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30 November 2010 : Download The Ladies vs Gillingham Fixture Poster
With Yeovil Town Ladies having had their last home match against Keynsham Town Ladies called off due to the current bad weather, there is now a new Fixtures Poster available to help advertise their next home match.

That game takes place on Sunday 12th December at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, kick-off 2.00p.m. and is against Gillingham Ladies (of Kent, rather than Dorset). Download the poster below and print it and display it anywhere you think may help spread the word.

This coming Sunday, the Ladies are on their travels against Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Gillingham Ladies : Fixture Flyer.


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30 November 2010 : Charlton Man Of The Match Result
A little over a week ago, Yeovil Town made the trip to The Valley, where they lost out narrowly to Charlton Athletic. They can count themselves a little bit unlucky, having held the game until the final few minutes thanks to a Dean Bowditch strike and an own goal. A late penalty saw the Addicks triumph by a 3-2 scoreline which was rough justice on a spirited Yeovil performance.

The Man of the Match voting for the match was surprisingly one-sided for a game that had so much going on at both ends. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, right-back Craig Alcock and right-winger Andy Williams picked up a number of votes, but the runaway winner was Shaun MacDonald, who grabbed his second MOTM match award in a row. Full results are as shown below:

1 Shaun MacDonald 80 (8)
2 Andy Williams 24 (0)
3 Craig Alcock 20 (1)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 20 (0)
5 Sam Williams 6 (0)
6 Nathan Smith 2 (0)
6 Adam Virgo 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.44

Performance: 7.33
Entertainment: 7.56

VOTES RECEIVED: 9


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30 November 2010 : Scottish Return Interests Glovers Loan Winger Sproule
Yeovil Town loan winger Ivan Sproule has admitted that a return to Scottish Premier League football would interest him, as he ponders his long term future. The 29 year old is currently on loan from Championship side Bristol City, and is under contract at Ashton Gate until next summer.

However, the Edinburgh Evening News report that Sproule has already been told that he will not be offered an extension to his current deal and so will part company with the Robins either in January - for what they claim will be a 'modest' fee - or will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Western Daily Press last week linked Sproule with a return to his former club Hibernian and he has said that he would have no problem in returning to Easter Road if that came true:

"I knew if I was going to leave Bristol City this was always going to come up. I've had a fantastic time here, it's a fantastic club but I have to look after by own future and that of my family. Everyone knows Hibs are a club that will always be close to my heart. They gave me a chance in football, made my career. I've very fond memories of my time in Edinburgh. Everyone at the club made us welcome, I always gave 100 per cent when I played and I was lucky enough to be in a team which won something. I've never hidden my love for the club or the fact I am a Hibs supporter. You never know where you are going to end up in football but I will always be grateful to Hibs."

Sproule told the paper that at present he would be leaving the matter in the hands of Bristol City and his agent to sort out, and that his primary target was to get himself match fit whilst on loan with the Glovers:

"It wouldn't rule out moving back to Easter Road but that's in the hands of others, not mine. I still feel I have a lot to offer but for the moment I'm simply concentrating on getting myself as fit as I can for January."

So far, Sproule has had one 90 minute session with Yeovil Town, playing in last week's 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth. He is due to play in three more League matches for Yeovil Town, but will not feature in the FA Cup match at Hartlepool United. He is due to return to Ashton Gate on December 19th.


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30 November 2010 : ESPN Choose Double For Second Round Replays
Satellite and Cable TV broadcaster ESPN has chosen two FA Cup Second Round Replays to be screened live next week. Northern Premier League Premier Division side FC United of Manchester get their second live match of the competition screened, having been already shown in the First Round in their win over Rochdale. This time they face League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion in a replay.

Conference National side Luton Town are the other home side to welcome the cameras, bringing Charlton Athletic to Kenilworth Road. All four clubs will receive £36,000 as the FA's Broadcast Fee, whilst the winners of each match will gain an additional £27,000 as Second Round winners.

Charlton will be live on TV three times in a month, having been selected for live broadcast coverage by Sky Sports for Football League Trophy and League One matches. The full list of Football League related live matches (with matches involving League One clubs in bold) is as follows:

04/12/2010 : 12:45 : Ipswich Town vs Swansea City (Sky, Championship)
04/12/2010 : 17:20 : Millwall vs Scunthorpe United (Sky, Championship)
08/12/2010 : 19:45 : FC United Of Manchester vs Brighton & Hove Albion (ESPN, FACR2R)
09/12/2010 : 19:45 : Luton Town vs Charlton Athletic (ESPN, FACR2R)
10/12/2010 : 19:45 : QPR vs Watford (BBC, Championship)
11/12/2010 : 17:20 : Crystal Palace vs Hull City (Sky, Championship)
14/12/2010 : 19:45 : Brentford vs Charlton Athletic (Sky, FL Trophy)
18/12/2010 : 17:20 : Ipswich Town vs Leicester City (Sky, Championship)
28/12/2010 : 12:15 : Coventry City vs QPR (Sky, Championship)
01/01/2011 : 17:20 : Watford vs Portsmouth (Sky, Championship)
03/01/2011 : 12:15 : Huddersfield Town vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sky, L1)
03/01/2011 : 17:05 : Charlton Athletic vs Swindon Town (Sky, L1)
14/01/2011 : 19:45 : Colchester United vs AFC Bournemouth (Sky, L1)
22/01/2011 : 17:20 : Scunthorpe United vs Burnley (Sky, Championship)
23/01/2011 : 13:15 : QPR vs Coventry City (Sky, Championship)
05/02/2011 : 17:20 : Peterborough United vs Southampton (Sky, L1)
06/02/2011 : 13:15 : Swansea City vs Cardiff City (BBC, Championship)
21/02/2011 : 19:45 : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Plymouth Argyle (Sky, L1)
25/02/2011 : 19:45 : Notts County vs Charlton Athletic (Sky, L1)

As a point of interest, if Yeovil Town win their Second Round FA Cup tie against Hartlepool United, then there will be two opportunities to see their prospective Third Round opponents Watford in live action - on December 10th at QPR and on New Year's Day against Portsmouth.

At present, neither ESPN nor ITV have selected their FA Cup Third Round televised matches, due to be played between January 7th and January 10th (with the main non-televised ties due to be played on Saturday January 8th).


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29 November 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Peterborough United have been announced. The game takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 4th December, kick-off 3.00p.m. and marks the return of former boss Gary Johnson with his new club, with Gary heading back to Huish Park for a first team League match for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

The man in charge of the game will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey). Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches.

Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and no real complaints about Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.

Probably our most critical notes about Mr Ward came in the third and most recent meeting we've had involving him - the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Surrey) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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29 November 2010 : Latest Home Office Figures See Glovers Fans Top Of The Table
Yeovil Town's supporters once again come out as one of the best in the country, according to the latest Home Office Statistics, covering the 2009-10 season. There are now zero banning orders in place against Glovers fans, with the one long-standing court order having been cleared during last season.

This leaves Yeovil Town as one of only three clubs across the Premier League, Football League and Conference National divisions without a banning order, with Accrington Stanley and Stevenage the other two clubs to have a clean slate.

During the 2009-10 season, the clubs who did not have banning orders issued (other than the above trio) were Reading and Doncaster Rovers, who are currently in the Championship, Dagenham and Redbridge, Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons in League One, and Barnet, Burton Albion, Cheltenham Town, Gillingham and Macclesfield Town, along with a significant number of Conference National clubs.

In terms of arrests, Yeovil Town had just one supporter arrested during the whole of the 2009-10 season. This is identified as an alcohol-related offence at an away game, rather than anything directly related to hooliganism. This is the joint best record in League One along with Hartlepool United and Wycombe Wanderers. In League Two, Torquay United, Macclesfield Town and Cheltenham Town managed to get through the whole of the season without a single arrest. Otherwise all clubs had at least one arrest.

In terms of the overall national picture, the number of arrests at matches has dropped by 395 to 3,391 spectators - a drop of 10 percent across England and Wales. The total number represents 0.01 percent of all spectators. The number of Banning Orders have increased slightly from 3,180 to 3,248, despite a number of Banning Orders having time expiries against them.

The report notes that there were zero arrests of England or Wales supporters during this period, which includes the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, whilst the Champions League and Europa League matches during last season saw just 12 English and Welsh fans arrested in 42 matches in mainland Europe.

Clearly these figures continue to excellent reputation that Yeovil Town fans have across the country. Despite a number of national media scare stories, the number of arrests made continues to fall and football continues to be generally a safe environment - and probably far safer than your average city centre at closing time on a Friday night. Congratulations to all home and away Yeovil Town supporters, and let's keep the records going over the next 12 months.

Link: 13 October 2010 : Glovers Chief Praises Fans Behaviour.

Link: 22 December 2009 : Yeovil Town : The Best Behaved Supporters In The Football League.

Link: 26 November 2008 : Home Office Report Gives Thumbs Up To Glovers Fans.

Link: 12 August 2008 : Police Reveal Football Arrest Figures.


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28 November 2010 : FA Cup Third Round Draw - Full Details
The winners of the Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Second Round match have been drawn at away to Watford in the FA Cup Third Round draw. The draw was made live from FA Headquarters at Wembley Stadium today.

To our knowledge we've never played the Hornets before, even in friendly matches, unless someone wants to pluck out an obscure pre-WWII one we've overlooked! The most recent connection between the two clubs is defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan's loan to Huish Park, with the deal cut short and the player now on loan at Bradford City. Watford are currently 14th in the Championship but are on a run of poor form, having not won in seven matches.

Remaining Second Round winners will receive the sum of £27,000 from the FA's prize fund to add to the £18,000 won in the First Round. At stake in the Third Round will be £67,500 to each winning club.

All Third Round matches will be played on or around Saturday 8th January 2011, subject to policing and television requirements. Note that this would result in the home match against Brighton and Hove Albion being postponed if either Yeovil or the Seagulls get as far as that stage of the competition.

The full Third Round draw is as follows:

Burnley vs Port Vale
Coventry City vs Crystal Palace
Bristol City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham vs Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers vs Wolves
Brighton or FC United vs Portsmouth
Huddersfield Town vs Dover Athletic
Crawley Town or Swindon Town vs Derby County
West Ham United vs Barnsley
Reading vs West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal vs Leeds United
Sheffield United vs Aston Villa
Leicester City vs Manchester City
Bolton Wanderers vs York City
Blackburn Rovers vs Queens Park Rangers
Swansea City vs Colchester United
Wycombe Wanderers vs Hereford United or Lincoln City
Stevenage vs Newcastle United
Burton Albion vs Middlesbrough
Millwall vs Birmingham City
Southampton vs Blackpool
Watford vs Yeovil Town or Hartlepool United
Chelsea vs Ipswich Town
Sunderland vs Notts County or AFC Bournemouth
Scunthorpe United vs Everton
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Hull City vs Wigan Athletic
Stoke City vs Cardiff City
Tottenham Hotspur vs Charlton Athletic or Luton Town
Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest
Norwich City vs Droylesdon or Leyton Orient
Torquay United vs Carlisle United


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28 November 2010 : Dagenham Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match took place two weeks ago against Dagenham and Redbridge. Despite being in the game for much of the match, with Andy Williams scoring right on the stroke of half time, their tendency to concede late goals saw the Glovers go down to a very disappointing 1-3 home defeat that allowed their relegation rivals to win the 'six pointer'.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, goalscorer Williams featured well, as did his opposite wing partner Andy Welsh. However the Man of the Match winner was midfielder Shaun MacDonald by a fair distance, with few defensive players getting votes for this team performance. Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM results shown in brackets:

1 Shaun MacDonald 156 (12)
2 Andy Williams 76 (4)
3 Andy Welsh 36 (3)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 28 (1)
5 Adam Virgo 22 (1)
6 John Sullivan 18 (1)
6 Dean Bowditch 18 (1)
8 Paul Huntington 16 (0)
9 Nathan Smith 6 (0)
10 Sam Williams 4 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 2 (0)
11 Owain Tudur Jones 2 (0)
11 Gavin Williams 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.38

Performance: 5.17
Entertainment: 5.58

VOTES RECEIVED: 23


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28 November 2010 : FA Cup Third Round Draw Revised List
Yeovil Town will be included in the FA Cup Third Round draw at teatime today, achieved without kicking a ball. Yesterday's postponed match against Hartlepool United means that both teams will be included in the draw, which will be screened live on ITV on Sunday, in a programme starting at 6.00p.m.. Both teams will be Ball Number 49 as the draw is made by rock band duo Noel Gallagher (Oasis and Manchester City supporter) and Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian and Leicester City supporter).

We listed the ball numbers four days ago, but as yesterday's matches have resolved a decent proportion of the Second Round games, here's the revised list of ball numbers:

1 Arsenal
2 Aston Villa
3 Barnsley
4 Birmingham City
5 Blackburn Rovers
6 Blackpool
7 Bolton Wanderers
8 Bristol City
9 Burnley
10 Cardiff City
11 Chelsea
12 Coventry City
13 Crystal Palace
14 Derby County
15 Doncaster Rovers
16 Everton
17 Fulham
18 Hull City
19 Ipswich Town
20 Leeds United
21 Leicester City
22 Liverpool
23 Manchester City
24 Manchester United
25 Middlesbrough
26 Millwall
27 Newcastle United
28 Norwich City
29 Nottingham Forest
30 Portsmouth
31 Preston North End
32 Queens Park Rangers
33 Reading
34 Scunthorpe United
35 Sheffield United
36 Stoke City
37 Sunderland
38 Swansea City
39 Tottenham Hotspur
40 Watford
41 West Bromwich Albion
42 West Ham United
43 Wigan Athletic
44 Wolverhampton Wanderers
45 Sheffield Wednesday
46 Burton Albion
47 Huddersfield Town
48 Stevenage
49 Hartlepool United OR Yeovil Town
50 Peterborough United
51 Notts County OR AFC Bournemouth
52 Droylsden OR Leyton Orient
53 Crawley Town OR Swindon Town
54 Brighton & Hove Albion OR FC United of Manchester
55 Southampton
56 Torquay United
57 Charlton Athletic OR Luton Town
58 Colchester United
59 Hereford United OR Lincoln City
60 Port Vale OR Accrington Stanley
61 Wycombe Wanderers
62 Carlisle United
63 Dover Athletic
64 York City

Second Round winners will receive the sum of £27,000 from the FA's prize fund to add to the £18,000 won in the First Round. At stake in the Third Round will be £67,500 to each winning club.

As always, we'll list the full Third Round draw, minutes after it is made, and let you know who Yeovil Town or Hartlepool United have got on our Twitter account as soon as we come out of the hat.


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28 November 2010 : Ladies Games Fall Victim To Weather
Yeovil Town Ladies have had both of their matches today called off. The First Team game against Keynsham Town Ladies and the Reserves match against Queens Park Rangers have both fallen victim to the wintry weather.


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27 November 2010 : A Farewell To Tudur Jones
Today's postponed match against Hartlepool United means that one of Yeovil Town's loan players has made a rather low key exit from Huish Park, having now played his last game for the club. Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones returns to Carrow Road now (or rather as soon as the team coach makes it back from their wasted seven hour journey!) having completed a three month loan with the Glovers.

Owain made sixteen appearances, including fourteen starts, in his second loan spell for the Glovers, bringing up his tally to 22 appearances including last season's stay. He scored one goal, which was at the Galpharm Stadium, against Huddersfield Town in September, adding to the one he got last season against Wycombe Wanderers.

Under the Emergency Loan rules, which only allow a player to stay for a maximum of 93 days, Owain now returns to his parent club, and he admitted to BBC Somerset that it was disappointing for him to have to end his stay:

"It's a shame really to be going back after a good run of games. But yes, I've enjoyed every day, coming in. They're a good bunch of lads and the coaching staff are brilliant. Hopefully over the next coming weeks and months, the team can progress and just get the points that are needed to get up the table."

The very best of luck to Owain for the future, and hopefully he can find himself some first team football either at Norwich, or more likely at a new club in January.

Link: Owain Tudur Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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27 November 2010 : Photos From The Victoria Park Postponement
This afternoon's FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United was called off - but not before most Yeovil Town supporters had already made the seven hour journey to the North-East. With two lots of overnight snow across Thursday night and Friday night, Pools were always up against it, and not even pleas for supporters to help clear the pitch were likely to succeed.

One Yeovil Town supporter who got all the way to Victoria Park was Ben Barrett, and his photos below show the state of the Victoria Park pitch and why the game never stood a chance of being played this afternoon. The question has to be asked why a pitch inspection was left so late in the day, after those travelling from Yeovil had already arrived in the town?

The revised date for the fixture is now Tuesday 7th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off with a provisional replay date set for Tuesday 14th December.
Some green grass in sight at Victoria Park, but not enough to play the game
Some green grass in sight at Victoria Park, but not enough to play the game
Photo © 2010 Ben Barrett

A winter's sun is not strong enough to get this pitch melted!
A winter's sun is not strong enough to get this pitch melted!
Photo © 2010 Ben Barrett

Stacking up the snow on the side of the pitch, but plenty left on it
Stacking up the snow on the side of the pitch, but plenty left on it
Photo © 2010 Ben Barrett

Giving up! The groundsman's tools lie in the snow after the game is called off
Giving up! The groundsman's tools lie in the snow after the game is called off
Photo © 2010 Ben Barrett



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27 November 2010 : Hartlepool vs Yeovil Town is OFF - New Dates Arranged
This afternoon's FA Cup Second Round match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town has been postponed. Despite efforts to clear the snow from the pitch, Pools were unable to prevent the game from being called off.

The revised date for the Second Round fixture is now Tuesday 7th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Any replay required will take place on Tuesday 14th December at Huish Park.


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27 November 2010 : Pitch Inspection For Hartlepool FA Cup Tie
This afternoon's FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United will be subject to a pitch inspection. The Victoria Road pitch will be inspected at 1.00p.m. according to BBC Radio Bristol. We'll put the outcome on here and on Twitter as soon as we get it.


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27 November 2010 : Pools Make Further Pleas For Snow Clearance
This afternoon's opponents Hartlepool United are continuing their pleas for supporters to turn up and help clear the pitch at Victoria Park in time for this afternoon's game to go ahead. Following snowfall on Thursday night, staff have woken to find two or three inches on the pitch again, and plenty in and around the stadium.

There's still no mention of the need for a pitch inspection at the ground, but the the Hartlepool Mail reports that groundsman Dave Brown is urgently requesting that fans head down with their shovels, prepared to help with clearing from both the pitch and the stadium areas:

"It's hard to take that we cleared the pitch yesterday and now we have to do it again. The more hands we can get on deck though the better and anyone who can come down and help us will be very welcome indeed."

For those who are on the move and heading up to the game, any developments will be broadcasted on our Twitter account as soon as they are known.


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27 November 2010 : Sproule Linked With Scottish Return
Today's Western Daily Press is speculating that current Yeovil Town loan winger Ivan Sproule could return to Easter Park in January. The 29 year old Bristol City player is at Huish Park for a one month loan period, and will be with the Glovers until December 19th. He has three more games to play for Yeovil, but will not feature in this afternoon's match at Victoria Road against Hartlepool United as City do not want him to get cup-tied.

The BEP don't offer any quotes from any interested parties to back-up the article, and admit that there has been no formal approach by Hibernian, stating that conversations are ongoing at agent level. However, given Sproule spent two years at Easter Park, making 94 appearances and scoring 18 goals, a move for the Irishman would not be a major surprise. Their manager is former Nottingham Forest boss Colin Calderwood, who doubtless would have watched him play in a City shirt at various times.

Sod's law is that a move north of the border would make any attempts to avoid Sproule becoming cup-tied in today's game irrelevant, given that it would not affect his participation in any Scottish cup competitions. He is due to play against Peterborough United, Colchester United and Carlisle United before his spell with the Glovers comes to an end.


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26 November 2010 : Skivo Previews The Hartlepool Cup Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's FA Cup Second Round match at Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Hartlepool Cup Game.


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26 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Will The Real Mr Yeovil Stand Up
The two-headed beast that is Taff's Gloversblog switches the controls to Cruncher, who follows up on the provocative article from Taff himself yesterday. Considering the role of the manager within the wider realms of a football club as a whole, Cruncher gives his own views on the current perils within our club.

As usual, views, disagreements and alternatives are all welcomed, via the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Will The Real Mr Yeovil Stand Up.


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26 November 2010 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the long and wintry journey up to Durham tomorrow where they will face Hartlepool United in an FA Cup Second Round match. The team bus left Huish Park early this morning, hoping to land the Glovers in the Third Round of the competition for the first time in six years.

In their way stand a Pools side who are just about starting to hit form at the right time. They lie 14th in League One, and eight points ahead of the 23rd place Glovers, but perhaps more significantly have only tasted defeat once in their last seven League and FA Cup games. Even that one defeat was at the hands of an awful decision by the match officials, as referee Oliver Langford awarded opponents Colchester United a last minute penalty for a foul that TV replays showed was clearly outside the box. Langford has apologised to caretaker manager Mick Wadsworth for his mistake - their only blip in three wins and three draws.

Wadworth's first game in charge was at Huish Park back in August, with Hartlepool giving him a dream start with a 2-0 win, as a woeful Glovers performance saw Gary Liddle and Andy Monkhouse grab the goals. The Pools boss still remains as caretaker, although this is nothing too unfamiliar to those at the club - technically they have been without a manager since Danny Wilson left them in December 2008, with former Director of Sport Chris Turner never formally taking up the First Team Manager title, despite effectively being in charge for 20 months.

A slightly cryptic article on Hartlepool's official site yesterday suggested that Wadsworth will "consider rotating his squad" for this game. Whilst we're sure that the Pools boss does not have the squad options that Chelsea might have, they suggest that Paul Murray, Denis Behan (shoulder) and Colin Larkin (back) are three players who may get recalls, having been out of the starting eleven, with the latter two having been injured recently. Top scorer Antony Sweeney's midweek bang on the nose is not thought serious enough to keep him out. Whether they change a squad that won 1-0 at Tranmere Rovers in midweek though is another matter.

One player who won't feature is former Glover Scott Flinders, with the goalkeeper ruled out until the end of December through injury. Given their other permanent goalkeeper Andy Rafferty is also out injured, they have two loan keepers on their books, with Lee Nicholls signed from Wigan Athletic and Jake Kean in from Blackburn Rovers. At present, Kean is the one between the sticks, having arrived in mid-September.

The Glovers will be without three loan players, with Bristol City pair Gavin Williams and Ivan Sproule denied the right to play by their parent clubs, whilst Chelsea have also done the same with Adam Phillip. Midfielder Owain Tudur Jones will bid farewell to the club after tomorrow's game, whilst Leicester City centre-back Tom Parkes should at least make the bench after being signed yesterday. Apart from the three loan absentees, there are no other players likely to be missing, with recent absentees Luke Ayling and Andy Welsh returning to the squad in midweek.

Yeovil Town go into tomorrow's game on the back of a horrible run of League form - one draw and six defeats in their last seven matches, and with a catalogue of defensive errors leading to 17 goals being conceded during that time. However, football can be an odd beast, and sometimes one-off matches like local derbies or FA Cup matches can be the time when the form book goes out the window and a corner gets turned. Manager Terry Skiverton will have to persuade his players that tomorrow represents a blank page to start again, and perhaps being a long distance away from home will provide a less pressurising environment for them to be able to do so.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and if you're travelling to the game, be aware of our earlier article concerning overnight snowfall in Hartlepool, and be prepared. The Ciderspace guide is linked below and tickets are available on the day. If you can't make it, then follow us on Twitter or tune into 95.5FM for BBC Somerset's live commentary on the game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match.

Link: GWSC FA Cup Travel To Hartlepool United.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Hartlepool Call On Fans To Help Clear Snow.

Link: Trio Blocked From FA Cup Duty.


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26 November 2010 : Hartlepool Call On Fans To Help Clear Snow
Of indirect relevance to Yeovil Town supporters - tomorrow's opponents Hartlepool United have put out a request asking their fans to help clear snow at Victoria Park. Wintry conditions, particularly in the North-East, have seen around two inches of snow fall in the town, and despite them having used pitch covers to protect their goal mouths, the overnight fall needs to be cleared. In addition they are needing to clear pathways and stadium areas to ensure the game goes ahead.

As per our meeting with Hartlepool in League One, almost 12 months ago, the Durham club have got a very good record in beating the weather amd at present they have assured supporters that the pitch is still soft underneath the covers and the snow.

However, current forecasts throughout the UK are not the best, with the snowy weather gradually heading southward. If you are going to tomorrow's game, firstly allow extra time to get there if you can, and include contingency plans.

For those who are signed up to our Twitter feed, remember that if you turn on your SMS option, you can have text messages sent to your mobile phone at no charge (for UK phone operators). If we do encounter any pitch inspections or major issues for tomorrow's game, we'll immediately provide an update on Twitter as soon as we hear about it.


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26 November 2010 : Pilgrims Under Pressure From Taxman
League One side Plymouth Argyle are the subject of two winding-up orders that will be heard early next month. The Pilgrims have become the latest club to fall foul of HMRC (aka the taxman) due to non-payment of their tax bills.

The main Plymouth Argyle company was issued with a winding up order on October 23rd, according to the BBC, and that case will be heard on December 8th, in the Royal Courts of Justice's regular Wednesday session to handle cases issued by HMRC.

In addition, the company Plymouth Argyle formed to handle their property assets, Home Park Properties, has also been issued with a winding up order by HMRC - it's not 100 percent clear whether this is on the same day or a new day. Home Park Properties was only formed in January 2010, and was a company created to separate Argyle's stadium and land developments from its footballing operations, to act as a vehicle for investors. However, The Guardian suggests that the £7.5m sale to the property company has yet to go through.

As if matters couldn't get worse for the Pilgrims, they have confirmed that former Leeds United and Cardiff City Chairman Peter Risdale is in town, sniffing around with the view of 'investing' money into the club. Risdale was the man who was at the helm when Leeds plummeted out of the Premier League, and during his time at Cardiff they were the subject of a succession of winding up orders.

Plymouth themselves are no stranger to battles with HMRC, having been the subject of a winding up order in February 2010. They cleared the debt before it got to the High Court, with their owners stumping up a £1 million loan to clear the debt.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday look as though they will be taken over by former Leicester City and Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric within the next few days. The 72 year old has agreed a £7 million payment to the Co-Operative Bank, who are owed in excess of £20 million by the Owls. Mandaric still needs to reach agreement with the board of directors and various past board members and loan note holders, but those creditors will be under severe pressure to accept his offer, given Wednesday are back in court next week to answer another winding-up order for £400,000 in unpaid VAT, to add to their £1.4 million in unpaid PAYE that was deferred by the High Court last week for 28 days.

An amalgamation of various Wednesday supporters groups and minor shareholders have united under the banner of One Wednesday in an attempt to provide a fans' investment or takeover plan. Spokesman Garry Scotting has said that they would step aside and welcome Mandaric if he finalises his deal with the club:

"If this deal is done, we would welcome the arrival of Milan Mandaric at Hillsborough. He has moved other clubs forward in the past and has got the money to make the investment required. He is a new broom which is exactly what our club has needed at the club for a long time."

