much more defending than their opponents. But all that mattered to nothing when ten minutes into the second half Wes Fogden conceded a clumsy foul on the edge of the box. Up stepped Stanley Aborah, who had won the free kick, and his set piece took a deflection, looping past Artur Krysiak to give the Magpies the lead.

Six minutes later, and Notts County doubled their lead as Yeovil's now high line defence got themselves a bit out of shape. Stephen Arthurworrey appeared to be too deep when Alan Smith's pass down the middle found Izale McLeod, who beat the offside trap, ran through, and confidently smashed the ball past Artur Krysiak.

Shaun Jeffers was introduced for Ryan Bird, immediately after the second goal, but as Yeovil wobbled the home side threatened to increase their lead via the same route as the one they'd just scored, with Artur Krysiak's quick movement off his line denying the Magpies. Gradually though, Yeovil composed themselves and Connor Roberts was unlucky not to pull a goal back when he saw two shots in quick succession blocked by defenders close to the line.

Yeovil eventually fizzled out somewhat, with only a couple of half chances coming their way in the closing stages, despite the introduction of Marc Laird and Iffy Allen as late substitutes. Far too often the final ball went across the face of the goal, rather than finding someone in the box. County were far more creative and clinical on the day, with the final score an accurate reflection of the gap between the two teams.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Notts County 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Stanley Aborah (55 mins, 1-0), Izale McLeod (61 mins, 2-0)

Notts County:
1. Roy Carroll
18. Elliott Hewitt 35. Mike Edwards 44. Alan Sheehan 31. Thierry Audel
33. Stanley Aborah 4. Alan Smith 16. Liam Noble
24. Adam Campbell 30. Jonathan Stead 39. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
20. Jack Barmby 2. Mawouna Kodjo Amevor 11. Genaro Snijders (84 mins for Adam Campbell) 13. Scott Loach 15. Curtis Thompson 26. Graham Burke (84 mins for Izale McLeod) 28. Gill Swerts

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
30. Josh Sheehan
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 8. Marc Laird (80 mins for Matt Dolan) 10. Shaun Jeffers (62 mins for Ryan Bird) 19. Iffy Allen (80 mins for Ryan Dickson) 21. Alex Lacey 28. Ollie Bassett

Notts County Bookings: Mike Edwards (21 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (50 mins, foul)

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Thomas Bramall (Sheffield) and John Busby (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Joe Hull (Cheshire).

Attendance: 4,030 (with 210 Yeovil Town supporters).


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17 October 2015 : Team News For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Notts County at Meadow Lane. Winger Jake Howells returned to Luton Town at the end of his loan spell, and so is one enforced change, with Jakub Sokolik coming into the side, meaning that Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson shuffle around.

Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan returns from international duty for Wales Under-21s in Denmark and he replaces Marc Laird in the starting line-up, in what appears to be a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Sheehan the obvious player to make the advanced midfield runs.

The perpetually lengthy injury list means that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Mark Beck (unknown injury) do not feature.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
30. Josh Sheehan
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 8. Marc Laird 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey 28. Ollie Bassett


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17 October 2015 : Notts County : The Lowdown : All Change For Magpies (And Glovers)
With the exception of our single season in the Championship, we have met Notts County in every season since the summer of 2010, and as they were one of the sides to be relegated with us at the end of last season, that now stretches into another year. Our record against the Magpies is a fairly decent one, with just one defeat in our last seven outings. Last season was the day that Leon Clarke created an impressive late turnaround for a 2-1 win in November 2014 as he cancelled out a Michael Petrasso goal midway through the second half. The game was spiced up by the early dismissal of County midfielder Gary Jones, with the home crowd thereafter venting their fury upon an entirely innocent Nathan Jones and a not so innocent referee Stuart Attwell.

County were also present in April 2015 when our relegation to League Two was confirmed in Paul Sturrock's first game in charge at the club. The Magpies scored both goals in the 1-1 draw, with Hadyn Hollis providing a helpful diving header off a Sam Foley free kick. However, our stay of execution was ended when Garry Thompson equalised late on, meaning that the final whistle mathematically confirmed our obvious fate. Since then, both sides have been rebuilding under new management, and there will be very few survivors in either side from that game, despite us only being six months further down the line, with around 40 new signings between the two teams!

Various facts about where Notts County stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 16/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them joint 13th in the bookies odds lists (via Betfair).

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 5/1; Notts County Win 8/13; Draw 16/5 (via Bet365)

New Signings: When Notts County were relegated from League One, new manager Ricardo Moniz did exactly what Paul Sturrock did at Yeovil - he refreshed almost his entire squad. A total of 19 new signings and two loan signings were brought in, with highlights including Jonathan Stead from Huddersfield Town, Scott Loach from Rotherham United and Izale McLeod from Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee. Their continental influence is also evident, with multiple players recruited from the Netherlands, along with representatives from Hungary, Slovenia, Cyprus and Belgium. This is one of the more multicultural sides you'll find at League Two level, for sure.

Recent Results:
22/09/2015Crawley TownHomeSBL2W4-13267Edwards 31, 77, Noble 32, 49
26/09/2015York CityHomeSBL2W1-05159McLeod 12
29/09/2015Dagenham and RedbridgeAwaySBL2D1-11327Campbell 34
03/10/2015Leyton OrientAwaySBL2L1-35193Stead 46
06/10/2015Sheffield UnitedAwayLDVL1-55497Stead 62
11/10/2015Plymouth ArgyleHomeSBL2L0-25266

Last Line-Up: 1. Scott Loach; 18. Elliott Hewitt 35. Mike Edwards 28. Gill Swerts 44. Alan Sheehan; 24. Adam Campbell 4. Alan Smith 33. Stanley Aborah 26. Graham Burke; 16. Liam Noble 39. Izale McLeod

Substitutes: 15. Curtis Thompson 25. Kyle De Silva 27. Julian Jenner 30. Jonathan Stead 31. Thierry Audel 32. Civard Sprockel 40. Kevin Pilkington

Team Selection, Injuries and Suspensions: Notts County can recall their first choice goalkeeper Roy Carroll to their line-up, after he missed last weekend's match whilst on international duty with Northern Ireland. Another possible to recall is attacking midfielder Jack Barmby - son of Nick Barmby - who is on loan from Leicester City. He missed last week with an injury. Another player who may feature more today is attacking midfielder Kyle De Silva who has been out with a thigh injury but got as far as their bench last weekend, managing a ten minute cameo appearance. They are not expecting to field Rob Milsom, Taylor McKenzie and Ronan Murray who are in various states of rehabilitation but are short of proper fitness - Milsom is the closest, having played 90 minutes for their Reserves in midweek.

Manager: Ricardo Moniz - an entirely unknown quantity from the point of view of UK football. He is a Dutch defender who carved out a moderate career in the 1980s and 1990s before turning to coaching in 1994. He learned his trade a more traditional way, passing through a series of academy coach and skills coach positions, which included a spell with Tottenham Hotspur between 2005 and 2008 - his only UK experience up until 2015. His breakthrough came in 2011-12 as he won the league and cup double with Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, later passing his way through roles in Hungary, Poland and Germany before joining Notts County in April 2015. Rather like Paul Sturrock, he inherited a side that was already on the way down from League One and has so far been in charge for 22 games, winning seven of them.

Connections: Goalkeeper Scott Loach had a highly successful loan spell with Yeovil Town last season whilst he was on the books of Rotherham United. Nottingham is his city of birth and so his opportunity to sign for County on a two year deal this summer was an obvious one. He's only played in four of their matches so far. Three of those have come in the last couple of weeks, with Roy Carroll away on international duty, although with County having lost all three and conceded ten goals in the process, Loach may struggle to keep his place, with Carroll their club captain.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Notts County.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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16 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Notts County Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Notts County tomorrow, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul gives his views on the opposition, what he has been trying to do in order to provide a greater consistency within his own side, and also some ultra-brief updates on where things stand concerning squad availability. Read that via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Notts County.


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16 October 2015 : Date And JPT Ticketing Info For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's Area Quarter-Final match in the Football League Trophy against Gillingham now has a firm date against it. As expected, the match will take place on Tuesday 10th November 2015, at the Priestfield Stadium, but with an earlier 7.15p.m. kick-off - something that the competition organisers have tried to encourage for a couple of ties in each round to encourage young families to attend evening fixtures.

Prices for this match are set at a flat level around the ground. They will be as follows:

Adults: £12.00; Seniors and Under-18s: £6.00; Under-12s: £1.00.

Note that this date is subject to Yeovil Town and Gillingham not being selected for live television coverage for the FA Cup First Round, which takes place on the preceding weekend. If either club is asked by the TV companies to switch their game to a Sunday or Monday for live coverage, then this fixture may be changed, with Wednesday 11th November a potential alternative date.

With the match date having only just been announced, we're not sure if/when advance tickets will reach the Huish Park Ticket Office. Once we know for certain, we'll provide an update.

As this is an extra fixture to the 2015-16 calendar, there are no GWSC travel arrangements in place at this moment in time. However, once they are available, we'll provide a separate announcement.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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16 October 2015 : Three Points To Ponder As Sturrock Plans Changes For Magpies Trip
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed that he will definitely be making changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow's trip to Notts County. The Glovers boss is going into the match with three points to address for the game. One is that winger Jake Howells has returned to his parent club Luton Town after his one month loan spell at the club expired without being renewed, meaning that at least one change is guaranteed.

A second factor that will be on Sturrock's mind is that although his team performed well against Portsmouth and Coventry City in recent games using a 4-5-1 formation, it needed a double substitution and a change to a 4-4-2 to rescue a point against Dagenham and Redbridge last weekend, with substitutes Jakub Sokolik and Shaun Jeffers introduced to good effect. The temptation will be to start at Meadow Lane with the formation that finished the game against Dagenham, even though the 4-5-1 proved effective in their last away fixture.

The third point to ponder for Sturrock is that the club welcome back Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan, who has been on international duty with Wales Under-21s and so has been absent for the last two games. Numerically, his return should balance out Howells' departure, but that still leaves the question as to exactly how the Glovers will line up and whether Sheehan should come straight back into the side. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Sturrock said changes would be made, and explained that a lot of the work they'd been doing during the week had been aimed at establishing a more consistent approach to his side's play:

"There will definitely be changes to the team. We've worked very hard today and they're back out this afternoon. I'm trying hard at this minute in time to put out a solid base to our training and a solid base to the players thoughts in training, and a solid base to what we're doing on Saturday, so that everybody knows their job when we've got the ball, and everybody knows their job when they've got the ball."

Sturrock has indicated that he is not expecting any of his current long term injury list to decrease for this weekend meaning that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Mark Beck (unknown injury) are expected to continue their absence from the club. That would result in the Sheehan/Howells swap as being the only change to the overall eighteen that would travel to Nottingham.

In having to work with roughly the same squad again, Sturrock feels the difference between the solidity of the Portsmouth and Coventry performances, and the first half against Dagenham lies in the way that individual inconsistent performances tended to ripple throughout the team. He hoped that as additional players returned, that sort of aspect of their displays would eventually be eliminated:

"There are a lot of young players who blow hot, cold and indifferent and have inconsistent performances and that causes inconsistency in performances from the team. We're trying to iron that out. The less mistakes that they make, and the more movement that they get off the ball, then the more opportunities that we're going to make. I would like to think that if a couple more players come back healthy, then we'll kick off again."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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16 October 2015 : Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Notts County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 17th October at Meadow Lane, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the match will be referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

Our most recent meeting involving him was earlier this season when he took charge of the home match against Bristol Rovers. His main contribution during the match was to dish out a red card to Matt Dolan, following two yellow cards. The first was when Dolan blocked off the taking of a free kick, whilst the second was a trip on a Rovers player midway through the second half. Nothing outrageous about either Dolan incident, but on the other hand nothing outrageous about Mr Malone's decision to raise a yellow for both. We've seen referees show more leniency, particularly in the case of the second yellow, but that's more of a matter of consistency between officials. Rovers won the game 1-0 and deserved it on the balance of play.

He was present for the December 2014 meeting against Leyton Orient, which we lost 3-0 at Huish Park. We can cover that one very quickly - despite a frosty pitch and therefore difficult playing conditions, he dealt with the game very well, with just one booking on the night, keeping himself firmly in the background. During the previous season, we had him for one competitive fixture. That was the October 2013 home match against Leicester City in the Championship. He awarded two penalties during the match - one for each side - and the video footage backed up his decision-making - a trip by Danny Seaborne went against us, whilst James Hayter was brought down inside the box at the other end. Otherwise there was just one booking for timewasting as the Foxes held onto their 2-1 lead. Our recollection was that he did okay, although the Western Gazette were more critical saying he was "certainly not the worst performance from a referee this season, but far from faultless. His decision making was erratic and Richie De Laet deserved a second yellow card" - De Laet's booking came late on during that match and we can't recall what his other offence was on the night.

Earlier that season we had Mr Malone for a pre-season friendly match against Exeter City during which he sent off Grecians midfielder Tommy Doherty. His boss Paul Tisdale had a bit of a post-match grumble about that decision, but the view from those at the game was that it would have been hard for Mr Malone to do otherwise, with the former Glovers loanee having struck Byron Webster in the face in an off-the-ball incident. He was also present - briefly - for the 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra that represented our final home match of the 2012-13 season proper, before we moved into the play-off matches. We actually only saw him as the match referee for around 30 minutes - he pulled up with a hamstring injury, and had to be replaced by fourth official Adam Bromley. In that brief period we saw him he seemed to be doing okay, but in truth had little in the way of contentious decisions to deal with.

Mr Malone was in charge for the Boxing Day 2011 match against Charlton Athletic - a game we lost 2-3 at Huish Park. On the whole he had a decent game, and in fact called one bit of 'controversy' well - visiting keeper Ben Hamer claimed he'd been fouled for Jonathan Obika's 8th minute opener, but the TV footage later proved that the former Holyrood Community School pupil had in fact slipped in the box under his own steam, with the referee correctly ignoring Charlton's protests. The Western Gazette were less impressed with his handling of the game, saying that he "baffled fans with decisions at throw-ins and corners, while six bookings reflects unfairly on the game" - two of those bookings led to suspensions for Glovers players, so that may have been part of the frustration at his decisions.

Mr Malone was the unfortunate official in charge of the stormy September 2011 encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. The centre-piece of the game was a controversial Kieran Agard goal, scored after he chased down the Owls defence following an uncontested drop ball. Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of that goal, the Laws of the Game that referees are bound to meant that he could not be blamed for the situation that developed.

