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30 November 2005 : More On Ayorinde
Trialist Sammy Ayorinde was making his second visit to Huish Park last night. The Nigerian striker last visited Yeovil in March 2002 when as a Stalybridge Celtic player, he played in a 2-0 away win for the Cheshire side.

Sammy was born in Lagos, Nigeria on October 20th 1974 and briefly became a member of Nigeria's international squad when he was selected for a full international match against Scotland in April 2002.

He came across into this country via Nigerian Am signing for Leyton Orient in April 1996. Sammy left East London 18 months later having spells with Conference sides Dover Athletic and Altrincham. He then left the country turning out for Austrian side Sturm Graz and Swedish side Assyriska. He then returned to England during the autumn of 2001, signing for Stalybridge, where he played for most of the remainder of that season. The scent then goes quiet, until Sammy's appearance for the Reserves last night.

UPDATE 1-12-05
It seems that the goal Sammy scored for the reserves on Tuesday evening wasn't enough to sufficiently impress Yeovil boss Steve Thompson. Today's edition of the Western Morning News states that any interest the Glovers have had in Ayorinde has now ended.


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30 November 2005 : Only terrace tickets left for City
The Glovers crunch all-ticket derby match at home to Bristol City at noon on New Year's Eve is on the verge of a sell out with only terrace tickets still available to purchase by home fans.

"Bristol City have had their 1,500 allocation and we are now only selling terrace tickets as all the seats have gone," a ticket office spokesman said yesterday.

Yeovil fans are reminded that the Friday December 23rd home match v Bournemouth is also all-ticket. Kick-off for that game is at 7.45pm.


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30 November 2005 : Cohen can play in FA Cup at Walsall
The cub have announced that on-loan West Ham United midfielder Chris Cohen has been given permission by his parent club to play for the Glovers in this Saturday's FA Cup 2nd round tie at Walsall. The news is a big boost to manager Steve Thompson in the continuing absence of Darren Way, out for 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture.

The 18-year-old had been prevented from playing in the 1st round replay against Macclesfield because of competition rules saying that loan players are ineligible to play in replays if they are not on the club's roster at the time of the original cup-tie proper - hence his absence from the Macclesfield replay which Yeovil won 4-0. If picked to play against Walsall on Saturday he will be cup-tied on his return to West Ham.


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30 November 2005 : Reserves let 2-goal lead slip
Yeovil Town Reserves were 2-0 up against their Cheltenham counterparts midway through the second half of last night's Combination League match at a cold and dank Huish Park, but ended up with nothing after the visitors mounted a spirited comeback to win 2-3 and take all 3 points on offer.

After a goalless and fairly uneventful first half the introduction of trialist Sam Ayorinde (spelling according to the Western Daily Press - it's Sam Arinde according to the official site, you pays your money and you makes your choice) after the break sparked the goal action, the trialist netting 3 minutes into the half. When youth team defender Craig Alcock headed in a David Poole cross to make it 2-0 the game looked safe for Yeovil, however the visitors struck back quickly with goals from David Bird and Gary Bradshaw to level things up. Former Glovers trialist Sosthene Yao hit the post for the Robins before winger Ryan Parker eventually grabbed the winner in injury time.

Final score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 - 3 Cheltenham Town Reserves. A match report will be online in the next day or so.

Yeovil: 13. Stephen Collis, 14. Andy Lindegaard, 3. Michael Rose, 5. Andy Holmes, 15. Stephen Reed, 19. David Poole, 6. Craig Alcock, 4. Gavin McCallum, 11. Luciano Alvarez, 20. Matt Harrold, 8. Matthew Pears.

Subs: 16. Sammy Ayorinde (sub Harrold, 46 mins), 17. Tom Clarke (sub Pears, 81 mins), 12. Jake Smeeton (sub Alcock), 7. Steve Thompson, 1. Scott Vine.

Cheltenham: 1. Scott Brown, 2. Andy Gallinagh, 3. Richard Evans, 4. David Bird, 5. Michael Townsend, 6. Matthew Wylde, 7. Sostane Yao, 8. Adam Connelly, 9. Gary Bradshaw, 10. Damian Spencer, 11. Scott Musgrove.

Subs: Will Puddy, Sam Foley (85 mins for Bird), Ryan Parker (80 mins for Yao), Tom Birch, Steve Thompson (85 mins for Spencer).


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29 November 2005 : Oliver Returns To Yeovil
As mentioned on these pages on Sunday, central defender Luke Oliver has returned to Huish Park after his three month loan period at Nationwide Conference side Woking expired. The loan rules do not allow the Cardinals to extend the deal beyond the 93 days they kept Luke for and so he will return to Somerset now until at least New Year's Day. Luke made 16 appearances on his return to Kingfield, and his defensive work contributed to Woking only losing twice during that period.


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29 November 2005 : Reserves v Cheltenham tonight
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves entertain their Cheltenham Town counterparts in a Combination League match at Huish Park tonight. At the time of writing there has been no indication from the club that the game is in any doubt after the recent cold spell, kick off is expected at 7pm.

Scott Guyett is expected to feature in the side according to the Western Daily Press after recovering from a twisted ankle sustained in training last week, the paper says. Liam Fontaine also returns to Huish Park today after undergoing treatment at parent club Fulham for the ankle problems that have plagued him ever since he was carried off during the 1-0 win over Swansea at Huish Park in October - which seems a long time ago now! It's not known whether Liam is fit enough to feature tonight. Otherwise the reserves will presumably feature the usual mix of first team squad members not currently in the starting XI and senior members of the youth team, along with any odd trialist that might be eligible to play. It will be interesting to see if Luciano Alvarez features at all - according to the WDP the Argentinian is out of favour with Glovers boss Steve Thompson and is not expected to be offered a new contract when his current one runs out in a month's time.

Meanwhile Thommo has contacted West Ham United to try to persuade Hammers boss Alan Pardew to allow on-loan midfielder Chris Cohen to play in this Saturday's FA Cup game at Walsall. Cohen was prevented from playing in the previous round of the competition.

UPDATE 2.30pm
The official site has now released the starting XI for tonight's match. It is:
Steve Collis, Andy Lindegaard, Steve Reed, Michael Rose, David Poole, Gavin McCallum, Luciano Alvarez, Matt Harrold, Craig Alcock, Tom Clarke and either Steve or Dan Thompson - which of the two isn't made clear.


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27 November 2005 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
Terry Skiverton talked to Ciderspace and the Western Daily Press after the substandard 2-0 defeat at home to Oldham Athletic yesterday. The captain pointed out just how reliant his side are on Lee Johnson and Darren Way in the centre of the park but that should not act as an excuse for the defeat.

Skiverton said: "Darren is a little tiger for us in the midfield and Lee is the one with the imagination and the flair that does passing which puts people through on goal. Today we missed a bit of the imagination and the cleverness of getting clear on goal."

To read the full interview with Terry Skiverton head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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27 November 2005 : Thommo's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson kept the local press waiting around 40 minutes following the end of the 2-0 home defeat against Oldham Athletic as he held an inquisition into how the Glovers held possession so much in the game without putting the Latics under significant pressure. Steve answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: Steve, a lot to talk through with the players after the game?

ST: Yes, a lot to talk through as I was obviously very disappointed with the result and the performance.

Qu: What do you think was missing today?

ST: Certainly in the second half we lacked that cleverness to break them down. We managed to do that a few times in the first half but for the amount of possession we had in the game, we created very little.

Qu: There was very little on target and their keeper had a very quiet day, didn't he?

ST: Yes, in the second half it was all shots outside the box and those shots were poor as well. It was obviously all about not creating enough, but also the shooting we were doing from outside the box was well off target. Oldham sat back and they were defending a 1-0 lead and it worked for them. But we've got to be better than that.

Qu: They got in behind you a couple of times and scored both times.

ST: Yes, I think they actually got in behind us three times, scored twice and hit the post. Again that's disappointing - to concede two goals from three chances.

Qu: What do you look at from this game and think you did well? What were you pleased with?

ST: I suppose you have to be pleased at the amount of possession that we've had. I don't know the percentage but I suppose it would be in the region of 65:35 possession and 60:40 at least. But you have got to do something with that possession and we didn't do anything with it and that is very disappointing.

Qu: Was it that the ball was going forward too early, too slow, too high or too low? What did you think?

ST: You could cite all of those things. When the ball did get knocked long, it seemed to come out pretty quickly and pretty easily. Of course when you drop deep like Oldham did in the second half, it's pretty tempting to put the ball into the box because otherwise they will just let you play amongst yourselves 40 to 45 yards out. So it is a bit of a conundrum but it is one that is best avoided by not falling behind and not getting into that situation where with half an hour to go they sit back ans say to you "break us down!" Having said that, you have got to be far more clever than we were today to break that down. That was a big disappointment that there was no cleverness or dynamic play to break what was a massive defensive wall down.

Qu: You've talked about the previous three league defeats and said about how you felt you were a bit unlucky not to get anything out of those three games. It's four in a row now. Do you start to worry?

ST: Yes, of course you worry. I wouldn't say that we were unlucky today. We didn't create enough chances to be unlucky. We were not good enough today to win the game. It was a bright start in the first 20 minutes but we didn't capitalise upon that with a goal and when we went a goal behind, Oldham set out their stall.

Qu: You had a great start as manager. What different questions is this tough run now asking you?

ST: It's asks a lot of questions. You have to look at a lot of aspects as to why you feel there is this four game losing run in the league. That is what me and the players have been speaking about in there.

Qu: Have you got answers that you liked from them?

ST: There was a lot of talking and that's not just one-way from me. There was a lot of talking between us and a lot of useful talk came out. So hopefully we can change the talk into actions, because actions do speak louder than words and it is now time for action.

Qu: Do you feel you are pretty close though to flipping this on it's head and say going on a run of four wins? Do you feel there is a lot wrong?

ST: Well I didn't before today's game, but today's game was disappointing to say the least because of how little we created. Also we do seem to have a problem at the moment in that we concede goals out of nothing. So there are a few different aspects for me to look at and not just the one. It's the lack of goals at one end but also the conceding of goals from few chances at the other. It is a worry.

Qu: You lost Darren in the week. What's the update on him? Are you looking at four to six weeks?

ST: Yes. Darren has been having scans and x-rays for the past six to eight weeks. He has had a shin problem for that amount of time and every scan or x-ray has shown the all-clear. However, Darren knew and felt that there was still something there. Unfortunately the third scan that we sent him for on Thursday showed up a stress fracture in his shin - his tibia. It is something that we have had a problem with but we haven't been able to get to the bottom of it. We obviously did the right medical stuff but it didn't reveal anything which sometimes scans don't.

Qu: Under this loan system, can you extend Chris Cohen's loan?

ST: Yes you can extend it and obviously I would like to.

Qu: It must be the first game for a very long time when you've not had both Darren and Lee in the team.

ST: Yes, I can't remember the last time they both didn't play. It must be a long time. Lee's cleverness would have been handy today and you always need Darren's energy and enthusiasm and of course his ability on the pitch.

Qu: Has Colin Miles got an injury as well?

ST: Yes, he has got quite a bad dead leg. You've always got to be careful with that. He couldn't have played on, it was that bad. You have got to be careful as well in post-treatment as you don't want that turning into a hematoma. So it is something that we are going to have to treat well, but hopefully it won't prevent him from being available for next Saturday.


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27 November 2005 : Locky Nets For The Gulls
On loan defender Adam Lockwood scored yesterday in the second game of his one month loan at Torquay United. The Wakefield-born player has clocked up two lots of 90 minutes for the Gulls on their travels at Barnet and Notts County and he scored through a header from Darren Garner's 71st minute free kick in a 2-2 draw at Meadow Lane. His loan club are currently rooted to the bottom of the Football League and are five points from safety, but will have regarded the away point as a useful result.

Dale Williams was slightly less successful for his new loan club Newport County but only by the width of the crossbar. The 18 year old started in the FA Trophy tie at Salisbury City on the left wing, and hit the crossbar when taking a first half free kick. Despite that, Salisbury progressed through as County were dumped out by a 3-0 scoreline in Wiltshire. Dale lasted 71 minutes for the visitors before he was taken off.

Finally Luke Oliver managed 90 minutes in his 16th appearance for Nationwide Conference side Woking in their 3-1 win at Victoria Road over Dagenham and Redbridge. Luke has now completed a full three months at Kingfield, during which he has only been on the losing side twice. Unless the new rules allow Woking to extend beyond the three month period, it seems likely that Luke will be returning to Huish Park for the period of December at the very least.


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27 November 2005 : Johnson Targets Yeovil Players
Former Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has gone public claiming that he may look to try and pinch "one or two" of his former playing squad at the end of this season. The Bristol City manager is under pressure after a club record eight consecutive defeats and is looking to uproot many of his current squad with his team now deeply rooted in the bottom two of the table.

At last week's club AGM, Johnson is reported in the Western Daily Press to have said: "Fourteen players are out of contract at Yeovil (at the end of the season) and I don't want 14 of them. But there may be one or two that may interest us for the simple reason that they are out of contract and good players."

Current boss Steve Thompson said at his press conference when he joined the club that he would be holding talks with Chairman John Fry over which players he would like to see have their contracts extended, hence Johnson's list of 14 players would presumably diminish as time goes on, and whilst City continue to remain in a perilous position, the less attractive they will become to any ambitious career-minded player. Johnson is hoping to turn around his clubs fortunes during the transfer window where he claims he has three permanent sigings already lined up when the window opens during the first week in January.


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27 November 2005 : Youths Lose Out To Swindon
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side narrowly lost to their Swindon Town counterparts yesterday on the Huish Park Top Pitch despite a second half fight-back that almost got them a result.

The young Glovers - who had only returned from East London 36 hours earlier, following their FA Youth Cup match, got off to a flier when Gavin McCallum surprised the Swindon goalkeeper by beating him at his near post in the second minute when a cross from the narrow angle looked the more likely option.

But despite fielding four players who didn't travel to London - McCallum, Richard Cullingford and two other players making their debut - the Glovers looked very leggy in defence, missing the injured Matt Pitcher - and had trouble picking up their markers in an experienced looking Swindon forward line. By half time they were 3-1 down, with Swindon seemingly having taken control of the game.

However, with Yeovil kicking with the wind in the second half, they forced the upper hand again, and created an exciting final spell of the game when substitute Jamie Barber produced the goal of the game - a 25 yard rocket that flew into the top corner after he had received an excellent layoff. The width of the woodwork denied Yeovil an equaliser and Swindon were forced to resort to an element of time-wasting to see out the final minutes of the game. After a sluggish start, there were some good performances out there, and the two new boys - right winger Ebenezer Masade and striker Raphael Akala - looked well worth a second look in a future game.

Final score: Yeovil Town u-18's 2 - 3 Swindon Town u-18's.


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26 November 2005 : That's why they call them the Blues
Yeovil Town lost their fourth consecutive league game in a row after the 2-0 defeat to Oldham this afternoon at Huish Park. The Glovers now slip down to seventeenth in League One, just two points from the relegation zone.

Yeovil certainly had the majority of the possession in the first half but paid for their failure to create goal scoring opportunities when Oldham drew blood shortly prior to the interval. Andy Liddell provided the assist when he squared a perfect ball across the box for Paul Warne to complete the easy task of placing the ball in the back of the net.

Oldham dominated the chances in the second period. Yeovil keeper Chris Weale did well to keep his side just the one goal down after a cracking finger tip save from Liddell before the post then denied Oldham the chance to double their lead. However the visitors put the game beyond doubt nine minutes before the final whistle with what looked to be a carbon copy of their first goal with Paul Warne on the score-sheet again.

