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30 November 2008 : Ladies Back On Song
After back to back defeats, to Plymouth Argyle in the F.A. Women's Cup and table leaders Queens Park Rangers in the league, Yeovil Town Ladies were back in action this afternoon in the South West Combination. Reading Royals, currently having a disasterous season in the league and lying bottom with a single point and a -36 goal difference, would doubtless have been high on the Glovers list of opponents to get their forward momentum rolling again. The visitors were duly dispatched at a very cold Somerton.

Jemma Tewkesbury converted as early as the 15th minute on the end of a lightning break, and a Kayleigh Nardiello cross was tucked away by Amy Wilde around the half hour mark to see Yeovil go into the break 2-0 up.

In the second half the Glovers doubled their lead, both coming from Anusia Rourke. On 75 minutes the Royals goalkeeper spilled a shot from Lindsey Roe and Rourke was on the spot to take advantage, then increasing her personal tally in time added on as Yeovil rubbed in the victory on 90+2.

Final score: Yeovil Town 4 Reading Royals 0

Our thanks to Tony Elbourn for the match details.


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29 November 2008 : FA Women's Cup Picture Gallery
Our apologies for the delay in getting this up. The gallery of photos from the defeat in the First Round Proper of the F.A. Women's Cup at home to Plymouth Argyle is now available. Thanks to Sophie Elbourn for braving the elements.

Link: FA Women's Cup First Round Proper: Yeovil Town v Plymouth Argyle Photo Gallery

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Plymouth Argyle Ladies 8 Match Summary


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29 November 2008 : Scunthorpe League Match Postponed
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Scunthorpe United on January 3rd 2009 will have to be rearranged. Scunthorpe beat non-league side Alfreton Town 4-0 in the Second Round of the FA Cup today and so progress through to the Third Round. That round will take place on the weekend of January 3rd and so the League One match will be postponed.

In today's League One matches, Colchester United's 2-1 away win over Northampton Town sees them lift themselves clear of the Glovers and up four places into 16th place. However, Swindon Town's 2-1 defeat at Walsall leaves them still struggling near the drop zone, just a point above the Glovers. Swindon and Brighton and Hove Albion are now the two sides closest to Yeovil, who remain in 21st place.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.


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28 November 2008 : Police Costs Revisited
Following our item on the battle between Hereford United and West Mercia Police (31st October) - the club are still taking legal advice - more is emerging on the plans of the Association of Chief Police Officers on the recovery of costs.

Each police officer will be charged for at a minimum of six hours, indeterminate of the period actually spent 'on duty' in relation to the relevant football club. This is purported to be to cover the time required to parade, obtain equipment, be briefed, transported to deployment points and then returned to base, and debriefed. So what does this mean in practical terms?

The most recent figures we've found to hand are the hourly rates effective from 1st January 2007. On those rates six hours would be charged at:
£312.72 (£475.92 on a Public Holiday) per constable; £374.76 (£564.84 on a Public Holiday) per sergeant. Each inspector would cost £356.76. Any police dogs, horses, specialist vehicles and helicopters deployed would be costed separately and additionally. Likewise other officers from adjacent forces linked to the policing of the football match would be charged at unspecified 'special duty rates'. Where coming from distance one could see charges being levied for far more than six hours. Further revision of charges is proposed to take place every January 1st. Though we've not seen if that occurred in 2008 one doesn't suppose there'll ever be revisions downwards.

So just a small presence at a stadium of twenty constables, a couple of sergeants and an inspector would weigh in at £7,360.68 (and £11,004.84 on a Public Holiday). However the police are of course in the Hereford case attempting to charge for all ancillary policing of highways and byways, public car parks etc. away from the stadium; and presumably the 'drop-ins' we frequently see at local pubs on match days, the presence at railway stations and so on are all to be racked up at six hours per officer. Therefore even clubs that have little or no cause to need policing at the ground for the vast majority of their matches could find themselves presented with potentially huge bills for every single fixture.

This is a football site, so naturally we are concerned with the issue from that perspective. But before any smug types who think football is the home of hooligans and yobs, we've brought it on ourselves, and it has nothing to do with them, turn away: all profit making events - every sporting event from Royal Ascot to the local gymkhana, concert, trade or agricultural show to village fete - where direct or indeed indirect policing, like a bit of traffic control, is deemed necessary by the police is open to charging. On the way to a recent football match we were driving through a small village in the heart of 'middle England' which was holding its annual Oyster Festival, and six officers (those were the ones we saw) had been deployed on traffic control. Cough up a minimum £1,876.32 please. Even charitable events, though at a reduced rate, will be eligible to be charged.

If the proposals as they currently stand are imposed, and if all policing, both on site and ancillary to the event, is directly charged in full it's hard to see how many smaller teams and events will survive, and not just in football.


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28 November 2008 : League One Deadline Day Round-Up
Yesterday the loan transfer window closed with Football League clubs now unable to register new loan deals until after January 1st. It wasn't any great surprise to find that there was no movement at Huish Park either way, with former loan defender Gareth Owen having made his debut for Port Vale on Tuesday night.

The Glovers will therefore have to keep their fingers crossed that there are minimal injuries and suspensions during the month of December. Discounting youngsters Jordan Street and Rob Fitzgerald as first teamers, along with 45 year old Steve Thompson, and recognising that midfielder Marc Bircham's return is rather indeterminant, then with Andre McCollin out on loan, the Glovers will operate during December on a squad of 18 players. Of those, Darren Way is currently injured, whilst Gifton Noel-Williams will need his loan extended if he is to stay for the whole of the month. Meanwhile Gary Roberts will be unavailable for the Hartlepool United match, meaning that already there are just 16 recognised first team players available for that match.

Unsurprisingly, many clubs took yesterday's 5.00p.m. deadline to the wire, meaning that many of the deals were only materialising yesterday evening. Perhaps the highlights of a fairly low key day were winger Chris Birchall's move from Coventry City to Carlisle United, whilst former Glover Chris Weale gets the 'lucky' job of playing for Hereford United. That's because Wolves keeper Matt Murray was crocked in midweek whilst playing for the Bull******s, and in turn, Wolves have borrowed Shane Higgs who had been transfer listed by Cheltenham Town. Perhaps worried that he might be running out of loan players, that allowed Robins boss Martin Allen (aka Mad Dog) to bring Barry Hayles back in from Leicester City.

One loan deal outside League One that is worthy of note - former Glovers loan midfielder Liam Bridcutt has gone on loan from Chelsea to Watford. Otherwise yesterday was an oddly quiet day all round, with many clubs sitting on their hands. The full list of transfers that we could find from yesterday are detailed below:

Shane Higgs [Cheltenham Town - Wolves] Loan
Mark Davies [Wolves - Leicester City] Loan
Kurt Robinson [Ipswich Town - Northampton Town] Loan
Barry Hayles [Leicester City - Cheltenham Town] Loan
Jimmy Walker [West Ham United - Colchester United] Loan
Marc Tierney [Shrewsbury Town - Colchester United] Loan
Albin Kajtezovic [Unattached - Walsall] Free
Junior Stanislas [West Ham United - Southend United] Loan
Josh Gowling [Carlisle United - Hereford United] Loan
Chris Weale [Bristol City - Hereford United] Loan
Ron-Robert Zieler [Manchester United - Northampton Town] Loan
Luke Beckett [Huddersfield Town - Gainsborough] Free
Chris Birchall [Coventry - Carlisle United] Loan
Tom Denton [Huddersfield Town - Woking] Loan
Simon Eastwood [Huddersfield Town - Woking] Loan
Michael Flynn [Huddersfield Town - Darlington] Loan
Luke Joyce [Carlisle United - Barrow] Loan
Charles Ademeno [Southend United - Salisbury] Loan
Liam Feeney [Salisbury - Southend United] Loan


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27 November 2008 : Good News On The Injury Front
It may seem good news is in short supply at Huish Park these days, but the Western Daily Press reports that two players may be back from injury earlier than expected.

Terry Skiverton, who limped out of Tuesday night's match against Colchester United after 35 minutes with a knee injury, was back in light training today, easing the fears of manager Russell Slade that his captain might be out for much longer. Skiverton is therefore expected to be available for the trip to Hartlepool United for the Glovers next game Saturday week.

Meanwhile the groin tear picked up by Darren Way in training a week ago is responding well to treatment, and the four weeks out originally prognosticated has been cut to three. Way will not make the Victoria Park fixture but has a chance of being available for the game against Stockport County on December 13th.

Gifton Noel-Williams has been playing through a minor achilles problem, but with ten days between games it's hoped this will have a chance to clear up.

There appears to have been no movement on the loan front at Huish Park today, either in or out, with the window closing at 5.00 p.m. and not opening again until January. However in the case of Noel-Williams there was no immediate urgency. Existing loans can be extended so long as it is done before they run out, it is only new loan deals that have now been closed off.


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27 November 2008 : Budget Unchanged By Cup Exit
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has said that the FA Cup First Round exit at the hands of Stockport County does not affect the club's first team playing budget. The club rather sensibly do not include any cup runs in their playing budget, meaning that they work on the basis that the Glovers will exit every competition at the first round stage. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Starnes said that the downside was that there was no opportunity now to increase the playing budget:

"Losing last Tuesday was a big disappointment from both a football and financial point of view. If we had won, there would have been at least another game to go to, which would have generated extra revenue. Having not won means we have to go ahead with our budget as was set down at the beginning of the season, which assumed a first-round exit."

The Glovers played two matches against Stockport County in the FA Cup, combined with Carling Cup matches against Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough. The latter should have generated a few extra pennies, although there's been no suggestion that this had an impact on the playing budget.

Starnes has also told the Gazette that the club would only have been able to consider a move for Stockport County defender Gareth Owen if he had been willing to wait until the January transfer window to talk about a permanent deal. The board was unwilling to sanction the deal unless they could also size up what other ins and outs were going to occur during January:

"We would have loved to have had Gareth Owen back here on loan until the transfer window reopened. But the board did not feel ready to commit to a two-and-a-half-year contract, which is what Gareth is asking for until we get to the window. If Gareth wants to have a commitment here and now from a club for a two-and-a-half-year contract then we are not in a position to do that right now. We would rather wait until January to see what movement of other players is going to occur."

Reading into what Starnes says, the implication is that loan strikers Luke Rodgers and Gifton Noel-Williams would only be considered for permanent moves to Huish Park if other players leave in January.

Starnes doesn't explicitly state this, but it would explain why the Glovers were so insistent in negotiations with Port Vale that their contractual agreement would merely be an option to purchase the 26 year old rather than a hard contractual commitment. In short, the board were only willing to consider loan deals where they could defer their decision making until January.

If Owen's wish to stop "living out of a suitcase" meant that only a permanent deal was an option for him, then it would suggest that is why they lost out on the player. Owen himself told the paper:

"I was very grateful for the opportunity Russell Slade gave me and Yeovil is a great club. I really enjoyed my time and I am disappointed that things could not be sorted more permanently for the future. But I have to look after myself Ė and my family. I have signed for Port Vale."


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26 November 2008 : Home Office Report Gives Thumbs Up To Glovers Fans
Yeovil Town's fans have received positive feedback from a Government Home Office report into Football-Related Arrests and Banning Orders for the 2007-08 season. The report paints the Glovers as amongst the best behaved fans in the Football League, with issues at a minimum throughout the whole of the season.

No Yeovil Town fans were the subject of banning orders during last season. Banning orders are implemented by a local court and prevent that person from entering any designated football ground in the country. Any breach of the banning order is deemed to be a criminal offence - they are in effect football's ASBOs. Aside from the Glovers, only Milton Keynes Dons, Northampton Town and Southend United could boast that record at League One level. In League Two, Accrington Stanley, Brentford, Gillingham and Macclesfield Town also had zero banning orders during last season. All clubs at Championship and Premier League level had at least one banning order submitted against one of their fans.

Historically, the Glovers have just one banning order issued from a previous season that is still being enforced. Only Milton Keynes Dons and Accrington Stanley have zero across the whole of the Football League and Premier League. The fact that both clubs are new to the Football League in their current incarnations will no doubt have been a significant factor in their historical records. By comparison, local rivals Hereford United (19), Bristol Rovers (17), Bristol City (36) and Exeter City (14) have significantly more. There are 3,172 banning orders currently in force with 1,048 imposed across the last 12 months.

In terms of arrests in or around football grounds, there were four Yeovil Town fans arrested during the 2007-08 season. The report does not say whether any of the arrests led to a caution or prosecution. This figure is only bettered by Southend United at League One level, who had just two supporters arrested during last season. Worst by far is Leeds United who had 156 arrests, followed by Millwall with 78. There were 717 arrests involving League One clubs across all competitions last season.

The report splits down arrests into sub categories. Of Yeovil's four arrests, two happened at home games, whilst two happened at away games. The four are categorised into two arrests for public disorder, one for a pitch incursion and one for an alcohol-related offence. Every Football League and Premier League club had at least one arrest during the season.

Clearly the club and its supporters should not be complacent at such news, nor should we accept even the minimal figures to be perfection. However, the report consistently details Yeovil Town fans as amongst the best behaved in the country at our level, and that is certainly something to be proud of.


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26 November 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Colchester Game
A reminder to those that shivered in Essex last night that the Man of the Match voting form for the away match against Colchester United is now available for you to use. Select your top three players, plus entertainment and performance rankings along with any additional comments you want to make, via the form below.

Link: Colchester United vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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26 November 2008 : Russell Bemused By Disallowed Goal
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has reacted with dismay at the decision to disallow captain Terry Skiverton's first half 'goal'. Referee David Phillips chalked off Skivo's header for a foul on Colchester United keeper Dean Gerken, but Russell told BBC Somerset that he disagreed with the decision:

"I think we scored a goal tonight and I don't even know the reason why it was disallowed. It wasn't offside, so it must have been for some kind of contact. In the last two minutes he (referee David Phillips) has blown for a decision in the box before the ball was even kicked! I'm bemused by it."

Skivo was injured as a result of the challenge that saw the goal ruled out, and despite trying to carry on, he had to retire with a knee injury. At this stage though, Russell couldn't say how serious it was:

"I don't know. We're going to have to take a raincheck on that. I couldn't tell you at this stage if he is going to be out for three days or three weeks. He's a good type, isn't he, and he'll try and run it off if he can. But obviously he couldn't. Wayne (Jones, club physio) will get stuck into it and I'm sure he'll give me a report either tonight or tomorrow morning as to where he is with it."

Russell added that getting the first goal would have been so crucial to the game - a solid assessment given how scrappy the game was last night, combined with the fact that Yeovil's last four matches have ended in 1-0 scorelines to one side or the other:

"We just don't seem to be able to get that goal and if you can't get that goal then you can't build on top of it. The difference between tonight and Saturday is that we scored first. People get excited and carried away with Saturday, but we scored first. We were able to build on something and get a bit of momentum going. It's all about scoring goals and putting the ball in the back of the net. It's tough when you're 1-0 down week-in, week-out, particularly away from home which is often the way that it has been. That's not easy. But the effort was phenomenal again and if you write anything else, then you've watched a different game!"


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26 November 2008 : Starnes Justifies Owen Refusal
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has claimed that the board's decision not to agree to bring in Stockport County defender Gareth Owen was an 'economic' decision. Despite Owen putting in some impressive performances at Huish Park during his one month loan spell, the Glovers did not attempt to extend his loan spell, allowing League Two side Port Vale the chance to take him on loan.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Starnes claimed that Russell was over his playing budget for the season and that this was why the board would not authorise the deal:

"He has proven his value but it comes down to economics. The board is already supporting Russell with a substantial amount of money over and above the budget that had been agreed this season."

The claim by Starnes that Slade is over his budget is an interesting one. At the start of this season, Russell's budget was reduced by a figure that is rumoured to be around a 25 percent figure. Certainly club officials have admitted the budget has been cut, with the Sunday Independent claiming a figure of 350K in a recent edition.

Currently the Glovers have a squad of 22 players, of which two are loan signings - Luke Rodgers and Gifton Noel-Williams, two are untried youngsters that will be on minimal wages - Rob Fitzgerald and Jordan Street, one is on a week-to-week contract - Aaron Brown, whilst four others have been brought in from non-league football and are unlikely to be commanding significant wages. If such a set-up exceeds the agreed wage budget, then it is difficult to contemplate how thin the squad would look if it was cut back to its intended size. In addition, it suggests that there is still painfully little room for manoeuvre within the current squad if any injuries or suspensions cut in during December.


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25 November 2008 : Yeovil Lose In Freeze-Out
Yeovil Town lost by a narrow 1-0 scoreline tonight against a Colchester United side who leapfrogged over them by virtue of a superior goal difference in the League One table. On a bitterly freezing night in Essex, there was little for either side's supporters to get excited about in a scrappy game punctuated by some overfussy officiating, but it was on loan striker Jermaine Easter who sealed the points for the home side 10 minutes into the second period after accepting a Clive Platt knockdown. The Glovers evening was made worse by a knee injury to captain Terry Skiverton after he collided with U's keeper Dean Gerken. With Gareth Owen now at Port Vale, the prognosis on Skiverton's injury will be crucial for Yeovil.

The Glovers made just one change to Saturday's starting line-up with Paul Warne making way for Lee Peltier, whose return from suspension allowed Danny Schofield to move out wide into Warne's position. Otherwise Yeovil remained in an orthodox 4-4-2, as per Saturday's home match against Tranmere Rovers.

The whole match was one of few chances, with neither side really getting a grip on play, and a far cry from the expansive flowing football that had taken place at Huish Park three days earlier. Colchester closed down any attempts for Yeovil to get the ball out onto the wings, whilst Terry Skiverton's tight marking of U's target man Clive Platt meant that the home side's main aerial outlet struggled to get into the game.

Josh Wagenaar had to be at full stretch from Jermaine Easter early on, after Yeovil had given the ball away cheaply in midfield, allowing the on loan Plymouth striker a chance to break straight through the middle of the Yeovil defence. Then Yeovil had the ball in the back of the net as Terry Skiverton challenged U's goalkeeper Dean Gerken for the ball from a Gary Roberts free kick. It looked as though Skivo was the one who had been flattened, given that he won the ball and ended up under the goalkeeper before the ball landed in the back of the net, but match referee David Phillips, along with his two linesmen, was having an odd night, and he decided Skivo was the one at fault. Skivo survived another 15 minutes before coming off - a knee injury from his awkward landing being the eventual diagnosis, although he had also taken a whack to the head in going for the 'goal'. Aaron Brown was the early substitution for Yeovil.

The last seconds of a largely uneventful half almost seemed to flicker into life at the end, with a lovely flowing move seeing Aidan Downes set free on the right wing, but referee Phillips was having none of that and promptly blew for the half time whistle, despite being short of the three minutes that had been signalled.

The second half saw the Glovers 'score' again early on, after Gifton Noel-Williams cleverly put through Gavin Tomlin, but up went a linesman's flag, with perhaps Noel-Williams guilty of not having taken a pot at goal himself earlier in the move. Tomlin was perpetually offside during the match, although it was hard to tell at times if this was down to the incompetance of the linesman, or whether Tomlin was moving off too early. At one stage the referee overruled a second half offside flag - perhaps even he was getting fed up with the stop-start nature of the game.

However, 10 minutes into the half, the deadlock was broken. Once again the move appeared to come from a defensive slip - possibly two of them. The Glovers lost possession in midfield, and when Clive Platt knocked the ball down in the penalty box, Jermaine Easter evaded his marker and slotted the ball home to put Colchester 1-0 up.

In such a scrappy disjointed game, it was no surprise to find Colchester concentrating on defending their lead by withdrawing Platt and bringing on Scott Vernon. Nor was it a surprise to find Russell Slade giving Luke Rodgers his debut directly after the goal with Gavin Tomlin making way. Rodgers looked instantly lively, catching a ball on the volley with an angled shot that dipped just over the bar. Rodgers also provided the opportunity for Yeovil's best other chance - an Andy Welsh free kick following a foul on the striker, and the direct strike went just wide of Gerken's right hand upright.

However, all in all there was not too much to get excited about. As Yeovil pushed up in numbers, it was Colchester who almost grabbed the next goal, with Josh Wagenaar doing well to smother Scott Vernon's breakaway attempt by diving at his feet inside the box. Once again, a single goal and a single error was all it took to divide two League One sides that on the night had little to choose between them - the main disappointment of the final whistle was knowing that Colchester's win, and another for Leyton Orient would see Yeovil drop back into the bottom four on goal difference just days after clawing their way out of the drop zone.

Full Time: Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorer: Jermaine Easter (55 mins, 1-0).

Colchester United: (4-4-2)
1. Dean Gerken 18. Philip Ifil 12. Pat Baldwin 5. Chris Coyne 4. Johnnie Jackson 11. Mark Yeates 10. Kemal Izzet 8. Dean Hammond 17. David Perkins 26. Jermaine Easter 9. Clive Platt

Substitutes:
23. Mark Cousins (GK) 6. Paul Reid (46 mins for Philip Ifil) 14. Akanni-Sunday Wasiu 24. Scott Vernon (66 mins for Clive Platt) 27. Anthony Wordsworth (46 mins for Kemal Izzet)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton (35) 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes (71) 16. Gary Roberts 27. Lee Peltier 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin (59) 25. Gifton Noel-Williams

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 9. Andrew Welsh (71 mins for Aidan Downes) 14. Paul Warne 23. Aaron Brown (35 mins for Terry Skiverton) 15. Luke Rodgers (59 mins for Gavin Tomlin)

Colchester Bookings: Dean Hammond (foul, 71 mins), Jermaine Easter (dissent, 73 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (foul, 80 mins), Lee Peltier (foul, 90 mins)

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Ian Crouch (London) and Ray Lee (Essex). Fourth Official: Adrian Sannerude (Suffolk).

Attendance: 3,214 (including approx 120 Glovers supporters)


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25 November 2008 : Glovers Out Of County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves - or rather their Under 18s side with just youngsters Lloyd Irish, Rob Fitzgerald and Jordan Street added in - lost 2-1 at Welton Rovers tonight in the Somerset Premier Cup. On a cold night at Welton Rovers' ground 'West Clewes' in Midsomer Norton, both sides created a boring first 25 minutes with Welton probably just shading the proceedings.

The game came to a spark in the 27th minute when Jordan Street, as last man, took down a Welton forward in the box, for what seemed a certain red card for a professional foul, which a less than impressive refee gave as a yellow, after consulting with the assistant on the far side. Yeovil still got punished though - the resulting penalty taken by Welton's number 10 Ė Dean Evans - sent goal Keeper Lloyd Irish the wrong way, and the home side went 1-0 up.

Stuart Housleyís men had Lloyd Irish to thank for going in only one goal down at the break, making a few good saves, in a half of much dullness where Welton were the better side. The second half wasnít much better with Irish still being the busier of the keepers, and Andrew Sheen not having much to do in the opposite goal. In the 75th minute Housley brought on Moyce for Butcher, Wakley for Scott and Peck for Thompson.

Seven minutes from time Yeovil got themselves an equaliser. The ball swung in from the wings, flicked on and Jordan Street volleyed home on the turn. On the balance of play, the equaliser was undeserved but looked as though the game would be going into extra time. Welton though had other ideas, and three minutes from the end, Dean Evans volleyed in past Irish from outside the edge of the box, a goal that deserved to win any game.

This was less than impressive display with Yeovil having few complaints about going out of the Somerset Premier Cup, although the age and experience of the players on display should probably be taken into account. Goalkeeper Lloyd Irish came out of the game with some credit, whilst Rob Fitzgerald also played well in patches.

Final Score: Welton Rovers 2 Yeovil Town Reserves 1.

Yeovil Town Reserves:
Lloyd Irish, Danny Thompson, Joe Butcher, Jason Sangha, Rob Fitzgerald, Jordan Street, Tom Scott, Harry Nodwell, Josh Robinson, Steven Friend, Harry Montacute

Substitutes:
Lloyd Moyce (75 mins for Joe Butcher), Elliot Peck (75 mins for Danny Thompson), Adam Wakley (75 mins for Tom Scott)

[Report by Clarkey.]


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25 November 2008 : Owen Heads Off To Vale
League Two side Port Vale have signed former Glovers loan star Gareth Owen on loan today. The 26 year old who impressed many during his time at Huish Park is now expected to turn out for the Valiants in their home match against Barnet, signing a loan deal that will keep him at Vale Park until January 2nd.

Vale also have an option to sign him permanently, and the Stoke Sentinel believes that there is a 2.5 year contract on the table for the Stockport County player. The news will be a blow to Glovers fans, after the Huish Park board declined to authorise a bid to extend Owen's services, despite him putting in a string of superb performances during the month.

The Sentinel claims that Bradford City, Bury and Crewe Alexandra were the other three clubs who were attempting to get Owen in on loan. Vale Chairman Bill Bratt said he was pleased his club had managed to get hold of the player:

"To beat other clubs to get Gareth is proof Vale is a club that wants to go somewhere and that we want to do well in League Two. Gareth is coming to us at the age of 26 and wants to help us get promoted. I think he can be an essential player for us. He's got experience and won League Two promotion with Stockport last season. Hopefully, he can achieve the same with us."

Speaking to the Port Vale official site, Owen said it was Vale's persistence in keeping in contact with him that made him believe that there was a future for him there at Vale Park:

"It took some deliberating over the weekend and towards the end of last week, but the impression the Manager, the Chairman and Ray Williams have made on me made the decision quite easy really and I am pleased to be here. I almost joined a few weeks ago, before going out on loan at Yeovil, but was impressed how they persevered. They kept asking me how I was doing and they kept in contact, especially Ray Williams - he was a major factor in checking on my progress. I played regular at Yeovil and put in some good performances, but having come back here to Port Vale and having a chat with Dean, it made me realise my permanent basis in the future could lie here. My first aim is to get into the team and make sure the manager picks me, first and foremost, and after that, doing what is best for Port Vale."

This morning's Western Daily Press says that "there has been no comment from club officials over the decision not to offer a contract to Gareth Owen". The loan transfer deadline is in just over 48 hours time, after which clubs will not be allowed to sign any further players until after January 1st. Whether the Glovers will be able to protect their small squad in December with any additional loan signings isn't clear, but the decision not to allow manager Russell Slade to strengthen his squad with a proven player would suggest that he will have to manage with what he's got.


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25 November 2008 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their first ever visit to Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight (Tuesday) in a League One match that takes place as part of a full divisional programme. This is a vital game for both sides, given that they lie just three points apart in the League One table. The Essex side lies in 21st place in the table, three points behind and with a slightly better goal difference, meaning that a win could see them leapfrog the Glovers, whilst a win for Russell Slade's side would see them get six points clear of the relegation zone - a clear carrot for Tuesday's match before the players go into a welcome 10 day break.