Mandaric himself has his own legal issues to deal with outside Sheffield Wednesday. His charge of tax evasion, related to his time as Portsmouth owner, was yesterday adjourned until January. Mandaric is charged alongside former Pompey manager Harry Redknapp, and former chief executive Peter Storrie. If Mandaric was convicted over the issue, he could face issues over the Football League's Fit and Proper Persons test, although the purchase of Wednesday should go through before that becomes an immediate issue.


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25 November 2010 : Trio Blocked From FA Cup Duty
Yeovil Town will be without three of their attacking players when they make the journey up to Durham for their FA Cup Second Round tie against Hartlepool United. Three of the club's seven loan players are not allowed to play against Pools in the match due to their parent clubs not wanting them to become cup-tied.

Midfield play-maker Gavin Williams was already known about, given that Bristol City blocked him from turning out in the First Round, whilst Ivan Sproule's omission was also expected when he also arrived from Ashton Gate. The slight surprise is that Chelsea teenager Adam Phillip has been stopped from playing by his parent club.

However midfielder Owain Tudur Jones will play his last match for the club before returning to Norwich City at the end of his three month spell at Huish Park. In addition, Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald and Millwall goalkeeper John Sullivan will continue their runs in the side.

They will be joined by new loan signing Tom Parkes, who became Yeovil Town's 11th borrowed player of the 2010-11 season, with the 18 year old coming in this afternoon from Leicester City. Manager Terry Skiverton said that despite the player's inexperience, he would have no qualms about putting him into the starting line-up if required:

"It depends on who we've got available and who is ready at the back as to whether or not I put him in. But yes certainly I've got no fears about putting him straight into the team, or into the squad. We've got Gavin (Williams), Adam Phillip and Sprouley (Ivan Sproule) who will be out for that game. But the other ones will be allowed to play, alongside John (Sullivan) and Shaun MacDonald. So we've still got a good enough squad going up there."


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25 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Tipping Point Reached?
It's not easy being a Yeovil Town supporter at the moment. The latest Taff's Gloversblog sees our Somerset-resident Welshman considering Tuesday night's defeat against AFC Bournemouth, as well as an earlier announcement concerning an announcement. Picking that apart as well as pondering at what point changes should be called for, the latest blog entry is available via the link below. Comments and observations, as usual, are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Tipping Point Reached?


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25 November 2010 : Defender Parkes Up At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have signed on loan 18 year old Tom Parkes from Leicester City. The Foxes academy product has signed a deal that will keep him at Huish Park until January 3rd. He is a central defender who can also play as a left-back.

Parkes was born in Mansfield on January 15th 1992, and is therefore currently 18 years old. He is a product of Leicester's Youth Academy, having captained their Under-18s side. He has yet to make a first team appearance for the Foxes, but spent the second half of the 2009-10 season out on loan with Burton Albion, where he made 22 appearances scoring one goal. His nearest move to the Foxes first team came in an FA Cup match last season when he was an unused substitute.

He has been granted permission to play in this weekend's FA Cup match against Hartlepool United and thus seems likely to at least make the first team bench, although manager Terry Skiverton suggested in Tuesday night's interview that he might be prepared to stick any newcomer straight into the starting line-up, given his dissatisfaction with the current defending.

Welcome to Huish Park, Tom, and hopefully you will have a successful stay.


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25 November 2010 : Meetings And More Meetings As Off The Field Talks Continue
Over the past few years, all has gone largely quiet on the Huish Park stadium development front. Apart from this summer's establishment of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited as a holding company to house the football club's "property assets", not too much has been revealed since a flurry of announcements that were made around the 2006-2007 period by the club.

In today's Western Daily Press, and also published on the club's side, an article states that the club are in discussion with South Somerset District Council discussing "requirements and objectives" relating to the club's stadium facilities. In the article, Chairman John Fry warns that the current facilities 'do not meet the criteria' for the club to maintain its Football League status - presumably from a commercial perspective rather than from a regulatory perspective:

"The current resources and assets are not commercially viable and they do not meet the criteria for our Football League status. To sustain the progress we have made over the past 15 years we are now working on a strategy to create income streams through the commercial development of parts of the site and to enable major improvements to the stadium to be undertaken in the future."

Fry says that there will be another meeting with SSDC held in "the next few weeks" where there will be further talks, although doesn't elaborate on what sort of a strategy the club are looking at, having veered from talk of 14,000 all-seater stadiums, to the building of retail and community sports facilities on the land over the years. The Glovers Chairman makes reference to the new Holding Company when he states:

"We have recently created a new business model and restructured the company to focus on the strategic issues facing Yeovil Town in the future. We are committed to this strategy, we have held extensive talks with interested parties and I shall be meeting with SSDC officials again within the next few weeks to present our plans. At this stage I am optimistic of a positive outcome which it is anticipated will provide economic benefits to the town and the club."

There is strong suggestions that the club's current thinking looks at the possibility of creating leverage within the Council by proposing Community facilities, given that Fry says that the club's "will also be beneficial for the people of Yeovil".

The main issue with the latest article that we'd have is not the actual content - Huish Park undoubtedly needs better facilities for supporters - most noticeably the lack of a Social Club for ordinary supporters - and the lack of such facilities holds back the club's off-the-field income streams. However, this is one in a long series of articles over the years that has made mention of 'talks' that have taken place, but without concrete plans or schedules that can define what targets the club has and how they will be met.

As can be seen from the articles below, meetings and rough sketchings of plans have been going on for some time, and as yet to reach fruition. If this is the moment when concrete plans materialise, then great, but the promise of further meetings with the council and other stakeholders suggest that this is still an ongoing exercise.

Link: 27/09/2007 Fry Looks For Council Support.

Link: 11/05/2007 Fry Says Club Ready For Championship Football.

Link: 22/06/2006 Fry's Ambitions For Yeovil Town.

Link: 31/03/2006 No Norman Conquest.

Link: 16/02/2006 Club And Local Council Needs To Work Together On Huish Park Development, Says Fry.


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25 November 2010 : Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's trip to Home Park to play Plymouth Argyle are now available. The match will be played on New Year's Day - January 1st 2011, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-65s: £14.00; Under-23s: £14.00; Under-18s: £6.00.

Furthermore there is a Family Ticket that can admit one adult and one child for £24.00. We're not sure at this stage whether the 'child' is classed as an Under-16 or as the above Under-18 at this stage, but will fill in more detail nearer the time, or the Huish Park Ticket Office will doubtless be able to help.

You are advised to bring proof of age for all of the concessionary prices as Plymouth may check them on the turnstiles.

Ambulant Disabled supporters are admitted at the above prices. Wheelchair users should ring Argyle direct on 0845 338 7232 to make arrangements. Both may admit an assistant free of charge if they are at the higher rate of disability.


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24 November 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United
For all you people heading up to the North-East for the FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United, the Ciderspace guide has now been updated. Featuring the usual directions, parking info, pub guides, ticketing information and other such stuff, the guide is linked below.

As a cautionary note, the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday is not too pretty. We'd recommend that you dress appropriately for two hours out in some biting cold Easterly winds.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match.

Link: GWSC FA Cup Travel To Hartlepool United.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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24 November 2010 : Glovers Give Odd Down Six Of The Best
Yeovil Town Reserves breezed into the Quarter-Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup, as they put six goals past Odd Down tonight. The Glovers scored three in each half, with first teamer Adam Virgo the first to open the scoring with a 9th minute header.

Young striker Craig Calver doubled Yeovil's lead three minutes later, then a great strike from Billy Gibson midway through the half further extended their lead. Calver and Gibson doubled their tallies in the second half, with the scoring being finished off by Youth-Teamer Will Gordon in the final few minutes.

The Glovers will face Hengrove Athletic in the Quarter-Finals. See below for the full draw.

Full Time: Yeovil Town Reserves 6 Odd Down 0.

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Steve Boore, 2. Lewis Clarke, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Adam Virgo, 5. Rhys Baggridge, 6. Aiden Chainey, 7. Billy Gibson, 8. Ed Upson, 9. Lloyd Matthews, 10. Craig Calver, 11. Andy Welsh

Subs: Nick Lyskov (46 mins for Andy Welsh), Joe Grimshaw, Robert Clowes, Will Gordon (46 mins for Adam Virgo), Tyler Sheppard (69 mins for Lloyd Matthews).

Scorers: Adam Virgo (9 mins, 1-0), Craig Calver (12 mins, 2-0), Billy Gibson (19 mins, 3-0), Billy Gibson (56 mins, 4-0), Craig Calver (61 mins, 5-0), Will Gordon (86 mins, 6-0).

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw.


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24 November 2010 : FA Cup Third Round Draw - Balls And Schedule
For the optimists amongst you, the ball numbers for the FA Cup Third Round have been published by the Football Association. Of course, Third Round draw day is the biggie - the moment that you can find out that your club has been drawn away to Chelsea, or alternatively find that you're away to an obscure non-league side that is the smallest club left in the competition, and that therefore you're going to end up with the whole of the national media and all neutrals hoping that you come a cropper in front of the TV cameras.

Initially of course, there is the small matter of a long trip to Victoria Park and Hartlepool United stood in the Glovers way on the weekend. Expect Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling to have an opinion or two on this game from his studio on Saturday afternoon. The two teams have been given Ball Number 49 for the Third Round draw, which will be screened live on ITV on Sunday, in a programme starting at 6.00p.m..

The draw will have a bit of a rock star showbiz glitz to it as Noel Gallagher (Oasis and Manchester City supporter) and Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian and Leicester City supporter) get on stage together.

Meanwhile, if the worst comes to the worst, and the Glovers crash out at Victoria Park on Saturday, we'd just like to point out that Alvin and the Chipmunks is showing on Channel 4 at that time, in case you suddenly decide you'd rather watch something other than a 'Bullseye' style 'Here's what you could have won' moment.

1 Arsenal
2 Aston Villa
3 Barnsley
4 Birmingham City
5 Blackburn Rovers
6 Blackpool
7 Bolton Wanderers
8 Bristol City
9 Burnley
10 Cardiff City
11 Chelsea
12 Coventry City
13 Crystal Palace
14 Derby County
15 Doncaster Rovers
16 Everton
17 Fulham
18 Hull City
19 Ipswich Town
20 Leeds United
21 Leicester City
22 Liverpool
23 Manchester City
24 Manchester United
25 Middlesbrough
26 Millwall
27 Newcastle United
28 Norwich City
29 Nottingham Forest
30 Portsmouth
31 Preston North End
32 Queens Park Rangers
33 Reading
34 Scunthorpe United
35 Sheffield United
36 Stoke City
37 Sunderland
38 Swansea City
39 Tottenham Hotspur
40 Watford
41 West Bromwich Albion
42 West Ham United
43 Wigan Athletic
44 Wolverhampton Wanderers
45 Sheffield Wednesday OR Northampton Town
46 Burton Albion OR Chesterfield
47 Huddersfield Town OR Macclesfield Town
48 AFC Wimbledon OR Stevenage
49 Hartlepool United OR Yeovil Town
50 Bury OR Peterborough United
51 Notts County OR AFC Bournemouth
52 Droylsden OR Leyton Orient
53 Crawley Town OR Swindon Town
54 Brighton & Hove Albion OR FC United Of Manchester
55 Southampton OR Cheltenham Town
56 Torquay United OR Walsall
57 Charlton Athletic OR Luton Town
58 Colchester United OR Swindon Supermarine
59 Hereford United OR Lincoln City
60 Port Vale OR Accrington Stanley


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24 November 2010 : Big Sam Gives Big Apology
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams has apologised for his actions during the second half at AFC Bournemouth last night. The target man striker got into two separate incidents in close succession in the game at Dean Court, reacting to some criticism coming from the travelling Glovers fans, and then appearing to react a second time when sarcastic cheers greeted his substitution.

Williams has admitted that the incident came out of his own frustration with how the game was going, and has told the club's website that he regrets his actions:

"I was frustrated with the way the match was going for both the team and myself but I shouldn't have let my frustrations rise to the surface like that. I would like to sincerely apologise to the supporters and thank them for their continued loyal support."

As far as we are concerned, hopefully that is the matter closed. We'd hope that all Glovers fans will continue to support Sam (along with all the other players) with their best endeavours in future Yeovil Town matches.


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24 November 2010 : Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town have been announced. The game takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 27th November at 3.00p.m. The man in charge will be referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

Mr Madley is brand new on the scene as a Football League level referee, having been promoted to this level over the summer. He's had a fairly quiet start, having taken charge of 11 matches, issuing 24 yellow cards, at a rate of marginally over two per match. He has yet to raise a red card since moving to the new level.

He was in charge of the FA Cup First Round match between Macclesfield Town and Southend United, whilst his most recent game was at Tranmere Rovers where he took charge of their 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle on November 13th.

Mr Madley will assisted by Jason Knowles (West Yorkshire) and Philip Dermott (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Martin Coy (Durham).


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24 November 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Rob Scanlon, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game.


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24 November 2010 : Skivo: Big Sam Reaction Was Just 'Stupidness'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has described the reaction of striker Sam Williams to his own supporters during last night as a moment of 'stupidness'. Williams had been on the end of some stick from the travelling Glovers for his performance during last night's 2-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court.

Minutes before he was substituted, Williams appeared to bite back at those who had been aiming criticism at him, shouting something back at the travelling fans. When he was taken off, midway through the second half, sarcastic cheers greeted his withdrawal, leading to a second, possibly lesser reaction from Williams. His first team manager was asked by BBC Somerset if he had any views on it, and although Skiverton didn't want to say too much about it, he felt the fans had overall been fair with their support on the night:

"It's got nothing to do with football, has it? That's just stupidness. So I'm not going to comment on that. He (Sam Williams) was just one of many that weren't good enough tonight, and if the crowd show their displeasure then they're entitled to. One thing that I have said before, is that we keep letting people down and letting supporters down. They were magnificent, and they were clapping and we didn't deserve that from the supporters and I'd just like to thank them for coming over here and for sticking with me, and I promise them I will get it right."

In terms of the game itself, Skiverton offered no defence for his side's poor display, as the Cherries comfortably grabbed their win through two first half goals. Danny Hollands and Josh McQuoid won the game, and Skiverton singled out McQuoid and his strike partner Steve Fletcher as having 'destroyed' his side's defence:

"As good as it was on Saturday, we were as poor tonight. Credit to Bournemouth as I think they're an excellent side. They've got good energy and they've got good pace. (Josh) McQuoid who was in that little hole caused us problems all night. Him playing off (Steve) Fletcher destroyed us at times. We weren't good enough again at the back. When you're giving goals away again, it's something that I will be addressing in the next day or two, because we need to have someone in there."


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23 November 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this evening's 2-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

We appreciate that on nights like tonight, voting for three players is difficult, but it would be good to know which players can be excused from tonight's performance!

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


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23 November 2010 : Bournemouth 2 Yeovil 0 : Cherries Win Without Breaking Sweat
Yeovil Town were comfortably and deservedly beaten tonight at Dean Court as a strong-looking AFC Bournemouth strolled their way to a 2-0 win over the Glovers. The Cherries did all their hard work during the opening 45 minutes, as chance-after-chance saw them undo the Yeovil defence with pace, as Danny Hollands and Josh McQuoid grabbed them first half goals. The Glovers could find no way back into the game, and so sit six points from safety and with the worst goal difference in the division.

Lining up for the game, Paul Huntington and Gavin Williams were the two expected changes, with both players out suspended, and Stefan Stam and Ivan Sproule stepped into their places. On the bench, a training ground injury to Ben Roberts meant that there was no spare keeper, whilst Andy Welsh recovered from his recent calf problem, and Luke Ayling returned from his rib injury.

Right from the start, the warning signs were all there for the Glovers - Craig Alcock had to clear off the line from Anton Robinson, whilst Steve Fletcher had a shot saved - both from moments where Adam Virgo lost his footing. The Glovers were playing a high defensive line, which against the pace of Josh McQuoid was always likely to be a big risk - Virgo was undone a third time inside the opening 10 minutes when McQuoid outpaced him to the ball, but fired just wide of the target.

Andy Williams broke through at the other end, as he tried to lob rookie keeper Jon Stewart, having two bites before the Cherries Reserve keeper saved. But that was a short respite at that end of the field, as Adam Virgo and Shaun MacDonald collided whilst going for an aerial ball. Taking advantage with 19 minutes gone was Danny Hollands, who picked up the loose ball and fired home to put Bournemouth a deserved one goal up.

Yeovil went straight down the other end shortly after kick-off as a weak Jason Pearce back header was intercepted, but Dean Bowditch produced a poor shot that went wide of the target. Then Adam Virgo finally picked up his own play, as he got on the end of a set piece, with his header going wide.

But the first half was all about Bournemouth. Josh McQuoid got in behind the Yeovil defence yet again, only for John Sullivan to bail them out with a save. Another McQuoid move saw him turn provider as Liam Feeney got the faintest of touches from the striker's cross into the box, but couldn't convert. It didn't take long though for the lead to be further extended and again Josh McQuoid was the reason the Cherries got in behind. He outpaced Stefan Stam easily and fired home for 2-0. The Glovers were getting murdered by McQuoid's and Feeney's pace in a poor 45 minutes.

Adam Virgo hit a deflected shot into the side netting that had the travelling Yeovil fans on their feet as it rippled the net from the far side, looking as if the defender had scored. But the half finished with Steve Fletcher winning a flick-on that sent McQuoid through once more, and Yeovil were very lucky to see a 2-0 half time scoreline, and not anything worse.

Owain Tudur Jones replaced Shaun MacDonald at half time in what appeared to be a tactical switch, with nothing obviously wrong with the latter. Straight from kick-off, Bournemouth almost got a third, as a Liam Feeney cross was sliced by Adam Virgo, and McQuoid forced a brilliant save from John Sullivan.

Ivan Sproule was having a quiet debut for the Glovers, although he did force a save from Jon Stewart five minutes into the second period, from a Sam Williams cross. Just eight minutes into the second half, manager Terry Skiverton made his second change of the night as he took off Adam Virgo, replacing him with Luke Ayling, who had been earmarked as a stand-in goalkeeper if Sullivan had got injured during the match. Instead he got his first go as a central defender for the Glovers - the role he had played for Arsenal's academy team but had yet to show for the Glovers. Virgo looked distinctly non-plussed as he trudged off the field of play.

It was an eerily quiet second half, with Bournemouth not really stretching their legs, but Yeovil having very little idea of how to get back into the game. In fact if anything, Virgo's general grumpiness at being taken off was added to when Sam Williams got into a slanging match with Yeovil's away supporters when they reacted badly to him giving up the chase for a ball. When he was Yeovil's final substitution for Adam Phillip, the away crowd sarcastically jeered, and Williams gave them the big stare as he left the field. Matters appear to be getting a little tetchy out there.

The second half in truth was a non event. Late chances for Harry Arter and Nicholas Bignall woke up the home crowd from their slumbers, whilst Adam Phillip provided at least one moment late in the game that suggested he might have something worth looking at. However, the feeling was that the Cherries were playing in second gear, and their early withdrawal of dangermen McQuoid and Fletcher early on suggested they were already preparing for their Saturday game even 70 minutes into the match.

For the Glovers, Saturday looms massively. Go out of the cup to Hartlepool United, and they face a League season where they lie six points adrift, and with six defeats in seven matches. Even the most cheery optimist would admit that there's a pretty big tide that needs to be turned if Yeovil are to extend their stay in League One another season.

Link: Latest 2010-11 League One Table.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Danny Hollands (1-0, 19 mins), Josh McQuoid (2-0, 36 mins)

AFC Bournemouth:
31. Jon Stewart
15. Adam Smith 6. Marvin Bartley 16. Rhoys Wiggins 5. Jason Pearce
18. Harry Arter 8. Anton Robinson 19. Danny Hollands 11. Liam Feeney
17. Josh McQuoid 33. Steve Fletcher

Substitutes:
21. Stephen Purches 23. Lee Bradbury (89 mins for Liam Feeney) 28. Warren Cummings 14. Lyle Taylor 34. Danny Ings 27. Nicholas Bignall (69 mins for Josh McQuoid) 24. Michael Symes (75 mins for Steve Fletcher)

Yeovil Town:
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
29. Ivan Sproule 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 7. Andrew Williams
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
8. Luke Ayling (53 mins for Adam Virgo) 11. Andy Welsh 14. Adam Phillip (68 mins for Sam Williams) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 20. Owain Tudur Jones (46 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 23. Billy Gibson

AFC Bournemouth Bookings: Harry Arter (foul, 79 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (foul, 59 mins), Luke Ayling (foul, 75 mins)

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Gary Jerden (Essex) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Elliott Kaye (Essex).

Attendance: 6,465 (including 478 Yeovil supporters)


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23 November 2010 : Skivo Prepares Another Loan Move
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he plans to make one more loan move before the loan transfer window shuts on Thursday. Football League clubs have until 5.00p.m. to make their final moves with no transfers possible during the month of December.

With Luke Freeman having returned to Arsenal this week, the balance of loans means that the Glovers can bring in one more, and Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he will now move to bolster his defensive line:

"It will be a case of me bringing in one more. I'm actively looking for one more. I know which position. I think we need another defender, so I'll be looking to bring in another defender just to make sure that if something happens to one of the centre-halves or the full-backs, we need to make sure that we've got cover there. If someone comes in with good quality that I am looking at, then they might come straight into the team as well. So it's a big game for our defenders tonight and our midfielders to make sure that we definitely stay in this game."


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23 November 2010 : Freeman Makes Early Return To Arsenal
Yeovil Town have made the decision to cut short the loan spell for Arsenal teenager Luke Freeman. The striker was due to stay at Huish Park until the New Year, but after six starts and nine substitute appearances he has returned to London.

Freeman burst onto the scene with the winning goal on his debut, as he netted Yeovil's second in a 2-1 win over Leyton Orient. His other goal scored was also a winner, in the 1-0 victory over Rochdale. His final match was ten days ago in the home game against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Manager Terry Skiverton has said that the decision to send Freeman back is blamed on an ongoing injury:

"Luke Freeman has gone back to Arsenal. He won't be coming back with us. He's been struggling with an injury that he's been really struggling to shake off. So he won't be back now."

The very best of luck to Luke in the future.


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23 November 2010 : Interview With Craig Alcock
As part of the build-up towards tonight's match at AFC Bournemouth, Yeovil Town's captain Craig Alcock talked to the BBC about his comeback from injury against Charlton Athletic and his hopes for the midweek game at Dean Court. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Bournemouth Game.


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23 November 2010 : Interview With Ivan Sproule
After he arrived on a one month loan yesterday, Yeovil Town's latest signing Ivan Sproule got put under the spotlight by the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of Ivan's first Glovers interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Ivan Sproule Speaks To The BBC After Signing On Loan For Yeovil.


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23 November 2010 : Ings Called Back For Cherries Duty Tonight
Tonight's opponents AFC Bournemouth have made a late decision to recall one of their loaned-out strikers to ease their injury crisis. They have taken back 18 year old striker Danny Ings from Conference South side Dorchester Town, where he has been making a big name for himself, with 7 goals in just 13 appearances.

Ings is expected to sit on the bench for tonight's League One match at Dean Court. The Cherries have at least four players struggling for tonight's match and have been placed under a transfer embargo by the Football League, preventing them from bringing in extra blood. However, they are able to take back their own players that have been loaned out to other clubs.


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23 November 2010 : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town makes the short trip down to the South Dorset coast tonight in the second of three away matches in just eight days. Their opponents are a 4th-placed AFC Bournemouth side, who have been promoted back into League One this season, and are continuing the form they showed last year in League Two at the higher level.

They carry an impressive six wins out of eight in League games at Dean Court, with just the one defeat, and with 34 goals scored in the League so far, they have the equal best strike rate in the division. Their plus-14 goal difference is contrasted sharply with Yeovil's minus-14 goal different.

That all said, a run of two wins, four draws and two defeats in the last eight matches suggests the Cherries rollercoaster train that has carried them upward is juddering ever so slightly at present - even if Yeovil's current five defeats in six matches suggests that we shouldn't be trying to clutch at too many straws from the form book. This will be a difficult game, although the Glovers are a deceptive beast this season - often looking good for 87 individual minutes during a match, only to have three separate 'off moments' when the opposition steal their way past a sleepy defence, and grab themselves a goal. Concentration for a full 90 minutes will be needed tonight to get anything from the game.

As highlighted yesterday, the Cherries have a quartet of injury concerns, with manager Eddie Howe remaining tight-lipped about who is available. Most doubtful is goalkeeper Shwan Jalal. When your goalkeeper gets concussion bad enough to keep him in hospital overnight, he's unlikely to play three days later. The more likely scenario is that Jon Stewart will be between the sticks, despite enduring a shaky looking final 12 minutes at Brisbane Road on Saturday when he let in two. Midfielder Marc Pugh's cut knee will depend on what level of stitching was required, and where it lies on the joint, whilst midfielder Shaun Cooper's calf injury and Ryan Garry's shin problem are the other two concerns.

For the Glovers, they are reporting a more or less fully fit squad, although there are still a number of question marks over exactly who will be available. Definitely out is midfielder Gavin Williams, who serves a one match suspension, whilst the working assumption is that Yeovil have not appealed against defender Paul Huntington's red card, although oddly there is no confirmation of that and he remains missing from the FA's website. Assuming he is out, transfer-listed defender Stefan Stam will get his chance.

Andy Welsh (calf) and Luke Freeman (thigh) are back in training so they should be available for selection, whilst defender/midfielder Luke Ayling is believed to be right on the edge of recovering from the ribs/lung problem he sustained at Milton Keynes Dons. If this trio of players don't make it tonight, then they should all be knocking on the door by Saturday.

The Glovers are now back with seven loans on their books, with the arrival of Ivan Sproule on loan yesterday, and although Super Gav's suspension will bring that down to six, manager Terry Skiverton will still have to send one of them to the stand. With Freeman having been ruled out by injury last Saturday, and Sproule and Super Gav expected to be denied permission to play at Hartlepool United this coming Saturday, saving the Arsenal teenager for the weekend would seem the most logical step.

Last season the two clubs didn't meet in the League, although they did manage a Football League Trophy encounter. Bournemouth won that match 2-1, with the Glovers somewhat disappointing on the night, as only a late Jonathan Obika consolation made the scoreline a little tighter. The Glovers were guilty of switching off in defence from two Cherries corners, with Brett Pitman and Alan Connell scoring in each half.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the night of the match - see the Ciderspace guide for full details of that and other information. If you are going, then don't forget that Bournemouth's social club - the Cherry Tree - is open to both sets of supporters tonight. For anyone who can't make it, then follow us on Twitter and/or tune into 95.5FM where BBC Somerset will be entertaining you from just after the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth.

Link: Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Glovers Fans Get Cherries Social Club Invite.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Cherries Suffer Transfer Embargo And Injury Problems.


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22 November 2010 : Charlton Decline Dailly Red Card Appeal Chance
Saturday's League One opponents Charlton Athletic have decided against appealing against the red card issued to defender Christian Dailly on Saturday. The Addicks have reviewed the video evidence, and despite Glovers boss Terry Skiverton agreeing with their assessment that the Scotsman had been unfairly treated by referee Dean Whitestone, they have decided not to proceed with an appeal.