Match summary by George Murray

Final score: Yeovil Town 0 - 2 Oldham Athletic.

Injury news: The Glovers were rocked before the game with the news that midfield dynamo Darren Way has suffered a stress fracture of his fibula (shin-bone to the non-medical amongst us) and will be out for 4-6 weeks, with the earliest he can be expected to be back playing being after Christmas. It's a real blow to Darren this, so soon after missing a month with a fractured cheekbone, the fans and the team will miss him. Get well soon Weasel! Perhaps less surprisingly Colin Miles failed to complete 90 minutes today, in fact he didn't even make it to half-time, being taken off with a dead leg on 28 minutes. He's not expected to train much if at all this week but should be available for next Saturday's FA Cup match at Walsall.

Today's result means the Glovers drop a place to 17th, still on 22 points from 19 games played. That's the bad news, the good news is that we're still the highest placed of the West Country sides in the division (as long as you don't count Bournemouth as a West Country side, which we don't) with both Bristol City and Swindon Town below us in 23rd and 24th place respectively. Swindon lost 0-3 at home to Barnsley to remain on 14 points and the Big Club Up The Road went down 2-0 at Doncaster, City's 8th successive loss, to stay on 16 points. At the top of the table the Manchester United of League One ( Alan Tate) needed an 88th minute equaliser to take a point from a 2-2 draw at Tranmere to stay top of the table on goal difference from Huddersfield, 2-1 winners against Nottingham Forest. Both Swansea and Huddersfield are on 38 points, 5 ahead of 3rd-place Southend, who lost 2-1 at Port Vale.


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25 November 2005 : Ciderspace Waltham Forest Youth Cup Match Report
The full match report for last night's 2-0 defeat in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup can be found here.


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25 November 2005 : Lindy Returns To Huish Park
Yeovil Town utility player Andy Lindegaard has returned to Huish Park following a two month loan spell with Nationwide Conference side Crawley Town.

The Western Gazette have revealed that the Yeovil-born player returned earlier this week, prior to Thursday's transfer deadline. Crawley have recently sacked manager Francis Vine and the break in management was no doubt partly responsible for Lindy's return. This would appear to quash some claims in the media that Lindy was likely to have a permanent stay in Sussex come the transfer window in January.

Andy made 11 appearances for the Conference strugglers, notching up one goal in an October away match at Altrincham. He was kept out of Crawley's side on October 22nd, returning briefly to Huish Park to watch the 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest due to a slight groin strain, which meant he missed Crawley's one and only FA Cup match, thus also meaning that he will not be cup-tied.


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25 November 2005 : Dale Heads Over The Bridge
Youth Team winger and first year professional Dale Williams has been signed on a month's loan by Conference South side Newport County. The deal was presumably tied up before Thursday's transfer deadline but has yet to be publicised by Yeovil Town and so has only come to light now.

The BBC report that the Welsh Under-19s international is one of three players drafted in by Newport at late notice due to two of their players being jailed for actual bodily harm. Newport's situation has been compounded by the short term suspension of former Glovers goalkeeper Tony Pennock. Swansea City youth team keeper Kyle Letheren and Carmarthen defender Gareth Warton are the other two arrivals in South Wales.

Dale, who was put on stand-by for the Welsh Under 21s side earlier this month, has already been out on loan this season, having completed a month with Devon side Tiverton Town. He joins a Newport side currently 20th in the Conference South table, and will hope to open his stay in South Wales tomorrow with an away trip to Salisbury City in the FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round.


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25 November 2005 : Yeovil Town v Oldham Athletic match preview
The Glovers entertain Oldham Athletic at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, the first time that the Lancashire outfit has made the trip to Somerset to play a competitive game. The sides are currently locked together in the league table on 22 points, the Glovers goal difference being slightly the better of the two.

There's only been one previous meeting between the sides, in August, which the Latics won 2-0, in Yeovil's first game in League One. Oldham enjoyed a decent early start to the season but have been struggling lately with only 1 win in the last 8 games. They have had their injury problems in that time but are now beginning to see the return of some key players, notably defenders Will Haining and Guy Branston, both of whom are expected to play tomorrow after lengthy lay-offs. Striker Luke Beckett and defender Robert Scott are also available again. Definitely missing will be Chris Swailes (broken foot) and Stefan Stam (knee), and also former Cardiff midfielder Mark Bonner - a player strongly linked with the Glovers last season - who has broken his arm.

"We are lucky at this present time because we have three or four players returning from injury and coming back into the side," Latics boss Ronnie Moore told his club's official site. "Beckett, Branston, Scott and Haining will all be available for selection on Saturday. Beckett looks a lot brighter than he has done of late, even though it was at reserve level it still puts pressure on the strikers, but it's not that end that worries me at the moment. I may have to take a chance with Will Haining on Saturday. I can't afford to wait and let him play a few more reserve games. I need him to blow off the cobwebs and get his fitness levels back up out there on the pitch. He will definitely play some part in Saturday's game."

Don't expect much in the way of the beautiful game from the visitors tomorrow: "We need to go on a run where we win three or four games 1-0," Moore asserted. "That's what we are looking for, to keep the clean sheets and peg some goals back, because the goals against column isn't looking that good and it all comes down to goal difference at the end of the day. It would be harsh to change the back three but I have to go with what I think will benefit the team. It might be harsh to leave three players out at the back but it's something I will have to look at. In reality I have already made my decision but I will leave it until Saturday so you can see for yourselves. They are all under pressure at the moment."

As for Yeovil definitely out is midfielder Lee Johnson, suspended for one match following his dismissal against Swansea a week ago, and defender Liam Fontaine who is struggling with a foot injury and has now returned to parent club Fulham for more treatment. On loan West Ham midfielder Chris Cohen is widely expected to replace Johnson in midfield but Glovers boss Steve Thompson has plenty of options both there and in attack. The Glovers have lost their last 3 league games in a row - albeit 2 of them against the top 2 sides in the division - and Thommo is well aware of how vital it is to reverse that run against Oldham tomorrow.

"Every game is important but this one is very important because I would imagine the winner of this game will be in the top half of the table and the loser will be in the bottom six," he said. "That is quite a big psychological difference and it shows how tight the table is."

The Glovers boss has issued a challenge to the club's forwards to make the two available striking positions their own in the coming weeks. Goals have been coming pretty much as expected from the other positions in the team but the one major difference this season from the last is that none of the club's recognised frontmen have really got amongst the goals as yet. "Making the two striking positions their own is up to the five forwards we have got," Thompson said. "The challenge is to make themselves undroppable and, of course, Phil Jevons has the added bonus of having played very well at left midfield this season. Obviously Arron Davies can also play out wide, but all five of them can play up front. My preferred partnership will be the two who are in the best form, looking most dangerous and scoring the most goals. That is the challenge that goes out to all five - they need to show me they should be the first names on my team-sheet."

Selected betting odds for tomorrow: Yeovil win - 11/10; draw - 11/5; Oldham win - 11/5. Our fiver's going on the home win. Record so far this season: +17.13p


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24 November 2005 : Young Glovers Get Lost In The Forest
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side saw their FA Youth Cup run ended tonight in East London when Waltham Forest inflicted a 2-0 defeat upon them on a bitterly cold night.

Pre-match disruption did not help their cause. Having reached Heathrow at 5.00pm in their journey up from Somerset, it then took them over 2.5 hours to reach Walthamstow due to heavy rush hour delays and so they barely had time to perform a warm-up on a rather rutted pitch before the referee kicked off proceedings 25 minutes late.

The unfortunate preparations perhaps were in part responsible for a slow start by the Glovers who fell behind to a 12th minute goal when a Waltham player got in behind the Yeovil defence, rounded keeper Scott Vine and dribbled the ball into an empty net.

Stuart Housley's side rallied and by the end of the half were playing the better football, despite the loss of defender Matt Pitcher who needed six stitches in a head wound in a first half injury. The Yeovil ascendance continued into the second period, but chances were difficult to come by due to a well-organised Waltham side who packed the defence and midfield, then banged the ball up the channels for their strikers to run onto.

Just when the pressure looked like it might be about to tell, Waltham struck gold with another breakaway goal, through one of their substitutes. Craig Alcock and Scott Vine seemed to have blocked the first attempt, but the ball kindly ricocheted back to the Waltham striker and he hit the target at the second time of asking.

If some of the creativity was lacking from the Yeovil side on the night, then the effort was most certainly not lacking with the Under 18s keeping going right up to the final whistle, showing admiral determination to at least come home with something to cheer about. Sadly that moment never happened and it will have been a long journey home tonight for the boys. Most of them though are still young enough to have a second bite at the cherry in next season's competition - hopefully they can use the experience of the last two rounds to go one step further next year.

Line-Up: 1. Scott Vine 2. Darren Watts 3. Jake Smeeton 4. Craig Alcock 5. Matt Pitcher 6. Shane Adcock-Case 7. Ben Wood 8. Jamie Barber 9. Phil Ormerod 10. Matt Concliffe 11. Tom Clarke.

Subs: 12. Oliver Wake (Pitcher, 30 mins) 14. Jordan Butler (Barber, 70 mins) 15. Dan Thompson (Wood, 70 mins).

Bookings: Dan Thompson (90 mins, kicking ball away).

Attendance: 220 (including approx 20 Glovers)


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24 November 2005 : Transfer Deadline Move Unlikely
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has today told the Western Daily Press that he does not anticipate any late squad reshuffling ahead of today's 5.00pm deadline.

Thommo does not 100 percent rule out late activity but admits it would come as a surprise explaining: "I have quite a large squad and they are all pretty much fit, except for Liam Fontaine, so I think we will be going with what we've got. I cannot say for definite because you never know what will pop up, but that is how I see it at the moment."

The Yeovil manager did admit that there had been interest from other clubs looking to take some of the Glovers players on loan but as yet none of the deals had reached fruition.

Steve added: "Managers are talking to each other all the time, but at present we have a fair-sized squad and sometimes you need to get a couple out before you can get anyone in. That's not always easy. I've had plenty of chats with other managers about our players but a player does not have to go out - he needs to want to go."

Steve has used this as an opportunity for some of his fringe players to push for a place in the starting eleven, after showing faith in the squad he has currently got, adding: "I've been very pleased with the response from the players, but we have more than 11 in the squad and some of the others have to do more as well. We saw when Scott Guyett came in and produced a great performance against Forest that you are sometimes only as strong as the players who are out of the team."

Speaking of Fontaine, he has temporarily returned to his parent club Fulham so they can offer a secondary opinion on the ankle problems that have kept him largely out of Thommo's side since a rash tackle committed by a Swansea's Leon Britton during the Glovers 1-0 win over the current league leaders in early October. He is now doubtful for Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic.


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24 November 2005 : Earlier Start For Swindon Youth Fixture
Saturday's Youth Team match against Swindon Town's Under 18s side in the Football League Youth Alliance, on Saturday 26th November will now kick off at the earlier time of 10.30am. The match will be played on the Huish Park Top Pitch. Admission to the game is free.


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24 November 2005 : FA Youth Cup At Waltham
A reminder that Stuart Housley's Under 18s side travel to play Waltham Forest in the FA Youth Cup Second Round tonight in East London. The match kicks off at 7.30pm.

Waltham Forest play at Wadham Lodge in Kitchener Road, London E17. Tel: 020 8527 2444. A map showing the ground can be found here. Nearest railway station is Wood Street which is 0.7 miles south-east of the ground, or for London Underground try Walthamstow Central which is one mile south-west of the ground.

If you are driving there, then find the Crooked Billet Roundabout on the North Circular A406 (right next to Walthamstow Dogs Track) and head south off that roundabout, followed by an immediate left into Brookscroft Road, then third left into Kitchener Road.

Admission prices for the Orient match at the same venue were 3.00 for adults and 1.00 for concessions and we would expect those prices not to change for this second round tie against Yeovil Town. The match will be decided on the night with extra time and penalties if necessary.

For those who fancy making it a bit of a social event, various Glovers will be in a pub called the Flower Pot which is situated part-way between Wood Street station and Wadham Lodge and can be found here at 128 Wood Street, E17 3HX in the hour or two leading up to the game.


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23 November 2005 : Action Photos From Swansea City vs Yeovil Town
The action photo gallery for the League One match at the Liberty Stadium that resulted in a 2-0 defeat against Swansea City is now on-line. Access all 41 photos by heading here or by accessing the main Photo Gallery Index page.


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23 November 2005 : Cirencester Youth Date Brought Forward
Yeovil Town's Under 18s trip to Cirencester Town in the Football League Youth Alliance has been brought forward by a fortnight. The match was due to be played on December 17th, but will now be played at Cirencester on December 3rd, with an 11.00am kick-off.


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23 November 2005 : VOTE JEVO!
VOTE JEVO!

Yeovil Town's forward Phil Jevons is one of the nominees for the 2005 BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year. The (unidentified) judges selected Jevo along with five others, and the winner will be chosen by BBC South West viewers, listeners and website users - it says - although as yet we haven't spotted a way of voting on-line.

The candidates are :

PHIL JEVONS, Yeovil Town footballer.

Scott Dann, boxer.
Martin Pipe, racehorse trainer.
Andy Priaulx, touring car driver.
Marcus Trescothick, cricketer.
Dreya Wharry, wave skier.

The nomination for Jevons says :

The 26-year-old Yeovil Town player was the leading scorer in League Two in 2004-05. His 29 goals helped Yeovil to a second promotion in three seasons. This season has seen him get among the goals again as Yeovil have adapted well to life in a higher league.

To vote for Jevons the number is : 09001 33 88 04.

Those reading this site who wish to vote for someone else can find out that number themselves. VOTE JEVO!

Lines are open from 1800 GMT on Wednesday 23rd November until 2359 GMT on Wednesday November 30th. Each call will cost 10p. The winner will be named at an awards ceremony in Plymouth on Sunday 4th December.

VOTE JEVO!


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23 November 2005 : Trialist unmasked
The previously un-named trialist who scored twice for the Glovers in their practice match against Skonto Riga yesterday afternoon has been identified as Matthew Platt, a former Crewe Alexandra trainee.

The 6' 22-year-old striker played in one league match as a substitute for the Railwaymen and has also spent a brief time on loan with Northern Premier League side Runcorn.

"He was with Crewe and played in Iceland over the summer, but we can't sign him at the moment," Glovers boss Steve Thompson told the Western Daily Press, adding: "We are looking at him with a view to something happening in January. He did well and we will involve him in another game at some stage when we are allowed to."

"It was a really good work-out for people," said Thompson. "I rested five or six players I felt didn't need another game, but most of the lads got 45 minutes. It was only a practice game, but Skonto are a good side who have played in Europe and we did well to beat a side like that."

There has been no indication as yet as to the identity of yesterday's second half trialist.


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22 November 2005 : Glovers win Skonto Riga friendly behind closed doors
Following the postponement of last night's friendly match against Latvian side Skonto Riga a behind-closed-doors friendly was played between the Glovers and Skonto this afternoon. According to a brief item on the club's official site Yeovil took a 2-0 lead into the half-time break, an un-named trialist scoring both goals in the 7th and 29th minutes; the tourists replied in the 75th minute through Mihails Miholaps. The Glovers fielded two trialists, one playing the first 45 minutes and the other appearing after the break. No names are given. More information if and when we get it.

Yeovil first half team:
Collis, Lindegaard, Guyett, Sodje, Rose, Davies, Johnson, Cohen, Poole, Bastianini, Trialist 1.