Colchester go into the game with four definite absentees and four late fitness tests to contend with. Defender Paul Reid (broken toe) and striker Steve Gillespie (hamstring) are training following recent injuries but will not be risked. Full-back Matt Lockwood has a knee injury and is out for the long term. Youngster James Hammond has headed out on loan to Fisher Athletic in search of match experience, but probably would not have been involved in the fixture at the Community Stadium.

Meanwhile John White (ankle), Matt Heath (hamstring) and Lee Hills (knee) all went off in knocks sustained in Colchester's defeat against Peterborough United whilst central defender Chris Coyne (calf) missed the match entirely. All have a chance of being fit for the match but will require late check-ups.

For the Glovers, barring any more training ground disasters, they should go into the match with three additions to Saturday's squad. Right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier and centre-back Aaron Brown are back from single match suspensions, whilst striker Luke Rodgers should travel to Essex in some capacity. That should mean that assistant manager Steve Thompson and teenage defender Jordan Street should give up their places on the bench. At that point it is a question of whether Slade considers changing any aspects of his weekend winning line-up - if so then Peltier is the most likely player to benefit, with perhaps a bit more steel needed in the middle of the park for the away match. Otherwise it would be a surprise if too much else was tweaked to what was an impressive weekend performance against Tranmere Rovers.

Colchester are in erratic form this season and have already tried a change of management as an attempt to recover their form which served them so well in the Championship division two seasons ago. As many relegated clubs have found, one divisional drop threatens to be followed by another, and new manager Paul Lambert has a bit of a headache in trying to arrest the slide. They've lost their last three matches, although did show late last month what they are theoretically capable of, with a 5-0 home thrashing of Carlisle United. Aside from that result, they've not really made the Community Stadium their home - oddly it stands as their one and only home league win at the new stadium, and probably gives an idea as to why they are at the end of League One that they didn't expect to be. They are clearly capable of doing more than they are - it's a question of how long it takes for the downward spiral they've gone on to be aborted.

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and there is live commentary for those who are not travelling on BBC Somerset during the evening with coverage starting at 7.05p.m. (although those who access the station via the internet may find coverage is blocked). For those who are travelling to the game, don't forget that the Ciderspace guide to Colchester should serve all your needs, including advice on ticketing which we strongly suggest that you read, plus parking and transport issues at the new stadium.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester.


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24 November 2008 : Reserves Run Goes On And On
Since we last reported on Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves (13th November) the unbeaten run from the start of the Somerset County League season has been stretched to 11 matches. Victories at home over Ilminster Town, 7-4, and away to Swiss Valley Rangers, 3-0, have seen the ten point lead at the top of the table maintained.

The Glovers are now on 31 points from 11 played, while closest chasers Nailsea United are on 21 points from 9. Next Sunday, 30th November, the Reserves are at home to fifth placed Bridgwater Town. Nailsea are at home to sixth placed Frome Town Reserves.


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24 November 2008 : Moore Considered Postponement Request
Tranmere Rovers boss Ronnie Moore claimed that he came close to asking Saturday's match against Yeovil Town to be called off. Whilst the Glovers were realistically selecting from 14 main first team players, Moore's side had taken a battering through a mixture of suspensions, an international call-up and a flu bug.

It is the latter that he told the Liverpool Daily Post was his main problem, suggesting that his half time double substitution was due to two players not being well enough to continue. Moore added that before they travelled down that he had considered putting in a request to the Football League for the game to be postponed:

"The performance wasnít good. But we had four missing and I had to make more changes at half-time because of the flu. We had players out there who were basically below par because of the epidemic in the club. So weíll give them a little excuse for that. Gareth Edds and Ian Moore wanted to play even though they still had the flu symptoms. They went out and had a go. Three of the lads on the bench, including Ed Sonko, who came on in the second half, were also struggling. At one point we were close to asking about having the game called off."

Historically Moore has not been the most respectful of the Glovers, notably after his former club Rotherham United were dumped out of the club 3-0 during the 2004-05 season. Hence it is disappointing to find him talking of 'places like Yeovil' when bemoaning his side's failure to perform on the day:

"But we should still come to places like Yeovil and keep the ball better and move the ball better than we did. We did not create enough chances and that was a big disappointment. Weíve got to be realistic, though. Itís difficult when you have four of your better players missing. We did not keep our shape when we played 4-5-1 in the first half or 4-4-2 in the second because we had no legs. It does not matter how tired you are, you need to keep your shape. We have to learn to pinch results, learn how to take something from the game when we are playing below our best. I canít remember us pinching a game this season. When we are not at it, we lose."


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24 November 2008 : Rangers Triumph In The Water
Yeovil Town Ladies lost out by 3-1 at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday in a match that was played in very testing conditions. The Glovers took an early lead through Amy Wilde, but QPR came back with two goals just before half time, and made sure of it by scoring a third towards the end of the game.

"We were assured that the pitch was playable before we left Yeovil in the morning," Glovers Manager Steve Phelps said after the game. "But when we arrived it was an inch deep in water, with deep puddles in the goal mouths, I told the referee that in my opinion the game should not go ahead, but it was felt that we should start the game, and see how it progressed.

"Having already lost a key player with a broken leg this season thanks to a poor pitch, I was not happy, but had no choice. And even when we were a goal up I was hoping that it would start raining so that the game would be abandoned. It should never have gone ahead
."

Yeovil started the better of the two teams and gave the home side problems in defence with some superb wing play, and when they took the lead on 16 minutes, it was fully deserved. Amy Wilde received the ball in midfield, and pulled off a great one/two with Emma Brazell as she burst into the box to hit an acutely angled goal from 15 yards, giving the 'keeper no chance.

Rangers were always a threat, and came back well scoring two quick goals just before half time, both unfortunately assisted by the West London weather. The first came on 40 minutes when the ball was crossed into the box. Under normal circumstances it would have bounced to Stacey Pearson in the Yeovil goal, but instead stopped dead in the water, allowing the incoming centre forward to bang in from close range.

The second goal, on 44 minutes, was almost a copycat of the previous, but this time Pearson managed to make the save. Unfortunately though the ball rebounded back out, and the centre forward buried it.

"I can't pass any blame to Stacey Pearson," Phelps said. "The surface water played a massive part in both first half goals, and unfortunately it was just one of those things. I'm not going to use the conditions as an excuse, but at times they made a farce of the game - a vital match for both teams."

The Glovers fought back well in the second half, but could not get the ball past a resilient Rangers defence. And in the end they were a victim of their own pressure as the home side broke out of defence to score a late goal to wrap it up 3-1.

QPR are the only side to have beaten Yeovil in the league this season, but having now done so twice, they have opened up a seven point lead at the top. The Glovers still have a game in hand, but with only one side going up, they now have to hope that one of their rivals do them a favour later on in the season.

[Report by Ali King.]


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24 November 2008 : Dickie Dyke Dies
Yeovil Town Football Club has announced the death of Victor 'Dickie' Dyke at the age of 84.

Dickie was taken into hospital in Bournemouth last Friday with kidney failure but passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon. He had lived in the area since 2000.

Dyke shot to his spell of national fame quite by chance. Working as a solicitor's clerk in Yeovil, he was on the books of Yeovil Town as the reserve goalkeeper. In that famous season of 1948-49 the Glovers had beaten Second Division Bury in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup, and then drew Sunderland. Between the Third and Fourth Rounds there were two league fixtures to play, and in the second of those, at home to Worcester City, First Team 'keeper Stan Hall was injured with torn shoulder muscles.

With only six days until the Sunderland tie it did not look hopeful he would recover in time, and 6' 3" Dickie recalled: "I had a hint during the week that they weren't going to get Stan fit for Sunderland, and on the Friday night I was told I was playing". In fact player-manager Alec Stock chose to go round from Huish to Dickie's place of work that evening to tell him face-to-face he was in the side. With Dyke having only played a single First Team game previously, a Christmas Day 1-1 draw away at Bath City, Stock didn't want to tell him over the phone. "As far as I remember Alec was very low key about it. He just wished me luck. I can't say I had any jitters. I just took it in my stride."

So at 24 years of age Dickie was set to play the biggest game of his life. Yeovil took the lead on 28 minutes through Stock himself, but after a fine string of saves from Dyke he made what would turn out to be his one mistake of the afternoon when he fumbled the ball and it fell to the feet of Jackie Robinson who tapped it in from close range. "Otherwise," related Dickie, " I didn't make a mistake. I wasn't overworked. We had a good team and really we matched Sunderland on the day."

Because of fuel shortages the F.A. Cup ties were to be settled by extra-time that season, not replays, and it was in extra-time that Eric Bryant shot Yeovil Town to national prominence with the winning goal.

Such are the swings and roundabouts of football that Dyke was out again after the very next match, as he picked up a knee injury against Hereford United and so missed the Fifth Round match at Maine Road versus Manchester United. However that proved to be Hall's penultimate game as his shoulder went again and he would only play one more match for the Glovers. Dyke found himself the number one choice for the rest of that season and the following two, but was released by Stock's successor as manager, George Paterson, in 1951.

Dyke moved away from the town in 1969, heading to London to work for a local authority. He retired to Bridgwater, before moving to his final home near Bournemouth.

So passes the last of the class of 1948-49. With the death of Victor 'Dickie' Dyke they have all now gone, but for as long as there's a Yeovil Town Football Club we shall remember them :

Dickie Dyke, Arthur Hickman, Ralph Davis, Bob Keeton, Les Blizzard, Nick Collins, Bobby Hamilton, Alec Stock, Eric Bryant, Ray Wright, Jack Hargreaves.

Our condolences to Dickie's family and friends.


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24 November 2008 : Skivo!
Terry Skiverton, whose captain's performance and winning goal saw him voted Man of the Match by the sponsors at Huish Park on Saturday, has also been voted into the League One Team of the Week.

Full team :

Matthew Glennon - Huddersfield Town
Shaun Cummings - Milton Keynes Dons
TERRY SKIVERTON - Yeovil Town
Andy Butler - Huddersfield Town
Danny Jackman - Northampton Town
Anthony Pilkington - Stockport County
Fabian Delph - Leeds United
Andy King - Leicester City
Lloyd Dyer - Leicester City
Jermaine Beckford - Leeds United
Craig Davies - Stockport County

Congratulations to Skivo - doubtless his retelling of the goal has already reached a thirty yard strike.


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24 November 2008 : Vale Confirm Rodgers Deal
Port Vale have officially confirmed that the loan transfer of striker Luke Rodgers was completed at lunchtime today. The long running saga to bring in the goal poacher was completed after Luke arrived at training today after his arrival had been delayed due to a virus.

Luke joins the club on loan until January 5th, at which point Yeovil Town will have the option to purchase him for a £30,000 transfer fee. The Glovers are paying his full salary during his six weeks at Huish Park. Valiants secretary Bill Lodey told their official site:

"Luke has joined Yeovil on an emergency loan until 5th January following talks he had with the club in the past few days. Whether they will come in with an offer for the player once that loan period is over remains to be seen."

Luke's first club was Shrewsbury Town, who he spent six years with as a professional, having risen through their youth ranks. He has also spent time with Crewe Alexandra. He has not played any football since November 1st, in part due to injury and illness but also due to falling out of favour with Vale manager Dean Glover.

The very best of luck to Luke in his stay at Huish Park.


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24 November 2008 : Officials For The Colchester United Match
Tomorrow night's League One match between Colchester United and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee David Phillips (Sussex). For the fourth time this season we've been given an official who is in his first season as a referee at Football League level.

Mr Phillips has seen numerous Yeovil Town matches as an assistant referee, but only took charge of his first ever League One match on November 15th when he saw Hereford United's 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town. So far, he's produced three red cards in nine Football League matches, although last season he was quite spectacular - 10 red cards and 66 yellow cards across 18 matches, mainly at Conference National level, according to Soccerbase. He is a police officer who started refereeing in the Sussex leagues in 1981.

Mr Phillips will be assisted by Ian Crouch (London) and Ray Lee (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Sannerude (Suffolk).

Incidentally, the assistant referee, Ray Lee, is the official who took charge of last season's home match against Tranmere Rovers - where six minutes of injury time and a series of errors led to Tranmere's equalising goal, whilst he also took charge of the match against Doncaster Rovers where Marcus Stewart was red carded and another extended piece of injury time threatened to lose the Glovers points. Given that he is no longer on the list of Football League referees, and is only allowed to run the line at this level, perhaps we should have renewed faith at the way that referees are assessed in the game.


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24 November 2008 : Stockport County FA Cup Replay Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match poll for last Tuesday's match against Stockport County in the FA Cup saw another close run thing. Obviously with not too many Glovers fans being present at the replay match, it was very much a case of every vote counts.

Captain Terry Skiverton was deemed to be one of the more impressive performers, but it was right-back Craig Alcock who got the nod by virtue of his second and third place votes. The full results are shown below with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Craig Alcock 42 (3)
2 Terry Skiverton 34 (3)
3 Gary Roberts 22 (2)
4 Lee Peltier 20 (0)
5 Aidan Downes 18 (1)
6 Josh Wagenaar 16 (1)
7 Keiran Murtagh 16 (0)
8 Nathan Jones 10 (1)
9 Danny Schofield 8 (0)
10 Paul Warne 6 (0)
10 Aaron Brown 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.09

Performance: 4.36
Entertainment: 3.82

VOTES RECEIVED: 11


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24 November 2008 : Peterborough Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match poll for last Saturday's home match against Peterborough United was certainly a close one. Four players were separated by just 22 points, and with 12 players grabbing votes, clearly opinion was split as to who should come out on top.

Defender Gareth Owen, midfielder Gary Roberts and right-back Craig Alcock get honourable mentions, but it was Lee Peltier - playing as a holding midfielder - who got the biggest share of the vote and so wins the poll.

The full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Lee Peltier 138 (9)
2 Craig Alcock 132 (5)
3 Gary Roberts 128 (10)
4 Gareth Owen 116 (5)
5 Josh Wagenaar 86 (6)
6 Nathan Smith 58 (4)
7 Terry Skiverton 46 (3)
8 Danny Schofield 30 (1)
9 Gifton Noel-Williams 12 (0)
10 Darren Way 10 (1)
11 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
12 Paul Warne 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.05

Performance: 5.77
Entertainment: 6.32

VOTES RECEIVED: 44

Don't forget to place your Man of the Match votes for Saturday's 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers. The poll will close at 7.45p.m. tomorrow night when the match at Colchester United kicks off.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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24 November 2008 : Time Running Out For Owen Deal
We've got some good news - and we've got some bad news. The good news is that this morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin states that striker Luke Rodgers should finally join Yeovil Town for training today after a series of protracted contract negotiations, illness and hospitalisation delayed his arrival at Huish Park. He should therefore sign his loan contract today, and be available for tomorrow night's trip to Colchester United - even if having not played since November 1st and having spent Friday in hospital may mean that he is a long way short of fitness.

The bad news concerns defender Gareth Owen. The BBC report that the Stockport County player has still yet to be offered a loan extension, over a week after the original deal ended. Given the view that Owen himself expressed on Saturday, it would appear that the Glovers are now likely to see him slip through their fingers. The sports bulletin suggests that Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale - both a short distance from his Blythe Bridge home - are the favourites to sign him.

The loan transfer window shuts at 5.00p.m. on Thursday. Thereafter, Football League clubs will need to be able to survive on the squads that they have got until after January 1st, as no loan signings (bar genuine emergency loan goalkeepers) will be allowed to be made during the month of December.

Update: 8.00a.m. This morning's Western Daily Press suggests that it was "the board's decision not to press ahead to sign Owen" - the claim is unattributed, but if accurate it would suggest that any chance of getting Owen is dead entirely. On the subject of Luke Rodgers, they agree he should sign a loan deal with the Glovers today, but warn that Cheltenham Town manager Martin Allen is looking to boost his squad with a new striker (just how many players does one club need?) and that Rodgers is one of his targets.


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23 November 2008 : Colchester Guide
Be warned: this looks like an utterly dismal matchday (or at least evening) in the making. We may turn out to be completely wrong when we get there, but currently our view, having looked at the likely hurdles, is it will be a one off visit to tick of the new ground and then Colchester can go swivel if it thinks we're going again. The reaction of the home fans has been distinctly negative as well judging by how many are turning up.

First: as a brand new stadium it's a particularly dull and bottom-of-the-range version of the species.
Second: the prices are still excessive, even if the chairman had to back track somewhat from what he originally proposed when faced by open revolt from U's supporters.
Third: getting to the ground looks a potential nightmare for the fan travelling independently. It's one of these council efforts where the holier-than-thou brigade see a golden opportunity to impose endless travel and parking restrictions for miles around. The added bonus is that as Colchester United and Yeovil Town in their wisdom have agreed to it being pay-on-the-day only for visiting fans it's not at all clear whether we'll be allowed to use the shuttle bus services as the vouchers are attached to the match tickets and, ah yes, we won't have any tickets until we get to the stadium.
Fourth: it's miles from anywhere stuck on some business park, so nowhere to eat and drink in the vicinity. And most of those places that are within one or two miles appear to ban away fans.

All in all we can but hope that in practice it turns out a better experience than the one it looks to be on paper.

Link: Guide to Colchester United


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23 November 2008 : Advance Ticketing For Millwall Match
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Millwall on Sunday 28th December are now available for advance purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at the New Den with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The away area is the North Stand. This is a behind-the-goal location, with 2,300 seats in the Upper Tier usually allocated. The Lower Tier holds another 1,500, but won't be required for our visit. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Seniors: (Over 65) £13.00; Under 16's: £11.00; Under 12's: £8.00 (when purchased with a full paying adult)

There are no pay on the day surcharges operated by Millwall. If you leave it until the day of the game you will need to go to the North Stand Ticket Office to buy your ticket before entering the turnstiles.

Disabled supporters are admitted for £20.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. For further enquiries email gray@millwallplc.com or call 0207 740 0512, although actual bookings must be made via telephone. Note that only ONE car park space is provided for disabled away supporters. If that space has gone, you'll have to negotiate a drop-off point with Millwall.


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23 November 2008 : Advance Ticketing For Hartlepool United
Tickets for Yeovil Town's League One away match against Hartlepool United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 6th December, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Away supporters get the Rink End. This is a small covered stand holding 961 seats. Entrance by turnstiles 1 and 2 from Clarence Road. Pricing is very simple :

Adults £20; seniors over 65/Full Time Students/under 16s: £10 (relevant ID required).

Prices are standard with no early purchase discounts so, fans making late decisions can buy tickets on the day at Victoria Park.

Students in full time education wishing to claim their concession ticket have in the past had to produce a valid student identity card and purchase at the club shop. Reductions are not available at the turnstiles. We presume this procedure still applies. Any further ticketing enquiries should be directed to Sharon in the Hartlepool Ticket Office on 01429 272584 (option 2) or email tickets@hartlepoolunited.co.uk

For disabled supporters, there is a bay for away supporters in the Rink End that can take up to ten wheelchairs. There is no provision for ambulant disabled. There are two adapted toilets in the stadium, one behind the Cyril Knowles Stand and one behind the Camerons Brewery Stand. It is not clear how easy it is for away fans to access these. Admission Prices are as per the above tariffs, however assistants are admitted for free provided disabled person has proof of high rate of disability with them.

There are a limited number of Disabled parking spaces available at Victoria Park on a first come first served basis. You will be charged a rather unbelievable sum of £7 to park your vehicle. There is also limited parking available on Clarence Road, again on a first come first served basis. We suggest that you contact Sarah Smith at Hartlepool on 01429 272584 (extension 6) for any queries regarding Disabled supporters.


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23 November 2008 : Russell Still Hoping For Squad Boost
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has rued the circumstances that left him having to cobble together a squad of 16 players for yesterday's match against Tranmere Rovers. The Glovers had to make up their bench by utilising former youth-teamer Jordan Street, who has yet to make a first team appearance, along with 45 year old assistant manager Steve Thompson. Robbed of several players through injury and suspension and still awaiting the outcome of two attempts to sort out incoming loan players, Russell was effectively selecting a team from 14 players and he admitted that was frustrating for him:

"Obviously it isn't ideal, but I can't control that really. We were absolutely down to 14 players. There will be no other club in the country that I suspect that will have been selecting a team from 14 players. But let's work on the positives. I've got Browny coming back, I've got Pelts coming back."

The two loan players - Luke Rodgers and Gareth Owen - have been well documented on these pages over the past few weeks. Striker Rodgers appears to now be out of hospital:

"With Luke Rodgers, I'll speak to him tomorrow (Sunday) to see if he will come down on Monday, with a view to training on Monday."

Gareth Owen's situation appears to be far more complicated. Little appears to have changed since Wednesday's news when Gareth revealed that he was sat on offers from other clubs - with Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra and Bradford City believed to be amongst the sides courting his services. Russell Slade's view on the situation appeared to be consistent with Gareth's Wednesday view, in that an offer had still yet to be made to the player:

"I'm just hoping that we'll be able to do a deal for Gareth Owen. The decision is down to the Chairman and the board and they are looking at that. He has got a couple of offers on the table, but I'd dearly like him to come here, because he is the right type."

The loan transfer window closes at 5.00p.m. on Thursday and thereafter the Glovers will not be able to add any more players to their squad until January 1st (or more likely the first working day after the Bank Holiday). Thus if Owen's deal does not go through, Slade will need the time to look at alternatives and be able to sort out the contracts and paperwork before the deadline passes.


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22 November 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Tranmere Game
Following this afternoon's 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson. The full transcript of that interview can be found, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Tranmere Game.


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22 November 2008 : Skivo Does It Again
Yeovil Town gained a valuable three points at Huish Park this afternoon when they clocked up a 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers. The single goal of the afternoon came from a Danny Schofield free kick, who teed up captain Terry Skiverton, who probably surprised most of the crowd watching by launching a 20 yard drive into the top corner. That goal went on to inspire the Glovers, and the only question mark at the end of the game was how on earth Rovers got away with a single goal defeat as they were dominated by some superb counter-attacking football that really should have brought Tranmere a thrashing.

The non-arrival of Luke Rodgers - ill with a virus - and the continuing absence of defender Gareth Owen, who has yet to be given a new loan contract offer by the club, were added to by the loss of Lee Peltier (suspension), Aaron Brown (suspension), Darren Way (groin injury) and Marc Bircham (ankle injury). All of that meant that Yeovil's squad of sixteen was so thin that the bench was completed by former youth-teamer Jordan Street and 45 year old assistant manager Steve Thompson. Not that Tranmere were without problems - they had to make six changes to their side from last week, including three suspensions.

The Glovers started off like they meant business. Apart from a single unmarked header that went a little too close to Josh Wagenaar's left hand post for comfort, the majority of the action was at the away end, where Paul Warne and Danny Schofield had shots blocked, whilst Gifton Noel-Williams fired over the bar. However, the home side took the lead midway through the first half after Gavin Tomlin had been fouled on the edge of the box.

As Danny Schofield and Gary Roberts stood over the ball, a direct shot on goal or a cross into the box looked the best bet. Perhaps that caused Tranmere to not expect the unexpected - a short ball was rolled by Schofield into the path of Terry Skiverton, who everyone in the ground, including the Tranmere defence, expected to be running into the box for one of his trademark headers. Instead they got a Skivo bullet with his feet - an 18 yard shot that blasted into the top corner - leaving the skipper running to the Yeovil bench in delight, chased by his team mates en masse.

The goal inevitably lifted the players and the crowd - the latter of which had been a touch tense whilst sizing up whether a threadbare squad could recover from Tuesday night's 5-0 hammering at Stockport. This showed everyone in green and white that it was possible, and Yeovil gripped the game by the scruff of the neck, putting Tranmere firmly onto the back foot.

Gavin Tomlin really should have done better with a weak header in free space that went straight at the Tranmere keeper, whilst the same player had another attempt blocked after he had been put through by Nathan Smith. Aidan Downes was also unlucky when he fired against the foot of Danny Coyne's near post after he cut in from the right wing, but the ball pinged out towards the side for a throw-in.

Tranmere did have a small bite at an equaliser when Wagenaar produced an 'exhibition save', thumping the ball away from his goal as Rovers got their one first half chance to equalise. But that would have been a travesty for the Glovers who dominated the half from the moment they scored, and probably edged the period before Skiverton's surprise thunderbolt.

The second period saw more of the same. Tranmere made a half time double substitution, changing their tactics and getting more men forward to try and attack Yeovil's goal. But if anything that seemed to play into Yeovil's hands, with the pace and off the ball running of Downes, Tomlin and Warne a constant thorn in the side of a sluggish looking Tranmere defence.

The trio provided frequent crossfield passes that carved the Tranmere back line in two. Several crosses, particularly from the left fizzed across the face of the Tranmere goal, utterly begging for a final touch. Perhaps if someone sends Luke Rodgers a video of this match from his hospital bed that he will make a rather sharp recovery - several balls were tailor made for a goal poacher, yet somehow Yeovil couldn't double their lead. Downes and Warne looked the most dangerous - the latter twice swivelling and volleying on the turn and forcing Coyne into strong saves.

Tranmere really only threatened once - when Chris Greenacre broke through - probably the only time during the match that Tranmere managed to get behind the Yeovil back line - but Wagenaar was equal to his shot on goal, and the game very quickly reverted back to Yeovil's excellent counter-attacking, with Andy Welsh joining in late on as he came on as a substitute, and Tranmere began to lose track of where Yeovil players were, with constant switching between positions.

The 1-0 final scoreline didn't really do the performance justice. This was a fast flowing entertaining match, and probably the best home football the Glovers have produced since August. That they did so just four days after the Stockport thrashing shows that this team have a lot of character, and that will be invaluable if they are to continue their efforts to claw themselves away from the danger zone.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Scorer: Terry Skiverton (1-0, 23 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 11. Danny Schofield 16. Gary Roberts 14. Paul Warne
10. Gavin Tomlin 25. Gifton Noel-Williams

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones (88 mins for Aidan Downes) 9. Andrew Welsh (79 mins for Gifton Noel-Williams) 18. Keiran Murtagh 20. Steve Thompson 22. Jordan Street

Tranmere Rovers (4-4-2):
1. Danny Coyne 15. Danny Holmes 2. Godwin Antwi 4. Ben Chorley 3. Andy Taylor 9. Ian Moore 13. Gareth Edds 19. Charlie Barnett 27. Mark Wilson 23. Chris Shuker 7. Bas Savage

Substitutes:
24. John Achterberg (GK) 10. Chris Greenacre (46 mins for Gareth Edds) 17. Luke Waterfall 16. Edrissa Sonko (46 mins for Ian Moore) 18. Aaron Cresswell (71 mins for Chris Shuker)

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Tomlin (66 mins, foul), Gary Roberts (86 mins, foul)
Tranmere Bookings: Bas Savage (45 mins, dissent), Charlie Barnett (52 mins, foul), Mark Wilson (67 mins, foul), Ben Chorley (79 mins, foul)

Referee: Jarnail Singh (Hounslow, Middlesex). Assistants: Peter Grove (West Midlands) and Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Mike Mullarkey (Devon).