Dailly was dismissed on Saturday after referee Whitestone deemed that he had led with his arm when challenging for an aerial ball, and Addicks boss Phil Parkinson has told their official site that he does not want to risk the FA's Appeals Panel increasing the ban if they take it to an appeal:

"We won't be appealing. We've had a good long look at it and it was a clash of heads, but what concerns us is that if we did appeal, [he] could ultimately see him miss more games. It stands at four games, and we just couldn't take the risk of it being extended due to a frivolous claim. If we had had a camera angle from behind the goal, it would have shown a clash of heads. Both players confirmed that was the case afterwards, but the only angles we have makes it look like he led with his arm."

The Football Association's website still does not confirm either way the status of central defender Paul Huntington's red card. The default action should be a one match suspension served tomorrow at AFC Bournemouth, yet his name is left off the list of suspended players, which includes Dailly and Gavin Williams, who picked up his fifth booking of the season on Saturday.


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22 November 2010 : Super Gav Picks Up One Match Ban
Yeovil Town's midfield playmaker Gavin Williams has been issued with a one match suspension by the Football Association. The Bristol City loan player had only been booked four times for the Glovers during his loan spell at Huish Park, but a mid-August booking whilst playing for City at Doncaster Rovers means that he will be ruled out of tomorrow night's match at AFC Bournemouth.

With Gavin also blocked by City from playing in the FA Cup, he will also sit out Saturday's trip to Hartlepool United meaning that his next available game will be in two weeks time against Peterborough United.

Of possible interest is that the FA have yet to confirm that Paul Huntington is suspended for tomorrow night's trip to Dean Court, yet have noted that Charlton Athletic's defender Christian Dailly will start his four match suspension for a red card in the same game. An administrative slip, or the Glovers planning on an appeal against the dismissal? We'll wait and see.


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22 November 2010 : Sproule Arrives On Loan For Glovers
Yeovil Town have signed up Bristol City winger Ivan Sproule on a one month loan deal. The Northern Ireland international has agreed a temporary stay in Somerset until December 19th.

Sproule's arrival - like that of Chelsea's Adam Phillip is to balance out the imminent departure of Owain Tudur Jones, who returns to Norwich City after Saturday's trip to Hartlepool United, along with Gavin Williams, who will head back to Bristol City in mid-December.

Sproule started his career in the Irish leagues with Omagh Town and Institute, but headed to Scotland in 2005 where he spent two years with Hibernian. In 2007, former Glovers boss Gary Johnson signed Sproule up for an undisclosed fee, reported unofficially in the media as being worth £500,000.

He is 29 years old and was born on 18th February 1981, in Castlederg, County Tyrone. So far this season he's featured in eight Bristol City games, scoring one goal, although has not featured at all since October 16th for the Robins first team. City boss Keith Millen has described Sproule's stay at Huish Park on their official site as being a 'four game' loan, implying that he will not be allowed to play in Saturday's FA Cup Second Round match at Hartlepool United:

"They've got four matches during his stay there and it means he can boost his fitness levels with the opportunity of coming back to us ahead of the hectic Christmas period."

We welcome Ivan to Huish Park and hope he has a successful stay with the Glovers.


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22 November 2010 : Cherries Suffer Transfer Embargo And Injury Problems
Tomorrow's opponents AFC Bournemouth have been hit by another transfer embargo by the Football League. The Cherries spent 13 months under an embargo after coming out of their last administration cycle, only seeing that lifted in March 2010. They've been able to boost their squad over the summer, and lie in a healthy 4th place in the latest League One table, but have confirmed today that they will not be allowed to make any signings ahead of Thursday's loan transfer window deadline.

The news is a fairly significant blow for them, given that they suffered two nasty looking injuries in their 2-2 draw on Saturday at Leyton Orient. Goalkeeper Shwan Jalal collided with teammate Marvin Bartley, and the keeper had to be replaced, being taken into hospital where his concussion was serious enough to keep him in overnight.

Right at the end of the game, midfielder Marc Pugh - who netted both Cherries goals at Brisbane Road - slid off a greasy pitch, colliding with a metal fitting on the perimeter of the pitch, believed to be part of Orient's sprinkler system, leaving him with a bad cut that required him to join Jalal in hospital, although he is thought to have been discharged on the day.

Less seriously, midfielder Shaun Cooper limped off in the first half with a calf injury whilst defender Ryan Garry missed the East London trip with a shin problem. All will require assessment ahead of tomorrow's fixture against the Glovers.

Manager Eddie Howe has been told that he will have to work with the squad that he has got until early January at the very least, and Chairman Eddie Mitchell has confirmed to the Bournemouth Daily Echo that there is an embargo in place:

"At this moment in time, the Football League will not let us have any more loan players. They have told us that we are up to our limit, which is fair enough."

Normally the Football League will introduce a transfer embargo for a club when they fall behind with payments due to HMRC, a situation that has been ongoing with Sheffield Wednesday throughout the season so far. However, Mitchell blames the situation upon accounts the club filed to Companies House that pre-date his consortium's takeover in June 2009, and accused the previous owners of having left a 'mess'. The Cherries have been under administration twice in recent years, and Mitchell suggests this is why the League are taking a hard line:

"The accounts we filed from a previous period were pretty diabolical. The results were grim and even our accountants could not put their name to them because they were in such a mess. It was virtually impossible to get them 100 per cent accurate."


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22 November 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth
For those heading down to Dean Court on Tuesday night, the Ciderspace guide to AFC Bournemouth has been given its annual facelift in time for the fixture. Featuring directions, parking info, a pub guide, ticketing information, and much more besides, it can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth.

Link: Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Glovers Fans Get Cherries Social Club Invite.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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21 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Charlton 3 Yeovil 2 : Heroic Failure Repeated
Yesterday, our regular scribe Cruncher handed over his hard-earned dosh to Network Rail, and made his way down The Valley. There he witnessed a slight bit of repetition - a competent display by the Glovers overall, but another 3-2 defeat to head back home with.

Taking the controls of Taff's Gloversblog he relives the tale, via the link below. As usual, alternative views are welcome via the usual Comments box.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Charlton 3 Yeovil 2 : Heroic Failure Repeated.


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21 November 2010 : Swansea City vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s achieved a creditable away draw at St Helens yesterday, as they shared a 1-1 draw against their Swansea City counterparts. Despite having experienced their second lengthy away trip in four days, and having experienced an extra-time defeat against Dulwich Hamlet on Wednesday night, the Glovers fought back from a first half Swansea strike, with a Lloyd Matthews lob over the keeper giving them a welcome point to take home.

The St Helen's pitch, with stages rugby, football and even cricket in the summer, had staged a rugby match the previous night, but any fears about the condition of the pitch proved unfounded, with the grass in excellent condition. The Glovers made one change from Wednesday night's excursions in South London, with Aiden Chainey coming in for Johnny Kaye, with the latter sitting on the bench.

Yeovil kicked off under leaden grey skies, with a cold wind off the Irish Sea blowing down the pitch. After the usual opening exchanges Swansea settled the better and produced the first shot on goal, missing just to the right of Steve Boore's goal. That was followed by a Swansea free kick from just outside the box Boore did well to save low to his left.

Yeovil managed their first attempt on goal five minutes into the game, when Rob Clowes carried the ball through the Swansea defence, producing a shot that was turned away for a corner by the home keeper. From the resulting corner the ball was cleared out to Lloyd Matthews, playing as a left winger, who ran at the Swansea defence and it took a foul to stop him in his tracks. Lewis Clarke took the free kick and just missed the goal to the right.

Despite that short spell of Yeovil pressure, it was the home side that took the lead, through a defensive error. A weak back pass to Steve Boore was kicked straight to the Swansea no 9, who scored with ease to put them 1-0 up after 14 minutes, with a comfortable strike back past Boore.

Yeovil went on the attack from the goal, and from Joe Grimstead’s corner a shot from Nick Lyskov produced a top class save from the Swansea keeper. Then Aiden Chainey was fouled by the half way line, Josh Doyle took the kick and Lloyd Matthews had an attempt on goal cleared away. At the other end, Steve Boore was given a chance to atone for the home side's goal with two good saves in as many minutes.

Playing on the right wing Lewis Clarke was good outlet for the defence when they needed it. His runs and crosses during the first half caused havoc in the Swansea defence and on another day would have produced goals. But instead, the first half ended with plenty of attractive football from both sides, but with neither managing shots on goal to finish off their good approach work.

The second half saw Lloyd Matthews pushed much further forward and he had two chances made by good work by centre-forward Zac Reid, with one blocked by the defence and the other just missed right of the target. Yeovil were now pressing for an equaliser and the introduction of Jonny Kaye for Aiden Chainey only increased the pressure when he got on the ball.

The Glovers got their just desserts on 68 minutes when Swansea gave away a free kick near the halfway line. Rhys Baggridge took the kick and Rob Clowes headed on to Lloyd Matthews who beat the keeper with an exquisite lob to set the game up at 1-1.

Straight after the goal, a tired Zac Reid was replaced by Adam Cleary. To the credit of both sides they each wanted to win the game and attacked at will. During this period the Yeovil defence were fantastic, led by Rhys Baggridge at the heart of it all but it was left to Jonny Kaye to produce the save of the day, clearing off the line after the keeper was beaten.

In the closing stages, Will Gordon came on for Tyler Sheppard who had never stopped running throughout the game. After interplay down the left wing by Will Gordon and Adam Cleary, Rob Clowes had a shot well saved by the keeper. Yeovil nearly got themselves a major breakaway, when a Swansea corner was cleared by Rhys Baggridge to Will Gordon who slipped a pass to Lloyd Matthews. Lloyd was still in his own half when he received the ball but was flagged offside to stop any chance of a winner. But in an even contest, probably both sides deserved a share of the points, and as the game fizzled out in the closing minutes, that is what transpired - a fair result and a good point considering the efforts of the past week.

Final Score: Swansea City Under-18s 1 Yeovil Town Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Swansea City Scorer (14 mins, 1-0), Lloyd Matthews (68 mins, 1-1).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Aiden Chainey 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Lewis Clarke 8. Rob Clowes 9. Zac Reid 10. Tyler Sheppard 11. Lloyd Matthews

Substitutes:
Adam Cleary (69 mins for Zak Reid), Will Gordon (79 mins for Tyler Sheppard) Jonny Kaye (61 mins for Aiden Chainey).


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21 November 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Athletic Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 defeat at The Valley, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Athletic Game.


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21 November 2010 : Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place this coming Tuesday, 23rd November, kick-off 7.45p.m. at Dean Court. The man in charge will be the familiar name of Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years, and to be frank, we haven't always liked what we've seen. His most recent link up with Yeovil Town came during the 2009 Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway.

One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

If Stroud was poor against Orient, then he was probably worse against Swansea City in November 2005 - like the Leeds game, another Friday night match. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case, and he's been an official that gets noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match.

This is actually our first experience of Mr Stroud during the 2010-11 season. He was due to take charge of the opening match of the season against Leyton Orient at Huish Park, but was replaced at the last minute by Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire) - although many of the PA-statistics oriented websites still suggest Mr Stroud took charge of that game, and Mr Haywood's performance was as messy as a Stroud one, he definitely didn't make it as far as the ground.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Gary Jerden (Essex) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). The Fourth Official will be Elliott Kaye (Essex).

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.

Link: November 2005: Swansea City 2-0 Yeovil Town.


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21 November 2010 : Skivo Hints At Another Loan Signing
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has hinted that he will dip into the loan market again before the emergency loan transfer window closes next week. Football League clubs have until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 25th November to make any further signings, with the month of December seeing the window closed apart from exceptional cases involving goalkeepers which require special League approval.

The Glovers will see Owain Tudur Jones return to Norwich City after next Saturday's match at Hartlepool United, whilst Gavin Williams will return to Bristol City around the weekend of the Colchester United away match on December 11th (at this stage we're not sure if his 93 day spell stretches to include that game). Last week, Yeovil Town recruited striker Adam Phillip from Chelsea to balance out one of those outgoings, but it seems inevitable that Skiverton will want to see another player come in to ensure that squad numbers are maintained.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Skiverton wasn't giving away any clues about where the incoming player might feature on the park, but implied that his decision-making may be influenced by which players are currently carrying knocks. He hoped to bring further news in Monday's pre-Bournemouth press conference:

"We will look at that and see, funnily enough. As I've said before, there were a couple of injuries that came out. There was Luke Freeman with his thigh, so yes I'll be looking at that and I'll be interested. We've got to see what the fall-out is. I think JP (Kalala) took a knock to his hip and Craig Alcock was stretching his back afterwards. We've got a couple of knocks today, but I think I'll be speaking with the two Chris's (journalists Chris Sweet and Chris Spittles) on Monday, with hopefully a good bit of news."


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20 November 2010 : Charlton 3 Yeovil 2 : Cruel Penalty Sees Glovers Edged Out Again
Yeovil Town were edged out by a single goal in five this afternoon, as another late goal saw them head to their fifth League defeat in six matches. On this occasion, it was impossible not to feel sympathy, as a controversial penalty decision saw Johnnie Jackson net the decisive spot kick, to add to his opening strike. Therry Racon got Charlton's other goal, but the Glovers twice equalised through Andy Williams and a Gary Doherty own goal. Centre stage though, was referee Dean Whitestone and his assistants, who infuriated both sides by the dismissal of Christian Dailly for the home side, and Paul Huntington for the Glovers in separate incidents.

The Glovers made a number of team changes, as Andy Welsh dropped out of the squad with a calf strain, whilst both first choice full-backs were recalled, as Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith recovered from their recent back problems. The recall of Alcock allowed Jean-Paul Kalala to move back into midfield, and that meant that Owain Tudur Jones dropped to the bench. Meanwhile on the bench, Adam Phillip preferred to Luke Freeman as the fifth loan in the Glovers squad, as the Arsenal player pulled out with a thigh strain.

It was an enthusiastic Yeovil Town side that started the game the strongest, with half chances for Gavin Williams, Craig Alcock, and two from Andy Williams during the opening 10 minutes, with probably the shot into the side-netting from Andy being the best of the bunch. But such is the way that many of Yeovil's games have gone this season, that the opposition scored with their first attempt on goal. The Glovers were somewhat sluggish to react to a Charlton throw-in, and Lee Martin's right wing cross was met by Johnnie Jackson, who finished strongly to put the Addicks a goal up.

Just six minutes later though, the Glovers drew level, with another promising move from Andy Williams, who Charlton had failed to track persistently during the opening quarter-hour as he frequently cut in from the wings. He ran into the path of a Sam Williams flick-on and struck the ball from 15 yards out, with the ball flying off the inside of the near post for a quick hit-back.

The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued with just 26 minutes gone, as Charlton took the lead again, thanks to some particularly sloppy Yeovil defending. Jean-Paul Kalala's ball to Craig Alcock was a hospital pass, and as he was dispossessed by Matt Fry, the Charlton full-back threaded the ball through to Therry Racon who was in space inside the box, and the Addicks were back in front.

Away from the two penalty boxes, the Glovers were playing well, and were certainly the side playing the most football. They really should have gone into the break on level terms, as Sam Williams chested the ball down into the path of Dean Bowditch, but his penalty spot area shot was weak, and home keeper Rob Elliot managed to palm a save down low to his left, and the loose ball was cleared from danger.

The second period saw somewhat less flowing football being played by both teams, with the game being punctuated by far too many free kicks, and a tendency for the ball to be kicked away by players after the whistle was blown, or for the over-fussy and inconsistent referee Dean Whitestone to one minute insist play was restarted from a marginally different position, then minutes later allow another set piece to be taken from 10 yards from the original offence. It says something when a referee brings out five yellow cards in a match, but not one relates to a tackle in play. That said, the role of Mr Whitestone was to go far further than being an inconsistent nitpicker as the game wore on.

First of all though, came a slightly odd Yeovil Town equaliser. Christian Dailly had fouled Sam Williams on the corner of the area, and Adam Virgo was the man lined up to take the free kick. His low drive to the far post looked to be a bit wasted until it played a game of pinball in the penalty box and Gary Doherty kindly decided to even up the scores for the Glovers, by putting into his own net under pressure from Paul Huntington. 2-2 and game back on.

With 20 minutes left of the game left, things seemed to be heading Yeovil's way, albeit thanks to some questionable refereeing. When Sam Williams was clattered by Christian Dailly in the same area of the field that lined up Yeovil's equaliser, it was late, and it was an aggressive challenge. It was certainly worthy of a yellow card. However, there were few even in the away end that expected referee Dean Whitestone's decision to take centre-stage and brandish a straight red for the Scotsman. Addicks fans howled in disgust, and promptly rattled through a few chants letting Whitestone know what they thought of the decision. The cold November temperature in the ground suddenly got a bit warmer, as home manager Phil Parkinson withdrew attacker Kyel Reid, replacing him with Jonathan Fortune, to restore Charlton's back four.

The Glovers threatened to grab all three points as they pressurised for the winning goal, though without too much in the way of clearcut chances. Instead it was Charlton who had the last laugh. Far too often in football matches, when one side have received a red card, it is the other team who are vulnerable to losing a man, with referees all too willing to even up the numbers, particularly if the opening decision was controversial.

In the away end, we'd remarked upon the possibility of that happening when Dailly was dismissed, hence when Paul Huntington was judged to have pulled back Akpo Sodje for a penalty, the red card for Yeovil's centre-back was coming - even if the looping bouncing ball could never have been seen as the denial of "an obvious goal-scoring opportunity" - unless you lived on Planet Whitestone. A sickening decision, but Johnnie Jackson's smash down the middle of the goal couldn't be stopped by keeper John Sullivan.

The final few minutes allowed Adam Phillip to get a brief view of League One football for his Yeovil Town debut, and he made a few bright runs as the game completed with ten vs ten for the five minutes of injury time that followed. It was a cruel end to a game where the Glovers certainly deserved the 2-2 draw they had in the bag at one point, against a Charlton side that rarely displayed any fluency or reasons why they are second in the League One table. But the facts are that Yeovil Town have now conceded three goals or more in eight matches this season, and whilst manager Terry Skiverton can rightly feel aggrieved about the winning goal, the first two certainly need to be looked at as a continuation of their tendency to concede soft goals.

Final Score: Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Johnnie Jackson (11 mins, 1-0), Andrew Williams (17 mins, 1-1), Therry Racon (26 mins, 2-1), Gary Doherty (55 mins, og, 2-2), Johnnie Jackson (85 mins, pen, 3-2)

Charlton Athletic:
1. Rob Elliot
2. Simon Francis 12. Gary Doherty 36. Christian Dailly 19. Matt Fry
10. Lee Martin (87) 8. Therry Racon Jose Vitor Semedo 4. Johnnie Jackson
11. Kyel Reid 17. Paul Benson

Substitutes:
25. Ross Worner (GK) 5. Miguel Angel Llera 9. Pawel Abbott 14. Akpo Sodje (69 mins for Matt Fry) 16. Alan McCormack (87 minsd) 24. Jonathan Fortune (73 mins for Kyel Reid) 26. Callum Harriott

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 24. Gavin Williams
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 4. Stefan Stam 14. Adam Phillip (87 mins for Andrew Williams) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 20. Owain Tudur Jones

Charlton Bookings: Paul Benson (kicking ball away, 31 mins), Alan McCormack (kicking ball away, 87 mins). Red Card: Christian Dailly (serious foul play, 71 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Dean Bowditch (kicking ball away, 59 mins), Gavin Williams (dissent, 79 mins), Adam Virgo (dissent, 85 mins). Red Card: Paul Huntington (professional foul, 83 mins).

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Warren Atkin (Sussex) and Harry Lennard (East Sussex). Fourth Official: Wade Norcott (Essex).

Attendance: 15,184 (including approx 350 Glovers fans).


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20 November 2010 : Skivo: A Couple Of Things Let Us Down Today
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton felt that a 'battling spirited performance' today against Charlton Athletic was let down by a couple of incidents during the game. After suffering a 3-2 defeat at The Valley today, the Glovers boss admitted that the first goal from the Addicks, scored by Johnnie Jackson 11 minutes into the match came from sloppy defending that allowed the home side to take advantage from a quickly taken throw-in:

"I feel we more than matched Charlton. Our front two were magnificent. There were still a couple of things which were letting us down. I looked at the incidents and the first goal doesn't even touch Adam Virgo's head for the throw-in, but we've got to deal with that."

The home side got the fifth and final goal of the day through a controversial penalty, after referee Dean Whitestone and his assistant decided that Glovers centre-back Paul Huntington had fouled Akpo Sodje inside the box. To add insult to injury, Whitestone decided that Huntington's foul had prevented an obvious goalscoring opportunity, and so produced a red card. Skiverton's viewpoint was that he disagreed with the officials' decision:

"With the penalty at the end, Paul Huntington puts his arm up, but the lad (Akpo Sodje) is never going to get anywhere near the ball because I've seen where the ball has landed. Also he doesn't pull him, it's more just an arm which has come up. Away at Charlton you don't get them and that's what I've seen. Take nothing away from my players. I think they gave a battling, spirited performance and we deserved more out of the game. We should have definitely got a draw. But we've got more than enough to stay up. The tide will turn if we keep performing like that."


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20 November 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Charlton vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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20 November 2010 : Swansea City vs Youth Team Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action against Swansea City this morning. In a match being played at St Helens - home of Swansea Rugby Club - the Youth Team are 1-0 down at half time.

Update: Full Time and 1-1: Lloyd Matthews gets Yeovil's equaliser with a lob over the keeper. Full match report to follow later.


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20 November 2010 : Huish Park Comedy Night No.3 Tonight
Those of you who haven't planned anything for tonight, should be reminded that there is a third Comedy Night taking place at Huish Park in the Alec Stock Lounge. Full details are on the Huish Park Leisure Guide, but the main text in that guide is reproduced below.

November’s event features headliner James Sherwood supported by Will Hodgson and Andy Kind in what is sure to be a unique and hilarious evenings entertainment. MC for the evening is Tony Vino, with tickets costing £10.00 on the door. Doors open at 7.30p.m. with the event starting at 8.30p.m.

James Sherwood: James Sherwood made his name in topical comedy, writing one-liners for commercial radio stations. During the 2005 general election campaign, his political material appeared on BBC Radio 1, 2, and 4. He has also written for Private Eye and is a frequent studio pundit on the Sky News Paper Review. His debut Edinburgh show in 2006, ‘I Know What You Did Last Sunday’, was a total sell-out and was followed in similar fashion with 2007’s offering, ‘James Sherwood’s Somewhat Premature Review Of 2007’. 2009’s offering ‘Songs Of Music’ saw James returning for an hour of satire and songs. - ‘With his sharp mind and old-school charm, Sherwood seems a natural heir to the respectable English tradition of smart, middle-class satire’ - The Guardian Headliner.

Will Hodgson: Winner Perrier Award best Newcomer 2004. - ‘completely engaging!’- BBC R7 - His Punk Folk Tales may be casual in their approach, but you can be sure that they’ll be enthralling, astute and poetic in their execution.

Andy Kind: Instantly likeable! - ‘Andy Kind was absolutely hilarious’- The Guardian. ‘Pleasingly skewed anecdotes, with an instantly likeable on-stage demeanour.’- The Caper Club.

Tony Vino: Funny man Tony Vino is a quick witted compere who has been performing quality stand up since 2005. ‘Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well’- The Scotsman.


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20 November 2010 : Bowditch Hoping Addicks Underestimate Glovers
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch is hoping that this afternoon's opponents Charlton Athletic will underestimate the Glovers. The two sides lie at opposite ends of the table, with 22 places separating them. Furthermore, whilst Charlton are on a run of four straight League wins, Yeovil Town have got just one point out of their last five games, leading most to see the match at The Valley as a home banker.

Bowditch told BBC Somerset that this may lead the Addicks to be complacent in their approach to the League One match, pointing out that in recent matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Sheffield Wednesday that the opposition have found the going a little sticky once the game has kicked off:

"I've been saying to other people that Charlton may turn round and say "it's just Yeovil" or they're down there and they won't bring anything. When teams have done that, we turn up and we surprise teams and we're on the front foot, then they have to change their formation to account for us. Hopefully Charlton will be the same. We're all confident that we can go there and get a result. You have to be confident. You can't go there thinking all doom'n'gloom - you can't do that - you have to be positive."

The wider picture is that not even a shock win in South-East London this afternoon would lift Yeovil out of the relegation zone, with the Glovers currently four points adrift of the safety line. Bowditch adds that he still believes that the squad had enough experience to claw their way out of trouble:

"We've got enough experience in the team to drag us out of it, and then to hopefully kick on from there. But the first thing we need to do is to start winning games. Whether that's away from home at Charlton or whether that's at home, we need to perform slightly better. We need to be tighter at the back and we need to finish our chances."


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19 November 2010 : Late Bonus Pub For The Charlton Guide
The landlord of one of the pubs that is local to tomorrow's opponents Charlton Athletic has been in touch to welcome Yeovil Town supporters to his establishment. As it's a bit of a late listing to the Ciderspace Guide we're highlighting it here as well. It's location is about a mile south-west of The Valley, and could suit those driving to the game tomorrow, given that it is situated close to where the A207, A2 and A102 intersect.

"The pub is situated just off the A2, on the Sun in the Sands roundabout. This is a famous local landmark, so you should have no difficulty in finding us. We are about 15 minutes' walk from Charlton's ground, which makes the pub near enough for you to get to the ground easily, but far enough away for it not to get jam packed, especially as being a large pub, there is plenty of space. I have no restrictions on away fans - you can have a drink both before and/or after the match. Our facilities include pool tables, darts boards and gaming machines. As we have dual Sky Sports channels. You can watch whatever live matches are on.

Our kitchen is run by award-winning chefs who serve up authentic Indian cuisine which, from 5.00pm onwards, you can either eat on the premises or take away. If you are staying overnight you can even catch a live band from approx 8.00pm. The SE London pub band scene is excellent. We have an external smoking area and parking space, and there are good public transport links. We have a decent range of real ales, lagers and draught cider. You are assured of a warm welcome from myself and the pub's friendly customers, who support a wide variety of teams
."

We weren't going to allow such blatant self-advertising on our website, but when Landlord Alex finished his email with "By the way, I think your website is one of the best I've seen. The club history section is brilliant and I liked the guide to the terrace language" how could we ever say no? It's now added to the guide.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic.

On a slightly related note, the Capital Glovers are tomorrow enjoying a rare 'home match' tomorrow, and so are out in force on a pre-match tour of Greenwich which fellow Glovers are welcome to join. Their tour itinerary begins at The Old Brewery, close to the Greenwich Maritime Museum, and the rest of their healthy walk is described on their website. If their 11.00a.m. start is a little too much for you to cope with, then make sure you're following them on Twitter where they'll be letting you know their latest location during the day.


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19 November 2010 : Rushden Man of the Match Result
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town won their first FA Cup match for five years, when they beat Conference National side Rushden and Diamonds by a single goal. The match winner was Andy Williams, but unusually he doesn't feature at all in the Man of the Match voting.

Instead, the vote for that game was contested mainly by two players, with midfielder Shaun MacDonald impressing a number of people. However, striker Dean Bowditch, despite failing to take a number of chances during the match, had a highly impressive match, and was the one who got the nod on the day. Full results are as follows:

1 Dean Bowditch 70 (5)
2 Shaun MacDonald 62 (4)
3 John Sullivan 46 (1)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 38 (2)
5 Nathan Jones 32 (3)
6 Paul Huntington 18 (1)
7 Adam Virgo 14 (0)
8 Sam Williams 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.06

Performance: 5.75
Entertainment: 6.38

VOTES RECEIVED: 16


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19 November 2010 : Skivo Previews The Charlton Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Charlton Game.