He did endure a rather difficult second half, in which Wednesday's players were rather fired up and aggrieved about the incident, and we saw four Glovers go into the book, plus an Owls player. He also ruled out awarding a penalty for a shirt tug on Gavin Massey that could have put Yeovil back in the lead. It wasn't the best 45 minutes of refereeing we've seen, but given the circumstances, probably all bar a few Premier League officials would have struggled to control the situation. He later saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes called up by the Football Association for an incident in the tunnel at half time, so clearly was keeping his eyes on what was going on out there.

Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.

The other game involving him as a referee was the 2011 New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though. Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:

"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."

Mr Malone will be assisted by Thomas Bramall (Sheffield) and John Busby (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Joe Hull (Cheshire).

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

Link: January 2011 : Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra.

Link: October 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Leicester City 2.

Link: December 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 3.

Link: August 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 1.


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15 October 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
On Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to play Notts County at Meadow Lane for a League Two fixture. For those travelling to the game, the Ciderspace guide to the city of Nottingham, the stadium, directions, parking, a pub guide and plenty of statistics can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.


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15 October 2015 : Price Of Football : Yeovil Town Comparison Statistics
Further to yesterday's news concerning the BBC Sport Price of Football survey, the raw data is now available for fans to read. This allows the potential for better baselining of data based on what the BBC published as part of their summary statistics. Comparing Yeovil Town's prices with other League Two sides, gives the following information:

Cheapest Home Matchday Ticket: £20.00 (adult home terrace) : Yeovil Town's admission price is beaten by four other clubs that all charge £22.00. These are Leyton Orient, Northampton Town, Notts County and Plymouth Argyle. Accrington Stanley, Mansfield Town and Portsmouth also charge £20.00 as their cheapest matchday admission. Thus Yeovil Town are the joint fifth most expensive in the division.

Most Expensive Matchday Ticket: £25.00 (adult main stand centre) : Yeovil Town's admission price is behind Exeter City (£26.00) and Bristol Rovers (£28.00) but their top price stands as a third most expensive in the division.

Matchday Programme: £3.00 : All bar two clubs charge this price for their programme, with just Carlisle United (£2.00) and Newport County (£3.50) providing the variation. In past seasons in the Championship and League One, the £3.00 price has been almost a flat figure across the country, so no surprise to find the survey reflecting this position.

Hot Pie: £3.20 : This is a dangerous comparison to make given that the much-lauded pies at Kidderminster Harriers always come out as the most expensive in the BBC's survey - yet those who know the Aggborough food know you're getting some serious quality there. In the main though, most grounds opt for pre-packaged Pukka Pie style fodder, and here Yeovil Town's offering is only beaten by Oxford United (£3.30) and Luton Town (£3.50) making it the joint third most expensive in the division.

Cup Of Tea: £1.80 : There are four League Two clubs that price their tea at a higher level to the Glovers, with Northampton Town's £2.10 the most expensive, whilst Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town and Plymouth Argyle charge £2.00. As such the Glovers are the fifth most expensive in the division, alongside four other clubs.

Away Fan Cheapest Matchday Ticket: £16.00 : The BBC report actually singled this out as the joint cheapest in the division, but upon closer inspection, this may not be the case. The the £16.00 recorded is the advance purchase rate for the Copse Road End, and so for consistency, this should really be £18.00 as the matchday rate. As such that wouldn't make it the cheapest, with seven clubs offering under £18.00. However, that assumes the BBC haven't made the same mistake with other clubs operating two-tier pricing models.

Away Fan Most Expensive Matchday Ticket: £22.00 : Here the matchday rate has been used (see above where the prematch rate was used) - this is a Screwfix Stand matchday price for the wings section. Exeter City, Leyton Orient, Notts County and Stevenage all charge £24.00 whilst Barnet charge £23.00 and therefore Yeovil come in as joint sixth most expensive in the division.

Cheapest Season Ticket: £269.00 : The divisional prices range between £180.00 (Leyton Orient) and £330.00 (Mansfield Town). Yeovil Town's cheapest season ticket comes in as the 11th most expensive - so right in the middle of the pack for League Two.

Most Expensive Season Ticket: £393.00 : The divisional prices range between £250.00 (Accrington Stanley) and £540.00 (Bristol Rovers). Yeovil Town's most expensive season ticket comes in as the 14th most expensive - again in the middle of the pack for League Two.

As usual, the BBC's survey has brought it's share of criticism from clubs who have fared badly, whilst those who have done well have drafted up articles highlighting their successes. One of the unhappy ones is former Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, who now holds a similar position at Plymouth Argyle. He was a critic of the survey whilst he was at Huish Park, complaining that the BBC weren't quoting his club's 'early bird' prices, and also saying that Home Park's position as an all-seater stadium meant prices were skewed in favour of those clubs with terraced facilities that are generally tagged at a lower price:

"Our cheapest adult ticket is not £380; it is £320 which is our early bird price. The comparison with other clubs and an average for the division for the cheapest tickets is flawed because we have an all seater stadium. The majority of other League Two clubs have a certain amount of terracing where prices are that much lower. This difference in facilities and the accompanying prices distorts the averages."

The BBC's policy regarding the benchmarking of ticket prices has been set against the on-the-day rate that casual punters would pay if they decided on a matchday that they fancied watching a game of football. This rules out the myriad of membership rates, internet rates, advance booking rates or combination family tickets that clubs sometimes offer, otherwise such a survey would rapidly become even more complicated than it already is, and would allow clubs to adopt the tactics that certain airlines and coach companies use when advertising seats "from £1.00" that exist to a nominal amount of punters as a marketing gimmick. By setting all clubs in all divisions against the same benchmark, an easier comparison can be made. As a footnote, each club's page does highlight where such variations may exist.


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15 October 2015 : Season Ticket Offer Singled Out In Ladies Price Of Football Survey
Yeovil Town Ladies have been singled out by the BBC Sport website Price of Football survey for their season ticket prices. The Ladies side is coming towards the end of its second season at FAWSL2 level, and come into the scope of the BBC's survey for the first time, with them taking on additional divisions within their scope.

The feedback is good, with the female Glovers singled out as having the joint lowest Season Ticket package at FAWSL2, with Reading Women also identified as offering a £15.00 package. Their most expensive season ticket offer comes in at £30.00, which the BBC identify as six percent above the league average. As for matchday tickets, the £4.00 charge for an adult visiting the Jones Stadium is noted as being nine percent below the league average.

Like the men's side, a value for money statistic is also produced, based on how much it costs supporters to see each home goal. This statistic is slightly more reliable than the men's League Two statistics, given the season is coming towards the end and is based on the ten sides competing in the FAWSL2 this season. The Glovers come in at third place, with it costing you £1.25 to see each home goal at the Jones Stadium, beaten only by Reading Women and Doncaster Rovers Belles, who are on their way to play in the FAWSL1 division for next season. At Everton, it will cost you £5.20 per game - comfortably the most expensive in the division.

At a wider level, the BBC note that the Ladies game is booming. Overall league attendances are up by 48 percent - a situation that Yeovil Town Ladies have experienced throughout this season, with their club record and stadium record being broken on a number of occasions during the 2015 season. Part of that has been put down to England's showing in the Women's World Cup, which took place in Canada midway through the summer season. Attendances in the two FAWSL divisions went up by 29 percent during the second half of the season.

The Ladies play the final game of their season this coming Sunday, with Durham Women their opponents for the 2.00p.m. kick-off at the Jones Stadium. See below for some of the special arrangements being made for that match.

Link: Free Food! Go High On The Hog With Ladies Finale.

Link: Annual Price Of Football Survey Sees Ranked Good Value For Away Fans.


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15 October 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Squad Shake-Up Plans Prompt The Guessing Game
With the hope that Yeovil Town's injury list is starting to shorten a bit, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has been thinking ahead to January and his ambitions to improve his first team squad. Having stated that a couple of players will be told to find new clubs, that has created a chunk of speculation.

The latest Taff's Gloversblog goes through what we know so far, and why certain players are the more likely candidates. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Squad Shake-Up Plans Prompt The Guessing Game.


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14 October 2015 : Annual Price Of Football Survey Sees Ranked Good Value For Away Fans
The annual Price Of Football survey, that looks into the costs of watching football in the professional game, has been published today. The BBC Sport team have been running this for a number of years, to varying praise and criticism depending on which side of the football fence you sit on. Its objective is to cost up how much an adult matchday ticket, a programme, a pie and a cup of tea would cost at each ground against their standard admission price list, and to then pick out those clubs offering good deals, versus those that offer bad ones.

They've gradually expanded the coverage, and this year's survey looks at 227 clubs in 13 UK leagues, as well as a number of leagues across Europe. Their statistics for Yeovil Town record the cheapest matchday ticket as £20.00 (adult home terrace), with the most expensive ticket priced at £25.00 (adult main stand). They indicate that the cheapest ticket is priced at eight percent above the league average, whilst the most expensive ticket is 10 percent above the league average. For Season Tickets, the figures are slightly better for the club, with the cheapest ticket (£269) deemed to be at three percent above the league average, whilst the most expensive is one percent above the league average.

There's also a value for money yardstick provided, with a figure published showing how much you pay per home goal at your club. Here, Yeovil Town fare badly - not too surprising given that the data is based on the club's 2014-15 League One season where they finished bottom of the division. You would have paid £17.58 per goal scored - the worst amongst the 2015-16 list of League Two clubs. That's where the analysis breaks down rather badly - Barnet and Bristol Rovers are benchmarked as the best value - no surprise given they were at the top of the Conference National division where admission prices are cheaper and where their respective teams were scoring plenty of goals. Meanwhile the 'worst value' clubs saw Yeovil, Crawley Town and Notts County as three of the four bottom clubs - all of whom were relegated from the more expensive League One level. As such, the BBC are not really comparing like-for-like here.

The contradiction comes when the survey reveals that Bristol Rovers are charging the most expensive ticket in League Two, at a whopping £28.00, and so their position at the top of the 'best value' table unravels. The cheapest ticket in League Two goes to Wycombe Wanderers, who allow admission for £15.00. Here Yeovil Town are singled out positively - they were one of only three clubs to reduce their admission prices for the 2015-16 season, with Wycombe and Oxford United the others to drop their prices over the summer.

Yeovil also offer good value for away supporters, with the open Copse Road away terrace priced at £16.00 - the joint lowest in the division. This is the first time the BBC have surveyed the cost of away ticket admission - if you want to line up an away day then Bristol Rovers, Crawley Town, Exeter City and AFC Wimbledon are the cheapest alongside the Glovers - although it's worth noting that all of those cover away facilities that are standing, and with the exception of Crawley have no covered accommodation. That becomes more obvious when we consider which League Two clubs tend to put away supporters into more expensive side stand facilities that are often deemed to be their ground's 'Main Stand' - your most expensive away day facilities are Exeter City (again!), Leyton Orient, Notts County and Stevenage - all for seated covered accommodation.

Last season, the Glovers came under fire for having the most expensive tickets in League One. This year the BBC has yet to publish the raw statistics (that may follow over the next few days). The data above would imply that matchday tickets in the home end of the ground are still significantly above the divisional norm, but at least the decision to drop prices upon the club's relegation into League Two has meant that they have avoided being singled out in the way they were last season.


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14 October 2015 : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's trip to play Crawley Town in mid-September saw them gain their first away victory of the 2015-16 season. A very classy goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick sealed the points, as he latched onto a Matt Dolan pass, before cutting inside to curl the ball into the net from outside the box, for a 1-0 victory.

Man of the Match voting saw Connor Roberts and Matt Dolan get recognition for their performances at right-back and central midfield respectively. Making his debut for the Glovers for that game was youth team player Ollie Bassett who was operating as an attacking midfielder in a 4-4-1-1 formation, and he got the thumbs up from fans at the game. However, Ollie was pipped by Harry Cornick, whose excellent goal and performance helped Yeovil win the match.

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

1. Harry Cornick 142 (11)
2. Ollie Bassett 70 (3)
3. Matthew Dolan 26 (2)
4. Connor Roberts 26 (1)
5. Artur Krysiak 20 (0)
6. Jakub Sokolík 18 (1)
7. Stephen Arthurworrey 14 (0)
8. Josh Wakefield 10 (1)
9. Jake Howells 10 (0)
10. Ryan Bird 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.74
Performance : 7.05
Entertainment : 6.42
VOTES RECEIVED : 19


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14 October 2015 : Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's September League Two home match against AFC Wimbledon saw the Glovers gain a home draw, after they were pegged back, having gone a goal up during the first half. Ryan Bird's close range finish was cancelled out by a late Adebayo Akinfenwa header from a corner, with Yeovil running out of steam a bit during the closing stages.

One of the turning points in the game was when Omar Sowunmi was stretchered off, following a poor challenge by Will Nightingale - Omar's performance as a striker was good enough to earn him third spot in the Man of the Match voting. The top two though were at the other end of the park - Jakub Sokolik was solid as a central defender, but he was beaten to the vote by Artur Krysiak, whose form this season has made him the undisputed first choice goalkeeper.

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

1. Artur Krysiak 264 (19)
2. Jakub Sokolík 196 (14)
3. Omar Sowunmi 186 (8)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 64 (3)
5. Jake Howells 62 (2)
6. Ryan Bird 56 (3)
7. Connor Roberts 38 (1)
8. Harry Cornick 16 (1)
9. Matthew Dolan 14 (0)
10. Nathan Smith 12 (0)
11. Josh Wakefield 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.86
Performance : 5.84
Entertainment : 5.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 51


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13 October 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Morecambe : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's September home match against Morecambe at Huish Park was a game that started well, but ended terribly. The 2-4 defeat didn't quite tell the whole story of the game - Yeovil had been 2-0 up via Harry Cornick's early goal and an Omar Sowunmi header, but perhaps the crucial point of the match came a couple of minutes before Sowumni's goal when referee Nicholas Kinseley red carded Shaun Jeffers for a foul. Yeovil held on until 64 minutes into the game, but then the cracks began to appear with goals from Aaron Wildig and Andrew Fleming before two goals in the final five minutes from Lee Molyneux and Kevin Ellison took the game away from them.