Attendance: 3,445 (including approx 100 Tranmere supporters).

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.


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22 November 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Tranmere Game
A reminder to those who were at Huish Park this afternoon, for the 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers that the Man of the Match Voting Form is now open for your entries.

Choose your top three players, plus entertainment and performance ratings plus any comments on the game you wish to make, via the usual form below. Remember to post your votes in by Tuesday 7.45p.m. when the vote will auto-close with the start of the midweeker at Colchester United.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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22 November 2008 : Russell Hoping To Get Over Disappointment
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that "attitude" will be the most important thing in today's game against Tranmere Rovers. The Glovers have to recover from the disappointment of their midweek thrashing by Stockport County in the FA Cup and Russell told BBC Somerset that there was only one way to get over that:

"We have 30 games now and that's our focus. We just need to address the game right and make sure that we have got the right attitude, which I'm sure we will have. The only way to get over disappointment in football is to win a football match. That's what we aim to do."

Russell added that he had confidence that his players would take that message on board, purely because of the way that they'd finished the midweeker at Edgeley Park:

"Fair play to the players, they kept going. I did an interview after the game for North-West ITV and they said you players just never stopped running did they? In the second half, they were quite amazed at how we kept at it under the circumstances and how things had conspired against us."

For today's game, Russell is expecting a physical aerial game from Tranmere, with the visitors having two big strikers in Chris Greenacre and Bas Savage:

"What you always expect from a Ronnie Moore side is for it to be tough. They are normally quite a big mature physical side. Goodison and Chorley will go in at centre-half. Greenacre will probably go in at the top with Bas Savage, who again is 6'4". That's the sort of way that he plays. I think they've got one or two midfielders out themselves. Kay is out, Jennings the skipper is out as he got sent off in their last game and I think Shotton the right-back is also out. So he's got one or two worries there, but it is not about that because we've got our own problems."

With Darren Way now out of the side for up to four weeks with a groin strain, youngster Keiran Murtagh is almost guaranteed an extended run in the side, and Russell said the former Fisher man should relish that:

"He can't complain that he's not getting the opportunity! He's going to be thrown in again, isn't he? It's up to him to progress. We know he has got ability because we've seen it. In the night against Charlton I thought he was magnificent. So it's that sort of performance that we'll be wanting to get from him."


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22 November 2008 : Owen And Rodgers Ruled Out Of Today's Squad
Stockport County centre-back Gareth Owen is now back training at Edgeley Park, and says that a week after his last game with the Glovers that he is yet to see any offer from Huish Park land on the table. There had been hopes that Owen would line up in the Yeovil back four in today's game as part of an extended loan deal, but that has now been made impossible.

To make matters worse, Owen has told the Western Daily Press that he will now be considering offers made by other clubs, which the paper suggests may be Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra - both commutable from Owen's Blythe Bridge home. Owen explained the situation:

"I am back with Stockport training with them but I have had a couple of offers from other clubs. Russell Slade has told me he wants to sign me and my advisors met with Yeovil before the game at Stockport on Tuesday but we haven't had an offer from them yet. At the end of the day I want to get my future sorted out. I will be seriously considering the offers I have got over the weekend. My time at Yeovil has been great and I am grateful to the manager for giving me the chance to play, but I have to look after myself and my girlfriend and make the right decision for my future. I am looking for a permanent contract so I am not living out of a suitcase. I haven't got a preference at the moment but the fact that I have had a month at Yeovil is an advantage."

The message from Owen would appear to be fairly clear - if Yeovil do not present him with an offer over the weekend then they will lose him. With the loan transfer window closing on Thursday, all such deals must be concluded within the next six days.

Matters with striker Luke Rodgers are just as frustrating, although in this case the situation is out of Yeovil's hands. The "flu" that Rodgers reported earlier in the week has turned out to be a virus and he has had to be admitted to hospital. However, in the time that has gone by since the Glovers first made their move, the WDP believe that Cheltenham Town have declared their interest.

All of this clearly means that neither player will be part of Yeovil's squad this afternoon, denying manager Russell Slade of his chances to provide "fresh legs" for a squad that he has suggested are running physically low, having had to put in extreme effort in a series of intense matches. With the squad now down to its bare bones, pretty much every player left - including youngsters Jordan Street and Rob Fitzgerald will be in line for a position in this afternoon's squad.


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21 November 2008 : Reserves In Date Switch
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their match against Cheltenham Town Reserves brought forward by 48 hours. The match will now kick off on Monday 1st December with a 2.00p.m. start at Huish Park. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday 3rd December.


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21 November 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Tranmere Rovers in a League One match tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park. The Wirral side lie in 10th place and therefore 11 places above the Glovers and nine points better off.

Both sides go into the match suffering heavy fall-out from a hectic run of games where both have been through FA Cup replays, although Rovers have the advantage that they got theirs out of the way last week, meaning that they have had a whole week since their last game.

As mentioned earlier in the week, Tranmere will definitely have three players missing, with right-back Ryan Shotton and midfielders Antony Kay and Steve Jennings all ruled out through suspensions. Centre-back Ian Goodison may also miss out as he has been on international duty for Jamaica and the Liverpool Evening Post believe he may stay out there a few more days with his partner due to give birth this weekend.

Manager Ronnie Moore's problems are compounded by four players missing training this week with flu. Centre-back Ben Chorley, midfielders Gareth Edds and Ed Sonko and the attacking option Ian Moore are the quartet affected speaking to the Liverpool Evening Post Moore said though that he hadn't given up on any of them appearing tomorrow:

"The four players who missed training were calling it flu but Iím hoping they have just got colds and some might be able to play. We can only wait and see. You want to go into a game like this with your strongest side and that is not going to be. We may have six or seven missing. But it will be an opportunity for one or two youngsters. We need to take 17 to 18 players to Yeovil, so a few kids may be added to the squad. I wonít really know Ė and nor will the supporters or the directors or anyone Ė whether a youngster is up to playing in the first-team until you throw him in. Some sink and some swim. You hope that if we have to throw four of them in at Yeovil, at least three of them donít sink."

Tranmere have been boosted by the loan signing of Doncaster Rovers midfielder Mark Wilson. The 29 year old will undoubtedly start tomorrow's match and Moore believed he would strengthen their squad:

"Mark is a quality midfielder, a good passer who can play either the holding or attacking role. He played more than 30 league games last season in a side that got promoted and Iím pleased to have him."

The situation is just as complicated within the Yeovil camp. Midfielder Marc Bircham is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained on the training ground, whilst one match bans for right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier and centre-back Aaron Brown have now been confirmed by the FA. Striker Gifton Noel-Williams (achilles) and Aidan Downes (hip flexor) were both withdrawn early from Tuesday night's FA Cup defeat and so will require monitoring to see if they are fully fit. Meanwhile midfielder Darren Way is also unavailable for up to four weeks after a groin injury sustained on the training ground yesterday.

Matters are not helped by the protracted situations concerning loan targets Luke Rodgers and Gareth Owen. Rodgers was due to arrive in Somerset last night and should sign a loan deal today, but he has not played a match since November 1st since his long-running problems with Port Vale materialised and has spent most of the last couple of days in bed with flu and so even if he does sign today his ability to last 90 minutes tomorrow is questionable. To cap it all, the loan extension deal for centre-back Owen is still ongoing, with the original one month loan having run out last weekend, and clearly manager Russell Slade will have to plan his team for Saturday without the 26 year old. Russell told BBC Somerset that all of these disruptions were proving to be a frustration for him:

"Just, a little bit, yes! Of course they are (frustrating). We need all hands on deck at the minute and the likes of Darren Way, Gareth Owen and Luke Rodgers have got to be part of that."

Slade has talked about the need for his side to have fresh legs since Tuesday night's FA Cup defeat against Stockport County and appears to be anxious to rotate his squad as much as possible, believing that the strain of keeping up with the cash-rich clubs of Leicester City and Peterborough United was a factor in why the wheels came off so badly on Tuesday night. However, talk of the 5-0 defeat is strictly barred with Russell insistent that the club must look forwards and not dwell on things that they can not change:

"I think you have to put it in a box and you have to shove it to one side. There's no talk about it in this football club now. It's been banned from the changing room. We have 30 games to go and that is our focus now."

With both clubs having significantly depleted squads for tomorrow's match, much will depend upon how easily each manager is able to name a balanced starting eleven and what options they have on the bench when some of those tired legs start to wobble. Tranmere boss Moore has tended to favour a 4-5-1 formation in recent matches - a tactic that has brought Rovers seven clean sheets in their last nine games, but he thinks he may be forced to change that tomorrow:

"It may be difficult for us to play the 4-5-1 system if too many players cry off. Itís been difficult preparing for this game because weíve had only a dozen or so players on the training ground."

As for Yeovil, Moore has said that he doesn't think that the match he watched in Stockport on Tuesday night produced a fair reflection of the match:

"I watched the cup tie in midweek and you canít draw too many conclusions from that. Yeovil missed a penalty early on and could have been 2-0 up. Then they conceded, had a man sent off, conceded from the free-kick and the game ran away from them. In my experience, Yeovil is always a difficult place for anyone to go and we are expecting a tough game."

The snag is that Yeovil would probably say the same of Tranmere. In six matches against Rovers, the Glovers have failed to notch up a win and have lost on four occasions. However, the two occasions they did manage to grab a point were at Huish Park, so perhaps there is some hope that they can go one better on the seventh occasion.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the game from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual match-day prices. For those wanting to take advantage of the pre-match prices, they are on sale until 6.00p.m. tonight either in person or by calling 01935-847888.


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20 November 2008 : Way Crocked
The club have announced that midfielder Darren Way will be missing for four weeks following a groin injury sustained in training today. Way had only just returned to the squad following an illness that kept him out of the midweek replay against Stockport County. His training ground injury is likely to keep him out of football until just before the run of Christmas matches. Speaking to BBC Somerset, manager Russell Slade broke the bad news:

"It is devastating news for us really. He's pulled his groin in training this morning. It is as simple as that - just in taking a shot for a goal. So he could be out for up to four weeks. So we are disappointed with that. We thought we were having his fresh legs back for Saturday but that has just been taken away from us. He was one of those fresh bodies that you were kind of counting on for the weekend ahead."

Meanwhile the club are going to have to wait at least another 24 hours before they find out if Port Vale striker Luke Rodgers and Stockport County defender Gareth Owen will arrive at the club on loan. Rodgers is ill and so has yet to arrive in Somerset, whilst Owen is still undergoing contract talks with Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes. Russell gave an update on the situation with Rodgers:

"We're likely to finalise the signature tomorrow now. We would have done it today, but it is going to be tomorrow. We're hoping that he is fit enough to train tomorrow, but we shall just have to wait and see. It has been finalised verbally and I have texted him and spoken to him verbally and he is not well. His agent has been in contact with me as well. Fingers crossed, he is hoping to travel down tonight as he's had a good night's sleep and he is a lot better."

With Owen, Russell was far less optimistic that Gareth Owen would be wearing a Yeovil shirt on Saturday, expressing the need for speed over the deal:

"I believe the Chief Exec is still in talks with the player. So hopefully something will materialise, and hopefully of course sooner rather than later."

Thus Russell will have to operate on several alternative strategies for the weekend in case one or both player is not involved in the match. With both Lee Peltier and Aaron Brown suspended, that is a headache that nobody wants.


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20 November 2008 : December ABUFP Meeting
The next Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting will take place on Wednesday 17th December. The meeting will start at 5.45p.m. in the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park. This will be a committee only meeting. Those attending should note that the meeting is on a Wednesday due to numerous Christmas social bookings at the club in the run up to the festive period.

All agenda items should be notified to Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley or to a Supporters Representative by Monday 15th December at 5.00p.m. Sara can be reached at supporter.link@ytfc.net

Note that Sara is not in the office from Monday 24th November until Thursday 4th December, so any agenda requests sent during that time will only be acknowledged upon her return. More generally, if anyone has any supporter-related issues during that period, either allow additional time for a reply or telephone the club directly if the issue is urgent.


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19 November 2008 : Glovers Lose In FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side headed out of the FA Youth Cup at the Second Round stage tonight, despite taking the lead in a difficult match at Huish Park. Cirencester will now face a mammoth trip to Sunderland in the Third Round of the competition.

The Glovers took the lead early in the first half, when a through ball allowed Steven Friend a chance to get in behind the visitors back line. As the keeper over committed himself, Friend stepped aside and put the ball into an empty net to give Yeovil an excellent start.

Sadly that was as good as it got. Robert Hoskin equalised on 28 minutes with a header from a corner, and the Glovers back line was disrupted by a significant injury, with Julio Barnes having to leave the field on a stretcher.

Three minutes before the break, Cirencester won a penalty which was converted by Jamie Moore, and despite the Glovers refusing to give up, the visitors always looked the classier of the two sides. In the final 5 minutes, Yeovil almost took it into extra time as a shot beat the visiting keeper but was hacked off the line by a defender, and with that went Yeovil's hopes of a Third Round appearance.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 1 Cirencester Town Under 18s 2.

Scorers: Steven Friend (10 mins, 1-0), Robert Hoskin (28 mins, 1-1), Jamie Moore (42 mins, 1-2).

Yeovil Town:
1. Jamie Beale 2. Daniel Thompson 3. Tom Scott 4. Julio Barnes 5. Jason Sangha 6. Harry Montacute 7. Ashley Clarke 8. Harry Nodwell 9. Josh Robinson 10. Steven Friend 11. Michael Matyaba

Substitutes:
12. Adam Wakley (35 mins for Julio Barnes) 18. Joe Butcher 14. Lloyd Moyce (73 mins for Ashley Clarke) 17. Lewis Corrie 15. Elliott Peck (73 mins for Daniel Thompson)


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19 November 2008 : Russell's Verdict On the Stockport FA Cup Replay
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade faced the music after his side had been soundly beaten 5-0 by Stockport County in the First Round of the FA Cup. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, he gave his views to local journalist Chris Spittles.

The full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On the Stockport FA Cup Replay.


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19 November 2008 : Gareth Owen Stuck In Limbo
On-loan defender Gareth Owen has said after last night's match that he has still yet to hear from Yeovil Town concerning the extension of his loan period. The Stockport County defender believes his days at Edgeley Park have ended, but he is still none the wiser as to whether he will return to Huish Park for Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers.

Owen told BBC Somerset that he had other offers on the table from League One and League Two sides - two of which are believed to be Port Vale and Bradford City and he claimed that it may not be the club that offers the most money that gets the nod from him. Owen has recently indicated his frustration at not knowing what the future holds and has hinted that he may favour a club that is willing to offer a permanent deal as part of the loan package. Owen explained his thinking:

"I am just waiting for something to be offered now. We;ve sort of chatted about the sort of region of what we're asking for. Althought it is not about money for me. I just want play at the end of the day. There's a lot of things that need to be considered on top of what I get paid at the end of this week. It's all about moving stuff down and all kinds of stuff like that. I'm just waiting for an offer to be put in front of me. It is up to me to make a decision of what to do and what is best for me."

The Stoke Sentinel, which covers Port Vale, believe that Owen will be allowed to leave Edgeley Park on a free transfer, and Owen said that the Hatters are unlikely to stand in his way. However, he did say that he would be listening to what other clubs had to say first:

"There is interest from three or four clubs. They are both in League One and in League Two. I'd be a fool not to listen to them because at the end of the day, I have to do what is best for me. Much as though I've enjoyed my time at Yeovil and it has been fantastic for me with a good set of lads that I'd have no hesitation in joining, I do need to have a look and see what is best for me to do."

One option that Owen couldn't see was him remaining at Edgeley Park. After being frozen entirely out of the side by manager Jim Gannon, the defender admitted he couldn't see a future with the club:

"I've had a chat to the Chief Executive and I don't think there is. I haven't spoken to (the Stockport) manager (Jim Gannon) since I left. I don't think there will be any future left for me here. Stockport have said that they won't stay in my way if anybody does come forward and I decide what I want to do."

Gareth explained on his arrival that he has family living in Weymouth, which he said would count for something if he gets an offer from the Glovers, but said that there was still the effort of moving his immediate family down to Somerset or Dorset and respecting their opinions on the subject:

"It would be a bit of both. I know a bit about the area and stuff like that. But then it is not just about me - it's about my girlfriend, because she'd have to up sticks as well. I'm not governed by her, and she says that she will support whatever I decide to do. But it is a case of moving down and having a different way of life. But it will be helped and made easier if I do decide that, if I have my family being down there. There's a lot that has got to be done before I can be playing on Saturday."


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19 November 2008 : FA Youth Cup vs Cirencester Town Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s side play their FA Youth Cup Second Round match tonight. They will play Cirencester Town on the Huish Park main pitch, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The winners of the tie will face a trip to Sunderland in the Third Round.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the night from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Prices for the Main Stand are £5.00 for Adults with Concessions available at £3.00.

If anyone is going and can supply line-ups and updates, or even a short report, please email ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with your contact details.


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19 November 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Stockport Replay
For those foolish hardy souls who went to Stockport County last night, don't forget that the Man of the Match poll is open for the FA Cup replay match. Yes, yes, we realise that coming up with three players out of last night's match may be on the difficult side, but on an evening of extreme disappointment, we'd obviously like to see which three players deserve some (any?) kind of nominal credit. Entertainment marks, performance marks and additional comments are also welcomed via the form below. Given there were not too many Glovers there last night, all votes will be definitely appreciated.

Link: Stockport County vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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19 November 2008 : Officials For The Tranmere Rovers Game
Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers will be looked after by referee Jarnail Singh (Hounslow, Middlesex). Mr Singh is very well known at Huish Park, having pretty much mirrored Yeovil's rise up through the leagues, with his promotion into the Football League happening around the same time as the Glovers, landing on the national referees list in 2004.

We last had Mr Singh for the 0-0 home draw against Oldham Athletic in January 2008. Normally we find him an unusually decent referee, but his failure to award Yeovil a second half penalty for handball in that game was utterly inexplicable. We can only assume that he didn't see the incident in a crowded penalty box - certainly the other 4,900 people in the stadium seemed to have a clear view of the situation and made their feelings known.

Prior to that, the last home meeting that involved Mr Singh was the 0-0 draw against AFC Bournemouth back in August 2006, whilst he also took charge later that season at Nene Park for the FA Cup match against Rushden and Diamonds in November. The less said about that one, the better.

Mr Singh has become a little bit more "letter of the law" than he used to be in his Conference days, but overall he is one of the better officials on the circuit, preferring to let the football take centre stage unless seriously provoked into reaching for his notebook and cards.

Mr Singh will be assisted by Peter Grove (West Midlands) & Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mike Mullarkey (Devon).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : January 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Oldham Athletic 0.


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19 November 2008 : Rodgers Deal Just An Option To Purchase
Port Vale's local press seem to be in agreement that Yeovil Town's protracted loan transfer of their striker Luke Rodgers should go through in the next 24 hours.

The Stoke Sentinel suggests that both clubs have made concessions in the negotiations concerning the 26 year old's move to Huish Park. Whilst the Glovers have maintained that their £30,000 offer is merely an option to buy the player in January rather than the guarantee to purchase that the Valiants wanted, Yeovil have agreed to pay all of Rodgers' wages during his six week loan period at Huish Park.

Agent Mark Cartwright, who also represents Yeovil midfielder Gary Roberts, has said that he is in favour of his client playing under manager Russell Slade, believing that it would benefit Rodgers:

"Yeovil want to take him and this is a great shop window for Luke. He is stepping up a division and would be playing regularly, which is what he wants. It gives him the opportunity to show what he can do. I know Yeovil's manager Russell Slade and the way he wants to play football and I think that will suit Luke. Yeovil play with a big striker in Gifton Noel-Williams and I think that will benefit Luke."

Rodgers still needs to hold some personal talks with the club and a medical before firmly agreeing the loan deal, but barring disasters he should sign the loan contract on Thursday.

This morning's Western Daily Press reports that they were unable to determine how Chief Executive Martyn Starnes got on with his talks regarding the loan extension of Stockport County defender Gareth Owen. Starnes was due to talk with Owen's agents at Edgeley Park last night, but as yet there has been no outcome to that meeting.


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19 November 2008 : Slade: No Time To Sulk
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that there is "no time to sulk" on the back of last night's 5-0 defeat against Stockport County. The Glovers were knocked out of the FA Cup in a comprehensive manner, but a red card for defender Aaron Brown 15 minutes into the match that led to Stockport's second goal of the night left Yeovil with an almost impossible task. Russell told BBC Somerset that the attitude shown now would be more important than looking back upon the defeat:

"We tried, we kept going, but it was always going to be an uphill battle, which it proved. I am really disappointed. Really really disappointed. But we've got to put it in a box, put it to one side and put it out of the way, because we've got a big survival battle. We've got no time to sulk, no time to moan, no time to blame officials. We have to put it behind us immediately. We have a big opportunity to put it right on Saturday and that is the only way, I think, that you can get over it. You have to put in a performance on Saturday that is worthy of some points. We can score a goal, we can win a football match, and then we can put it all behind."

The Glovers had a night where everything that could go wrong went wrong. Danny Schofield had a penalty saved that could have put them 1-0 up before Aaron Brown's dismissal, whilst Brown and Paul Warne hit the woodwork. Their misery was compounded by injuries to Gifton Noel-Williams and Aidan Downes, which on top of Brown's suspension could lead a team selection problem on Saturday. Russell admitted he was disappointed that Warne's 90th minute attempt could not give the Glovers a minor reward on the night:

"What summed our night up was that Warney has hit the best shot of the night and it has cannoned off their upright. It was the best strike of the night and it came off the post. We've come to Stockport, we've hit the post twice, we've missed a penalty. But we've still not scored a goal and we've got beaten 5-0. It's a bad day at the office and sometimes they happen. You just have to put them behind you and roll your sleeves up. They've got to come back to us on 13th December and I'm sure the boys will look forward to that one, and I'm sure they'll look forward to Saturday."


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19 November 2008 : Gannon Admits Red Card Changed Game
Stockport County manager Jim Gannon has admitted that the size of his side's 5-0 win in the FA Cup last night was heavily influenced by the Glovers playing most of the game with 10 men. Defender Aaron Brown was dismissed 15 minutes into the match for a professional foul and the Hatters scored direct from the subsequent free kick and Gannon told ITV that this was a double bonus that made a difference to his side's fortunes:

"We started really well, but we were only dominant because of the sending off of Brown (after 15 minutes). That was certainly a turning point in the game. It makes such a difference when you lose a player like that. Then it wasn't just the sending-off that hindered them, we went and scored from the free-kick to go two up. It was a tough night for them. I was delighted with our desire and attitude though. All the lads acquitted themselves really well, but I did have a good feeling before the game. I made changes and they invigorated us, and now it's an important trip to Gillingham for us in the next round."


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18 November 2008 : Glovers Dumped Out Of FA Cup
Yeovil Town were routed at Edgeley Park tonight as they lost their FA Cup First Round replay against Stockport County by a 5-0 scoreline. They had to play 75 minutes of the match with 10 men after Aaron Brown was dismissed for a professional foul. The Hatters went on to punish their visitors severely with five different players finding the net, including former Glover Michael Rose, who netted the second.

The Glovers went into the game with Marc Bircham (ankle), Gareth Owen (unable to play against parent club) and Darren Way (illness) all missing and that meant that Aaron Brown was quickly drafted back into the starting line-up after recovering from a hip injury, whilst Keiran Murtagh was brought in for Way.

The game got off to a whirlwind start, with two goals, a penalty, a red card and a strike of the woodwork all inside the opening 16 minutes. Unfortunately for Yeovil, everything that could go wrong did go wrong, even if the opening play promised so much.

Less than 4 minutes into the match, Yeovil won themselves a penalty, when Johnny Mullins brought down Gary Roberts in the box. Up stepped Danny Schofield but home keeper Owain fon Williams saved the spot kick with his legs and the Hatters breathed a sigh of relief. At least two attempts to poke in the rebound came to nothing.

If that was a blow for the Glovers, then just two minutes later it got worse. A corner from Tommy Rowe was met by the head of Gary Dicker who was entirely unmarked and was able to head home from just six yards out. Yeovil tried to hit back and Aaron Brown struck the post at the other end with a header, but Brown's own evening turned sour when he pulled the shirt of on loan Oldham striker Craig Davies as he headed towards goal and despite the close attention of Terry Skiverton, referee Rob Shoebridge saw it as a goalscoring opportunity and waved a red card to leave Yeovil having to play 75 minutes with 10 men.

Just to rub salt into the wounds, up stepped a former player Michael Rose, who was part of Yeovil's 2004-05 League Two title winning squad picked up the ball for the set piece and fired home the free kick to double Yeovil's punishment and double Stockport's lead. 2-0 down and with 10 men on the field a huge mountain to climb, given that sitting back in a cup competition whilst two goals adrift just wasn't an option. Yet if they pushed up with a man short, they could easily get hammered. As it happened, neither side really contributed much to the middle period of the first half, with the Glovers struggling to find openings and Stockport appearing content with their lot. Yeovil operated with a 4-3-2 formation with Lee Peltier having to play a central defensive role, and although he never looked comfortable there, at least the ship was being steadied a touch.

However, three minutes before the break, and just as it looked as though Yeovil would go in at half time with something to think about, an awful Gary Roberts crossfield pass was intercepted by Anthony Pilkington and he broke, producing a cross was diverted unwittingly by an unfortunate Terry Skiverton into the path of Matty McNeil, who had all the time he needed to make it a 3-0 scoreline. If it wasn't game over at 2-0, then at 3-0 it most certainly was. The half time team talk was going to be largely a case of telling the players to keep their heads.

Terry Skiverton got in a free header that went just over the bar as the Glovers came out operating in a 4-4-1 formation. But it didn't take long for Stockport to extend their lead and three minutes from the restart Anthony Pilkington volleyed home for the fourth goal of the night, after Craig Alcock was pulled up for a handball. From the set piece taken by Michael Rose, Stockport took clinical advantage of the situation, with Skivo's half-clearance falling to Pilkington who shot from the edge of the box.