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19 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : I Should Have Stayed Home
We're trying to work out who got the raw end of the deal - Taff with his wet weekend in Wales, or those who stayed behind for last Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the week that has just gone - defeat to Daggers, the signing of Adam Phillip, thoughts on where that leaves other players, and where the squad balance lies.

All of that, plus a sneaky (and possibly insane) bet on tomorrow's Charlton Athletic match can be found via the link below. Alternative views on the football or the odd-shaped ball for that matter, are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : I Should Have Stayed Home.


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19 November 2010 : Venue For Youth Team Trip To Swansea City
Yeovil Town's Under-18s travel to Swansea City tomorrow for a Youth Alliance League match, that sees them on the road very soon after their Wednesday night extra time defeat in the FA Youth Cup. Kick-off for Saturday's match is 11.00a.m.

The match is taking place at the St Helens sporting complex in Swansea, which houses both Swansea Rugby club (not Ospreys who play at the Liberty Stadium) and Glamorgan Cricket Club. The ground is situated on the junction of Gorse Lane and Bryn Road in the South-West area of Swansea. You can see the ground itself from Mumbles Road, which is the A4067 that runs East-West along Swansea's sea-front in an area known locally as Mumbles.

Head to the Mumbles or Brynmill part of the City on the south-west side, or alternatively pick up signs for St Helen's or the rugby or cricket ground and you should find it. As you head westbound along the A4067, expect to see St Helens on your right. Turn right in front of the ground into Gorse Lane, and then almost immediately turn left into the car park and entrance to the ground.

Address: 1 Bryn Rd, Brynmill, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 0AR

Link: Multimap.com : St Helens Sporting Complex.


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19 November 2010 : Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the journey to South-East London tomorrow for a League One clash against second-placed Charlton Athletic. The match is the first in three difficult away trips in eight days, with two League One games being followed by next week's FA Cup match. The two sides lie at entirely opposite ends of the table. Charlton are second from top; Yeovil are second from bottom. A total of 13 points separate the two sides.

When the Addicks lost 0-4 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on October 16th, an aura of gloom descended over The Valley. To get hammered so emphatically, albeit against the League leaders, was seen as a bit of a bombshell to a club still harbouring ambitions to return to the Championship relatively quickly, following their relegation 18 months ago.

The response by their players from that thrashing has been impressive - a sequence of 4-3, 1-0, 3-0 and 5-1 in the League has been added to by Football League Trophy and FA Cup wins during that period - they needed a replay to get past Barnet in the FA Cup, but otherwise it's six wins in their last seven matches in all competitions since that Seagulls game.

At home, they've stuttered a little bit more this season - putting in far more impressive performances on their travels. That is if you can call a record of W4-D2-L1 at The Valley a form of stuttering. There is an imbalance though between the 20 away goals they've netted versus the paltry seven they've managed on home turf. All four of their wins have been 1-0 victories.

In big stadiums, with big crowds and big expectations, such results can make home crowds edgy, and if the Glovers are to stand a chance of getting a result tomorrow, then it will come from keeping the Addicks from scoring, and thus frustrating the home crowd. Charlton manager Phil Parkinson appears to be aware of this with what is on paper a home banker, and has warned his own supporters that they shouldn't expect an easy win:

"This is exactly the kind of game where the fans can play a really big role because it will be a very different atmosphere than the Sheffield Wednesday match. They took a couple of thousand with them that day and the atmosphere kind of made itself. It is important our supporters do not turn up just expecting an easy win. They have a big part to play on the day in creating an atmosphere and I’m sure they will do that."

In terms of the Glovers line-up, defender/midfielder Luke Ayling is the only definite absentee, as he sits out the game with bruised ribs. Stand-in right-back Jean-Paul Kalala should deputise, despite having spent most of this week in Paris for a training camp with DR Congo, including a friendly against Mali. Captain Craig Alcock might be fit enough to sneak onto the bench, but it would be a surprise if he was rushed back into the line-up.

New loan signing Adam Phillip is expected to be sat in the stands watching his new side play, with manager Terry Skiverton yesterday indicating that he would not be playing him until some of his other five loans return to their parent clubs. Elsewhere there's a balancing act to be considered in terms of the match fitness of Nathan Smith and at what point Skiverton will decide to reintroduce him to the squad.

For Charlton, they have three concerns to consider before manager Phil Parkinson selects his team. Defender Jonathan Fortune has a stomach bug, whilst winger Scott Wagstaff has a dead leg. Finally winger/striker Joe Anyinsah has a groin strain, and all three will be assessed over the next 24 hours.

The two sides have only met four times competitively, with Yeovil's one recorded win being the 1-0 victory in the Carling Cup in August 2008 whilst the Addicks were still a Championship side, with Paul Warne the goalscoring hero, although many will recall it for an extraordinary performance from goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar - undoubtedly his finest moment in a Yeovil shirt. The last meeting was in February 2010 and saw Charlton carve out a comfortable 2-0 win, whilst the preceding Huish Park game saw a 1-1 draw in a tale of two halves and a tale of two Sodjes. Defender Sam Sodje got himself a red card before Jonathan Obika put Yeovil 1-0 up, then brother Akpo Sodje grabbed an equaliser to level it up in torrential conditions.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available from The Valley on the day of the match. For those going to the game, the Ciderspace guide is linked below, whilst we'll be on Twitter during the day for those who can't be there, alongside BBC Somerset coverage which will be on 95.5FM giving you live coverage of the match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic.

Link: Officials For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Charlton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Charlton Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Phillip To Wait For Glovers Debut.


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18 November 2010 : Phillip To Wait For Glovers Debut
Yeovil Town's new loan striker looks likely to have to wait to make his debut for the club. Chelsea Reserve and Youth Team player Adam Phillip was signed by the Glovers on loan for a month, but it looks like he will temporarily fall foul of the League rule that restricts the number of loans that can be selected in a matchday squad.

The Glovers currently have six loan players on their books, and so one player will need to sit in the stands. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that barring injuries, Phillip will be the man to miss out:

"He's done well. Obviously with the situation regarding the number of loans that we've got, I'm looking for him to come in later on when the others go back. But we've got to get it done before the deadline (for the loan transfer window) and what I wasn't prepared to do, and I've explained it to Chelsea, was to wait until the last minute, and then before you know it, someone else has come in for him. So we had to do it early and we had to strike whilst the iron's hot, and I'm really glad to have him on board. He's got great pedigree, he's come through the age groups with England and he'll be a real asset to us."

Assuming no injuries, Skiverton's comments would suggest that Phillip will be sitting out Yeovil's next three games, given that the first loan player to complete his spell is Owain Tudur Jones, whose loan deal ends on November 27th - FA Cup Second Round day.

We've not seen an explicit date for it yet, but based upon previous seasons, the loan transfer window Skivo refers to will almost certainly be closing on Thursday 25th November at 5.00p.m. We'll try to confirm that date nearer the time.


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18 November 2010 : GWSC FA Cup Travel To Hartlepool United
A week on Saturday, in the third of three away trips in eight days, Yeovil Town travel to Victoria Park for the FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 5.45a.m. and then from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £30.00, with concessions available at £28.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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18 November 2010 : GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth
Next Tuesday, in the second of three away trips in eight days, Yeovil Town travel to Dean Court for a League One match against AFC Bournemouth. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 5.00p.m. - there is no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £10.00, with no concessions on this occasion. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the members price.

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

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Glovers Fans Get Cherries Social Club Invite.


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18 November 2010 : Huish Park Stadium Partnership Company Accounts
The Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited Holding Company has published its accounts for the year ending February 28th 2010. The company is a non-trading organisation that acts as a vehicle to own shares in the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company (more commonly known as Yeovil Town Football Club).

The bottom line is that the Holding Company made a loss of £5,183, made up of an operating loss of £3,734 and interest charges of £1,449. Those interest charges are against the major debt being held by the company, which now rises slightly to £1,072,864. The operating loss is identified as being down to administrative expenses - presumably the administrative, legal and accountancy costs of keeping the company active and running.

For those who have not viewed previous versions of these accounts, the large debt relates to the purchase by HPSPL of the 1,575,379 ordinary shares the company holds in Yeovil Town Football Club, representing 92% of the club's share capital. Those shares have been given a book value of £1,012,889, which may give an indication of the original purchase value.

The source of the loan to purchase the shares, which has stayed as a listed creditor throughout the lifetime of HPSPL, has not been revealed at any time, although the rate of interest charged would suggest that this is a non-commercial loan.

John Fry remains the listed majority shareholder of HPSPL, with 51 of the 100 shares that have been taken up. The other 49 are believed to belong to Norman Hayward although this is not explicitly stated. The company has issued 1,000 ordinary shares, meaning that 900 remain unallocated.

The period that the accounts cover do not consider any impact that the formation of the second holding company - Yeovil Town Holdings Limited may have upon the assets and liabilities of the HPSPL company. The accounting period also does not cover the termination of Graham Manners as Company Secretary, which took place on September 24th 2010, and was recorded by Companies House late last week.


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18 November 2010 : Hartlepool Tickets On Sale From Huish Park
Further to yesterday's news concerning ticket prices for the FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United, these are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

All other arrangements are as per Wednesday's news. There is no matchday surcharge, so advance purchases are mainly for your own convenience.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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18 November 2010 : Glovers Fans Get Cherries Social Club Invite
Yeovil Town supporters will be welcomed into AFC Bournemouth's social club when the two sides meet next Tuesday evening. The drinks bar is named the Cherry Tree and it is situated to the right of Bournemouth's Main Stand at Dean Court.

The two sides meet on Tuesday 23rd November in a League One fixture, kick-off 7.45p.m.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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18 November 2010 : New Year Price Increase Will Mean Summer Price Freeze
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has said that the club's plans to put up individual ticket prices at Huish Park in the New Year mean that they will not need to repeat the exercise in the summer. The Glovers are increasing all individual match prices by £1.00 across the board on January 1st 2011 - a move that is unprecedented at Huish Park, but was timed to coincide with a Government rise in VAT from 17.5% to 20% on the same day.

Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, Starnes has told the paper that the January increase means that there will be no increase in admission prices in the summer of 2011, although it should be noted that this doesn't say whether season ticket prices will be similarly affected in the summer. Starnes explained:

"We are making our price increase now and we do not propose to make another one in the summer so we think what we have done is take a fairly reasonable approach. Unfortunately anyone that is buying goods or services is going to have to pay it to the Government to help solve the financial crisis we are in. It is hurting everybody, it is hurting the football club and it is hurting individual's pockets."

The club's announcement painted the rise in admission prices as being a "VAT Ticket Price Increase" with no mention that the greater proportion of the money accrued would be direct revenue for the club. Mr Starnes admits that the price rise isn't just about the taxman, but represents an increase where the club will get a cut:

"We will effectively only be getting between 60-70 pence extra revenue on each ticket and then the idea is that we will hold the prices for next season. We will still be very reasonable compared with other clubs in this division from next season. Talking to other clubs we believe that the majority will put their prices up in the summer to cater for the VAT. What we are doing is, yes, putting them up now, but you do not have to pay it."

As mentioned in last week's news item (linked below) the way that you do "not have to pay it", as suggested by Mr Starnes, is by purchasing any of your Year 2011 individual matchday tickets by December 31st 2010. Even if the match takes place in 2011, the advance purchase will mean you pay the lower admission rate provided you make your purchase before the Ticket Office closes on December 31st. There is also a half-season ticket on sale, covering matches from Boxing Day onwards, although a full price list has yet to be made available. We'd suggest contacting the Huish Park Ticket Office directly if that route appeals to you.

Link: Yeovil Town Put Up Ticket Prices.

Link: 2010-11 Yeovil Town Ticket Prices (up to December 31st 2010).


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18 November 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic
For those heading up to the Big Smoke on Saturday, the Ciderspace guide to Charlton Athletic has been tweaked to bring it in line with the 2010-11 season arrangements. The usual selection of directions, ticketing information, a pub guide, club history and lots of other stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic.

Link: Officials For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Charlton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Charlton Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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17 November 2010 : Dulwich Hamlet vs Youth Team Full Time
Yeovil Town are out of the FA Youth Cup tonight after losing 3-2 against Dulwich Hamlet at Champion Hill.

Lloyd Matthews grabbed the opening goal on 10 minutes before Hamlet equalised through Paul McCallum 15 minutes later.

Lloyd Matthews got his second of the night to put Yeovil 2-1 up early in the second half but McCallum got his second near the end to put the game into extra time with Yeovil playing with 10 men due to a Nick Lyskov dismissal for two yellows, despite the midfielder protesting that he had not been booked earlier.

McCallum got his third early in extra time to send Yeovil out of the competition despite a resilient effort throughout the 120 minutes. A full match report will be online later.

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
13 Steve Boore 2 Lewis Clarke 3 Joe Grimstead 4 Rhys Baggridge 5 Rob Clowes 6 Jonny Kaye 8 Will Gordon 9 Isaac Reid 10 Tyler Sheppard 11 Lloyd Matthews 19 Aiden Chainey

Substitutes:
12 Adam Cleary 14 Josh Doyle 15 Will Agbo 20 George Coward 17 Nick Lyskov

Dulwich Hamlet:
1 Anthony Page 2 Suliaman Bangura 3 Ethan Pinnock 4 Nick Gonsalves 5 Abdul Kanu 6 Michael Chambers 7 Noir Gordon 8 Quade Taylor 9 Paul McCallum 10 Omarr Lawson 11 Terence Carter

Substitutes:
12 Luke Defreitas 14 Kashanti Samuels 15 Larry Akanbi 17 Lewis Crawford 19 Richmond Ayoola


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17 November 2010 : Phillip Hoping To Relive Youth Cup Experience
New Yeovil Town loan signing Adam Phillip is hoping to get the chance to play at a few big stadiums and in a few big games during his spell at Huish Park. The striker was a bit of a hero for Chelsea's Youth side during the 2007-08 season, netting three vital goals in their run up to the FA Youth Cup final during that campaign.

The large majority of FA Youth Cup matches are played at the First Team's main stadium, giving youth players a rare chance to experience life in a big ground, rather than on the training pitches that they play most of their matches on. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Phillip has said that he hopes to experience more of that type of game whilst he is with the Glovers:

"I scored a couple and a few vital goals for them (Chelsea, in the FA Youth Cup), but unfortunately we lost in the final against Manchester City. But that was good experience for me as well, with playing in their stadiums and that sort of stuff. I haven't really played in games like that since, so it will be good to come into a League football system and start playing some games."

Phillip should get an early chance to experience those sort of matches in his first three games in three consecutive away fixtures. Charlton Athletic's The Valley stadium is one of the more impressive League One venues, whilst AFC Bournemouth will give him the taste of a local derby. Then the 19 year old will get the drama of an FA Cup match up at Hartlepool United meaning that he's likely to see more of the inside of the team bus than he will see of Yeovil over the coming week or so.

Yeovil Town's own Youth Team continue their more modest FA Youth Cup aspirations tonight, at Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill ground, kick-off 7.45p.m. and we'll be updating interested parties on Twitter as the match takes place.


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17 November 2010 : Wednesday Live To Fight Another 28 Days
League One side Sheffield Wednesday have escaped their latest winding up order in the High Court this afternoon. The over-spending Owls were in London today to answer a petition launched by HMRC due to the non-payment of £600,000 of PAYE tax, but gave no offer to pay the sum in court.

Instead they asked for a 28 day adjournment of the case on the basis that they have a number of interested investors who may either put money into the club, or buy it outright. As yet none of the parties have put in a firm offer or a deposit, but merely the existence of such names appears to have been enough to persuade the court that the case should be deferred for another four weeks. Wednesday's legal representatives claimed that they were on the "verge" of a takeover involving "a consortium of local businessmen", implying that Rotherham businessman Spencer Fearn was the main party in the frame.

Wednesday's next day in court will be on December 1st, when they will have to answer another winding up order over £300,000 worth of VAT that they have failed to hand over to the taxman. In court today, HMRC stated that the Owls unpaid tax bill has now risen up to £1.4 million due to continued non-payment of taxes since the petition was issued. However, Mr Registrar Jaques agreed to allow those debts to accrue further as far as December 15th, and it would seem likely that the VAT case would also be deferred until then, given today's decision. But that date will surely be their last chance to bring their house back into order.


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17 November 2010 : Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
FA Cup Second Round opponents Hartlepool United have released admission prices for their home tie against Yeovil Town. The match will take place on Saturday 27th November, at Victoria Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are simply as follows:

Adults: £12.00; Concessions: £6.00

Concessions include Over-60s and Under-16s. The relevant identification must be carried.

We'll wait and see if any advance sales are made from the Huish Park Ticket Office, however as there is no pay on the day surcharge there's obviously no hurry for you to make up your mind on this one.

Disabled supporters contact at Hartlepool is Sarah Smith on 01429 272584 (extension 6). Hartlepool's usual admission policy for disabled supporters is that the person concerned pays the standard rates, but is able to take an assistant free of charge.

Update: 18/11/2010: These are now on advance sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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16 November 2010 : Young Glovers Head To Champion Hill Tomorrow
Yeovil Town's Under-18s play in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup tomorrow evening, where they will take on Dulwich Hamlet. The game will be played at their Champion Hill ground, kick-off 7.45p.m.

For anyone planning to go to this match, admission is £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions. The Capital Glovers will be sending out a small number after work and are planning to meet at the East Dulwich Tavern at around 6.45p.m.

The nearest station to Champion Hill is East Dulwich, which is situated on the London Bridge line heading out towards Beckenham Junction. Addresses for both locations are as follows:

Champion Hill: Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, Dog Kennel Hill, London, SE22 8BD

East Dulwich Tavern: 1 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8EW. (Pub Website).

Note that if you're coming out of East Dulwich Station, which is situated very close to Champion Hill Stadium, do not attempt to head down the road called Champion Hill as it will not get you into the ground. If you're driving, then make a beeline for East Dulwich Stadium and you should see the stadium lights from there.

For those who aren't going to the game, but want to know the latest score, follow us on Twitter and we'll keep you updated throughout the game.


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16 November 2010 : Pools Progress To Meet Glovers In FA Cup
Yeovil Town will make the familiar and long trip to Victoria Park in the Second Round of the FA Cup, after Hartlepool United proceeded via their First Round Replay. Pools gained a 1-0 victory over Conference North side Vauxhall Motors by a slender 1-0 margin to meet the Glovers on Saturday 27th November, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Their winning goal came from an inspired substitution. Striker James Brown was introduced on 56 minutes, and four minutes later, his headed goal set up a home match against the Glovers.


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16 November 2010 : Wednesday Face D-Day Tomorrow In Winding Up Order
League One side Sheffield Wednesday face their own D-Day tomorrow, with still no sign of their outstanding tax bill being paid. The Owls are due in the High Court to answer a winding up petition brought by HMRC (aka the Taxman) due to non-payment of £600,000 worth of PAYE tax - a figure that no doubt will be varied on the day according to how much that sum has grown since the petition was made.

The current petition was made on September 30th. At the time, Chief Executive Nick Parker tried to claim that matters were in hand and that an overseas oil company had offered a loan to clear the PAYE debt. But that loan was never forthcoming, and nearly two months later, there are no firm offers on the table for the club to either be bailed out or for the sale of the company to be carried through. Quite clearly nothing is going to happen before tomorrow's court room appearance.

Wednesday's tactic tomorrow appears to be to go to the judge and grovel. And plead. And beg. The gambit they will use is to claim that there are four different parties interested in buying the club but that the negotiations have yet to be concluded. In what has been an ongoing soap opera in the past 48 hours, former Leicester City owner Milan Mandaric has tried - and failed - to put in an offer to the club, whilst Rotherham businessman Spencer Fearn has also made public his plans to bid. A former Wednesday director Mick Wright, who is owed money by the club has thrown his hat into the ring. In vaguer terms, a UK businessman and a Middle-Eastern Group are also being linked, although without names for these, it's not clear whether these are current or past bidders or different combinations of the other involved parties. The Owls have managed to get Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg seeking to intervene in the case, whilst another local MP David Blunkett has been trying to use his former powers and influence to get HMRC to call off the action.

There's little doubt that Wednesday have timed the publicising of all of these various parties prior to the hearing deliberately, to paint a picture of a club that has a huge amount of interest in being purchased. They will argue that the court needs to give them more time to carry out negotiations. However, perhaps the most damning statement came from former Owls Chairman Dave Allen, who is now Chesterfield's owner. He still has a significant shareholding in Wednesday, as well as being owed upwards of £2.5 million, and so is one of the key people that any prospective buyer would need to consult. Allen claimed earlier this week that Mandaric was the only party to approach him, and described his offer as "derisory". Allen made it clear that no other party had approached him, and that he was not hopeful of Wednesday's chances.

Wednesday are also facing a second winding up petition from HMRC relating to non-payment of VAT, which is due to be heard on December 1st. The most likely scenario is that Owls officials will ask for both cases to be heard together, but on the second date, with another £300,000 owed there. Whether that's enough to convince the courts that they should be allowed to continue for another 14 days is anyone's guess.

It's worth putting these two cases into perspective. At present, HMRC are claiming a total of £900,000 is owed to them, and this will probably have grown by now, given the court action for the first petition was back in September. At the time of Wednesday's July winding up order, the Owls issued a stuffy statement suggesting that HMRC had been 'disproportionate' in their actions:

"Sheffield Wednesday would like to inform supporters that their Club is not about to be wound up, nor is it about to enter into administration. We have been involved in dialogue with HMRC for a number of weeks. As such we have been somewhat surprised and disappointed by their decision to seek a winding up order at this time. (We) feel their actions are disproportionate and will raise unnecessary speculation as to the financial position of the club. We can inform supporters that the Club ... will seek to settle this matter as soon as is practical."

At the time of that July statement, HMRC's claim against Sheffield Wednesday totalled £250,000 in unpaid VAT. With the combined figure now approaching four times that amount inside five months, despite the Co-Operative Bank stepping in to bail out Wednesday over their VAT bill in the summer, there seems little doubt that HMRC will claim that the football club are trading insolvently and should be immediately wound up to prevent any further increase in liabilities.

That's why Wednesday's decision to not go into administration - which would protect against the winding up order in the court tomorrow - is something of a gamble. They could get their 14 day stay of execution. But on the other hand, they could get the winding up order accepted, before they can stop the clock and play their administration card. Let's hope for Owls fans sake that their club lawyers talk a good talk and that they have something worthwhile up their sleeve.


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16 November 2010 : Congratulations For Caulker
Former Yeovil Town loan central defender Steven Caulker has made his England Under-21 debut tonight in Germany. In a game played at the BRITA-Arena, home of SV Wehen Wiesbaden, Caulker was introduced as a second half substitute 77 minutes into the match, after being promoted from the Under-19s level due to injuries.

Unfortunately for Steven, he came onto the pitch with England already in trouble - 2-0 down and down to 10 men, and with an outfield player in goal. Goalkeeper Jason Steele was red-carded for a professional foul, allowing Cenk Tosun to score a crucial second goal for the Germans, having already gone a goal up during the first period through Konstantin Rausch.

With Steele being a half time substitute for Scott Loach, winger Henri Lansbury had to go in goal and England had to reorganise heavily and look at damage limitation. On the plus side, England didn't concede during Steven's time on the pitch, meaning that from a personal point of view he got his debut off to a good start.


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16 November 2010 : Glovers Strike Four Past Royals
A Yeovil Town XI made up largely of squad players, beat Reading Reserves in Berkshire this afternoon. The Glovers were two goals up at the break, thanks to Adam Virgo, and added to those goals after the break, with Luke Freeman and Craig Calver finding the target.

Reading also got two second half goals, but ended up on the wrong end of a 4-2 defeat.

Manager Terry Skiverton is on his way now to the Wirral where he will be watching the FA Cup First Round Replay between Vauxhall Motors and Hartlepool United in Ellesmere Port which takes place tonight. If you're wanting goal updates on that match, then follow our Twitter account where we'll try to stay in touch with who Yeovil Town's Second Half opponents are going to be.


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16 November 2010 : Glovers Accept Royal Invitation
No, not that sort of royal invitation. Whilst the World's media appear to be congregating on the edge of a park in London for some reason, hopefully at the same time, the Reading media will have left one of their reporters behind to cover Reading Reserves vs Yeovil Town Reserves which is taking place this afternoon.

Reading report that former Glovers loan keeper Alex McCarthy will be in goal for them, whilst their line-up will also include defenders Alex Pearce and Shaun Cummings along with wingers Michail Antonio and Hal Robson-Kanu plus midfielder Jay Tabb and Chris Armstrong.

The Glovers plan to feature full-backs Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith as they continue their comebacks from back problems, whilst defender Stefan Stam and left-winger Luke Freeman is also due to feature. However, several eyes will be on new loan signing Adam Phillip, who will be getting to know a few of his new team-mates today. With Yeovil Town's Under-18s playing at Dulwich Hamlet in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup tomorrow evening, we're not expecting too many of them to feature, and unconfirmed reports suggest that a number of trialists will be turning out as part of the Glovers side.


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16 November 2010 : Phillip Took Advice From Terry Brothers For Glovers Move
New Yeovil Town loan signing Adam Phillip has revealed that he took advice from former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry, and his brother - former England captain John Terry - before making the decision to head down to Somerset. The Chelsea Reserve and Youth player signed a one month loan deal yesterday, having arrived for Monday's training session.

Phillip has been able to talk to Paul Terry as the Darlington player is currently out for the whole of the 2010-11 season with a cruciate knee ligament injury that has cut short his career switch to the North-East. Paul has used the influence of brother John to rehabilitate at Chelsea, and Phillip has told BBC Somerset that both brothers had played their part in persuading him to come to Huish Park:

"Paul is doing physio at (Chelsea's training ground) Cobham at the moment. Both he and John Terry told me Yeovil was a good club to come to so I took their advice."

The more famous of the Terry brothers was an occasional visitor to Huish Park during Paul's stay with the Glovers and has become friends with former Chelsea youth player Terry Skiverton and his first team coach Darren Way.

So far this season, Phillip has made two starts and two substitute appearances for Chelsea Reserves, scoring two goals for their side, and he has said that he is happy with that record, but wants to add to it whilst he is staying with the Glovers:

"No, it's not bad at all. I'm looking for more goals down here, and we'll see what happens after the month. Last week after a Reserve game, they said that they'd like me to come down for a month and obviously I jumped at the opportunity to come down to a great club like Yeovil. So I'm just looking to get some games under my belt now. It's really welcoming club and I've enjoyed my first day here. We had training and all the boys were nice with a good standard of football. So I'm just looking forward to playing some football now."

Phillip will be pencilled in to play some part in Saturday's match at The Valley, where the Glovers will take on second-placed Charlton Athletic, and the 19 year old admits it is a big game, but isn't counting any chickens on whether he is likely to start the match or not:

"Yes, it's a very big game. But I could see with the way the boys trained today that they've got a lot of talent there, so I'm sure we can get a good result. Obviously I want to start, but I'm not sure how the manager sees it. So we'll have to see what happens and I'll probably find out on Friday or something like that. I'll be very proud to start a football match, and hopefully we'll get a good win away at Charlton. He (Terry Skiverton) seems like a really good manager. He's good at putting his authority upon the team. I've just got to get used to the way that the team play and I'm sure it will be good times."

