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30 November 2003 : All-Ticket Matches - Statement From The Club
Following yesterday's all ticket match against Lincoln the club would like to make it clear that the decision to make the match "All Ticket" was after discussions with the Police.

Once that decision had been taken the club were bound by Football League rules not to sell any tickets on the day of the match. The "All Ticket" status of the match had been well publicised by the club in the local press, in the programme, on the internet and on local radio.

With the heavy rain causing the cancellation of so many local football matches the club naturally regretted having to turn so many supporters away on the day of the match but were unable to compromise due to the Football League rules.


Yeovil Town F.C. Official Site



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30 November 2003 : Glovers character shines through, says Johnson
Glovers boss Gary Johnson answered questions from the press following yesterday's hard-fought 3-1 win over promotion rivals Lincoln City:

Gary you said this afternoon that you would like to enjoy today's game of football. Did you enjoy it?

"Not as much as I would have liked to be honest with you! We didnít quite get our game together. I did say we had to be patient, I knew we had to be patient because while they were fit, like in the first half, they would make their game work for them. The big lad at the back [Ben Futcher] gets up for all set plays and all goalkicks and he can't last for 90 minutes doing that, no-one can. Hugo [Rodrigues] did a fantastic job on him and quite rightly got the Vice-President's Man Of The Match award.

"Today showed our character. We missed a penalty in the first 15 minutes, went a goal down after 50 minutes, and then we go and get 3 goals - thatís a top of the table result. We scored 2 scruffy goals, but I donít mind scruffy goals because it means we're throwing ourselves in there! It was a good header actually from Plucky, a good corner. I donít quite know what happened with Adam Stansfield's goal but he ended up getting a touch and the last one was a quality goal - Jamie Goslingís had a fantastic week in training and we said before the game how unlucky he was not to be starting this week, but he's had his 5 minutes of fame and he pulled it off and all credit to him."


Were you worried when they went 1-0 up?

"No I wasnít worried at all, [laughs] is my nose getting bigger or not? We were very worried. We didnít look like we had created that many chances, our quality players who normally produce the flair werenít quite on song today so it needed the players that are solid to come through, which they did. I thought our back four were magnificent, Paul Terry did well, and Jacko [Kirk Jackson] did well for his first game back for a little while. Jake Edwards had been ill for a couple of days with a little virus and so we didnít feel he was 100% and at the moment with our squad I want to play everyone who is 100%. Jake understood and Jacko was raring to go and I thought he had a good game.

Have Lee Elam and Kirk Jackson proved something to you today?

"Weíve won the game and Iím only worried about the game right now. I thought that Lee Elam was going to be nervous the later it gets in his month and this was his last game in the loan period. I will have to sit down and talk to my staff, talk to Lee and talk to Halifax. I won't make that decision right now, but he was part of a winning team and he tried hard. His legs went a little bit at the end, I think players realise when they come here how difficult it is to reach our fitness and to score three goals at the end I think shows how fit we are. Our boys at the back were still throwing themselves in front of things, still trying to mother the goal Iím pleased to say and stoppping people getting the strikes on target. Wealey [Chris Weale] keeps coming up and doing his job, so all in all a great result but not necessarily a great performance."

Kevin gall came off early in the second half - how is Kevin?

"Kevís okay. He got stamped on his little toe - we saw from his first run in the second half he was going to struggle so weíve got a great replacement in Adam Stansfield whoís buzzing again. That's why you have to get all your squad to its potential which is why I know I can look round at my bench and bring anyone on and they can affect the game. Critts affected the game, Stanno affected the game and so did Jamie Gosling and thatís all you ask for as a manager."

Transcription by Richard Gibson.


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29 November 2003 : Tickets For Swansea
Tickets for the game on SUNDAY 28th December at Vetch Field, Swansea will go on sale from Monday 8th December. The accommodation is covered terracing, and we presume this will mean the West Terrace, which has a nominal capacity of 3,500.

Pricing is :

Adults : £11.00

All concessions : £6.00

The game has been designated ALL-TICKET.

Just in case there is still anyone confused by the term "all-ticket" this means you can't roll up and expect to buy a ticket on the day despite the fact it's been announced as ALL-TICKET four weeks in advance. (Enough sarcasm. Ed.)


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29 November 2003 : Imps cut down to size by revitalised Glovers
Yeovil Town survived the early trauma of a penalty miss and going a goal down to bounce back to take all 3 points against Lincoln City in a pulsating second half at Huish Park this afternoon.

Govers boss Gary Johnson made 2 changes to the side which gained a point at Hull City last week. Jake Edwards, who had been suffering with a virus most of the week, made way for Kirk Jackson, and Lee Elam replaced Nick Crittenden in the starting XI.

Ten minutes into the match, Jackson was brought down in the box by the City keeper Alan Marriot, who then denied Lee Johnson his fifth goal of the season with a brilliant save from the spot. Jackson had a chance to break the deadlock on the half-hour mark but his header sailed over the bar.

Within five minutes of the restart the stalemate was broken; Chris Weale was drawn from his goal and a perfect cross found Simon Yeo who tapped in with ease from close range. Four minutes later Colin Pluck brought the home side level; a corner from Gavin Williams found the head of the left back who nodded home Yeovilís first of the afternoon. Both sides had chances to add to their lead, with Jackson having the best chance for the Glovers but he couldnít manage to finish off a great Yeovil move, whilst at the other end, Adam Lockwoodís crucially timed tackle denied Richard Butcher.

The turnaround was complete when Williamsí corner was failed to be cleared by the Lincoln defence and the ball dropped to substitute Adam Stansfield who gave Yeovil the lead, firing in from close range. Three points were sealed in extra time by Jamie Gosling, whose solo run outpaced the Lincoln defence before beating keeper Marriot and from 15 yards out he placed the ball smoothly into the back of the net.

A much improved second 45 minutes from the Glovers then against a highly competent and dangerous Lincoln side. Gary Johnson described the match as "a great result but not generally a great performance."

Final score: Yeovil Town 3 - 1 Lincoln City.

The result consolidates Yeovil's position in 5th place in the league table. Oxford remain top on 41 points from 20 games played after winning 2-1 at struggling Rochdale. Old rivals Doncaster move up to 2nd place on 40 points after a 1-0 win at bottom club Carlisle, while an impressive 3-0 win at Northampton moved Mansfield up to 3rd spot on 39 points. Hull City drop to 4th on 37 points following their surprise 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers, the same points total as the 5th-placed Glovers. Swansea are 6th on 35 points with the last play-off place taken by Torquay on 34 points.

Yeovil have a short break from league action now, entertaining Barnet in the FA Cup Round Two at Huish Park next Saturday. The Bees are currently 3rd in the Conference table, but went down to a 2-0 loss at Accrington today.

Match precis: George Murray


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29 November 2003 : Bristol Rovers Tickets
The club reports that there are approximately 100 tickets left for non-season ticket holders. These tickets will be available for sale from 9.00 a.m. on Monday morning.


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28 November 2003 : Only Fools And Horses Xmas Special Cancelled
"GAREEEEEEE!!", a.k.a Abdelhalim El Kholti, has today been placed on the transfer list. Manager Gary Johnson has been getting more and more frustrated with the left sided player. With bags of potential, but seemingly unable to make it consistently effective, Gary has decided the time has come to let El Kholti try his luck at another level either on a permanent basis or as a longer term loan. Another player to be made available on loan is Chris Giles. Giles had a spell on loan with Gravesend & Northfleet last season, which was very successful, and became a hugely popular figure with the Stonebridge Road crowd. He has been struggling with injury throughout this season. It's not known currently whether Gravesend would be in the market for his services again.

Explaining the situation Johnson said:

Chris is rather like Andy Lindegaard - he needs regular matches to get back his sharpness after a long spell out to injury. He did very well in the reserve match against Bristol Rovers but he needs the stimulation of looking forward to something at the end of the week.

In Abdou's case he did very well for us last year and is still part of our squad, but unfortunately he has not been able to get into the side at the moment and I just feel he is not improving as quickly as I need him too. I have had a chat with him and he understands. If nobody comes in for him he will be seeing his contract out at the end of the year and trying to earn a new one. At the moment though I don't think I will be playing him in the Third division so we felt it was best to see if there was any interest for him.

They are both very good players and I am sure they will not let down anybody who gives them a new opportunity. I'm doing it now because I don't like to see players sitting in the stands. With Abdou he has not been consistent enough in his play to warrant being considered for the first team and there are people ahead of him.


El Kholti made his debut for Yeovil on 28th September 2002 away at Leigh RMI, replacing striker Kim Grant on the hour mark. Almost before the visiting fans had finished sniggering at the tannoy announcer's hopeless attempts to pronounce his name he'd got himself booked. However as the referee was Trevor Kettle no one was going to hold that against him. On the evidence of a mere thirty minutes the general consensus amongst fans was this could be a potentially interesting acquisition. Perhaps for once the fans had got it pretty spot on. The trouble was to be that El Kholti remained interesting potential for rather too long. He was played in a wide variety of roles, as a forward, in the hole, a winger, and a wing back. And each time one could see him making some improvement.......but not quite enough.

In all El Kholti made exactly a half century of appearances for the first team, thirty-one of them starts, and became quite a cult figure amongst the Yeovil faithful, particularly on the terrace, where the 'Gareeeeeee Fez' was a popular piece of head gear. Of his three goals for the Glovers that at Scarborough is the one most likely to live in the memory: although ultimately aided by a slight deflection, he had received the ball deep in the Boro midfield, turned the opposition player in one easy movement, and after a short run, let fly with a 25 yarder that swerved and looped over the keeper, giving him no chance.