Aidan Downes limped off with a suspected groin injury and Terrell Forbes was introduced allowing Lee Peltier to move into a more comfortable central midfield position. The second half dissolved into nothingness with the game well over and neither side willing to stretch themselves into doing too much more with a game on Saturday to come.

They almost got some joy at the end when substitute Paul Warne struck the post - the second time that Yeovil had done so on the night. To sum up a rotten evening, Stockport substitute James Vincent struck a fifth goal almost immediately down the other end, and the only positive of the night was that refere Rob Shoebridge decided he fancied an early night by ignoring the need for any second half injury time. It was the kindest thing he could possibly do.

Whilst going out of the FA Cup will be seen as a major blow to the club, the five goal thrashing will be of more concern in how it affects the players' confidence for Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers. Equally of concern will be that Aaron Brown will be serving a suspension, whilst Gifton Noel-Williams and Aidan Downes limped off during the second half - the latter looking as though he has a groin strain. The need to sign up defender Gareth Owen and striker Luke Rodgers becomes all the more significant if Yeovil are to put this ugly result behind them.

Final Score: Stockport County 5 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Gary Dicker (6 mins, 1-0), Michael Rose (16 mins, 2-0), Matty McNeil (42 mins, 3-0), Anthony Pilkington (48 mins, 4-0), James Vincent (90 mins, 5-0).

Stockport County: (4-4-2)
1. Owain fon Williams 2. Johnny Mullins 16. James Tunnicliffe 11. Tommy Rowe 3. Michael Rose 14. Jason Taylor 15. Michael Raynes 8. Gary Dicker 7. Anthony Pilkington 35. Craig Davies 19. Matty McNeil

Substitutes:
23. Lloyd Rigby (GK) 4. Dominic Blizzard 10. Carl Baker 18. Paul Turnbull 20. Leon McSweeney (55 mins for James Tunnicliffe) 24. Greg Tansey (60 mins for Tommy Rowe) 28. James Vincent (76 mins for Anthony Pilkington)

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 16. Gary Roberts 27. Lee Peltier 18. Keiran Murtagh 17. Aidan Downes
25. Gifton Noel-Williams

Substitutes:
31. Lloyd Irish (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes (65 mins for Aidan Downes) 9. Andrew Welsh 10. Gavin Tomlin (76 mins for Gary Roberts) 14. Paul Warne (57 mins for Gifton Noel-Williams) 22. Jordan Street 28. Nathan Smith

Stockport Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (foul, 21 mins), Craig Alcock (handball, 47 mins). Red Card: Aaron Brown (professional foul, 15 mins)

Referee: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire). Assistants: Steve Cook (Derbyshire) and Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire). Fourth Official: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,260 (including 114 Yeovil fans).


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18 November 2008 : Dario Is Back
Crewe Alexandra, currently propping up League One in 24th, have turned the clock back and restored Dario Gradi as manager at Gresty Road.

Gradi is a legend in football, managing Crewe for twenty-four years and over 1,200 matches before stepping down in 2007, moving upstairs to become General Manager as he reached the age of 65. Some might think anyone following that was on a hiding to nothing, and although carefully groomed for the succession Steve Holland has found things very tough, with the Railwaymen just staying up in 20th last term and their prospects looking even gloomier this campaign.

There's no one with more experience in the game, and Gradi's brief will be simple: keep Crewe in League One. He's been given the role on a caretaker basis at present but providing the club's fortunes take a turn for the better with Dario back at the helm it's unlikely chairman John Bowler will be hurrying to appoint anyone else, though its very unlikely Gradi will be seen as, or will want to be, the long-term solution. Meanwhile Holland's future at the club is uncertain, with he and the chairman in discussions about a possible role.

Dario Gradi was made an MBE in 1998 and received the highest accolade bestowed by the Professional Footballers' Association, its annual Merit Award, in 2004.


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18 November 2008 : Rodgers Loan Signing Due On Thursday
Tonight's BBC Somerset coverage claims that Port Vale striker Luke Rodgers will be travelling down to Huish Park tomorrow, and is expected to sign a loan deal on Thursday with the option of turning the move permanent in January.

The BBC indicate that all negotiations with Port Vale have been concluded but that there are some finer elements of Rodgers' personal terms that need to be sorted out, but presumably nothing significant enough to prevent him travelling down to Somerset.

Obviously that hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but it sounds optimistic.

Update: 7.45pm: Manager Russell Slade has confirmed this news, adding that the player is due to have his medical on Wednesday and that if all goes well then he will become a Yeovil Town loan player on Thursday. He does not believe the Glovers offer differs significantly from their original offer to Port Vale.


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18 November 2008 : Stockport County vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Replay Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel up to Stockport County tonight for an FA Cup First Round Replay at Edgeley Park to determine who will face League Two side Gillingham in Round Two. The two sides drew 1-1 at Huish Park 10 days ago, and another tight game is expected tonight.

The Glovers go into the match with midfielder Marc Bircham as one of two definite absentees. Bircham is still a couple of weeks away from making his footballing comeback from an ankle injury and will not travel tonight. Central defender Gareth Owen will almost certainly travel, but only because Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes wants to use the trip as a convenient means of sorting out a loan extension for the Stockport County player. Owen will of course be sat in the stands tonight, unable to face his parent club, but Starnes hopes to meet his agent at the team hotel to discuss arrangements.

The major question marks surround midfield duo Darren Way and Gary Roberts. As mentioned yesterday and today, Way is suffering from an illness and is on penicillin, whilst Roberts has a badly bruised foot. Thankfully Roberts does not have any broken bones, but both could be missing for tonight's game. Defender Aaron Brown is another player who will need a late fitness test, having only just returned to training following a hip injury.

Other players who have received treatment recently are Paul Warne, Nathan Smith and Craig Alcock, all of whom failed to complete Saturday's match. However, the day's rest appears to have been enough for all three to resume training and so they should be involved for tonight's game.

For the original tie, Stockport had a squad of 26 players to choose from. For the replay they have merely 25 available. Midfielder Stephen Gleeson got red-carded in the original tie after delivering an off the ball elbow into the face of Yeovil left-back Nathan Jones. He is in the middle game of a three match suspension. Otherwise, County are at full strength.

The Hatters lost their first away match of the 2008-09 league season on Saturday, going down 1-0 against Millwall, and this was only their second reverse of 2008 in a league match. However, at Edgeley Park they are a little more vulnerable, having won just two out of their eight league matches this season. Glovers boss Russell Slade said he was expecting a more open game than in the original tie and told the Western Daily Press that he expected the first goal to be crucial:

"They were good going forward, a good passing team, but strong and physical at the same time. I expect them to be a bit more open at home and maybe that will suit the cup tie. We're going to go positive at Stockport, and hopefully get into a situation where we can get the upper hand in the game. I think the first goal could prove crucial for both sides, as both teams keep it fairly tight as well as trying to play."

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the night from Edgeley Park. If the scores are level after 90 minutes then the game will enter extra time. If that additional 30 minutes still fails to separate the sides, then penalty kicks will decide who meets Gillingham in Round Two.

For those travelling to tonight's game, the usual Ciderspace guide includes directions to the ground, ticketing, pub, ground and club information - accessible via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stockport.


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18 November 2008 : Live Commentary For Stockport Replay
Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round replay tonight against Stockport County will be broadcast live on BBC Somerset. Coverage of the match will start at 7.05p.m. on 95.5FM. As a bonus, the commentary will also be available on the internet.

For League One matches, contractual restrictions prevent the BBC from broadcasting live over the internet, but for FA Cup matches this does not apply, and so those outside the BBC Somerset broadcasting region should also be able to listen in.

Link: BBC Somerset : Live Web Stream.


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18 November 2008 : Vale Chief Says Room For Negotiation On Rodgers Deal
League Two side Port Vale have given their initial reaction to Yeovil Town's bid for their striker Luke Rodgers. Chairman Bill Bratt has implied that the transfer fee is now acceptable to Vale, but describes issues that he has with the specifics of the bid. Bratt plans to speak to Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes later today to see if there is room for negotiation over the finer detail.

Bratt's major concern is that Yeovil only want an option to purchase Rodgers in January, rather than the firm contractual commitment that Vale are after that would guarantee to get him off their wage bill, whilst the Valiants Chairman also wants to renegotiate the proportion of Rodgers' wages that Yeovil Town pay over the next six weeks. Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel he explained:

"The letter says they just want him on loan and have given no guarantees over the fee, which could turn out badly for us. For example, if we sent Luke there and he got injured, they may send him back crocked. We need some guarantees over the payment. There are also things like how much of his wages they are willing to pay during the loan spell. If we can get over this, the fee is acceptable because if Luke did move we would want to get back what we paid for him. There is room for negotiation and I will try to speak with Yeovil today."

Bratt's words pretty much mean that Yeovil Town have offered £30,000 for Rodgers - an increase of £10,000 on the original deal that was rejected by Vale. Port Vale paid Crewe Alexandra that sum back in January 2007 when the former Shrewsbury Town trainee arrived at Vale Park. Yeovil's offer also includes a 10 percent sell-on fee.

Bratt's willingness to accept the fee suggests that the two clubs are close in what they are prepared to agree on - much will therefore depend upon how "final" Yeovil consider their "final offer" to be. Bratt admits that he doesn't have other clubs queuing up for the 26 year old's services. Despite reports from the Yeovil end that three other clubs were interested in the striker, Bratt denies that to be true adding:

"Yeovil's is the only bid on the table. We had two inquiries from League One clubs in the past two months but neither took it any further."


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18 November 2008 : Roberts Injury Not A Break
This morning's Western Daily Press has given the welcome news that midfielder Gary Roberts has not broken any bones in his foot.

The 21 year old has missed training recently with a badly bruised foot, and had been sent off for an x-ray yesterday, but manager Russell Slade has told the paper that there is no bone damage:

"Thankfully Gary hasn't broken anything but he's in a bit of pain and is a big doubt."

The bruising still means that Roberts may miss tonight's FA Cup First Round replay against Stockport County. Former Fisher Athletic midfielder Keiran Murtagh is the most likely to benefit if Roberts or Darren Way - who is suffering from an illness and on a course of penicillin - back out of tonight's squad.


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17 November 2008 : Slade Plays Down Huddersfield Links
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has played down rumours linking him with the Huddersfield Town managerial position. The Terriers have a vacancy since they dismissed Stan Ternent and are currently operating with Gerry Murphy as their caretaker manager, but Murphy is unlikely to take up the post permanently.

Russell told BBC Somerset that he is used to speculation when managerial vacancies arise, but despite admitting that there had been three clubs calling for his services since he arrived at Yeovil just over two years ago, on this occasion, he said he was unaware of anything happening:

"I think that whenever you pick up a paper there is speculation. I picked one up this morning and I've seen who is favourite for the Swindon job. All I can tell you is that since I've been here I've been linked with three clubs. Three clubs have approached the club and fair play to the Chairman, he has always notified me and let me know about that situation. I'm sure that if Huddersfield were interested, I am sure John (Fry) would have told me by now."

Two of those clubs are in the public domain and officially named as Millwall and Carlisle United, who both approached the football club just over a year ago. BBC Somerset suggest that the third unnamed club approached the Huish Park board earlier this season, but presumably that offer was turned down by the club.

At the Huddersfield end, their press today are full of the euphoria of their last minute winner at Leeds United and so do not mention the managerial vacancy or its current status at all.


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17 November 2008 : Double Doubt For Cup Replay
Yeovil Town could have a significant midfield headache tomorrow when they face Stockport County in an FA Cup First Round replay at Edgeley Park.

The Glovers are sweating over the fitness of Darren Way and Gary Roberts, with both having missed training today. Darren has been ill over the weekend and is being given a course of penicillin to try and cure his problems. In addition Gary Roberts has a badly bruised foot that could keep him out of the match - the club have sent him for an x-ray to see if there are any broken bones.

Defender Gareth Owen will not be allowed to face his parent club, and the Glovers will make use of tomorrow as an opportunity to discuss a loan extension deal with his agent. Midfielder Marc Bircham remains out as he recovers from an ankle injury, with an estimated 2-3 weeks worth of recuperation expected before he can play football again. Defender Aaron Brown will be a late selection, depending on how he reacts to his two training sessions since recovering from a hip injury.

The worst case scenario for the Glovers is that they could be left with two 'specialist' central midfielders in the form of Lee Peltier and Keiran Murtagh, and with no central defence or midfield cover on the bench of any significant note. Fingers crossed that at least some of Brown, Way and Roberts will pull through and give some depth to the squad that is taken up to Edgeley Park.


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17 November 2008 : New Rodgers Bid Confirmed
Further to our earlier article, the football club have now confirmed that a new improved offer has been made to Port Vale for their striker Luke Rodgers.

Russell has described the move as the club's final offer, meaning that unless Vale accept Yeovil Town's offer, the club will move on to alternative targets. Speaking to BBC Somerset he explained the situation:

"The club have faxed off another proposal to Port Vale in an effort to take him on until the January window and then look at a possible permanent deal in the transfer window. We're hoping that Port Vale will accept that and if they don't then I would say that it will be dead in the water. It is a final throw of the dice if you like. It is (an improved offer) and hopefuly it is more suitable for all parties. I'm hopeful, but no more than hopeful that we can pull it off this time. It has gone on for a couple of weeks now, to be honest, since we raised our interest and I would have dearly liked him in the squad for the Saturday game that has just gone. That was not to be, and it doesn't look as though we're going to get him for tomorrow night's game either. But we'll see what this proposal brings and we'll draw it to a conclusion one way or another."

Rodgers has been left out of the Port Vale Reserves match this afternoon against Nottingham Forest, suggesting that either they are prepared to allow the player to talk to Yeovil, or that he has truly been left out in the cold.

Speaking after Saturday's game to BBC Radio Stoke, Rodgers said he was at a loss to explain why he was being left out of Vale's side and admitted he was none the wiser as to what was going on:

"I don't know anything at the minute. All I'm here for is to play football and score goals. If I get on the pitch at some time I might be able to do that. At the end of the day, the manager picks the team, so what can I do about it? It's strange but I have to get on with it. I feel as if I've been playing well, and I've been scoring goals, so I don't know why. I love the club, and the fans are brilliant, I love the players and they've got some good lads in the team. I love it here, but I just think there's a bit of a problem. I'll just have to wait and see what happens."


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17 November 2008 : Torquay Youth Match Postponed
Saturday morning's Under 18s match between Torquay United and Yeovil Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The game will be rearranged at a later date.


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17 November 2008 : Leicester Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday's trip to Leicester City saw a rearguard action against a side that was briefly destined to go top of League One, with the Glovers doing well to only come home with a 1-0 defeat on the night. That was down to some very resolute defending at the Walker's Stadium and so it is no surprise to find that the eventual top two votes lie in defensive positions.

Midfielder Gary Roberts pushed them close, being edged into third place by the tiniest of margins, but it was goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar who got the runners-up spot, whilst a deserved winner was central defender Gareth Owen, who kept Leicester's 14-goal striker Matt Fryatt out of the game entirely.

The full results of the poll are shown below, with the outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Gareth Owen 5 76
2 Josh Wagenaar 4 60
3 Gary Roberts 3 60
4 Darren Way 2 46
5 Terry Skiverton 2 42
6 Lee Peltier 1 12
7 Aidan Downes 1 10
8 Danny Schofield 8
9 Paul Warne 6
10 Nathan Smith 2

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.94

Performance: 6.11
Entertainment: 5.78

VOTES RECEIVED: 18


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17 November 2008 : Stockport FA Cup Home Man Of The Match Result
Our home First Round FA Cup match against Stockport County saw the Glovers get a 1-1 home draw against the Cheshire side, meaning that tomorrow night we travel north for the Replay match. Skipper Terry Skiverton got the equalising goal on the day, but for the Man of the Match vote, there was only ever one winner, with midfielder Gary Roberts storming the poll, taking three times the number of points compared to his nearest challengers Danny Schofield and Craig Alcock.

The full results of the poll are shown below, with the outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Gary Roberts 246 (23)
2 Danny Schofield 80 (3)
3 Craig Alcock 76 (2)
4 Paul Warne 66 (2)
5 Terry Skiverton 66 (1)
6 Darren Way 46 (2)
7 Gifton Noel-Williams 42 (3)
8 Lee Peltier 22 (0)
9 Terrell Forbes 12 (1)
10 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
11 Josh Wagenaar 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.11

Performance: 6.86
Entertainment: 7.35

VOTES RECEIVED: 37

As a reminder, if you haven't voted in Saturday's poll for the Peterborough United game, you have until Tuesday at 7.45p.m. to place your vote. The poll will auto close when the Stockport County Replay kicks off, so get any remaining votes in via the form below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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17 November 2008 : Sunderland 60th Anniversary Publication
On To Victory editor Seb White has announced that he is planning to publish a commemorative magazine to mark the 60th Anniversary of the 1948-49 FA Cup Fourth Round win over 'Bank of England' side Sunderland. Seb writes:

"As Iím sure most of you are aware the 60th Anniversary of Yeovil Towns historic cup run in 1948/49 is rapidly approaching.

Such an event needs to be celebrated by fans old and new and so myself and Will Ranner are putting together a commemorative magazine to mark the occasion.

We already have a wealth of contributions from a number of fans and a number of exclusive articles lined up, but there are still a couple of areas we need to cover. We need articles of between 500-1000 words on the following

* Pre 1948/49 Ė The appointment of Alec Stock and the run up to the momentous season.
* Post 1948/49 Ė What happened next to the club and the heroes of 48/49?
* Lovells Athletic / Romford / Weymouth - Overview of the games in the earlier rounds.

Iíve actually done the research myself and have a dozen or so pages of A4 for each subject that Iíve photocopied from various books, magazines, websites and supplements so the boring work is done. We want to involve as many people as possible so if anyone is willing to help out and put an article together then contact me at sebytfc@yahoo.co.uk

Alternatively if you have an idea of your own for an article or feel you can offer a bit of time to do anything related to the project then please donít hesitate to get in touch, it would be much appreciated.

We shall be financing the project ourselves but would gladly welcome any businesses or companies willing to advertise for a small sum. We want to make the publication accessible to as many Yeovil fans as possible so weíd ideally like to keep the cost to a minimum.

Hereís hoping the club can get a result tomorrow night and start to make some FA Cup history of their own."


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17 November 2008 : Tranmere Suffer Triple Blow
Saturday's opponents Tranmere Rovers will be forced into several changes to their side for their trip to Huish Park. The Wirral side have three players out through suspension, and a fourth who will only touch down on English soil either late on Thursday or on Friday before the game.

On loan Stoke City defender Ryan Shotton and versatile defender/midfielder Antony Kay are both suspended next Saturday after picking up their fifth bookings of the season in their 2-2 draw against Southend United. That was added to by the sending off of midfielder Steven Jennings for two bookable offences. As it happens Jennings had also picked up his fifth booking of the season in last Thursday's FA Cup First Round replay and so will now serve a two match suspension.

Finally defender Ian Goodison is out in Jamaica this week, playing in a World Cup qualifying match against Canada on Wednesday night, and so he will face a race against time - and jetlag - to turn up for his team in time for Saturday's match.

The Glovers believe that right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier will be suspended against Tranmere on Saturday for picking up his fifth booking, although his name has yet to appear on the FA's official list of players awaiting suspension.


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17 November 2008 : Rodgers Frustration Grows
Port Vale striker Luke Rodgers has spoken out in the local press about his inability to get football with the Staffordshire side. Rodgers was an unused substitute on the weekend, with the Valiants crashing 0-3 at home to Brentford, but manager Dean Glover chose to bring on two largely untried teenage strikers as substitutes in an attempt to change the game.

Rodgers has told the Stoke Sentinel that he is disappointed that he is now not even getting onto the field of play, following the recent rejection of an offer made by Yeovil Town. The 26 year old has not played for the Valiants since November 1st, and he told the paper that Saturday was another disappointment for him:

"I feel I've been doing really well in training and have scored a few goals. I thought he (Glover) would have put me on to try to change the game around, but that wasn't the case. What can I do if I'm sitting on the bench? I'm not saying this club is all about Luke Rodgers, but at the end of the day I score goals. All I can do is keep working hard and try to do well in training. I absolutely love it here, but if I'm not playing I'm obviously not happy."

Reports late last week in the WDP suggested that Rodgers was about to hand in a transfer request to record his growing frustration at being frozen out at Vale Park. The rumourmill also suggests that the Glovers will make a renewed attempt to prize the striker away from a club that had been demanding a £50,000 guaranteed fee for his services, with the Glovers valuing the player - who is out of contract in the summer - at £20,000 and preferring an option to buy in January rather than a contractual commitment. With no obvious competition for the former Shrewsbury Town trainee's signature, it could well come down to a case of whoever blinks first.

The loan transfer window closes in 10 days time meaning that clubs can only extend existing loans and will not be allowed to bring in new loan players (except for goalkeepers in genuine emergency situations) at that point until the Football League offices open after the New Year (see our June 14th article for more detail on the rules). The issue is therefore likely to come to a head at some point during the coming week, given that if Port Vale refuse to budge then the Glovers must look elsewhere, whilst the Valiants must consider whether they want to be stuck with an unhappy player on their wage bill over the Christmas period.


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17 November 2008 : Centre Of Excellence vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides took on their Exeter City counterparts over the weekend producing a series of mixed results at the various age groups. In three games played at Carey's Field, Sherborne, there were victories for the Under 11s, who won 3-2 and also the Under 12s, who won 5-1. The Under 9s side drew their match 2-2. However, the Under 13s lost 3-1. Yeovil Town's U15 side also lost their match 2-1, but in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Once again the Under 15s started with a diamond formation, and again were slightly out of touch in the first period as Exeter City had slightly the better of two evenly matched sides, although it was perhaps Yeovil who came closest as first Salter then Harrington saw long range efforts go close, although not close enough to force a save from the home 'keeper.

During the second period, Yeovil reverted to a straight 4-4-2 as Pathy came off with a dead leg and was replaced by Under 14's player Sonny Lovell. Yeovil then went on to create several chances and were definitely in the ascendancy as Exeter broke down their left to score. As Yeovil pushed on again trying for an equaliser, a long punt forward caught the lino looking at the mud on the ground and not the Exeter boy who was half a yard offside, Henry Bond was left with no option other than to bring his man down conceding a free kick and being booked for the challenge. Exeter scored to lead 2-0.

In the third quarter some good work down the left by Max Harrington saw him score from the rebound from his own cross, 2-1. This seemed to rally Yeovil as they pushed for an equaliser. Sonny Lovell was having an excellent game on the right - certainly not fazed about playing boys a year older and it was he who came closest as his cross almost rolled along the goaline.

The fourth quarter was much the same as Yeovil continued to press. By this time the referee had completely lost control of the game as first Harrington and then Hopkins were booked, as Exeter players were awarded free kicks at almost every opportunity.

Final Score: Exeter City U15s 2 - 1 Yeovil Town U15s.

Yeovil Town U15s:
Alex Henderson
Lewis Voizey, Ben Bicknall, Henry Bond, Mike Fordon
Max Harrington
Tom Salter, Brad Hansford
Lewis Morgan
Danny Williams, Alex Pathy
Subs: Josh (GK), Harry Baker, Sonny Lovell, Ben Williams


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16 November 2008 : Stockport County Guide
The usual Ciderspace introduction to all things Hatters (Northern variety) is now available ahead of our trip on Tuesday for the F.A. Cup First Round replay.

Link: Stockport County


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16 November 2008 : Officials For The Stockport County FA Cup Replay
Tuesday night's match against Stockport County in the FA Cup First Round Replay, will be looked after by the familiar name of Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire).

We've had Mr Shoebridge on four previous occasions, with the most recent coming just two months ago for the 2-2 home draw with Bristol Rovers. He was the referee that awarded Rovers a penalty in front of the home end against Terry Skiverton, although it was that easy to give, we suspect that even Skivo might have pointed to the spot. Elsewhere in the match, Mr Shoebridge had a tidy match, attracting little attention.

Just over a year ago in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Shrewsbury Town, Mr Shoebridge was also the man in the middle. He doesn't merit a mention in the match report, although we probably weren't particularly motivated towards getting on our high horse about match officials in a JPT match.

Prior to that, we had Mr Shoebridge on New Year's Day in 2007 against Northampton Town. This match was particularly memorable for Mr Shoebridge's decision to wear a black shirt for what was a dull dusky winter's day, thus ensuring that for the best part of the first half he became indistinguishable from the dark navy blue of the Northampton strip, requiring Glovers striker Lee Morris to make a complaint to the fourth official to persuade the referee to change his attire. Aside from that we had some quibbles about Mr Shoebridge's inconsistency in card waving.

Rob Shoebridge also took charge of the stunning 4-3 win at Glanford Park against Scunthorpe United in October 2005. We suspect the seven goals and high drama consumed any comments we wished to make about his performance on that day as he doesn't gain a mention in that report.

Mr Shoebridge will be assisted by Steve Cook (Derbyshire) and Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire). The Fourth Official will be Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2008 : Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 2.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Shrewsbury Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : January 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Northampton Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : October 2005 : Scunthorpe United 3 Yeovil Town 4.


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16 November 2008 : FA Cup Televised Matches
Further to our November 10th article, describing some of the forthcoming live broadcasts of matches involving Football League clubs, two FA Cup Second Round matches and one First Round Replay have been slotted into the television schedules.

In an act of sheer predictability, Setanta have chosen to show the Northampton Town v Leeds United replay tomorrow (Monday) night, having already picked them out for one of their live showings on the original tie. The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. Having already pocketed £80,000 for television broadcast rights from the match at Elland Road, each club will now pick up a fee for the replay of £37,000.

Just to show that matters can be even more predictable than that, the winners of that match will trouser another £80,000 pounds, plus the £20,000 standard fee that all First Round winners receive. That's because ITV have chosen to view the Second Round tie between Histon and the winners of the Northampton vs Leeds replay. That match will be shown on ITV at 12.15p.m. on Sunday 30th November. The winners of that tie will also pocket £30,000 a Second Round winners, meaning that if Leeds or Northampton get through to the Third Round stage they will have picked up £247,000 plus of course gate receipts on top.

The AFC Bournemouth vs Blyth Spartans Second Round tie now has a fixed date. This will be shown on Setanta at 5.30p.m. on Saturday 29th November.

The FA Cup Third Round Draw will take place live on ITV and Setanta Sports at 2.15p.m. on Sunday 30th November. This means in summary that we have:

Monday 17th November 7.45p.m. : FA Cup First Round Replay : Northampton Town vs Leeds United (Setanta).
Saturday 29th November 5.30p.m. : FA Cup Second Round : AFC Bournemouth vs Blyth Spartans (Setanta).
Sunday 30th November 12.15p.m. : FA Cup Second Round : Histon vs Leeds United or Northampton Town (ITV).
Sunday 30th November 2.15p.m. : FA Cup Third Round Draw (ITV and Setanta).