Having yet to make a first team appearance for any club so far, Phillip concedes that he has got a lot to learn in his time away from London. Spotted at the age of 15 whilst playing park football for Sutton United, he said that he had plenty of targets in mind during his time away from home:

"Get (Yeovil) up the table, improve my game obviously, play against bigger players and bigger stadiums, improve my mentality in being away from home and things like that. All aspects of my game can improve and at the same time, hopefully push Yeovil up to the top of the table."

In terms of longer term ambitions, Phillip says that his strength in his game is the ability to get in behind opposition defences, and named three players who he particularly admired in the game. He added that he would like to play a part in holding up the ball and bringing others into play, but explained that was a bit of an unknown quantity for him at present:

"I'd like to think so but we'll have to see how I go against the bigger defenders in League football. But hopefully I'll be able to help the team by holding the ball up and by running behind. I look at players like Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres, Thierry Henry who can all make the runs behind and score goals. That's the kind of player I'd like to be."


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16 November 2010 : Ladies vs Keynsham Fixture Poster
Yeovil Town Ladies have have their next home game in just under two weeks time, with this coming Sunday giving them an away trip against Cardiff City Ladies. On the following Sunday, they have a home match against Keynsham Town Ladies, which will be played at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne on November 28th. This should attract a bit of extra attention as it is an all-Somerset affair, and another Fixture Poster has been produced for the game.

Download via the link below, and open using Adobe Reader (PDF File), print out and display anywhere where you can help raise the profile of the Yeovil Town Ladies side, prior to the game.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Kaynsham Town Ladies Fixture Poster.


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15 November 2010 : Officials For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to The Valley have been annonced. The match against Charlton Athletic takes place on November 20th 2010, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The match will be looked after by referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Our last three experiences of Mr Whitestone have not been particularly brilliant ones, although to be fair on one of those occasions he gave Yeovil their first penalty decision for 17 months!

The last occasion we met him was for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Manager Terry Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.

The aforementioned penalty decision came in the August 2008 home match against Leeds United, and this was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

Prior to that, we last had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished.

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Warren Atkin (Sussex) and Harry Lennard (East Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Wade Norcott (Essex).

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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15 November 2010 : Glovers Sign Up Chelsea Striker
Yeovil Town have signed up Chelsea Reserve and Youth striker Adam Phillip on loan. The 19 year old has arrived at Huish Park for a one month spell and will be training with the club this week ahead of Saturday's trip to Charlton Athletic.

Adam was born on June 19th 1991 in Carshalton and was recruited by the West London club after being spotted at the age of 15 playing Sunday park football in Sutton. Joining Chelsea's Under-16s side, he partnered Frank Nouble in attack in a highly successful early spell at the club that saw him promoted to the Under-18s for his debut in January 2007, despite still being at school.

He made his debut for England Under-16s against Spain during the 2006-07 season, as part of the first England side to play at the new Wembley Stadium and was then offered a two year scholarship for the start of the following season.

Unfortunately, an eight month layoff with a knee injury sustained at the tail end of the 2007-08 season, combined with another lengthy injury that saw him out for much of the 2009-10 season has hampered his progress, although in between he played a key part in Chelsea's 2007-08 FA Youth Cup campaign that took them to the final, scoring three goals from the bench.

So far this season he's made two starts and two substitute appearances for Chelsea's Reserves, scoring two goals in the process. His contract at Stamford Bridge runs until the end of the 2011-12 season.


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15 November 2010 : MK Dons Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's first match in November was the trip to play Milton Keynes Dons. The game ended in a 3-2 defeat, with yet another late goal conceded to cost the Glovers points. Striker Dean Bowditch and defender Adam Virgo grabbed the Glovers goals and both featured highly in the Man of the Match voting.

Rather unusually, the player with the most outright MOTM votes didn't win the overall poll. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald was the player that most of you thought was the Man of the Match, but he was squeezed out by a narrow margin, with Dean Bowditch grabbing more second and third placed votes. Full results are shown below:

1 Dean Bowditch 52 (1)
2 Shaun MacDonald 50 (4)
3 Adam Virgo 30 (2)
4 John Sullivan 16 (1)
5 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 12 (1)
6 Luke Ayling 10 (1)
7 Sam Williams 8 (0)
8 Gavin Williams 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.64

Performance: 5.64
Entertainment: 5.64

VOTES RECEIVED: 10


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15 November 2010 : October 2010 Player Of The Month
Although Yeovil Town's current League position sees them languishing in 23rd place in the League One table, the month of October started off quite well. Two 1-0 away victories had suggested a climb up the table was possible, but in the final three matches of the month, they let it slip, with two defeats and a draw completing the five matches.

The individual Man of the Match winners were Adam Virgo (Walsall), Paul Huntington (Rochdale, Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton), Dean Bowditch (Swindon Town). With Huntington having won three out of the five individual awards across the month, it wasn't too much of a surprise to find who was way out in front at the end, although his centre-back partner Adam Virgo pushed him well across the month.

The Top Ten players for October, including the percentage of the vote cast across the month, are as shown below:

1 Paul Huntington 20.8
2 Adam Virgo 16.1
3 Nathan Smith 11.9
4 Shaun MacDonald 9.0
5 Stephen Henderson 6.9
6 Dean Bowditch 6.9
7 Sam Williams 6.2
8 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 4.8
9 Luke Ayling 4.7
10 Gavin Williams 4.5


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15 November 2010 : Holding Company Replaces Company Secretary
The Huish Park Stadium Partnership company have replaced their current Company Secretary. The company, which owns over 90 percent of Yeovil Town Football Club's shares, has listed Graham Manners as its Company Secretary since its inception.

On November 11th 2010, the Companies House website indicates that Mr Manners had his position terminated, with Norman Hayward now appointed as Company Secretary. Mr Hayward is one of two shareholders in the Huish Park Stadium Partnership, with the other being John Fry, Chairman of Yeovil Town Football Club.

The role of the Company Secretary within a private company is not too significant in terms of its direction. Their role is to act as the chief administrative officer of the company, including ensuring that documents relevant to compliance with UK Company Law are completed and filed with Companies House. The Directors of the company still ultimately carry the responsibility for the legal status of the business.


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15 November 2010 : Swindon Town Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played host to Swindon Town in their final match in October. The game was a bit of a curate's egg - a Gavin Williams free kick and a double from Dean Bowditch giving them a 3-1 lead, only for two late Robins goals to lose them two points in a 3-3 draw.

The Man of the Match voting was largely a one man show. Although Luke Ayling got praise for his performance as a stand-in right-back, whilst Shaun MacDonald was highly rated in midfield, it was striker Dean Bowditch who got the plaudits for two well-taken goals, and a couple of additional chances that could have earned him a hat-trick.

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

1 Dean Bowditch 228 (18)
2 Shaun MacDonald 100 (6)
3 Luke Ayling 86 (6)
4 Sam Williams 52 (2)
5 Nathan Jones 50 (2)
6 Adam Virgo 48 (1)
7 Gavin Williams 46 (1)
8 Paul Huntington 24 (1)
9 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 22 (2)
10 Owain Tudur Jones 16 (0)
11 Ben Roberts 4 (0)
12 Andy Williams 2 (0)
12 Stephen Henderson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.92

Performance: 6.36
Entertainment: 7.49

VOTES RECEIVED: 39


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15 November 2010 : Youth Team vs AFC Bournemouth Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down by a 4-2 scoreline on Saturday, as they saw their recent two game winning run brought to a sharp end against AFC Bournemouth. A first half Nick Lyskov goal and a Lloyd Matthews penalty brought them back from a two goal early deficit, but the Cherries ran out winners in the closing stages to give the Glovers some food for thought ahead of Wednesday's FA Youth Cup match at Dulwich Hamlet.

After heavy overnight rain there were doubts about the condition of the pitch but recent drainage work on the Alvington pitch had done its job, leaving a good playing surface where last season might have seen the match called off. Coach Scott Green maintained faith with the team that won away at Oxford except for Zac Reid and George Coward who were unavailable. They were replaced by the returning Captain Rhys Baggridge from first team duty and Will Agbo from the Under 16’s.

Bournemouth had not won their last five matches but the way they came out of the blocks belied that. They tore into Yeovil
with attack after attack and the pressure caused a defensive mix up to gift a shot to Bournemouth to put them a goal up after just six minutes of play.

Bournemouth continued to attack at will and should have scored again but Steve Boore celebrated his birthday with a good save low down to his left. Yeovil started to get back into the game and Adam Cleary had a shot wide, then Lloyd Matthews had a shot well saved by the keeper. The Yeovil defence were struggling to match the pace of Bournemouth's forwards and from yet another free kick just outside the box the shot was parried by the defensive wall.

Yeovil started to move the ball about, passing their way out of trouble and made some good chances. Clever work down the right by Rob Clowes gave Lloyd Matthews a shot which was deflected just wide. Though the resulting corner was cleared Yeovil came back with a good move involving Adam Cleary, Lloyd Matthews and Jonny Kaye, who set up a chance for Rob Clowes that was turned over for a corner.

From that corner though, Bournemouth were able to forge an attack that would extend their lead further. The Glovers set piece was cleared and in the resulting attack a foul on a Bournemouth forward saw a yellow card for Rhys Baggridge and a free kick. The dead ball was passed out to the right wing and the cross was put into the net. The language used by the defence as they blamed each other was ripe to say the least, with the visitors now 2-0 up.

Just before the break though, Yeovil managed to pull a goal back through a spot of sustained pressure. Lewis Clarke ran with the ball from right back all the way through to the Bournemouth penalty area and his rasping drive was tipped over. The corner was taken short by Joe Grimstead to Jonny Kaye whose pinpoint pass picked out Nick Lyskov, hitting it on the volley into the net to reduce the deficit to 2-1 at the break.

Yeovil came out for the second half looking for an equaliser and Lloyd Matthews had another shot on goal saved. Then from the subsequent corner Rhys Baggridge headed over. Just past the hour mark, the Glovers got the equaliser they craved when a Yeovil free kick on the right was sent into the Bournemouth area and a Glovers player was pushed off the ball for a penalty. Up stepped Lloyd Matthews and Yeovil were level from the spot, and it was now well and truly game on.

Sadly after fighting their way back into the match so well, parity was only established for four minutes. Initially after the equaliser, the play was end to end until a poor goal kick by Steve Boore was headed into the path of a Bournemouth forward by Nick Lyskov who went through to score and put the Cherries 3-2 up.

Straight from the restart Lloyd Matthews and Will Agbo exchanged passes and Matthews had a shot just wide. With 20 minutes remaining, the Glovers made a triple substitution to breathe new life into their team, but the change did not alter the pattern of play. Steve Boore made two good saves in succession to keep Yeovil in it but to no avail as the defence opened up like the red sea and Bournemouth scored their fourth, to more or less seal the game with 11 minutes remaining.

In the closing stages, the fresh legs of substitute Josh Doyle, playing as a right full back, allowed him to have four good runs down the right flank to create some danger in Yeovil's attacks, but although all his crosses landed in the area none of the forwards could convert. The final act of the day saw Steve Boore make a good save low to his right to ensure the visitors didn't end up with another goal to go home with, but having already won the match, they won't have been too disappointed with missing that late effort.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 2 AFC Bournemouth U18s 4.

Scorers: Bournemouth Scorer (0-1, 6 mins), Bournemouth Scorer (0-2, 43 mins), Nick Lyskov (1-2, 45 mins), Lloyd Matthews (2-2, 63 mins), Bournemouth Scorer (2-3, 67 mins), Bournemouth Scorer (2-4, 79 mins).

Yeovil Town U18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Lewis Clarke 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Will Agbo 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Aiden Chainey 8. Jonny Kaye 9. Rob Clowes 10 Lloyd Matthews 11. Adam Cleary

Substitutes:
Will Gordon, Tyler Sheppard, Josh Doyle (All introduced on 70 mins for Agbo, Kaye and Cleary).


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15 November 2010 : Download The Ladies vs Portsmouth Programme
Yeovil Town Ladies played Portsmouth Ladies on Sunday afternoon in a Premier League Southern Division match at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne. They came out as 3-1 victors to gain revenge for being knocked out of the League Cup by the same side earlier this season.

They finally found two other goalscorers in their side after Jemma Tewksbury had scored all of their goals so far this season, and Stacey Pearson took the honour of being the player to break that run with a first half goal.

In the second half, the Glovers took the game out of sight when two goals in two minutes from Kayleigh Nardiello caught Pompey out on the counter-attack twice, to put the home side 3-0 up. The visitors grabbed a late goal to give a final 3-1 scoreline, but that wasn't enough to stop the Ladies climbing up to 5th place in the Southern Division table - their highest position of the season so far.

Next weekend sees the Ladies head across the Severn Bridge to play Cardiff City Ladies, who finally got off the mark on Sunday with a 2-1 away win at Colchester United Ladies. Largely due to their lack of matches, the Bluebirds lie bottom of the league, but have shown signs of being a side to be reckoned with by defeating an Essex side lying currently in 4th place.

If you missed today's game but want to read their matchday programme, the Portsmouth programme can be read via the link below. Note to mobile internet users - this is a 4Mb PDF File and so you may prefer to wait until you are on your home connection before viewing. Any comments on the content, then let us know and we'll pass them on, or email the Ladies Official Site or their Twitter account.

Link: 14/11/2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Portsmouth Ladies Matchday Programme.


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15 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog: L1: Yeovil 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3
Whilst Taff disappeared off to watch the odd-shaped balls in Wales, Cruncher stole his keyboard and headed down to Somerset to watch the Glovers play Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday. Another defeat and a deepening of Yeovil's position in the relegation zone requires a fair bit of analysis, and Cruncher is on hand to provide his views of the match.

Your own views of the day are equally welcomed - add them at the foot of the article, which is linked below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: L1: Yeovil 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.


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14 November 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Charlton
Yeovil Town's next match is a trip to The Valley for a first match against Charlton Athletic. The match against the Glovers takes place on Saturday 20th November 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £17.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 8.00a.m. and having a stop along the way, along with any other request stops.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: GWSC Travel To Charlton Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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14 November 2010 : Daggers Boss: Tactically We Got It Spot On
Dagenham and Redbridge manager John Still hailed his side's first League One away victory, after they had beaten Yeovil Town 3-1 at Huish Park yesterday. The Daggers were one of only two sides without an away victory this season, with the other club Leyton Orient also breaking their duck yesterday, with a 3-0 victory just up the road at Bristol Rovers.

Speaking after yesterday's match, Still defended his side's away form, and said that he felt his tactical switch to introduce pacey substitute Medy Elito along with Peter Gain, whilst switching from a 4-4-1-1 formation to a 4-4-2 midway through the second half had paid off for him:

"It was a terrific victory. I am trying to impress on the players that you have got to dig in and battle like hell. To be fair I think our away form has been okay. We had creditable draws at Charlton and Colchester. When you are away you have got to battle and in the first 10 minutes we didn't. After that we did and we also came out in the second half and battled well. The keeper had to make a couple of good saves and sometimes you have to throw yourselves in front of things. Tactically we got it spot on. I made changes at the right time and we deserved to win."


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14 November 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Dagenham and Redbridge Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday afternoon's match against Dagenham and Redbridge, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Skivo's post-match interview is available here:

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Dagenham and Redbridge Game.


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13 November 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Dagenham and Redbridge Game
Following Saturday afternoon's match against Dagenham and Redbridge, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Dagenham and Redbridge Game.


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13 November 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Dagenham
If you were at this afternoon's 1-3 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Dagenham and Redbridge.


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13 November 2010 : New Loan Striker Coming In
This evening's BBC Somerset coverage is reporting that Yeovil Town will be making another change to their squad this coming week. A new striker will be arriving on loan "on Monday" according to their post-match reports.

The incoming player has been authorised because Owain Tudur Jones will be returning to Norwich City towards the end of this month upon completion of his loan spell at Huish Park, which is currently scheduled to complete on November 27th. There had been reports on the BBC that Owain was returning "next week" but it would appear this is not the case. Owain is currently one of five loan players on Yeovil's books, and so the incoming striker will mean that they will have six for a short space of time.

Right-back Luke Ayling is not expected to return for the next couple of weeks, due to ongoing problems concerning the bruised ribs he sustained in the match at Milton Keynes Dons, with Ayling having an issue with one of his lungs. Meanwhile Jean-Paul Kalala will miss this week's training due to a meet-up in Paris with the DR Congo international squad.

Finally, as mentioned earlier today, Danny Hutchins has left the building - released "by mutual consent".


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13 November 2010 : Yeovil 1 Daggers 3 : Three Daggers To The Heart Of Glovers
Yeovil Town crashed to their fourth home league defeat of the season this afternoon, as they lost a 'six-pointer' against relegation rivals Dagenham and Redbridge to two late goals. For the seventh time this season, the Glovers conceded three or more goals in a League match, as Abu Ogogo and Medy Elito struck in the last 10 minutes to steal the points. Earlier in the match Will Antwi had opened the scoring for the visitors only for Andy Williams to equalise right on the stroke of half time. But Ogogo and Elito went on to have the last laugh to leave Yeovil marooned deep in the relegation zone in 23rd place.

Yeovil Town's team selection saw them list an unchanged starting line-up, with three big names coming in onto the bench after being absent in recent games. Gavin Williams, Stefan Stam and Nathan Jones provided a strong looking list of substitutes, but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton preferred to keep faith in the line-up that had won in the FA Cup at Rushden. Former Glover Gavin Tomlin was also on the bench in his first return to his old club since leaving in the summer.

It was a curious first half with both sides having periods of domination, only to find goals scored against the run of play in both cases. It was Yeovil who set off the best, having first two early chances, as Dean Bowditch and Shaun MacDonald put long range strikes over the bar. Their visitors were crowding midfield and looking to stifle Yeovil's play and it was only when the Glovers put the ball over the top that they got into space, with Andy Welsh breaking down the wing and his ball across the box inches away from connecting with Bowditch at the far post. The same striker sliced a shot wide of the target from inside the box when he had a great opportunity to score.

A crucial period of play saw Yeovil come inches away from scoring, only to let themselves down 60 seconds later at the other end. Shaun MacDonald had shot saved from six yards out by Daggers keeper Chris Lewington. From the parried save, Owain Tudur Jones saw Abu Agogo denying him on the goal line from a rebound, with Nathan Jones having a third attempt that went wide. But the Glovers were made to pay for that as Dagenham went down the other end, and forced a corner taken by Danny Green and met by Will Antwi in far too much free space, heading past John Sullivan and beating Nathan Jones on the goal post, whose attempt to clear the ball off the line merely landed the ball in the roof of the net. 0-1 down and harsh on the balance of play, but typical of the way that Yeovil have defended set pieces this season.

From that goal, it was Daggers that had their tails up, with Jon Nurse getting in a free header a minute later, whilst a Danny Green cross into the box almost found Nurse were it not for Paul Huntington intercepting with an outstretched boot. Yeovil were meanwhile looking a little bit sorry for themselves, getting outplayed and outnumbered in midfield, whilst Green tried audacious long range free kicks at John Sullivan's goal.

Just as it looked as though Yeovil were going to go in at the break a goal down, they got themselves a lifeline. Like the opening Daggers goal, it was scored against the run of play. Andy Williams had switched wings with Andy Welsh, and Dagenham's back line failed to pick him up, allowing Owain Tudur Jones a chance to thread the ball to him on the left flank, and he fired a left-footed shot into the top of the net to provide an equaliser with the last kick of the half.

The second period saw Sam Williams, who had a fairly quiet first period, grab three great chances to score. First he had a shot blocked by a defender for a corner, with Paul Huntington's header from the subsequent set piece being pushed off a goal post by the Daggers goalkeeper for another corner. Then keeper Chris Lewington saved brilliantly to deny a chance that Williams should have buried and that was followed by a header deflected wide.

At the other end chances were scarce, with Bas Savage delighting the jeering Yeovil crowd by blasting a shot wide of the target, and their only real concern was the extreme pace from Medy Elito who was introduced as a substitute. But the Glovers couldn't make their chances count, and it was Dagenham instead who were the clinical side, showing Yeovil how to make their chances count.

Full-back Abu Ogogo wasn't tracked down the flank, and as he shot from the angle, John Sullivan seemed to lose sight of the path of the ball, and the Daggers were ahead with just nine minutes remaining and for the third time in the game, a goal scored against the run of play.

As if to show up Yeovil's play during the match, Paul Huntington's header a couple of minutes later saw him hit the crossbar, but then with three minutes later, substitute Medy Elito capped his debut for the away side, by netting the fourth and decisive goal of the match, with the Glovers having left a few too many gaps in their back line. Game over.

Overall, the Glovers could have won the game themselves, with the number of chances they wasted throughout the whole 90 minutes. But when a side concedes three goals a game so many times in one season, they are going to lose games no matter how many chances they have at the other end, and manager Terry Skiverton needs to take a long look at why that is happening so often. Cut adrift by four points inside the relegation zone, and dropping to 23rd place in the table, if anyone hasn't worked out that this season is a true relegation battle, then they need to wake up and smell the coffee quickly.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.

Scorers: Will Antwi (0-1, 18 mins), Andy Williams (1-1, 45 mins), Abu Ogogo (1-2, 81 mins), Medy Elito (1-3, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. John Sullivan
21. Jean-Paul Kalala 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith (88 mins for Nathan Jones) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (75 mins for Dean Bowditch) 24. Gavin Williams (60 mins for Andy Welsh)

Dagenham and Redbridge:
30. Chris Lewington
19. Abu Ogogo 5. Will Antwi 6. Mark Arber 3. Damien McCrory
7. Danny Green 14. Victor Palsson 18. Solomon Taiwo 16. Bas Savage
20. Romain Vincelot
9. Jon Nurse

Substitutes:
27. David Hogan (GK) 8. Kayleden Brown 11. Gavin Tomlin 15. Damian Scannell 33. Peter Gain (68 mins for Jon Nurse) 17. Darren Currie 37. Medy Elito (55 mins for Victor Palsson)

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Dagenham Bookings: Romain Vincelot (84 mins, foul).

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Surrey) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Andy Newell (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,586 (including 125 Dagenham supporters)


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13 November 2010 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Daggers
Yeovil Town have named an uncharged starting eleven for this afternoon's home League One match against Dagenham and Redbridge. Manager Terry Skiverton has decided to stick with the same line-up that beat Rushden and Diamonds 1-0 last weekend, despite the availability of Gavin Williams who was prevented from playing last weekend by his parent club, and has to make do with a place on the bench.

Yeovil Town:
1. John Sullivan
21. Jean-Paul Kalala 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 24. Gavin Williams

Dagenham and Redbridge:
30. Chris Lewington
19. Abu Ogogo 5. Will Antwi 6. Mark Arber 3. Damien McCrory
7. Danny Green 14. Victor Palsson 18. Solomon Taiwo 16. Bas Savage
20. Romain Vincelot
9. Jon Nurse

Substitutes:
27. David Hogan (GK) 8. Kayleden Brown 11. Gavin Tomlin 15. Damian Scannell 33. Peter Gain 17. Darren Currie 37. Medy Elito


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13 November 2010 : Hutchins Has Contract Torn Up
Yeovil Town right-back Danny Hutchins has left Huish Park after falling heavily out of contention with the Glovers. The former Tottenham Hotspur player has only played seven minutes of football during 2010 - a far cry from a situation where Hutchins was signed on a two year contract over the summer of 2009, having impressed so much during a loan spell at the tail end of the 2008-09 season.

Once signed on that two year contract, he made just nine appearances, to add to the nine he managed as a loan player, and he leaves Huish Park "by mutual consent" meaning that a severance agreement has been reached for the remainder of his contract at the club. We wish him well in trying to find a new club.

Link: Danny Hutchins : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 November 2010 : Youth Team vs Bournemouth Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action this morning, at the Westland Sports ground at Alvington. Their opponents AFC Bournemouth are 2-1 up at half time in this Youth Alliance League match.

Update: The second half saw three more goals, with Bournemouth going on to win the match by a 4-2 scoreline. Full details on the game will follow in the next 24-48 hours.


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13 November 2010 : Owain : We Can't Afford To Lose Against Daggers
Yeovil Town take on former Conference rivals Dagenham and Redbridge later this afternoon for what is the first meeting between the two clubs at Football League level. Both sides will be engaged in a six-pointer at the wrong end of the table, with them occupying 22nd and 23rd places respectively, and with the Glovers having a current three point advantage.

Glovers on loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has told BBC Somerset that today's match is one that his side can not afford to lose, even though the season is not even halfway through yet:

"We don't want to get beaten by them. I think they are one place below us. So it's a big game and it's one that we can't afford to lose. On the flip side of that, it is still early on in the season, but the earlier you can get the points on the board and get clear of the other teams, the better it is really."

Tudur Jones added that although the Glovers were currently in the relegation zone, he felt that they had a good enough squad to steer themselves out of danger before long:

"Absolutely, it's a strong line-up. We've got players on the bench who can come on and affect the game. For one reason or another in the last few weeks it hasn't quite clicked. When you lose games it can become a bit of a bad habit in a division that is so tight within many teams. In terms of the quality of the sides, there's not much between teams. It's just a case of getting that little bit of consistency."


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12 November 2010 : Where Are They Now? : Michael McIndoe and Rob Kiernan
It's worth highlighting a couple of loan moves that have taken place today that have been added to the 'Where Are They Now?' section of the site. Left-winger Michael McIndoe's name evokes regular debate amongst Glovers fans, mainly provoked by the way he exited Huish Park seven years ago, and he is on the move again today, albeit on loan at present.

More recently, Rob Kiernan was on loan at the club earlier this season, and he has got his second loan deal of the season. Details of both moves are available in the articles below.

Link: McIndoe Becomes A Don.

Link: Kiernan Joins Bantams On Loan.


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12 November 2010 : Youth Team Venue And Kick-Off vs Bournemouth
A reminder that Yeovil Town Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in a Football League Youth Alliance match. They take on AFC Bournemouth and the game will be played at the Westland Sports Alvington ground, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern. Kick-off is 11.00a.m. and all are welcome to attend.

Note that although there's been an excessive amount of rain in the Yeovil area throughout the week, the current forecast is for there to be merely drizzle and occasional showers during the weekend. Hence at present, we're not anticipating problems with this fixture (or indeed the First Team game at Huish Park). However, if that position changes, we'll put up a note here as soon as we get it.

In addition to the Under-18s fixture, and the first team fixture, don't forget that Yeovil Town Ladies are also at home on Sunday, with a Premier League Southern Division game against Portsmouth. This match takes place at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.


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12 November 2010 : Skivo Previews The Daggers Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home League One match against Dagenham and Redbridge, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Dagenham Game.


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12 November 2010 : Capital Glovers Make A Grand Gesture For Adam
London and South-East Yeovil Town supporters group, the Capital Glovers raised over 1,000 pounds towards the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation last night. In an event staged at the Blue Anchor in Chancery Lane, London, the Yeovil Town supporters were joined by fans of Exeter City, Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and AFC Wimbledon in a packed basement bar in the capital.

With so many rival West-Country clubs under the same roof things might have got a bit tasty, but instead we had the sight of two of Devon's finest swapping Plymouth and Exeter shirts as money was pledged to see how long they could cope with wearing the 'other' club's shirt.