Yeovil second half team:
Collis, Lindegaard, Guyett, Reed, Rose, Trialist 2, McCallum, Williams, Gall, Harrold, Alvarez

Skonto Riga:
Andrejs Piedels, Zaali Eliava, Viktors Morozs, Andrejs Perepļotkins, Gatis Kalniņ, Igors Semjonovs, Sergejs Koans, Mihails Miholaps, Zurabs Menteavili, Kristaps Blanks, Aleksejs Viņakovs.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Skonto Riga.

The Latvians now go on to play another behind-closed-doors friendly, at Bristol City.


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22 November 2005 : Skonto Game Behind Closed Doors
Today's match against Skonto Riga will now be played "behind closed doors". The game kicks off at 1.00pm, weather permitting, however unfortunately no supporters will be admitted to the stadium to watch the game.


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21 November 2005 : Tonight's Game is OFF
Tonight's match against Latvian side Skonto Riga has been cancelled due to a frozen pitch. There is going to be a second attempt to play the game at 1.00pm tomorrow (Tuesday) but again this is going to be subject to weather conditions. You are advised to check before travelling - we will of course report on any pitch inspections.


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21 November 2005 : Get A Move On If You Want To Be There!
For those who have not yet secured their place for the derby match between Yeovil Town and Ex-Knight-of-the-Realm Gary Johnson's Bristol City on Saturday December 31st, kick-off 12.00 noon, the Huish Park Ticket Office is reporting that very few seats remain available. There are greater numbers still up for grabs on the Westland Terrace, but this ALL-TICKET match is going to sell out - and in our opinion sooner rather than later.


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21 November 2005 : Skonto Riga Friendly
A reminder that Huish Park will be hosting Latvia's Skonto Riga in a friendly tonight at 7.00 p.m. Prices for the game have been set at 5.00 for adults, 1.00 all concessions. As an added incentive 10% discount will be offered on the day of the game in the club shop on all official merchandise on production of a match ticket. Players will be available to provide autographs. So if you have football items on your Christmas shopping list that Monday would be an excellent time to buy them.

One player that won't be available tonight is right-back Kevin Amankwaah, who picked up a minor knock against Swansea City on Friday night. Boss Steve Thompson told the Teamtalk website: "Kevin's got a sore toe and will sit out our friendly. A few others will be rested but it's good having a friendly for those who didn't play last Friday because we haven't got a reserve game this week."

Update 4.00pm: There has been a pitch inspection at the ground due to the frosty conditions in Somerset today. Whilst the future can't be predicted, the pitch inspection was passed and at present the game is going ahead.


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20 November 2005 : Thommo's Verdict On The Swansea Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson still held his head high despite a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City on Friday night at the Liberty Stadium. Steve said he was proud of many performances out on the field of play when answering the following questions from the press after the game:

Qu: Steve, if possible, let's start with the penalty decision that resulted in a scoreline of 1-0. I've spoken to a few people that felt it was a debatable decision. What was your view of it from the dugout?

ST: I'm not sure, I'll have to see it on video, but it could easily have been a penalty. I've had a word with Efe Sodje as I didn't think he should have gone to ground. He was doing a great job shepherding him (Trundle) to the touchline when he made that tackle. Though whether he got the ball or the player, I'll have to have a look on the video. I definitely think he shouldn't have gone to ground, but I'm not sure if it was a penalty though.

Qu: It was a key moment wasn't it, because after a period of Swansea pressure, Yeovil were beginning to pass the ball about a bit.

ST: Yes, I thought that in the second half we played very well and some players put in awesome second half performances, especially given that we were down to ten men for 35 minutes.

Qu: What was the difference in the second half, because certainly in the first ten minutes of the second half, you looked like a different team going forward.

ST: We changed things around a bit in terms of the formation and in fact we changed that ten minutes before half time. We said at half time that we were still in the game and although Swansea had had a bit of pressure they hadn't created many actual chances, but we felt that we play a lot better and we certainly started doing that. We continued doing that for the whole game, even when we were down to ten men.

Qu: At times Swansea looked rattled in the second half, you had an attack and then suddenly it's cleared and Lee Johnson is sent off. We were wondering why he got sent off.

ST: I have just seen the ref and he says that he (Lee Johnson) made a gesture to him after having been booked for debating a handball decision in the box. So it was two yellows within 30 seconds of each other. I'm not sure and I'll have to look but the ref says he made a gesture at him with his hands.

Qu: That must be a bit sickening for you.

ST: Well Lee says that he was appealing for the handball and made a gesture indicating that it was a handball (by patting the underside of his arm).

Qu: Lee is not that kind of player is he?

ST: No, I'll have to look at the video, but what can you do, because it has already happened. It's gone, he's off the pitch and we are down to ten men.

Qu: Is there a chance of an appeal?

ST: No, I don't think that you can appeal on two yellows.

Qu: So you can at least look at it and assess your opinion of the incident.

ST: Yes, I can assess my opinion of the incident and obviously I will do, but I don't think that there is any format for an appeal on two yellow cards.

Qu: It's frustrating really when a manager knows that is the case.

ST: Yes, it's frustrating. If it's wrong, it's wrong.

Qu: Were you proud of the players after that because they really tried to perform didn't they?

ST: Yes I was proud because there were some awesome performances in there during the second half, some magnificent performances. Again, I'm proud of a lot of the players tonight.

Qu: And beaten in the end by a world class goal from Lee Trundle that again came out of nothing.

ST: Yes, it was a fanastic piece of finishing, although I thought we could have done better. I thought Chris could have done a bit better with the clearance although it was a world class finish, a fantastic finish - no doubt about that.

Qu: Are you scratching your head a little bit at the moment, because it's three league defeats in a row but you don't seem to be playing badly. In the last league game against Huddersfield you created lots of chances and today in the second half you played with a lot of spirit, but in the end it is still three league defeats on the trot.

ST: Yes, I suppose if you can get a silver lining from a cloud, it is that if we had lost three league games and played terribly, I'd be even more worried. That doesn't mean that I'm not worried by three league defeats because at the end of the day it's all about winning league games. I think everyone involved in football knows that. But I am more pleased that we are playing well and not winning games, than if we were playing awfully and not winning games.

Qu: You obviously scored four against Macclesfield, but is it a worry that your forwards don't look like scoring?

ST: I thought that in the second half we had about six or seven good chances. Yes, I agree that we have not got a scorer who has scored more than five or six goals this season and so of course that is a worry. But we have always been a team that scores goals from all areas and so I am not going to go crazy and say that we need a striker that is going to score 30 goals. Every team wants that striker and it looks like Swansea have got one (Lee Trundle) because he is on 17 already. Yes, you want goals from anywhere but of course the first place you look for goals from is your strikers.

Qu: Is that why you switched it around tonight, or is that because of tired legs?

ST: A mixture of both. I felt that Arron Davies had freshness that would help us, and I thought he did and that he did well. Jevo is a natural goalscorer and so I played him. He is a bit of a talisman for us and a natural goalscorer.

Qu: At times you are playing so well, so it is sometimes hard to put your finger on what it is.

ST: Yes, we are not taking a high enough percentage of our chances, apart from in the Macclesfield game where we maybe took four out of eight or four out of nine chances.

Qu: Liam Fontaine wasn't involved tonight.

ST: Yes, he has picked up a knock. I played him for 45 minutes with Arron Davies at Weston-Super-Mare because they haven't played a lot in the past few weeks and unfortunately Liam picked up a knock. But I thought that the back three and then the back four in the second half were magnicent today. Obviously Efe Sodje was a little bit rash for the penalty but other than that I thought he was magnificent as were many others, particularly in the second half.


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19 November 2005 : Youths show the first team how to clip Swans wings
Yeovil Town's youth team this morning accomplished what their seniors found too difficult last night by beating their Swansea City counterparts, 2-3 the final score at St Helens.

The Glovers took the lead on 7 minutes, Matt Pitcher heading home from a corner. Gavin McCallum - back from international duty with Canada - made it 2-0 to Yeovil with a 15 yard shot on 23 minutes, but the hosts pulled one back with a breakaway effort 4 minutes before the break, the Glovers leading 2-1 at half-time. A long-range Dale Williams strike put the Glovers 3-1 in front on 52 minutes and Swansea pulled one back midway through the final period, Yeovil keeper Scott Vine saving a penalty but unable to keep out the resultant follow-up.

Final score: Swansea City u-18's 2 - 3 Yeovil Town u-18's.


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18 November 2005 : Less than a perfect pair
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium tonight, hosts Swansea City extending their lead at the top of League One by 3 points. The Glovers were by no means disgraced in front of a record 19,288 crowd however, the game hinging on two debateable decisions by referee Keith Stroud and one piece of brilliance from Lee Trundle.

Glovers boss Steve Thompson rang the changes for the match, introducing a 3-5-2 system in the first half and bringing Efe Sodje back into the defence. Up front both Pablo Bastiannini and Matt Harrold found themselves on the bench with Phil Jevons and Arron Davies being preferred in the striking roles. The match was pretty uneventful up until halfway through the first half when that man Trundle was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by Efe Sodje by referee Stroud. The Glovers defender was furious with the decision and even watching Swansea fans admitted that the rotund Scouser had 'gone down easily', nevertheless the penalty stood and Trundle made no mistake with the spot-kick sending Chris Weale the wrong way. 1-0 to the hosts at half-time.

There were no changes at half-time other than the Glovers re-organizing to a 4-4-2 formation, a decision that seemed to pay off as Yeovil dominated the opening minutes of the 2nd half in terms of possession and chances. However Mr Stroud affected the game for the 2nd time when on 52 minutes he booked Yeovil midfielder Lee Johnson for supposed dissent after an Arron Davies foul. Speaking after the match Mr Stroud then alleged that Johnno appeared to gesture at the officious MIB who immediately showed the Glovers playmaker a 2nd yellow card followed by a red. The incident appeared completely inoccuous and occurred totally out of the blue but once more Mr Stroud had intervened in favour of the home team and now, down to 10 men and playing their 3rd competitive game in less than a week Yeovil were really up against it. To their credit the Glovers did not buckle against a Swansea side that have destroyed teams at their home stadium this season and it took a piece of Lee Trundle brilliance to make the game safe for the Jacks, the former Southport striker lobbing Chris Weale with what can only be described as an up-and-under from fully 40 yards in the 67th minute to make it 2-0. Yeovil kept on plugging away and were unlucky not to at least grab a consolation goal before the end but can take some satisfaction in not allowing Swansea to run away with the game. Chris Weale had the consolation of a cuddle from a female streaker just before the end, but ultimately it was a frustrating evening for the Glovers and the 1200 fans from Somerset who gave the team fantastic support throughout the match.

Final score: Swansea City 2 - 0 Yeovil Town. A full match report will be online later this weekend.

Injury news - Liam Fontaine picked up a knock in midweek that forced him out of this evening's match, but it is not thought to be serious. Another somewhat unfortunate defeat for Yeovil then but unlucky or not this was their 3rd league defeat in a row - a sequence of results that Glovers boss Steve Thompson will be anxious to end in 8 days time at home to Oldham. Town remain 15th on 22 points but depending on results tomorrow could drop down to 18th, rather nearer the relegation zone than they would like to be in the middle of November.


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18 November 2005 : Swansea City v Yeovil Town match preview
The Glovers make their way to West Wales this evening to play league leaders Swansea City in front of what looks likely to be a sell-out crowd, the first in the Liberty Stadium's short history. All together now: "Come to watch Yeovil, you've only come to watch Yeovil...."

Approximately 1200 Glovers are accompanying the team to Swansea tonight and first up a reminder and a warning to the travelling fans: Firstly the lads and lasses at Goytre United FC - like last season - are opening up their clubhouse before the game for the benefit of Yeovil fans. Tim Lancaster writes:

Goytre United Football Club welcomes all Yeovil Town supporters tomorrow evening if you want a pre-match drink that does not involve going into Swansea. The club will be open from 5.00pm.

Directions M4 Junction 40
Go under motorway
Over mini-roundabout
Left at T-junction
Up Hill into village
The club is at the very far end of the village on the left hand side down a lane, just keep straight on.

Distance from motorway one mile.
Swansea eight miles.


The second message for Yeovil fans is to be aware that Statco, the management company in charge of the Liberty Stadium have warned fans that there will be "zero tolerance" of non-compliance of stadium rules tonight with offenders being ejected and banned. No-no's include persistent smoking and persistent standing in seated areas, you all have a nice day now. The Ciderspace guide to all things Swansea can be found online here.

As for the match itself it's evident that the Jacks are beginning to see the Glovers as something of a bogey side - in 5 previous meetings between the club's since Yeovil became a football league side, Town has won 4 and lost 1, did the double over the Swans last season and were the winners again earlier this season, coming out on top 1-0 at Huish Park.

"I've struggled against Southend and Yeovil as a manager, but we beat Southend last week so it's interesting how you can rise to the challenge,"Swansea boss Kenny Jackett said today. "We have discussed with the players how Yeovil have beaten us three out of three, but we view it as a challenge that we have to overcome. That's more important than it being a downer and not fancying your chances. They were better than us at the Vetch last season as they had the edge on quality, but the other games have been very tight. They haven't been clear winners. They're very similar to Southend as they're very athletic and have got a lot of pace and size, their back four were all big against us last month, as were their front two. They don't play a slow, deliberate build-up and like a quick tempo, but then it seems to me that Swansea-Yeovil has got a bit of a derby feel about it."

Jackett has no new injury worries with midfielder Owain Tudur-Jones fit again after recovering from a head injury. The only doubt is fullback Sam Ricketts who may be rested after travelling to Cyprus with the Welsh international side in the midweek, in which case Kevin Austin is expected to deputise. One player the Jacks have available tonight who was banned from he previous meeting between the sides this season is striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, who is expected to partner the inimitable Lee Trundle up front.

For the Glovers, boss Steve Thompson has the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from. Efe Sodje is fit again though lacking match practise after 4 weeks out with knee ligament damage and Darren Way proved his fitness in midweek with a goal and a fine display in the 4-0 win over Macclesfield after coming back from a broken cheekbone. Loan signing Chris Cohen is also available again after being forced to sit out the Macclesfield game after West Ham refeused to allow him to be cup-tied. Arron Davies and Kevin Gall have even more of an incentive to do well this evening if selected - Wales boss John Toshack is expected to be present at the match.

Selected betting odds: Swansea win - 4/6; draw - 5/2; Yeovil win - 7/2. Our recommendation - Swansea's home record is second-to-none this season so no surprise to see them odds-on favourites, but a little disappointing that the odds on a Glovers win aren't a little more generous than 7/2. No matter, we're going to play safe by putting our fiver on the draw this evening. Record so far this season: +22.13p


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18 November 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Weston-Super-Mare vs Yeovil Town
Robin Evans has supplied his views on Wednesday night's 1-0 win in the Somerset Premier Cup Second Round match against Weston-Super-Mare and you can read the match report here.


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18 November 2005 : Action Photos From Macclesfield vs Yeovil Town
The action photo gallery for the original FA Cup First Round match at Moss Rose that resulted in a 6-3 draw against Macclesfield Town is now om-line. Access all 73 photos by heading here or by accessing the main Photo Gallery Index pag.


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17 November 2005 : Locky Flies Off For A Month
A rumour that's true for once! The gossip from earlier in the week has now been confirmed : Yeovil Town defender Adam Lockwood joins The Gulls on a month's loan deal. Torquay United, relegated last season, are struggling at the foot of League Two this, with a misfiring attack and a leaky defence. Lockwood's prime task will be to shore up the latter, though the odd goal from set pieces wouldn't come amiss either.


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17 November 2005 : Interview With Darren Way
Midfielder Darren Way spoke to BBC Radio Bristol following Tuesday night's 4-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup First Round Replay. Darren was making his return from injury following a facial injury sustained at Gillingham earlier this season, and explained why goalkeeping coach Len Bond was to thank for his blistering opening goal.