Off the field Abdelhalim has charmed everyone who met him. Quiet to the point of shyness, one suspects the language 'barrier' was quite a useful defence mechanism at times - the smile and slight quizzical shrug occasioning escape. However in the right circumstances it was clear that Gareeeeeee had far more English than he usually let on. We at Ciderspace wish him all the best for the future, and every success wherever the footballing fates take him.


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28 November 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on fellow play-off contenders Lincoln City tomorrow (Saturday) at Huish Park for a Nationwide League Division Three fixture. The game will kick-off at 3.00pm and is an ALL-TICKET game. The club have claimed that no tickets will be available beyond 5.00pm today.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson has had just the one new injury doubt all week, apart from the long-term injury concerns of Darren Way and Roy O'Brien. Central defender Hugo Rodrigues had to come off towards the end of the match at Hull City but Johnson has told the Teamtalk website: "I won't give my cards away and say Hugo is definitely playing, but he's fit and available and it is always nice to have another club in your golf bag."

Gary has told his players they need to take an early control of tomorrow's match to counteract Lincoln's Route One football, and told the Bristol Evening Post: "Lincoln don't just lump it and hope, they play the long-ball game extremely well. They put three players up front and just bombard you. It's all very well saying we'll pass it through them in midfield, but it's difficult when you can't get the ball. We have to impose our game upon them and make sure we don't get sucked into their style of play."

Lincoln have had far more serious concerns to worry about in recent weeks, after former Northwich Victoria boss Keith Alexander unexpectedly collapsed at his home a fortnight ago. Alexander required brain surgery and is still hospitalised in Sheffield.

The Imps had a major boost this week though as the Lincoln boss moved out of intensive care. His assistant manager Gary Simpson, currently acting in the caretaker position told the Lincoln Official Site: "This week's news was a big boost to everybody, not least to Keith's family. I've been to see him a few times and he's progressing and he's getting stronger. It's a massive boost to me personally to see him on the mend and I've got no doubts in my mind that he's going to come back."

On the field of play, Simpson has a few selection issues to ponder ahead of the weekend. Central defender Ben Martin has returned to Swindon Town after failing to gain a regular place in the side during a loan spell. Midfielder Scott Willis is in the middle of a two week trial at Stockport County.

Defender Richard Liburd and striker Francis Green are major doubts for the game. Both missed last week's 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers and are believed to have not trained during the week. However, right-back Mark Bailey should travel after completing 90 minutes in a County Cup match in midweek, having just made his return following a hernia operation.

Tomorrow's game will be refereed by Keith Hill (Hertfordshire and he will be assisted by Russell Green (Gloucestershire) and David Phillips (Sussex).

Finally congratulations to goalkeeper Chris Weale who has become the latest Glover to make it into the Nationwide League Division Three Team of the Week. The weekly newsletter said of their choice: "A tremendous display from the Glovers keeper ensured that Hull had their first blank afternoon in front of goal at the KC Stadium this season, as Yeovil earned a point in a 0-0 draw. The homegrown stopper pulled off a superb secondhalf save from Jason Price, and then bettered it by denying Ian Ashbee from 35 yards, palming the midfielder’s effort round the post."


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27 November 2003 : Half-Season Tickets Made Available
The club has announced that it will be selling half-season tickets between December 1st, 2003 and January 5th, 2004. The half season will cover all home Division Three games (excluding any play-off fixtures) from Rochdale on January 10th to the end of the regular season: Rochdale, Leyton Orient, Macclesfield Town, Oxford United, Cambridge United, Bristol Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town, Cheltenham Town, Bury and Hull City.

The following prices will apply:

Main Stand
Adults - £120
Senior Citizens and Students - £99
Juniors - £40

Bartlett Stand
Adults £109
Senior Citizens and Students - £79
Juniors - £40

Westland Terrace
Adults £109
Senior Citizens and Students - £70
Juniors - £40

The half-season ticket will confer the same rights as full season tickets, including priority for all pay matches and any discounts available on renewal of season tickets next year.

Purchasers will need to obtain an application form from the club, and provide a passport style photograph for inclusion on the ticket.


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27 November 2003 : YTISA coach travel to Bristol Rovers
The Glovers play Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground on Saturday 13th December, 3pm kick-off. The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association will be running transport to the game, coaches will be leaving Huish Park at 11am that morning.

The cost for coach travel is £8 for members and £10 for non-members. Contact the YTISA's new booking hotline on 07800 837810 for further information.

A reminder that the Glovers have been allocated 1,100 tickets for the game. Season-ticket holders have until 5pm tomorrow (Friday) to purchase a ticket. Any left over will go on general sale on Monday 1st December.


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27 November 2003 : Gas attack stuns Glovers reserves
Yeovil Town reserves went down to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers at Mangotsfield's Cossham Street ground last night in the Wales and West Division of the Pontins Holidays Combination League.

The reserves - in actual fact the Glovers u-17 side with the addition of Steve Collis, Steve Reed, Abdel El Kholti and Chris Giles - gave a good account of themselves in difficult conditions, especially when considering their youth and inexperience as compared to the Rovers line-up. The young Glovers were 1-0 down at half-time to a Rob Quinn strike; David Gilroy and Shane Hobbs completed the scoring in the second half.

Final score: Bristol Rovers reserves 3 - 0 Yeovil Town reserves.


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26 November 2003 : Trio Play In Reserve Game
Three first team squad members will feature in tonight's Reserve team game against Bristol Rovers Reserves in the Pontins Football Combination League.

The Western Daily Press report that Chris Giles, Stephen Reed and Abdelhalim El Kholti will join the Under 17 squad in a match being played at Cosham Street, home of Mangotsfield United.

The WDP also report that in addition to his coaching duties (see our story on November 17th) goalkeeper Jon Sheffield has been put on non-contract forms. Gary Johnson has re-signed the player he released over the summer as second-choice keeper Stephen Collis has been struggling with an injury for the past few weeks. Sheffield is currently working as a freelance coach and visits Huish Park twice a week.


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26 November 2003 : Kids for a quid/Wrexham lapel badges
The club have announced that the home Division 3 match v Scunthorpe United on Saturday 20th December has been designated as Kids for a Quid Day - children under 12 will be admitted to the match for £1, as long as they are accompanied by an adult (one child per adult).

Meanwhile, Tim Lancaster has informed us that anyone wishing to purchase one of the few remaining Yeovil Town vs Wrexham commemorative FA Cup badges, or indeed the Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town badge can collect them from Tim on Saturday. Badges will be available at 2.30pm from underneath the club crest outside the main stand.

It is anticipated that the next badge produced will be for the possible FA Cup Third Round fixture - Barnet permitting of course!


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25 November 2003 : Hugo On The Mend
The Glovers received a major boost today with the news that central defender Hugo Rodrigues is winning his battle to be fit on Saturday to face fellow playoff contenders Lincoln City.

Hugo had been forced to leave the field mid-way through the 0-0 draw against Hull City on Saturday, and early fears were that he had incurred a serious back injury or possible rib damage.

Now it seems that the problem is just heavy bruising. Manager Gary Johnson told the Ananova website: "Hugo suffered a whack in the back at Hull but is getting better by the day. I have high hopes and every confidence he will be fit for the challenge come Saturday."

Gary also told the Western Daily Press: "He was looking like he was dying on Saturday because he did take a very hefty whack. We will now have to hope the bruising goes down and look at it day by day up to Saturday."

Rodrigues could play a key part if fit for the game. Lincoln's leading scorer last season, despite also being a central defender, was Ben Futcher, who stands at 6'7". The Imps have traditionally based their game around the 'long ball' school of thought and are likely to push Futcher forward for set pieces.

Gary admitted: "It would be handy if Hugo was fit. If he's not we have got to deal with it another way. But I think he will be fit."

Tomorrow night's Reserve Team game could see Johnson withdraw all his first team squad members from the game, leaving the match to be run more or less as a game for the Under 17s. Opponents Bristol Rovers are playing the match at Cossham Street home of Mangotsfield United, rather than at the Memorial Stadium and the ground switch appears to have made Johnson reconsider whether to risk his already thin squad on a Dr Martens League pitch.

Gary told the Western Daily Press: "With all due respect to Mangotsfield - and our youth team - I might play our youth team on that day because I feel that league clubs should be playing at their own grounds. Teams come to us for reserve games and use our facilities at Huish Park and I feel we should get the same when we go away. I might arrange a friendly for our first team squad players, but I haven't decided whether I will definitely play the youth team yet."


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24 November 2003 : Bristol Rovers Ticket Update
Tickets for the match at the Memorial Stadium against Bristol Rovers on December 13th 2003 are getting close to a sell-out, despite the tickets having yet to go on general sale. Just over 200 tickets remain at the Huish Park Ticket Office where sales are being restricted currently to season ticket holders only.

Prices for the match have been set at 11 pounds for adults and 5 pounds for Under 16s and Over 65s. Tickets are for the terrace only, with an allocation of just over 1,100 tickets. Season ticket holders have until Friday 28th November, 5.00pm to claim their tickets for the match, subject to availability. Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Monday 1st December.

The club will currently accept credit card applications for the Rovers game over the phone from season ticket holders only. Applications are limited to one ticket per season ticket holder.

Tickets for the FA Cup Second Round tie against Barnet on the preceding week (6th December) are also available for advance purchase. Season ticket holders are reminded that they have until 2.00pm on Thursday 4th December to claim their reserved seats. Following that time, all unsold seats will go on general sale. This match is not an all-ticket game, though advanced purchases are to be recommended.

Finally a reminder that the home match against Lincoln City on Saturday 29th November has been designated as an ALL TICKET match. There are no plans for tickets to be on sale on the day of the game. All sales must be completed by 5.00pm on Friday 28th November. Tickets are on sale now.