The host for the evening was The Guardian's Deputy Sports Editor Barry Glendenning, who brilliantly linked together the various individual slots and somehow ended up paying to wear the aforementioned Argyle shirt for the night. Two other members of the Guardian also played their part, with Rob Smyth providing video and Matt Scott of Digger fame talking about Notts County's recent up'n'down days. Andy Brassell talked about his experiences of watching European Football, whilst Jim Proudfoot, who commentates for ESPN and Absolute Radio gave an insight into the difficulties of providing football coverage for a past European tournament. Former Glovers left-back Murray Fishlock was a familiar face on the night, allowing fans a chance to catch up with his latest career with the Football Foundation.

The main point of the evening though was the fundraising. Signed Yeovil Town and Exeter City shirts sold well, as did a Hereford United replica shirt, even if it did get heckled by the majority in the room! A signed Manchester United shirt was held back for another day on the basis that it would raise more money by being auctioned outside the support that was gathered at the Blue Anchor.

Support for the raffle was so good that the sellers were cleaned out of tickets. Support for the real ale at the bar was so good, they lost two out of their three pumps by the end of the evening. In the end, the provisional total raised on the night was £1,173.21 with the proceeds from the aforementioned Manchester United shirt still to come. All money raised will go direct to the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation, which aims to promote youth football in Somerset and Devon, as well as help raise awareness about bowel cancer.

A brilliant turn-out, and a brilliant evening. Capital Glovers organisers Seb White, Bill Biss and Dan Britton, amongst others, deserve a hefty pat on the back for their magnificent efforts, as do all of the above journalists for sparing their time for the cause. And of course well done to everyone who travelled the distance to make the event what it was.


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12 November 2010 : Young Glovers Given Newcastle Incentive
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have been given the prize of Premier League Academy opponents if they can get past Dulwich Hamlet next week in the FA Youth Cup. The winners of that Second Round tie, due to be played at Champion Hill on November 17th, will be at home to Newcastle United in the Third Round.

As with the FA Cup, the Third Round stage sees all the 'big guns' enter the tournament, and so this is a superb incentive for the Glovers to progress through the current Second Round stages, although doubtless Dulwich will see it the same way. The draw is as follows:

1 West Ham United vs AFC Wimbledon or Aldershot Town
2 Blackburn Rovers vs Reading
3 Doncaster Rovers vs Middlesbrough
4 Dulwich Hamlet or Yeovil Town vs Newcastle United
5 Port Vale or Grimsby Town vs Burnley
6 Watford vs Swindon Town or Coventry Sphinx
7 Leicester City vs Macclesfield Town or Hartlepool United
8 Sunderland AFC vs Chelsea
9 Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town or Darlington
10 Oldham Athletic or Sheffield Wednesday vs Manchester City
11 Brighton & Hove Albion or Torquay United vs Derby County
12 Notts County or Shrewsbury Town vs Liverpool
13 Barnsley vs Tottenham Hotspur
14 Bristol Cityvs Birmingham City
15 Bristol Rovers vs Aston Villa
16 Wigan Athletic vs Stoke City
17 Millwall vs or Walsall
18 Queens Park Rangers vs Nottingham Forest
19 Bolton Wanderers vs Tranmere Rovers or Crewe Alexandra
20 Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion
21 Leeds United AFC vs Scunthorpe United
22 Norwich City vs Charlton Athletic or Bury Town
23 Hull City vs Rushden & Diamonds or Wycombe Wanderers
24 Southend United or Brentford vs Coventry City
25 Everton vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
26 Blackpool vs Cambridge United or Exeter City
27 Preston North End vs Swansea City
28 Cardiff City vs Crystal Palace
29 Woking or Cheltenham Town vs Sheffield United
30 Bradford City vs Southampton
31 Manchester United vs Portsmouth
32 Ipswich Town vs Peterborough United or Stratford Town

All Third Round ties are due to be played by Saturday 11th December. Most are arranged as midweek evening kick-offs, with the club's First Team stadium being used to stage the match. For details of Yeovil's Second Round match, see the earlier news story linked below.

Link: Date Set For Young Glovers Hamlet Cup Game.


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12 November 2010 : Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw
The draw for the Quarter-Final of the Somerset Premier Cup has been made. Yeovil Town's Second Round match at home to Odd Down was the only game to get called off in midweek, and so is the only undecided part of the draw.

The winners of the match between the Glovers Reserves and Odd Down will face a trip to play Hengrove Athletic who are making their first ever appearance in the competition this season.

Hengrove play in the Western League First Division alongside teams as diverse in their backgrounds as Merthyr Town (the club formed out of the ashes of Merthyr Tydfil) and Gillingham Town. They joined the Western League in the 2006-07 season, and are one of the first Bristol suburbs you pass as you come into the city on the South side via the A37.

They won their first ever match in the County Cup, thanks to a 2-1 win over Larkhall Athletic during midweek, with Hengrove's scorers being James Dunn and Ricky Charlton. Larkhall had previously knocked out holders Welton Rovers in the first round.

Obviously there's the matter of the Second Round visit of Odd Down to Huish Park to be settled first, on November 24th. The Quarter-Final draw is as follows:

Taunton Town vs Weston-super-Mare
Paulton Rovers vs Clevedon Town
Frome Town vs Radstock Town
Hengrove Athletic vs Yeovil Town Reserves or Odd Down.

All Quarter-Final matches are due to be played during the week commencing February 28th 2011.

Link: Glovers Arrange Second Attempt At County Cup.


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12 November 2010 : Defensive Duo Pushing For Glovers Return
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said thast he hopes to bring two missing players back into the first team squad for tomorrow's visit of Dagenham and Redbridge. Centre-back Stefan Stam has been missing with an gluteus muscle strain, whilst left-back Nathan Smith has had back problems, meaning that both have been out of contention in recent matches.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that both are now back in training, albeit with Smith having not joined in with full team training next. However, captain Craig Alcock remains unavailable tomorrow due to his own back problem:

"Stefan Stam is back. We had a game arranged for Tuesday night (in the postponed Somerset Premier Cup game against Odd Down) and he was bang up for playing in that. He's come back and he's trained really well. Smithy (Nathan Smith) is back in contention as well. He's not trained with the squad yet, but hopefully on Friday he'll get through a whole day. We need a few people back because we are struggling especially in the full-back area. We think that Craig Alcock is maybe another week away."

Another player who will make his return tomorrow for different reasons is midfield playmaker Gavin Williams. The Welshman was refused permission to play in last week's FA Cup First Round match at Rushden and Diamonds as his parent club Bristol City did not want him to become cup-tied. He will almost certainly return to the starting line-up, and with Skiverton reporting a slight problem with fellow midfielder Owain Tudur Jones, the question of who drops out could be made easy if the Norwich City player fails to recover from a thigh strain:

"Gavin Williams has trained fantastically this week. For us it's a case of us having good competition now, especially in that midfield area. We need to see from the fall-out in training area who is going to be available. I think that Owain has got a slight thigh strain so we need to see the fall-out from training tomorrow and hopefully we will be able to have our strongest team for a little while. So we're really looking forward to hopefully doing that."


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12 November 2010 : Glovers Arrange Second Attempt At County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves will have a second attempt to play their Somerset Premier Cup tie against Odd Down later this month. The Second Round tie will be played on Wednesday 24th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Arrangements remain as before, with only the Main Stand open for the match, and adults charged £5.00 whilst concessions are available for £2.00.

Most other Second Round ties went ahead during midweek, with Taunton Town winning their tie 4-1 away from home with former Glovers youth striker Corey Lewis grabbing two late goals from the bench, whilst Paulton Rovers beat Keynsham Town 4-1 after extra time. Frome Town beat Bristol Manor Farm 3-2, whilst Radstock Town beat Street. Clevedon Town knocked out Bridgwater Town by a 4-1 scoreline.


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11 November 2010 : Interview With Andy Williams
Following last Saturday's 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds, goalscorer Andy Williams spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Andy Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Rushden.


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11 November 2010 : Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to play AFC Bournemouth is now available. The match takes place at Dean Court on Tuesday November 23rd 2010, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

There are no advance tickets on sale at Huish Park. All admissions will be on the night, and are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Concessions: £10.00.

Concessions include Over-65s, Under-16s and NUS-card carrying students. Wheelchair users must contact Phil Tyrrell on 07803 090047 to make arrangements.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in a section of the East Stand, which is a sideways facing covered seated stand. Away fans get the end couple of blocks closest to one of the goals at the South end of the ground.


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11 November 2010 : Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to play Sheffield Wednesday is now available. The match takes place at Hillsborough on December 28th 2010, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Advance tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over-65s: £12.00; Under-18s: £12.00.

Wheelchair users can gain admission for £10.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above standard rates, but can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the higher rate of disability. Wheelchair users must call Liz Higginbottom at Hillsborough on 0871 995 1867 to make arrangements for the game.

Away supporters are housed in the Upper Tier of the West Stand, more commonly known as the Leppings Lane End of the ground. Up to 3,700 supporters can be housed here.

There is no matchday surcharge employed by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Update: In what looks to be an occasional practice, we're now being given the Lower Tier of the same end, with home fans getting the Upper Tier.


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11 November 2010 : Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to play Colchester United is now available. The match takes place at Colchester's Community Stadium on December 11th 2010, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Advance tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Over-65s/Disabled: £14.00; Under-18s: £9.00; Under-14s: £3.00; Under-8s: £1.00.

Note that Adult ticket prices have a £2.00 surcharge if bought on the day, whilst concessionary tickets have a £1.00 surcharge. You may also prefer to buy in advance if you are wanting to make use of Colchester's park'n'ride facilities. They don't always bother to check you're carrying a matchday ticket, but you're meant to produce one to get on board the coaches.

Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge. All Wheelchair users must purchase direct from Colchester on 0845 437 9089.

We seem to be on a grand tour of Colchester's stadium. Having at first started in the South Stand, last season we got switched to the North Stand. This season, we are placed in the East Stand, which is a covered seated area facing sideways onto the pitch. Colchester's official site still refers to the away accommodation as being in the North Stand, and lists the East Stand as their Family area, but we'll try to fathom out exactly where we're sat nearer the time. In line with many League One clubs, we will probably only be given a certain number of blocks in the East Stand in one corner.


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11 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Shot In The Arm, And Then In The Foot
Our regular scribe Taff, has provided a pre-weekend update to Taff's Gloversblog where he looks at the week that was. And he finds that there has been some good news, and some bad news since his last blog update.

Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views on the subject area.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Shot In The Arm, And Then In The Foot.


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11 November 2010 : Daggers Double Deal As Elito Arrives
Saturday's opponents Dagenham and Redbridge have made their second loan signing this week. The latest arrival is 20 year old striker Medy Elito who will stay at Victoria Road until January. He is an England U17, U18 and U19 international who also had a loan spell at Cheltenham Town last season.

Elito arrives hot on the heels of Kayleden Brown, a left-sided winger/striker who arrived from West Bromwich Albion earlier this week.

Manager John Still has been busy ramping up his squad with loans, having taken Solomon Taiwo (Cardiff City midfielder, 25 years old), Victor Palsson (Liverpool midfielder, 19) and Nathaniel Pinney (Crystal Palace striker, 19) all on loan during the past month in a bid to improve their fortunes which currently have them in 23rd place in the League One table - one position and three points behind the Glovers.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Take Attacker On Loan From Baggies.


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10 November 2010 : Yeovil Town Put Up Ticket Prices
Yeovil Town have announced an increase in Huish Park Ticket Prices, effective from January 1st 2011. The increase is an additional £1.00 on top of all previously published 2010-11 Season Ticket Prices.

The change in pricing is being blamed on the Government's decision to increase VAT from 17.5% to 20% at the start of 2011. The club statement quotes Chief Executive Martyn Starnes as saying that "we cannot afford to absorb the rise in the VAT rate imposed by the Treasury."

The devil lies in the detail. The £1.00 increase is flat across the board, meaning that those who currently qualify for cheaper tickets at Huish Park will be proportionately hit the hardest. For example, a Junior Glover ticket currently costing £3.00 will rise to £4.00 - an increase of 33.3%, compared with the Government rise in VAT of 2.5%.

Even when the top priced ticket is considered - a Main Stand adult ticket priced currently at £20.00 - the subsequent price rise is 5%. Thus the price increase is in all cases far more than that demanded by the Treasury. It should be noted that when VAT was temporarily dropped from 17.5% to 15% under the previous Government, there was no corresponding price reduction.

There are two ways that supporters can mitigate this. There will be a half-season ticket available for purchase, covering all matches from Boxing Day onwards. As yet prices have not been published. In addition, any individual matchday tickets purchased for the 2010-11 Season by December 31st will be priced at the current rate, even if they apply to matches taking place in 2011.

Link: 2010-11 Yeovil Town Ticket Prices.


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10 November 2010 : ITV Agree FA Cup Broadcast Plans
Terrestrial broadcaster ITV have confirmed their live broadcast plans for the FA Cup Second Round. They will be televising a match that could go one of numerous ways, with two replays needed next week to sort out who will face who on November 27th. The game they have chosen is the following:

27/11/2010 : AFC Wimbledon or Ebbsfleet United v Stevenage or Milton Keynes Dons (FA Cup 2nd Round, 12.50pm, ITV1)

Of course the match that they are hoping for is the controversial meeting between AFC Wimbledon and Milton Keynes Dons. Both clubs have commented on the prospect of such an occasion - AFC Wimbledon have made it clear they would rather not have to face the club which franchised itself out to Milton Keynes back in 2004, whereas the League One side appear to be hoping the match will happen. Either way, the media will whip themselves into a frenzy over the prospect of it, and ITV will be praying they don't end up with Ebbsfleet vs Stevenage as a Saturday lunchtime fixture.

At present it's looking increasingly unlikely that ITV will be broadcasting a First Round replay match. ESPN have already taken slots for next Tuesday and Thursday, whilst on Wednesday, ITV are broadcasting an England vs France international. The ITV4 channel, which often shows more low-key football matches is stuffed full of darts coverage next week on every night. Hence it can probably be assumed that there will be just two replays televised. Certainly the absence of any planned match suggests this is the case.

Yesterday, we published ESPN's broadcast plans; they are as follows:

16/11/2010 : Woking vs Brighton and Hove Albion (1st Round Replay) (Tuesday night, EPSN, 7.45p.m.)
18/11/2010 : Ebbsfleet United vs AFC Wimbledon (1st Round Replay) (Thursday night, EPSN, 7.45p.m.)
26/11/2010 : Crawley Town vs Swindon Town (2nd Round) (Friday night, EPSN, 7.45p.m.)
29/11/2010 : Droylsden vs Dagenham and Redbridge or Leyton Orient (2nd Round) (Monday night, ESPN, 7.45p.m.)

Second Round televised matches will earn clubs £72,000 each, whilst the replays will earn clubs £33,750 each.


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10 November 2010 : Prizes Up For Grabs In Stansfield Fundraising Night
The current list of prizes up for grabs for tomorrow night's Fundraising Night have been published. The Capital Glovers have listed the top prizes available as part of their raffle that will be held as part of an evening to raise money for the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation and the Adam Stansfield Family Fund.

The event is being held at the Blue Anchor, in Chancery Lane, London (see here for more details) tomorrow night, starting at 7.30p.m. and all football fans, as well as those of Yeovil Town, Exeter City and Hereford United are welcome to attend.

The prizes available for the raffle include the following:

• Yeovil Town FC Family Ticket
• Exeter City FC Family Ticket (TBC)
• Brentford FC Family Ticket
• Everton FC football (signed)
• Notts Forest FC shirt (signed by Chris Cohen)
• Notts Forest FC Shirt (signed by Robbie Earnshaw)
• Queens Park Rangers FC pennant (signed)
• Yeovil Town FC footballs (signed from various seasons)
• Inbetweeners Boxset (signed)

The evening will also include an action, where three signed shirts will be up for grabs. The club shirts come from Yeovil Town, Exeter City and Manchester United, and will be sold to the highest bidder on the night.

With the club's Meet The Manager evening postponed, and the County Cup match also called off last night, this is the only event left during the midweek, so come along, meet a few friends and join in with the fun.

Link: Adam Stansfield Tribute Evening Line-Up Revealed.


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10 November 2010 : No Change By Glovers Boss Was To Make Statement
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he tried to make a statement during the latter stages of Saturday's FA Cup First Round match against Rushden and Diamonds. The Glovers unusually went through the whole 90 minutes of their 1-0 win at Nene Park without making a single substitution - a rare occurrence and the first time Skiverton had done so during the 2010-11 season.

The Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that he wanted to make it clear to his players that they had to take responsibility for their own performances, but admitted that he had to overrule his assistant manager Nathan Jones, who was on the pitch as a left-back during the match:

"Jonesy was calling over for us to make a substitute to waste time, but I wanted to make a statement to the players that I'm not always here to change it and always keep making substitutions. They've got to take responsibility and I left them to take responsibility to see the game out. They did that and I couldn't be happier for them."

The passage through to the Second Round, thanks to a late goal from Andy Williams, was Yeovil's first victory in five matches, with their last success being the October 9th victory at Rochdale. Skiverton added that he wanted the players to use the victory against the Conference National side as a launchpad, rather than continuing their inconsistent form so far this season:

"This is just the start of things. I wasn't happy with the way things were going of win one, lose one, draw one - you're never going to go anywhere. We need to go on a run. We need to be positive and we need positive people around us. That's what I'm looking to do and it starts now with a real big important game against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday."


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9 November 2010 : Jemma Double Sees Ladies Leapfrog Rangers
Two goals from Yeovil Town Ladies goal machine Jemma Tewksbury gave them three points on Sunday in West London. The Glovers beat Queens Park Rangers by a 2-0 scoreline at AFC Hayes, thus lifting the visitors above their opponents in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division league table.

Both of Tewksbury's goals, which takes her season's tally up to nine, were scored in the second half. The first was a 63rd minute penalty, whilst the second came 11 minutes later when she cut inside her marker and then sent the ball into the top corner. A total of nine matches into the season, and Jemma is still scoring at an average of a goal a game, and is so far the only Glovers player to net for the team!

There is a full match report on the Ladies site, via the link below. On Sunday, they face Portsmouth Ladies for the second time this season, having already played them in the League Cup. The match takes place on November 14th, at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, kick-off 2.00p.m. Don't forget that you can download and print a fixtures poster for this game, if you are able to help give the Ladies team a bit of additional publicity.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Official Site News Page.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Portsmouth Ladies Fixture Poster.


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9 November 2010 : Wednesday Facing Double Trouble Over Taxman
League One side Sheffield Wednesday are now the subject of two High Court winding-up orders. Like the first, the latest one comes from HMRC (aka the Taxman) who are demanding £300,000 in unpaid VAT. The Yorkshire side will be due in court to answer this claim on December 1st.

The Owls are already facing a £600,000 demand for unpaid PAYE tax that is due to be held on November 17th - just over a week's time. Although they claimed at one stage to be about to receive a £2 million cash injection from a Middle-Eastern oil company, the backers Certified Oilfield Rentals pulled out last week without putting in a penny. A bullish statement from an unnamed Wednesday spokesman claimed that other backers were in the frame, but in the week that has passed since then, no-one has put their head above the parapet.

If Wednesday fail to answer the two winding-up orders then they will be forced into administration. With the size and frequency of such events growing each time, there seems little doubt that HMRC will - just as they did with Southend United - petition the High Court for administration to be forced. In the case of the Shrimpers, it was Sainsbury's that bailed them out, but the general tone of more recent media reports in Sheffield suggests that Wednesday's cash cow that is the Co-Operative Bank, gave their final extension to the estimated £26 million overdraft a couple of months ago.


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9 November 2010 : ESPN Choose Match Quartet For FA Cup Live Coverage
Satellite and Cable Television company ESPN have selected four FA Cup live matches for the coming weeks. They have selected two FA Cup First Round Replays and two FA Cup Second Round match so far, with others due to be selected by ITV.

The four selected so far are:

16/11/2010 : Woking vs Brighton and Hove Albion (1st Round Replay) (Tuesday night, EPSN, 7.45p.m.)
18/11/2010 : Ebbsfleet United vs AFC Wimbledon (1st Round Replay) (Thursday night, EPSN, 7.45p.m.)
26/11/2010 : Crawley Town vs Swindon Town (2nd Round) (Friday night, EPSN, 7.45p.m.)
29/11/2010 : Droylsden vs Dagenham and Redbridge or Leyton Orient (2nd Round) (Monday night, ESPN, 7.45p.m.)

ITV have yet to select a First Round Replay fixture, but are expected to do so shortly. Meanwhile they have said that they are awaiting the First Round replay results before selecting their Second Round live match, fuelling the belief that they are holding out for an AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons second round match, if both can win their replays.


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9 November 2010 : 2011-12 Season Initial Dates For Your Diary
The skeleton dates for the 2011-12 season have been published by the Football League. For those who like to plan ahead, the start and end of the season has now been defined along with start/end dates for cup competitions along with the three Christmas holiday fixture days.

The dates that have been made available so far include:

June 2011
17/06/2011 : Football League Fixtures Published

August 2011
06/08/2011 : Start of 2011-12 Football League Season
08/08/2011 : League Cup First Round
22/08/2011 : League Cup Second Round
29/08/2011 : Football League Trophy First Round

September 2011
19/09/2011 : League Cup Third Round

October 2011
03/10/2011 : Football League Trophy Second Round
24/10/2011 : League Cup Fourth Round

November 2011
07/11/2011 : Football League Trophy Area Quarter-Finals
12/11/2011 : FA Cup First Round
28/11/2011 : League Cup Quarter-Finals
28/11/2011 : Football League Trophy Area Semi-Finals

December 2011
03/12/2011 : FA Cup Second Round
26/12/2011 : Football League Boxing Day Fixtures
31/12/2011 : Football League Christmas Holiday Fixtures

January 2012
02/01/2012 : Football League New Year Fixtures
07/01/2012 : FA Cup Third Round
09/01/2012 : League Cup Semi-Finals First Leg
16/01/2012 : Football League Trophy Area Finals First Leg
23/01/2012 : League Cup Semi-Finals Second Leg
28/01/2012 : FA Cup Fourth Round

February 2012
06/02/2012 : Football League Trophy Area Finals First Leg
18/02/2012 : FA Cup Fifth Round
26/02/2012 : League Cup Final (Wembley Stadium)

March 2012
17/03/2012 : FA Cup Sixth Round
25/03/2012 : Football League Trophy Final (Wembley Stadium)

April 2012
14-15/04/2012 : FA Cup Semi-Finals
28-29/04/2012 : Final Matches For Football League Championship Division

May 2012
05/05/2012 : FA Cup Final
05-06/05/2012 : Final Matches For Football League One and Two Divisions
XX/05/2012 : Football League Play-Offs - Dates To Be Determined

August 2012
18/08/2012 : 2012-13 Season Commences (delayed due to 2012 Olympics)

NOTE: With the exception of the Wembley Stadium finals, all League Cup and Football League Trophy dates should be read as "week commencing".


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9 November 2010 : County Cup vs Odd Down Match Is OFF
Tonight's Somerset Premier Cup home match between Yeovil Town Reserves and Odd Down has been postponed. The game has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch and will now require a new date to be arranged.


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9 November 2010 : Saturday's Opponents Take Attacker On Loan From Baggies
Saturday's opponents Dagenham and Redbridge have signed a new striker/winger in time for the match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. They have taken left-sided Welsh Under-19s international Kayleden Brown on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Brown had played for Tranmere Rovers earlier this season, making five appearances in total for the Wirral club, and last season spent some time on loan with Conference National side Barrow. His full League debut, after a series of substitute appearances, came at Victoria Road, and so the Daggers have already seen him play this season. He has represented Wales at both Under-17 and Under-19 level as having a summer spell with Icelandic team Keflavik.

He has joined the Daggers on loan for one month and so will go into their squad that will travel down to Huish Park. Dagenham's line-up will include one very familiar face, in the form of winger/striker Gavin Tomlin, who switched from Huish Park over the summer.


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9 November 2010 : Kids For A Quid For The Daggers Game
Saturday's home match against Dagenham and Redbridge has been designated as a 'Kids for a Quid' day. The club usually allocate a couple of games a season to this sort of a promotion, but had yet to do so for the 2010-11 season.

The match takes place on Saturday 13th November, kick-off 3.00p.m. and any person who is aged Under 16 can take advantage of this offer and gain admission to any part of the ground for one pound only. No adults required, no forms to fill in, and no restrictions on numbers.


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9 November 2010 : GWSC Travel To Charlton Athletic
A week on Saturday, Yeovil Town's next away trip takes place with a League One match against Charlton Athletic. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 8.15a.m. and then from Huish Park at 8.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £20.00, with concessions available at £18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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8 November 2010 : Meet The Manager Called Off
Thursday night's Meet The Manager event at Huish Park has been postponed. The event had been a long-scheduled chance to meet manager Terry Skiverton and Chief Executive Martyn Starnes but has been called off for unspecified reasons. A new date will be arranged at some point in the future.

We'd suggest that if you've already bought tickets for this event that you either hang onto them, or call in at the Huish Park Ticket Office if you want your money back straight away.


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8 November 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Dagenham and Redbridge have been published. The match takes place on November 13th 2010 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge for the match will be referee Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Mr Sheldrake is in his second season as a Football League referee, and that means we've only seen him once before - a February 2010 home game against Colchester United. The visitors were a big bunch of bruisers, but probably most of what they did was on the right side of the law, and we had no real complaints with Mr Sheldrake's performance.

He's started this season a little card-happy, with three reds in his first nine games, including two in his last two matches, having been in the West Country last weekend for the Plymouth Argyle vs Swindon Town FA Cup First Round match. The red card for Dean Parrett in that match though looked a fair one with Argyle boss Peter Reid describing it as a "stupid tackle" - not much referees can do about those, other than dish out the cards.

Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Surrey) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Andy Newell (Lancashire).

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.


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8 November 2010 : Meet The Manager And Chief Executive
In what is shaping up to be a busy midweek, Yeovil Town are hosting a Meet The Manager evening on Thursday evening. As already covered in the Huish Park Leisure Guide for Autumn 2010, manager Terry Skiverton and Chief Executive Martyn Starnes will be appearing in the Alec Stock Lounge that night, with a start time now confirmed as 7.30p.m.

Tickets are available in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office and cost £5.00, which includes your first drink. Obviously this presents a good chance for you to talk to the First Team Manager about his views on what's happening on the field so far this season, and a chance to grill the Chief Executive about what's been happening off the field of play.

Naturally, the majority of those who live in London and the South-East in particular may struggle to get down to Huish Park in midweek, but if that's the case, then don't forget that the Capital Glovers are hosting their Adam Stansfield Tribute Evening on the same evening, same start time in Chancery Lane, London. Head here for more details.

Link: Huish Park Leisure Guide.

Link: Capital Glovers Adam Stansfield Tribute Evening.


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8 November 2010 : Date Set For Young Glovers Hamlet Cup Game
Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup Second Round match against Dulwich Hamlet has now had date, time and admission information finalised. The game will be played at Dulwich's new Champion Hill ground on Wednesday 17th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Admission to the ground will be £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions. We're expecting a few Capital Glovers to come along and support the lads on the night, so if you're going to the game, then don't be too surprised if you see a few other Glovers in the ground.