To read the full interview with Darren Way head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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17 November 2005 : FA Youth Cup 3rd round draw
The winners of the forthcoming Waltham Forest u-18's v Yeovil Town u-18's FA Youth Cup 2nd round match, to be played next Thursday 24th November, have been drawn at home to their West Bromwich Albion counterparts in the 3rd round of the competition.

The full draw is as follows:

Dunston FB or Arnold Town v Sheffield United
Bath City or Cheltenham Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Reading v Everton
Wycombe Wanderers or AFC Bournemouth v Blackpool or Chesterfield or Tranmere Rovers
Plymouh Argyle v Sunderland
Newcastle United v Stoke City
Milton Keynes Dons or Stevenage Borough v Watford
Cogenhoe United or Southport v Derby County
Norwich City v Chelsea
Rushden & Diamonds or Walsall v Charlton Athletic
Leicester City v Darlington or Huddersfield
Sheffield Wednesday v Southend United or Swindon Town
Arsenal v Brentford or Buntingford Town
Middlesbrough v Fulham
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burton Albion or Port Vale or Grimsby Town
Northampton Town v Cambridge City or Nottingham Forest
West Ham United v Luton Town
Leeds United v Ipswich Town
Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa
Crewe Alexandra v Preston North End
Crystal Palace v Colchester United or Barking & East Ham United
Waltham Forest or YEOVIL TOWN v West Bromwich Albion
Carlisle United or Doncaster Rovers v Folkestone Invicta or Chipstead
Gillingham or Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers
Hull City v Burnley
Portsmouth v Millwall
Oldham Athletic or Wrexham v Southampton
Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur
Birmingham City v Manchester United
Stockport County or Chester City v Wigan Athletic
Liverpool v Cardiff City
Manchester City v Coventry City

Matches to be played on or before Saturday 17th December.


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17 November 2005 : Walsall FA Cup ticketing information
After a phone call to the YTFC ticket office this morning the following information has been given regarding the sale of tickets for the forthcoming FA Cup 2nd Round match at Walsall on Saturday 3rd December:

There will be NO advance sales through the YTFC ticket office. Tickets are available either in advance or on the day of the game through Walsall's ticket office, telephone 0870 442 0111, or 0870 442 0222. There is a 50p credit card charge per transaction when booking tickets by telephone. There is a 1.00 charge if ticket(s) are posted out.

Advance prices are 16.00 adults and 11.00 concessions. There is a 2.00 surcharge on tickets bought on matchdays. Concessionary rates apply to adults over 60 and children under 16. Students do not get a discount. Information for disabled fans to follow.

There are no cash turnstiles. Tickets on the day must be purchased from the Saddlers ticket office - be warned, queues do build up very quickly! Away supporters are situated in the 1,914 capacity all-seated Heathland Stand. More information will be made available as we get it.


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17 November 2005 : You Didn't Want A Night In Did You?
Yeovil Town supporters wanting a quiet night in should write off this week for good. Following Tuesday's FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town, and last night's trip to Weston-Super-Mare, you might have hoped for an early night in advance of tomorrow's trip to Swansea City.

Not a bit of it! At 5.00pm, you can head down to Ottakers Bookshop in Yeovil where Andy Lindegaard, Scott Guyett and Stephen Collis will be signing copies of Michael Bromfield's book Around The World With Yeovil Town - a book combining the author's attempts to keep in touch with the Glovers League Two title winning season whilst navigating his way around the world.

Once you've picked up your autographed copy of that book, then it's time to move on to the Quedam Shopping Centre, where Steve Thompson and various other players will be switching on the town's Christmas Lights at around 6.30pm. Perhaps if you ask nicely, they'll add to the autographs in your book whilst they are waiting.

Barely time to rush to the car park after you've seen the lights switched on, as you rush up to Huish Park where there is a Quiz Night going on in the VP Lounge, with people advised to arrive at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. Teams of 4-6 are required, with entry for the quiz priced at 5 a head.


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17 November 2005 : Youth Team At Swansea
A reminder for Yeovil Town supporters staying overnight in the Swansea area after the first team's game at the Liberty Stadium, that Stuart Housley's Youth Team take on Swansea City's U18s side on the Saturday morning with an 11.00am kick-off.

The match is taking place at the St Helen's sporting complex in Swansea, which houses both the Rugby club and Glamorgan Cricket Club. A map showing the rugby club can be seen here and so we'd expect the Youth Team pitch to be somewhere around the loop covering Bryn Road, Gorse Lane and Mumbles Road. Mumbles Road is the A4067 that runs East-West along Swansea's sea-front in an area known locally as Mumbles. Alternatively pick up signs for St Helen's or the rugby or cricket grounds and you should find it.



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17 November 2005 : Travel Warning For Swansea
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to the Friday night match against Swansea City are warned that two sets of roadworks may delay their journey to the Liberty Stadium.

On the M4 in South Wales there is a lane closed both ways between the A4061, South Wales [M4 junction 36] and A4229, Bridgend [M4 junction 37] because of resurfacing work. There is a 50 mph speed restriction in this area, and these roadworks have been known to cause congestion during the rush hour.

In addition, a reminder that there is a contraflow both ways on the M5 in North Somerset between A369, North Somerset [M5 junction 19] and B3133, North Somerset [M5 junction 20]. There is a speed restriction of 40 mph and this set of roadworks lasts for nine miles in total.

Finally, be warned that with the Liberty Stadium potentially establishing a stadium attendance record on Friday night, the area around the ground and the Park and Ride facilities are expected to be very busy.

For all the above reasons, and recognising that Friday night rush-hours are never pretty, we would strongly advise you allow extra time for your journey.

A reminder that the Ciderpace guide to Swansea can be found here.


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16 November 2005 : Northmore Gifts Yeovil County Cup Passage
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Ryan Northmore gave his former club a helping hand after his mistake saw his current club Weston-Super-Mare knocked out of the Somerset Premier Cup by a Yeovil Town Reserves side. Northmore fumbled a Luciano Alvarez 63rd minute corner into his own net for the only goal of a low key game.

The Glovers dominated the match for long periods, but perhaps the low crowd of around 150-200 at the Woodspring Stadium did not easily inspire them to better things, and the end result was Yeovil in control, but without the scoreline being increased in the second round tie.

Weston-Super-Mare: Ryan Northmore, Andrew Robertson, Scott Walters, Lee Jarman, Chris Holland, Sam Bailey, Michael Parkins, Scott Rogers, Matthew Rawlins, Darren Hawkins, Michael Hayward. Subs: Matthew Rose, Jon French, Mark McKeever, David Lee.

Yeovil: 13. Stephen Collis, 2. Adam Lockwood, 3. Michael Rose, 15. Stephen Reed, 17. Scott Guyett, 18. David Poole, 19. Dale Williams, 25. Arron Davies, 26. Luciano Alvarez, 27. Liam Fontaine, 8. Gavin McCallum. Subs: 1. Scott Vine, 20. Craig Alcock (73 mins for Williams), 24. Richard Cullingford (46 mins for Fontaine), 16. Tom Clarke (46 mins for Davies).

Referee: Keith Buller. Assistants: David McEllin, William Mortimer.


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16 November 2005 : Interview With Phil Jevons
An interview with Phil Jevons was conducted by the press immediately after the original FA Cup First Round match against Macclesfield Town in which Jevo's goal proved so crucial in keeping Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.

Originally published in last night's replay programme, you can read the full interview with Phil Jevons (transcript by George Murray) by heading here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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16 November 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil vs Macclesfield Replay
The Ciderspace match report for last night's 4-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup First Round Replay can be found here.


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16 November 2005 : Come To Watch Yeovil.........
.........you've only come to watch Yeovil!

Swansea City's new Liberty Stadium is closing in on a record for the visit of Yeovil Town this coming Friday night. The best gate to date for Swansea was the 18,212 for the fixture against Nottingham Forest on September 24th. This looks set to fall, with the Swans stating today that they have sold over 17,000 tickets so far, and Yeovil having sold over 1,100 of their 1,800 allocation. If the 18,212 total is beaten the next target will be the stadium record of 18,412 for the opening game between the Ospreys and Wasps in the oval ball discipline.

Yeovil fans have until 5.00 p.m. on Thursday to purchase tickets from Huish Park Ticket Office. Tickets are not on sale on the day of the match for visiting supporters.


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16 November 2005 : Interview With Paul Terry
Paul Terry spoke exclusively to George Murray immediately after scoring in the 4-0 victory against Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup First Round replay last night. PT admitted that is was nice to have been watched by his brother John - Chelsea captain and England regular - for the second time in a Yeovil shirt.

To read the full interview with Paul Terry (transcript by George Murray) head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.



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16 November 2005 : Walsall Ticket Prices
Prices have been set for the F.A. Cup Second Round tie at Bescot Stadium. For away fans, who get the 1,914 all-seated covered Heathland Stand behind one of the goals, tickets will cost : adults 16.00; all concessions 11.00. We'll bring news of the sale procedure for this fixture via the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as we have it.


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16 November 2005 : Thommo's Verdict On The Macclesfield Replay Game
Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson was relatively happy with last night's 4-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup First Round, although recognised that at times it was a far from perfect performance. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Steve when you've not beaten a side before (since entering the Football League) that's an emphatic way to put it right!

ST: Yes, I'm very pleased with the result. The performance wasn't brilliant and I'll make no bones about that. We struggled at times but our class came through in the end.

Qu: There wasn't any real danger of Macclesfield winning though was there?

ST: Well there is always a danger. It was 1-0 for a very long time and as Brian Clough once said it only takes a second to score.If it had suddenly been 1-1 then it would have been a very nervous last half hour.

Qu: As it was, the last quarter hour must have been pretty easy on the nerves?

ST: Yes it was. When we went 3-0 up, I relaxed a little bit. I think that as a player and a manager, you still have to keep on the ball because you don't want to give anyone anything. You're also looking at players and resting them, recognising that you can only make three substitutions. Those are the things that you are thinking of that are going round in your head because you don't want to do anything that might be detremental to the next game at that stage.

Qu: You had three midfielders scoring tonight and that says quite a lot about the options that you've got in that area and the threat that the side can pose from all areas.

ST: Yes, I'm pleased for the midfielders. We haven't got a lot of central midfielders, although we've recently added another in Chris Cohen. The three of them are probably not happy with the number of goals they've got so far this season, so for all of them to score tonight is fantastic for them.

Qu: And what a way for Darren Way to return?

ST: Yes, what a goal and we needed that. It was a wonder goal and I'm very pleased for him.

Qu: I gather he's been doing some extra work on his shooting whilst he's not been able to do any contact work and that's clearly paid off.

ST: Darren does extra work, full stop, whether it's shooting or whatever. He's been driving myself and the physio Glen Schmidt crazy because he always wants to do extra this and extra that and he's one that you've got to stop from doing too much.

Qu: Just before that opening goal, Macclesfield had probably their best chance. The ball comes through to Clyde Wijnhard, he chips the ball over Chris Weale and I think that everyone inside the ground thought it was inside the goal. What did you think?

ST: I thought it was a goal. I'll be talking to Wealey about that. I thought that he shouldn't have gone for that one and I thought it was going to go in. Luckily it took quite a hard bounce. I'll probably have to thank the groundsman for that one!

Qu: Walsall away. How do you like the sound of that one?

ST: It's not the draw we would have chosen - an away draw against another League One team. But you don't get to choose your draws, so that's what we've got to deal with. It is a very tough game for us, but it's also a tough game for Walsall.

Qu: Before that you've got Friday night (against Swansea City). It was important that you were able to make a couple of chances tonight just to give a couple of players a bit of a rest.

ST: I would like to have given a few more a rest because we had a very hard game against Huddersfield. The tempo of the second half against Huddersfield was phenomenal. You have to bear that in mind when you are looking at tonight's performance so I am very pleased with the boys.

Qu: And your record against Swansea as a club is pretty good isn't it? You always seem to do pretty well against them.

ST: Yes we do. But we've never done well against Macclesfield before tonight so I'm not going to get superstititious.

Qu: But it's an occasion to look forward to. A big new stadium with 19,000 probably at the game.

ST: Yes, I am very much looking forward to the game and I know the players are very up for the game. Certainly it is going to be a very big test for us, but it is one that we are looking forward to.

Qu: You'll take a lot out of the result here, just a few weeks ago, against them.

ST: Yes, that obviously comes into play. You can look at that two ways though. We obviously have the confidence in knowing that we've beaten them once, but you can also look at it and say that they will be desperate for revenge. So whichever way you look at it, you choose your own angle, but whatever will be on the night will be. It's all about players performing and doing their talking on the pitch.

Qu: Everyone come through unscathed tonight?

ST: I think so. I have not totally checked everything with Glen Schmidt, the physio. There were a few knocks and obviously we've got nearly 24 hours less to recover. So we will have to be very careful about what we do between now and Friday night.

Qu: You must be happy with Efe Sodje and Darren Way now coming back, even though in the last couple of games you've been unlucky not to pick up a few more points.

ST: Yes, I think we've been playing quite well. I felt we probably played better on Saturday against Hudderfield than we did tonight against Macclesfield. That just shows you how football goes sometimes. Certainly I felt we played better in the first game against Macclesfield when we drew 1-1 than we did tonight in winning 4-0. But let's not take away from the players the magnificent effort they put in tonight because it was a tiring game against Huddersfield with an unbelievable tempo in that second half. So they've come out and their workrate was phenomenal.

Qu: It's always nice to have your players all coming back at the right time.

ST: Yes, it's great to have Darren Way and Efe Sodje coming back. They are not only two good players, but they are two very strong characters.

Qu: And you've been switching it around. You put Jevo at the top at one point and you've had Chris Cohen coming in.

ST: Yes there's lots to think about for the Swansea game. There's the question of who might have tired legs. I'll have to be very careful and watch people in training. There's the question of who is fresh, who is playing particularly well at the moment and there are so many things you have to put into the equation for when you pick a team. Probably more so for Friday night than on any other night, having had two big tough games in the past three days. There is of course another one in three days time.


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15 November 2005 : Saddle Up For Walsall
Yeovil Town blasted their way into Round Two of the F.A. Cup with a 4-0 demolition of Macclesfield Town in tonight's First Round replay.

The first half was a rather edgy affair, with bogey side Maccy no major threat but The Glovers not getting their best passing game going early. Darren Way, returning from injury for his first game since mid-October against Gillingham, settled some of the nerves on 23 minutes with a twenty-five yard screamer. Pablo Bastianini was taken off at half-time to be replaced by Matt Harrold.

However with the lead remaining at a slender 1-0 it wasn't until Paul Terry, watched by little brother John, got his first of the season on 73 minutes that Yeovil really relaxed and started to move the ball, and the opposition, around the pitch well. Thereafter it was more a question of how many, with the result not in doubt. In the end 'four' was the answer, with Lee Johnson tapping one in from six yards two minutes later (in front of his Dad who was commentating for Somerset Sound) after good interplay between Harrold and Nathan Jones; and Arron Davies rounding things off just as the game moved into the two minutes added on, when a driving run and perfect through ball from Terry put him one-on-one with the keeper. The conclusive nature of the last fifteen minutes even allowed manager Steve Thompson the luxury of thinking ahead to Friday's tough fixture away at Swansea City, with Darren Way and Phil Jevons withdrawn early. Efe Sodje, another player finding his way back from injury, got a little run out, and Davies had enough time to put the icing on Yeovil's cake with his late strike.

Final score : Yeovil Yown 4 Macclesfield Town 0

Attendance : 4,456

A full match report can be found on Ciderspace here.