Setanta are allowed to choose one more FA Cup Second Round tie as part of their contract, but have yet to do so. Logic would therefore suggest that they are awaiting the results of one of the midweek First Round replays before making their final decision.


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16 November 2008 : Deadline For Stockport FA Cup Ticket Discounts
A reminder that Season Ticket Holders have until the end of tomorrow to purchase their tickets for the Stockport County FA Cup Replay from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the advance rate. The Ticket Office is open until Monday 5.00p.m. with cup tickets on sale to season ticket holders only.

The replay will take place on Tuesday 18th November at Edgeley Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. If you are not a season ticket holder, you will not be allowed to buy an advance ticket and will instead have to pay the inflated matchday price. The same applies to any season ticket holders who decide to pay on the day.

Season Ticket Holders can buy tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office and pay the following:

Adults: £12.00; Over 65s and Students: £8.00; Juniors: £1.00.

Non-season ticket holders and anyone else who does not buy an advance ticket will have to pay the matchday rate at Edgeley Park on the night:

Adults: £14.00; Over 65s and Students: £9.00; Juniors: £1.00.

Yeovil Town supporters are housed in the Railway End of the ground, which holds 1,558 spectators. You should note that this is an open seated stand, converted from old terracing by bolting seats onto the terrace steps. Hence if the weather forecast is bad, take appropriate clothing.


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15 November 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Peterborough Game
Following today's game against Peterborough United, manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol reporter Alistair Durden about the 0-1 home defeat.

Russell also gave his views on Gareth Owen, who he hopes will have a loan extension agreed with the board to keep him at the club until January 3rd, with a permanent deal considered at that point, plus he gives a brief update on Port Vale striker Luke Rodgers.

The full interview transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Peterborough Game.


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15 November 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Peterborough Game
For those who were at this afternoon's home match against Peterborough United, a reminder that the Man of the Match voting form is available for you to cast your votes.

Choose your top three players, along with entertainment and performance ratings, plus any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below. Remember to cast your vote before Tuesday night's FA Cup replay against Stockport County when the poll will automatically close.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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15 November 2008 : Peltier Suspension Expected
Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Peltier picked up what we believe to be his fifth bookings of the season in today's match against Peterborough United.

If confirmed by the Football Association, Peltier will be suspended for one match in seven days time. This will see the player miss the League One home match against Tranmere Rovers.

Tranmere will be missing their own midfielder - Steven Jennings got his marching orders during their 2-2 draw with Southend United, and with Rovers having already played their FA Cup replay on Thursday, his one-match suspension should take place next Saturday.

Glovers midfielder Gary Roberts also picked up his fifth yellow card today, but a suspension should not kick in just yet as one of those - against Southend United - ultimately became a red card on the day. Hence he should still be one game away from a suspension.

We'll try and confirm both situations on Monday.


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15 November 2008 : Huddersfield Rumours
Today's big rumour at Huish Park links the name of Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade with the vacancy at the Galpharm Stadium for the Huddersfield Town manager's job. We'd advise strong caution in taking such news on board, although it does appear to be a growing theme, having first appeared as a whisper on the Green Room yesterday. A figure of £50,000 compensation has been suggested, although there is no firm evidence of this yet. Take one large pinch of salt when consuming.

Huddersfield recently fired manager Stan Ternent and have Director of Football Gerry Murphy in charge, and he is unlikely to want the job on a full time basis. The Terriers beat Leeds United 2-1 at Elland Road today which may reduce the urgency of their need to provide a replacement for Ternent, but they are likely to require a manager with significant experience to take on a demanding role.

Again, as a caveat, Russell's name has come up several times with recent vacancies at the Galpharm, all of which have come to nothing. We'll record positive or negative information from the Huddersfield end as we get it in the coming days and weeks.

Whilst on the rumourmill, the suggestion is that a new bid for Port Vale striker Luke Rodgers will be made shortly with the Glovers still lacking firepower in today's game. However, inevitably we suspect that this will only have some substance if the Huddersfield rumour is proven to be false.


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15 November 2008 : McLean Edges Glovers Out
Yeovil Town were narrowly beaten by Peterborough United at Huish Park this afternoon, despite a great second half fightback against an impressive looking Posh side. The visitors had the better of the first half play and deserved their half time lead, gained when a Gareth Owen slip let in Aaron McLean to finish 9 minutes before the break. The Glovers fought back well in the second period, gradually piling on the pressure, and reverting to more attacking formations as the game went on, but Posh held out despite 6 minutes injury time, and the Glovers were left ruing their lack of a prolific goalpoacher in the box who could finish off numerous good chances created during the second period.

The Glovers made two changes to Tuesday night's line-up, with Craig Alcock recalled, following a back problem, whilst Paul Warne was swapped out for Aidan Downes to allow manager Russell Slade to revert to the 'home' formation he has tended to adopt in recent matches. However, Aaron Brown continued to be absent with his hip problem preventing him from making the sixteen.

An early shot for Lee Peltier that goalkeeper Joe Lewis did well to hold onto was the first chance of the game. However, at the other end, Peterborough broke and the Glovers defence backed off allowing winger George Boyd to strike a left-foot shot against the outside of the goalpost. Then Josh Wagenaar had to turn a Craig Mackail-Smith shot around the post for a corner as the visitors began to take the game by the scruff of the neck, looking powerful and penetrative as their expensive attacking options surged forward. Sergio Torres forced Wagenaar into a one-handed save when he cut in from the opposite wing, with the Canadian keeper at full stretch to push the ball out.

That wasn't to say the Glovers didn't have chances - just that Peterborough had significantly more. Visiting keeper Joe Lewis made a stunning save from Danny Schofield as the Yeovil winger drove the ball towards the bottom corner, but the England U21 keeper palmed the ball around the corner. Darren Way's deflected effort almost deceived Lewis but again the keeper saved.

Just nine minutes before the break though, Peterborough broke the deadlock, and the goal had similar origins to the Tuesday night winner at Leicester - a slip by a Yeovil defender. Gareth Owen was the unfortunate victim this time, and with Nathan Smith out of position, Aaron McLean was able to ghost through and fire home to give Peterborough the lead.

The Glovers tried to hit back quickly, with Gifton Noel-Williams reacting well to a near post cross by Gary Roberts, getting in front of his marker but flicking his header just wide of the goal. But Peterborough deserved their half time lead, with a classy display of fast attacking football.

The second period saw a quiet start by both sides, although Nathan Smith's cross seemed to be inches away from Gifton Noel-Williams who had moved into free space. Terry Skiverton also got in a good attempt, heading just over from a Danny Schofield corner.

Lee Peltier picked up his 5th booking of the season, despite appearing to have managed a ball-winning tackle on Charlie Lee and this gave the game a rather physical under-current as Aaron McLean picked that moment to go to ground on the next challenge by Peltier without impressing referee Chris Sarginson. The match official really needed to get a stronger control on some of the challenges being dished out on Peltier, with the Peterborough players clearly trying to goad him into tipping over the edge.

Both Paul Warne and Nathan Smith had to retire through knocks picked up during the game and the Yeovil management team will no doubt be hoping that their early withdrawl gives both players a chance of competing for a place in Tuesday night's FA Cup squad.

Terry Skiverton went close when Peterborough had to clear the ball off their goal line through Craig Morgan after the ball ran to the skipper on the back post and Joe Lewis missed the cross entirely. A frenetic final 10 minutes saw Andy Welsh come on as a final substitute as Yeovil reverted to a 3-4-3 formation, and Terry Skiverton as the third 'striker' had two chances inside the box blocked by defenders with Gary Roberts also having a shot blocked as the pressure. Posh responded by reverting to a 5-4-1 formation to block the game out, running the ball into the corner flag and causing the game to nearly boil over a second time as Roberts and Posh substitute Shaun Batt got into an argument over Peterborough's speed at taking a corner kick.

Six minutes of injury time couldn't alter the final result, and the Glovers now slip to 21st in the League One Table and thus just below the relegation line. There need for a prolific striker within the side is clear to see, but that will cost the club a significant sum of money - food for thought, not only for manager Russell Slade, but for the board of directors to consider. But probably today told them very little they didn't know already.

Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.

Scorers: Aaron McLean (36 mins, 0-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Gareth Owen 28. Nathan Smith
27. Lee Peltier
16. Gary Roberts 8. Darren Way
11. Danny Schofield
14. Paul Warne 25. Gifton Noel-Williams

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones (79 mins for Nathan Smith) 6. Terrell Forbes 9. Andy Welsh (85 mins for Craig Alcock) 17. Aidan Downes (62 mins for Paul Warne) 18. Keiran Murtagh

Peterborough United: (4-4-2)
1. Joe Lewis
2. Russell Martin 4. Craig Morgan 26. Gabriel Zakuani 21. Tom Williams
22. Sergio Torres 6. Charlie Lee 11. Dean Keates 10. George Boyd
9. Aaron Mclean 12. Craig Mackail-Smith

Substitutes:
13. James McKeown (GK) 5. Chris Westwood (89 mins for Craig Mackail-Smith) 15. Paul Coutts (75 mins for Charlie Lee) 24. Shaun Batt (82 mins for Sergio Torres) 25. Dominic Green

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Warne (foul, 62 mins), Lee Peltier (foul, 66 mins), Danny Schofield (foul, 90 mins), Gary Roberts (off the ball incident, 90 mins)
Peterborough Bookings: Dean Keates (foul, 61 mins), Shaun Batt (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Justin Comley (Berkshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (South Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 4,001.


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14 November 2008 : Little Club, Big Heart
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has expanded on his dressing room philosophies ahead of tomorrow's home match against Peterborough United. Despite tomorrow's match seeing two similarly sized clubs coming up against each other, the contrast between the two clubs' resources couldn't be greater.

Posh are bankrolled by Chairman and owner Darragh MacAnthony, an overseas property broker who had invested £5 million into the London Road club by the start of this season, building up a squad that has cost over £1 million in transfer fees alone. MacAnthony also took control of the club's legacy of debt, easing a burden that had grown to £1.7 million.

Slade meanwhile operates on the budget that is believed to be one of the smallest in League One - save for probably Hereford United - and so is adopting a bunker mentality to try and preserve the the club's League One status, as the Glovers adopt the attitude of living strictly within their means, without someone like MacAnthony to top up on what they can't afford.

Last season, Slade set the dressing room mantra to be "We need to work harder than everybody else" - this season that slogan is "Little Club, Big Heart" and he explained to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph what that was all about:

"The facts of life are that virtually every team we play will have a dressing room that is full with players who are getting paid more, have more experience and are possibly stronger in depth than the squad we have. One thing is for sure though Ė they will not play with a bigger heart than my players and they have shown me that in their performances in training and on the pitch."

Slade told the paper that he had confidence that his squad were taking that message on board, and that he was particularly pleased with the attitude that they had shown against the bigger clubs like Leeds United and Leicester City:

"Heart and desire is a must for a successful team and I feel the squad we have put together possess that in abundance as well as a lot of skill and I hope that they will be showing the supporters that as we progress through the season. We have done well against the big sides. We played well against Leeds and I was proud of the effort the boys put in at Leicester."

Russell also added that he felt that the Yeovil Town supporters had a big part in buying into what he was trying to do, and had praise for their support this season:

"The supporters also have a big part to play. The support we have received this season has been very good, especially away from home."


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14 November 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Leicester Game
Further to Wednesday's article giving a brief summary of manager Russell Slade's views on the 1-0 defeat against Leicester City, the full interview transcript of Russell's post-match chat with BBC radio report Rob Scanlon is now available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Leicester City Game.


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14 November 2008 : Swindon Sack Malpas
Swindon Town manager Maurice Malpas has become the latest League One manager to be given his cards, leaving the club by "mutual consent" today. The dismissal happened after his side crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of non-leaguers Histon last Saturday, following that up with a Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit at Brighton and Hove Albion in midweek.

Swindon lie in 17th place in the League One table, meaning that of the bottom nine clubs, only Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, Crewe Alexandra and Hereford United have stuck with their management team so far this season. Coaches David Byrne and Ady Williams have been given a joint caretaker role ahead of tomorrow's home game with Leicester City.

Like Huddersfield Town, who are looking for a new manager this week following the departure of Stan Ternant, the Robins have had a catalogue of managers over the past three years. Since Andy King left the County Ground in September 2005, they have gone through Iffy Onuora, Dennis Wise, Ady Williams (caretaker), Paul Sturrock and David Byrne (catetaker) before appointing Malpas just 10 months ago.


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14 November 2008 : Rodgers Door Doesn't Close Yet
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson states that as far as he knows the door is not quite closed on Port Vale striker Luke Rodgers. Steve admitted to BBC Somerset that he was slightly out of the loop as to what was happening at present, but was under the impression that the Glovers attempts to capture the player had still not been entirely abandoned:

"I haven't actually spoken to Russell about it for the last 24 hours, so I don't know what is changing now, but it just seems to be a long running thing. I think it is in the hands of the board here and the board there, and as such there is very little I or anyone else can do until that is resolved."

This morning's Western Daily Press speculate that Rodgers may hand in an official transfer request if he is not allowed to join the Glovers, and with Rodgers watching Tuesday night's match against Leicester City from the away end, Thommo said to the BBC that there was little doubt that the player still held an interest:

"I think he very much wants to come. He wants to move up from League Two to League One and it's just a case of trying to agree terms and all sorts of things like that to do with the contract."

Vale though appear to be working on the basis that the deal has fallen through and that is the tone that this morning's Stoke Sentinel takes, suggesting that he will be in the League Two side's squad for their match tomorrow. The Valiants are looking for a fee of 50-60K to land on the table, whilst the Glovers have refused to budge on their opening 20K offer. Thommo admitted that the club were making contingency plans in case it didn't work out:

"We have to look elsewhere in case it doesn't happen. We have been speaking to various managers and chief scouts around the divisions. We obviously keep looking and will wait to see if anything materialises with Luke."


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14 November 2008 : Oldham Man Of The Match Result
The away trip to Oldham Athletic just under two weeks ago saw the Glovers clock up an impressive 2-0 win at Boundary Park. Despite the win, it was three defensively minded players that marginally edged out other players in a Man of the Match vote that saw six different players given top votes on the day.

Right-back Lee Peltier got the most outright votes whilst playing as a holding midfielder, but even he didn't win the poll, showing how much the 2nd and 3rd placed votes count. In the end it was a tie for the first time this season, with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and goalscorer Aaron Brown sharing the honours.

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

1 Asmir Begovic 42 (2)
1 Aaron Brown 42 (2)
3 Lee Peltier 36 (3)
4 Gary Roberts 32 (2)
5 Paul Warne 32 (1)
6 Darren Way 24 (2)
7 Gareth Owen 6 (0)
8 Craig Alcock 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.42

Performance: 8.67
Entertainment: 8.17

VOTES RECEIVED: 12


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14 November 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Peterborough United tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park in a League One match. They come up against an opposition that are currently chasing their second consecutive promotion, currently lying in 6th place and 11 points better off than the Glovers, who remain in 19th place in the League One table.

Peterborough go into the match on a run of impressive form, having not been beaten in the league since August, taking in an 11 game run that has seen them beat other promotion challengers Leeds United and MK Dons along the way. They are top of both the six-game and eight-game form table and in Craig Mackail-Smith have a 13-goal striker who Glovers assistant boss Steve Thompson rates as the best striker in League One. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he said of the player:

"Peterborough score a lot of goals. They have got probably the outstanding player in the league this season. Rickie Lambert might disagree with that but Craig Mackail-Smith is getting rave reviews and I am speaking to lots of managers. He is a constant threat. It is going to be a tough game for us because Peterborough can score freely. But they have let in a few as well so there is hope for us to take advantage of that."

Posh may let a few goals in - 17 so far - but they do boast the most expensive goalkeeper in League One. Joe Lewis was signed from Norwich City for £400,000 and the 21 year old is considered good enough to represent the England U21 side, being awarded a 4.5 year contract at London Road when he signed up in January. Posh's side is also littered with other big-money signings - Sergio Torres cost £150,000 from Wycombe Wanderers, Liam Hatch was another £150,000 from Barnet, Scott Rendell was another £115,000 from Cambridge United, George Boyd was another £260,000 from Stevenage Borough, Aaron McLean cost £150,000 from Grays Athletic and Craig Mackail-Smith was a mere £125,000 from Dagenham and Redbridge. It's a very different world to Huish Park!

As mentioned in yesterday's news, right-back Craig Alcock (back) and centre-back Aaron Brown (hip) remain significant doubts for tomorrow's game, whilst midfielder Marc Bircham is believed to be two or three weeks away from making any sort of a footballing return, having just returned to the training ground yesterday following a significant ankle injury.

Despite returning to London Road this week, striker Scott Rendell will not face the club he warmed the bench for on Tuesday night. Rather oddly, Rendell is still technically a Yeovil Town loan player, meaning that he can't play for either team. Chris Whelpdale will also be missing due to injury. Midfielder Charlie Lee does return for Posh though, after serving a suspension. Boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Cambridgeshire that he is hoping that their recent rise into the top six will continue upwards into the automatic positions:

"Our aim now is to push into that top two, we're not far off it with Leicester winning the other night. We've got to kick on a bit, we've done all right up until now, but I'm not going to be resting on any laurels. We're not going to be saying we're in six and that's okay, I'm not interested that, I want the top two."

The match at Huish Park kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available on the day of the match, subject to the usual match-day tariffs. For those who want to take advantage of the pre-match prices, the Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight, either in person or on 01935-847888. Those who work for RNAS Yeovilton can take advantage of a Family Ticket special offer - see yesterday's article for further details.


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13 November 2008 : Reserves Extend Lead
Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves continued their unbeaten start to the season which now extends to nine games - eight wins and a draw. A 3-1 victory over Frome Town Ladies Reserves at the weekend saw the Glovers take a ten point lead in the Somerset County League title race.


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13 November 2008 : Craig And Aaron Remain Doubts
Yeovil Town assistant boss Steve Thompson reports that the club could be going into Saturday's match against Peterborough United with more or less the same squad to choose from. Striker Scott Rendell has returned to his parent club, meaning that he will be making a quick return to Huish Park as a visiting player. This means that there will be at least one change to the sixteen on Saturday, but Thommo told BBC Somerset that he believes right-back Craig Alcock (back) and centre-back Aaron Brown (hip) may not make it this weekend:

"Craig Alcock obviously missed the game with his back. It has responded for treatment but it is still by no means certain that he'll be fit for Saturday. We're waiting to see on Aaron Brown as well. He hasn't trained today, but we are hoping that he will be able to train tomorrow. We've got quite a few to choose from, but Craig and Aaron are both doubts."


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13 November 2008 : Owen Looks For Permanent Deal
On loan central defender Gareth Owen says he hopes to find out if he has a future at Huish Park this weekend. Both Owen and manager Russell Slade have said that they want to extend his current loan deal in Somerset, and speaking to the Stoke Sentinel Owen also revealed that he wants to organise a permanent deal with a club so that he can sever his current ties with parent club Stockport County:

"I haven't been offered anything by Yeovil yet. I expect to find out what's happening at the weekend. Yeovil is a great club. The manager has been pleased with me and the fans seem to have taken to me. I'd prefer a permanent move because I'm not required at Stockport and I don't want to go through the lottery of the January transfer window and possibly be left in limbo."

Owen is from Blythe Bridge - a small village in the Staffordshire Moorlands that has gradually been swallowed up by the growing mass of suburbs that surround Stoke-on-Trent, and therefore Port Vale had high hopes that their 'local lad' would sign for them when it became clear that Owen's days at Stockport were numbered. Owen admitted that with his future still undecided that he would listen to a second offer from Vale if it gave him an opportunity to settle down permanently at a club:

"I gave some serious thought to joining Vale because it's a great club. Of course I would consider another offer from them. I'm not ruling anything in or out. It wouldn't bother me moving down to League Two, and although you want to test yourself at the highest level possible, I just want to play football and I know all about the division. When I was growing up, Vale were always a Championship or League One club. It's been a shock to see their demise to League Two, but they won't be down there long."

This morning's Western Daily Press confirms that Owen's last game will be against Peterborough United on Saturday, with the loan length specified as a 31 day deal. Thereafter Owen's future will be up for grabs and clearly the Glovers need to move quickly to ensure that the defender does not start getting tempted by alternative offers. The Sentinel's view is that Stockport will not be seeking a fee for Owen, with them anxious to get him off their payroll due to his fall-out with Hatters manager Jim Gannon, and the fact that his contract at Edgeley Park expires next summer.

Whilst on such Port Vale related topics, the WDP also confirm that Vale striker Luke Rodgers was at Tuesday night's match against Leicester City. However, they claim that he was at the game with his agent Mark Cartwright, who represents Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts and so suggest that his presence at the match shouldn't be read into too much.


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13 November 2008 : Officials For The Peterborough United Match
Saturday's match against Peterborough United will be taken charge by Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). For the third time this season we've managed to be given a referee who is making his League One 'debut' at Huish Park. Mr Sarginson was only appointed to Football League level this summer as a referee, and so we have not had him before as the man in the middle, although he has been an assistant for a couple of away matches in the last few years.

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

His last game was Saturday's FA Cup match between Sutton United and Notts County where he gave six yellow cards out. So far this season he has been a little top-heavy on the card count, raising 37 yellow cards and 2 red cards across 10 matches.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Justin Comley (Berkshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Russell (South Gloucestershire).


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13 November 2008 : RNAS Yeovilton Ticketing Offer For Peterborough
If you are employed by RNAS Yeovilton, a reminder that the football club are promoting a Family Ticket special offer for Saturday's home match against Peterborough United.

Family Tickets allow up to two adults and two children to gain admission to Huish Park under a single package and for the match against Peterborough, RNAS employees can buy family tickets for the following prices:

AgustaWestland Community (Main) Stand: £28.00 (usually £42.00).
Cowlin (East) Stand: £25.00 (usually £40.00).
Blackthorn Stand (Home Terrace): £24.00 (usually £40.00).

For further information, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or call them on 01935-847888. They will be open for an extra hour tomorrow night, closing at 6.00p.m. on Friday. The Ticket Office will also be open from 9.00a.m. on Saturday.


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12 November 2008 : Owen Hoping For Extended Stay
On loan central defender Gareth Owen has said that he is keen to extend his loan spell at Huish Park. Gareth is on a month's loan from Stockport County, who the Glovers face in an FA Cup replay next Tuesday, and he told BBC Somerset that he knew manager Russell Slade also wanted to sort out an extension for the 26 year old. However, Gareth admitted he preferred to take a step back from the situation and let others deal with it:

"It's out of my hands. The manager is keen to extend my loan spell. I've enjoyed my time here and also playing for the club. The manager has given me an opportunity to just come here and play. After the disappointment of not playing for Stockport, I just wanted to play the game and to play football and I'm grateful to the manager and to the club for giving me that opportunity. Any decision is out of my hands. I just want to get my head down and play football and work hard and carry on doing what I've been doing so far."

After a number of lengthy journeys recently, with trips to Northampton Town, Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic and Leicester City, Gareth admitted that he would be glad to get in another game on Saturday against Peterborough United but to have it on home soil:

"Especially with us being at home! We've got to set about teams at home and become not so much of a fortress, but to make things difficult for them and to use the conditions and the surroundings to our advantage. We've got to get after them but that's the case with any sort of football match. You have to put the hard work in to get anything out of a game."


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12 November 2008 : Welton Match Rearranged
The Second Round fixture for Yeovil Town Reserves in the Somerset Premier Cup away against Welton Rovers has now been rearranged for Tuesday 25th November with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off.

The match was originally going to be played next week, but has been called off due to a mix of FA Cup and FA Youth Cup commitments that take place on November 18th and 19th respectively.

Western League Premier Welton, who beat Radstock Town 4-1 away in the First Round, play at West Clewes, North Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2QD (click for map).

With all the First Round ties now completed the revised Second Round draw looks like this :

Bridgwater Town v Shepton Mallet Town
Bitton v Bristol Manor Farm
Weston super Mare v Brislington
Frome Town v Bath City
Keynsham Town v Portishead
Welton Rovers v YEOVIL TOWN RESERVES
Clevedon United v Bishop Sutton
Paulton Rovers v Larkhall Athletic


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12 November 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Leicester Match
A reminder to those who went to last night's game at the Walkers Stadium, that the Man of the Match Voting Form is available for you to cast your votes. Choose your top three players for the match against Leicester City, plus performance and entertainment ratings, along with any additional comments on the game you want to make, via the form below.

Link: Leicester City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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12 November 2008 : Owen Rues End Of Unbeaten Run
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Gareth Owen admitted he had few complaints on the final whistle as he reflected upon a 1-0 defeat at the Walkers Stadium last night.

Owen told BBC Somerset that he saw the game as a case of the Glovers trying to hold onto the match, in the hope that they might steal a result against Leicester City at the end of the game:

"Leicester were by miles the better team in the first half and at times we were with our backs against the wall, hanging on to try and see what we could get from the game. Having said that, we stuck in there and we kept battling and you can't fault anyone's effort. Everyone has put a shift in and in the last five minutes we stuck in a few balls and maybe could have nicked something. But Leicester probably deserved that 1-0 victory."

Yeovil had managed to knock up a five match unbeaten run in the lead-up to last night's match, and Owen admitted he was disappointed that the run had come to an end:

"We're a little bit disappointed with the result in that it ended our unbeaten run, but we go again on Saturday against Peterborough."


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12 November 2008 : Russell Proud Of Players Efforts
Despite losing 1-0 last night against Leicester City, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade refused to be downhearted at his side's display. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Slade was full of praise for his team's work ethic at the Walkers Stadium:

"There's no disappointment in defeat. I'm proud of what they've done today. I'm really proud of my team because I thought they'd gone out and given absolutely everything. I couldn't have asked for anything more, and I don't think that any other manager in the country could have got another inch of sweat or desire out of this team tonight. I thought they were terrific."

Russell did concede though that he was disappointed with the way Yeovil conceded the 25th minute Lloyd Dyer goal that ultimately won the game. A slip by Terrell Forbes allowed Dyer to turn his marker, and that was ultimately what separated the teams:

"We're really disappointed with the goal. It's a mistake. He (Forbes) is big enough to put his hands up. He's made a mistake and it has cost us dearly. There were a couple of chances and probably the closest was near the end when Warney was a toe-nail away from stabbing the ball in the back of the net from a cross."