Man of the Match voting saw three players share out the top three positions, with very little to separate them. Omar Sowumni was brought to the club as a defender, but started the game up front and scored his first goal for the club. Meanwhile Alex Lacey put in his second impressive performance in a row - an unfortunate statistic given that a groin injury has denied us on-the-pitch sight of him since that game. Both were narrowly beaten by Harry Cornick, whose right-wing role once again seemed to get the best out of him.

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

1. Harry Cornick 116 (8)
2. Alex Lacey 110 (8)
3. Omar Sowunmi 106 (7)
4. Connor Roberts 62 (3)
5. Matthew Dolan 54 (1)
6. Stephen Arthurworrey 30 (2)
7. Iffy Allen 30 (1)
8. Nathan Smith 18 (1)
9. Jordan Gibbons 10 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 4 (0)
11. Ryan Bird 2 (0)
11. Jack Compton 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.5
Performance : 6.06
Entertainment : 6.94
VOTES RECEIVED : 32


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13 October 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Barnet : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played their Football League Trophy First Round match against Barnet at Huish Park. The game was an odd one, with the Glovers winning 1-0 but without having a single shot on target during the whole 90 minutes, according to the official statistics from the game. The reason for that is that Barnet defender Bira Dembele sliced a fairly harmless looking Harry Cornick cross into his own net towards the end of the first half, with neither goalkeeper having a lot to do during the match.

Man of the Match voting therefore favoured the defensive people on the pitch. Although Harry Cornick did get a nod, perhaps influenced by his unusual assist, it was two centre-backs that stood out for Yeovil, ensuring that goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had a quiet night. Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey was pipped in the poll by Alex Lacey who stood as the Man of the Match on the night. Full results are as shown below, with outright votes shown in brackets:

1. Alex Lacey 96 (7)
2. Stephen Arthurworrey 76 (6)
3. Harry Cornick 66 (3)
4. Matthew Dolan 64 (5)
5. Jack Compton 48 (2)
6. Artur Krysiak 36 (1)
7. Connor Roberts 16 (1)
8. Nathan Smith 14 (0)
8. Shaun Jeffers 14 (0)
8. Omar Sowunmi 14 (0)
11. Iffy Allen 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.44
Performance : 5.52
Entertainment : 5.36
VOTES RECEIVED : 25


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12 October 2015 : Swansea Loanee Roberts Extends Deal For A Third Month
Yeovil Town have agreed terms for Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts to extend his stay at Huish Park. Connor joined the club just prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, making his debut at Exeter City, and has subsequently become one of only three players to start in every single Yeovil Town fixture this season.

The 20 year old has agreed to extend his time at the club for a further month, taking him to mid-November. Our understanding is that Connor's deal is as a youth loan, and therefore that the club will be able to continue extending it on a monthly basis, as required.


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12 October 2015 : Allen Tweet Adds To Exit Speculation
A tweet from Yeovil Town winger Iffy Allen has been interpreted that he may be on the move in the near future. As reported last week, manager Paul Sturrock stated that he was looking to make two significant changes to his squad in January, and the Glovers boss followed that up on Thursday by stating that two of his players would be told of their futures, with the aim of getting them out on loan, or at least preparing them for making a move in the New Year.

Sturrock had given a fairly large clue that his words related to players who had not featured highly in his plans so far this season, saying "I don't want people here who are not going to get a game" and later indicated that it was players that were on permanent contracts adding "they have an opportunity to get themselves on loan somewhere". Given the evidence, that pointed to striker Mark Beck, who has struggled to hold down a place in the side, with a question mark over who the second player might be. Last Thursday a national website frequently promoted by Sky Sports journalists suggested Allen was attracting interest from three Championship clubs. Whilst the article seemed to be over-inflated, their lead had all the hallmarks of having come from a football agent - speculative connections with unattributed clubs higher up the leagues, comparisons with other highly successful players, and no quotes or sources to back it up.

Today, Allen has has provided a single word tweet: "Moving ..." with a handclap emoji to go with it. Of course he may be 'moving' house, 'moving' in traffic, or any such unrelated aspect to his life - but has inevitably been interpreted as a football tweet. Iffy has only played 19 minutes in the club's last seven fixtures, with six of those matches seeing him sitting the game out as an unused substitute, despite the Glovers fielding teams that have been significantly short of available players. Speaking after Saturday's game, Sturrock described Allen as "what I'd call a project player at this minute in time" suggesting that at present he sees him as 'one for the future', and perhaps explaining his lack of game time at present.

Iffy Allen's tweet today, saying he is moving
Iffy Allen's tweet today, saying he is 'moving'.


Update 23:15hrs: Iffy has provided a secondary tweet tonight indicating that "The Moving tweet has nothing to do with football".


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12 October 2015 : Free Food! Go High On The Hog With Ladies Finale
This coming Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies play their final match of the 2015 season, as they play host to Durham Women. The match takes place on Sunday 18th October at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, Sherborne) with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

In conjunction with league sponsors BT Sport, they are giving fans attending that game a final day offer. Given that the Ladies managed to secure 28 points and scored 35 goals, they are offering 63 hog roasts at the ground to the first 63 supporters who book their tickets in advance for the game.

The only way you can take advantage of this offer, if you're a non-season ticket holder for the Ladies, is to visit this page and pre-book your matchday ticket for the game against Durham. When you are booking, make sure you enter FREEHOG into the promotional code box. The offer will only be open to the first 63 supporters who book online. Season Ticket Holders for the Ladies can also take advantage of the offer if they show their Season Ticket on the turnstile, in exchange for a voucher.

Those attending the game are also encouraged to stay behind after the match, where there will be some end of season speeches made by some of the club officials and players to say thank you to the supporters who have been a part of the Ladies season. They also plan to have a bouncy castle for younger supporters to entertain themselves, along with a number of other giveaways during the day. Turnstiles will open at 12.30p.m. for those heading to the game.


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12 October 2015 : Ryan Bird Talks About The Dagenham Draw
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Dagenham and Redbridge at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird talked to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ryan talks about his fifth goal of the season and the team's overall form.

Link: Ryan Bird Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Dagenham.


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11 October 2015 : Howells Says Farewell After Loan Deal Ends
Luton Town winger Jake Howells appears to have ended his loan agreement with Yeovil Town. The 24 year old had made seven appearances for the club across a one month period, with yesterday's 2-2 draw against Dagenham and Redbridge representing the final match of his initial month's spell. That then begged the question of whether his time at the club would be extended or not, particularly given that club captain Ryan Dickson has now returned to full fitness following his groin injury, clocking up 90 minutes in left-back and left-wing slots over the past three games.

Howells himself appears to have indicated via his Twitter account that he is returning to Kenilworth Road. He was substituted at half time in yesterday's match against Dagenham - something that's happened in five out of his seven matches at the club, with match fitness being a major factor in some of those earlier withdrawals. Jake has tweeted this afternoon:

"Enjoyed my time on loan at Yeovil, great set of boys down there and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season and future."

Howells has been transfer-listed by Luton, and has not given a squad number by the Hatters this season, and so is unlikely to have a future upon his return to his parent club. However, it would seem that Yeovil Town have ended their relationship with him following yesterday's match.


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11 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Dagenham Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Dagenham and Redbridge kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the fitness tests his centre-backs had to go through, his midfield positional swaps in the last game or two, the longer term injured players and Ryan Dickson's captaincy. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Dagenham.


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10 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Verdict On The Dagenham and Redbridge Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Dagenham and Redbridge at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the draw, including his thoughts on his half time substitutions and pre-match decisions, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Verdict On The Dagenham and Redbridge Home Game.


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10 October 2015 : Sturrock Admits Team Needed Changing For Daggers Despite Midweek Win
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock described his side's first half performance as the Rocky Horror Show, and admitted that, with hindsight, he would have started with a different team for this afternoon's match. The Glovers gained a 2-2 draw against Dagenham and Redbridge but had to do it the hard way, as goals from Kane Ferdinand and Frankie Raymond put the visitors in command in a vital six-pointer between the two struggling clubs.

The Glovers have recently gained two encouraging results against League Two promotion favourites Portsmouth and League One side Coventry City, albeit without finding the back of the net in open play, and Sturrock chose to stick with the side that had gained a penalty shoot-out win over the Sky Blues in midweek. But by half time, he admitted to BBC Somerset that he was regretting that decision, as he switched formations, and introduced Jakub Sokolik and Shaun Jeffers as half time changes for his side:

"Hopefully there's no tapes available from the first half, as I don't want to watch it again. For three days, I agonised over whether I should change the team from what we played for the Coventry game. It was proved during the first half that I should have changed it and freshened it. I should have put in the players that I'd thought about, which I did at half time. I should have started the game that way. The first half had no tempo to the game from us at all. I do feel that part of that was the energy spent on Tuesday night against Coventry. But I had a couple of words at half time to a few of them, and I changed a couple, and they responded properly. And in the end we probably could have sneaked a result."

Sturrock felt that his side had been too static during the first period, and even said that a couple of players had been showing signs of their standards slipping in midweek. As such when he whole team began to get the jitters following Dagenham's opening goal from Ferdinand, he decided to give the players a shot across their bows at the break. He felt too many players were guilty of standing and watching, instead of dealing with Dagenham's pace and movement, but said after the break that lethargy did change:

"In the last two games, I didn't feel that a couple of them were performing to their standards. On Tuesday, I had a little snap at them then, but the lot of them got it at half time today, I'm afraid to say. It had to be said, and it had to be done. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, and the substitutions had to be made to change things. I was very disappointed with the first half. Young players just didn't come to the show. You can't stand off any football team. If you stand and watch, then they're going to cause you all sorts of concern. Dagenham had pace down the sides, and once they got their first goal, their confidence rose 100 percent. It was the Rocky Horror Show in the first half. In the second half, we got ourselves back."


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10 October 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Dagenham and Redbridge
If you watched this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Dagenham and Redbridge 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 Dagenham and Redbridge.


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10 October 2015 : Yeovil 2 Dagenham 2 : Bizarre Sokolik Goal Completes Improbable Comeback
Yeovil Town came from two goals down to secure a point at Huish Park this afternoon, after a topsy-turvy game against Dagenham and Redbridge. They trailed by two goals at the break after former trialist Kane Ferdinand took advantage of Ashley Chambers returning the ball after his own shot had come off the woodwork. Then just before half time Frankie Raymond doubled their lead, with loud boos from the home crowd giving their thoughts on the subject. A double substitution and a formation change seemed to galvanise the team, and when Ryan Bird headed home with 20 minutes remaining suddenly it was Dagenham on their heels. Seven minutes after Bird's goal, Jakub Sokolik got his first goal for the club as Daggers keeper Liam O'Brien punched the ball onto the defender's head and that ricochet ensured that the visitors stayed in the drop zone, whilst the Glovers managed to rise one place to 21st.

The Glovers went into the match with a rare luxury - an unchanged starting eleven. Speculation that the Glovers might go into the match without a central defender wasn't realised and all three passed their fitness tests with Stephen Arthurworrey starting, whilst Jakub Sokolik and Alex Lacey were the two additions to the bench from Tuesday night's JPT match which restricts clubs to naming five substitutes. All other long term injured players stayed sat in the stands, whilst Josh Sheehan was out in Denmark on international duty.

Apart from an early chance from Harry Cornick effort, and a flicked header from Marc Laird from a Jake Howells corner, this was an inert opening 20 minutes, with neither side getting a foothold in the game. It took Dagenham a total of 18 minutes to even get a sniff on goal - the snag was that it was the opening goal of the game. Ashley Chambers hit a shot that hit the post, and when the ball returned back to him, the Yeovil defence were disoriented enough to ensure that his rather scuffed return met Kane Ferdinand who scored from inside the box for a 0-1 advantage.

Yeovil hadn't done too much wrong up until that point, but following the goal, their players seemed to go to pieces, with misplaced passes and a lack of forward play gradually seeing far too many players going into their shells. When Dagenham got the ball, they retained it much better, with the evergreen Jamie Cureton breaking past Yeovil's centre-back pairing before volleying over the bar. Connor Roberts briefly gave Yeovil a chance at the other end as he force Liam O'Brien into a save, but in all honesty it wasn't too surprising when Dagenham doubled their lead just before the break, as midfielder Frankie Raymond's excellent strike flew past Artur Krysiak, leading to loud boos and cries of 'rubbish' around the ground, both after the goal and particularly when the half time whistle blew.

Paul Sturrock had clearly been watching a similar half of football to the 3,000 or so home fans, and he decided to make a double substitution at the break, with Jakub Sokolik and Shaun Jeffers being introduced for Jake Howells and Matt Dolan. That led to a formation change, with Nathan Smith - who had looked uncomfortable as a centre-back, moved out to the full-back slot, whilst Ryan Dickson took Howells' position, allowing Sokolik a chance to slot in as a centre-back. Jeffers provided extra man power up front.

It took a while for that change to bear fruit, despite Ryan Dickson being particularly impressive in his more advanced position. He produced a cross that saw Ryan Bird flick the ball on, but Harry Cornick got the ball under his feet, producing a weak shot that O'Brien easily saved. Yeovil still looked fragile, with Jeffers and Cornick colliding, and Dickson and Marc Laird frequently misplacing passes, but midway through the half, they finally got their tails up. A Connor Roberts cross saw both Ryan Bird and Marc Laird go for the ball, but the striker got a touch on it for his fifth goal of the season and suddenly Yeovil were back in the game.

The body language of the players changed, as Shaun Jeffers headed over the bar and within seven minutes Yeovil were level. Dickson had twice forced Nyron Nosworthy into last ditch block tackles as he bore down on goal, and after the second was forced for a corner, his own set piece saw Daggers keeper Liam O'Brien have a bit of a nightmare as his punch on the ball ricocheted off the head of Jakub Sokolik and almost apologetically dropped into the back of the net for a 2-2 scoreline.

At that point it was Dagenham who looked dead on their feet, with another Dickson cross seeing Shaun Jeffers head just over the bar, and in injury time a slight lapse in concentration in the Yeovil back four could have seen Daggers grab a late goal. But there were no further goals in a game in which Yeovil were dead and buried with 69 minutes on the clock, yet could have easily won by the time the final whistle blew. The half time substitution galvanised the team, whilst Bird's goal gave a mentally fragile side a massive dose of self-belief. The end result was a long long way from perfection, but it could have been so much worse.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Dagenham and Redbridge 2.