The Glovers now head for Bescot Stadium on Saturday 3rd December. Although this is only the second time Yeovil will have met Walsall on an equal level in the football hierarchy, the first being a 2-1 League One victory in September, there have been a number of previous meetings in the F.A. Cup, with the then Non-league side having a good record.

In 1936-37 Yeovil & Petters United secured a 1-1 at The Saddlers then home of Fellows Park in Round Two before losing 0-1 in the replay at Huish. The next meeting, in 1960-61, saw Yeovil Town win away in Round One, Dave Taylor getting the solitary goal. By the time the clubs met again in 1991-92, also in Round One, Walsall had moved to the Bescot, and it was there, after a 1-1 at Yeovil's new home, Huish Park, that The Glovers knocked out the League side 0-1 with a winning header from Richard Cooper.


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15 November 2005 : Prices For SPC
Not that Weston-super-Mare seem keen to let people know, having ignored our request for information, and now we have found out the prices we can see why.

For tomorrow's Round Two Somerset Premier Cup tie at Woodspring Stadium The Seagulls will be charging their normal league prices of : Adults 8.50; Seniors 5.50; Students and Juniors (under 16) 3.00. Those under 5 are admitted free. Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

With the rather more important F.A. Cup tie tonight Yeovil Town Reserves will have a bit of a mix-and-match look, with manager Steve Thompson naming the likely contenders earlier today :

Steve Collis, Danny Barker, Adam Lockwood, Scott Guyett, Stephen Reed, Michael Rose, Craig Alcock, Chris Cohen, Darren Way, Richard Cullingford, Dale Williams, Luciano Alvarez, Matt Harrold, Kevin Gall, Tom Clarke, David Poole and Steve Thompson.

However with Gall and Way starting tonight we shan't read too much into some of those names.


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15 November 2005 : Yeovil Town v Macclesfield Town FA Cup replay preview
Macclesfield Town make the long journey from Cheshire to Somerset today for the FA Cup 1st round replay made necessary by the 1-1 draw at Moss Rose a week last Saturday, a game which the Glovers dominated in terms of possession and chances but could not quite finish off in the end. The replay kicks off at Huish Park this evening at 7.45pm.

The Silkmen have played once since then, losing 3-1 at Grimsby last Friday evening. They've been unfortunate to lose defenders Tony Barras (hip) and Mark Bailey (groin) as well as midfielder Neil MacKenzie (knee). On the plus side defender Danny Swailes returns from a ban and striker Jon Parkin is evidently finding his way back to form and fitness after missing the entire season up until now through a knee injury - he made his first start of the season and scored against Grimsby on Friday.

For Yeovil, loan signing Chris Cohen has been refused permission to play by his club West Ham and so sits out tonight's game. Decisions on the fitness of midfielder Darren Way and defender Efe Sodje have at the time of writing not been made - or at least announced - but both are now back in training after extensive lay-offs for cheekbone and knee injuries respectively. Other than that Steve Thompson has a full squad to choose from and the Glovers boss will be looking for his side to bounce back from Saturday's somewhat unlucky defeat against Huddersfield ahead of this Friday's difficult trip to Swansea.

"Macclesfield have been [a bogey side for us] in the past but those games have no bearing on tomorrow's game," Thommo told the Western Morning News yesterday. "We are preparing for a typical Cup match. Macclesfield will come here and think they don't have a lot to lose because they are certainly underdogs for the match. That makes them dangerous opponents and we will give them the full respect they deserve. We need to play well though and if we play well, I think we will win the game. If we play like we did on Saturday and take our chances, I think we'll be ok."

Selected betting odds: Yeovil win - 8/15; draw - 5/2; Macclesfield win - 5/1. Our recommendation: There's obviously not much value in betting on a straight home win and given the fact that we're still to actually beat the Silkmen since we came into the football league then some people may well be tempted by the odds on an away win or draw. Not us however because we're confident that we're going to win in 90 minutes! Given that we've been fairly succesful lately and can afford to lose a fiver we're going to have a couple of fliers today - 2.50 on a 3-1 Glovers win at 11/1; and 2.50 on Terry Skiverton to be first scorer at 33/1. Record so far this season: +27.13p


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14 November 2005 : It's That Time Of Year Again ...
Yeovil Town Football Club have announced that they still have three dates available for anyone wanting to organise a Christmas dinner at Huish Park. The upstairs Executive bars obviously allow for a great venue for Company dinners or for large groups and bookings are now being taken for the three remaining dates.

The three relevant dates are:

Saturday 17th December
Tuesday 20th December
Thursday 22nd December

Prices for the events are 25.00 pounds per person and include the following:

Three course meal
Coffee and Mince Pies
After-dinner Disco

For more details, please contact Sara Bradley on 01935-412662 Ext 200, or alternatively call in at the main club reception and ask for Sara.


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14 November 2005 : Interview With Kevin Hodges
George Murray talked to exclusively to Kevin Hodges, a month after he took charge as assistant manager at Huish Park, after the 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield. The former Clevedon manager admitted that his role at the club is more to support Steve Thompson than to change the working of the club.

The assistant manager said: "I am here to support the manager. I am here to support and back him. When you are going through some difficult results, that is when you, as a manager, need someone and I will be that person who he can bounce off and make those hard times less difficult."

Read the full interview with Kevin Hodges (transcript by George Murray) head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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14 November 2005 : Bournemouth Reserve Game Rearranged
Yeovil Town Reserves have now had their match against AFC Bournemouth's Reserve side rearranged, following the late postponement of last Tuesday's Pontins Holiday Combination fixture. The game will now be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 28th February 2006 with a 7.00pm kick-off.


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14 November 2005 : Interview With Kevin Gall
Saturday substitute Kevin Gall showed sympathy for the man he replaced after he came on at half time for fellow striker Matt Harrold during the 2-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town.

Speaking straight after the game Kevin said of his team-mate: "I think he (Matt Harrold) must have been disappointed because he did well in the first half, but every time we were winning the ball there was no one really running in behind and we needed that because they were playing quite high lines."

Read the full interview with Kevin Gall (transcript by Jeremy Gear) head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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13 November 2005 : Interview With Phil Jevons
Phil Jevons spoke to the press after the 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield in a game where the Glovers were made to pay for two defensive errors. Jevons, leading goal scorer for the Somerset-outfit, gave immense praised to debutant Chris Cohen, who he played alongside for the majority of the match.

The former Everton frontman said: "It was a fantastic debut. I thought that he was one of our best players today. If he can play like that consistently, he will be very effective for us and we would like to have him."

Read the full interview with Phil Jevons (transcript by George Murray) head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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13 November 2005 : Thommo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson blamed 'tentative' first half defending for his side's 2-1 home defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town yesterday. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions:

Qu: Steve after that spirited second half display you must feel disappointed to be finish without getting any points there?

ST: Yes, obviously I am very disappointed in losing a game. Particularly when you lose at home it is even more disappointing. That's the first time I have had that feeling at home and I don't like it much.

Qu: Is it two defensive lapses that cost you in the first half?

ST: Yes, our defending was tentative. That's the word that I used to the lads and I felt we were very tentative with our defending in the first half.

Qu: At half time you were 2-0 down and you seemed to say something to the players that inspired them, and you made two substitutions as well. What did you say to them at half time?

ST: Do you want the full whack?

Qu: The censored version!

ST: I basically said that we couldn't defend tentatively like that. What we had to do was to sort that one out and defend with aggression and strength. We had already created chances in the first half and I felt that we would carry on creating chances in the second half because they were there to be created and that's what we did. Unfortunately we only managed to take one of them.

Qu: What was your thinking behind the two substitutions. Kevin Gall made an immediate impact didn't he?

ST: Yes, I felt that maybe having that pace up front when the game opened up would be of benefit. It was actually of benefit straight away. Kevin did very well for the goal. He ran onto the ball and it was a great cross for Lee to get the header.

Qu: What about Liam Fontaine going off? Did he have a knock or was that tactical?

ST: No, to be fair at half time we could have been coming in on level terms. We'd hit the bar, and we had hit the post and Terry Skiverton had put one just over the bar from a great cross by Kevin Amankwaah. So we could have come in level. But I just felt that we were a bit tentative all-round. Sometimes making a couple of changes is what you need to do because it stirs everyone up.

Qu: Why do you think it didn't go for you in the end? Was it poor finishing or was it good Huddersfield defending at the time?

ST: A mixture really. We had quite a few chances in the second half but we obviously missed a few of those. People slipped at the wrong time or didn't quite get the power on a header to finish and also there was some very good defending by Huddersfield, especially in the last ten minutes which was frustrating because we didn't create any real chances during that last ten minutes. But I suppose you have to give Huddersfield some credit, particularly for their defensive heading ability. They kept heading them out didn't they?

Qu: Can you take heart from that second half? The fans gave you a standing ovation even though you lost.

ST: Yes, the fans were fantastic today and that takes some doing when you've been beaten at home. It's a home defeat, so they were great. I think they appreciated the workrate and the effort from the players and also their aggression and passion in that second half. We just needed a bit more of that in the first half.

Qu: Is it good to have a game so soon on Tuesday to pick the boys up?

ST: If we win it is very good! That's what we've got to be looking to do - win the game on Tuesday and get rid of this feeling that myself and the players have of utter disappointment of losing a game of football.

Qu: Were you pleased with Chris Cohen's debut?

ST: I thought he had a very good debut and played very well. I was very pleased with him.

Qu: He's cup-tied isn't he?

ST: Yes, West Ham don't want him to be playing in the FA Cup.

Qu: Are you pleased that you're getting a bit more out of Pablo?

ST: Yes, I thought Pablo played well. I took him off not because he wasn't having an effect but I felt that we had got to nearly 80 minutes and Arron Davies is a great finisher and I just felt that I needed to bring someone like him into the game. But I was quite pleased with Pablo today.

Qu: You hit the crossbar and the post and that could have put it to 1-1. Do you think that on another day you might have got something from the match?

ST: Yes, on another day but unfortunately today is today. You've all seen this game. We could have won this game, we could have drawn this game, but we have ended up losing this game. We've missed a few chances. We didn't have the best of luck in hitting the bar and the post. If they go in the net then you win 3-2. But I don't want to get into a habit of saying that we missed chances. I said it last week, I've said it this week and I don't want to get into that habit. I want to be rejoicing wins.

Qu: Do you think that with Pablo, a couple of goals in a couple of games would set him off? He's got some fantastic touches.

ST: Yes, he does some fantastic things on the pitch. He's had an effect upon the game today - there's no doubt about that. He needs more goals as he's on three or four goals, but all we can do is keep on working on that.


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13 November 2005 : Peter Jackson's View On The Huddersfield Game
Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson admitted his side had a lucky escape on Saturday when he saw his side sneak a 2-1 win at Huish Park yesterday after coming under intense pressure during the second period. Peter answered the following questions after the game:


Qu: Peter, how did you rate that?

PJ: Well it was an excellent win for us. I thought it was a really good game in the first half and a really open game. Obviously in going 2-0 up at half time it was important that we kept a clean sheet, so to concede after 47 minutes, barely three minutes into the second half, was extremely disappointing. After that it was like the Alamo. They really threw everything at us. But I said to my players at the end of the game that sometimes you have to win games like that. We showed great character and defended extremely well. With a little bit of luck today we've come away with three excellent points.

Qu: The heroics of Nathan Clarke and Andy Holdsworth who we picked out in the second half were as important as the goals.

PJ: Exactly, and obviously Boothy (Andy Booth) has performed so well in the second half. He won so many headers. But that was a tough test for us today and we've come through it. We'll play a lot better than we have done today during this season and at the end I am just delighted that we have come away with three points.

Qu: Are you baffled in the way that it happened because sometimes it felt like two different games?

PJ: Not really no, because obviously I knew that Yeovil would throw everything at us in the second half. That gave them a major lift when they scored two minutes into the second half and obviously that put us on the back foot and they put us under immense pressure but I felt we were very positive at the back and we defended with our lives.

Qu: What about the sending off at the end?

PJ: Very harsh. I thought Mark Hudson was outstanding today and that he had his best game for the club today. With 30 seconds to go surely the referee must see sense there. It wasn't a vicious or malicious tackle but he is going to end up missing the Bradford game now.

Qu: And that wasn't the only questionable caution. It does show on the stats sheet that there were four Huddersfield Town players booked.

PJ: I don't think there was one bad tackle in the game. I don't know how many players he booked but it was a poor performance by the referee.

Qu: Anything else that's on your mind, apart from the fact that you go home with another three points?

PJ: It was important that we didn't get beaten today. We've come away with an excellent victory. Now we've got two games back at the Galpharm and they will be big games with big crowds and we are looking forward to it.


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13 November 2005 : YTISA Travel To Swansea
Y.T.I.S.A. chairman Mark Kelly informs us that they are well into their second coach for Friday's visit to the Liberty Stadium but some places are still available. Travel prices are : YTISA members 13.00; non-members 15.00. Departure at 14.30 from Huish Park. Phone 07960 687075 to make a reservation.


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13 November 2005 : Latest Ticketing News
In match order :

Yeovil Town v Macclesfied Town, F.A. Cup Round One replay, Tuesday 15th November, 7.45 p.m. Normal League match prices apply (update : subsequently informed that this is not quite the case, with no student discount available for this one). Tickets will be available on the night, but remember there is a 2.00 discount on all prices for early purchase.

The Second Round Somerset Premier Cup tie, postponed from the Tuesday to Wednesday 16th November because of the above, has also had the venue switched, from Huish Park to Woodspring Stadium. We have contacted Weston-super-Mare but still await a response as to ticket prices.

Another reminder for anyone planning to go to the Liberty Stadium on Friday 18th November, kick-off 7.45 p.m. All Swansea City games are ALL-TICKET. Tickets must be pre-purchased from Huish Park. Adults 13.00, Seniors and Students 10.00, Under 16s 7.00. Our full guide to Swansea is here.

The home friendly v Skonto Riga on Monday 21st November, kick-off 7.00 p.m. has had prices set at 5.00 for adults, 1.00 all concessions. As an added incentive 10% discount will be offered on the day of the game in the club shop on all official merchandise on production of a match ticket. Players will be available to provide autographs. So if you have football items on your Christmas shopping list that Monday would be an excellent time to buy them.

Brentford, Tuesday 6th December, kick-off 7.45 p.m. Pay on the night. Covered seating : Adults 17.00, Seniors 12.00, Juniors 3.00. Uncovered standing : Adults 12.00, Seniors 6.00, Juniors 3.00. Those wishing to claim student discount or needing facilities for the disabled must book in advance on 0870 9009229.

Rotherham United, Saturday 10th December, kick-off 3.00 p.m. Tickets on sale at Huish Park until Friday 18th November to Season Ticket Holders only, then general sale from Monday 21st November. Millmoor has only one provision for visiting fans - covered seating behind the goal. Prices are : Adults 15.00, all concessions (Seniors, Juniors, Disabled) 9.00 if purchased in advance. There is no reason to presume there won't be pay-on-the-day tickets available, but N.B. The Millers operate the common 2.00 surcharge policy on all prices for such purchases.


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12 November 2005 : Terriers Take A Bite Out Of The Glovers
Yeovil Town left Huish Park feeling hard done by after failing to pick up any points this afternoon against Huddersfield. The visitors capitalised on two woeful defensive errors and managed to hold onto their lead to beat the Glovers 2-1.

Andy Booth fired Huddersfield into the lead with just eleven minutes on the clock when Danny Schofield squared the ball across the six-yard box for the former Sheffield Wednesday frontman to tap the ball into the open net. The Glovers twice hit the woodwork in the space of a minute after Pablo Bastianini and Matt Harrold smacked the post and crossbar respectively. In an action packed first half, Andy Booth then went on to add his name to the list of those unfortunate to be denied by the frame of the goal. Huddersfield doubled their lead six minutes before the interval. Chris Weale superbly made a point blank save before Mark Hudson picked up the rebound and made no mistake from close range.