Russell also acknowledged that his team needed to create more chances on the night, but he believed that it was not through lack of trying:

"As I say, you want to create more and you want to to provide more goalmouth action for your team away at Leicester City, but that's not easy. I thought we equipped ourselves really well tonight and I couldn't have asked for any more and nobody in the world could have got any more out of that team tonight."

The gulf between the two football clubs could be measured by just looking at Leicester's bench, with DJ Campbell, Barry Hayles and Paul Dickov not even able to bag a starting place in the side, and with players like Matt Oakley and Matt Fryatt to choose from, Russell said that the two clubs had very different outlooks:

"It's not a level playing field, and so to come to places like Leicester is always going to be tough. I thought we equipped ourselves really well and we showed tactical awareness. We changed it and opened it up a little bit more at half time and in the final 10 minutes we opened it up even further by going 4-3-3 and if we had had one or two more decent crosses coming in when we had Leicester under severe pressure in the last seven or eight minutes then maybe we could have snatched a goal. That would have been just reward for the effort that the boys put in tonight."


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12 November 2008 : Vale Continue To Monitor Owen
In the latest twist to Yeovil Town's fun and games with League Two side Port Vale, Valiants Chairman Bill Bratt claims they still hold an interest in purchasing Stockport County defender Gareth Owen.

Owen is on loan at Huish Park, and there is little doubt that he has heavily impressed during his time at the club. Although there has been a working assumption that Owen is due to stay with the Glovers until January 1st, the Glovers official site stated that the deal was a month's loan only, and Bratt has told the Stoke Sentinel that he is keeping an eye on that one, waiting to see if Yeovil are able to extend the loan deal and turn it into a permanent arrangement for January:

"In Gareth Owen's case, we are keeping our eyes on that one. There is money available if the right player comes along."

Vale narrowly missed out on signing Owen on loan a month ago when the Glovers stepped in with what Bratt described at the time as a "better offer". The Sentinel claims that Owen's last match in his month's loan with the club will be on Saturday against Peterborough United, although given that both James Dayton and Scott Rendell were both put on 35 day loans earlier this season, this may not be entirely accurate. Owen will not be allowed to play in next Tuesday's FA Cup First Round replay against Stockport and so his first month will run out either after Saturday's game, or after the Tranmere Rovers match on the following weekend. Clearly there is a need for the Glovers to make their next move known to all parties.

As far as Vale striker Luke Rodgers is concerned, Slade considers the deal to be "almost dead", although several Yeovil fans appear to have spotted Rodgers in the ground at last night's match against Leicester City. For now though, we'll assume that the deal is dead, unless there are further developments.


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12 November 2008 : Rendell Returns To Peterborough
On-loan striker Scott Rendell has returned to his parent club Peterborough United, after completing a month's loan with Yeovil Town.

Rendell would not have been elligible to play for the Glovers on Saturday anyway, with Posh their opponents, and so Rendell could well be back at Huish Park wearing different colours in a few days time.

However, with Gifton Noel-Williams on loan at Huish Park now, the Glovers have a target man in place, and therefore would be unlikely to request a new loan deal for Rendell. Manager Russell Slade told the Western Daily Press:

"I would like to thank Scott for his efforts during his time with us."

Rendell made six appearances for the Glovers during his month in Somerset, however on Saturday he dropped to the bench and only came on as a substitute, whilst last night he stayed sat on the bench. Thus with the month's loan up, it would appear that Rendell had effectively served his time at Huish Park.


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12 November 2008 : Ticketing For The Stockport Replay
Advance tickets are now on sale for the FA Cup First Round replay against Stockport County. The replay will take place on Tuesday 18th November at Edgeley Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The bad news is that if you are not a season ticket holder, you will not be allowed to buy an advance ticket and will instead have to pay the inflated matchday price. We're not sure why this policy has been implemented, given that we are unlikely to sell even half of the away end capacity.

Season Ticket Holders can buy tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office and pay the following:

Adults: £12.00; Over 65s and Students: £8.00; Juniors: £1.00.

Non-season ticket holders and anyone else who does not buy an advance ticket will have to pay the matchday rate at Edgeley Park on the night:

Adults: £14.00; Over 65s and Students: £9.00; Juniors: £1.00.

Away supporters are housed in the Railway End of the ground, which holds 1,558 spectators. You should note that this is an open seated stand, converted from old terracing by bolting seats onto the terrace steps. Hence if the weather forecast is bad, take appropriate clothing.

Season Ticket Holders have until Monday 5.00p.m. to purchase their tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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11 November 2008 : Glovers Outfoxed By Dyer
Yeovil Town were beaten by a 1-0 scoreline at the Walkers Stadium tonight as their hosts Leicester City moved to the top of the League One table. The Glovers were beaten by a solitary Lloyd Dyer goal midway through the first half, and had to endure some lengthy periods of Foxes possession, albeit without the home side getting past a resolute Glovers back line too often. Despite the home side's obvious superiority, they suffered some late jitters towards the end of the game that could have seen the Glovers steal a point, with Paul Warne going close with a couple of late chances.

The Glovers went into the match without Aaron Brown (hip) and Craig Alcock (back), but were able to welcome back Gareth Owen who had been refused permission to play against Stockport County on the weekend. They lined up in a 4-5-1 formation, intended to stifle a Leicester side brimming full of experience throughout the side. Aidan Downes and Nathan Smith were also changes to the Glovers line-up after they made their full returns from injury.

Yeovil had to endure a difficult first half. Leicester produced a superior passing game which often left the Glovers chasing shadows. Matt Oakley and Matt Fryatt shot wide of the target, whilst keeper Josh Wagenaar had to bravely smother the ball at the feet of Fryatt after he had spilled an Oakley piledriver. Wagenaar also brilliantly turned away a Steve Howard header, but on the whole the Glovers were apparently doing just enough to keep Leicester at bay.

That made a slip by Terrell Forbes for the 25th minute opener all the more frustrating. Steve Howard fed Lloyd Dyer and the greasy turf probably went some way to explaining why Forbes failed to cut it out. Dyer turned his marker and then fired across the face of Wagenaar's goal to put the Foxes a goal up.

The Glovers rarely threatened but had occasional moments, with both Darren Way and Aidan Downes firing into the side netting, and Downes produced an ambitious angled volley that Paul Henderson did well to hold onto. But this was Leicester's half, and perhaps they would have had regrets that they only were able to land one in the net before the break.

The second half continued in the same vein with Leicester dominating the midfield and the possession, although oddly they made little effort or invention to get in behind the Yeovil back four, who bar a few misplaced Nathan Smith passes and misjudged attempts to dribble out of his own defence, largely stood rocklike. Leicester managed plenty of fluent midfield passing, but a sizeable amount of it went sideways.

The main problem for the Glovers though was that they couldn't get anything going at the other end of the field. Gifton Noel-Williams was often isolated by the Glovers midfield having to drop deep to soak up the Leicester pressure, meaning that when Yeovil did clear their lines, Noel-Williams had his work cut out in trying to hold onto possession. Just after the hour mark, Russell Slade made two substitutions, switching from the 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 and introducing Paul Warne and Andy Welsh into the play in an attempt to try and liven up Yeovil's attacking options.

Gary Roberts fired a free kick into the arms of Henderson, whilst at the other end Wagenaar was forced into probably his only significant second half save when he blocked a Lloyd Dyer attempt, but the scoreline stubbornly stayed at 1-0 and the longer the game went on, the more obvious it became that this would be the final scoreline.

Yeovil's final throw of the dice was to replace Terrell Forbes with Keiran Murtagh and to finish the game playing a 4-3-3, bombing long balls into the box. This suddenly seemed to rattle the Leicester players and their fans, who could see 85 minutes worth of comfort and dominance replaced by a fear of throwing away a couple of points right at the death. Warne went the closest, nearly getting on the end of a Noel-Williams flick-on as he slid in to poke the ball home, but the smash'n'grab didn't quite happen, and Leicester's fans managed to sweat through four minutes of added time after having had it all their own way for nearly the whole game.

Final Score: Leicester City 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorer: Lloyd Dyer (1-0, 25 mins)

Leicester City:
1. Paul Henderson
2. Marc Edworthy 5. Aleksandar Tunchev 15. Michael Morrison 23. Joe Mattock
24. Andy King 31. Bruno Berner 8. Matt Oakley 11. Lloyd Dyer
12. Matt Fryatt 9. Steve Howard

Substitutes:
26. David Martin (GK) 25. Jack Hobbs (31 mins for Marc Edworthy) 10. Dudley Campbell (90 mins for Matt Fryatt) 27. Paul Dickov 19. Barry Hayles

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
13. Josh Wagenaar
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Gareth Owen 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 16. Gary Roberts 27. Lee Peltier 8. Darren Way 11. Danny Schofield
25. Gifton Noel-Williams

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 9. Andy Welsh (64 mins for Danny Schofield) 14. Paul Warne (68 mins for Aidan Downes) 15. Scott Rendell 18. Keiran Murtagh (88 mins for Terrell Forbes)

Leicester Bookings: Bruno Berner (74 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Aidan Downes (5 mins, foul)

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Steven Rubery (Staffordshire) and Simon Beck (Essex). Fourth Official: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Attendance: 16,528 (including 328 Yeovil fans)


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11 November 2008 : FA Youth Cup Match Postponed
Yeovil Town Under 18s have had their FA Youth Cup Second Round match against Cirencester Town postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The match was due to be played tomorrow but will now be played on Wednesday 19th November with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

As a result of that, and because of the first team's FA Cup replay against Stockport County, the County Cup match at Welton Rovers that was due to be played next Tuesday is also postponed and will have a new date arranged in due course.


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11 November 2008 : Leicester Scrap Matchday Prices
For those travelling to the Walkers Stadium tonight who have not bought a ticket yet, Leicester City will not be enforcing their matchday prices. All prices for tonight's game will be as per the pre-match 'early bird' prices described in our guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leicester.


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11 November 2008 : Rodgers Move Is 'Dead In The Water'
Port Vale Chairman Bill Bratt believes that there will be no further negotiations between his club and Yeovil Town over Vale's striker Luke Rodgers.

Bratt has told the Stoke Sentinel that he considers that the ball is in Yeovil's court, explaining that he expects the Glovers to come back with a new offer before anything can be considered. However, his view is that Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes is not prepared to budge from his last offer:

"At the present time any deal is dead in the water unless Yeovil come back with a new offer. I don't know if they will, but I think it's doubtful, because their chief executive indicated they wouldn't take it any further as the situation stands."

The Sentinel claims that Vale's asking price was the £50,000-£60,000 figure that has been on the rumourmill, but that Yeovil's offer to the Valiants had been £20,000. With both clubs so far apart in their valuation of the striker, it would appear that this one is going nowhere fast.

Bratt has separately denied that there are bids from other Football League clubs on the table for Rodgers, who is out of contract at the end of this season.


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11 November 2008 : Leicester City vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to the Walkers Stadium tonight, for their first ever match against Leicester City. This is the only game being played in the Football League tonight, and is a 'catch-up' match due to the original fixture being postponed as a result of international call-ups within the Leicester squad.

The Foxes lie in 5th place in the League One table, but know that a win would put them top of the table. Even a draw would put them into the automatic promotion slots. Hence there will be much expectation on their shoulders tonight, whilst for the Glovers any kind of positive result would be a boost as they attempt to extend their five game unbeaten run. They lie in 19th place knowing that a win would push them four places up the table, whilst a draw would allow them to leapfrog Colchester United.

The Glovers go into the match with only Marc Bircham (ankle) a definite absentee. Defender Gareth Owen will return to the squad today after being refused permission to play against his parent club Stockport County on Saturday. Manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset that he was glad to welcome him back:

"He's done ever so well for us, so that's a consideration for us. It's a nice headache to have."

However defender Aaron Brown could miss out again due to a hip problem, whilst midfielders Gary Roberts and Darren Way suffered knocks on Saturday, whilst right-back Craig Alcock came off on Saturday with a back problem. The latter three should make it through fitness tests today. Slade admitted he was not so optimistic about Brown:

"With regard to Aaron Brown, it's still looking a bit unlikely for Tuesday, but we'll wait and see. Gary Roberts took a bit of a bang on Saturday but he's OK. Darren Way was also a bit stiff, and Craig Alcock has been in for a little bit of treatment on his back but I'm hoping that they'll all recover from these sort of injuries and that they'll give me a big problem on Tuesday night in terms of selection."

Leicester have a number of long term injury problems with Stephen Clemence (Achilles), Bruno N'Gotty (Achilles) and James Wesolowski (ankle) all expected to be out for the rest of the year. They have also lost defender Patrick Kisnorbo with a knee injury sustained in Saturday's match against Stevenage Borough and he is expected to be out for six weeks.

However, they have a huge squad, with the likes of Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert coming back into contention following illness, whilst big names like DJ Campbell and Paul Dickov have made themselves available following recent injuries. The main danger comes from former Walsall striker Matt Fryatt who has netted 14 times this season already.

The game kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets are available on the night, subject to a two pound matchday surcharge similar to that operated at Huish Park. For ticketing details and other associated travel details, visit the Ciderspace guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leicester City.


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10 November 2008 : Russell Ready To Pull The Plug On Rodgers
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has admitted he is on the edge of pulling the plug on negotiations with Port Vale over their striker Luke Rodgers. The deal is not quite dead in the water, with Chief Executive Martyn Starnes leading the talks with Port Vale Chairman Bill Bratt, but Slade has told BBC Somerset today that although he rates Rodgers highly, that a conclusion is needed soon:

"Our Chief Executive is in dialogue with Port Vale and it seems to have gone on for an eternity already. But we need a conclusion and we need it rapidly because otherwise I will move on. Luke is a powerful pocket dynamite. He is lively and he doesn't give defenders a rest. He is full of pace and he's certainly a threat and he's a goalscorer. I think that would add the sort of competition that I'm looking for in the forward positions."

Russell explained that sooner or later, he would need the club's resources and energy focussed on alternative targets, pointing out that unless matters were resolved between Yeovil and Port Vale soon, that it would be time to move on:

"I wanted it done before the last Saturday game. There's only a certain amount of time you can wait before you have to move on if the deal doesn't look as though it's going to reach conclusion. Time is important and valuable to everybody, so we shall give it as long as we can, but we won't wait forever and a day."

The sticking point is believed to be the transfer fee that Yeovil would pay in January if they took the 26 year old on permanently. Rodgers is out of contract next summer meaning that unless Vale can find a suitable buyer, Rodgers will walk away under the Bosman Ruling.


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10 November 2008 : Football League Clubs Live On TV
In addition to Yeovil Town's home League One match against Leicester City that is now live on Sky Sports in January 2009 (see our earlier story) there are a number of other live fixtures that involve League One and League Two clubs that have been announced today.

The FA Cup First Round Replay between Tranmere Rovers and Accrington Stanley will be shown live on Setanta Sports on Thursday, 13 November, kick off 7.45p.m.

The FA Cup Second Round tie between AFC Bournemouth and Blyth Spartans will be shown live on Setanta Sports. They have yet to agree a date for the tie, but expect it to be on either the Friday or Monday night around the weekend of November 29th in line with Setanta's live coverage of the First Round matches. Both sides will be £80,000 richer as a result.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy Semi-Final match between Shrewsbury Town and the winners of the Brighton and Hove Albion vs Swindon Town quarter-final will be shown live on Sky Sports on Tuesday 16th December. Both sides will take a £10,000 broadcast fee for the fixture.

The League One match between MK Dons and Colchester United will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on Monday 12th January 2009 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

And last, but of course not least, Yeovil Town's home game against Leicester City will be shown live on Sky Sports on Monday 19th January 2009 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

We'd expect a few more games to materialise as the FA Cup First Round Replays and Second Round ties take shape over the next few days.


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10 November 2008 : Youths Take A Point
Yeovil Town U18's drew 1-1 away to Bristol Rovers in Saturday's Youth Alliance South West Conference fixture. We'll add any details if we get them.


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10 November 2008 : Leicester City Home Game Live On Sky
Yeovil Town's home match against Leicester City will now be played on Monday 19th January 2009. This game has been put back by just over 48 hours to enable it to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Kick-off will be 7.45p.m.

This is not to be confused with tomorrow night's away match against Leicester which kicks off tomorrow night at the Walkers Stadium, with kick-off also 7.45p.m.


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10 November 2008 : Gannon Makes Skiverton Jibe
Stockport County manager Jim Gannon has taken a pot-shot at Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton following Saturday's 1-1 draw in the FA Cup at Huish Park.

Gannon was asked by the Manchester Evening News about the red card shown to midfielder Stephen Gleeson after he got involved in an off the ball incident with Glovers left-back Nathan Jones. Whilst the Stockport boss was unwilling to defend Gleeson's red card, he had a rather unexpected sideswipe at Skivo in the process:

"How can I talk about people like Terry Skiverton who take cheap shots at our players when our players are showing that kind of conduct as well?"

Gannon's comments aren't expanded upon by the paper, which doesn't mention any incidents involving Skiverton in their match report. The same applies to Stockport's official site, which makes no mention of any controversies involving the Yeovil skipper. In fact, we're at a loss to work out what 'incident' Gannon is talking about.

However, the Stockport manager has become notorious this season for his views on officiating this season, and any physical play against his players, writing to the FA claiming that officials were biased against Stockport (see September 24th news) and even asking the police to take action after one of his players was injured in a recent match against Colchester United, stating after that game:

"We have decided to provide the police with video evidence plus photographs of injuries to our players and we hope they take action. Unfortunately, we're in a game now, where the manner in which games are being refereed threatens the safety of the players. Until someone makes a stand we're going to consistently have poor decisions like that."

Getting back to the game, which aside from the Gleeson incident appeared to be played in a sporting manner by both sides, Gannon declared himself happy with the result, and the ability to take the game back to Edgeley Park:

"Either team could have won it and both teams had enough chances. We could have been a lot tidier in our football but the conditions made good football difficult. Although it was a disappointing goal to concede, to be in the hat is a good day's work."

As yet, neither club has laid down a cast iron date for the replay. However, Stockport's official site mentions in passing the date of Tuesday 18th November for the First Round rematch. We'd assume that to be reliable, unless police or television companies step in with their own demands.


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10 November 2008 : Officials For The Leicester City Match
Tomorrow evening's match between Yeovil Town and Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium will be looked after by referee Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

We've only had Mr Walton on two occasions in the Football League. The first was the 4-2 defeat at the County Ground against Swindon in 2005. He sent off Efe Sodje during that match for an altercation with Swindon's Rory Fallon but our main grumble with him on the day was his inconsistent approach as to when to play an advantage and when to stop play.

The second occasion was last season's 1-2 home defeat against Swansea City in October 2007. He doesn't warrant a mention in the match report, and we found him to be largely uncontroversial on that day, even if he did pick a few players up for dissent.

Part of the reason why we don't normally get Mr Walton is because it's unusual to see him taking charge of games at this level. He was appointed to the "select" group of referes in 2003 which means he's normally in charge of a Premiership match. Before that he became a Football League referee in 1998, and took charge of the LDV Vans Trophy final in 2003, as well as refereeing in Division One and Three playoffs during the same season. He was made a FIFA Assistant Referee in 1996 and in the same year ran the line in the FA Cup Final and the European Championships.

His last game was Liverpool's 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, whilst he was also the man in the middle for this season's FA Community Shield match between Manchester United and Portsmouth. All of that means that we should be seeing one of the country's top officials.

Mr Walton will be assisted by Steven Rubery (Staffordshire) and Simon Beck (Essex). The Fourth Official will be our very own Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Link: August 2005 : Swindon Town 4 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: October 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 - 2 Swansea City.


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10 November 2008 : Gloomy Outlook Still For Rodgers Deal
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has provided the first admission at the Yeovil end that the club are seeking to do a deal with Port Vale striker Luke Rodgers. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, presumably after Saturday's game, Russell made clear that the deal had not been concluded, but viewed the situation as ongoing:

"We have had talks with Port Vale about Luke Rodgers but there will have to be more talks before a deal can be completed."

At the Port Vale end though, manager Dean Glover has reiterated the more gloomy prognosis that the deal has run to ground, and speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, continued his attempts to bring Rodgers back into the fold, despite the 26 year old saying on Saturday that he believed he had played his last game for the Valiants. Glover believed that the sticking point was Yeovil's willingness to pay a transfer fee for the player in January, in line with Chairman Bill Bratt's views on Saturday:

"He was going to go on loan with a view to a permanent move. We couldn't agree a financial package, so I don't think it is going to go through now. At the end of the loan deal Yeovil were going to have to pay money for him. Obviously, they haven't offered what the chairman wants. He's a valuable part of our squad and hopefully Luke can now get his head around it and do well for us."


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10 November 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Leicester City
For those Glovers fans making the journey to the Walkers Stadium tomorrow night, a reminder that the guide to Leicester City is available. Featuring directions, parking, ticketing, pub guides and information about the club and town, the guide can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leicester City.


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9 November 2008 : Rodgers Deal On The Rocks
Port Vale manager Dean Glover believes that Yeovil Town's attempts to secure his striker Luke Rodgers will not be completed. Rodgers himself said yesterday that he believed he had played his last game for the League Two side, but in line with our Saturday story Glover believed that the deal was in danger of collapsing:

"Luke was involved with a move to Yeovil. He was ill on Thursday but then came in for training on Friday and bruised a foot, so he was unable to play (on Saturday) because of that. But I don't think the Yeovil move is going to happen."

Glover admitted that his system of using a 4-5-1 formation was causing some problems in being able to accommodate Rodgers in that system, but said that he had no problems with the player's attitude. He believed that he was now likely to keep the player who has scored 20 goals for Vale since arriving at the club just under two years ago:

"Luke is frustrated at the moment because he's scored two goals in four games, but the system we are playing away from home has been a downfall for Luke because he has been a scapegoat for the system, although not because of the way he plays. But when he does come on he is an impact player and he gives us another dimension. You know what you'll always get from Luke because he'll try 100 percent and run his heart out for you. And all Luke wants to do is to play games and obviously with Yeovil being a division above he thought that was a good opportunity to get back up to a higher level. But I don't think it is going to happen now."

Saturday's article suggests that the stumbling block is that the Glovers are unhappy with the transfer fee that Vale are demanding - believed to be in the region of £50,000. Another issue is believed to be whether the clause to buy the 26 year old in January is merely an option for Yeovil to purchase, or whether it is a contractual commitment to do so. There's been no word from the Yeovil end as to how they see the transfer deal, but given the current state of affairs, it would appear that this one is in danger of fizzling out.


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9 November 2008 : Ticketing For The Colchester Match
Yeovil Town's forthcoming trip to Colchester United's new ground is a pay on the day fixture. The match takes place on Tuesday 25th November at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This is a new ground for us, and Colchester operate a fairly complex ticketing policy where ticket prices depend upon the precise seat that you are sat in, with the 'better' seats commanding the higher prices. Tariffs are as follows:

Adults: £20, £22 or £24; Seniors: £13, £15 or £16; Under 18s: £13, £15 or £16. Under 11s: £5 (in Family Area Only, otherwise use the Under 18s rate).

For those deliberating where they want to sit, away fans at the Community Stadium are allocated the South Stand. The pricing bands above are in three tiers. Block 3 is the most expensive (i.e. Adults £24), Blocks 2 and 4 represent the intermediate price range (i.e. Adults £22) whilst Blocks 1 and 5 (where Block 5 is the Family Block) are the cheapest tickets (i.e. Adults £20).

The Block numbers are consecutive as they run behind the goal - i.e. Block 3 is the most central behind the goal, whilst Blocks 1 and 5 are closest to the corner flags. Inevitably those travelling to the game may want to consider a bit of coordination in advance to ensure that our away following does not end up scattered across all five blocks on the night! However, bear in mind that Block 5 is likely to operate a fairly strict policy of stewarding given that it is the away end Family Block.

Wheelchair users pay £22 for Adults or £15 for Seniors and Under 18s, with assistants going free. For further information and arrangements call the Colchester Ticket Office on 0845 437 9089.


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9 November 2008 : Ladies Crash Out
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered a thumping 8-2 defeat in the First Round Proper of the F.A. Women's Cup at the hands of Plymouth Argyle in Somerton this afternoon. Given the respective positions of the two teams in the South West Combination such a one-sided scoreline was a major surprise, and the Glovers misery was compounded when they were reduced to 10 women with a straight red card for what appeared to be violent conduct.

Our thanks to Tony Elbourn for the following summary of the match :

Many elegant things are broken by coarse handling, and today was a prime example. Yeovil Ladies' passing game was demolished by Plymouth's pressure game. We're not, in the main, talking crude tackles here - Plymouth have plenty of skill about them - but their "in yer face" attitude and physical presence were too much for Yeovil, who went a goal down inside 10 minutes on a day of unpredictable winds and rain.

Yeovil equalised a few minutes later with a thundering shot from distance into the top of the net from Lyndsey Roe, but Plymouth restored their lead within two minutes. A major blow to the Glovers was the loss of Kayleigh Nardiello shortly afterwards with an ankle injury, leaving the left flank virtually unused for the rest of the game.

Argyle converted a penalty shortly before half time to go into the interval 3-1 up, although Yeovil had held their own with the general play.

The Glovers came out fizzing and were rewarded with a lobbed goal by Rachel Edwards within 10 minutes, and at that point it felt like a comeback was possible, but shortly afterwards it all started to go downhill, with the team becoming more disorganised and dispirited as Plymouth racked up their tally. Some niggling tackles and interesting refereeing decisions were beginning to fray tempers and unfortunately Yeovil's number 3, Sarah "Manners", was straight red-carded for what I fear was violent conduct rather than serious foul play, to end a thoroughly miserable afternoon in Somerton.

Final score : Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Plymouth Argyle Ladies 8


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9 November 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Stockport Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw in the FA Cup against Stockport County, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson to give his usual post-match opinions. The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Stockport Game.


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9 November 2008 : FA Cup Second Round Draw
The winners of the Yeovil Town vs Stockport County tie will face a trip to League Two side Gillingham in the Second Round of the FA Cup.