The nearest station to Champion Hill (postcode SE22 8BD) is East Dulwich, which is situated on the London Bridge line heading out towards Beckenham Junction.


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8 November 2010 : Admission Prices Set For County Cup Clash
Yeovil Town Reserves commence their campaign in the Somerset Premier Cup tomorrow with a Second Round tie against Western League side Odd Down. The match takes place on Tuesday 9th November at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Prices have been set for the game as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Under-16s and Seniors: £2.00.

You can purchase tickets in advance or on the night at the same price from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Only the Main Stand will be open for this fixture.

We'd expect the side selected to be a mixture of first team bench warmers such as Ed Upson, Craig Calver and Billy Gibson, combined with a selection of the club's academy players, such as defender Rhys Baggridge and striker Lloyd Matthews.


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7 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : FACR1: Rushden 0 Yeovil 1: Completing The Circle
With yet another trip along the M1 corridor yesterday, Cruncher has taken the controls again for the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. Considering the FA Cup First Round win over Rushden and Diamonds, our scribe looks at the team performance and the overall day out.

The article is linked below, and those who went, or who have the FA Cup on their minds at present are welcome to add their own views on the subject covered.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : FACR1: Rushden 0 Yeovil 1: Completing The Circle.


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7 November 2010 : Away In The FA Cup? It's No Surprise!
Any good statistician will tell you that a football club has a fifty-fifty chance of coming out of the hat first in a cup draw. You're either at home, or you're away and you have an even chance of that happening.

Try telling that to Yeovil Town. Today's draw against Vauxhall Motors or Hartlepool United represents the 11th occasion in the last 12 draws that the Glovers have come out of the hat second, and have faced a trip on the road in the competition. When you throw in the fact that the 12th match was a home tie against Stockport County that went to a First Round Replay, then you have to go all the way back to January 2004's home draw against Liverpool for the last time that the Glovers got an 'ordinary' home draw with no travelling involved.

Since then Yeovil Town fans have experienced Darlington (followed by a home replay), Histon, Rotherham United, Charlton Athletic, Macclesfield Town (plus a home replay), Walsall, Rushden and Diamonds (twice in 2006 and 2010), Torquay United, the two games against Stockport County and Oxford United that have involved away trips in the competition.

The situation barely improves when other cup competitions are taken into account. The Football League Trophy has seen six away draws take place in the last eight that the Glovers have been involved in, with Torquay United, Leyton Orient, Shrewsbury Town, Hereford United, Brentford and AFC Bournemouth balanced out only by Shrewsbury Town (again) and Exeter City.

The League Cup is a little kinder with home draws against Norwich City and Crystal Palace at home in the last two draws and a Millwall match at Huish Park back in 2005. But still games at Ipswich Town, Southampton, Hereford United, Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough make away games more likely.

All in all, since the Glovers got into League One, they have had 17 away draws in cup competitions with just six matches being drawn out of the bag as home ties. Yeovil Town are certainly due a few home draws if their current luck in the draw is to even itself out.


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7 November 2010 : FA Cup Second Round - Full Draw Details
The draw for the FA Cup Second Round has been made this afternoon at the Football Association's Headquarters at Wembley Stadium. Yeovil Town have been drawn at away from home to play the winners of the Hartlepool United vs Vauxhall Motors First Round Replay in a match that will be provisionally played on Saturday 27th November, kick-off 3.00p.m. subject to any policing or television requirements.

For those who are a little in the dark, Vauxhall Motors play in the Conference North in the town of Ellesmere Port, out on the Wirral in Cheshire roughly halfway between Chester and Tranmere. They have home advantage at Rivacre Park, having gained a 0-0 draw at Victoria Park on Saturday.

The full draw is as follows:

Sheffield Wednesday vs Northampton Town
Burton Albion or Oxford United vs Chesterfield
Cambridge United or Huddersfield Town vs Macclesfield Town or Southend United
AFC Wimbledon or Ebbsfleet United vs Stevenage or Milton Keynes Dons
Hartlepool United or Vauxhall Motors vs Yeovil Town
Bury vs Stockport County or Peterborough
Notts County vs AFC Bournemouth
Droylsdon vs Dagenham and Redbridge or Leyton Orient
Crawley Town vs Swindon Town
Brighton and Hove Albion or Woking vs FC United of Manchester
Southampton vs Cheltenham Town
Torquay United vs Fleetwood Town or Walsall
Barnet or Charlton Athletic vs Corby Town or Luton Town
Colchester United vs Swindon Supermarine
Hereford United vs Lincoln City
Dartford or Port Vale vs Accrington Stanley
Wycombe Wanderers vs Chelmsford City
Dover Athletic vs Brentford or Aldershot Town
Darlington vs Rotherham United or York City
Carlisle United vs Tamworth


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7 November 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Rushden Game
Following yesterday's FA Cup First Round win against Rushden and Diamonds, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Rushden Game.


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6 November 2010 : Oxford United vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s completed a highly successful week by returning to winning ways in the Football League Youth Alliance, in the same week that they progressed to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup. This morning's 1-0 victory over Oxford United's Under-18s side was sealed by a first half Jonny Kaye header and that was enough to grab all three points.Cup

Match preparation might have suggested that the Youth Team were in for a hard time, with Wednesday night's FA Youth Cup man of the match and goalscorer Rhys Baggridge being called up to the First Team squad that was just up the A43 in Irthingborough. That meant that the young Glovers lost their captain, and coach Scott Green took this opportunity to make radical changes, despite the success over Havant and Waterlooville. Rob Clowes dropped back from centre forward to take Baggridge’s place in the heart of defence. Lewis Clarke went from right-midfield to full back and Lloyd Matthews moved from a striking role into Clarke's previous position. Under 16 players Aiden Chainey and George Coward replaced Will Gordon and Tyler Sheppard in midfield, whilst the two players up front were Adam Cleary and Zac Reid.

The game opened up in warm sunshine, at Oxford University's Iffley Road athletics ground, scene of Roger Bannister's world-breaking four minute mile back in 1954. Yeovil opened up with a series of slick moves, but it took them until the 9th minute until any came to fruition as a Lloyd Matthews run at the Oxford defence saw a pass slipped through to Zac Reid who shot wide on the turn. Other early chances saw Adam Cleary having a good shot saved by the home keeper, and then the same player, who was holding the ball up well, put in an excellent cross to the far post to Matthews, who set up Reid for another attempt on goal.

Oxford's attacks were being snuffed out well by the Yeovil defence and on the half hour mark, another series of Yeovil attacks finally began to unlock the home side. A flowing attacking move started by Joe Grimstead, ended with an Adam Cleary shot being saved. But on their next attack, the Glovers struck gold as Lewis Clarke brought the ball out of defence, exchanging passes with Lloyd Matthews whose pinpoint cross was powerfully headed into the top corner of the net by Jonny Kaye. 1-0 up and on the balance of play what they deserved.

The home side responded, but still found the Yeovil defence to be resolute, with one notable attack seeing Rob Clowes comfortable in his centre-back role as he whipped the ball off a forward's boot for a corner. Six minutes from the break it was Yeovil who could have doubled the lead, as a quick throw-in from Lewis Clarke found Zac Reid, and his shot on the turn hit the Oxford crossbar. As half time approached, Jonny Kaye's ball through the channel found Lloyd Matthews, but his shot went over the bar.

The second period opened with Oxford still pressing determinedly, but with Yeovil creating the lions share of the chances. Zac Reid went on a weaving run after he took a pass from Lewis Clarke, beating three Oxford players, only to get pulled up for a foul as he attempted to beat a fourth. An audacious Adam Cleary attempt from 30 yards spotted the Oxford keeper off his line, and his shot landed just to the left of the beaten keeper's post. Then a good run from Lloyd Matthews saw him take the ball from the halfway line and feed the unmarked Cleary, only to find the keeper saving.

Oxford's attempted assault on the Yeovil goal gradually began to bear fruit around the hour mark, as they won five corners in quick succession, putting pressure on the Glovers defence, but with them holding firm, as Nick Lyskov in particular showed some good aerial strength, winning every header that came his way.

A now rare break by the Glovers saw Zac Reid hold the ball up well, and feed the overlapping Lewis Clarke, but his cross was volleyed over by Jonny Kaye. At the other end, Oxford's succession of corners and free kicks continued to come to nothing, with one of their best attempts seeing Steve Boore rushing out and smothering the ball at the feet of Oxford's No.9 before he could shoot on goal.

This was the general pattern of the second half, with another Yeovil breakaway seeing Jonny Kaye passing through to Lloyd Matthews, but his pass in turn to Zac Reid was judged to be a borderline offside decision, with Reid probably being a little too quick for the officials to judge. Then Will Gordon skinned two Oxford defenders, finding Kaye with the final ball, but his shot went over the bar.

As the game went into the final 10 minutes, Glovers keeper Steve Boore was forced to work a little harder to keep his clean sheet. First he saved a free kick from just outside the box by diving low to his left. Then he produced the save of the day with three minutes remaining, pushing a one-on-one attempt around the post. At times, Oxford were frustrated by their inability to create attacks though, particularly when Lewis Clarke's taking of the ball out of defence fed Jonny Kaye, and then saw substitute Tyler Sheppard take the ball into the corner flag, preventing the home side from putting much needed pressure on the Yeovil back line.

The final whistle, and the 1-0 win came on the back of a superb team performance. Everyone in the side put in a full shift and tried to play football all the time. Trying to pick out a Man of the Match from that performance was a difficult proposition, with all players playing their part, but worthy of a mention was coach Scott Green, whose team selection and formation played worked a treat and were ideal for the game.

Final Score: Oxford United Under 18s 0 Yeovil Town Under 18s 1.

Scorer: Jonny Kaye (0-1, 32 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Lewis Clarke 3. Joe Grimstead 4. George Coward 5. Rob Clowes 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Lloyd Matthews 8. Jonny Kaye 9. Zac Reid 10. Adam Cleary 11. Aiden Chainey

Substitutes:
Tyler Sheppard (75 mins for Lloyd Matthews), Will Gordon (79 mins for Adam Cleary), Lee Sweet (85 mins for George Coward), Josh Doyle (not used).


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6 November 2010 : Skivo Hails 'Deserved' Win
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes his side deserved to win their FA Cup First Round tie today, even if he acknowledged that there was a case to answer on their winning goal. The Glovers won the match against Rushden and Diamonds thanks to an 83rd minute Andy Williams strike at Nene Park, but it took a lengthy conversation between referee Mark Brown and his linesman to agree that the goal could stand.

Skiverton admitted after the game that he had assumed that the goal had been disallowed, after the linesman's flag went up for an offside decision, with Dean Bowditch standing between goalscorer Williams and home keeper Joe Day. But after a delay where the two officials conversed over what had happened, referee Brown overruled his linesman. Despite the manner of the goal, Skiverton felt that overall his side had deserved the win:

"If you go by the number of clear-cut chances that we created then I would say, yes we deserved to win, although it took a contentious decision. I'm taking the Arsene Wenger route and saying I didn't get a clear view of it. We got a little bit of fortune but I think on the overall play of the game it would have been a travesty if we hadn't come away with at least a replay. I had assumed the goal had been disallowed but I spoke to the fourth official and he said he wasn't interfering with play."

Link: Rushden 0 Yeovil 1 : Blimey, It's An FA Cup Win!


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6 November 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Rushden vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 1-0 win against Rushden and Diamonds at Nene Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Rushden and Diamonds vs Yeovil Town.


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6 November 2010 : FA Cup Second Round Ball Numbers
With Yeovil Town now safely into the Second Round of the FA Cup, it's now possible to mention the draw that takes place tomorrow. The draw will be shown live on ITV after their live match between Southport and Sheffield Wednesday which kicks off at 12.00 noon. The expectation is that the Second Round draw will therefore take place sometime after 2.00p.m.

The draw will be made by Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway, live from the FA's Wembley Stadium headquarters and the ball numbers for the draw are as follows:

1 Colchester United
2 Corby Town or Luton Town
3 Chesterfield
4 Notts County
5 Stevenage or Milton Keynes Dons
6 Southport or Sheffield Wednesday
7 Rotherham United or York City
8 Droylsden
9 Bury
10 Cheltenham Town
11 Wycombe Wanderers
12 Dagenham & Redbridge or Leyton Orient
13 AFC Wimbledon or Ebbsfleet United
14 Lincoln City
15 Torquay United
16 Hereford United
17 AFC Bournemouth
18 Chelmsford City
19 Swindon Supermarine
20 Yeovil Town
21 Southampton
22 Cambridge United or Huddersfield Town
23 Burton Albion or Oxford United
24 Dover Athletic
25 Tamworth
26 Darlington
27 Crawley Town
28 Brighton & Hove Albion or Woking
29 Macclesfield Town or Southend United
30 Rochdale or FC United of Manchester
31 Carlisle United
32 Dartford or Port Vale
33 Northampton Town
34 Fleetwood Town or Walsall
35 Barnet or Charlton Athletic
36 Swindon Town
37 Accrington Stanley
38 Hartlepool United or Vauxhall Motors
39 Stockport County or Peterborough United
40 Brentford or Aldershot Town

All ties are due to be played on or around Saturday 27th November, subject to policing and television requirements.

Today's win against Rushden and Diamonds has banked the club £18,000 as one of the First Round winners. There is £27,000 at stake for the winners of the Second Round matches.

Congratulations are due today to Darlington (2-1 vs Bristol Rovers) and Tamworth (2-1 vs Crewe Alexandra) who knocked out League oppositions. But probably shock of the round was Dover Athletic's 0-2 away win over Kent rivals Gillingham, with both clubs having plenty of history between them. Over last summer, Gillingham took Dover's manager Andy Hessenthaler back as their manager, and then 18 days later took Hessenthaler's replacement Ian Hendon as their assistant, causing plenty of friction between the two clubs. We therefore suspect that today's result will have given the Dover Chairman a rather smug look on his face.


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6 November 2010 : Rushden 0 Yeovil 1 : Blimey, It's An FA Cup Win!
Yeovil Town managed to worm their way into the Second Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2005, with a late goal sealing a tight cup tie. The only goal of the game against Rushden and Diamonds was scored seven minutes from time through Andy Williams, whose controversial strike took an age to be awarded, after referee Mark Brown chose to overrule his linesman, who had flagged for an offside decision as the winger shot on goal. After much delay, Brown's decision gave the Glovers the break they needed to put them into the hat for tomorrow's draw.

Yeovil went into the game being forced into two changes from the midweek match at Milton Keynes Dons. Luke Ayling had failed to recover from a rib injury meaning that Jean-Paul Kalala had to deputise as a right-back. Gavin Williams was blocked by Bristol City from playing to stop him becoming cup-tied. The two players that came in were wingers Andy Welsh and Andy Williams, as the Glovers opted for a classic 4-4-2 formation.

It was the home side that grabbed the first opening chance, with Ryan Charles forcing John Sullivan into an excellent save, with Paul Huntington close by to clear the parried ball close to his own goal line. At the other end, a Dean Bowditch turn-and-shoot move from 25 yards out whistled just over the crossbar. Rushden's early plans weren't helped by an injury to defender Shane Huke, with them having to reorganise their back line as a result, as Justin Miller was introduced.

The first period though was all about the woodwork, with it being struck three times in the opening 45 minutes. The first came when Dean Bowditch broke through the Rushden back line, who had pushed high up the field, and as he was forced wide, his pull-back for Sam Williams saw his striking partner fire his shot against the woodwork. Bowditch was then the creator for Yeovil's second big chance, as his cross into the box was chased by centre-back pairing Adam Virgo and Paul Huntington, but the angle was too narrow for Hunts to convert with the ball coming off the post.

Rushden were still relatively dangerous though, with Lewwis Spence seeing a long range attempt deflected onto the crossbar and out for a corner in what was a relatively even half. The star of the show was Dean Bowditch, with him head-and-shoulders above his team mates, and behind almost every attacking intention that the Glovers had. They had to settle for a goalless scoreline at the break though.

The Glovers started the second period the more lively, with Adam Virgo having a free kick attempt bravely blocked by a Rushden defender, whilst Sam Williams hit the outside of the goalframe as he fired in on the angle. Andy Welsh also had his edge of the area attempt well saved by Joe Day, as they continued to press, but without striking the killer blow. Rushden put hefty numbers behind the ball, frequently looking like an away side, trying to hit Yeovil on the break, and thus showing small patches of danger whenever they broke.

Just when it seemed as though the deadlock would never be broken, with seven minutes left, the Glovers grabbed the lead, albeit with the need for Glovers fans to hold their breath for a good 60 seconds after the ball hit the back of the net. Dean Bowditch's 101st attempt on goal was parried out by Rushden keeper Joe Day, and as the ball came to Andy Williams he fired at goal from 12 yards out and into the back of the net ... only to find the linesman's flag raised for Dean Bowditch who was stood in an offside position. After what seemed like an absolute age, referee Mark Brown ruled that Bowditch was not interfering with play, and allowed the goal to stand, for one of the most delayed goal celebrations that Glovers fans will ever experience.

Rushden never really came back into it, with players and management clearly upset by the decision, and the remaining seven minutes plus four minutes injury time were played out with relative control, with Yeovil even having the odd chance to nick a second goal. For once, the slice of luck went their way, and there's little doubt that the home side will feel aggrieved by the decision that ultimately settled the game. It wasn't brilliant, and it wasn't emphatic. Few Glovers fans will be thinking of that though when the Second Round draw is made tomorrow lunchtime.

Final Score: Rushden and Diamonds 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Andy Williams (0-1, 83 mins)

Rushden and Diamonds:
13. Joe Day 6. Curtis Osano 20. Shane Huke 16. Michael Corcoran 11. Jamie Day 14. Alan Power 4. Max Porter 24. Lewwis Spence 8. Aaron O'Connor 10. Rene Howe 19. Ryan Charles

Substitutes:
1. Dale Roberts (GK) 2. Justin Miller (17 mins for Shane Huke) 3. Kurt Robinson (70 mins for Lewwis Spence) 9. Craig Farrell (57 mins for Ryan Charles) 15. Joe Keehan 18. Matt Johnson 25. Dominic Green

Yeovil Town:
1. John Sullivan
21. Jean-Paul Kalala 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson 18. Luke Freeman 31. Rhys Baggridge

Rushden Bookings: Jamie Day (35 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: None

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Nick Hobbis (Birmingham) and Rob Ellis (West Midlands). Fourth Official: David Rock (Hertfordshire).

Attendance: 1,666 (including 336 Yeovil fans).


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6 November 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Rushden Interview
Just before kick-off in this afternoon's FA Cup First Round match against Rushden and Diamonds, Yeovil Town manager spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Rushden.


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6 November 2010 : Rushden and Diamonds vs Yeovil Team News
The major change to Yeovil Town's starting line-up for the trip to Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup today, is that Luke Ayling has dropped out of the squad through injury. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala will cover that position. Midfielder Gavin Williams is the other more obvious absentee, with parent club Bristol City not wanting wanting him to become cup-tied.

As a result, wingers Andy Williams and Andy Welsh come into the starting line-up with the expected formation as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. John Sullivan
21. Jean-Paul Kalala 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson 18. Luke Freeman 31. Rhys Baggridge

Rushden and Diamonds:
13. Joe Day 6. Curtis Osano 20. Shane Huke 16. Michael Corcoran 11. Jamie Day 14. Alan Power 4. Max Porter 24. Lewwis Spence 8. Aaron O'Connor 10. Rene Howe 19. Ryan Charles

Substitutes:
1. Dale Roberts (GK) 2. Justin Miller 3. Kurt Robinson 9. Craig Farrell 15. Joe Keehan 18. Matt Johnson 25. Dominic Green

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6 November 2010 : Oxford United vs Youth Team Full Time
Yeovil Town have won their Football League Youth Alliance match against Oxford United this morning. In a match played at Iffley Road, the Glovers netted the only goal of the game during the first half when Jonny Kaye headed home a Lloyd Matthews cross.

It's been a good week for the Under-18s, having made it into the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup this week, with the prize for beating Havant and Waterlooville being a trip to Dulwich Hamlet - date yet to be arranged.

More details of this morning's match will follow in the next 24/48 hours.


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6 November 2010 : Brighton Man Of The Match Result
Exactly two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played their last away match, which was a 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Withdean Stadium. The Glovers started well, but things started to unravel a little as the game got into the second period. In terms of the Man of the Match voting, there was a significant leaning to the more defensive-minded players, with goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, and holding midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala coming out well.

Out in front though, as central defender Paul Huntington, suggesting that whilst two goals were conceded, that you felt that this was still the more impressive area of the Glovers game throughout the match. Full results plus the outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Paul Huntington 48 (3)
2 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 30 (1)
3 Stephen Henderson 28 (2)
4 Nathan Smith 20 (1)
5 Ed Upson 10 (1)
6 Luke Ayling 2 (0)
6 Sam Williams 2 (0)
6 Dean Bowditch 2 (0)
6 Owain Tudur Jones 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.25

Performance: 5.50
Entertainment: 5.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 8


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6 November 2010 : Oxford United vs Youth Team Half Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action this morning against Oxford United in a Youth Alliance League fixture. The Glovers are currently 1-0 up at half time, thanks to Jonny Kaye, whose header converted a cross by Lloyd Matthews.

We'll bring the full time score when the match is over.


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5 November 2010 : Nathan Previews The Rushden Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's FA Cup First Round match against Rushden and Diamonds, Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

As usual, BBC Somerset will be broadcasting live commentary on tomorrow's match on 95.5FM, with their Saturday Sport coverage starting at 2.00p.m. tomorrow.

Link: Nathan Jones Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Rushden Game.


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5 November 2010 : Rushden and Diamonds vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their entry in to the FA Cup competition tomorrow, hoping to end four years worth of First Round exits for the club whose name has always symbolised giantkilling in the competition. Their opponents are Rushden and Diamonds; the very side that kicked off the current barren run of form in the competition that has seen Torquay United, Stockport County and Oxford United humble the Glovers since November 2006's last meeting at Nene Park.

Whilst the two clubs, who were once Conference rivals, lie two divisions apart, it's unlikely that anyone in the Glovers camp will be going into the game with a complacent attitude. Rushden's manager Justin Edinburgh has just won the Conference manager of the Month award for October 2010, and given that they are on a run of six wins and one draw in their last seven games, it's not too hard to see why he got the nod. Their 5-0 win over Barrow put them into a play-off position for the first time this season, and the only blot on their landscape is the suspension of captain Jamie Stuart; red-carded in the Fourth Qualifying Round tie against Kettering Town.

With Rushden having no midweek game, and the Glovers just a few miles west on Tuesday night at stadium:mk, Ediburgh and his assistant Paul Driver made the short journey to witness Yeovil losing 3-2 at Milton Keynes Dons and he reckons that he picked up a few tips for Saturday along the way:

"There was certainly a lot to ponder and digest. Yeovil are a very good footballing side and they will probably feel unfortunate to lose on the night. But they made certain errors that maybe - if we’re all on top of our game - we can capitalise on and be one of these teams that causes a shock, because there’s certainly going to be a couple of them over the weekend."

The Glovers have been particularly coy over team news for this weekend's match. What we do know is that playmaker Gavin Williams will be sat in the stand after parent club Bristol City understandably decided that they did not want him to become cup-tied. Captain Craig Alcock's back will keep him out, along with Stefan Stam's gluteus muscle problem, whilst right-back Danny Hutchins will be missing.

The main concern though is with Luke Ayling. Playing as a stand-in right-back, the former Arsenal teenager came off during the second period at stadium:mk clutching his ribs after being caught on a follow-through by a Dons player. Jean-Paul Kalala replaced him in that slot, whilst Owain Tudur Jones or Adam Virgo could be others to fill the void if Ayling's injury proves serious.

On the other side of the pitch, manager Terry Skiverton could look at recalling Nathan Jones who has also had a back complaint, but with him failing the midweek fitness test, and assistant manager Nathan Jones having been involved in the set-up of three Yeovil Town goals this week, it may be a case of sticking with what you've already got. In other areas, Skiverton's reading of the riot act after Tuesday night's game could see him make other changes, but the reality is that squad size, injury and unavailability are likely to make that difficult.

Yeovil's current run of form is a little on the miserable side, with three defeats in their last four games, albeit with one against runaway League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion and another against divisional giants Sheffield Wednesday. Rushden manager Justin Edinburgh adds that he believes that the Glovers' run of poor form could play into their hands:

"We won’t be going into it overconfident. We’re certainly full of confidence in terms of what we’ve been doing at our level, and we know that they are two divisions higher but low on confidence, which plays a big part in football. If we can get a good start, be bright and maybe pounce on their vulnerability of not being used to winning then maybe we can cause an upset. Let’s be aware that it’s a tough task, but we’ve got home advantage, we’re in good form and we’ve got a chance."

Can lightning strike twice? Obviously we hope not. The fact that the Glovers will be going into the match on their guard should see some of the sloppiness exhibited at Oxford and Torquay in recent years eradicated a little. But it wouldn't be an embarrassment if Yeovil needed a replay to see them through to the next round - provisionally Tuesday 16th November at Huish Park.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and the Ciderspace guide is linked below, with this being a pay-on-the-day game for away supporters. We'll be on Twitter during the afternoon if you can't be there, whilst BBC Somerset will be broadcasting live on 95.5FM throughout the afternoon.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rushden and Diamonds.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel Plans.

Link: GWSC Travel To Rushden and Diamonds.

Link: Officials For Rushden and Diamonds vs Yeovil Town.


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5 November 2010 : Young Glovers Get Second Round Trip To Hamlet
Yeovil Town's opponents in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup have been decided, after Dulwich Hamlet defeated Norwood last night at Northwood Park. The South-East Londoners headed through by a 3-1 scoreline in autumnal conditions that saw the game played with thousands of brown leaves swirling around in the wind in North-West London.

Northwood will be left kicking themselves though, after they failed to convert two first half penalties, with Hamlet keeper Anthony Page saving both, firstly from Jonas Charles then from Jack Hutchinson.

Straight from the restart, Hamlet punished them hugely for failing to capitalise on those chances, as striker Paul McCallum netted twice in the opening four minutes of the second half. Terence Carter grabbed a third to put the game out of sight, and it was only deep into second half injury time that Northwood finally found the net, with Romaine Walker grabbing the consolation.

Dulwich Hamley will now face Yeovil Town in the Second Round of the competition in a match that will be held at their new Champion Hill ground. The date for the Second Round has yet to be decided but will almost certainly be an evening mid-week kick-off prior to November 20th.


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5 November 2010 : Sullivan Grateful For FA Cup Chance
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has said that he is grateful to his parent club's manager for allowing him to play in the FA Cup tomorrow. Sullivan is one of four loan players who have been given permission to play in the FA Cup First Round tie against Rushden and Diamonds at Nene Park, with Millwall boss Kenny Jackett giving Sullivan the green light to play.

Sullivan admits that he was worried that if he had been blocked from playing that manager Terry Skiverton would have had to have moved back into the loan market to find a keeper to cover the match. With Sullivan having already spent close to two months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, before returning to action in the midweek match at Milton Keynes Dons, that could have risked a further month sat in the stands, and so Sullivan told BBC Somerset that he was more than happy with Jackett's decision:

"He's allowed me to play in the FA Cup, which is obviously brilliant for me. Because I've been out injured, if I wasn't allowed to play then I would have thought the manager would have to go out and get another keeper, which would have been hard. So I appreciate that Kenny Jackett has allowed me to play, so I'm very happy now. Unless of course we get knocked out and Millwall get to the FA Cup final then I won't be very happy! But obviously at the minute, I'm very happy."