Scorers: Kane Ferdinand (0-1, 18 mins), Frankie Raymond (0-2, 45 mins), Ryan Bird (1-2, 69 mins), Jakub Sokolik (2-2, 76 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 6. Jakub Sokolik (46 mins for Matt Dolan) 10. Shaun Jeffers (46 mins for Jake Howells) 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey 27. Max Melanson 28. Ollie Bassett

Dagenham and Redbridge:
1. Liam O'Brien
2. Josh Passley 32. Justin Hoyte 5. Nyron Nosworthy 23. Ashley Hemmings
17. Jodi Jones 25. Kane Ferdinand 18. Frankie Raymond 22. Jake Mulraney
7. Jamie Cureton 10. Ashley Chambers

Substitutes:
12. Christian Doidge 19. Ade Yusuff (46 mins for Jodi Jones) 30. Mark Cousins 21. Frankie Sutherland (81 mins for Ade Yusuff) 27. Scott Mitchell

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (45 mins, foul)

Dagenham Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Dagenham Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Richard Hulme (Somerset). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 3,204 (with 117 Dagenham supporters).


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10 October 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Yeovil Town have an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Huish Park. The same eleven players who featured against Coventry City are asked to go again against the Daggers five days later - a rare bit of stability within the squad.

JPT rules restricted the Glovers from naming a full bench - not that they could anyway! However, for today's game they welcome back Jakub Sololik, who missed the Tuesday night game against Coventry with a dead leg, and Alex Lacey who has been out with a groin injury for the last five weeks. Josh Sheehan is on international duty and played last night in Denmark and so does not feature.

The perpetually lengthy injury list means that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Mark Beck (unknown injury) do not feature.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 6. Jakub Sokolik 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey 27. Max Melanson 28. Ollie Bassett

Dagenham and Redbridge:
1. Liam O'Brien
2. Josh Passley 32. Justin Hoyte 5. Nyron Nosworthy 23. Ashley Hemmings
17. Jodi Jones 25. Kane Ferdinand 18. Frankie Raymond 22. Jake Mulraney
7. Jamie Cureton 10. Ashley Chambers

Substitutes:
12. Christian Doidge 19. Ade Yusuff 30. Mark Cousins 21. Frankie Sutherland 27. Scott Mitchell


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10 October 2015 : Football League Trophy Area Quarter-Finals Full Draw
The draw for the Area Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy has been made this morning. The draw, which was performed live on the Soccer AM programme, has seen Yeovil Town given an away tie against League One side Gillingham as a reward for their penalty shoot-out win over Coventry City in midweek. The full draw reads as follows:

Wigan Athletic vs Blackpool
Rochdale vs Morecambe
Fleetwood Town vs Sheffield United
Bradford City or Barnsley vs York City
Dagenham and Redbridge vs Oxford United
Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Southend United vs Bristol Rovers
Plymouth Argyle vs Millwall

Area Quarter-Final ties are due to be played during the week commencing 9th November 2015, with Tuesday 10th November the most likely date for any fixtures.


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10 October 2015 : Dagenham and Redbridge : The Lowdown
Yeovil Town and Dagenham and Redbridge have only met at Football League level during one season up until now. The 2010-11 campaign saw Daggers relegated, despite them managing to do the double over us. The meeting at Huish Park was a particularly poor performance from our point of view, with Dagenham's 1-3 win seeing Will Antwi, Abu Ogogo and Medy Elito strike, with our goal coming from Andy Williams. In an uncomfortable coincidence, the November 2010 match was a bit of a relegation six-pointer, with the result leaving us in the relegation zone. However, we did have the last laugh in that we survived that season, whilst Dagenham's flirtation with League One football was a rather brief one.

Dagenham lie immediately below us in the League Two table and with 21 goals they've conceded the most in the division. However, manager Wayne Burnett's decision to bring in former Arsenal full-back Justin Hoyte suggests that they're already taking steps to deal with that problem. As well as that, away from home they've produced a few better results, suggesting they're a team that enjoy counter-attacking - Paul Sturrock described them as a free-scoring team in his pre-match interview.

Various facts about where Dagenham and Redbridge stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 150/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them joint 23rd (last) in the bookies odds lists (via Boyle Sports).

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 13/8; Dagenham Win 7/4; Draw 13/5 (via Bet365)

New Signings: Nyron Nosworthy (defender, Blackpool), Josh Passley (defender, Fulham), Matt McClure (striker, Wycombe Wanderers), Matt Richards (midfielder, Cheltenham Town), Kane Ferdinand (midfielder, Peterborough United), Clevid Dikamona (defender, Poire-sur-Vie, France), Justin Hoyte (defender, Millwall), Niko Hamalainen (defender/midfielder, Queens Park Rangers, loan), Ayo Obileye (defender, Charlton Athletic, loan), Frankie Sutherland (midfielder, Queens Park Rangers, loan), Jake Mulraney (midfielder, Queens Park Rangers, loan)

Recent Results:
12/09/2015Carlisle UnitedAwaySBL2L1-23871Doidge 11
19/09/2015Newport CountyHomeSBL2D0-01654
26/09/2015BarnetAwaySBL2L1-32079Jones 66
29/09/2015Notts CountyHomeSBL2D1-11327Jones 72
03/10/2015Mansfield TownHomeSBL2L3-41597McClure 9, Chambers 30, 32
06/10/2015Stevenage BoroughAwayLDVW2-11401Cureton 53, Chambers 55

Last Line-Up: (League Two) 1. Liam O'Brien; 3. Jack Connors 29. Ayo Obileye 6. Clevid Dikamona 33. Joe Widdowson; 17. Jodi Jones 25. Kane Ferdinand 8. Andre Boucaud 23. Ashley Hemmings; 9. Matt McClure 10. Ashley Chambers

Substitutes: 5. Nyron Nosworthy 7. Jamie Cureton 12. Christian Doidge 18. Frankie Raymond 20. Nicholas Hamalainen 30. Mark Cousins 32. Justin Hoyte

Injuries and Suspensions: Dagenham won their Football League Trophy tie in midweek against Stevenage by putting the experience of Nyron Nosworthy, Jamie Cureton and Justin Hoyte into their side for the match - unusual when changes for a minor cup competition actually strengthen a team in terms of experience. The temptation is clearly there for them to continue with those players, although the loan signings of QPR midfielders Frankie Sutherland and Jake Mulraney give more depth to their squad. They are planning to blood youth teamer Scott Mitchell for this trip, although he'll probably only get as far as their bench.

Manager: Wayne Burnett - Trivia Fact: Wayne and Terry Skiverton have a football club in common - Harchester United! A few years after Skivo became a full time player at Yeovil Town, Burnett joined the cast of Dream Team - we think they missed each other by a couple of years. He is a Londoner who commenced his managerial career in 2004, taking on a number of London clubs, including Fisher Athletic, Dulwich Hamlet and Grays Athletic. He was also Leyton Orient's youth team manager, before John Still took him to Dagenham as his assistant. When Still headed off to Luton in February 2013, Burnett took over the reins and after a short caretaker period he got given the job on a permanent basis. He's done 127 games in charge for them so far.

Connections: Dagenham midfielder Kane Ferdinand played for Yeovil as a right-back in our pre-season friendly against Bristol City, and also played under Paul Sturrock as a more attacking midfielder at Southend United. According to media at the Daggers end, Ferdinand had been training with them before he headed down to Huish Park, and upon his return admitted that he didn't realise how far it was to travel to Somerset, and so did a u-turn shortly after that fixture and signed a deal with Dagenham. Most would check a map first, Kane! Meanwhile Alex Lacey trialled for Dagenham during pre-season, playing for them in a pre-season friendly against St Albans City, before we stepped in with a permanent contract offer that saw him leave Luton Town.


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9 October 2015 : Sheehan Plays Full Game In Welsh Draw
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Josh Sheehan played a full 90 minutes this evening, as part of a UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying match. The Swansea City loanee was playing at the Aalborg Stadion against Denmark Under-21s and was part of a team that drew 0-0 against the top seeds in their group.

The draw meant that Wales dropped to third place in the group, with Bulgaria gaining a 2-0 win over Armenia. However, with the Bulgarians having played an extra game, Wales are still well placed with tonight being their first dropped points. Sheehan will now be released from international duty, and so may make it back to Huish Park in time for Saturday afternoon's home match against Dagenham and Redbridge, but having played a full match tonight, he is not expected to resume training with the squad until next week.

Final Score: Denmark Under-21s 0 Wales Under-21s 0.

Wales Under-21s: 1. Billy O'Brien 2. Gethin Jones 3. Declan John 4. Josh Sheehan 5. Josh Yorwerth 6. Tom Lockyer 7. Ryan Hedges 8. Lee Evans 9. Ellis Harrison 10. Tom O'Sullivan 11. Harry Wilson.

Substitutes: 13. Jordan Evans (73 mins for Declan John), 16. Louis Thompson (87 mins for Tom O'Sullivan), 17. Jake Charles (70 mins for Harry Wilson)


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9 October 2015 : Daggers Boost Squad With QPR Midfield Pair
Tomorrow's opponents Dagenham and Redbridge have brought in a couple of new signings ahead of tomorrow's fixture. Today they have snapped up Queens Park Rangers midfielder Frankie Sutherland on a month's loan, with his registration allowing him to travel and play in the match at Huish Park. He is a 21 year old who has also had loan experience with Portsmouth, Leyton Orient and AFC Wimbledon along with representing the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level. He hasn't made a QPR first team appearance, but has been playing for their Under-21s development side.

Sutherland will have familiar company, with Jake Mulraney having joined Daggers on a one month youth loan just two days previously. He is a 19 year old who has had less experience than his team-mate, and tends to play in more attacking midfield positions. He is also a Republic of Ireland international up to Under-21 level.

At the other end of the scale, ten days ago Dagenham signed up the considerably experienced Justin Hoyte on a non-contract basis. The 30 year old is a former Arsenal defender who has been training with their club for three weeks, and they blooded him in their midweek Football League Trophy match. Hoyte normally plays as a right-back and has been a free agent since leaving Millwall at the end of last season.

Glovers boss Paul Sturrock singled out Hoyte in an interview this week, as an example of some of the experience that Daggers will be bringing down to Somerset, with the likes of Nyron Nosworthy and Jamie Cureton complementing the East London side's younger crop of players, which will include youth team defender Scott Mitchell, who has been given a squad number by the club ahead of this weekend's match. As such Dagenham's squad of eighteen players could have as many as four players hoping to make their League Two debuts for their club at Huish Park.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Dagenham and Redbridge.


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9 October 2015 : Home Tie For Glovers In FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. The Glovers will face the winners of the Third Qualifying Round match between Forest Green Rovers and Hungerford Town. As yet, they've not set a date for that Qualifying Round fixture, with Rovers only playing their Second Qualifying Round match against Ashton & Backwell United last night. However, the FA's guideline dates indicate that they would expect it to be staged during week commencing October 19th.

Once the outcome of that game is known, Yeovil Town will play host to the winners, with FA Youth Cup matches usually being played on each club's main stadium pitch. All clubs are expected to play their First Round ties on or before Saturday 7th November.

This will be Yeovil Town's first game in this competition since October 2012, when they lost 4-2 against Oxford United. At the end of that season, the club's Centre of Excellence was closed down. However, it has reopened for the start of the 2015-16 campaign, allowing Yeovil the chance to resume their participation in the competition.


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9 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Dagenham Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from Alex O'Loughlin, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about his side's midweek win over Coventry City, the central defensive problems he has going into the weekend, and the bad news he is likely to deliver to a couple of his players in the next few days. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Dagenham and Redbridge.


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9 October 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Dagenham and Redbridge have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 10th October 2015 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but meetings have thinned out somewhat since we've got into the Football League.

Two of these matches were in the 2005-06 season. One 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.

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. We then had him for a home match against Brentford in January 2011 - five bookings but nothing that got a mention in our match report. He also turned up down in Devon for a Paint Pot Trophy game against Torquay United. The match finished 2-2, with the Glovers winning on penalties, and we can't recall anything too bad about his performance.

Then there was the February 2014 home game against Millwall - again five bookings, but again nothing that made us get too angry with him. Equally our most recent meeting involving him - a March 2015 home game against Bristol City. A 0-3 home defeat might have seen us trying to pin the blame on someone else, but with City being worthy Champions that season, it was more of a case of 'mind the gap' rather than anything the officials were doing.

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.

As a referee, he rarely sends a player off, but tends to raise plenty of yellow cards - perhaps an official that does believe in the idea of a 'caution' being a deterrent to players. Last season he dismissed one player, yet booked 107 people across 35 matches. This season he's booked 21 players across eight matches, with no dismissals. Overall, he's dismissed two players since the end of the 2012-13 season - 73 matches during that time.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Richard Hulme (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (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.

Link: October 2012 : Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.


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8 October 2015 : Sturrock Sweats On Defensive Trio Ahead Of Daggers Visit
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that the team selection of his back four for Saturday's match against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday could be a complex one, with late fitness tests likely to guide his way. Two of his centre-backs missed Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out win over Coventry City with longer term injury concern Alex Lacey not having featured in a match for five weeks due to a groin injury, whilst Jakub Sokolik picked up a dead leg in last Saturday's game at Portsmouth. On top of that, Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey went through the pain barrier to complete the midweek Coventry game and is currently a doubt for the visit of the Daggers.

All of that means that Sturrock could end up with any, all or theoretically none of his centre-backs being available for Saturday's vital match between the two clubs in 22nd and 23rd place in the League Two table. His back-up options include using Nathan Smith as a stand-in centre-back - a position he has occupied during the last one-and-a-half matches - whilst striker Ryan Bird used to be a central defender during his non-league days and so could be used as an option. But unsurprisingly, Sturrock would rather he changed as little as possible in his more regular-looking back four, with Arthurworrey and Sokolik having featured for most games this season. He told BBC Somerset the current situation:

"The decision-making will be on the fitness of our centre-backs, in determining what our back four is going to be. I don't like making changes. Stephen Arthurworrey will have a late fitness test, and with Jakub Sokolik and Alex Lacey we will know tomorrow whether either of them will be available. So it's a little bit worrying. Arturworrey could be out, so it could be Sokolik coming back and playing with Smithy or Lacey, depending on whether one or both of them come through their fitness tests. I'm hopeful Stephen will be available. As I've said, I don't want to make too many changes."