All matches will be played on the weekend of Saturday 29th November. The full draw is as follows:

Chesterfield v Darlington or Droylesden
Hornchurch or Peterborough United v Accrington Stanley or Tranmere Rovers
Eastwood Town v AFC Wimbledon or Wycombe Wanderers
Notts County v Kettering Town or Lincoln City
Leicester City v Hereford United or Dagenham and Redbridge
Eastbourne Borough or Barrow v Havant and Waterlooville or Brentford
Bradford City v Leyton Orient
Telford United or Southend United v Luton Town or Altrincham
Team Bath or Forest Green Rovers v Barnet or Rochdale
Histon v Leeds United or Northampton Town
Scunthorpe United v Alfreton Town
Torquay United v Oxford United or Dorchester Town
Leiston or Fleetwood Town v Brighton & Hove Albion or Hartlepool United
Morecambe v Cheltenham Town or Oldham Athletic
Gillingham v YEOVIL TOWN or Stockport County
Millwall v Aldershot Town or Rotherham United
Carlisle United or Grays Athletic v Crewe Alexandra
AFC Bournemouth v Blyth Spartans
Kidderminster Harriers v Curzon Ashton
Port Vale v Macclesfield Town


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8 November 2008 : Glovers Held By Ten Men Stockport
Yeovil Town were held to a 1-1 draw in the First Round of the FA Cup this afternoon, despite visitors Stockport County playing the last 14 minutes with 10 men. Craig Davies gave the visitors the lead after he scrambled home a loose ball from a free kick just before the half time break. However, Terry Skiverton levelled matters with an angled header from a Paul Warne cross to set up a tense final 30 minutes. Midfielder Stephen Gleeson failed to last the distance - his off the ball fracas with Nathan Jones saw him receive his marching orders, but the Hatters were resolute in defence and playing a man short made little difference to the balance of the game.

The Glovers made three changes to last weekend's winning side with all of them forced. Asmir Begovic's return to Portsmouth ensured that Josh Wagenaar got his fourth game of the season. Stockport were understandably unlikely to allow defender Gareth Owen to play against them, so Terry Skiverton got a recall, whilst Aaron Brown failed a fitness test on a hip problem, meaning that Terrell Forbes got his first start since a red card at Northampton Town saw him suspended.

A strong start for the Glovers saw them largely take control of the game and the territory, even though Stockport proved to be dangerous on the break. Yeovil's best chances came through a Paul Warne header that was comfortably saved, whilst visiting keeper Owain fon Williams produced an outstanding save after Terry Skiverton flicked Craig Alcock's cross back across the face of goal.

Stockport's best chance came when they broke from deep following another Yeovil attack, when Stephen Gleeson broke through the Yeovil defence and looked to be clean through on goal, until a brilliant sliding tackle from Gary Roberts broke the move up in an outstanding piece of defending. Otherwise Josh Wagenaar was largely unused throughout the half, even if Stockport's well organised back line prevented the Glovers from getting too much joy at the other end.

A minute before the break though, Stockport showed why their away form is so good. A slightly dubious foul was given against Craig Alcock, and Tommy Rowe's free kick was knocked down by Johnny Mullins, the Yeovil defence seemed to lose track of the path of the ball, and in the ensuing scramble, Craig Davies poked the ball home from close range to put Stockport ahead with a minute to go before the half time break.

The second period saw Yeovil not start so well, with Stockport clearly setting their stall out for a 1-0 win. That intent was clearly set when an early substitution saw them leave just Davies up front on his own. The Glovers still created chances though, with Gary Roberts firing a shot at Owain fon Williams, whilst Terry Skiverton could have netted when he picked up a loose ball in the box, volleying wide of the post. But it was Skivo who came to Yeovil's rescue when he stayed in the opposition box following a set play. Paul Warne right wing cross on the hour produced an angled header that went across the face of fon Williams and there was little he could do to prevent the equaliser.

The equaliser reemphasised Stockport's determination to keep men behind the ball, often putting every player inside their own penalty box when the Glovers got set pieces. Gary Roberts went the closest for the Glovers, with his shot from the edge of the box being turned around the post by fon Williams. But overall Stockport proved difficult to break down, and despite having a team full of six-foot-plus players, produced an impressive passing game, meaning that both teams struggled to regain possession when they lost it.

With 15 minutes remaining though, Stockport looked to have shot themselves in the foot. Stephen Gleeson got into a tangle with Nathan Jones as Gleeson struggled to create himself room in the box, and 30 yards off the ball he lashed out at Jones in a moment of total stupidity. Referee Grant Hegley did well to spot the incident, and not even Gleeson's team mates were interested in protesting against the inevitable red card.

This unfortunately did little to Stockport's tactics, with them still able to employ a solid 4-4-1 formation. The Glovers did threaten with yet another Skiverton header from a set piece, but in open play they struggled to break down the visitors. Gifton Noel-Williams had an impressive first half, but inevitably faded in the second period as lack of match fitness caught up on him and even a change from the diamond formation to a conventional 4-4-2 failed to unlock the Hatters. Thus a replay will be required, providing the Glovers with their first visit to Edgeley Park several months earlier than they had originally planned.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 1.

Scorers: Craig Davies (44 mins, 0-1), Terry Skiverton (60 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
27. Lee Peltier
16. Gary Roberts 8. Darren Way
11. Danny Schofield
14. Paul Warne 25. Gifton Noel-Williams

Substitutes:
9. Andrew Welsh (78 mins for Craig Alcock) 10. Gavin Tomlin (86 mins for Paul Warne) 15. Scott Rendell (70 mins for Gifton Noel-Williams) 17. Aidan Downes 18. Keiran Murtagh 28. Nathan Smith 31. Lloyd Irish

Stockport County: (4-4-2)
1. Owain fon Williams
2. Johnny Mullins 15. Michael Raynes 16. James Tunnicliffe 6. Jim McNulty
20. Leon McSweeney 17. Stephen Gleeson 8. Gary Dicker 11. Tommy Rowe
10. Carl Baker 35. Craig Davies

Substitutes:
23. Lloyd Rigby (GK) 3. Michael Rose 7. Anthony Pilkington (90 mins for Craig Davies) 9. Peter Thompson 14. Jason Taylor 18. Paul Turnbull (50 mins for Carl Baker) 19. Matty McNeil

Yeovil Bookings: Terry Skiverton (dissent, 69 mins)
Stockport Bookings: Stephen Gleeson (dissent, 73 mins) Michael Raynes (dissent, 90 mins). Red Card: Stephen Gleeson (violent conduct, 76 mins).

Referee: Grant Hegley (Hertfordshire). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Eric Mackrell (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,582 (including approx 200 Stockport fans).


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8 November 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Stockport
A reminder to those who went to Huish Park today that the Man of the Match Voting Form is open for the match against Stockport County. Vote for your top three players, plus give entertainment and performance ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, by using the form below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Stockport County : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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8 November 2008 : Glovers Haggle Over Rodgers Fee
Port Vale Chairman Bill Bratt has said that the loan transfer of striker Luke Rodgers has stalled due to haggling over the transfer fee that would be agreed as an option if the Glovers decide to take the player on as a permanent signing in January.

This morning's Stoke Sentinel claimed that Rodgers would arrive at Huish Park on Monday as a loan signing, but this evening Bratt has told the same paper that not everything has been agreed at this stage, and that transfer talks are likely to continue on Monday:

"Weíve spoken to Yeovil and weíll be talking to them again on Monday. It hasnít been sorted out yet because we havenít agreed terms. If we can it will go through if we canít, it wonít. The sticking point is over the fee. Obviously, we value Luke who was our second-top goal-scorer so weíll see what happens on Monday. Weíre a fair way apart at the moment but weíll talk again on Monday and see what happens. I would say it has a 50/50 chance of going through at the present time."

Vale fans who broke the news on their message board talked about a fee of 50K being on the cards. Whether that is Vale's valuation of the player, or whether that is Yeovil's offer on the table isn't clear. Regardless, it would appear that this is not a done deal yet.


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8 November 2008 : Rodgers Looking Likely For Glovers Move
This morning's Stoke Sentinel is claiming that the rumours concerning Port Vale striker Luke Rodgers are true. Rodgers is stating that he has been frozen out by manager Dean Glover after the manager reverted to a 4-5-1 formation, leaving the goalpoacher out of his thinking. Rodgers claims he offered to play as a winger in that formation, but that the manager was not interested:

"I spoke to Deano and asked if I could get involved, but he said he didn't see me playing on either wing, and also said he was planning for next season. I'm gutted because I've loved it at the Vale. I've scored 20 goals since I've been there and feel I've done well. But I don't want to sit on the bench. I definitely don't hold any grudge against Deano. And I'd like to thank the fans and the players who have been brilliant with me, and I wish the club all the best."

The paper claims that Rodgers will sign on Monday and that he will not play in today's FA Cup match due to a bruised foot.


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8 November 2008 : October 2008 Player Of The Month
The October Man of the Match voting saw three players dominate proceedings, during a hectic spell of matches. Midfielder Gary Roberts would have come close to winning it if he hadn't missed a match through suspension, whilst right-back Craig Alcock went even closer after he stepped in to cover for the injured Lee Peltier. However, the overall winner throughout the month was midfielder/winger Danny Schofield, whose double-strike against Crewe Alexandra was the key moment in a fine month for him.

The top 10 rankings, with the percentage of vote won during the month are shown below:

1 Danny Schofield 18.5
2 Craig Alcock 17.2
3 Gary Roberts 16.7
4 Andy Welsh 9.7
5 Paul Warne 8.4
6 Gareth Owen 6.7
7 Asmir Begovic 4.4
8 Gavin Tomlin 4.0
9 Darren Way 2.6
10 Terry Skiverton 2.4


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8 November 2008 : Huddersfield Man Of The Match Result
The away match at Huddersfield Town 10 days ago, saw the Glovers come home with a worthy 0-0 draw at the Galpharm Stadium. How they did that, was considered to be largely down to one man and one man only. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic pulled off a string of stunning saves during that night, and that has led to a rare event - an entirely unanimous Man of the Match vote! Asmir won every top vote on the night, and so unsurprisingly won the poll by the proverbial mile.

The full results are shown below:

1 Asmir Begovic 160 (16)
2 Gareth Owen 56 (0)
3 Aaron Brown 22 (0)
4 Darren Way 14 (0)
5 Nathan Jones 12 (0)
5 Gary Roberts 12 (0)
7 Craig Alcock 8 (0)
8 Danny Schofield 2 (0)
8 Paul Warne 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.94

Performance: 6.25
Entertainment: 5.63

VOTES RECEIVED: 16


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7 November 2008 : Rodgers Rumours
This one is strictly off the rumourmill - Port Vale fans are suggesting that their striker Luke Rodgers is about to join Yeovil Town on loan until January 1st. They also claim that a £50,000 transfer fee has already been arranged between the two clubs for a permanent transfer.

At present there is nothing on this story that isn't sourced back to the main Port Vale message board, but the variety of Vale fans that claim to have verified that the loan deal has taken place make this one worth noting, even if a pinch of salt should possibly be added to the claims, and certainly to the finer detail.

Rodgers is a 26 year old goal poacher who spent six years with Shrewsbury Town before spending two years with Crewe Alexandra, followed by a move to Port Vale in January 2007. He's probably remembered best for getting his marching orders at Huish Park after laying fists on Andy Lindegaard in a stormy encounter against Shrewsbury in January 2005 that also saw Colin Miles dismissed in a separate incident.

Vale fans claim that notes on Rodgers' Facebook account, plus information from Vale backroom staff confirm the deal, but there's yet to be anything concrete that would make this more definitive at present. If anything does, we'll of course provide an update via this news page.


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7 November 2008 : Gannon Wants Success At First Attempt
Stockport County manager Jim Gannon believes his side can win at the first attempt in tomorrow's FA Cup First Round tie. Gannon's side have only lost once in league competitions during the whole of 2008, and he has told the Manchester Evening News that he wants to take that sort of attitude into tomorrow's game at Huish Park:

"We'll be treating it like a league match and going there to win. Given our form in the league on the road we'll be confident we can go there and give them a really good game. We'll definitely be going there in good spirits. But Yeovil have done well themselves with three clean sheets on the trot and a fantastic win at Oldham at the weekend. Russell Slade has done a great job to galvanise their players and get them strong. They'll be looking for a strong home performance in the FA Cup themselves."

Stockport went out of the Carling Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy to Leicester City and Bury respectively, with both defeats being on their travels, but Gannon denied that this meant that the Hatters did not treat cup competitions seriously:

"Sometimes people think that none of the cup competitions are important. But we want to be competitive in every competition. The league is important, but we wanted to do well in the League Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy as well. The FA Cup is important and we've got a very strong squad going into the game."


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7 November 2008 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Date
Further to today's earlier two articles, Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have had their FA Youth Cup Second Round date set. They will play Cirencester Town on Wednesday 12th November on the Huish Park main pitch, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the night from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Prices for the Main Stand are £5.00 for Adults with Concessions available at £3.00.


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7 November 2008 : FA Youth Cup Third Round Draw
Yeovil Town's Youth Team have now got a big incentive to win their Second Round match in the FA Youth Cup. The Third Round draw will reward the winners of the Second Round clash against Cirencester Town with a mammoth away trip against Sunderland although this won't be played at the Stadium of Light but at Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground in Sunderland.

They'll have to overcome Cirencester's Academy side first, in a Second Round match at Huish Park (match date to be arranged). However, with the 60th anniversary of Yeovil Town's legendary first team match against Sunderland in the FA Cup fast approaching, it would be fitting if the Youth Team can stage their own anniversary match in December.

1 Swansea City v Manchester City
2 Brentford or Thurrock v Middlesbrough
3 Manchester United v Chelsea
4 Cardiff City v Blackpool
5 Swindon Town or Exeter City v Crystal Palace
6 Reading v Preston North End
7 Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United
8 Portsmouth v Cheltenham Town or Gillingham
9 Wycombe Wanderers or Leyton Orient v Watford
10 Barnsley v Walsall or Hednesford Town or Rochdale
11 Norwich City v Wigan Athletic
12 Sunderland v YEOVIL TOWN or Cirencester Town
13 Oadby Town or Leeds United v Liverpool
14 Accrington Stanley or Carlisle United v Stockport County or Crewe Alexandra
15 Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall or Dagenham & Redbridge
16 Coventry City v Stoke City
17 Ipswich Town v Shrewsbury Town or Bradford City
18 Bolton Wanderers v Doncaster Rovers
19 Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
20 Cambridge United or Northampton Town v Solihull Moors or Tranmere Rovers
21 Aston Villa v Arsenal
22 Southampton v Derby County
23 Barnet or Havant & Waterlooville v AFC Bournemouth or Bristol Rovers or Brighton & Hove Albion
24 Plymouth Argyle v Fulham
25 Newcastle United v Oldham Athletic or Rotherham United
26 Lewes or Croydon Athletic v Hull City
27 Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City
28 Everton v Nantwich Town or Macclesfield Town
29 Birmingham City v Lincoln City or Mansfield Town
30 Leicester City or Milton Keynes Dons v Wolverhampton Wanderers
31 Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
32 Nottingham Forest v West Ham United


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7 November 2008 : Youth Team To Face Cirencester
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side will play Cirencester in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup. Last night Cirencester beat Didcot Town 3-1 on penalties after the tie finished 2-2 after extra time.

All Second Round matches must be played by Saturday 22 November 2008. A date for Yeovil Town's Second Round match against Cirencester has yet to be agreed.


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7 November 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Stockport County Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Stockport County in the First Round of the FA Cup tomorrow. This is the first time that the Glovers have been drawn out of the hat as the home side in nearly five years, with Liverpool the Third Round opponents on that day back in January 2004.

Their opponents lie in 11th place in the League One table, eight places and seven points better off than Yeovil Town. Significantly, they are undefeated away from home this season in the league with three wins and three draws. Once last season's league form is taken into account, they have had just one defeat on their travels during 2008 and so will fancy their chances of winning this tie at the first attempt. The chink in their armour though, is that they have lost both of their away matches in cup competitions this season.

The Glovers go into the match on the back of their best form of 2008, with two wins and two draws in their last four league matches. Their squad has been boosted this week by the arrival of striker Gifton Noel-Williams, who will challenge Scott Rendell for a starting place in the side. Both have been given permission by their parent clubs to play in the competition tomorrow, although for rather obvious reasons, the same can not be said for defender Gareth Owen, who despite not playing will provide manager Russell Slade with a useful insight into how his colleagues at Stockport line up. Owen's place is likely to be taken by club captain Terry Skiverton, who has been out recently with a rib injury. A second change will be the selection of goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar, who replaces Asmir Begovic who has now returned to Portsmouth.

Aside from Owen, midfielder Marc Bircham (ankle) is the only other definite absentee, with no date set as yet for his return. He has had an injection in his ankle this week to try and help deal with the problem and will be assessed today to determine the next steps in his recovery, although the refusal to set a date for his return suggests that he is unlikely to return in the short term. Gary Roberts (knee) and Aaron Brown (hip) have had some treatment this week but their knocks are not thought to be serious enough to keep them out of the side. Andy Welsh is the other doubt, having missed last week's match with a groin injury.

Stockport go into the match with zero injury problems, with manager Jim Gannon having a massive 26 man squad to select from. Recent loanees Fraser Forster, Tony Kane and Jarolsaw Fojut have returned to their parent clubs. They've brought in Oldham Athletic striker Craig Davies on loan until January 3rd, and he will be allowed to play in the FA Cup tomorrow. Gannon admitted that having such a large squad presented its own problems:

"Some of our players are going to be kicking their heels because they want to play competitive football. The hardest thing now is giving everyone games. Some players may come to see me about the situation and there may be a few who go out on loan in order to get some match sharpness. There's competition for every position on the pitch. It's a healthy situation and I couldn't be more pleased at present."

Both teams suffered badly in the FA Cup last season, with the TV cameras there to capture their embarrassment. Whilst the Glovers were slipping out against Torquay United, Stockport were also being humbled at the First Round stage when they lost to Staines Town on penalties after they failed to beat them in a replay.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Huish Park with tickets available on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office. There is no matchday surcharge for this game, and there is a Kids for a Quid admission offer for this match. See our earlier article for further details.


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7 November 2008 : Stockport FA Cup Ticketing Offers Reminder
A reminder that tomorrow's FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County has some special ticket pricing offers available. The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday.

Firstly, there is a Kids For A Quid offer for tomorrow's match. This entitles any Under 16s to enter any part of the ground for one pound only. There are no restrictions or conditions attached to this offer, and no adults required. Simply take your pound coin up to the Huish Park Ticket Office and get your ticket in return. As before, we'd encourage all Glovers fans to tell their friends, neighbours and relatives to take advantage of this offer.

Secondly, for those who have not purchased a ticket yet, note that there will be no matchday surcharge for tomorrow's match. The pre-match 'early bird' prices apply, even if you buy your ticket on the day of the game.

The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight for ticket sales, and again from 9.00a.m. on Saturday morning right up until kick-off. They can be reached on 01935-847888.

We suspect that with all supporters having to pay for this fixture, and with there being no matchday surcharge, that there may be an increased volume of supporters buying from the Ticket Office prior to kick-off. We'd therefore recommend that you allow a bit of extra time if you are buying your ticket on the day of the game.


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7 November 2008 : Russell And Skivo To Turn On Christmas Lights
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade and club captain Terry Skiverton will take part in the ceremony to turn on the Christmas lights in Yeovil. The lights will be turned on around 6.30p.m. on Thursday 13th November in the Quedam Centre, and Russell and Skivo will be joined by town Mayor Wes Read and various cast from the Octagon theatre's production of Sleeping Beauty. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant mascot will also be making an appearance.

A stage set up in the Quedam Centre will begin broadcasting from 4.00p.m. with Midwest Radio and the Yeovil Show Company Singers warming things up before the big switch-on. After the switch-on, Almost Elton - an Elton John tribute act - will be performing. The night will also mark the start of the Quedam's Thursday night late closing, where most shops will stay open until 9.00p.m.


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6 November 2008 : Russell Hoping Gifton Experience Rubs Off
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he hopes that the experience of new striker Gifton Noel-Williams will rub off on his other players during the month that he is at Huish Park. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Russell said that it was often deceptive as to how old Gifton was:

"You're surprised really that Gifton is 28, because it's like he has been around for a long time. He came on the scene at the Potteries in Stoke a long time ago when he was making all those first team appearances. But he is an absolute handful. He is a clever player and he has got good feet and he knows where to move. He's experienced now and he has got a good voice on him and I certainly think he will help the others around him and he will give us a focal point up front."

Russell has hinted that he may not stop at the loan signing of Gifton, adding that he would like to take advantage of the Glovers current forward momentum as an opportunity to clock up a number of league points. However, he suggested that he would need to do some persuading - presumably to the board - for that to happen. One possible target is Leicester City teenage striker Eric Odhiambo, who scored twice for the Reserves in midweek. However, it would be a surprise if anything happened in that respect prior to Yeovil's trip to the Walkers Stadium next Tuesday, particularly as that will be the last game in Scott Rendell's one month loan at Huish Park.


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6 November 2008 : GWSC Travel To Leicester
For those wanting to travel to the Walkers Stadium next Tuesday on November 11th 2008, the following travel arrangements have been made by the GWSC. The away match against Leicester City will see coaches depart Yeovil Bus Station at 1.30p.m. and then from Huish Park at 1.45p.m.

Adults will be charged £20.00 for the trip whilst Concessions are available for £18.00. Non-members are welcomed and will be charged two pounds more.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leicester.


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6 November 2008 : FA Cup Second Round Draw Information
The Football Association have issued the Ball Numbers for Sunday's FA Cup Second Round draw. The winners of the Yeovil Town vs Stockport County tie will be allocated ball number 14 in a draw that will be televised live on ITV.

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour and former Wimbledon FA Cup hero Lawrie Sanchez will be drawing the balls out in a draw that is scheduled to take place at 1.45p.m. just prior to the start of the live match between Havant and Waterlooville and Brentford.

All Second Round ties will be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 29th November, subject to the demands of the television companies and police authorities. This is currently a blank weekend for all League One and League Two sides.

The full set of ball numbers are as follows:

1 Colchester United or Leyton Orient
2 Havant and Waterlooville or Brentford
3 Blyth Spartans or Shrewsbury Town
4 Sutton United or Notts County
5 Torquay United or Evesham United
6 Oxford United or Dorchester Town
7 Bury or Gillingham
8 AFC Wimbledon or Wycombe Wanderers
9 Chester City or Millwall
10 Carlisle United or Grays Athletic
11 Team Bath or Forest Green Rovers
12 Eastbourne Borough or Barrow
13 AFC Hornchurch or Peterborough United
14 YEOVIL TOWN or Stockport County
15 Leiston or Fleetwood Town
16 Accrington Stanley or Tranmere Rovers
17 Walsall or Scunthorpe United
18 AFC Bournemouth or Bristol Rovers
19 Brighton and Hove Albion or Hartlepool United
20 Aldershot Town or Rotherham United
21 Morecambe or Grimsby Town
22 Huddersfield Town or Port Vale
23 Alfreton Town or Bury Town
24 Kidderminster Harriers or Cambridge United
25 Leicester City or Stevenage Borough
26 Milton Keynes Dons or Bradford City
27 Darlington or Droylsden
28 Chesterfield or Mansfield Town
29 AFC Telford United or Southend United
30 Curzon Ashton or Exeter City
31 Histon or Swindon Town
32 Kettering Town or Lincoln City
33 Barnet or Rochdale
34 Hereford United or Dagenham and Redbridge
35 Cheltenham Town or Oldham Athletic
36 Luton Town or Altrincham
37 Crewe Alexandra or Ebbsfleet United
38 Eastwood Town or Brackley Town
39 Leeds United or Northampton Town
40 Harlow Town or Macclesfield Town


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5 November 2008 : Noel-Williams Loan Deal Confirmed
Further to yesterday's news concerning striker Gifton Noel-Williams, this has now been officially confirmed by Millwall.

Gifton will arrive at Huish Park on a month's loan, and Millwall have stated that he will make his debut on Saturday against Stockport County, indicating that they have given their consent for him to play in the FA Cup.

Gifton is a 6'3" Islington-born striker, who is 28 years old (date of birth Jan 21st 1980), who signed a short term deal will Millwall in early October that will run until the end of the calendar year.

Prior to that he was on Burnley's books until the summer, having also enjoyed a loan spell with Brighton and Hove Albion. However, he is best known for his time at Watford, where he made 193 appearances, plus Stoke City who he spent two years with.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett has said the loan deal is to help Noel-Williams get match fit but with his contract running out at the end of December at the New Den, it should be interesting to see where this one leads.


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5 November 2008 : Fireworks Display Tonight
A reminder that the Football Club are holding a Fireworks Display at Huish Park tonight. There will also be food on sale at the ground as well as a funfair.

For those who have not purchased their ticket yet, you can still buy them from the Huish Park Ticket Office in person or by calling 01935-847888. Ticket prices are £6.00 for Adults and £3.00 for Under 16s, whilst there is also a Family Ticket available for £15.00, which covers admission for two adults and two Under 16s.

Those that purchase a Family Ticket will also get a voucher for the Peterborough United home match on Saturday 15th November that will entitle one Under 16 to enter free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The timetable for tonight's events are as follows:

Gates Open: 6.00p.m.
Bonfire Lit: 6.45p.m.
Fireworks Start: 7.25p.m.

The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 7.00p.m. tonight for both tickets for tonight's event as well as tickets for any future Yeovil Town match, including Saturday's FA Cup match against Stockport County, which has a 'Kids For A Quid' promotional offer running.


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5 November 2008 : Officials For The Stockport Match
Saturday's match against Stockport County in the FA Cup will be looked after by referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but we've only had him sporadically since we've got into the Football League.

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

Mr woolmer does have his plus side though - our friends at Hereford United utterly loathe him. This stems from a 2003-04 Conference Play-Off Semi-Final when he red-carded Andy Tretton for a professional foul during the Edgar Street leg. Despite the decision appearing to be the correct (if wholly accidental) one as Tretton lost his bearings and collided with an Aldershot Town striker, he was given the blame for the incident, resulting in alleged damage to his car after the game, and stewards having to protect him from an irate fan who invaded the pitch. The postman's name is consequently mud in that part of the Welsh borders. Which is nice.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Eric Mackrell (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Somerset).

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

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


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4 November 2008 : Glovers Go Down At Exeter
Yeovil Town Reserves went down by a 3-2 scoreline in a Football Combination fixture this evening. The match was a 'home' match switched to St James Park, and saw a mix of first team bench warmers, youth teamers plus two trialists compete against an Exeter City Reserves side.

A slow start for the Glovers saw them go two goals behind during the first period, until Leicester City teenage striker Eric Odhiambo pulled one back. The same player grabbed his second of the night after the break when Aidan Downes made a strong right-wing run, beating his marker and feeding Odhiambo, who finished from close range.