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24 November 2003 : Bristol Rovers Reserves vs Yeovil Town Reserves Preview
Yeovil Town Reserves take on Bristol Rovers Reserves this coming Wednesday, 26th November, kick-off 7.00pm in a Pontins Football Combination fixture. The Glovers Reserves are currently top of the table and will be hoping to keep that position intact. The Rovers line-up is likely to include former Barnet striker Junior Agogo who is currently making his way back to full fitness following a knee injury.

Rovers Reserves play at Mangotsfield FC who are based in Cossham Street, a couple of miles north of Bristol city centre. A detailed map of the ground can be found here whilst a wider area map can be found here.

If coming from the North, West or along the M4, exit the M4 at junction 19, travel south until M32 junction1 then take the A4174 towards Downend, through the traffic lights, over the double mini roundabout to Mangotsfield, left by the village church onto B4465 signposted Pucklechurch and the ground is a quarter of a mile on the right hand side.

If travelling from Yeovil, the South or from Bristol city centre, head through the city, then take the A432 towards Fishponds follow through Fishponds then head east towards Staple Hill onto the B4465, then follow signs to Mangotsfield. Then turn right by the village church.

If travelling from the East or from the Bath/Keynsham area, follow the A4175, right at the island at Willsbridge onto the A431,then rejoin A4175 at next island (Cherry Garden Hill) to Bridge Yate. Head straight over the double mini roundabout and take the 1st left. Turn right into Carsons Road after 1 mile and follow signs to Mangotsfield village. Turn right by the church onto B4465.

Don't forget that the match kicks off at the slightly earlier time of 7.00pm.


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23 November 2003 : A Taylor-Made Performance For Yeovil
Hull City manager Peter Taylor was generous in his praise of the Glovers when he came out of the dressing room on Saturday. Despite drawing 0-0 at home, Taylor said he was not disappointed with the result.

The Hull manager explained: "I thought it was a very high quality game of football. I know of Yeovil, I know Gary and I thought his team were excellent. They are a very good football team and that's why I'm quite pleased with mine. I think that at the end of the day we could have shaded it late on, but they are a very tidy football team. A couple of things that happened in the game were of a much better level than Division Three and so hopefully people got their money's worth."

Taylor also had kind words for Glovers goalkeeper Chris Weale, who was the hero of the hour, turning a second half volley over the crossbar, and the home manager admitted: "It was an absolutely world class save from Ian Ashbee. It was a tremendous save, but I'm sure that is what Gary will say he is paid to do. Certainly I thought he saved Yeovil there. The saves were worthy of the Premiership and the match as a whole was of a very high standard. Yeovil are outstanding and gave us a real game. They won the Conference by miles last season and that competition is not much different to the Third Division."


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23 November 2003 : Darren Out With Stress Fracture
Yeovil Town have lost the services of influential midfielder Darren Way for a period of three or four weeks after the Yeovil vice-captain was diagnosed with a leg injury during the build-up to Saturday's game against Hull City.

Gary explained immediately after the game: "Darren has got a stress fracture which is unfortunate. He's been playing with it for about two or three weeks. We had it diagnosed through a scan because he was having a few problems and once you know that, you can't carry on. I won't play Russian roulette with someone that I know has got a stress fracture. He'll be out for three or four weeks and we'll have to cope with it. It's a non-weight bearing bone just on the outside on his lower leg. Darren's a good healer and I'm sure he'll be back at the earliest possibility."

The Glovers also lost Hugo Rodrigues during the game, and although the immediate post-match diganosis was that it was a back injury, later prognosis is believed to cite the injury as possible rib damage.

With Roy O'Brien also expected to be side-lined until January and Chris Giles and Andy Lindegaard still undergoing rehabilitation, the Glovers squad is rapidly shrinking in size, but Gary refused to be panicked saying: "We're getting thinner, but I'll worry about it on Monday."


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23 November 2003 : Gary Hails One Hull Of A Performance
Glovers manager Gary Johnson said he was a 'proud' man after watching his side draw 0-0 against Hull City at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

In particular, Gary had high praise for his defenders, mentioning a mentality that his squad have set up on the training ground, where he tells his players to imagine that it is their own mother standing between the sticks and not Chris Weale and to defend it as such! Gary explained: "The boys were magnificent - that's what we call having 'mother in the goal'! They flung themselves in front of things in the end. Defensively it's the whole team - eleven people. When it comes down to it, eleven people have to be bright and throw themselves in front of things. We looked like we didn't want to get beaten and that's nice."

When the ball did get past the back line, their mum Chris Weale was in extraordinary form, producing two saves worthy of a Premiership goalkeeper. Gary agreed saying: "They were world class saves. We see that every day in training. He's a super goalkeeper. We've had some games where he's had very little to do. Today what he had to do, he did magnificently. Two great saves - he makes it look so easy!"

Much of the Glovers chances to win the game came during the first 45 minutes and Gary added: "Early on we definitely played some very good football. We were part of a very good football match and it's great to be part of a day like today. It was a great stadium, a great crowd, and our crowd were magnificent. Our boys really played. When it came down to it, we weren't shrinking violets. If you look in my dressing room now, it looks like we've lost. That's how the boys always feel. They felt they might have done a bit better. But give me a couple of days and I'll pick them up and they will see this as a very very good point."

Yeovil's closest chance came from Hugo Rodrigues, but it was to be his last action of the game, with the tall defender getting injured in the process. Gary explained: "Hugo hit the crossbar. Unfortunately, he's lying down and not getting a lot of sympathy from the lads because he's 6'8", but he's struggling in there and the doctor is having a look at him. He took a kick or a punch in the back and he's struggling because of that. He had a great chance, and we had a couple of other half chances. Jamie Gosling had one with his first touch. He did well at one end and should have done better at the other end! Hull probably created more chances, but we were in a good football match and these are the days that you are in football for. They all played a part and I'm very proud of the squad."

As the game wore on, Hull began to get a greater grip on the game but Gary said that was inevitable: "They are at home and have to throw caution to the wind a little bit. They've got good enough players to create chances. But we made them work hard to create chances. Every shot that they had, and every cross they wanted to make, we were somewhere there. There was never a time when someone had a free shot. There were always two or three of them flying in front of somebody."

The result means that Yeovil have now played all four sides above them away from home and picked up two wins and a draw out of the four games. Johnson said: "That's a good return. That shows that we haven't got to be frightened of any team because we have competed with probably what is the best side that we have played so far. There was nothing for us to be frightened of. We played our stuff. Peter (Taylor) is very honest and he's just told me he was very impressed with our team."

Gary admitted that there was still room for improvement, with the home side probably having out-weighed the number of clear-cut chances the Glovers forced. He explained: "It was just that one final ball, that one bit of quality that we needed. But sometimes you've got to say that it was good defending on their part. Hull are big favourites. They've lost their last couple but you know that a good side is not going to lose a run of games. But all in all it's got to be a point gained."

A large and noisy travelling support of around 800 Glovers sang their way through the 90 minutes, despite having had to cope with a 540 mile round trip in driving rain, and Gary added: "It was a great travelling support. Everything that we do, we do it for them. It's a long way up here and they are right behind us, and that's why we want to do it for them."

The Glovers next game is next Saturday against Lincoln City who are currently occupying a seventh placed spot. The game is ALL-TICKET and supporters must purchase their tickets for all areas of the ground before 5.00pm on Friday. Contact the Huish Park Ticket Office during normal office hours to avoid disappointment.


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22 November 2003 : Hull is for heroes as the Glovers tame the Tigers
Yeovil Town played out their first draw of the season away to Hull City at the Kingston Communication Stadium today, 0-0 the final score.

The Glovers were forced into making a change from last Saturday's winning team, Darren Way being ruled out before the kick-off with a stress fracture, an injury which is likely to sideline the midfielder for the next 3-4 weeks. Paul Terry moved up into midfield for the kick-off, with Adam Lockwood slotting in at right-back and Hugo Rodrigues being drafted into the centre of defence. Both sides had their chances to score in what was an entertaining game, the hosts finding Glovers keeper Chris Weale in outstanding form throughout the match. A looping Hugo Rodrigues header hit the bar on 69 minutes in the second half, but the Portugese defender had to be substituted immediately afterwards with a back injury. The Glovers came under heavy Hull pressure towards the end, but all in all were good value for the point.

Final score: Hull City 0 Yeovil Town 0.

The result leaves the Glovers still in 5th place in the league table, on 34 points from 19 games played. Oxford United go top on 38 points after coming from behind to beat Macclesfield 3-1 at the Kassam. Hull drop to 2nd place on 37 points and Doncaster go up 1 place to 3rd, also on 37 points following their comfortable 3-0 win over Boston at Belle Vue. Mansfield slip 2 places to 4th on 36 points after being held in a 3-3 thriller at Field Mill by Huddersfield. The Glovers are 5th on 34 points with Swansea 6th, also on 34 points after their 1-0 home win over Darlington. Next Saturday's opponents Lincoln City fill the final play-off place on 31 points, the Imps beating Bristol Rovers 3-1 at home.


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21 November 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Hull City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Nationwide League Division Three leaders Hull City tomorrow (Saturday) in a top five clash that sees the Glovers travelling to the Kingston Communications Stadium trailing by just three points.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson goes into the game with an unusual team selection problem. A quartet of players who have been on the treatment table all week are all believed to have recovered, with Adam Lockwood (cheekbone), Terry Skiverton (nose), Colin Pluck (ankle), Paul Terry (foot) and Gavin Williams (knee) are all expected to declare their availability for the match. That leaves Johnson with the issue of whether to keep Williams on the sidelines, or whether to push one of Lee Elam or Nick Crittenden to the bench.

Gary said of the match: "We're not quite halfway through the season yet but I would say we're on track. We deliberately didn't set ourselves any targets for this season. We've got a good honest bunch of young players here, only a few of which have League experience, so we didn't want to put pressure on anyone. But it will be a fantastic game at Hull. They're getting huge crowds and for a few of our players, it will be the biggest crowd they've played in front of. Hull are a good side and Peter has got them playing well. It will be a good test for us to see how far we've come."