On the plus side, club captain Ryan Dickson appears to be fully recovered from the groin problem that had kept him out since the opening game of the season, whilst Marc Laird's torn hamstring had recovered sufficiently to allow him to get through 90 minutes in midweek. Sturrock drew attention to how strong his team had looked with more experienced players in the side, but admitted that he would be keeping an eye on the pair during Saturday's game, to make sure that they didn't over-do it:

"We've had two experienced players come back into the side, with two reasonable results. I think that speaks volumes. Dickson has now played two 90 minutes in a short space of time, and Marc Laird got through his first one. I've just got to be wary of those two that I don't overstretch them and then they fall and pick up other injuries."

At present, there's no sign that any of the club's other players who were missing for Tuesday night's game will be making a return to the side, with the likes of Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) still needing more time to recover from their injuries.


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8 October 2015 : Allen Given Supposed Link With Trio Of Championship Clubs
Yeovil Town winger Iffy Allen is claimed to be attracting interest from a number of clubs at Championship level. The claims are made by the HITC website, which seems to be backed by a number of journalists closely associated with the Sky Sports set-up. In this instance, they claim that Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic are 'monitoring the highly-rated youngster' at present.

Exactly how they are monitoring him isn't clear. Iffy has only been used sparingly in recent weeks - as reported yesterday he has yet to start in a League Two fixture and has only made one substitute appearance in the last six games. With the Glovers not having a Reserve or Development Team set-up, the only way to realistically 'monitor' the winger would be on the club's training ground. Allen's time at Barnet only accrued eight appearances before they let him go, meaning that he has yet to gain the sort of profile that would attract three higher division clubs.

The other fly in the ointment for the HITC report is that Fulham are actually one of Allen's former clubs - he spent most of his youth development at Craven Cottage, meaning that although he very well known to their club's coaches, they made the decision to allow him to head across to North London during the latter stages of his apprenticeship.

Without any slight intended upon Iffy's potential capabilities as a professional, it would therefore seem rather far-fetched - the story feels like one that is being set up by an agent - something that Sky Sports - and now HITC - have been happy to carry without any quotes or sources to back up their claims. Last month, the same website connected Yeovil Town with a move for winger/striker Febian Brandy - last week he was reported as training with Oldham Athletic, in the hope of a contract.

Allen hasn't explicitly commented on the story. However, this afternoon he has across two tweets said "This is bullshit! ... Where did that stupid information come from" which appears to offer his own opinion on the subject!


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8 October 2015 : Guy Whittingham Talks About His Yeovil Town Career
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travelled down to the south coast to play Portsmouth in a League Two match. Just prior to kick-off, former Glovers striker Guy Whittingham, who went on to have a highly successful playing career at Fratton Park, as well as briefly being their first team manager, talked about his time in Somerset.

With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Guy gives his views on his time at the old Huish ground, during a season that saw him net an incredible 93 goals in 110 games during the 1988-89 season across three different footballing set-ups. He also gives his views on the relative set-ups today at Yeovil and at Portsmouth. Read that interview via the link below.

Guy Whittingham Speaks To The BBC About His Time At Yeovil Town.


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8 October 2015 : JPT Area Quarter-Final Ball Numbers
Ball numbers for the Area Quarter-Finals of the 2015-16 Football League Trophy have been published by the Football League. The draw will take place on Saturday 10th October 2015, and will be live on the Soccer AM programme - at present we don't have an exact time, as it has varied across the two rounds so far.

The Quarter-Final stages see the competition merge into just Northern and Southern sections. There are just three League One clubs left in the Southern Section of the draw, with all clubs at third tier level having gone out of the competition bar Millwall, Gillingham and Southend United. The ball numbers are as follows:

Northern Section:
1. Blackpool 2. Bradford City or Barnsley 3. Fleetwood Town 4. Morecambe 5. Rochdale 6. Sheffield United 7. Wigan Athletic 8. York City.

Southern Section:
1. Bristol Rovers 2. Dagenham and Redbridge 3. Gillingham 4. Millwall 5. Oxford United 6. Plymouth Argyle 7. Southend United 8. Yeovil Town.

Area Quarter-Final ties are due to be played during the week commencing 9th November 2015, with Tuesday 10th November the most likely date for any fixtures.

Link: 2015-16 Football League And Cup Fixture Dates.


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8 October 2015 : Glovers Best League Two Travellers For Pompey Trip
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town supporters made the 192 mile round trip to support their team against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. The 612 who made it onto the Hampshire coast witnessed a 0-0 draw, and according to the Football League were also the biggest travelling contingent in League Two across the weekend.

The next nearest club was Northampton Town, who took 597 supporters to Adams Park to see the game against Wycombe Wanderers - a much shorter round trip of 120 miles. A very even comparison with Yeovil Town's efforts was Exeter City's 583 supporters who travelled to Newport County against a 190 mile round trip. At the bottom of the list comes Crawley Town, who took 92 supporters down to Devon for the rather substantial 460 mile round trip to watch their game against Plymouth Argyle.

1. Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town : 612 away fans (192 miles)
2. Wycombe Wanderers vs Northampton Town : 597 away fans (120 miles)
3. Newport County vs Exeter City : 583 away fans (190 miles)
4. AFC Wimbledon vs Barnet : 537 away fans (34 miles)
5. York City vs Cambridge United : 474 away fans (323 miles)
6. Accrington Stanley vs Oxford United : 435 away fans (391 miles)
7. Hartlepool United vs Luton Town : 406 away fans (466 miles)
8. Morecambe vs Bristol Rovers : 386 away fans (431 miles)
9. Leyton Orient vs Notts County : 377 away fans (271 miles)
10. Stevenage vs Carlisle United : 352 away fans (544 miles)
11. Dagenham and Redbridge vs Mansfield Town : 193 away fans (313 miles)
12. Plymouth Argyle vs Crawley Town : 92 away fans (460 miles)


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8 October 2015 : Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Advanced tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Carlisle United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 31st October 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Brunton Park. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £19.00; Aged 65 and Over: £16.00; Aged 18-22: £13.00; Aged 11-17: £10.00; Aged 7-10: £7.00; Aged 6 and Under: FREE.

There are also Family tickets available at the following rates, with Juniors being those aged 11-17 years old :

1 Adult + 1 Junior : £27.00
1 Adult + 2 Juniors : £35.00
1 Senior + 1 Junior : £24.00

Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the relevant ticket price by age band as above, but can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the higher rate of DLA.

Wheel Chair bays cost £4.00 with an assistant free of charge. Note that Carlisle are refreshingly honest, and state that they price the admission prices for Wheelchair users at a low rate because they regard their disabled facilities as not the best - you're uncovered and at ground level at the foot of the stand.

Away supporters will be housed in Section 3 of the East Stand, currently dubbed the Pioneer Food Service Stand. This is a side-facing all-seater stand. Carlisle appear to not be using their away terrace at all this season, and have also slightly shifted the away fans block - Section 1 and 2 in the stand will be unoccupied due to the poor views.

You can purchase tickets on the day of the match from the East Stand Ticket Office, but note that they only accept cash from that office, whilst matchday prices increase by £3.00 for the Adult, Senior, Young Adult categories. Meanwhile Family Tickets go up by £3.00 for every relevant ticket - including the junior rates. This effectively renders the family ticket as redundant on matchdays (even though Carlisle still offer it at the increased prices) as you'd be paying more for the Family Ticket than you would be if you bought the tickets individually.

The East Stand, which now takes the name of the Pioneer Food Service Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators
The East Stand, which now takes the name of the Pioneer Food Service Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators.
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Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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7 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Coventry Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's Football League Trophy tie against Coventry City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul speaks about his side's ongoing injury problems, including the more recent issues with Jordan Gibbons, Mark Beck and Jakub Sokolik as well as his pre-match thoughts on the availability of Ryan Dickson and Marc Laird. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset Just Before Kick-Off Against Coventry City.


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7 October 2015 : Sturrock Hints At Two January Recruitment Areas
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has given the first hints about his plans for the January transfer window. Whilst the 2015-16 season so far has been dominated by the club's lengthy injury list, the club's current 22nd place position in the League Two table is below what most fans would have hoped for, even allowing for the fact that the Glovers boss has frequently had more experience in his squad sat on the treatment table than he has out on the football pitch itself.

The problem of attempting to pool a squad of players together on a matchday has tended to mask whether the players selected are coming up to the standard the Glovers boss would hope for - if a player has been fit, then most of the time he has automatically been named on the teamsheet, with the club often fielding a short number of substitutes or using youth team players to bulk out the squad numbers.

With the hope that some of the longer term injuries are starting to resolve themselves by the turn of the year, Sturrock has one eye on the January transfer window, and he admits that he will be looking to refine his first team squad as part of that process. At the tail end of August, the Glovers boss suggested that he had made some mistakes in his summer recruitment, and he has told the Western Gazette that might mean that some players may need to be moved on, in order for him to bring in around two additional players:

"I'm going to have to move some people on in January because I don't want people here who are not going to get a game and I'll get round to deciding on the ones I'll keep and the ones I'll move on. It's important that I make the right choice in moving people on loan or a permanent move in order to give me the finances to bring two experienced players in. There are a couple of areas that I want to strengthen. If the finance comes along and we can do something about it then there would definitely be two areas of the football pitch I would sort out. I need two men in certain positions."

Sturrock doesn't offer up any clues as to the positions or individuals that he might be referring to. The Gazette speculates that a centre-back and a striker are the two areas of the pitch that fit the bill, specifically mentioning the form of on loan Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey, although it should be noted that Sturrock singled out Arthurworrey for praise in last night's interview, believing he had performed well in the last two matches.

More obvious would be the early season showing of former Carlisle United striker Mark Beck. The 21 year old had been expected to be one of the club's more senior strikers during this season, but has not started a match since the August 18th match against York City. Although his absence over the past two games has been put down to an injury, he has watched from the bench as the likes of defender Omar Sowunmi and youth teamer Ollie Bassett have been utilised in more recent matches, whilst Ryan Bird has put in six consecutive 90 minute stints - far beyond the call of duty for most strikers, particularly as the last three have seen him operate as the lone forward in a 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1 formation.

As such there is a lot of weight being put on Bird's shoulders, and that would seem to be something that Sturrock would want to address. The other player who has been used very sparingly has been winger Iffy Allen. Although his age and inexperience may mean that the Glovers boss is happy to keep him as a future prospect, he has yet to start in a League Two fixture and has only made one substitute appearance in the last six games, despite there being a number of scenarios during matches when a pacey winger might have provided an 'impact substitution' during the latter part of recent matches.


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7 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Coventry City JPT Game
Following Tuesday night's Football League Trophy win over Coventry City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's thoughts on the win, and why he didn't see the penalty shoot-out, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Coventry City JPT Game.


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6 October 2015 : Sturrock Prefers Television Drama To Penalty Shoot-Out Drama
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admitted that he missed his side's penalty shoot-out tonight at Huish Park against Coventry City - he was watching television at the time! The Glovers boss left the pitchside area at full time and headed off to his office for a bit of peace and quiet - along with whatever he could find to chill out with via his remote control, and enjoyed a bit of tranquility whilst his players were engaged in a 4-3 win over the Sky Blues that put them into the Quarter Finals of the Football League Trophy.

Sturrock explained to BBC Somerset that his decision to leave the area was something that he'd done in the past, and so wasn't specific to the occasion. That meant that he couldn't answer too many questions about what happened at the vital moment in the game, given that he'll need to switch his television on a second time when he gets home tonight, to find out how it all ended:

"I must admit, I didn't see them, so I'll have to watch them on the tape tonight. I went off to watch the TV. So I never looked at the penalties - I never have. So I went in when the penalties were taken. I picked the five that were to take them, and then told them what I wanted from the five takers and then went in."

Sturrock therefore missed the two penalty saves from Lateef Elford-Alliyu and Sam Ricketts that saw goalkeeper Artur Kryisak become the man of the moment. With the former Exeter City player now a clear first choice keeper for the club, Sturrock admitted that he'd had his thoughts on the player swung this season, having only seen his performances at the tail end of the last campaign, when individual errors had not seen the keeper in the kind of form he is showing now:

"Last season I was disappointed with him, considering the standards that he's achieved in the past. He was getting sloppy and I didn't think he did well at all - also with some of the tapes I watched of him. This year we worked, and Wealey has worked hard with him and we tried to highlight some of his problems - but yes he's done okay."

The burning question has to be what exactly Paul was watching - the Great British Bake-Off final isn't until tomorrow!


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6 October 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
If you watched this evening's penalty shoot-out win against Coventry City 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 Coventry City.


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6 October 2015 : Glovers Gain Penalty Shoot-Out Win Over Sky Blues
Yeovil Town went through to the Area Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy tonight after a penalty shoot-out was needed to defeat League One side Coventry City. The tie was drawn at 0-0 after 90 minutes, in a game in which the Sky Blues had created the greater share of the chances, but were unable to get past goalkeeper Artur Krysiak. The form of their keeper was to also prove crucial during the shoot-out itself, as the Glovers recorded a perfect set of penalties via Ryan Dickson, Ryan Bird, Jake Howells and Marc Laird. In between those Glovers kicks, Krysiak provided a one-handed save to deny Lateef Elford-Alliyu and then saved the ninth penalty in the shoot-out from Sam Ricketts, meaning that Yeovil's fifth taker didn't need to step up, winning 4-3 in the shoot-out.

Whilst many managers go for heavy rotation on their Football League Trophy line-ups, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock didn't tinker too much - making two changes that were pretty much forced. Josh Sheehan was away on international duty, whilst Jakub Sokolik had a dead leg from Saturday - that saw Jake Howells and Marc Laird come in for starts, with a defensive reshuffle seeing Nathan Smith operate as a centre-back for 90 minutes against a team that were sat in fifth place in League One.

The first half was largely about Coventry City - an early Connor Roberts shot that was blocked provided one of Yeovil's few efforts on goal. At the other end, Marcus Tudgay put one wide, before Jacob Murphy - scourge of the Yeovil defence last season whilst on Colchester's books - forced Artur Krysiak into his first save of the night. The same player created havoc when he dribbled his way past three Glovers defenders before setting up John Fleck, who fired into the side netting. Then Tudgay spurned Coventry's best chance of the half when Krysiak saved from around the penalty spot area. As the half wore on though, Coventry and Yeovil seemed to assume the tempo of a pre-season friendly, almost as if both teams were thinking ahead to their more important matches on the weekend. That suited the Glovers more than it did the visitors, given that it meant they surrendered the momentum they'd had in the game, whilst Yeovil had adopted rather too much hoof'n'hope, leaving Ryan Bird a bit of a spectator at times.