Steve Thompson couldn't have asked for a better response from his players immediately after the re-start. Substitute Kevin Gall provided the perfect ball for Lee Johnson to half the deficit with a great header. Steve Thompson's men dominated procession in the second half but a combination of good defending and a lack of quality upfront denied the equaliser.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1-2 Huddersfield Town.

The result sees Yeovil drop two places down to 15th, close to the bottom of a large pack of midtable teams. Despite the home defeat, Steve Thompson's side still lie only four points off a playoff place. The Terriers meanwhile move up to second, after the game of the day was won by Swansea City, who leapfrogged hosts Southend United to return to the top of the league. That trio now have a four point cushion on fourth placed Brentford.

[Match summary by George Murray]


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11 November 2005 : Thommo On Telly!
Anyone tuning into tonight's Sky Sports Extra showing of Swindon Town versus Bristol City in League One may find the Sky Sports studio guest to be rather familiar. Glovers boss Steve Thompson is the man providing the expert analysis as he watches his former boss in the West Country relegation six-pointer. Kick-off is 7.45pm.


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11 November 2005 : Action Photos From Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest
The gallery for the last home game - a 3-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the league is now on-line. Access all 118 photos by heading here or by accessing the main Photo Gallery Index page.


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11 November 2005 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Date
As mentioned in yesterday's news, Waltham Forest won last night's FA Youth Cup First Round match against Leyton Orient and so face Stuart Housley's Under 18s side in the Second Round.

The match will now be played on Thursday 24th November, with a 7.30pm kickoff. As previously mentioned, Waltham Forest play at Wadham Lodge in Kitchener Road, London E17. Tel: 020 8527 2444. A map showing the ground can be found here. Nearest railway station is Wood Street which is 0.7 miles south-east of the ground, or for London Underground try Walthamstow Central which is one mile south-west of the ground. If you are driving there, then find the Crooked Billet Roundabout on the North Circular A406 (right next to Walthamstow Dogs Track) and head south off that roundabout, followed by an immediate left into Brookscroft Road, then third left into Kitchener Road.

Admission prices for the Orient match at the same venue were £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions and we would expect those prices not to change for this second round tie againsst Yeovil Town. The match will be decided on the night with extra time and penalties if necessary.


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11 November 2005 : Yeovil Town v Huddersfield Town match preview
The Glovers entertain 3rd-placed Huddersfield at Huish Park tomorrow (Saturday) in yet another game whose kick-off time has had to be changed because the FA seemingly couldn't care less about small clubs when it comes to arranging the times that England international matches kick off. To accomodate those who wish to watch the bloated millionaires in Geneva the match at Huish Park tomorrow kicks off an hour early, at 2pm, instead of the traditional 3-o-clock, and never mind the inconvenience to those who actually go to games instead of sitting in their armchairs with the tv on.

As mentioned above the Terriers are currently 3rd in the division on 31 points from 16 games played, 9 points ahead of the 13th-placed Glovers. Their home form is the main reason they're where they are in the table having won 6 from 8 at the McAlpine Stadium; their away record away slightly less impressive at W3 D2 L2. Top scorer Pawel Abbot is expected to be recalled after being dropped for last week's 4-1 FA Cup win against Welling United. Midfielder Chris Brandon has a knee injury and is doubtful and the formerly injured trio of Martin McIntosh, Adnan Ahmed and Lee Fowler are now all back in training but not expected to feature tomorrow.

"We have a very big month coming up in November and we need to kick it off in the right way at Yeovil tomorrow," Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson told his club's official site today. "We know we are in for a tough game because Yeovil are a good home side and is a difficult place to go and get a result, especially the way they are playing at the moment. We will have to go there and be positive and try and set the pace early because we know we will come under pressure during the game. It is at those times when we will have to be strong and not give anything away. We will have to make our pressure count and take our chances when we are on top but, just as important, we will have to be solid at the back when we come under pressure."

"Yeovil were finding their feet in the first couple of months,"
Jackson added, "but they have really picked up in the last few weeks which coincided with them getting a new manager in place. They are an excellent home side and we know that we are in for a tough game. There will be a good atmosphere because it is a nice little ground and a good surface."

As reported yesterday the Glovers have no injury problems with the exception of Darren Way (cheekbone) and possibly Efe Sodje (knee). Efe is now back in training after recovering from the knee ligament problem that kept him out for 3 weeks and may yet line up against his old club tomorrow if both he and manager Steve Thompson consider him fit enough. Goalkeeper Chris Weale has been given the green light to play after being carried off with mild concussion at Macclesfield last week and new loan signing Chris Cohen is also expected to be included in the squad tomorrow.

Selected betting odds: Yeovil win - 6/4; draw - 9/4; Huddersfield win - 6/4. Our recommendation: As usual, when the odds are evens or better in our favour when we're at home then our self-imposed rule is to bet on the home win, even if we have the sneaking suspicion that the draw is the value bet this week! Nevertheless our fiver's going on a Yeovil win at 6/4. Record so far this season: +32.13p.


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11 November 2005 : Police Investigate Club Break-In
Avon and Somerset Police are hunting two men believed to be responsible for a break-in at Huish Park during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The police have issued the following statement on their website:

"Police are appealing for information after a break in at Yeovil Town Football Club.

Sometime between 2am and 4am on November 9 [Early hours of Wednesday morning] at least two men gained access inside the stadium and stole electrical equipment and a large amount of food and drink.

Three vehicles which were parked within the stadium area also had their windows smashed and a burger van was also broken into.

All the items were loaded onto a club mini bus which was later found burnt out near Ilminster.

Police are appealing for anyone with information or who may have seen the mini bus to contact PC Allen at Yeovil Police Station on 0845 4567000.

Anyone who can help should contact us through our secure Crimestoppers contact form here.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and you could receive a reward.
"


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10 November 2005 : Youths Will Play Waltham Forest
Yeovil Town Under 18s now know their opponents in the Second Round of the F.A. Youth Cup. Waltham Forest beat Leyton Orient 4-2 tonight in their First Round tie.

The Waltham Forest club, formerly Leyton Pennant, formerly Walthamstow Pennant, are currently a Southern League Division One Eastern side. Their home is Wadham Lodge Sports Ground, to be found in E17. Obviously no date has been set yet, but the Second Round tie has to be played by November 26th.

The full Second Round draw can be found by scrolling down to November 3rd.


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10 November 2005 : City Delay Redevelopment Plans
Fellow League One side Bristol City have announced that they are delaying the redevelopment of the away end at Ashton Gate. The Wedlock End had been planned to be bulldozed over the summer, but with time marching on and no work having been started, the club have now admitted that they have fallen short on funding for the 7 million pound project. The very earliest the development will begin now is July 2006, and even that is subject to the gap in funding being bridged. The West-Country club have recently revealed losses of £1.97 million for the last trading year, and have crashed out of every cup competition at the first hurdle this season implying that things may get financially worse before they get better.

The Western Daily Press view of the situation can be found here.

The main point of relevance to Yeovil Town supporters is that it will now leave the Wedlock End fully open for the whole of the 2005/06 season. There were fears that the ticket allocation for the April 1st match could be cut as low as 400-500 for away fans. Now with the 2,800 capacity stand remaining open for the whole of this season, any potential panic for tickets would appear to have been abated.


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10 November 2005 : Davies omitted from Welsh squad by request, says Thommo
As reported on these pages yesterday, Glovers midfielder Arron Davies has been omitted from the Wales u-21 squad to play Cyprus next week, with fellow Glovers midfielder Dale Williams being put on stand-by for the same squad. We speculated that the reason Arron missed out may have been that he was going to be called up for the senior Welsh squad instead, but it turns out that the truth is more prosaic. Yeovil boss Steve Thompson in fact asked u-21 manager Brian Flynn if Arron could be left out of the Cyprus match so he could be available for the Glovers FA Cup replay at home to Macclesfield and Flynn - who evidently has a better relationship with Thommo than he did with former Yeovil boss Gary Johnson - has agreed.

"Arron has done very well for Wales," Thommo said today. "I have spoken to Brian Flynn a couple of times since I got the job and he is very happy with him."

"This is an important few days coming up," the gaffer added. "We are playing third (Huddersfield) and second (Swansea) and have also got the FA Cup replay, but the players are ready for it."

Defender Efe Sodje is now back in training but won't necessarily be rushed back into action to face his old club Huddersfield this Saturday. "I have not felt any pain since returning and I have recovered early from injuries before which is great but I am not going to rush back," the former Nigerian international told the Western Gazette today. "Of course I would like to play against Huddersfield but I do not want to return until I know I am right. In League One you need eleven players out there, not ten-and-a-half."

New loan signing Chris Cohen has evidently been impressing management and his fellow players in training this week and could be set to feature in the Glovers squad for the Huddersfield game. Fellow midfielder Darren Way will definitely miss the match this Saturday as he recovers from a broken cheekbone, but might be available in time for the FA Cup replay against Macclesfield next Tuesday evening.


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10 November 2005 : Youths Lose Final Cup Group Game
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost their final Youth Alliance Cup Group Stage game at Brentford on Saturday with the West London side seeing them off by a comfortable 3-1 scoreline. The result was academic for Stuart Housley's side as they have already been eliminated from a tough-looking group stage and as mentioned earlier this week, their final group match against Leyton Orient has been cancelled as a result.

Brentford grabbed a three goal lead in the match, but the young Glovers did take home some pride as substitute Jamie Barber netted his side a last minute consolation.

Line-Up: 1. Danny Barker, 2. Craig Alcock, 3. Jake Smeeton, 4. Darren Watts, 5. Shane Adcock-Case, 6. Gavin McCallum, 7. Richard Cullingford, 8. Matt Pitcher, 9. Tom Clarke, 10. Phil Ormerod, 11. Ben Wood. Subs: 14. Danny Thompson, 15. Matt Concliffe, 16. Jamie Barber (all used).

At the moment the Youth Team are not scheduled to play this weekend - their next match will take place against Swansea City in nine days time, with the venue most likely being the St Helen's sports complex in the city. As this match takes place the morning after the first team's match at the Liberty Stadium, we will provide more details for any Glovers who are staying overnight in Wales and are looking for something to do the next morning.


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9 November 2005 : New 02V on sale Saturday
The Autumn edition of the Glovers fanzine On To Victory is on sale at Huish Park this Saturday, prior to the match against Huddersfield. The latest edition includes:


  • This issue has a terrific feature on how the pitch remains intact, courtesy of a fine interview with head Groundsman Tony Fry

  • We have received an article from a Weymouth fanhes not bitter!!!!

  • Another nostalgic look back at the old Huish

  • Blast From the PastBryn Jones

  • For all you Voyeurs, you can sneak a look at both of Arsenals grounds!

  • Ohand Miss O2VShes Gorgeous!


All this and more for just 1, with all the profits going back to the club. A bargain at twice the price!


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9 November 2005 : Firework Night prize draw
The draw for raffle tickets sold at the club's Fireworks Spectacular last Friday 4th November will take place in the Supporters Marquee this coming Saturday at 1pm, prior to the league match against Huddersfield Town. Top prize is a TV/DVD combination set and there are numerous other prizes.


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9 November 2005 : Customer Charter Meeting dates for your diary
As promised in the last Customer Charter Meeting (see 31st October news item) the club have made the dates of the next scheduled meeting's available. They are:

Tuesday 13th December 2005
Tuesday 14th March 2006
Tuesday 13th June 2006


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9 November 2005 : GWSC AGM New Date
Due to a clash with the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup next Wednesday, where the team will travel to Weston-Super-Mare, the GWSC have announced that their AGM, originally planned for that night, has been put back to Thursday 1st December.

All other details of the AGM remain - held in the Marquee Bar - are as per the previous notice, except that nominations for committee membership must now be received by Thursday 24th November.


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9 November 2005 : Dale On Stand-By For Welsh U21s
Yeovil Town winger Dale Williams has been put on stand-by for the Welsh U21s side for their match in Cyprus next week. The graduate from the youth team played three full matches at Under 19s level in a UEFA tournament last month and presumably impressed enough to be listed as on stand-by for next week's match. Surprise exclusion from the side is fellow Glover Arron Davies, who has had rave reviews at Under 21 level, but has not appeared in the released squad suggesting either an extremely bizarre omission, or the possibility of a call-up to the full national side.

The Welsh Under 21s face Cyprus Under 21 at the Paphiako Stadium, Paphos, kick 3pm local time on November 15th. The full national side play in Cyprus a day later. The full Under 21s squad is:

Kyle Letheren (Swansea City), Sam Pearce (Bristol City), Simon Spender (Wrexham, Adam Davies (Cambridge United), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby County), Rhoys Wiggins (Crystal Palace), Joe Jacobson (Cardiff City), Byron Anthony (Cardiff City), Adam Birchall (Mansfield Town), Mark Jones (Wrexham), Owain Tudur Jones (Swansea City), Andrew Crofts (Gillingham), Anthony Pulis (Stoke City), Ramon Calliste (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Bristol City), Mark Pritchard (Swansea City), Rhys Powell (Bolton Wanderers), Joseph Ledley (Cardiff City)

Stand By Players (Not Currently Travelling To Cyprus) : Stuart Fleetwood (Cardiff City), Lloyd James (Southampton), Dale Williams (Yeovil Town).


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9 November 2005 : Super Gav In Ipswich Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams has become the second West Ham player to temporarily leave Upton Park in a loan deal this week. Williams has joined Championship side Ipswich Town - a team he has already seen this season having joined Yeovil fans in the away end during the Glovers Carling Cup First Round win at Portman Road.

Academy graduate Chris Cohen is of course the other midfielder to go out on loan - to Yeovil Town - and Hammers manager Alan Pardew said of the pair to the club's official site: "Neither of the players have featured in the Premier League yet and I just felt they needed to be playing more football and getting a bit more experience. We have sent them both out on loan for a month to give them a chance to show people what they can do and I am sure the moves will be positive for all concerned."

Speaking to their official site, Ipswich boss Joe Royle has said of the Williams deal: "Gavin will be joining us on loan for a month, He is looking forward to coming here and we're delighted to have him here. He'll train with the first-team squad on Wednesday but the likelihood is that he will be away with the Welsh national team after that and won't be back with us until the latter part of next week."


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9 November 2005 : Butcher Turns Down Glovers Loan
Oldham Athletic midfielder Richard Butcher has turned down a loan move to Yeovil Town according to the Latics manager Ronnie Moore. The fellow league one side claim the Glovers made their move for Moore after his return from a loan period at his former club Lincoln City. Presumably Butcher had been a target for Glovers boss Steve Thompson before he moved for West Ham United's Chris Cohen.

Oldham's local press also claim that the Glovers tried to get Butcher on a permanent basis when his contract ran out at Sincil Bank. Instead he opted to move to North Manchester where a supporter's vendetta against the player has left him unsettled and resulted in the month back in Lincolnshire.

But Moore has claimed that Butcher is prepared to give it another go at Boundary Park explaining: "Yeovil came in and I was prepared to let Richard go there for a month, but he didnt fancy it. Ive spoken to the lad and he is hoping to get back in our side and show people he can play. He has obviously had a rough time, but he seems genuinely concerned that he should stay here for the time being. If his mind is right and I think hes ready, he would come into the reckoning for our first team. That might not happen straight away it would depend how I thought Richard would handle the occasion but he says he wants to fight for a place. It may be that hes only here until the transfer window reopens, but theres plenty of time until January."