Gary's son Lee Johnson is in possibly the best form of his Yeovil career and that has seen him selected in the Nationwide League Division Three team of the week for the third week out of the last four. This week's nomination saw him joined by defender Colin Pluck.

Lee said of Saturday's match: "These next few games can really determine the sort of challenge that we are going to put in as regards to whether we settle for the play-offs or whether we go for the top three which is where everyone is aiming. These next two games are good markers for us. We have played several second-division teams this year and we have fared pretty well against them so I hope we will do the same against the leaders (Hull) and Lincoln who are also a very good side. I think taking three points from each of our next two games will be very important and it is not only that which I want. I also want us to shock the League. On Saturday we can go level on points with Hull so the boys have been talking about it and we are definitely fired up. Already the ambition of the lads is to get into Division Two. None of us wants to settle for a play-off place. The Hull game is definitely our biggest of the season to date. To go there and play in front of 16,000-plus is going to be brilliant and I think all the lads tend to produce on that sort of stage."

Peter Taylor's Hull City have got their own selection issues, with top scorer Danny Allsopp seemingly losing a battle against a groin injury. If he fails to pass a fitness test, his position will be taken by Jamie Forrester, who netted as a substitute in last week's 3-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town. The Tigers will also be without Alton Thelwell who has a foot injury, but Damien Delaney and Jason Price are expected to be fit after receiving treatment during the week.

Taylor said of Forrester's likely selection: "Jamie is such an intelligent player that he does help the team play. He's fitter than he's been since he signed for us. At the start of the season, I don't think he was fit enough but he's worked hard and he's looking lively. He has been unlucky in that when Danny and Ben have scored the goals they have, you don't look to change that. He's a different player to Dan. If Dan doesn't make it, we will miss his pace running at opposition defences. But Jamie has got other strengths. He won't let us down."

The game will be refereed by George Cain (Merseyside) and he will be assisted by Alec Clyde (South Yorkshire) and Andy Hogg (South Yorkshire).

Those wishing to plan their journey to the East Coast should be aware that the Ciderspace guide to Hull City is here.


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20 November 2003 : Season 2004-05 Dates Announced
Start filling in those new diaries. The Nationwide Football League has released the first series of dates for next season.

Next season's Nationwide League will kick off on Saturday August 7th 2004, and end on May 7th, 2005.

The Play-off Finals will take place over the Bank Holiday Weekend of May 28th - 30th, 2005, with the matches returning to the usual order of Division 3, Division 2 and Division 1. They have been reversed this season because of Euro 2004.

There will be a full Christmas and New Year programme, with games on December 26th and 28th and January 1st and 3rd. There are no New Year's Day games this season because of F.A. Cup Round Three falling on January 3rd.

The Carling Cup Final will be on February 27th, 2005.

The LDV Vans Trophy Final will be on April 10th, 2005.


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19 November 2003 : Barnet Win Ensures Grazioli Return
Yeovil Town will face Nationwide Conference side Barnet in the Second Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 6th December, kick-off 3.00pm. The Bees secured their passage into the next round by beating Unibond League side Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 in a First Round Replay.

Former Glover Giuliano Grazioli bagged both goals to take his tally for the season to an astonishing 19 goals. The striker, turfed out by Bristol Rovers manager Ray Graydon over the summer, is the Conference's top scorer, and will be scheduled to make his first return to Huish Park since he bagged 16 goals in just 13 appearances for the Glovers during the 1995-96 season.

Barnet will have to make the journey without experienced defender Danny Maddix. The former QPR man was red carded last night just seven days after being dismissed in a Conference match against Gravesend and Northfleet. His suspension for the second dismissal will start on December 2nd, and currently the trip to Huish Park is the first match of what will almost certainly be a two match suspension.


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18 November 2003 : Wrexham commemorative enamel badges on sale
Tim Lancaster writes:

After a slight delay I now have Yeovil Town vs Wrexham enamel lapel badges available, featuring both club crests, the fixture - and an FA Cup!

At £3.00 each a great souvenier of our first FA Cup tie as a Football League club, contact via e-mail at tim.daff@btopenworld.com, or see Tim Lancaster at Hull on Saturday.



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17 November 2003 : Jon Sheffield Returns
When goalkeeper Jon Sheffield left Yeovil to, amongst other things, turn to freelance coaching, there was talk of the club hiring his services in that capacity. It has taken a while, but he's been back to the club over the past few weeks, and news now reaches us that he is to be formally contracted to take goalkeeping coaching sessions twice a week. Excellent news in the opinion of Ciderspace. With the promising young keepers on Yeovil's books on the record as to the influence Sheffield was having on their progression and development when he was at Huish Park full-time the continuity of specialist coaching has to be a good thing.

In other good news: Adam Lockwood and his partner Jolene have become proud and happy parents. Congratulations on the birth of their son Joshua Adam on Sunday.


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17 November 2003 : Marc Vivien Foe Memorial Fund
Yeovil Town F.C. are supporting the Marc Vivien Foe Memorial Fund, and one contribution is the donation of a match worn Yeovil Town shirt. It is No.11 (a number not currently allocated), and was worn by Bolton's Jermaine Johnson when he was playing in the first Pontins Holiday Combination Wales & West Division fixture of the season against Cardiff City.

To view and bid visit eBay here.

Happy bidding in a good cause.


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16 November 2003 : Johnson proves a hard taskmaster
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson praised his side's application after yesterday's 4-0 win over Southend United at Huish Park.

"I said to Thommo [Steve Thompson] after about 30 minutes that we're going to have to work hard for a goal here," Johnson admitted. "It was fairly even up till then even though weíd had a lot of possession, and it took a quality goal from Lee Elam to set us on our way. He struck it very well and it did get a deflection but if you hit it that well any little touch and its still going to be in the back of the net - it was a great strike. The second goal was a great ball from Lee and a great touch from Darren Way. Lee then got the third from a free-kick which heís been desperate to do, and the fourth from a penalty. Our technique was very good today - weíve been doing finishing all week with our midfielders as well as our forwards - and I was very happy with the 4-0 win.

"We had to change the team 20 minutes before kick-off because Gavin Williams felt his knee before the game. We gave him a fitness test and he came through but unfortunately he didnít come through the warm-up. Lee Elam came in and did very well. He was a bit nervous to start with I think, but he shows good touches and heís going to score goals so I was pleased with his performance. Obviously it put Jamie Gosling on the bench, so two players who didnít think they were going to be involved were very much involved in the end."


Asked whether he thought Yeovil's penalty award was a good decision, Johnson replied: "It looked controversial from the reaction of their supporters but if it was then we're not going to argue against it. What goes around comes around - we might be unlucky one day and somebody might earn a penalty against us. Iím sure they're not going to moan about the penalty and it being 4-0 rather than 3-0. As I said to the boys afterwards: I'm really proud of you, you've done fantastic but if you want me to pick up on one thing it's if we're 4-0 up with 20 minutes to go then I want to get 5 and 6! I just felt we tried to play the 'Oleís' and keep the ball a little bit too early, which we did and we do very well, but me and the supporters want to see goals and thatís why Iíve lost my voice not shouting at anyone in particular but just trying to get that 5th goal!"

Looking ahead to next weekend's six-pointer against league leaders Hull City, Johnson said: "Weíve won our last couple and Hull have fortunately for us lost their last three. We knew that if we got the result today it means we have a great chance of bringing Hull back to us next week and that makes for a fantastic day up there. Thereíll be 20,000 people in the ground so let's see how we cope with a big crowd on a big occasion again. Weíve entertained here at Huish Park the last couple of games and it would be nice to see as many of our supporters as we can up at Hull. I know itís a long trip but it would be nice to get our Huish roar and to see some green and white up there."

Transcription by Richard Gibson.


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16 November 2003 : Super Gav Injury Up-date
Yeovil Town supporters worried by the very late withdrawal of Gavin Williams from yesterday's game against Southend United, which saw Lee Elam step up at the last minute to make his First Team home debut, will be pleased to know it was not the result of a serious injury.

In the pre-match warm-up Williams was hit hard by a football on the very spot he suffered severe bruising in the away fixture at Bury two weeks ago, occasioning a reoccurrence of the dead leg. It is not expected to keep him out for any length of time. Rumours that he just wanted to watch the whole of the Russia v Wales international have been denied :-)!


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16 November 2003 : Paging YTISA Members
Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association Chairman Mark Kelly reports that the club has asked the organisation to forward the names of fifteen people who, because of age or infirmity, would prefer to sit at the Memorial Stadium on December 13th.

Bristol Rovers have made a very limited number of Stand seats available to Yeovil Town, and the club has contacted the supporters organisation to try and ensure they go to deserving cases. Although we have not heard officially Ciderspace presumes that small allocations will also be available through Cary Glovers and The Green and White Supporters Club.

To qualify for the YTISA allocation you need to be:
(1) A paid up member of that organisation;
(2) A holder of a current Yeovil Town F.C. season ticket.

Anyone wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity, or put forward the name of someone who needs such a ticket, should contact Mark on 01935 412236, who can provide further details. He will then forward the names to the club. Final decisions on eligibility and allocation are reserved by Yeovil Town F.C.

Details of YTISA transport to the Memorial Stadium are also now available. The coach(es) will leave from Huish Park at 11.00 a.m. The cost is £8.00 to members, £10.00 non-members. Contact YTISA's new booking hotline on 07800 837810, which has been funded by Hembury Plant Hire, which is based at Rose Lawn Farm near Glastonbury. Alternatively you can phone YTISA chairman Mark Kelly on 01935 412236 or committee member Roger Brimble on 01935 475384.