The second period though was a rather different picture and a more impressive one from a Yeovil point of view. Ryan Dickson shot wide before Matt Dolan put one well over the bar. Both comfortably wide of the target but it gave the Glovers rather more belief and a poor Jacob Murphy backpass almost let in Ryan Bird, with Sky Blues keeper Reice Charles-Cook having to scramble at the striker's feet to avert the danger. Then Connor Roberts and Harry Cornick drove up the flank on a counter-attack, exchanging passes before the full-back got in a shot that Charles-Cook had to parry away.

Gradually, the game began to fizzle out - perhaps surprisingly Yeovil decided to stick with the eleven players who had started the game, whilst Coventry blooded some youngsters - but that then gave the home side the greater experience going into the penalty kicks - a spectacle missed by Paul Sturrock as he decided to leave the dugouts and go and watch some television, rather than bear the spot kick drama! The breakthrough on that came after Ryan Dickson scored Yeovil's first spot kick, with Artur Krysiak producing an excellent one-handed save to keep out Lateef Elford-Alliyu, who had only been on the pitch during the final five minutes. Ryan Bird, Jake Howells and Marc Laird's penalties were perfect, and that then meant that the ninth penalty taker of the night had the pressure put on him. Sam Ricketts shot, and Krysiak produced his second save of the night, putting Yeovil through to the Quarter-Final stages. Hopefully, Sturrock will see how well Krysiak and Co dealt with it all, when he picks up his match DVD later on tonight!

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Coventry City 0.

Scorers: None.

Penalties: Marcus Tudgay (0-1), Ryan Dickson (1-1), Lateef Elford-Alliyu (SAVED), Ryan Bird (2-1). Jacob Murphy (2-2), Jake Howells (3-2), George Thomas (3-3), Marc Laird (4-3), Sam Ricketts (SAVED).

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 27. Max Melanson 28. Ollie Bassett

Coventry City:
23. Reice Charles-Cook
17. Aaron Phillips 18. Sam Ricketts 21. Aaron Martin 26. Ryan Haynes
6. Conor Thomas 7. John Fleck 25. Jacob Murphy 11. Jim O'Brien
8. Ruben Lameiras 20. Marcus Tudgay

Substitutes:
1. Lee Burge 16. Lateef Elford-Alliyu (85 mins for Jim O'Brien) 27. George Thomas (55 mins for Ruben Lameiras) 24. Ivor Lawton (76 mins for Conor Thomas) 15. Adam Jackson

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Coventry Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Coventry Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 1,605 (with 400 Coventry supporters).


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6 October 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this evening's Football League Trophy match against Coventry City at Huish Park. As is often the case with early rounds of this competitions, managers use the game as an opportunity to rotate their squad and Paul Sturrock has opted to introduce Marc Laird and Jake Howells into the line-up for the game.

Football League Trophy rules only allow for five players to sit on the bench meaning that a couple of players drop out of the squad - they are Jakub Sololik, who suffered a dead leg on Saturday and Josh Sheehan who is on international duty. In addition Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Mark Beck (unknown injury) missed Saturday's teamsheet and remain out of contention, whilst it seems that doubts over Alex Lacey's recovery from a groin injury means that he is not risked.

The long term injury list means that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jamie Burrows (ankle) and Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) are not considered. The versatile Omar Sowunmi (ankle) is currently undergoing rehabilitation but is not ready for a return just yet.

Tonight's match will be competed in 90 minutes, with no extra time. If the two sides are level on the final whistle, we will go immediately to a penalty shoot-out.

The full team tonight reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 27. Max Melanson 28. Ollie Bassett


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6 October 2015 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Notts County are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 17th October 2015 at Meadow Lane with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £24.00; Seniors (60+): £15.00; Aged 18-21: £15.00; Under-18s: £6.00

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters pay as per the above price bands. However, you can take an assistant free of charge if you are on the Middle or Higher rate of DLA.

Supporters will be sitting in the Z Block of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, which is a side-facing all-seater stand - as the block name implies it's the area nearest to the corner flag at that end of the ground.

The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager
The Jimmy Sirrel Stand at Notts County.
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6 October 2015 : Cornick Agrees Further Yeovil Town Loan Extension
Yeovil Town have got an agreement to extend the loan deal for midfielder Harry Cornick. The midfielder has been given permission by his parent club AFC Bournemouth to stay at Huish Park until early November, after the clubs agreed to roll his existing arrangements on for a further month. The deal is subject to the completion of Football League paperwork.

Cornick is one of just four players to have featured in all of Yeovil Town's matches so far, having been signed up just before the start of the 2015-16 season. He has so far scored three times in thirteen appearances, with goals against Exeter City, Morecambe and Crawley Town.

Link: Harry Cornick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 October 2015 : Coventry City : The Lowdown
When Coventry City started the 2014-15 season, they seemed to be a club that was on the edge of imploding. A dispute with their stadium owners had seen them exiled out to Sixfields, home of Northampton Town FC, whilst their supporters were largely boycotting home games, whilst campaigning to get rid of owners SISU. By the time we played our away fixture though, they'd managed to negotiate a move back to the Ricoh Arena and the home crowds responded by also returning to those games.

In an odd twist though, Coventry's home form crumbled within their more familiar surroundings, and they ended up in an unexpected relegation battle, hovering dangerously just above the bottom four, and with many clubs below them picking up strong form during the run-in. Steven Pressley was sacked and in came Tony Mowbray, who has stabilised their club and has enjoyed a promising start to the 2015-16 season, with Coventry now in the top five, rather than in the bottom five.

Our last meeting came in January 2015, in what was to be Gary Johnson's penultimate match. The 0-0 draw demonstrated Yeovil's problems at that time - solid enough defensively, but somewhat toothless up front, and the game ended up in a bit of a midfield battle, with a draw a fair outcome. Since then both clubs have gone in rather opposite directions - Yeovil into League Two, whilst Coventry now have their eyes on a possible promotion battle in League One.

Tonight's fixture is likely to see Coventry's side significantly weakened, with top goalscorer Adam Armstrong - a Manchester United academy graduate - away on international duty along with two others, but they should still provide significant opposition for the Glovers to deal with. Various facts about where Coventry City stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 7/2 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 5th in the bookies odds lists (via Bet365). They're also 5th in the League One table.

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 10/3; Coventry Win 10/11 on; Draw 11/5 (via William Hill)

New Signings: Chris Stokes (left-back, Forest Green Rovers), Sam Ricketts (defender, Wolverhampton Wanderers), Romain Vincelot (midfielder, Leyton Orient), Ruben Lameiras (left wing, Tottenham Hotspur), Lateef Elford-Alliyu (striker, Valletta, Malta), Marc-Antoine Fortune (striker, Wigan Athletic), Adam Armstrong (striker, Manchester United, loan), Bryn Morris (midfielder, Middlesbrough), Jacob Murphy (striker, Norwich City, loan), Ryan Kent (winger, Liverpool, loan), Adam Jackson (defender, Middlesbrough, loan)

Recent Results:

31/08/2015Southend UnitedHomeSBL1D2-212967Johnson 34, Ricketts 72
06/09/2015Burton AlbionAwaySBL1W2-14633Tudgay 20, Vincelot 56
12/09/2015Scunthorpe UnitedAwaySBL1L0-13746
19/09/2015ChesterfieldHomeSBL1W1-011003Armstrong 50
26/09/2015BuryAwaySBL1L1-24526Johnson 62
03/10/2015Shrewsbury TownHomeSBL1W3-011445Armstrong 26, 65, Fortune 45

Last Line-Up: 23. Reice Charles-Cook; 18. Sam Ricketts 21. Aaron Martin 5. Reda Johnson 3. Chris Stokes; 4. Romain Vincelot 7. John Fleck 32. Marc-Antoine Fortune 40. Ryan Kent; 25. Jacob Murphy 9. Adam Armstrong

Substitutes: 1. Lee Burge 6. Conor Thomas 8. Ruben Lameiras 11. Jim O'Brien 12. Bryn Morris 20. Marcus Tudgay 26. Ryan Haynes

Injuries and Suspensions: As this is the JPT, changes will doubtless be made to Coventry's side for general reasons, rather than forced. However, Coventry will definitely be missing Ryan Kent, Adam Armstrong and Bryn Morris as all three are on international duty. The fact that manager Tony Mowbray has sought clarification from the Football League as to whether that trio count towards the rules that force clubs to select at least six of their recognised first teamers gives an idea of how many changes Mowbray would like to make, and so expect changes to be made to the maximum that the League allow him to. First choice goalkeeper Lee Burge was on the bench on Saturday due to illness, but as debutant Reice Charles-Cook kept a clean sheet it would seem likely that Burge will be given the night off. Jordan Willis, James Maddison and Jack Finch are long term injuries. However, Mowbray suggests a few more may be given a rest tonight: "Players play with injuries all the time. We have two or three we have to patch up, injections to play and they might be the ones we give a breather to. The team I pick will be strong enough. We won't be sticking a load of kids in that no-one will have heard of."

Manager: Tony Mowbray - When he came in as manager in March 2015, Coventry were in a bit of a mess and were in danger of getting relegated to League Two - they survived on the final day of last season by winning a six-pointer against Crawley Town that sent the Sussex side down in the process. Since then he's rapidly turned them into the top five side that they'd probably want to be as one of the bigger clubs in the division. He's better known as the man who took West Bromwich Albion into the Premier League, whilst he also had a three year spell with Middlesbrough.

Connections: Centre-back Aaron Martin's time at Huish Park won't exactly live long in the memory - he managed 14 appearances at the start of the 2014-15 season, scoring three goals, before a number of errors saw him drop out of the team and get loaned (and ultimately allowed to sign permanently) to Coventry. There he's managed 34 appearances, including six this season, and so is still a regular in their line-up. Another more subtle connection is Chris Stokes, who was on trial for Yeovil just before Gary Johnson's departure. Gary indicated that finances stopped him being able to take over the player's Forest Green contract, and instead Coventry stepped in - 27 games and one goal later, he's a permanent part of their squad who has played in 11 matches this season.


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5 October 2015 : Changes Likely For JPT As Sheehan Prepares For Denmark Trip
One player who will be missing from Yeovil Town's first team squad for the next two matches is Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan. The midfielder is on international duty and is expected to be absent for tomorrow night's Football League Trophy game against Coventry City as well as Saturday's League Two game against Dagenham and Redbridge. Josh spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset after he was given the call-up last week, and talks about that, along with his first professional first team goal, and you can read that interview via the link below.

Josh is expected to be one of a number of changes made for tomorrow evening's Football League Trophy tie. Centre-back Jakub Sokolik has a dead leg from Saturday's match at Portsmouth and so may not be risked, whilst manager Paul Sturrock strongly hinted on Saturday that he wanted to give some game time to Marc Laird and Alex Lacey as they attempt to boost their match fitness following injury, whilst Shaun Jeffers is expected to line up as a striker, having missed three games through suspension recently.

Logic would point to Sokolik, Sheehan and Ryan Bird - who has played 180 minutes as a lone striker across the last two away matches - as being the three who would make way under those circumstances. Sturrock had hoped to use this game to reintroduce the versatile Omar Sowunmi for this game, but his current status is not clear. Meanwhile Jack Compton's calf problems mean that his planned comeback is likely to be delayed again.

Link: Josh Sheehan Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Accrington.


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5 October 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
Officials for the Football League Trophy tie between Yeovil Town and Coventry City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th October 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He has been a regular at Huish Park, but in terms of competitive fixtures has only been used three times for a competitive fixture as a man in the middle. Other occasions involved him turning up for a pre-season friendly, whilst he has also been used in the past as an assistant referee and fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been the man in the middle at Conference level.

He is 38 years old and lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During the 2014-15 pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. He also took charge of our September 2014 Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth which ended in a 1-3 home defeat. Despite the two results, we can't find too much outrage about his performance, apart from a possible penalty shout when a Sam Hoskins cross appeared to be handled inside the box by a Pompey player.

Where things get more controversial are with the Boxing Day meeting against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. It was an unusual decision to allow him to take charge of a local derby game where his employment is currently in Bristol BS5, and where his former employers are the major media organisation reporting on that club, in an environment where there is clearly going to be a lot of passion and support for that club, and where he will have rubbed shoulders with their supporters on a daily basis. He may not be a City supporter himself, but it would be like someone working at the Western Gazette and then going off and refereeing a Yeovil game.

During the match he awarded Bristol City two penalties - the first was soft, whilst the second came about after he'd belatedly changed his mind over a free kick given Yeovil's way that caught our players out of position as a direct result of his u-turn. He also turned down our own penalty appeal. Overall, City were the better side, and deserved their win in terms of the pattern of play, but manager Gary Johnson was not best pleased saying after the match: "I'd be shocked if anyone thinks they were penalties" - his view was that for the second penalty his defender had won the ball. Overall the referee's performance was poor, and you wonder what the referees association were thinking in terms of giving such an inexperienced official a local derby in his own back yard.

Most recently, he was present for the 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium earlier this season. In general, eyes were firmly set on the fact that the Glovers put in a poor performance that day, on an afternoon that Oxford dominated. However, there was one very notable moment in the game that sticks out - sometimes referees like to put on a bit of a show for the crowd, and Mr Johnson's attempt to flamboyantly book Connor Roberts rather backfired when he ended up almost throwing the yellow card at the full-back. It was left to Oxford's Danny Hylton to provide a more calm exterior, as he picked up the card off the grass, and dutifully raised it on behalf of the official.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2014 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2015 : Oxford United 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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5 October 2015 : Villa Double Sees Ladies Defeated In Final Away Day
Yeovil Town Ladies lost their penultimate match of their 2015 season yesterday, as Aston Villa Ladies gained a 2-1 win at Sutton Coldfield's ground. The Ladies complete their away fixtures having only been beaten twice on their travels, but were left frustrated that their second half performance didn't bear more fruit than the balance of play deserved.

Villa had the better of the first half but were struggling to create good chances, with the Glovers defence snuffing out much of their forward play before it could get near Charlotte Haynes. However, they were beaten by the spectacular, four minutes before the break when England Under 17s midfielder Mollie Rouse produced an overhead kick from just inside the box that ended up going direct into the back of the net, to give Villa the half time advantage.

Yeovil had taken their time getting into the game, but began to show their class once the teams had come out for the second period. Every game seems to see the Glovers hitting the woodwork at some stage, and this one was no exception, as Annie Heatherson's 20 yarder struck the top of the bar. Then Natasha Knapman was denied by brave goalkeeping from Caitlin Leach.