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8 November 2005 : Tonight's Game OFF
Tonight's Pontin's Holidays Combination fixture at Huish Park between Yeovil Town Reserves and AFC Bournemouth Reserves is OFF. The fixture has been postponed after an inspection because of a waterlogged pitch. No date has yet been set for the rearrangement.


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8 November 2005 : Weston County Cup Game Switched
Yeovil Town's second round County Cup match against Weston-Super-Mare has been switched to Weston's Woodspring Stadium ground. The match will now kick-off at 7.45pm on Wednesday 16th November.

Meanwhile the club have arranged a friendly against Latvian side Skonto Riga. This match will kick off at Huish Park on Monday 21st November at 7.00pm.


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8 November 2005 : Final Youth Cup Match Curtailed
Yeovil Town's final Youth Alliance Cup Group match against Leyton Orient that was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch just over two weeks ago has been permanently cancelled. Due to Leyton's guaranteed qualification for the next stage and Yeovil's guaranteed elimination, both clubs agreed in conjunction with the Football League to scrub the game from the fixture lists.


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8 November 2005 : Weale be ready for Terriers
Glovers keeper Chris Weale, taken off with suspected concussion after colliding with Clive Wijnhard during Yeovil's 1-1 draw with Macclesfield on Saturday, is expected to have recovered in time for the clash with high-flying Huddersfield Town this coming weekend.

"The doctor has had a good look at him and he's also had some X-rays," Glovers boss Steve Thompson told the Western Daily Press today. "He's had the all-clear and he'll be able to train with us on Thursday. I hope to have him available for selection against Huddersfield."

Central defender Efe Sodje is now back in training after recovering from the knee injury he picked up in the defeat at Leyton Orient in the LDV Vans Trophy 3 weeks ago. He may take some part in the reserves match at home to Bournemouth this evening according to the WDP but is expected to be available for the Huddersfield match regardless.

Another who may make an appearance tonight is new loan signing Chris Cohen. It seems that the West Ham player will complete the formalities of his move today and is another who should be available for selection this coming Saturday.

A reminder then that there is a match at Huish Park this evening as the Reserves take on their AFC Bournemouth counterparts. Kick-off is at 7pm.


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7 November 2005 : Macclesfield Replay Ticketing Details
Tickets for the FA Cup First Round Replay against Macclesfield Town have gone on sale today to the general public from the Huish Park Ticket Office. There are no special ticketing restrictions in force. However, season ticket holders have until the end of Friday 11th November to claim their usual seat. If seats are not claimed by then, they are reallocated to the general public and you may not get your usual seat.

The ticket office has some extended hours to cater for demand. Tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th November) the ticket office will remain open until 7.00pm, ahead of the Pontins Holiday Combination match against AFC Bournemouth. In addition, the office will remain open until 5.30pm on Saturday 12th November following the League One match against Huddersfield Town.

As a reminder, the Huddersfield match kicks off at 2.00pm, and that tickets for the Macclesfield game (and other advance purchases) will not be allowed during the hour leading up to kick-off - only Huddersfield tickets will be sold during that period to ease congestion.

Any unsold tickets for the Macclesfield replay will be available on the day of the game, however note that the 'early bird' prices will not apply on the day of the game - roughly a two pound difference on most tariffs. Pricing details are as per normal league matches and can be found here.


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7 November 2005 : Oliver Loan Extended Again
Central defender Luke Oliver has had his loan at Conference side Woking extended to a third month. When Luke arrived back at his former club at the start of September they were in a degree of disarray, having lost four out of their first six games, conceding 13 goals in the process. However, since his placement in the heart of the Kingfield defence, the Cardinals have gone on an unbroken 12 game unbeaten run, clocking up 24 goals and conceding just seven, including an LDV Trophy win against Nottingham Forest.

Woking manager Glenn Cockerill has said of the loan extension: "Luke's still got quite a bit to learn but he's got a lot of talent and it's helping him to play first-team football with us."


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7 November 2005 : Cohen Expected To Join Glovers On Loan
As alluded to in Saturday's news, Yeovil Town are expected to clinch the loan signing of West Ham United defender/midfielder Chris Cohen later today. The Hammers Academy graduate is expected to be brought in mainly as midfield cover with the squad looking particularly thin in that area through Darren Way's ongoing absence.

Chris is rated as a tough-tackling player, who at 18 years old is highly rated by the Premiership side. He has already clocked up 18 league appearances for his parent club, albeit with the majority coming from the bench. He is capable of playing as a left winger, central midfield, or in defence - the latter presumably as a left-back. Chris made his debut for West Ham aged just 16 when he played against Sunderland in December 2003, and turned out 14 times for the Hammers during last season when they won promotion to the Premiership. This season he has found the going a little tougher and has so far been restricted to one Carling Cup appearance against Sheffield Wednesday.

Chris travelled with the squad to Saturday's match against Macclesfield Town where he watched the game from the stands. The move for him has been on the cards for some while now, hence we would guess that the delay in the proceedings could be down to West Ham not wanting him to become cup-tied in the FA Cup - if true, a fair indication as to how highly they rate him.

Update 11.00am: This story has now been officially confirmed. Glovers boss Steve Thompson has told the Official Site: "We've signed Chris because I felt that we only had three central midfielders at the club in a squad of 26 and we need some cover in that position. It also gives both ourselves and Chris the opportunity to look at each other during the month which is a good thing. Every player brought in on a month's loan is with a view to a permanent move because if a player comes in and impresses during that month the chances are you may well want to sign him. Obviously though it all depends on West Ham as well. They didn't want Chris cup-tied which shows that he is not that far away from the team and highly rated."


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6 November 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Macclesfield vs Yeovil
The Ciderspace match report on yesterday's 1-1 draw against Macclesfield Town is now available by heading here.


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6 November 2005 : Thommo's Verdict On The Macclesfield Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson had mixed emotions on the final whistle following Saturday's 1-1 draw in the FA Cup First Round at Macclesfield Town. Speaking after the match, Steve answered the following questions:

Qu: Steve an exciting game but 1-1 in the end. Would you take that, because you had countless chances to score?

ST: Well you've got take it. I suppose it's good because it's another match in the FA Cup and that's good for revenue isn't it? But we've had so many chances that we should have done the job first time. But credit to the lads because they kept going. I didn't see any heads go down and even though we were missing chance after chance, they kept going. Even the penalty was a rebound and it just seemed at one point that we were fated never to get a result up here, but thankfully Jevo stuck that rebound in. He was very alert for the rebound, because normally his first one goes in. I'm just pleased that he's scored right near the end there.

Qu: Did you think it was going to be one of those days? It was unbelievable the number of chances Yeovil had. Most of them were on target but somehow Fettis got them away.

ST: Yes, I did think it was going to be one of those days at one stage but you always hope that one of them is going to go in. I couldn't see Macclesfield scoring. They had a chance in the first five minutes of the game with a header that went just over the bar but after that I couldn't see them scoring. Of course we made a bit of a slip-up for the goal and Wealey has got injured with it as well, so then you started to think that maybe it was going to be one of those days. But you just hope, and you keep trying and thinking about what you can do to maybe improve things or give yourself a better chance. I had the chance to make two other substitutions to try and do that and in the end we got a draw. I'm sure that Brian Horton and everyone would say that on chances we deserved to win that game.

Qu: Was it poor finishing or good goalkeeping and defending?

ST: I think a combination of both, but lets put it this way, we'll certainly be doing a lot of finishing in the early part of next week.

Qu: Something to work on with the players?

ST: On today it certainly is!

Qu: You haven't really had a problem in scoring goals so far this season though have you?

ST: No not recently. We've scored a fair few goals lately but we certainly should have got a lot more than the one we got today.

Qu: After you got the goal through Phil Jevons, you had eleven players and they had ten. Did you think that you could then go on and win it?

ST: Yes, I did. And we did go for the win. Arron hit the bar and there were a couple of other chances. We were peppering their goal at times. I did think that we could win it. But when you equalise in the 81st minute you're sort of happy with that in a way as well.

Qu: A few of the fans will be concerned about Chris Weale - how is he? He seemed to take a nasty knock out there.

ST: Yes. He was very shakey in the changing room. He's probably got a slight bit of concussion. He was certainly all over the place when the collision came. We'll have to monitor him and watch him on the way home. He's having the doctor look at him again before he travels. Obviously you never like to see that happen to anyone. But it was purely accidental and there was nothing in it. We'll have to monitor him on the way home.

Qu: Do you know what happened?

ST: Well I think that as he came out to try and save the goal, Wijnhard has lobbed him and probably Wealey's follow-through has brought him into Wijnhard's knee or something like that and it's landed straight on his head. He was in a bad way in the changing rooms for 10 or 15 minutes.

Qu: Brave goalkeeping in the end.

ST: Yes, he is a brave goalkeeper. You've got to be brave to be a keeper and we've certainly got two very brave keepers. I thought Steve did very well when he came on. It's hard kicking against the wind and he did that very well. We've got two very good keepers at this club.

Qu: You've got the replay as you say and it could be a money-spinner but does that put you off your league form and maybe lead to some fixture congestion?

ST: No. We're out of the LDV and we're out of the Carling Cup so I am not going to mention fixture congestion. No chance - no way!


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6 November 2005 : FA Cup 2nd round draw
The winners of the FA Cup 1st round replay between Yeovil Town and Macclesfield Town have been drawn away to League One side Walsall in the 2nd round of the competition.

The full draw is as follows:

Walsall v Macclesfield or YEOVIL
Southport or Woking v Northwich
Peterboro or Burton Albion v Burscough
Aldershot v Bury or Scunthorpe Utd
Shrewsbury Town v Colchester Utd
Hartlepool Utd v Tamworth
Cheltenham Town v Eastborne Boro or Oxford Utd
Mansfield Town v Grays Athletic
Hereford Utd v Stockport County
Stevenage Borough v Northampton Town
Port Vale v Bristol Rovers
Swindon or Boston Utd v Doncaster or Blackpool
Halifax or Rushden v Leyton Orient or Chesterfield
Nuneaton Borough v Histon
Chasetown or Oldham v Brentford
Southend Utd v Lincoln City or MK Dons
Chippenham or Worcester City v Huddersfield Town
Torquay or Harrogate v Notts County
Barnsley v Bradford or Tranmere
Chester City v Nottm Forest or Weymouth

Matches to be played weekend of 2/3/4 December

The 1st round replay between the Glovers and Macclesfield will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday week (November 15th) as expected, 7.45pm kick off. The Somerset Premier Cup game v Weston-Super-Mare scheduled to take place on the same date will be re-arranged.


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6 November 2005 : Jevo is Powerade League One Player of the Month!
Glovers forward Phil Jevons has been chosen as the Powerade League One Player of the Month for October ahead of the other nominated players, Lee Trundle of Swansea and Billy Sharp of Scunthorpe.

The award is given to the outstanding player in the division each month, chosen by a panel appointed by the Football League and headed by former Bradford manager and current Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara.

Jevo enjoyed an excellent October playing in his preferred attacking midfield role and picking up on the scraps left by the two main strikers. He scored three times in the month and also came 2nd overall in the month to Terry Skiverton in the Ciderspace Man of the Match votes. It's the 2nd time he's been chosen as Powerade Player of the Month, having previously won the award in September 2004. Congratualtions to Jevo from us all at Ciderspace, it's well deserved.


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6 November 2005 : Horton relieved to be in the draw
Macclesfield boss Brian Horton was a relieved man at the end of yesterdays 1-1 FA Cup draw with the Glovers at Moss Rose. The Silkmen's boss had particular praise for the home side's keeper Alan Fettis, the man-of-the-match on the day.

"Fettis has been outstanding today, Horton told Macclesfield's official site, adding: "I thought we defended well in very tricky conditions, with the rain and the wind, but it was a good cup tie. They hit the post, the bar, and Fettis even saved their penalty before the lad knocked it in, so I think a draw is a good result for us today."

"Yeovil are a good side and we defended well against them. They passed it well and worked us, but that's what happens in cup ties. That's four unbeaten now and I'll take it as a plus. I thought we should have had a penalty, to me it was a blatant penalty. I know theirs was without a doubt, but I think to send him off was very harsh. Even their subs have said to me it looked like a blatant penalty and that's their players, never mind mine."

"I envisage a very tough game down there, but we beat them last year so that's three unbeaten against them, but it'll be a hard one. At least we're in the draw and can listen tomorrow for who we might have in the next round."



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5 November 2005 : Jevo strike rescues Glovers FA Cup dreams
Yeovil Town are still in the draw for the 2nd round of the FA Cup this afternoon after a 1-1 draw at bogey side Macclesfield, an 81st minute Phil Jevons effort cancelling out Clyde Winjnhard's 48th minute opener in a match the Glovers dominated from start to finish.

On the one hand the Glovers will be pleased to still be in the competition, but on the other there'll be a certain amount of frustration that they weren't able to lay the Macclesfield bogey to rest once and for all. Yeovil hit the woodwork twice in the match through Terry Skiverton and Arron Davies efforts and had several chances cleared off the line before the Silkmen took the lead against the run of play in the 48th minute, a defensive error allowing Clyde Wijnhard to get on the end of a long-ball to beat the onrushing Chris Weale. The subsequent collision between the Glovers keeper and Wijnhard left Weale clearly dazed, the keeper being replaced by Steve Collis in goal. Yeovil didn't allow the setback to faze them and they finally got the reward their constant pressure deserved, a goalbound 80th minute Phil Jevons header being deliberately handled by Macc defender Danny Swailes, who was accordingly shown the inevitable red card. Jevons' penalty was parried by the Silkmen's man of the match, keeper Alan Fettis, but last season's top scorer was alert enough to snap up the rebound to make the score 1-1. Macclesfield's ten men came under more intense pressure before the full time whistle but held out to fight another day.

Final score: Macclesfield Town 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

The Glovers go on then to feature in tomorrow's (Sunday) FA Cup 2nd round draw, due to take place on BBC1 at 3pm. The replay v Macclesfield at Huish Park will provisionally be set for 10 days time, Tuesday 15th November, with the Somerset Premier Cup tie v Weston-Super-Mare due to take place on the same day presumably being postponed to a later date, though this is yet to be confirmed officially.

Other news: Chris Weale was confirmed to be suffering from concussion after the game, it's too soon as yet to know if he will be forced into missing any games. It also seems that Glovers boss Steve Thompson is on the verge of signing a midfielder on loan on Monday - Ciderspace is aware of the player's identity (at least we think we know who he is!) but until the news is confirmed will refrain from publishing the player's name to allow the club to complete the formalities unhindered.


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4 November 2005 : Macclesfield Town v Yeovil Town: FA Cup preview
Apart from Hayes, it's difficult to think of a club that Glovers fans would rather have avoided more than Macclesfield Town when the draw for the 1st round of the FA Cup was made a couple of weeks ago. No disrespect intended to the Silkmen or their supporters, but what a horrible draw that was for us. The wrong end of the country for a start, but more importantly Macc are officially our bogey team since we've joined them in the Football League. We've played them four times, lost three and drawn once; and last season they did the double over us, beating us 2-1 at Huish Park and 3-1 at Moss Rose even while we went on to win the League Two title.

Still, records are made to be broken and it's not all doom and gloom. After coming close to automatic promotion last season the Silkmen have made a poor start this time around in League Two and are currently 2nd from bottom with 15 points from 16 games played - that's the good news. The bad news is that they appear to have found found their form recently and are unbeaten in the last 4 games and have highly-rated striker Jon Parkin available again - last season's top scorer has yet to start a game this term after picking up an injury in the pre-season, but is now training again and is expected to be at least on the bench tomorrow. Not that the Silkmen are by any means a one-man team - other players to pose a threat to the Glovers are striker Clyde Wijnhard, on loan from Darlington and wingers David Beresford and Martin Bullock.