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15 November 2003 : From little acorns do mighty oaks grow ...
It was three years ago that Southend caretaker manager Dave Webb breezed into Huish Park and began the full-time revolution that was to lift Yeovil Town into the Football League - and today he returned to his old stomping-ground to see exactly how the club was faring without him. The answer? Doing very nicely, thanks very much!

A double strike from Lee Johnson ensured the Glovers took three valuable points at home to Southend, 4-0 the final score.

After a scrappy opening half-hour the Glovers took hold of the match by the scruff of the neck, the first goal coming in the 32nd minute when Lee Elam, a late addition to the side after Gavin Williams pulled up injured during the warm-up, drilled a right footed shot into the bottom corner for his first goal in a Yeovil shirt. Eight minutes later a Lee Johnson cross was volleyed home from inside the box by Darren Way. Three minutes before the break, Lee Johnson blasted home Yeovilís third goal of the afternoon from 20 yards out into the top right corner of the goal from a direct free-kick.

Within 9 minutes of the re-start, the referee pointed to the spot on his assistant's say-so after a handball from Mark Gower - the decision looked harsh to say the least. Up stepped Lee Johnson who comfortably converted his second and Yeovilís fourth goal, Southend's Neil Jenkins being dismissed after arguing his side's case a little to vigorously for over-fussy referee Mr Armstrong's liking. Much of the urgency went out of the game thereafter, but two chances went begging late on in the game for Gary Johnsonís side to extend their lead - Kirk Jackson found the woodwork from a powerful header and a clear foul on Darren Way inside the penalty box was turned down - a case of a weak referee balancing the books from an earlier poor decision perhaps?

Final score: Yeovil Town 4 - 0 Southend United.

A good day at the office for the Glovers today then, and it's tight at the top of the table after results elsewhere largely went our way: Yeovil move up one place to 5th on 33 points from 18 games played. Leaders Hull went down 3-1 at Huddersfield to stay on 36 points, while Mansfield climb to 2nd on 35 points after putting another nail in bottom club Carlisle's coffin with a 2-0 win at Brunton Park. A last-minute equaliser at Cambridge meant that Oxford United stay 3rd on 35 points, but Doncaster drop 2 places to 4th with 34 points after losing 1-0 at York. The Glovers are fifth on 33 points, with Swansea, who entertain Northampton live on Sky TV on Monday evening, lying in 6th place on 31 points.

All to play for next week then as Yeovil face a real six-pointer when they travel to leaders Hull City and their first visit to the 25,000 capacity Kingston Communications Stadium next Saturday 22 November. Tickets for the game are only on sale on the day. A reminder that the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association is organising transport - coaches will leave from Huish Park at 6.30am and cost is £15 for members and £17 for non-members. Television and video facilities will be on board the coach - but book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact YTISA chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 for more information or email markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk.

Match details: George Murray.


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15 November 2003 : Robbed Roy
Roy O'Brien, one of the Yeovil players who has particularly shone in the transition from Conference to League football, will be robbed of another part of this season. Already struggling with a knee injury which saw him limp off at half-time at the Kassam Stadium on October 11th, he has not played since.

Yesterday he underwent an operation on his ankle, and will be out until next year. As we understand it if the operation is as successful as maybe Roy will still be looking at several months recuperation, but as with all these type of things it could be much longer than that.

Manager Gary Johnson said: Roy was ruled out with his knee anyway and we felt it was the right time to get his ankle sorted out. He's had the problem for a couple of years and actually put an operation off in the summer. It's unfortunate for Roy and he's had terrible luck with injuries during my time here.

All Yeovil fans will wish Roy the best of fortune for a full recovery.

As trailed on this site yesterday Andy Lindegaard has now gone out on a month's loan, starting from November 14th, at the Wessex Stadium. Andy has been another player struggling with injury this season. Although back playing for the Reserves at last, Johnson has felt he needs more First Team football. If going to Weymouth can be counted as such. We wish him luck down with the Scummers. And if the odd own goal should ricochet in off his boot........


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14 November 2003 : Christmas Draw Books On Sale
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department would be interested in hearing from any supporters who could sell some Yeovil Town FC Christmas Draw books. The draw books are sold to benefit the club and carry a top prize of 250 pounds, along with numerous other smaller prizes. If you are able to sell any books, or if you want to buy some yourself, then please contact commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935-423662.


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14 November 2003 : Reserve Match Time Switches
Yeovil Town have announced a switch in time for all Pontins Holiday Combination League Reserve Team matches at Huish Park. All home fixtures will now kick off at the earlier time of 7.00pm. Note that this does not affect the kick-off time of away matches. Complete details of this season's Reserve Team schedule are here.

Four Yeovil Town players made it into the Nationwide League Division Three Team of the Week for this weekend's league bulletin. The quartet of Terry Skiverton, Gavin Williams, Darren Way and Kevin Gall were all included on the back of the Glovers' stunning 4-1 First Round win over Second Division Wrexham.

The Youth Team take on AFC Bournemouth tomorrow on the Top Pitch at Huish Park. Kick-off is 11.00am. A full set of fixtures and results can be found here.


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14 November 2003 : Bristol Rovers Ticket Update
Following yesterday's article relating to ticket news for the forthcoming match against Bristol Rovers the club have confirmed ticket prices for the match have been set at 11 pounds for adults and 5 pounds for Under 16s and Over 65s.

Tickets for the match at the Memorial Stadium against Bristol Rovers on December 13th 2003 go on sale on Sunday 16th November to season ticket holders only. The ticket office will be open from 10.00am until 1.00pm. Tickets are for the terrace only. Just over 1,100 tickets have been made available. Subject to availability, tickets will remain on sale to season ticket holders until Friday 28th November. Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Monday 1st December.

Season ticket holders who can not get to the club on Sunday are welcome to drop in a postal application to the club tomorrow. Please remember to include your season ticket number (including seat number if relevant) along with your postal address, as such applications will be matched against the club's records. Alternatively, the club will accept credit card applications over the phone from season ticket holders only, from 9.00am Monday. Applications are limited to one ticket per season ticket holder.


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14 November 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Southend United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Southend United tomorrow (Saturday) as they make their return to Nationwide League Division Three football with a match at Huish Park, kick-off 3.00pm.

The Glovers welcome back Lee Elam who has been cup-tied for the past two matches, but lose Stephen Reed, who serves a one match suspension for his controversial sending off at Bury.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson has just one injury concern to weigh up with Kirk Jackson having been taken off with a knee injury during the midweek 5-0 win over Oxford United in the Pontins Football Combination League. Jackson's withdrawl was as a precaution, following a heavy tackle.

Roy O'Brien remains absent with a knee injury, whilst Andy Lindegaard and Chris Giles, both continuing their rehabilitation, are not expected to be involved.

Saturday's fixture sees Yeovil come up against David Webb for the first time in a competitive match since he left the club in September 2000. Webb spent just 23 games in charge at Huish Park before upping sticks and heading for Essex, and has since managed to leave and return to Southend, where he is currently occupying the post of caretaker manager, following Steve Wignall's sacking. Webb has recently suggested he would take the position on permanently, despite initially saying that he would not consider returning to the club for a fourth time.

Webb will travel without Southend's longest serving player Kevin Maher who is struggling with a knee injury but is definitely ruled out after his red card against Northampton. Stuart Williams also serves a one-match ban after picking up five bookings, although has yet to play a first team match for the Shrimpers.

Duncan Jupp has recovered from a thigh injury whilst Steve Clark is returning following a groin injury. However, Southend will continue to be without long-term injury victims Leke Odunsi (ankle) and Jamie Stuart (pelvis).

Referee Paul Armstrong (Berkshire) assisted by Gary Chapman (Gloucestershire) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) will be in charge for Saturday's game.

Saturday's match against Southend United follows the usual procedures with tickets for the match being available on the day. Tickets for the Main Stand and the Bartlett Stand must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office, whilst tickets for the Westland Stand may be purchased in advance or on the turnstiles on the day of the game.


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14 November 2003 : Lindy Linked With Seaside Scummers
Glovers manager Gary Johnson has given the latest on the proposals to loan out the versatile Andy Lindegaard in an attempt to boost his match fitness. The Yeovil-born player is capable of playing as a right-winger, central midfielder or striker and on Wednesday night reverted to the right-back position he used to adopt as a youngster. The Glovers have circulated his name to Nationwide Conference clubs to see if any of them would be interested in taking him on a one-month loan.

Johnson admitted he had received some interest explaining: "We have had some responses but not the ones we want at the moment. In the meantime Lindy can get games in our reserves but we had a chat with him and just feel it would be nice if he could get some regular first-team football somewhere in the Conference. It would move him up another level before he came back here."

Gary made it clear to the Western Gazette that a permanent move to another club was not on the agenda adding: "We do not want to lose him or move him on so it will not be a loan with a view to buy. But we want to get him some first-team games after coming back from his injury."

The Gazette claim that Lindegaard is on his way to the Wessex Stadium, where Weymouth currently top the Dr Martens League. Gary admits he has given the non-league minnows an option on the player: "Weymouth is a possibility but they were going to come back to me and they have not as yet. Firstly we were looking at Nationwide Conference clubs but Weymouth would be an ideal choice because it would mean that we would be able to go down and watch him. It would be nice if that happened and I have given Steve Claridge the opportunity but he has not come back to me."

Claridge, however, seems a little luke-warm on the subject explaining: "I had virtually a full-strength squad but then all of a sudden we got a lot of injuries so I am not lucky in that way. Bringing in Andy Lindegaard on loan is a possibility but I am not sure what is happening as regards to our and his position. If Gary says Andy is a good player than I will have no problems in taking him for a month but I will have to take a look at the loan system and the people I have already got. It is not just a case of giving him a couple of games for a month because we are looking at a bigger picture. Saying that, we are not looking actively for someone at this stage."