The Glovers looked to be heading for a point out of the game, but a mistake by Jordan Street let in Liam Sercombe and the Exeter right-back won the match with the fifth goal of the game.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Exeter City Reserves 3. (Match played at St James Park)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Jamie Waite 2. Tom Scott 3. Nathan Smith 4. Rob Fitzgerald 5, Jordan Street 6. Harry Nodwell 7. Aidan Downes 8. Keiran Murtagh 9. Eric Odhiambo 10. Gavin Tomlin 11. Michael Matyaba

Substitutes:
14. Adam Wakley (for Aidan Downes) 15. Julio Barnes (for Rob Fitzgerald) 16. Steve Thompson

Referee: Dermot Gallagher.

Attendance: 115.


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4 November 2008 : Noel-Williams To Arrive On Loan
Yeovil Town are about to sign Millwall striker Gifton Noel-Williams on a month's loan. Having put young striker Andre McCollin out on loan to Grays Athletic (see story below), the incoming striker is a player that Yeovil have made many attempts over the years to bring to Huish Park.

Manager Russell Slade commented in the Sunday Independent recently that Noel-Williams was out of his range from a wages point of view, when the former Watford man was a free agent. However, the one month loan deal appears to have been done on terms that are within Russell's budget, and of course McCollin's loan out of the club will have helped that case.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett, who has put Noel-Williams on a short term contract until the end of the calendar year, said of the deal:

"Gifton has not broken into the team so he is going to go to Yeovil on loan. He needs games to get himself fit and the move will achieve that."

At this stage there is no mention whether Noel-Williams will be allowed to play in Saturday's FA Cup match against Stockport County.


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4 November 2008 : McCollin Out On Loan
Even with players returning from injury one might not have thought that manager Russell Slade was that flush with options that he'd want a member of his squad disappearing on loan, however it may be that his hand has been forced and to get anyone else in, with Scott Rendell's spell at Huish Park about to end shortly unless it is extended, he has had to create some space in his budget. That was certainly the sentiment being expressed by the Board earlier in the season - one out before one in. Anyway, whatever the thinking behind it, Andre McCollin has been sent out on loan to Grays Athletic of the Conference Premier, a club with severe problems of its own. Only yesterday the Grays chairman Mick Woodward felt obliged to issue a statement recording that the club had been able to meet the players' wages last month, using their prize money from an F.A. Cup success, after having issued a warning a couple of weeks ago that it might default.

Grays had been managed by their chairman from part way through last season, but in September he appears to have conceded that he wasn't doing a particularly good job of it, and Wayne Burnett was brought in as First Team Manager. Burnett knows McCollin well as he was previously manager at Fisher Athletic. In his time so far at Huish Park McCollin has made nine appearances, all from the bench.

Grays currently lie 23rd in the Conference Premier. McCollin's loan spell is until 6th December in the first instance.


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4 November 2008 : Reserves Lead By Seven
Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves have opened up a seven point gap at the top of the Somerset County League table. They were expected to win their weekend fixture against bottom placed Somerton & Langport comfortably, and did so with six unanswered goals.

Final score: Somerton & Langport 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 6

The Glovers now have 22 points from 8 matches played. Closest chasers are Nailsea United with 15 points from 7 played.


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4 November 2008 : Ternent Not A Terrier
League One side Huddersfield Town have fired boss Stan Ternent. The 62 year old has officially left by "mutual consent" and the fall-out has also claimed assistant manager Ronnie Jepson and first team coach Mick Docherty. Unusually, Vice-Chairman Andrew Watson, who recommended Ternent to the club, has also fallen on his sword.

Ternent was only appointed to the club in the summer and so lasted a mere 15 league games at the Galpharm Stadium. Despite winning on the weekend and climbing up to 16th in the table, impatience is rife amongst the Terriers with 16,000 season tickets sold during their Centenary Season but little sign that it would turn into a memorable one.

Huddersfield have not named a caretaker manager yet, but whoever takes charge of Saturday's FA Cup First Round match against Port Vale will become their 6th manager since March 2007, with Peter Jackson, Gerry Murphy (two caretaker positions), Andy Ritchie and Ternent having all occupied the hotseat during that time.

Ternent is in good company - Carlisle United manager John Ward was also given his P45 yesterday. Like Ward, Ternent will not go hungry over Christmas - he had signed a three year contract at the Galpharm during the summer.


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4 November 2008 : Palace Deny Smith Link
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has dismissed reports linking him with Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith. The Daily Star had claimed that Palace were keeping an eye on the former Potters Bar youngster, along with Bristol City and Stoke City, but Warnock has told the Croydon Guardian that he is not looking for a left-back at present:

"I think he might have been the lad that was recommended to us but I am all right for left backs now."

The Croydon Guardian list Clint Hill, Lee Hills and Rhoys Wiggins as all being recognised left-backs who are part of Palace's first team squad.


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4 November 2008 : Help Wanted For Fireworks Night
Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly is looking for volunteers who can help man the gates and perform other activities for tomorrow's Fireworks Event. If you are available from 5.30p.m. onwards tomorrow night, drop Mark an email at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk with your availability.


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4 November 2008 : Centre of Excellence vs Cheltenham
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides were in action over the weekend against Cheltenham Town in the latest of their league matches against South-West opposition. In a match played at Sherborne School on November 2nd, Yeovil Town's Under 15s came out on top with a 2-1 win.

Starting with a 4-4-2 diamond formation (perhaps inspired by the first team's tactics at Oldham Athletic!), Yeovil were soon on the back foot against a physical Cheltenham side, who showed that they can pass a ball around. Against the run of play Yeovil had a chance to go into the lead when Brad Hansford was brought down in the box. Unfortunately Danny Williams couldn't convert from the spot. Cheltenham continued to press and took a deserved lead.

Whatever Messrs Matthews and Skiverton said at the end of the first half clearly did the trick as Yeovil literally fought their way back into the game, with a Danny Williams brace, one from a tap in and the second was a clinical finish from the edge of the box.

After an initial mauling by Rovers in the first game of the season, the Under 15's have now gone 5 games unbeaten.

Yeovil Town Under 15s:
Josh (goalkeeper)
Ben Bicknall, Lewis Voizey, Henry Bond, Mike Fordon
Max Harrington
Tom Salter, Brad Hansford
Lewis Morgan
Danny Williams, Alex Pathy

Subs: Alex Henderson(GK), Tom Hopkins, Ben Williams, Ben Robertson.

If anyone has any other scorelines or details from the weekend games, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll add the details into this news page.


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3 November 2008 : Glovers Juice The Cherries!
The Yeovil Town Ladies moved up to second place in the South West Combination on Sunday following an emphatic 7-1 win over AFC Bournemouth Ladies.

After Kim Turner broke her leg at Forest Green a few weeks ago the team were still perhaps a little shell shocked against Oxford City last weekend, but were very much back to their best in this game as they simply ripped the Cherries apart.

Two goals each for Kayleigh Nardiello and Lindsey Roe, plus one a-piece for both Kia Bowles and Emma Brazell together with a Bournemouth own goal were the result of Yeovil's continued good form.

"We were simply sublime in the first half," manager Steve Phelps said after the game. "Our passing and movement was top draw, and to be honest the opposition didn't stand a chance. The Bournemouth manager said to me after the game that we were the best side he's seen in the combination this season, admitting that his team didn't have an answer to anything that we threw at them. I was very happy with what I saw out there today."

Not for the first time this season the Glovers raced to a four goal lead by half time. The first goal came within minutes of the start of the game when Emma Brazell powered her way up the right and into the box to shoot brilliantly into the top corner.

It was just the start the Ladies needed, and they used it as a springboard from which to inflict further misery on the home side, and they only needed five more minutes to grab the second goal as Kia Bowles put the ball into the net directly from a corner, swinging it in wonderfully and completely fooling the Cherries 'keeper.

Yeovil continued to create, and the third goal came when Kayleigh Nardiello made a good run down the left before sending the ball back to Rachael Edwards on the edge of the box. She then pulled it back for Lindsey Roe to power in from 18 yards. The Glovers then made it four when Sarah Roxburgh sent the ball to Brazell on the edge of the box, to cross in well for Kayleigh Nardiello to head home.

The second half started brightly with Lindsey Roe scoring well from an Alana Willson free kick into the box. Steve Phelps then made a couple of changes, and Bournemouth responded by getting a goal back through a looping header over Yeovil 'keeper Sarah Bell and into the net.

The Glovers were not phased by this, and continued their demolition job, as they added number six when Brazell worked hard down the right to send a cross right into the heart of the danger area. No Yeovil player could get to it, but into trying to clear her line, one of the home defenders turned it into her own net.

Anusia Rourke and Charlie Lewis joined the action on 75 minutes for Yeovil, and within seconds Edwards won the ball on the right and pumped it forward, fooling the defence to allow Kayleigh Nardiello to jump down their throats and bury the ball with ease. Another memorable win in what is fast turning out to be a very memorable season.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 7.

[With thanks to Ali King for the match report.]


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3 November 2008 : FA Cup Seat Reservation Deadline Looms
A reminder to Season Ticket Holders in the AgustaWestland Community (Main) Stand and the Cowlin Stand that you have until tomorrow to reserve your usual seat for Saturday's FA Cup match against Stockport County.

Season Ticket Holders will have their seats reserved until Tuesday 5.00p.m. and thereafter the seats will be released to go on general sale.

Note that the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 7.00p.m. on Wednesday night. If you are going to the club's Fireworks Night, then it will also be possible to buy tickets for matches upon arrival at Huish Park.

Saturday's match is operating a Kids For A Quid promotion - all Under 16s can watch the match for just one pound.

Link: FA Cup Stockport County Ticketing Arrangements.


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3 November 2008 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient saw the Glovers frustrated as they dominated the fixture but without the little bit of quality needed to finish off with three points. The Man Of The Match voting saw three players dominate, with left-winger Andy Welsh and midfielder Gary Roberts both featuring heavily.

However, those voting agreed with the Match Sponsor's choice of Craig Alcock as the Man of the Match, with the right-back winning relatively comfortably in the end. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are shown below:

1 Craig Alcock 372 (27)
2 Andy Welsh 288 (15)
3 Gary Roberts 236 (13)
4 Gareth Owen 108 (4)
5 Danny Schofield 60 (3)
6 Terry Skiverton 24 (1)
7 Darren Way 24 (0)
8 Paul Warne 12 (0)
9 Keiran Murtagh 6 (0)
10 Nathan Jones 2 (0)
10 Gavin Tomlin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.54

Performance: 5.87
Entertainment: 5.21

VOTES RECEIVED: 63


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3 November 2008 : Odhiambo Lined Up For Reserves?
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that Leicester City striker Eric Odhiambo could be in line to play for Yeovil Town Reserves tomorrow night. The Reserves take on their Exeter City counterparts at St James Park (kick-off 7.00p.m.) and the Foxes trainee is reported as being lined up as a trialist in that match. There's no quotes to confirm this, but Odhiambo's name has been floating around on the rumourmill for a few weeks now.

The WDP state that Odhiambo was on trial at Huish Park last month - backed up by postings on Leicester City message boards - but that the Glovers returned him to the Walkers Stadium. The paper links the report in with Saturday's news that manager Russell Slade is after a second loan striker this week. The 19 year old has only made two Leicester substitute appearances - both in the League Cup - but had loan spells with Southend United and Dundee United last season where he clocked up another 13 appearances, mainly from the bench.


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3 November 2008 : Aaron Brown Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town central defender Aaron Brown has been placed in the Football League's League One Team Of The Week. Aaron scored his debut goal for the club in the 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday, and was part of a back four that kept two clean sheets across the week.

We're trying to work out how goalkeeper Asmir Begovic didn't get the nod for his two superb performances between the sticks, but perhaps Lewis Price in the MK Dons goal did something even more extraordinary to bounce Asmir out of that position.

The full team is as follows:

Lewis Price (MK Dons)
Frazer Richardson (Leeds) Aaron Brown (Yeovil Town) Anthony Gerrard (Walsall) Johnnie Jackson (Colchester)
John Melligan (Leyton Orient) Carl Baker (Stockport) Grant McCann (Scunthorpe) Lloyd Dyer (Leicester)
Simon Cox (Swindon) Matt Fryatt (Leicester)


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3 November 2008 : Exeter Reserves Prices Set
Admission prices for tomorrow's Football Combination fixture against Exeter City Reserves have been set. The match is being played at St James Park on Tuesday 4th November, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

Those arriving for the match should choose the Stadium Way entrance to the ground, with the Flybe Stand open for the game. Adults are admitted for £3.00 whilst concessions are available at £1.00.

This match was originally due to be played at Huish Park. Exeter's official site are describing the alteration as a "change of venue", suggesting that this will be officially recorded as Yeovil's 'home' fixture in the competition. The away fixture is due to be played on April 7th 2009 and it would appear that this will also take place at St James Park with the Glovers effectively playing one less home match and one extra away match over the course of the season.

If anyone is going to tomorrow night's match, please drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com - ideally with a mobile number - if you can help with any line-ups, scorers or a brief report.

The Football Combination have also officially recorded that Yeovil Town Reserves have had their away match against Bristol City Reserves postponed. We'd already assumed this to be the case, given that it was scheduled to take place on the evening of Tuesday 11th November, whilst Yeovil's first team are playing Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium. However, that fixture is now finally marked as postponed on the Football Combination website.


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3 November 2008 : Capital Glovers Support Membership Scheme
Yeovil Town's Capital Glovers Supporters - a collective of Glovers fans based in London and the South-East - have given their support to the club's proposed Membership Scheme. The club is undertaking a four week consultation period that is due to close tomorrow (Tuesday) and the fans organisation is putting its collective weight behind the scheme.

The Capital Glovers are writing a formal letter to the club describing their thoughts on the subject, and their letter reads as follows:

"We the Capital Glovers, a large group of Yeovil fans based in London and the South East, are writing to you as part of the consultation period for the proposed YTFC membership scheme.

"As a group we would like to endorse the proposal of the scheme due to the benefits it would provide not just to us, supporters who live away from the Yeovil are, but for the club as a whole.

"The Capital Glovers are dedicated to supporting Yeovil Town and despite distance, greatly add to the finances of the club not just through match day tickets and merchandising but also through sponsorship.

"Living away from the area makes the supporting of the club more difficult and for many illogical to purchase a season ticket. This membership scheme, if run currently, would enable supporters to receive the recognition (through loyalty points etc) of their support of the club that they most certainly deserve. With this in mind we propose that loyalty points are awarded for attending matches. Could the current season ticket card software be adapted to logging the entrance of members? This way fans would be incentivised to attend as often as they could, if they were safe in the knowledge that the more they attend, the more they would be rewarded for their loyalty. An example of which could be: If you held 100 loyalty points, tickets to that Manchester United 3rd round clash at Huish Park would be available before members with 50 loyalty points. This in an ideal world would be available online, and not have the necessity to queue outside Huish Park.

"In addition we see the benefit not just to those living away from the area, but generally to Yeovil fans regardless of where they live. This membership scheme would offer a perfect vehicle for greater communication with the fan base. We believe that this is something that has been lack to a severe degree at the club for many years and welcome any effort to genuinely improve the relationship with the fan base and the club. Feedback to the club could be easier through a membership scheme (alongside season ticket holders) with online and paper voting systems/feedback, that could gauge the true feelings of Yeovil Town and giving them a greater voice. The fans ultimately keep the club alive, so to feel more engaged is an essential part of being a supporter of this and any football club.

"We hope that the points within this letter will be considered during the consultation process and we also look forward to the out come of the deliberations
."

Any Capital Glovers can obviously send their own individual thoughts to the club separately - however for those who are short of time or wish to generally support the aims described above, email info@capitalglovers.com with your name, and they will add you to the undersigned list of Glovers fans supporting the letter.

For all other supporters who want to get their views into the club, full details of the scheme consultation period are described via the October 7th news item below. Remember you must supply your thoughts on the Membership Scheme by tomorrow, as the four-week consultation period officially draws to a close at that point.

Link: Membership Scheme Consultation.


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3 November 2008 : Ward Given Boot At Carlisle
On Thursday, Carlisle United manager John Ward was given a firm vote of confidence by his employers following a sequence of poor results in League One that had seen the Cumbrians slide down the table. Today, the Carlisle board showed why football fans around the country treat such votes of confidence with disdain and derision, as just four days and one match later the claim that "we remain confident that the current personnel at Brunton Park can lead us out of the present situation" turned out to be empty words.

Ward has been sacked relieved of his duties by "mutual consent" today, after their poor run turned into 10 defeats in the last 11 games - a desperate run that has taken them from 2nd in the table down to 20th. Yeovil Town's win at Oldham ensured that they leapfrogged Carlisle in the table - an unthinkable situation given where the two clubs were when the Cumbrians beat Yeovil 4-1 in August.

Saturday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Stockport County proved to be the final straw, despite Ward having only been at Brunton Park for 13 months and having taken them to the League One play-offs in May. The decision to fire Ward will be an expensive one for the Carlisle board as the manager still had just under three years of his contract left to run, but with pressure coming from supporters to act, a Carlisle statement this morning said that "we agreed the time had come for us to go our separate ways."

Assistant boss Greg Abbott takes over the reins in a caretaker capacity. Abbott had been caretaker manager prior to Ward's arrival and achieved a record of five wins and two draws across his 10 games in charge. Doubtless Carlisle's board will be praying that he can achieve the same again second time around.


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3 November 2008 : Ladies Thrash Cherries
Yeovil Town Ladies won 7-1 away against AFC Bournemouth Ladies yesterday in Bournemouth. The Glovers goalscorers were Kayleigh Nardiello and Lindsey Roe with a pair each, plus one for Kia Bowles and Emma Brazell. Bournemouth's misery was added to with the 7th being an own goal.

More details will follow on this site soon.


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2 November 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Oldham
A reminder that your Man of the Match votes are due if you went to Boundary Park yesterday. Choose your top three players for the match against Oldham Athletic, plus your performance and entertainment ratings, along with any other comments you want to make, using the form below.

Link: Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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2 November 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Bristol reporter John Bennett about the win. Read the full transcript via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Oldham Game.


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2 November 2008 : Membership Scheme Consultaton Period Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's consultation period for the proposed Membership Scheme ends on Tuesday. The club set a four week period on October 7th for them to receive comments on why supporters would want to see such a scheme and whether what the club was proposing fitted in with their view of what the scheme should contain.

Full details of the scheme consultation period are described via the October 7th news item below.

Link: Membership Scheme Consultation.


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1 November 2008 : Glovers Get Rendell Clearance
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed that he will have to make two changes for next weekend's FA Cup match against Stockport County - but surprisingly striker Scott Rendell is not one of them. The Glovers have obtained clearance from Peterborough United for the on loan marksman to play in the competition, as confirmed by Russell after today's game:

"Scott Rendell is available for the Cup game, Gareth Owen isnít and weíve obviously lost Asmir, so two changes have been forced on me, but at least we have one or two coming back now. It was a pleasant surprise (about Scott Rendell), we asked the question and Peterborough said Ďyesí, so we are pleased with that."

Russell added that may not be the only bonus that he has by next weekend - explaining that there is now an opportunity for him to bring in a second loan striker and that could happen before the next game - subject of course to the player concerned being available to play in the FA Cup:

"Sometimes we do not look as big a threat as we ought too in the forward positions and Iím hoping to bring in a striker this week to keep the momentum and the competition for places going all over the field, not just at the back."

Russell admitted that Charlton Athletic striker Stuart Fleetwood had been one of his targets, with the former Forest Green player having had a loan spell at Cheltenham Town just recently. But when he enquired about him, he was told Fleetwood had an injury - since then he has headed to Brighton and Hove Albion on loan:

"I made a little enquiry about him (Stuart Fleetwood) to see what was happening and was told he had a bit of a bruised shoulder and wasnít going to come out at the time. Heís gone out but thereís other things Iím looking at - I never spin just one plate."

At times the impression given is that Russell has had to go cap in hand to the board on a number of occasions this season, with target players being lost due to procrastination over issues. However, Russell acknowledged that he was now getting support from the board over the need to improve the squad's striking options:

"I think they (the board) sees the need to keep the competition high in that area of the pitch."

Russell also went into depth over what his thinking has been during the last four games in terms of trying to turn the club's fortunes around after a poor run of form, during which they had conceded a worrying number of goals. He explained that the first priority had been to ensure those weaknesses were tightened up on:

"We needed to do something, be a bit more resilient and show some more grit and determination and I think I have got that in my side now. Now itís about where can we tweak it a little bit to get a few more goals. We did everything right at Huddersfield but we didnít have a goal in the locker and the same against Orient the weekend before. So we see the need to strengthen that and have a bit more variation up front so if we can bring another one in thatís more competition for places. Thereís then a possibility of putting one of the youngsters out on loan."

At the back though, the Glovers have now gone 283 minutes without conceding a goal, and they managed that today without even having the need to put first choice central-defensive pairing Terry Skiverton and Terrell Forbes on the pitch. Russell admitted that was brilliant for him to have so many options at the back at last:

"Pelts has had his first game today, Nathan Smith didnít even make the bench and that gives you some idea of the competition for places, certainly defensively. Forbes is on the bench, Terry Skivertonís on the bench, though Terry gives himself a chance of getting straight back in on Saturday with Gareth being out against Stockport. So, we have nice problems at the back because thereís competition, and I though Pelts did a superb job as a sitting midfielder with Way and Roberts working tirelessly."


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1 November 2008 : Brown And Warne Stun Latics
Yeovil Town secured a shock 2-0 victory at Boundary Park this afternoon as two second half goals turned the formbook on its head, with the Glovers securing their first away victory since August and condemned Oldham Athletic to their first league home defeat of the season. Yeovil's heroes were Aaron Brown, who converted a Gary Roberts free kick, whilst Paul Warne latched onto a Craig Alcock long ball three minutes later to stun the home crowd.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to Tuesday night's side. One enforced change was that of Andy Welsh - lost to a groin injury, and his place was taken at Paul Warne who lined up against his former club in a striking position. The second was Lee Peltier, who made his full return from injury, displacing Keiran Murtagh and lining up as a holding midfielder at the base of a diamond.

The opening period started off looking as though it would continue as Huddersfield left off on Tuesday - with Yeovil fighting a rearguard action. An early shot from Danny Whitaker was deflected off Danny Schofield, wrong footing Asmir Begovic but thankfully going wide of the target. Next, Begovic showed he hadn't lost his Tuesday night form with another stunning one handed save from a point-blank Lee Hughes header - somehow pushing the ball round his post for a corner. With today Asmir's last game for the club until at least January, he was certainly ensuring that he went out on a high. The Glovers keeper was forced into his second major save of the match midway through the half when Andy Liddell fed midweek hat-trick hero Lewis Alessandra but the teenager couldn't add to his tally, with the Glovers keeper at full stretch to keep him out.

As the half wore on though, the Glovers began to impress their own play upon Oldham, and on 27 minutes, they created their first real chance of the match, with Lee Peltier feeding Gary Roberts, and the 21 year old made room for himself to burst forward, lose his marker and fire a 25 yarder against the crossbar. That appeared to wake the game up properly as a contest, and show that perhaps this wasn't going to be the one-sided encounter that Huddersfield had turned out to be. The home crowd began to get edgy at this revelation, and what had been initially edgy, began to become increasingly comfortable.

That pattern continued in the second half - even if it opened with Andy Liddell missing an absolute sitter on the far post as Chris Taylor's cross was beautifully placed for an opening goal. Liddell planted himself in the back of the net - yet managed to stick the ball wide of the target. That miss was to prove highly costly for the home side.

Just past the hour mark, Yeovil won a free kick that was swung in by Gary Roberts and brilliantly headed home by Aaron Brown. Oldham were stunned and were now paying for their earlier inability to find the net. At last, Yeovil had worked out how to find the back of the net at Boundary Park without reaching for their own goal net. 1-0 - and you might have thought 28 minutes to hang on to a slender single goal lead.

Craig Alcock had other ideas. As Oldham surged forward with the immediate aim of pressurising for an equaliser, they got hit by a simple and sweet sucker punch. Alcock decided to make use of supposedly the ugliest word in the footballing book - the "long ball". Except that one man's hoof, is another man's beautifully executed pass - straight into the path of Paul Warne, and in behind the Oldham defence. Slightly miscontrolling the ball on the first attempt, but still doing enough to out-pace his marker, Oldham keeper Mark Crossley held his line, rather than come out and try and panic Warne, and the striker buried the attempt to make it 2-0 and stun the Oldham fans, some of whom could only sit there and applaud their former hero.

Oldham's response was to use up their three substitutions - going for broke in a 3-4-3 formation in an attempt to win back the game. But they looked ragged and folorn and the more they pushed up, the more they looked likely to be caught on the break. Manager Russell Slade seemed to recognise that, bringing on Aidan Downes was a front line replacement for Warne - who unusually got a standing ovation from all sides of the ground when he left the pitch - well, apart from the side that is currently rubble during Oldham's regeneration of Boundary Park.

The Latics couldn't find their way back into the match, and the home fans knew it - deserting the stadium in hundreds long before the final whistle blew, as they saw their players become petulant and frustrated at the fact that their home record was going to be broken by a team 16 places below them. However, the longer the match went on, the more it was apparent that it was little more than the Glovers deserved. Four matches unbeaten, and with the last three seeing clean sheets, this is a great way to go into next weekend's FA Cup battle with Stockport County.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Aaron Brown (0-1, 62 mins), Paul Warne (0-2, 65 mins)

Oldham Athletic: (4-4-2)
1. Mark Crossley
2. Neal Eardley 14. Reuben Hazell 16. Sean Gregan 21. Daniel Jones
22. Andy Liddell 8. Mark Allott 7. Danny Whitaker 18. Chris Taylor
9. Lee Hughes 25. Lewis Alessandra

Substitutes:
13. Greg Fleming (GK) 12. Kelvin Lomax 15. Kevin Maher (76 mins for Neal Eardley) 24. Deane Smalley (68 mins for Andy Liddell) 28. Brett Ormerod (68 mins for Lewis Alessandra)


Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Asmir Begovic
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 5. Gareth Owen 3. Nathan Jones
27. Lee Peltier
16. Gary Roberts 8. Darren Way
11. Danny Schofield
14. Paul Warne 15. Scott Rendell

Substitutes:
4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 10. Gavin Tomlin 17. Aidan Downes (81 mins for Paul Warne) 18. Keiran Murtagh

Oldham Bookings: Daniel Jones (72 mins, foul), Lee Hughes (81 mins, dissent)
Yeovil Bookings: Gareth Owen (38 mins, foul)

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland). Assistants: Scott Duncan (Tyne and Wear) and Robert Jones (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Paul Graham (Greater Manchester).

Attendance: 5,318 (including 165 Yeovil supporters).


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