"A good cup run is important to every team in the country,"Silkmen boss Brian Horton affirmed yesterday. "The FA Cup is the FA Cup and I want to win it. Its not very often we have good cup runs but weve done well in the LDV, we beat Forest away in the Carling Cup and our cup form has been good. Yeovil are a good side, make no bones about it. They play good football and are a handful - but so are we. We beat them twice last year when they won the championship and were, without doubt, the best side in the league last year. We played very well when we beat them at home - it was one of the best performances since Ive been at the club."

For Yeovil, on-loan defender Liam Fontaine is fit again after recovering from an ankle injury and is available for selection after Fulham gave permission for him to be cup-tied this week. Other returnees to training this week included David Poole and Colin Miles, recovering from foot and calf injuries respectively. Efe Sodje and Darren Way are still out however, though neither are expected to be unavailable for selection for too much longer. The Glovers are aware that tomorrow's game will be a tough one: "We have never done that well up there and the result will certainly be more important than the performance," midfielder Lee Johnson admitted yesterday. "If we do not win then I hope we can at least bring them back to our place. But I believe if we prepare correctly we should be able to quash that bogey side situation."

Selected betting odds: Macclesfield win - 9/5; draw - 9/4; Yeovil win - 6/5. Our recommendation: We're with Lee on this. Tomorrow, Macc's status as our bogey team ends, once and for all. We've found our feet in the higher league and are now experienced enough and good enough to cope with anything they can throw at us. We hope for the win of course, and our fiver this week is going on an, er...... draw! Lets get them back to Huish Park and beat them then. Record so far this season: +20.88p.

For all those travelling oop t'north tomorrow, the Ciderspace guide to Macclesfield and all who sail in her is online here. Take your brolly - rain is forecast!


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4 November 2005 : Eight New Interviews Available
All of the 2005-06 interviews originally published for the Yeovil Town Official Match Day Programme have now been archived within the Ciderspace Interviews Section. The seven interviews have all been transcribed by George Murray for the club, and are up to and including the last Nottingham Forest programme. Catch up by reading the interviews as follows:

1. Rotherham programme : Peter Johnson : Click here
2. Chesterfield programme : Kevin Gall : Click here
3. Walsall programme : Luciano Alvarez : Click here
4. Millwall programme : Kevin Gall : Click here
5. Port Vale programme : Terry Skiverton : Click here
6. Swansea City programme : Matt Harrold : : Click here
7. Nottingham Forest programme : programme : Terry Skiverton : Click here

In addition, George's interview with Terry Skiverton, published in an edition of On To Victory earlier this season, is also available by clicking here.


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3 November 2005 : Terry Skiverton is Ciderspace users player of the month for October
Terry Skiverton is Ciderspace users' player of the month for October. The inspirational club captain won the individual MOTM vote in the 1-0 win vs Swansea City and featured heavily in the votes in the other matches during the month. Phil Jevons won the vote outright twice, in the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest and again after last Saturday's 3-2 loss at Colchester, but didn't feature as consistently in the voting overall during the month as Skivo. Matt Harrold and Darren Way were the other individual match vote winners during the month, for the games against Scunthorpe and Gillingham respectively.

Little and Large skip off together into the sunset on hearing the news that Skivo has been voted Ciderspace users player of the month for October.
Little and Large skip off together into the sunset on hearing the news that Skivo has been voted Ciderspace users player of the month for October.
Photo 2005 Martin Baker / Ciderspace


October's points totals were as follows:

Terry Skiverton - 338 points
Phil Jevons - 312
Efetobore Sodje - 302
Matt Harrold - 247
Chris Weale - 213
Darren Way - 174
Kevin Amankwaah - 169
Lee Johnson - 163
Nathan Jones - 151
Colin Miles - 83
Pablo Bastianini - 69
Paul Terry - 61
Arron Davies - 25


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3 November 2005 : Youth Team Go East Again
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have been drawn away again in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup and this time they will have to travel further if they are to progress in the competition. They will face the winners of the Waltham Forest versus Leyton Orient First Round tie which will be played on Thursday 10th November at Wadham Lodge, Kitchener Road, London E17, with a 7.30pm kickoff.

The winners of that match will host the Glovers on a match that is to be played on or before Saturday 26th November. The full second round draw is as follows:

1 Hednesford Town or Cambridge City v Kettering Town or Nottingham Forest
2 Rushden & Diamonds v Walsall or Shrewsbury Town
3 Oldham Athletic or Barnsley v Wrexham or Skelmersdale United
4 Northampton Town v Mansfield Town
5 Cogenhoe United or Boston United v Rochdale or Southport
6 Stockport County or Scunthorpe Utd v Hartlepool United or Chester City
7 Carlisle United or Macclesfield Town v Daisy Hill or Doncaster Rovers
8 Morecambe or Darlington v Huddersfield Town or Burscough
9 Blackpool or Rotherham United v Chesterfield or Tranmere Rovers
10 Bradford City or Dunston FB v Coleshill Town or Arnold Town
11 Burton Albion or Port Vale v Bury or Grimsby Town
12 Southend United or Barton Rovers v Newport County or Swindon Town
13 Wealdstone or Folkestone Invicta v Chipstead or Chesham United
14 Wycombe Wanderers or Gravesend & Northfleet v AFC Bournemouth or Tiverton Town
15 Waltham Forest or Leyton Orient v Yeovil Town
16 Gloucester City or Bath City v Swansea City or Cheltenham Town
17 Beaconsfield SYCOB or Colchester United v Barking & East Ham United or Sutton United
18 Milton Keynes Dons v Stevenage Borough or Woking
19 Gillingham or Barnet v Bristol Rovers or Bristol City
20 Brentford or Worthing v Aldershot Town or Buntingford Town


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3 November 2005 : League Cup Fills Up For Three More Years
The Football League have announced their decision to extend the corporate sponsorship of the Football League Cup for a further three seasons with brewing monstrosity giant Coors. This means that the Carling brand name will continue to be associated with the competition until 2009.

The most important factor to the average supporter when selling your soul to the Devil setting up such a deal is how much it will be worth to the clubs that play in the competition - the Football League claim an increase of "more than 30 percent increase on the existing deal" with Coors. How much of that increase will be held by Premiership and Championship clubs and how much will be trickled down to League One and League Two clubs, or those that progress within the competition itself isn't specified.

Just as long as they don't make Ciderspace start drinking the stuff, we'll try not to sound too ungrateful about the deal in future ...


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3 November 2005 : Ritchie Wins Manager of the Month
Barnsley manager Andy Ritchie has been given the poisoned chalice honour of being the Coca Cola League One manager of the month for October 2005. After claiming three wins, two draws and no defeats during a month where every other side incurred at least one defeat, Ritchie was always the likely man to pick up the award.

Yeovil Town's Steve Thompson was one of those nominated for the award, whilst Southend United's Steve Tilson and AFC Bournemouth's Sean O'Driscoll were the other two nominations.

Reading manager Steve Coppell picked up the Championship award, whilst League Two winner was Leyton Orient's Martin Ling.


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3 November 2005 : Walking Wounded On The Mend
With the rare sight of a full week off from both First Team and Reserve matches, Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson is reporting welcome news concerning numerous players who have been suffering knocks over the past few weeks. It seems likely that all of those currently occupying physio Glen Schmidt's time could be back in action by the time Yeovil travel to Swansea City on November 18th.

Already back in training is on-loan defender Liam Fontaine, who commenced his recovery programme from an ankle injury on Tuesday. Fulham are believed to have given him permission to play in Saturday's FA Cup tie at Macclesfield Town and so depending on his overall fitness he could figure in the tie.

Fellow defender Colin Miles has found his injury sustained at Colchester United is not serious and in fact relates to an ongoing problem with his leg. Thommo explained to the Teamtalk website: "Colin has been getting by while carrying this injury, we say it's calf but it could be related to his ankle. We are looking into the cause of it to try and clear it up. I'm hoping Colin will be back in training on Thursday - and what with Liam Fontaine back as well that's a double boost. We are starting to get players back now and hopefully Efe Sodje will not be too far off, perhaps another week or so."

Winger David Poole who suffered a foot injury in a Reserve Team game last week is now back in training, and fellow midfielder Darren Way believes that he can target his comeback for the Swansea league match on Friday 18th November.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press earlier in the week, Way explained the reasoning behind the target: "The four weeks will be up then - I will only just miss the Huddersfield game which is a bit too early. It seems a coincidence but I came back two seasons ago at Swansea after my stress fracture. I was on the bench and I came on at half-time and then we had the Liverpool game. I have got an appointment with the specialist on November 14th and I don't think he would be very happy if I played before that because if I got a knock on it it would undo all the good work. I have been able to do the warm-ups with the lads in training so I am still involved in all the banter."


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2 November 2005 : Stuart Housley's Verdict On The Oxford Game
Youth Team manager Stuart Housley was unsurprisingly in a buoyant mood as he spoke to Ciderspace immediately after the stunning 5-3 win over Oxford United in the FA Youth Cup First Round. Stuart answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: That was an almightily fantastic game wasn't it?

SH: That was one of those games that you don't get too often. We had to change the side a lot today. We had to bring some of the younger boys in. Dale Williams who is a Welsh Under 19s international, Gavin McCallum, who is a Canadian Under 20s international, Jamie Underwood who is suspended, Danny Barker and Richard Cullingford were all not allowed to play tonight. So we put the younger guys in and they did the club proud.

I said to them before the game that Yeovil Town are reknowned giant-killers. Let's not go out of this cup to Oxford United. We might be in League One (as a first team) but we are the underdogs. We train once a week and have local kids. Oxford are a full-blown academy with kids from all over the country. I am proud of those kids today, because we have worked really hard to go 2-1 up and then in the space of three minutes with not long to go, we went 3-2 down. So for us to get an equaliser in the 90th minute, just like the first team got beaten on Saturday, I perhaps know how Oxford feel like now. I was jubilant that we got into extra time.

We chucked the subs on late and Danny Thompson, the manager's son, did exceptionally well and so did Ollie Wake and Jordan Butler. The three subs had a big impact in the game and they played a big part in the win.

Qu: Because it was Ollie who put in the ball for the 90th minute equaliser.

SH: Yes, he put the ball in for Jake. I was really pleased in the way that we defended. Jake Smeeton, Craig Alcock and Matty Pitcher were outstanding. They were three big strong players who Oxford couldn't get through and couldn't break down. Shane Adcock-Case had probably his best game and scored with a great greater that got us ahead. And then Jamie Barber who has been in and out of the side, maybe once thought he might be on his way to Yeovil's first team, he suddenly became a man today and proved he can play a bit. He fulfilled a bit of faith that I've shown in him because Gary Johnson didn't really rate him although to be fair he hadn't played too well last year.

But it's been a great team performance and I am really proud of the kids. I just want to say that in the next round, I'm hoping for a home draw and if we get that, I'd like the Yeovil public to come and support them, because we have just beaten Oxford who are a flipping good side! They deserve a bit of support. Hopefully if we can get a home draw, then maybe we can get 500 or 600 people in there to cheer the boys on.

Qu: One of the striking things tonight was the commonality between the Youth Team and the First Team because there was an awful lot of off the ball running, combined with a style of dinking the ball over the top. You could almost imagine Kevin Gall doing what some of the other guys were doing out there like Matty Concliffe before he came off, where they were running up the channels.

SH: Steve Thompson, the manager, wants us to play like the first team do. We do the free kicks and corners that the first team do. We try and keep the same formation that the first team do. That's a complement to myself and the boys for you to say that. I'm pleased that you think the game was like that.


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2 November 2005 : Oxford United vs Yeovil Town Under 18s Match Report
The match report for last night's 5-3 extra time win over Oxford United can be found here.


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2 November 2005 : Macclesfield Tickets Now On General Sale
Tickets for Saturday's trip to Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup are now on general sale. Despite the postponement of tonight's Reserve Team match the club are still advertising that the ticket office is open until 7.00pm, although if you are travelling from a distance to collect your ticket, it may be wise to phone in advance just to confirm this is still the case.

Away supporters heading to Macclesfield are given the Silkman Terrace. This is an uncovered terrace, with a nominal capacity of 1,350, although the club claim that 1,500 tickets have been made available for this area of the ground. Adults can get in for 13.00, whilst Over 65s and Under 16s will be charged 8.00.

Alternatively, the McAlpine Stand allows for 403 seats in a covered area to be available for away supporters and prices here are 17.00 for adults, with Over 65s and Under 16s admitted for 12.00.

Any unsold tickets for Saturday's game (and we are not expecting this to be a sell-out!) will be available on the turnstiles at Moss Rose on Saturday.

A reminder that tickets for the forthcoming trip to Swansea City's 'Liberty Stadium' are also available on general sale. Prices are as follows: Adults 13.00; Seniors and Students 10.00; Under 16s 7.00. This is an all-ticket game taking place on Friday 18th November, with a 7.45pm kick-off.


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1 November 2005 : Famous Five go mad in Oxford
Yeovil Town Youth made it through to the 2nd round of the FA Youth Cup in a thriller at the Kassam Stadium tonight, beating their Oxford United counterparts 5-3 in a game that went to extra-time before it was settled.

Josh Kennet put the hosts in front on 15 mins and that's the way it stayed until the break, Oxford having slightly the better of a somewhat scrappy first half. Whatever manager Stuart Housley said at the break had an immediate effect with Ben Wood netting the equaliser on 48 minutes. Phil Ormerod lashed home a volley on 62 minutes to put Yeovil 2-1 up, but Oxford came roaring back with 2 goals in as many minutes from a David Molloy penalty with quarter of an hour left on the clock and a Tommy Franklin effort a minute later to put the hosts back into the lead at 3-2. It seemed that the Glovers had shot their bolt but with almost the last kick of the game Jake Smeeton made it 3-3 and all square in injury time with a rifled shot from an acute angle.

The Glovers spent the first period of extra-time fighting the elements as much as their opponents as the rain and wind lashed down, but turned around to have the wind in their favour with the score still at 3-3. The second period of extra-time belonged to Yeovil and with the dismissal of an Oxford player for a 2nd bookable offence on 110 minutes the odds tilted even more in Town's favour. Shane Adcock-Case made it 4-3 with a header from 6 yards 2 minutes after the sending-off, and Jamie Barber put the icing on the cake of a memorable match with Yeovil's 5th goal on 119 minutes.

Congratulations to the lads on an excellent win, even more impressive when one considers that their slightly over-age regulars like Dale Williams, Jamie Underwood, Danny Barker, Gavin McCallum and Richard Cullingford were ineligible to play due to competition rules varying from league rules. Well done to all concerned! A match report will be online at some point tomorrow.

Yeovil Town u-18's:
1 Scott Vine, 2 Jamie Barber, 3 Jake Smeeton, 4 Darren Watts, 5 Matt Pitcher, 6 Craig Alcock, 7 Matt Concliffe, 8. Shane Adcock-Case, 9 Tom Clarke, 10 Phil Ormerod, 11 Ben Wood
Subs:
12 Dan Thomson, 13 Jamie Jenkins, 14 Jordan Butler, 15 Oliver Wake

Final score (after extra-time): Oxford United u-18's 3 - 5 Yeovil Town u-18's


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1 November 2005 : Holders Face Clevedon
Yeovil Town Ladies, defending holders of the Somerset County Cup, have been drawn against Clevedon Town in the Second Round.

The full draw is :

Holway United v Bath City
YEOVIL TOWN v Clevedon Town
Burnham United v Keynsham Town
Bishops Lydeard v Frome Town

Ties to be played on Sunday December 18th.


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