One winger who won't be coming back to Huish Park is Alex Rhodes, who Johnson took on trial on two occasions in the past month. However, Gary decided not to proceed with an offer for the player and he has now signed for Second Division Brentford. The fee is undisclosed, although rumours pitch the wingers fee at about 20,000 pounds, plus add-ons.

Much more likely is that the arrival of on-loan Halifax Town winger Lee Elam would become permanent. Gary told the Yeovil Express that he did not see Elam's inability to play against Colchester United and Wrexham due to being cup-tied to be a problem: "It has given us time to work on Lee's fitness and he has responded well. He looks like he wants to stay around here."

Four Yeovil Town players have been recognised by selection for the latest Nationwide Division Three Team of the Week. They are Kevin Gall, Terry Skiverton, Darren Way and Gavin Williams. Congratulations to all.


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13 November 2003 : Ticketing Details For Forthcoming Games
Ticketing details for some of the matches leading up to Christmas have been announced by Yeovil Town Football Club.

Tickets for the match at the Memorial Stadium against Bristol Rovers on December 13th 2003 go on sale on Sunday 16th November to season ticket holders only. The ticket office will be open from 10.00am until 1.00pm. Tickets are limited to one per registered season ticket holder and are for the terrace only. Just over 1,100 tickets have been made available. Subject to availability, tickets will remain on sale to season ticket holders until Friday 28th November. Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Monday 1st December.

Tickets for the FA Cup Second Round match on Saturday 6th December will go on sale next Thursday on 20th November, after the result of the Stalybridge Celtic versus Barnet First Round Replay tie is known. Season Ticket holders will have between then and 2.00pm on Thursday 4th December to claim their reserved seats. Following that time, all unsold seats will go on general sale. This match is not an all-ticket game, though advanced purchases are to be recommended.

The home match against Lincoln City on Saturday 29th November has been designated as an ALL TICKET match. At this stage there are no plans for tickets to be on sale on the day of the game. All sales must be completed by 5.00pm on Friday 28th November. Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday's match against Southend United on November 15th 2003 follows the usual procedures with tickets for the match being available on the day. Tickets for the Main Stand and the Bartlett Stand must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office, whilst tickets for the Westland Stand may be purchased in advance or on the turnstiles on the day of the game.

The club have also indicated that it is now possible to purchase tickets in advance for ANY of the club's remaining Division Three home fixture list. Hence if you're wanting to cement your purchase for next May's final home match against Hull City or March 13th's local derby against Bristol Rovers, advance purchases are very much welcomed. The club are also looking into the feasibility of introducing on-line ticket ordering on the Internet, although no date for such a system has been set currently.

For further information, contact the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-423662 Ext 1.


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13 November 2003 : We are top of the league, say we are top of the league!
And it's true, the Glovers went top of the Wales & West Division of the Pontins Holidays Combination League last night after a fine 5-0 win over Oxford United reserves at Huish Park.

Adam Stansfield opened the scoring after 8 minutes, beating U's keeper Simon Cox when one-on-one after a defensive error let the striker through on goal. On loan Lee Elam capped an excellent display with a headed goal on 38 minutes to put the Glovers 2-0 up, and Abdelhalim El Kholti got in on the act 4 minutes later with another header to make it 3-0 at half-time. Adam Stansfield made it 4-0 with a tap-in on 58 minutes following good work on the left from Elam, and El Kholti bagged his 2nd goal and Yeovil's 5th on the night with a wonderful individual effort from an acute angle with 10 minutes left.

This was a fine performance from the Glovers and one which must have delighted watching boss Gary Johnson. Yeovil's strength in depth is undeniable, and all the players on show last night must be pressing very hard for a first-team start in the very near future.

Final score: Yeovil Town Reserves 5 Oxford United Reserves 0.


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12 November 2003 : Johnson is the Loan Arranger
Glovers reserve-team captain Andy Lindegaard's name has been circulated to Nationwide Conference clubs as being available for loan, according to today's edition of the Western Daily Press. The 23-year-old utility player's season has been disrupted by a heel injury which has led to him making only 1 first team start in the football league, though he has now returned to fitness and is expected to play for the reserves tonight against Oxford United reserves at Huish Park.

"We need to get Lindy some first-team games," Glovers boss Gary Johnson confirmed. "He's been playing for our reserves but needs to step up a level now. We don't want him to move on for good, but feel a loan move would be of benefit."

As mentioned above, the reserves entertain Oxford United reserves at Huish Park tonight in a Pontins Holidays Combination League fixture, kick-off 7.45pm. The squad for the game is expected to be as follows: Steve Collis, Andy Lindegaard, Hugo Rodrigues, Stephen Reed, Abdelhalim El Kholti, Jamie Gosling, Steve Thompson, Lee Elam, Adam Stansfield, Kirk Jackson, Chris Giles, Ian Patchett, Dale Williams, Sam Croft.

Former Yeovil target Alex Rhodes, released from a second trial period at the club last week after Gary Johnson decided not to offer the 21-year-old left-winger a contract, has now signed for 2nd Division Brentford. Rhodes' former club Newmarket Town have received a five-figure fee for the player, rumoured to be as much as £20,000.


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10 November 2003 : YTISA Travel To Hull
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association is organising transport for the Glovers' big Nationwide League match at Hull City on November 22.

Coaches will leave from Huish Park at 6.30am and cost is £15 for members and £17 for non-members. Television and video facilities will be on board the coach - but book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact YTISA chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 for more information or email markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk


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9 November 2003 : Smith Condemns Poor Dragons Performance
Wrexham manager Denis Smith has condemned his side's performance in their 4-1 thrashing at Huish Park yesterday.

Speaking straight after the game, the Wrexham boss admitted: "I would think that is about as bad as we can play. Fair play to them (Yeovil), they worked hard and they closed us down but our shape, our discipline, our passing - I could go through the lot - was poor. It's difficult when you play that badly to explain what's gone wrong."

Smith added: "Anyone who has seen us play will know we don't let goals in, yet by the end of this match we were almost happy to have only four against. It's an embarrassing performance, to be honest."

Smith admitted that he could not work out why his side had performed so badly: "They are a team that knows their jobs. Everyone knows what they should be doing. Yet if you looked at that you wouldn't believe that they had ever met each other. We didn't work as a unit today. I just don't know where that performance came from. It is very difficult to understand how a team that has played well for the last six months can play like that. It just doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever."


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9 November 2003 : Passion, power and pace makes it hard for Johnson to be humble
Glovers manager Gary Johnson was over the moon following his side's 4-1 win, televised live by Sky Sports, over 2nd Division Wrexham in the 1st Round of the FA Cup yesterday. "It was a fantastic performance, and it's very hard to be humble because I really enjoyed that!" Johnson enthused after the match. "I enjoyed the performance of our boys, I enjoyed the performance of our club and I enjoyed the performance of it being an F.A Cup game against a very strong 2nd Division team, so I will try and be humble but it will be very hard."

"We started like a train," Johnson said. "I thought it might be one of those nights again where we created a lot of chances and didnít put one away but the first goal came at a great time for us and the boys deserved the goal because of all the opportunities they made before. Four goals from 12 chances is a good return at the end of the day, but the boys looked sharp and it wasnít just the strikers having chances it was the whole team getting involved, midfield players were setting chances up and we defended very well; so its one of those where we can be proud of the whole performance."

"As you know with a work rate like ours we defend as a team and we attack as a team, so I donít class any one particular department as good, bad or indifferent - we work as a team and if we lose it's because the whole team hasnít done their job, and if we win it's because everyone has done their job."

Asked what was said to the players in the dressing-room after the game, Gary replied: "Just 'well done'! Theyíve all come in there very happy and Iíve got up on the board that I wanted to see passion, power and pace and I feel that my side has that and if they showed that today we thought weíd have a great chance of winning the game. I said I want all the commentators - the TV, Radio and Press - all saying that we had passion, power and pace."

Glovers striker Jake Edwards was particularly pleased, not only with the result, but to score against his former club: "I had about a season and a half with Wrexham and I knew some of the chaps from when I played there but of course theyíve got a different manager now and 6 or 7 new players. Dennis Smith kindly let me come and train with Wrexham at the beginning of the pre-season before I came down here, so I was mates with a lot of the players so I didnít really speak to them before the game, but I spoke to a few of them after and sure its definitely nice to score against them - at the end of the day they sold me so I enjoyed it."

Transcription by Richard Gibson.


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9 November 2003 : Glovers Get Familiar Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town have got familiar opposition at Huish Park as their reward for yesterday's stunning 4-1 win over Second Division Wrexham. Their opponents will be either Barnet or Stalybridge Celtic, both of whom have been recent visitors to Somerset in the Nationwide Conference. Should Barnet progress, the Glovers will be up against former striker Giuliano Grazioli, who is the current Conference top scorer with 17 goals this season. The full draw is as follows:

Northampton Town vs Weston Super Mare
Rochdale vs Thurrock / Luton Town
Colchester United vs Aldershot Town
Macclesfield Town vs Cambridge United
Peterborough United vs Grimsby Town
Bristol City vs York City / Barnsley
Oldham Athletic vs Blackpool
Burton Albion vs Hartlepool United
Gravesend and Northfleet vs Notts County / Shildon
Telford United vs Brentford
Woking vs Kidderminster Harriers
Hornchurch vs Tranmere Rovers
AFC Bournemouth vs Accrington Stanley
Cheltenham Town vs Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town vs Barnet / Stalybridge Celtic
Port Vale / Ford United vs Scarborough
Wycombe Wanderers vs Mansfield Town
Southend United / Canvey Island vs Lincoln City
Scunthorpe United vs Sheffield Wednesday / Salisbury City
Swansea City vs Stevenage Borough


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9 November 2003 : Rhodes closed
Newmarket Town winger Alex Rhodes, who has just completed his second trial period at Huish Park, has been released by the club. Manager Gary Johnson has decided against offering the 21-year-old a contract.