With fifteen minutes to go though, the next goal came at the other end, as Villa caught Yeovil on the counterattack. Alicia Robinson's break saw her put in the cross that saw Katie Wilkinson's run well timed to head the ball home for a 2-0 lead.

The Glovers helped set up a more exciting finale as Sarah Wiltshire bundled home Corinne Yorston's corner amidst a crowded goalmouth, but Yeovil couldn't force an equalising goal - the disappointment of that being that Everton's 7-1 win over London Bees meant that they sneaked above Yeovil on goal difference, with a game in hand. Helen Bleazard admitted after the game that even a draw would have disappointed her, let alone a defeat:

"I would have been disappointed with a draw today – we should have won the game but both goals were down to our errors. We were defending well when Villa scored their first goal. I think it was a fluke although Mollie will probably say it was a great shot. We said at half time we could kick on and that’s exactly what we did. We’ve scored a goal and created a number of good chances but still not come out with a positive result. We need to learn from our mistakes."

Next up - and the final match of the season - is the home match against Durham Ladies that will take place at the Jones Stadium on Sunday 18th October, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Next weekend presents a blank date for most clubs, with Everton playing their catch-up game against Reading Women - a match in which the Glovers will be hoping that the promoted Royals, who still have the possibility of the league title in their hands, will come out on top.

Final Score: Aston Villa Ladies 2 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

Scorers: Mollie Rouse (41 mins, 1-0), Katie Wilkinson (75 mins, 1-1), Sarah Wiltshire (85 mins, 2-1)

Aston Villa: Caitlin Leach; Hayley Crackell, Elisia N’Dow, Jade Richards, Hannah George; Alicia Robinson, Sherry McCue, Mollie Rouse; Olivia Ferguson, Katie Wilkinson, Bethan Merrick

Aston Villa Substitutes: Abbeyleigh Stringer (64 mins for Mollie Rouse), Katy Morgan (83 mins for Bethan Merrick), Laura Cooper, Amy West, Tash Baptiste, Jess Myers

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes, Ellie Isaac, Helen Bleazard, Nicola Cousins, Corinne Yurston; Steph Williams, Annie Heatherson, Ellie Curson Natasha Knapman, Emily Donovan, Sarah Wiltshire

Yeovil Substitutes: Ellis Hillman (56 mins for Emily Donovan), Nicola Lipscombe, Alys Hinchcliffe, Shauna Cossens, Sammy Quayle

Referee: Sarah Garratt.

Attendance: 308.


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5 October 2015 : Ryan Dickson Talks About The Portsmouth Draw
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, Yeovil Town captain Ryan Dickson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Ryan talks about his return to the side after nearly two months out through injury, and how he got through a full 90 minutes. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ryan Dickson Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Portsmouth.


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4 October 2015 : Video : Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see highlights of yesterday's 0-0 draw against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, these are now online. Just over two minutes worth of highlights include Yeovil's best chance of the game, as Ryan Bird's header from a corner was saved during the first half, whilst goalkeeper Artur Krysiak makes a strong save from a long range shot. There are also rather a lot of defensive blocks! Watch the video below.




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4 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Portsmouth Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Portsmouth kicked off at Fratton Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Paul talks about his decision to recall Ryan Dickson and his approach to playing in front of a large crowd against Pompey. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Portsmouth.


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3 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Portsmouth Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Paul goes through the star performers from the game down on the South Coast, explains Jakub Sokolik's injury, and also gives some hints on which players are likely to feature on Tuesday night, when Coventry City visit for the Football League Trophy Second Round tie. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Portsmouth Away Game.


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3 October 2015 : Sturrock Happy As Players Put Their Bodies On The Line
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock was full of praise for the way his players 'chucked their bodies' in front of the ball, to ensure that goalkeeper Artur Krysiak's goal was well defended against Portsmouth today. The Glovers obtained an unexpected 0-0 draw at Fratton Park, which saw Pompey gain an incredible 71 percent possession, based on the official statistics, yet saw the Glovers goalkeeper largely have to deal with long range attempts, with some superb defensive blocks stopping Portsmouth's shots and crosses from reaching him on the majority of occasions.

In what was a fairly rearguard action, Sturrock pointed out to BBC Somerset that for all of Pompey's pressure, his goalkeeper had not had an excessively busy day, pointing to the players in front of him that had protected the goal so well throughout the match:

"To be fair when you look at that, our goalkeeper has had one long distance save to make. We chucked our bodies in there, and they had to save the day a couple of times. But we had a couple of half chances from our set pieces. If Harry Cornick had cut one back properly for Josh Sheehan then we probably would have had a tap-in. So the first half, I would have said it was fairly even. In the second half obviously when you heard that crowd, it was very difficult. When Jakub Sokolik went off (with a dead leg), I thought here we go again. But the players responded properly today - we've not had Lady Luck with injuries, so it's nice to get a little bit of luck today."

Despite the balance of the game, it was Yeovil who went the closest to breaking the deadlock, with Ryan Bird's first half header being blocked close to the goal line for a corner. Sturrock admitted that if they had won the game through that chance, it would have been a huge piece of good fortune. He was particularly happy that some of the players that had recently returned from injury, such as Ryan Dickson, Wes Fogden and Marc Laird were able to last the distance in such a physically sapping game, adding that Bird had played 180 minutes as a lone striker during the past five days, without getting a rest along the way:

"That's football and it would have been a smash'n'grab if we'd won the game, to be fair. But we played a very solid organised system today and everyone did their jobs. Ryan Dickson played 90 minutes and how he did that, I'll never know! You can see how ring-rusty Marc Laird was, so it's going to be a difficult task in nurturing them back. But I thought the two in front of the back four - Wes Fogden and Matt Dolan - did really really well. Birdy was knackered as he did all his running on Tuesday as well, so it was a hard shift for him. But not many teams will come here and get a point."


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3 October 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Portsmouth at Fratton 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 Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.


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3 October 2015 : Portsmouth 0 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Defence Freeze Out Pompey
Yeovil Town had to put in a resilient defensive performance this afternoon, to keep out League Two promotion favourites Portsmouth at Fratton Park. They gained a 0-0 draw by soaking out an immense amount of Pompey pressure, with the home side particularly dominating the opening third and closing third of the game. In between, Yeovil had one of the best chances of the game, as former Pompey striker Ryan Bird's header from a corner was parried away on the goal line by Aaron McCarey, but in the end it was Yeovil's back four and goalkeeper who had to be the stars of the game, as they put in block after block to give the club an excellent away point, in what was a true team effort.

The Glovers went into the game making one change to their starting line-up with club captain Ryan Dickson coming back, as Luton Town loanee Jake Howells dropped to the bench. On that substitutes bench, Alex Lacey and Marc Laird were two more players coming back from injury - the biggest number of players the club have been able to choose from all season, meaning that Jordan Gibbons, Mark Beck and Max Melanson were not selected in the final eighteen.

The shape of the game was set up right from the start, with Yeovil having to deal with some extreme pressure from the home side. Gareth Evans had an early shot blocked by Jakub Sokolik, and that was typical of what was happening as Pompey reached the final third and then found the Glovers back four firmly in the way. The odd balance of the game was emphasised when 23 minutes into the match, Ryan Bird had the first proper chance of the whole game - a Josh Sheehan corner was headed towards goal with keeper Aaron McCarey being forced to clear his lines for another corner. Then Stephen Arthurworrey's header went wide from a Sheehan free kick, whilst a Ryan Dickson shot on goal was diverted by Ryan Bird but with the ball going wide of the target.

Just how well the Glovers defence had done was emphasised by the fact that it took 35 minutes before Artur Krysiak had a shot to save. Kyle Bennett's free kick was more of a cross, but ended up on target, with the keeper saving the ball at his far post. Then in the closing stages of the half Michael Doyle's shot went wide of the target, followed by a Matt Tubbs header, as the home support began to get more and more tetchy by their side's less than mobile play. Although they enjoyed a strong five minutes just before the whistle blew for the break, Pompey were struggling to get behind Yeovil's rearguard action.

No surprise then that Portsmouth chose to make a half time substitution. Jayden Stockley was part of a tactical switch, with Gareth Evans coming off and the home side switching to a 4-4-2, and a much more direct style. But Stephen Arthurworrey was mopping up every aerial ball sent in his direction. The home support finally started to make the kind of noise that you'd expect League Two's biggest crowd of the 2015-16 season to make, and that coincided with a trio of chances - Stockley's header went straight at Krysiak, then the substitute put a shot wide, followed by a Gary Roberts attempt going over the bar.

Yeovil's attempts at keeping the scoreline blank were put under threat by an injury to Jakub Sokolik that forced him off the field, and presumably Paul Sturrock didn't feel that Alex Lacey was capable of managing a full half hour on his first game back from a groin injury. So Jake Howells came on, meaning that Ryan Dickson had to complete a full 90 minutes on his comeback, whilst Nathan Smith shuffled across to fill in as a centre-back. With Wes Fogden later going down with a knee injury - thankfully he limped on to continue - the worry was that they wouldn't last the distance, but some terrific defensive blocks were seeing players putting their bodies on the line to stop the ball even reaching Artur Krysiak most of the time.

In the closing stages, Gary Roberts had a shot deflected for a corner, whilst Michael Doyle's 25 yard attempt was superbly saved by Artur Krysiak. Matt Tubbs should have converted at the back post when he got a header in from a Roberts cross. Even Ryan Bird seemed to be acting as an extra centre-half during the four minutes of injury time, giving an idea of how many players filled in to ensure they kept a clean sheet. The result may still leave the club just above the relegation zone, but in terms of morale and spirit, this result will not do the team any harm whatsoever.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Portsmouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Portsmouth:
27. Aaron McCarey
2. Ben Davies 20. Matthew Clarke 6. Christian Burgess 3. Enda Stevens
8. Michael Doyle 15. Adam Barton
26. Gareth Evans 23. Kyle Bennett 11. Gary Roberts
9. Matt Tubbs

Substitutes:
4. Adam Webster 14. Kal Naismith 17. Jayden Stockley (46 mins for Gareth Evans) 18. Ben Tollitt 19. Conor Chaplin (89 mins for Matt Tubbs) 29. Danny Hollands (70 mins for Adam Barton) 35. Alex Bass

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 8. Marc Laird (79 mins for Harry Cornick) 10. Shaun Jeffers (90 mins for Josh Sheehan) 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey 26. Jake Howells (66 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 28. Ollie Bassett

Portsmouth Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (foul, 17 mins)

Portsmouth Match Statistics: Possession: 71%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 29%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Stuart Butler (Kent) and Nigel Lugg (Surrey). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 17,309 (with 612 Yeovil supporters).


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3 October 2015 : Team News For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. They welcome back one of their injured players for this game, with Ryan Dickson starting, displacing Jake Howells in the starting line-up, having not featured since the opening day of the season.

There's also a welcome back to Marc Laird and Alex Lacey who sit on the bench following their injuries, meaning that a couple of players drop out of the line-up, with Max Melanson, Jordan Gibbons and Mark Beck all making way.

In terms of the long term injury list, Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee) and Jamie Burrows (ankle) are not expected to return at any time soon. However Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) are all undergoing rehabilitation, and although they have not been included in today's squad, they are understood to be close to a return and so some could be reintroduced for Tuesday night's match against Coventry City.

The full team today read as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 8. Marc Laird 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey 26. Jake Howells 28. Ollie Bassett

Portsmouth:
27. Aaron McCarey
2. Ben Davies 20. Matthew Clarke 6. Christian Burgess 3. Enda Stevens
8. Michael Doyle 15. Adam Barton
26. Gareth Evans 23. Kyle Bennett 11. Gary Roberts
9. Matt Tubbs

Substitutes:
4. Adam Webster 14. Kal Naismith 17. Jayden Stockley 18. Ben Tollitt 19. Conor Chaplin 29. Danny Hollands 35. Alex Bass


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3 October 2015 : Portsmouth : The Lowdown
September 29th 2014 may not seem like a significant date in Portsmouth's history, and certainly outside their local media it didn't get much of a fanfare. However, it is highly relevant to the 2015-16 season and where they stand in League Two today. That was the date upon which Portsmouth Supporters Trust - who now own their club - declared that they had paid off all of the legacy debts associated with a string of bad owners that at one point had seen them saddled with creditors owing £138 million. A series of administrations, buy-outs and points deductions saw Portsmouth fall from the Premier League and into League Two, and the end result had been an agreement to pay some of the players and creditors who had walked away agreed sums to write off those debts.

Last September, the Trust paid off the final amount associated with that decade of mismanagement. Prior to that, the Trust had taken control of the club, but had to recognise that for each ticket bought at the turnstiles, a proportion of that income was going straight out the door, to satisfy the arrangements with those the old club's owners had owed money to. From September 2014 onwards, every penny of income could go to today's Portsmouth set-up, and with gates of 17,000 per home match, that gives them a clear advantage over every single one of their rivals.

It's no surprise therefore to find that in the summer they brought in a new manager and a new set of players, against a significantly different playing budget. The bookies made them pre-season favourites, and their current third place spot has meant that current betting has seen that view strengthened further. The bookies also have declared today's game as a home banker - check out the odds below for how little chance they give Yeovil Town! However, they did lose their last match, meaning that a small bit of self-doubt might have crept into their play, given that they are no longer invincible. Exeter had also knocked them out of the Football League Trophy last month, so maybe Pompey don't like playing West Country clubs!

Various facts about where Portsmouth stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 4/7 on for Promotion via any route. That puts them 1st in the bookies odds lists (via SkyBet)

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 8/1; Portsmouth Win 2/5 on; Draw 4/1 (via Bet365)

New Signings: Kyle Bennett (midfielder, Doncaster Rovers), Kal Naismith (midfielder, Accrington Stanley, undisclosed fee), Enda Stevens (defender, Aston Villa), Gary Roberts (midfielder, Chesterfield, undisclosed fee) Adam McGurk (striker, Burton Albion), Adam Barton (midfielder, Coventry City), Christian Burgess (defender, Peterborough United), Michael Doyle (midfielder, Sheffield United, £75,000), Jayden Stockley (striker, AFC Bournemouth, loan), Ben Tollitt (midfielder, Skelmersdale United), Gareth Evans (midfield, Fleetwood Town), Matt Clarke (defender, Ipswich Town, loan), Ben Davies (midfielder, Sheffield United), Brian Murphy (goalkeeper, Queens Park Rangers), Aaron McCarey (goalkeeper, Wolverhampton Wanderers, loan).

Recent Results:

01/09/2015Exeter CityAwayLDVL0-22323
05/09/2015Accrington StanleyHomeSBL2D0-015745
12/09/2015BarnetHomeSBL2W3-116217Chaplin 37, 90, McGurk 54
19/09/2015Oxford UnitedAwaySBL2D1-19093McGurk 61
26/09/2015Bristol RoversAwaySBL2W2-18555Evans 29, Stockley 71
29/09/2015Exeter CityHomeSBL2L1-215822Roberts 90

Last Line-Up: 27. Aaron McCarey; 2. Ben Davies 6. Christian Burgess 20. Matthew Clarke 3. Enda Stevens; 15. Adam Barton 29. Danny Hollands 26. Gareth Evans 19. Conor Chaplin; 23. Kyle Bennett 17. Jayden Stockley

Substitutes: 4. Adam Webster 8. Michael Doyle 9. Matt Tubbs 11. Gary Roberts 14. Kal Naismith 25. Nigel Atangana 35. Alex Bass

Injuries and Suspensions: Portsmouth had a mini goalkeeper crisis recently, with Paul Jones (knee), Brian Murphy (groin) and Michael Poke (shoulder) all suffering injuries, meaning that Aaron McCarey has come in from Wolves. They are also without defender Jack Whatmough (knee), midfielder Ben Close (hamstring) and striker Adam McGurk (ankle) for this match. Given Portsmouth's defeat against Exeter City in midweek, they may choose to rotate their squad a bit, with a wealth of experience sat on the bench in their last game.

Manager: Paul Cook - A 48 year old Liverpudlian who made his name as a midfielder for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley. His career ended at Accrington Stanley and he took on management roles with Southport, Irish side Sligo Rovers and Accrington themselves, before Chesterfield took him on as a replacement for John Sheridan. He spent 145 matches in charge of the Spireites, almost taking them into the play-offs at League One level. At that point, his willingness to drop a division and join Portsmouth, in May 2015, seemed an unusual one, but is doubtless based on where he thinks both clubs will be, relatively speaking, in two or three years time. So far he's taken charge of 13 Portsmouth matches, having gone through a hefty summer rebuilding programme that has seen him bring in a large number of players from clubs around the Chesterfield area that he had spent three years working in.

Connections: Whilst there are no former Yeovil Town players in the Pompey squad, there are three of their former players lurking in the Glovers first team squad. Unfortunately winger Jack Compton won't get a chance to prove Pompey wrong to let him move on, as his calf injury will keep him out of the match. He spent part of the 2012-13 season on their books, making 14 appearances. Shortly after Compton left Fratton Park striker Ryan Bird arrived. They were the club who gave him his professional breakthrough, and he scored three times in 25 appearances - he had been doing well enough for them to exercise an option for a second season, but when he dropped down the pecking order, they allowed him to leave in September 2014. Most recently, Wes Fogden joined Pompey in January 2014, playing 28 times and scoring twice. We took him on at the end of his Pompey contract, and is the one of the three players to have been on the end of a Paul Cook decision, given the current Pompey boss could have theoretically retained him, shortly after his arrival. As covered in the opposition guide, there are also two former managerial connections - Ike Clarke who took Yeovil to a 1950s Southern League title was a former Portsmouth player, whilst Guy Whittingham, who managed Pompey a few years ago, was spotted by our hosts whilst playing for ourselves and the army, and because of rules banning armed forces people from signing employment contracts with other parties, Pompey nicked him off us and we didn't receive a penny. Guy scored 93 goals in 110 games during the 1988-89 season across Waterlooville, Yeovil and the army - an incredible statistic made possible because he played for the army's representative sides in midweek whilst turning up for Yeovil on weekends.


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2 October 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Portsmouth
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town travel to play Portsmouth in a League Two fixture at Fratton Park. For those heading on an away day, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to contain the ticketing arrangements, directions, parking, a pub guide and club statistics. Read it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Portsmouth.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Portsmouth.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.


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2 October 2015 : Pedal From Paris Riders Break Fundraising Target
Yeovil Town supporters have raised in excess of sixty-thousand pounds towards three charities as part of their YTFC Get Pedalling campaign. Their third venture in three years was their most ambitious yet, with a 'Pedal From Paris' marathon ride taking them from the centre of the French capital back to Huish Park, using only their bicycles (apart from a ferry across the channel!)

In the end, 103 cyclists made it across the 386km journey, and they managed to beat their 2014 total raised by £12,000. Last year's trip took them from Middlesbrough down to Huish Park, raising £51,000 but this year's total has surpassed that by generating £63,000. The target they had set themselves for the Paris trip was to beat the 'Back From Boro' total, and so this was definitely mission accomplished.

That money will be split three ways, with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, Cyclists Fighting Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis all being lined up to receive a cheque for £21,000 each. Congratulations to all the riders involved, and to the support teams that included Marilyn Cottle, Events Crew, Jones Building Group and Ridlers Coaches that provided the backbone to ensure that the riders reached their destinations in one piece!


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2 October 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Portsmouth Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two trip to Portsmouth on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul talks about the issues he faces in terms of reintroducing previously injured players back into the squad as well as managing the three upcoming matches against Portsmouth, Coventry City and Dagenham and Redbridge. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Portsmouth.


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2 October 2015 : Exiles Bring In Sheridan As Butcher Replacement
League Two basement side Newport County have quickly appointed a new manager as a successor to Terry Butcher. After Newport's Supporters' Trust made their first decision as new owners of the club, to dispense with Butcher's services yesterday, they have named former Plymouth Argyle, Chesterfield and Oldham Athletic boss John Sheridan as their new boss.

Sheridan had left Plymouth at the end of last season, despite having guided the Pilgrims to the League Two play-offs. There had been reports that he was going to disappear out the door anyway, with the Devon club regarding their defeat in the play-off stages as being a relative failure, but their parting of the waves was by mutual consent, with Argyle's statement indicating that Sheridan wanted to return to his north of England base for family reasons.

Four months later, and he has headed south again. His appointment is officially titled as being on 'a short-term basis' although various journalists believe his role will tie him to the club until the end of the 2015-16 season. He will be assisted by Byron Anthony and Michael Flynn during Saturday's match against Exeter City, although Newport imply that there will be further announcements regarding backroom staff in the coming weeks.


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2 October 2015 : Two Extra Players In Contention For Portsmouth Trip
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock's gradual-but-slow ability to recall the more experienced members of his first team squad look set to continue this weekend, with the possible recall of two more players for the trip to Portsmouth. The Glovers have had as many as eleven players missing from their squad in recent weeks, but have started to see some light at the end of the tunnel, with midfielder Wes Fogden fit enough to start on Tuesday night at Accrington Stanley, whilst striker Shaun Jeffers made his return as a substitute after a three match suspension.

Sturrock has told BBC Somerset that he has two unnamed players ready to be selected for Saturday's game. On Tuesday night he strongly implied that midfielder Marc Laird was the most advanced of the players undergoing rehabilitation, but also said that left-sided Ryan Dickson and centre-back Alex Lacey were also close to a recall. The BBC suggest that Laird and Dickson are the most likely to be the players he refers to when he explained he was facing a dilemma over whether that pair could start a game, or whether he should put them on the bench on the weekend:

"Two of them come back into contention for Saturday. I've got to deliberate whether they come back straight into the game, or whether I break them in gently. So that's a decision I haven't made yet. It's a real Catch 22 situation that I'm in. It's hard to get the right mix - do I start them and have them die a death. Or do I wait until the substitutions have been done and then put them on? But then how quickly do they get fit in being a sub - by either having 20 minutes, or by starting a game? We have to have something to kick-start our season. With these boys coming back, I am hoping that will trigger the results, so they take us in the right direction."

The Yeovil boss also has Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) who are believed to be close to a return to full fitness, and they could be ready at some point next week. With a Football League Trophy tie against Coventry City next Tuesday, followed by a home game against fellow strugglers Dagenham and Redbridge, the Glovers will have an intense eight days ahead. Sturrock strongly implied that he may mix'n'match on those players as a means of blending them back into the first team squad, if they can prove to him that they are ready to play games:

"If they need games, then I'll give them games. But that's the first problem - there are very few teams asking for friendlies at this minute in time. So I've got three games in nine days coming up. Portsmouth and Coventry are the first two, followed by Dagenham at home. So in the end, I've got to share the load, and target some of them and get them back match fit - maybe spare them and bring them back a bit more gently, off the bench maybe. The next two games are quite important, and we want to win, obviously. One is a cup tie and we'll play a strong team. But at the same time there are one or two who may becoming back from injury that might be needing a game. It's Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, so I don't want to cause problems to some of them as some haven't had a pre-season yet. So it's about weighing up the best course of action to get them back as quickly as possible."

Assuming that Laird, Dickson, Lacey, Compton and Sowunmi are all passed fit to play over the next week or so, that will then leave the club with just Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee) and Jamie Burrows (ankle) in the treatment room. Gillett is not expected to return before Christmas, whilst the other three players are thought to be a number of weeks away from being ready for selection.


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1 October 2015 : Newport County Trust Raise Takeover Funds And Fire Manager
League Two basement side Newport County have parted company with their management team. They have sacked manager Terry Butcher, his assistant Russell Osman and his Chief Scout Steve Marsella today, with their side currently bottom of the division, having gained five points from their ten games so far.

Butcher has only had twelve games in charge - ten league matches and two cup games - to reshape a side that was left with only four contracted players at the end of last season. He replaced interim manager Jimmy Dack, who had decided not to apply for the job full time, and he has had to deal with a reduced playing budget that had dropped from £1.4 million last season down to £900,000 for the current campaign.

The timing of Butcher's departure appears to be strongly linked with the news that Newport County Supporters' Trust have completed a fund-raising target that was needed in order for them to take over the running of their club. The Trust have been running the club on a day-to-day basis, with outgoing owner Les Scadding taking a back seat, but needed to come up with £195,000 to raise enough funds to keep the club running, with Scadding gifting his shareholding to the Trust on the condition that they could provide that level of capital investment.

The Trust have now reached the sum of £236,000, which was announced this morning and by the afternoon their first decision has been to sack their manager. They plan to announce a successor of some kind ahead of Saturday's match against Exeter City.


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1 October 2015 : Glovers Given Away Trip In County Cup Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers will travel to play Odd Down, who play at Combe Hay Lane on the south-west side of Bath. They are a Western Football League
Premier Division side who are currently enjoying a promising season as the second placed side at that level, having lost just once in ten games.

The tie does not yet have a firm date allocated but should be played during the week commencing November 9th, which currently does not have a Yeovil Town first team fixture in the calendar. It would fall two or three days after the FA Cup First Round weekend.

Somerset Premier Cup 2015-16 Round Dates:
Second Round : To be played w/c 9th November 2015
Quarter Finals : To be played w/c 22nd February 2016
Semi Finals : To be played w/c 28th March 2016
Final : 26th April 2016.


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1 October 2015 : Officials For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Portsmouth and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at Fratton Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Mr Deadman is a very familiar name whose experience in refereeing stretches back to our non-league days. He was promoted to the Football League's lists two seasons after we were, yet despite that he's not a referee we've had on a large number of occasions since entering the league - just five meetings so far, with two of those in the same calendar year, and two more in our Championship season.

Both of the 2008 meetings came on the road. He took charge of the League One match against Gillingham at Priestfield where he did wind up the locals by denying them a couple of penalty decisions in a 0-0 draw. In the middle of that, he gave midfielder Stephen Maher an unfortunate afternoon - red-carding him within four minutes of him landing in the pitch for what was deemed to be an overly aggressive tackle. We thought Mr Deadman was a little impetuous in the way he raced in with his red card to placate the baying Gills crowd, who had got a bit hysterical over some of his decisions leading up to that. But then conversely we then saw the more obvious of the two penalty appeals against us waved away, and we wondered if he had that Maher sending off on his mind as he did so.

Five months later we came across Mr Deadman in an away match against Hereford United. Although games against the Bulls tend to be fairly feisty affairs, he handled this one relatively well, even if we had some quibbles about him allowing Hereford's goal to stand with our (biased) view that Asmir Begovic had the ball kicked out of his hands. Two minutes after the 82nd minute goal that pulled the game back to 2-1, we had two players booked for timewasting - given the circumstances you can probably work out what was going on!

During the 2013-14 season, we had him for the September 2013 Championship meeting against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He managed to get through a booking-free night, and we don't recall him upsetting anyone, even though we lost the game by a 2-1 scoreline. The Western Gazette said he had "a quiet evening and [was] faultless in his decisions" and given his anonymity on the night, we can't disagree with that.

However, he was more central to the March 2014 home match against Bolton Wanderers, where he awarded us a penalty after Alex Baptiste brought down Kevin Dawson. There did seem to be a reluctance to give the spot kick, with only the persistence of a linesman's flag eventually persuading Mr Deadman to blow his whistle. Perhaps the dithering from the referee was down to the fact that in giving the foul, he had to also present Baptiste with a red card. Unfortunately Ishmael Miller's penalty hit the post and the Trotters grabbed a late equalising goal. Match reports from the Bolton end don't seem to have moaned too much about the Baptiste decision, despite Deadman's less than authorative decision-making.

Last and most recently, he was in charge for the November 2014 home match against Preston North End. During the match he dismissed Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss for one of those fifty-fifty full-blooded tackles that seem to sometimes be seen by referees as a legitimate part of the game, but sometimes be viewed as serious foul play. Deadman called it as the latter, leaving us down to ten men for part of the second half. The impression you got was that Gary Johnson didn't agree with the decision, but on the other hand knew that appealing against it would be fairly pointless, given the grey area over these sorts of tackles.

Overall Mr Deadman does have a bit of a reputation across the Football League as being one of the more heavy-handed referees, with cards a-plenty - during the 2011-12 season he managed to raise over 209 yellow cards and 14 red cards and obviously that attracts attention amongst football supporters and media personnel. So far this season he's managed a more modest 19 yellow cards and one red card from six games - the one man to walk was Pools scorer Carl Magnay, who got involved in a spot of WWF with an opposition player that doesn't seem to have been too controversial with respect to the end result.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by Stuart Butler (Kent) and Nigel Lugg (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Link: November 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Preston North End 2.

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Bolton Wanderers 2.

Link: September 2013 : Ipswich Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2008 : Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2008 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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