Yeovil Town u-17's made it 4 league victories in a row with a 2-1 win against their Bristol Rovers counterparts on the Top Pitch at Huish Park yesterday morning. The young Glovers opened the scoring with a Sean Smith effort on 16 minutes, the visitors equalising through a Scott Brice penalty midway into the 2nd half. Dale Williams notched Yeovil's winner with 12 minutes left on the clock.

Final score: Yeovil Town u-17's 2 Bristol Rovers u-17's 1.


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9 November 2003 : Glovers don't just dash Dragons hopes - they Wrex-ham!
Another memorable first round FA Cup first round performance from Gary Johnsonís Yeovil Town and another higher league team defeated, this time 2nd division Wrexham, although these days it is not much of a giant killing.

Once again the Glovers did themselves proud and played superbly in front of the Sky cameras and 5,049 supporters.

Yeovil dominated a very open first half and Jake Edwards pressurised Dennis Smiths defence early on but Hector Sam often reminded the Yeovil defence of his attacking threat. Yeovil had to wait until the 39th minute until their dominance paid off- a perfectly timed Lee Johnsonís cross finding the head of Kevin Gall, who placed the ball in the back of the net for Yeovilís first of the night.

The Hoops continued to dominate in the second half and three goals were to follow in the first 22 minutes. The first came from close range when a cross found Gavin Williams sliding in at the far post. Yeovilís third came on the half-hour mark, when a corner from Johnson was superbly headed by Colin Pluck into the bottom corner. The crowd were already singing ĎOoh arr itís a massacreí when seven minutes later, the fourth goal arrived courtesy of Darren Wayís pass finding in-form striker, Jake Edwards, who slotted low into the far post.

Late in the game The Dragons took home a consolation goal when a quick through ball from captain Darren Ferguson reached Chris Armstrong, who chipped Chris Weale.

Final score: Yeovil Town 4 Wrexham 1.

The draw for the 2nd Round takes place this afternoon (Sunday) at approximately 3pm on BBC1.

Match precis by George Murray.


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7 November 2003 : Glovers Go Worldwide!
Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round match against Wrexham is being shown as the feature FA Cup match on Fox Sports World in North America. The game is being shown as a 'delayed live' match and residents of both the USA and Canada will be able to tune in. One of our Chicago exiles reports that the game will be shown in his area at 3.00pm CT on Saturday.

Other areas may vary, and the match appears to be repeated on a number of occasions over the weekend, so consult the schedule list on the Fox Sports World website for further details.

The transmission has allowed numerous Glovers exiles the chance to tune in as well as the families of strikers Kevin Gall and Jake Edwards who will hoping to see their relatives pull off a shock in tomorrow's FA Cup tie.

For those of you in the UK, coverage starts at 5.30pm on Sky Sports 2 and continues until 8.00pm. Don't forget to set your video recorders!


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6 November 2003 : Johnson Switches Yeovil On
Gary Johnson, the manager who brought the F.A. Trophy and Division Three football to Yeovil and became a folk-hero in the process, has agreed to officially turn on the Christmas Lights in the town centre on the evening of Thursday November 13th. Gary will hit the switch at around 18.35 in the Quedam Shopping Centre, and will be joined by many of the Yeovil Town players.

I feel honoured that I've been asked to press the button that will illuminate the town centre with the wonderful Christmas lights and decorations. I hope that as many supporters of Yeovil Town will be there to join in the festive fun and I look forward to seeing lots of other people as well. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody in Yeovil and surrounding area a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From a football point, the past year has been a brilliant one for us at Yeovil Town by winning the Nationwide Conference and taking our place in the Football League. Rest assured that everybody at Huish Park will be working hard to try and make 2004 equally as exciting.

Lee Johnson has been selected for the Nationwide Division Three Team of the Week for the second time in a row, and the third time in all this season. Congratulations to him.

Former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers manager John Ward is the new man at Whaddon Road, appointed today to replace Bobby Gould who resigned as Cheltenham Town boss on October 18th.


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6 November 2003 : Johnson: Let's Get Clinical!
Glovers manager Gary Johnson is clearly a man with a mission. Following Tuesday night's penalty drama, many might have expected him to rest on his laurels, having just seen his side take Colchester United - a side currently 6th in Division Two - the full distance.

But Johnson wants more than that and explained: "We did very well against a Second Division side and out played them as far as play is concerned but we didn't out score them for our amount of play. It's a clinicalness, its players being more clinical, and it typified that clinicalness when we don't score 2 penalties and my keeper didn't get near one. You've got to be more aggressive, you've got to be angrier in your approach to those things, it could be Saturday again and extra time and penalties again, you've got to have the mental toughness to win the game."

Gary added that the 'clinicalness' extended to both ends of the field: "Whether that's a twelve yard strike or whether it's a goalkeeper getting near something and being aggressive to get near it, it's a frame of mind and I felt that I've had to remind them that we didn't quite have that clinical mentality that goes with our football. If we get that we'd have beaten Bury, we'd have beaten Luton, we'd have beaten Oxford. We've just got to get to that point now when were more clinical in both penalty areas because both goals (against Colchester) were mistakes and the two at Bury were mistakes. I've got some very good players here, some very good footballers but they are going to have to learn to be clinical very quickly."

"We want to play our football and win our games 4-0 , to all intents and purposes that result should have been 4-0 for the first 20-25 minutes, but one mistake gets them in it. Suddenly they (Colchester) are all happy and buzzing again and you have to work a little bit harder. We then get back in it and make another mistake."

"The good thing is I love them all to death and what I want to do is make them in to top quality players. That's what I want to do, and so they have learnt another little lesson from me today, that I won't accept anything less than mental toughness and players being clinical."

"It's not just up-front; I'm blaming us as a club if you like. Certainly the squad we've got to know where we want to go and do everything we can to get there so I've just had a go at a few. Wealey will be doing penalties all week now because I told him he got near none of them. The penalty takers will be practicing because that now is going to be the nature of the beast; that's what they have to do now. I told all the ones who weren't in the team, why they weren't in the team and what they had to work on. Training over the next couple of weeks will be interesting; there will be a few doing their own thing outside of my sessions."

Gary finished by summing up the source of his frustrations: "I was very pleased with our play, but I don't want to keep coming in here and saying to you we played well but we got beaten again, albeit on penalties. It's that same winning mentality."

[Reporting by Richard Gibson.]


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6 November 2003 : Reserves keep winning run going
Yeovil Town Reserves made it 3 wins in succession in the Pontins Holiday Combination League Wales & West Division by beating Plymouth Argyle Reserves 2-1 at Huish Park last night.

Argyle - featuring Finnish international goalkeeper Jani Viander and former Glovers youth team striker Dan Bulley - opened the scoring on 32 minutes, while Yeovil skipper Andy Lindegaard marked his comeback from a heel injury by equalising on the stroke of half-time with a typically opportunistic strike from close range following up a rebounding Kirk Jackson effort. Under-17's defender Sam Croft bagged the winner for the Glovers from close range in the final minute of the match.

Newmarket Town winger Alex Rhodes played the entire 90 minutes for the Glovers and will be training at Huish Park until the end of the week when manager Gary Johnson will make a final decision as to whether to offer the 21-year-old a contract or not.

Final score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 1.


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5 November 2003 : Glovers pay the penalty as LDV dreams go up in smoke
Yeovil Town contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at Huish Park last night, not so much gifting 2nd division opponents Colchester United safe passage into the quarter-final stages of the LDV Vans Trophy; more inviting them through with open arms, a red carpet and gilt-edged invitations individually addressed to Colchester players ...

The match should have been over as a contest at half-time. Yeovil struck early, Jake Edwards putting the Glovers 1-0 up on 11 minutes with a close-range effort, and the hosts went on to bombard the Colchester goal with a succession of shots and headers, somehow contriving to miss the net with most and then finding former Tottenham keeper Simon Brown in outstanding form whenever they did hit the target. The Glovers outfield play was of super quality and they were making their 2nd division opponents look very ordinary, but yet again chances were not being taken and just before half-time a rare Colchester attack, combined with a defensive error, led to an undeserved equaliser, Wayne Andrews the scorer.

The second half was more even, but again the Glovers took the lead on 66 minutes, Kevin Gall firing home after some individual brilliance. Further chances came and went for both sides but it was Colchester who were the final scorers in normal time on the night, Scott McGleish's powerful header on 77 minutes drawing the sides level.

Extra-time came and went with both sides looking to have settled on penalties as the best way to finish the game, and in the event the shoot-out proved to be something of a damp squib for Glovers fans, the visitors converting all of their efforts convincingly with the Glovers - mirroring their efforts from open play - struggling to find the back of the net. Colchester go through to the next round, but the match as a meaningful contest should have been all over at half-time after that wonderful first 45 minutes from Yeovil Town.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Colchester United 2 : Colchester win 4-2 on penalties after extra-time.


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4 November 2003 : Webb Back At Southend
Former Glovers manager David Webb is back for a third session with Southend United after the Essex club sacked Steve Wignall yesterday, with the former Doncaster manager having survived just 23 games in charge.

Southend are currently battling against relegation, with Wignall having managed just four victories in the league this season and the Roots Hall club have now put Webb back in charge as caretaker manager.

If Southend do not make a quick appointment, that could set up an intruiging clash at Huish Park in just 11 days time, with Southend the next league visitors. Webb managed the Glovers for six months in the year 2000 before leaving Somerset for a Southend side who were then a division higher.


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4 November 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Colchester United in an LDV Vans Trophy tie at Huish Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm. The Glovers will be aiming to get their second higher league scalp after knocking out AFC Bournemouth in the previous round. They come up against an Essex side that have won their last three Division Two fixtures, and even briefly went up to third in the table on the back of Friday night's 1-0 win at Wrexham; the Glovers opponents on Saturday.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson welcomes back Hugo Rodrigues following his single match suspension and his week off in Portugal. However, he will have to leave a late decision on Terry Skiverton and Gavin Williams, both of whom picked up dead legs over the weekend.

Johnson was reasonably hopeful both would make tonight's match saying: ""The rest and extra 72 hours will have done Skivo the world of good, rather than rushing him back, while Gavin looks 60-40 to be okay as well."

One player Gary will definitely be without is Lee Elam, who is cup-tied having played for Halifax Town in a First Round match. His absence is likely to earn a recall for Nick Crittenden who was rested on Saturday.

Colchester are likely to rest several players tonight who are borderline after picking up knocks in recent matches. Liam Chilvers (calf), Andy Myers (groin) and Kemal Izzet (bruised leg) are expected to stay at home whilst Karl Duguid is definitely out due to a single match suspension.

Otherwise Colchester are taking a full strength squad down to Somerset, with their Official Site taking the unusual step of naming their 17 man party as : S. Brown, Gerken, Stockley, Halford, Baldwin, A. White, Fitzgerald, Bowry, Pinault, G. Johnson, R. Johnson, Vine, Keith, McGleish, Fagan, Andrews, J.

Tonight's game is an 'all-pay' match. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then the match will be played to a conclusion, initially using the 'Silver Goal' rule. This rule means that if a team holds the lead at the end of the first period of extra time, they will win the tie. If the teams can not be separated after extra time then the match will be decided by penalty kicks.

Supporters are strongly advised to allow plenty of time to gain entrance to Huish Park tonight. Although the club are hopeful they have ironed out a few problems that existed around the previous Tuesday night match against Huddersfield Town, those who have yet to purchase their tickets are advised to make their purchases with time to spare. Usual admission prices and procedures apply.


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2 November 2003 : Gary: We Wuz Robbed!
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson bemoaned his side's luck in coming home from Lancashire with nothing to show after his side lost 2-1 at Bury on Saturday.

"It was very frustrating," admitted Johnson. "As you can hear, there are not too many sounds coming out of our dressing room because we feel like weíve been violated today. Weíve been robbed a bit. Things didnít go for us before the game with Skivo, then with Gavin after 10 minutes. But the lads rallied well and worked very hard, and our supporters worked very hard. We got caught right at the death when we were down to ten men."

Gavin Williams had to exit the field after a collision with Bury midfielder Harpal Singh, compounding the misery of losing club captain Terry Skiverton before the game, and Johnson explained: "It was a dead leg. It was sods law that something else was going to happen to us, but I thought Lee Elam came on and did the job. Terry Skivertonís was a dead leg in training on Thursday and we were hoping heíd get through it. Unfortunately he didnít. I could tell that he wasnít running properly and wasnít moving properly."

Referee Michael Jones gave Stephen Reed his marching orders in the last five minutes but Gary said: "I didnít think it was a sending off. The challenge saw their fellow bump into the boards. They both challenged for it but unfortunately he [Reed] got sent off, and then they got their goal right on the back stick. It was frustrating because I thought we probably deserved something from the game."

Reed's sending off was on the back of two yellow cards and Gary added: "The first one was a booking. But with the second one, referees should use their common sense. I donít think you send people off for that, but he heard people screaming and shouting in the stand. It was a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge and it could have been Reedy that hit the boards if heíd been on the outside. That was disappointing because the lad will remember that, more so than his performance on his league debut. I was pleased with his league debut and I thought he was unlucky, having got a couple of shots, not to have got maybe one goal."

Although Gary was pleased with many aspects of the Glovers performance, he did feel that there was room for improvement, although typically he did not name names: "Iíve had a go at two or three, because I felt that we got into their final third on many many times and we couldnít finish. We just finished the one and I felt that if we had taken 50 percent of our chances we might have got four goals. So Iím disappointed that our last cross or our last ball into the box wasnít quite there today when we needed it to be. Gally had his chances and got through a couple of times but unfortunately he had one of those days."

One of the positives was the debut of on-loan winger Lee Elam who played 80 minutes after coming on as a substitute. Gary said: "Lee Elam played his part today and I was pleased with him. That was his league debut. When he gets fit you can see what he can do. So thereís a lot of positives, but right now I donít like getting beaten."

Skiverton's injury meant that the Glovers had an entire back four out injured or suspended and Johnson had kind words for the players who deputised: "I thought they did very well, but it was just that last goal that was the killer. It was a little bit of cleverness. Their fellow put in a great ball to the back stick and someone has read it, and come in and headed it in from quite a tight angle. We put Abdou in the back four [after the sending off] because although we were wanting to win the game, given the situation at 1-1, that wasnít a bad result. But you could see we were trying to win the game, because their goal came on the break. We always go for wins, and if you get a draw going for a win, so be it. We were going for the win, because we thought we deserved more."

Johnson rued his side's luck for the first Bury goal explaining: "We had too many people in there! All of the ricochets came off our own people. There were ten touches and none of them were ours."

Attention now turns to two cup competitions with the LDV match on Tuesday seeing Colchester United arrive at Huish Park, whilst Saturday sees Wrexham as the visitors in the FA Cup.

Gary said it was important that the team did not dwell on the defeat for too long: "Thommo, Mark Layder, Maurice and Skivo are in the dressing room now picking the boys up because weíve got a big week ahead. They are down, but we must not be too down, because we were not well beaten in that game. Having said that we are disappointed because we got beaten."

Johnson said it was touch and go as to whether Gavin Williams and Terry Skiverton would be fit for the Tuesday night tie: "Possibly. They are both dead legs and itís very difficult to tell. Sometimes they take a little while."

But he said he was still hopeful of the Glovers getting some kind of a return out of their two matches against the higher league opposition adding: "I watched Wrexham and Colchester last night [Friday] and I feel that if we are on our game weíve got two great chances against Second Division opposition once again."


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2 November 2003 : Preece Sympathises With Reed
Yeovil Town left-back Stephen Reed has received support from an unusual quarter in the form of Bury manager Andy Preece. Reed was red-carded four minutes from the end of the match by over-fussy referee Michael Jones, resulting in the Glovers first sending off for eight months. The Bury manager also felt the full effects of the card-happy official; bookings for Paul O'Shaughnessy and Gareth Seddon mean Preece will lose both players through future suspensions.

Preece said of the decision to reduce the Glovers numbers: "The sending off made a difference, but if you are going to book players for sneezing on each other, then you are likely to have that ending. Graham Barrow and I were looking at each other totally baffled as to why he had sent the lad off."

Preece also admitted that his team were lucky to grab all three points. Speaking to their Official Site he added: "We got the three points, but I donít think the performance was the greatest. Weíve played better than that and lost, but the most important thing is that we have won the game. I wasnít happy with the first half performance; we were poor and could have done a lot more. We didnít really test their defence enough and we didnít get behind them, we needed to test them and in the first 20 minutes, we didnít do that. On the break, Yeovil are a good side, they are very well organised and very well drilled. They have lots of energy and lots of pace. We were most vulnerable when we were on the attack."


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2 November 2003 : Glovers shook by Shakers
Yeovil Town's excellent recent run of four wins in succession came to a halt at Gigg Lane yesterday, Bury punishing a somewhat inconsistent Glovers performance with a late goal to snatch all 3 points in a 2-1 win.

The Glovers were forced into making several changes with Hugo Rodriguez suspended and Terry Skiverton a late withdrawal due to injury; Colin Pluck and Adam Lockwood moving into central defence, Paul Terry coming in at right-back and 18-year-old Steven Reed making an eventful football league debut at left-back.

Yeovil's cause received a further setback after 10 minutes when Gavin Williams was substituted with a dead leg, new boy Lee Elam making his football league debut as a replacement. The Glovers took the lead on 31 minutes, a Jake Edwards shot deflected past Bury keeper Glynn Garner, but the Shakers hit back 4 minutes later through a Paul O'Shaughnessy prod from close range after a scramble in the penalty area which really should have been cleared by the defence. Yeovil made plenty of chances during the game, but failed to take advantage of some good positions in front of goal and were punished by Bury in a frenetic last 5 minutes. Steven Reed, who otherwise made a very assured debut, was sent off for a 2nd bookable offence with 4 minutes to go and the home side took advantage of the extra man to gain a somewhat fortunate 3 points when Lee Unsworth scored with his head with just over a minute to go.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson criticised referee Michael Jones for sending off Reed, describing the decision as: "Harsh. Unfortunately the young lad will remember his debut game for the sending-off rather than his fine performance." Johnson also bemoaned his side's finishing, saying: "We all know goals win games, but we didn't take our chances today. It is disappointing because I feel we should have got something from the match."

Bury manager Andy Preece agreed, saying: "The result was a bit cruel on them because I think a draw would have been a fair result. We have played better than that this season and lost. Yeovil are very well organised, have lots of pace and lots of energy. So at the end of the season this will be a big three points."

Final score: Bury 2 Yeovil Town 1.

The result means the Glovers drop 1 place in the league table to 6th, with 30 points from 17 games played. Hull City remain top on 36 points, despite being held to a 2-2 home draw by struggling Macclesfield. Doncaster are 2nd on 34 points after their 6th win in a row, beating Torquay 1-0 at Belle Vue.

Yeovil have a 2 week break from league action now, with the LDV Vans Trophy match v Colchester next up this Tuesday at Huish Park, 7.45pm kick off. We then entertain another 2nd division side this coming Saturday, Wrexham the visitors in the Sky televised live FA Cup 1st round match, 5.35pm kick-off. As always, supporters are strongly advised whenever possible to buy their tickets for all games in advance, as queues on the day at the ground can be long and slow-moving.


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