Whilst some Premier League sides will enter the FA Cup competition in January seeing it as a distraction to their League programme, Sullivan doesn't see it that way. However, he admits that he can see why the bigger clubs don't see the FA Cup as having quite the pull that it has done in the past:

"I think a lot of people have talked in the media, and maybe at the higher levels, that the FA Cup is not what it used to be. And you can sort of understand that, in that you can see in the stats that the crowds are going down. But I think it has a lot to do with the climate in that with a lot of people, if they can save money on the weekend that they would rather do that for an FA Cup match than for a League match. But I think for players at this level, we're all hoping to get a big tie away; that big pay day for the club, like a Man U or a Liverpool, so obviously that's very important. But more important for us at the minute is that we need to go on a good run, and that needs to start on Saturday."


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4 November 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off MK Dons Interview
Just before kick-off in Tuesday night's away match at Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town manager talked to the BBC about the game. In an interview with local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, Skivo spoke about goalkeeper Stephen Henderson's return to Bristol City, as well as why he made the decision to leave left-winger Andy Welsh on the bench.

Full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off In The MK Dons Game.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game.


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4 November 2010 : Four Alive - But Super Gav Ruled Out
Earlier reports had suggested that all five Yeovil Town players would be available for the FA Cup First Round tie against Rushden and Diamonds - it now appears that is not the case. Bristol City midfielder Gavin Williams has been refused permission by his parent club, according to their official site, due to his loan deal expiring prior to other clubs entering the competition's Third Round stage in January.

Gavin's loan deal at Huish Park runs until December 10th, and Championship sides don't enter the competition until the first week in January. Boss Keith Millen has said that this was his thinking when he denied Gavin the right to play at Nene Park:

"You have to look at what works for our club and the player. Gavin Williams is on loan until December 10th so if there are other clubs interested in him we don't want him cup tied."

This pretty much confirms that Bristol City will be looking to ship Williams out again when the January transfer window opens - either permanently or on loan. His contract runs out next summer, and at present he does not appear to have much of a future at Ashton Gate. However, it's doubtful that the Glovers will be stood in the bidding line in January, given that Gavin's wages for his current three month loan spell were funded by three Yeovil Town supporters, rather than directly by the club. Our understanding of the Emergency Loan rules is that it is not possible to commence a second 93-day loan spell in a single season, except with another club, although these rules tend to be tweaked (and generally relaxed) from season to season.

Given that he has been refused permission to play in the FA Cup, he will now play in just four more matches for Yeovil Town - a home game against Dagenham and Redbridge, the trips to Charlton Athletic and AFC Bournemouth, and finally a home game against Peterborough United, where he will face former Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson.


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4 November 2010 : Five Alive
Yeovil Town have received permission by their parent clubs to play all five of their loan players in Saturday's FA Cup First Round match. This morning's Western Daily Press indicates that manager Terry Skiverton has now had the green light for all players, meaning that they will travel to Nene Park in the clash against former Conference rivals Rushden and Diamonds.

The five players are Millwall goalkeeper John Sullivan, Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald, Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones, Arsenal left-winger/striker Luke Freeman and Bristol City playmaker Gavin Williams.

Skiverton had indicated earlier in the week that he expected to obtain clearance for all players - this now looks to have been successful, thus eliminating some of the complications that could have arisen ahead of Saturday's game.

Update: 15:00hrs And not so good news - it is now being reported that Gavin Williams has been denied permission. See the later article here for further details.


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4 November 2010 : Fireworks Display At Huish Park
A reminder that tonight sees Yeovil Town's annual fireworks display take place at Huish Park. For those wanting to attend, the event commences at 6.00p.m. with the first firework expected to be lit at 7.30p.m. There will be a funfair at the event. Prices for tonight are as follows:

Family (2 Adults, 2 Kids) £15.00; Adults £6.00; Children £3.00; Under-3s Free.

Link: Autumn 2010 Huish Park Leisure Guide.

Update: A small bit of rescheduling means that the first firework is now expected to go off at 7.45p.m. although obviously you'll still be able to get into the event at the same time.


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4 November 2010 : Adam Stansfield Tribute Evening Line-Up Revealed
In exactly one week's time, the Capital Glovers will be hosting their Adam Stansfield Tribute Evening. The event takes place on November 11th at the Blue Anchor pub in Chancery Lane, London, and fans of Adam's other clubs - Exeter City and Hereford United - as well as other football fans will be warmly welcomed on the night.

In addition to good beer and good company, the Capital Glovers have also arranged for a number of people to join in with the event, including Absolute Radio (formerly Virgin) and ESPN football commentator Jim Proudfoot, plus football journalists from The Guardian with Barry Glendenning and Matt Scott attending. Futhermore you will get to meet Murray Fishlock, a former left-back who played for both Yeovil and Hereford amongst others, and now works for the Football Foundation.

We hope you've already put this one in your diary for 7.30p.m. on that night, but if you haven't yet, here's the event poster to persuade you that you need to be there!
Adam Stansfield Tribute Evening Poster - All Football Fans Welcome On The Night
Adam Stansfield Tribute Evening Poster - All Football Fans Welcome On The Night.
Poster © 2010 Capital Glovers



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3 November 2010 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have been drawn away from home once again in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup. They will face the winners of the Northwood vs Dulwich Hamlet First Round tie that is due to be played in North-West London tomorrow evening, kick-off 7.45p.m. at Northwood Park.

Many of the First Round fixtures were due to be played tonight, and so the Second Round draw looks a little cluttered at present - as mentioned earlier, the Glovers progressed via a 2-0 scoreline against Havant and Waterlooville. The Second Round draw currently looks as follows:

1 Huddersfield Town or Morecambe vs Accrington Stanley or Darlington
2 Peterborough United vs Burton Albion or Stratford Town
3 Notts County vs Shrewsbury Town or Boston United
4 Port Vale vs Grimsby Town or Stourbridge
5 Carlisle United or Wrexham vs Walsall
6 Bolehall Swifts vs Bradford City or Rochdale
7 Oldham Athletic vs Rotherham United or Sheffield Wednesday
8 Macclesfield Town or Fleetwood Town vs Hartlepool United
9 Tranmere Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra
10 Dagenham & Redbridge vs Bristol Rovers
11 Dartford or AFC Wimbledon vs Cirencester Town or Aldershot Town
12 Woking vs Cheltenham Town or Oxford United
13 Northwood or Dulwich Hamlet vs Yeovil Town
14 Southampton vs Thurrock or Leyton Orient
15 Brighton & Hove Albion or Ebbsfleet United vs Torquay United or Bracknell Town
16 Cambridge United vs AFC Bournemouth or Exeter City
17 Rushden & Diamonds or Carshalton Athletic vs Wycombe Wanderers
18 Southend United or Luton Town vs Concord Rangers or Brentford
19 Swindon Town vs Coventry Sphinx
20 Charlton Athletic or Crawley Town vs Bury Town or Chelmsford City or Bromley

All Second Round ties are due to be played by November 20th 2010, with ties played at the club's First Team ground.


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3 November 2010 : Glovers Double Ensures FA Youth Cup Progression
Yeovil Town's Under-18s worked their way through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup tonight. Goals from defender Rhys Baggridge and playmaker Lloyd Matthews saw them defeat Havant and Waterlooville 2-0 at West Leigh Park this evening, ensuring a safe passage in their first match in this competition.

Full coverage of this match will follow within the next 24/48 hours.


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3 November 2010 : Last Seat For Devon and Dorset Greens FA Cup Trip
The Devon and Dorset Greens have just one seat left for Saturday's trip to Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup. Assuming they can fill that final spot, the fare will be £14.00. They are leaving Huish Park at 8.30a.m. on Saturday, 6th November, and can pick up on the way if required.

If you would like to book that final place then please ring Pat Custard on 07840-787-287 any time.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rushden and Diamonds.

Update: 04/11/2010 Last seat now taken. If you're still looking for travel arrangements, see the GWSC travel plans in the Ciderspace Guide.


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3 November 2010 : Wednesday 'Investors' Withdraw As Court Deadline Looms
Back on October 12th, reports were circulated claiming that Sheffield Wednesday's current outstanding debt problems were about to be resolved. A 'White Knight' in the shape of a Middle-Eastern Oil company, introduced to the club by former Wednesday manager Chris Turner were due to provide an up front payment of £2 million as a statement of intent, and with a view to taking over the club as a whole. The up front payment would pacify HMRC (aka the Taxman) who had issued another winding-up order due to non-payment of taxes, and resolve the short term problem, whilst the longer term investment would sort out things, once and for all.

Today it has materialised that Dubai-based Certified Oilfield Rentals have pulled out of all talks with the Owls, with Senior Executive Kevin Mundie claimed to be withdrawing for "business and personal reasons wholly unconnected with the club". The £2 million up front payment never arrived, and thus having had the best part of a month drag by without resolution, Wednesday remain under a transfer embargo, and are now precisely two weeks away from having to answer the winding up order in the High Court on November 17th.

An unnamed spokesman for the Yorkshire side has tried to suggest that today's news is not cause for alarm, and that the withdrawal of their investors is no cause for concern, despite the deadline to settle the £600,000 tax bill (which may have since grown) looming ever closer:

"Today's developments are being painted in certain quarters as a major blow for the club. But the reality is that we are in same position as we were two weeks ago, namely that a number of parties are in detailed talks with the Co-operative Bank over a long-term investment plan for Sheffield Wednesday. Everybody involved in this process wants to see a successful conclusion that ultimately leads to the end of the club's financial worries."

There is no identification of who these other parties may be, which would suggest that the 'talks' are not particularly well advanced. We suspect that most Wednesday fans will be getting a little twitchy by now, despite the bullish statement.

Link: Wednesday Play Waiting Game Over Oil Company Investment.


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3 November 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game
Following last night's 3-2 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town manager spoke to the press about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game.


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3 November 2010 : A Big Send-Off For Big Col
The Funeral of former Yeovil Town manager Colin Lippiatt took place today at Easthampstead Park Crematorium. With the building packed out to the extent that many stood around the seated areas, 'Big Col' was laid to rest, surrounded by many of the players and officials who worked with him over the years.

Led in to the music of Buddy Holly's song Everyday, the pallbearers included Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton, with the coffin draped in the football shirts of the clubs that Colin had served, including Yeovil Town and of course the club that he was most synonymous with, Woking. The funeral heard speeches from Colin's son Robert Lippiatt, a poem from his grandson Daniel Coate and of course a tribute from Geoff Chapple who had been his partner in football throughout the years at both Woking and Kingstonian.

Other people with Yeovil connections at the venue included Colin's former assistant Terry Cotton, along with his wife and Glovers Football Secretary Jean Cotton, whilst former Yeovil Chairman Bryan Moore was also present, wearing his Football Association colours as well. There was also representation from the Away Travel Club and the Yeovil Express, along with former Glovers legend Warren Patmore.

The service ended with Tina Turner's Simply The Best playing out - a phrase that Mr Chapple had used to describe his close friend. A fitting way to end the tributes to a man who had touched the hearts of so many football clubs over the years.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.


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3 November 2010 : Officials For Rushden and Diamonds vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup First Round match between Rushden and Diamonds and Yeovil Town have been announced. The man in charge for the game at Nene Park, which takes place on Saturday 6th November, kick-off 3.00p.m. will be referee Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Mr Brown has got more experience of officiating at Rushden's level, rather than in League One, having been promoted to the Football League's referees list over the summer. He has so far only looked after one League One game - at Hartlepool United early last month, and so far has been dedicated to League Two level fixtures.

As yet, we've yet to experience Mr Brown in a Yeovil fixture. In his official profile, he credits a number of people for having got him into refereeing, including "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". He wanted to get away from people moaning, and he chose refereeing football matches as a profession?!?

Mr Brown will be assisted by Nick Hobbis (Birmingham) and Rob Ellis (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be David Rock (Hertfordshire).


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3 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : MK Dons 3 Yeovil 2 : It's Tough At The Bottom
Having had a chance to sleep on last night's 3-2 defeat at Milton Keynes Dons, the controls of Taff's Gloversblog have been grabbed by Cruncher. Providing a post mortem on another late goal that cost the Glovers, Cruncher dissects the action and the performance of the team.

As usual, alternative thoughts on the game and the general themes presented, via the Comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : MK Dons 3 Yeovil 2 : It's Tough At The Bottom.


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3 November 2010 : Big Turnout Expected For Big Col's Funeral
At lunchtime today, the funeral of former Yeovil Town manager Colin Lippiatt takes place, with a vast number of former players and management expected to descend upon Wokingham. One of those who plans to be present is current Glovers boss Terry Skiverton, with a number of others with Yeovil connections also expected to attend.

Ahead of the occasion, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he expects to see a large number of familiar faces, sharing their stories about their time working for Colin over the years:

"I think there will be loads of footballers there that have come across Colin. As I've said before, he will be sadly missed and he was a real good character. He was the person who brought me here, and I'll forever be thankful of that. It will be nice to go there and speak with some of the ex-players to played for him about their time with Colin, because he definitely was a character and he was well liked and loved by lots of footballers, especially in the non-league scene. He helped a lot of players progress their careers back into professional football, and I was one of them."

The funeral takes place at 12.00 today at Easthampstead Park Crematorium, with a reception held afterwards at Woking Football Club.

Link: Further Arrangements For Colin Lippiatt's Funeral.

Link: Funeral Arrangements For Colin Lippiatt.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.

Link: Skivo: Big Col Saved My Footballing Career.


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3 November 2010 : Skivo Optimistic On Loan FA Cup Clearances
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is optimistic that all five of his loan players will be available for the FA Cup First Round match against Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday. With Stephen Henderson now having returned to Bristol City, matters simplify themselves somewhat, with all five able to grab places in the matchday squad for the game at Nene Park.

As yet, the Glovers boss has yet to hear back from all of the parent clubs, which include City again (Gavin Williams), Millwall (John Sullivan), Arsenal (Luke Freeman), Swansea City (Shaun MacDonald) and Norwich City (Owain Tudur Jones). However, he has told BBC Somerset that the majority have already got the green light:

"I'm expecting them all to be available, to be honest with you. We're just waiting for one or two (parent clubs) to come back, but I've had a few 'yeses' come back so far, and I'll say when they are all done. I think I'm really only waiting on one to come back."

One name that has been let slip already is goalkeeper John Sullivan, who goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts confirmed yesterday would be allowed to play for the Glovers on Saturday.

Link: Sullivan Cleared For FA Cup Action.


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3 November 2010 : Skivo: Liven Up Or You'll Be Out The Door!
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has ripped into his players following last night's 3-2 defeat at Milton Keynes Dons. The Glovers boss was furious at the performance of his players after they conceded three goals for the second match running, with the Glovers now stuck in 22nd place in the League One table for at least the next 10 days due to the break in the league programme for the FA Cup.

With his team now consistently shipping goals and one of the worst goal differences in the division, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that everyone's places were now up for grabs and that he would be happy to drop anyone if they did not start performing:

"That includes the loan players as well. They're not doing well enough. We brought them in for that extra bit of quality and if they're not doing it as well, then everyone's places are up for grabs now. I'll be dropping people and I don't care who they are, what they do and what club they come from. This goes for the contracted players as well. They better be ready for some training and ready for some hard work. That's as low as it's going to get for me, and they'll know about it - don't worry about that."

Skiverton believes his players are not serious enough about realising that they are stuck firmly in a relegation battle, with the Glovers having earlier in the season talked about more lofty ambitions. Skiverton questioned the commitment of his players to the cause:

"I'm starting to question whether the players really want to get a cut eye. Do they want to die for the cause? At the moment, I'd say no. I've given them a chance. Now this is a stage where I finally bang the drums and start saying 'relegation battle' this early. They need to know that, I need to make them aware of that, and they need to know that they are fighting for their lives, because at the minute we're playing as if we're not. You will definitely see a marked change in us this weekend and going into next weekend as well, because if they don't start livening themselves up, then they'll be out the door."


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2 November 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
If you were at tonight's 3-2 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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2 November 2010 : MK Dons 3 Yeovil 2 : Downed By Dons In Another Late Show
Yeovil Town conceded three goals for the second time in two matches tonight, with once again a late goal costing them dearly. This time the goal was a winner, as a controversial Peter Leven penalty was the final nail in the coffin of another topsy-turvy game that saw the Glovers lose 3-2 at Milton Keynes Dons. Striker Dean Bowditch grabbed his third goal of the week, but a Dean Lewington header and a Jemal Johnson strike put the Dons ahead. Adam Virgo stabbed home an equaliser, but then Leven had the last laugh to keep the Glovers in the relegation zone, with their third defeat in their last four matches.

Team news saw Yeovil make two predictable changes, as John Sullivan came back into goal, replacing Bristol City keeper Stephen Henderson, who has returned to Ashton Gate one match early, due to concussion. The other change was not a change as such, when the bulk of Saturday's match against Swindon Town was considered, with Sam Williams coming in for Andy Welsh, just as he did against the Robins. As for MK Dons, despite their decimated side, ravaged by illness and injury, they still managed to cobble together a substitutes bench with four players sat on it.

Yeovil started relatively well, with an early chance for Sam Williams saw the striker shoot over the bar, whilst a Gavin Williams attempt with 10 minutes gone had to be grasped by home keeper Stuart Searle at the second attempt. When they took a 19th minute lead it was well deserved, with Nathan Jones once again grabbing an assist, having been involved in two of Saturday's three goals. His long ball over the top was hopelessly misjudged by Dons defender Sean O'Hanlon, who let the ball bounce, and it was little surprise to find Dean Bowditch pouncing to put the Glovers a goal up, and fully deserved.

The Dons hit back well, with a glancing header from Sam Baldock across the face of goal forcing Glovers keeper John Sullivan into his first save of the night midway through the half, whilst a Jemal Johnson cross into the box was inches away from connecting with Baldock as once again the ball going across the face of goal caused chaos. But overall the home side appeared to be wanting to slow down the tempo of the game, perhaps mindful of the fitness of various players who had been suffering pre-match through illness.

Yeovil's Achilles heel this season though has been how they deal with defensive set pieces, and how they have a tendency to switch off once or twice during a match. True to form, they managed it with the home side's first corner of the night. Peter Leven put the ball into the box, and completely unmarked was the experienced Dean Lewington, whose header was planted into the back of the net for the equalising goal - nine minutes before the break.

The Glovers had performed well throughout the opening 45 minutes - one corner and 30 seconds worth of play excepted - but had to settle for going in at the break level. Dean Bowditch shot over, Gavin Williams tried an audacious chip that landed on the roof of the net, whilst Paul Huntington forced the home keeper into a save, as the visitors racked up chances during the opening period, and so remained confident that they could still score again.

The second half opened with MK Dons making a tactical switch, sticking Jemal Johnson into the centre to sit just behind Sam Baldock, and that worked a treat for them, with the Glovers having a great deal of difficulty in picking him up in the deeper position. That cost them five minutes into the half, as Sam Baldock and Adam Virgo tussled out by the wing, with Virgo coming off second best and landing on the deck. A linesman's flag going up seemed to confuse the situation, and as Baldock crossed, Johnson was on hand to convert and to put the Dons a goal ahead. Protestations from the Yeovil players appeared to suggest that they felt that Virgo had been fouled, whilst both linesman and referee ruled that Baldock was the one who had been sinned against, with them choosing to play advantage.

With such decisions going against Yeovil, matters got somewhat tetchy between both sides, not helped by both teams having penalty appeals turned down, as both Dean Bowditch and Sam Baldock went down in the box. Then when Lewis Guy fouled Nathan Jones, a whole load of handbags broke out, with Adam Virgo getting very involved in something that had little to do with him. Mercifully, referee Michael Naylor was in a happy-go-lucky mood, choosing to let everyone off, although whether that added further to the temperature of the game is another point. Certainly the official's decisions were erratic throughout the night.

As both teams began to make a series of substitutions, with Luke Ayling withdrawn, worryingly clutching his ribs after another hefty challenge saw him come off worse, the Glovers got themselves a lifeline. The build-up was a touch messy, with the ball bobbling around inside the box, but Adam Virgo was the man to pounce, turning and firing home from close range for his fourth goal of the season, even if another PA announcer decided to award a goal to Paul Huntington - does Hunts pay the announcers to do this?!

It looked as though the Glovers had managed to grab a point out of a fractious game, but as with far too many games this season, a late twist in the tail denied them anything out of the evening. Luke Chadwick turned in the box, and Shaun MacDonald stuck out an inviting leg. Referee Michael Naylor finally blew his whistle for about the fourth penalty appeal both sides had tried for across the evening, and the Yeovil players erupted in fury, accusing Chadwick of having taken a dive. An unflustered Peter Leven stepped up and scored the penalty - just as he had done so in the corresponding fixture last season, when on that occasion he grabbed the final goal of the game.

That decision seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Glovers and despite five minutes of injury time being played, there was nothing else of note going on, save for referee Naylor being surrounded on the final whistle by Glovers players still angry about the penalty decision. Whether that was just or not, yet another late goal has cost Yeovil, and they will now have to suffer at least 10 more days in the relegation zone, and in 22nd place. Whether the break from a difficult League campaign will be a blessing or a curse, we'll find out when Dagenham and Redbridge arrive at Huish Park a week on Saturday, for a real six-pointer.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (0-1, 19 mins), Dean Lewington (1-1, 36 mins), Jemal Johnson (2-1, 50 mins), Adam Virgo (2-2, 75 mins), Peter Leven (3-2, 87 mins, pen)

Milton Keynes Dons:
17. Stuart Searle
7. Stephen Gleeson 6. Sean O'Hanlon 4. Mathias Doumbe 3. Dean Lewington
26. Luke Chadwick 14. Lewis Guy 13. Mark Carrington 22. Peter Leven 28. Jemal Johnson
10. Sam Baldock

Substitutes:
8. Jermaine Easter (69 mins for Jemal Johnson) 16. Dietmar Hamann 23. Adam Chicksen (39 mins for Sean O'Hanlon) 27. Daniel Powell (77 mins for Lewis Guy)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
8. Luke Ayling 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 21. JP Kalala 24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 7. Andrew Williams (70 mins for Dean Bowditch) 11. Andrew Welsh (74 mins for Luke Ayling) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson 18. Luke Freeman (83 mins for Sam Williams)

MK Dons Bookings: Luke Chadwick (58 mins, foul), Peter Leven (73 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Williams (35 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (83 mins, foul), Paul Huntington (84 mins, foul)

Referee: Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire). Assistants: James Adcock (Nottingham) and Neil Kinseley (Essex). Fourth Official: Gary Young (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 7,281 (including approx 140 from Yeovil)


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2 November 2010 : Team News For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town make two changes to their starting line-up for the trip to Milton Keynes Dons tonight. Both are reasonably predictable, with Stephen Henderson ending his loan spell at Huish Park a game early and returning to his parent club Bristol City, due to concussion sustained in Saturday's home match against Swindon Town. That means the return of John Sullivan to the side, following a month and a half out with a shoulder injury.

The other change is also unexpected, with striker Sam Williams having played two-thirds of Saturday's match, and so left-winger Andy Welsh sits on the bench for tonight.

There's been plenty made of MK Dons' injury and illness crisis, with the media speculating that they might name a side without substitutes. Things are not quite that desperate, with them naming a four man bench that includes Jermaine Easter and Dietmar Hamann.

Milton Keynes Dons:
17. Stuart Searle
7. Stephen Gleeson 6. Sean O'Hanlon 4. Mathias Doumbe 3. Dean Lewington
26. Luke Chadwick 13. Mark Carrington 22. Peter Leven 28. Jemal Johnson
10. Sam Baldock 14. Lewis Guy

Substitutes:
8. Jermaine Easter 16. Dietmar Hamann 23. Adam Chicksen 27. Daniel Powell

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
8. Luke Ayling 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 21. JP Kalala 24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 7. Andrew Williams 11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 23. Billy Gibson


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2 November 2010 : Sullivan Cleared For FA Cup Action
Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts has said that there is no chance that he will be playing in Saturday's FA Cup match against Rushden and Diamonds, and also does not expect to play tonight at Milton Keynes Dons. The goalkeeping conundrum has been a complicated one since Stephen Henderson's head injury, and it has been magnified by the forthcoming FA Cup match at Nene Park, where manager Terry Skiverton has yet to state which of his loan players will be available for the match against Rushden.

Whilst Henderson will be returning to Bristol City - if he hasn't already - by tomorrow morning, that then left the question of whether Millwall would allow John Sullivan the chance to play in the FA Cup. Thankfully Ben Roberts has confirmed that the club have got clearance from the Championship side, ensuring that Roberts will not have to don his gloves:

"No, there'll be no chance that I'll be playing. That's one of the top priorities whenever we bring a loan keeper in. We've got to make sure that they are eligible to play in the FA Cup ties, or any cup ties. So my playing career is hopefully behind me. I just want to fill in, where and when needed, to help the squad and help the manager. So I've got no intentions of starting. I'll still be on the bench, I'll still be training and doing that, when and where needed. I'll be keeping myself fit and I'll be ready to come on."

Roberts insisted that there was no question of Sullivan being chucked in the deep end ahead of schedule, pointing out that the only reason why he wasn't being seen on the substitutes bench was because of the rule that restricts the number of loan players that can be named in a single matchday squad:

"John Sullivan is fully fit. John Sullivan has been fully fit for around two-and-a-half weeks now. He has trained really really well. He worked incredibly hard when he was out injured and he's been excellent. So he's chomping at the bit to play, if needed. The reason why can't sit on the bench when Hendo is here is the five loan rule. He sat on the bench at Brighton when we had a loanee, in Shaun MacDonald, out injured. It's just the way that we've got to work it around with the small squad."

Roberts officially retired from football in 2005, with his last competitive match being the League One Play-Off Final against Bristol City whilst playing for Brighton and Hove Albion in May 2004. The coach admitted he'd enjoyed getting back on the field of play, but couldn't be pleased overall with his performance:

"No, because we ended up drawing 3-3 and I conceded two goals. If you'd asked me with five minutes to go, then yes definitely. Looking back, I enjoyed it, but I was very disappointed on Sunday that we didn't hold on for the win. I thought the boys in front of me were absolutely magnificent. I thought that everyone raised their performance by 10 or 20 percent and I'm sure that was to cover me and protect me. So as a unit we were really disappointed after the game that we hadn't managed to hang on. There was a massive difference in the performance between the first 40 minutes of the game, and then the last 5 minutes of the first half and during the second half."


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2 November 2010 : Skivo Previews The MK Dons Game
Ahead of tonight's match against Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions fielded by BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of yesterday's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The MK Dons Game.


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2 November 2010 : MK Dons vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the trip to play Milton Keynes Dons tonight (Tuesday) for a League One match that is vitally important to give them a psychological boost ahead of a mini-break in the league season. With the FA Cup First Round interrupting proceedings this coming Saturday, the Glovers don't have another league match scheduled for almost two weeks, and that break will be somewhat easier to deal with if they can haul themselves out of the relegation zone tonight.

Easier said than done, mind. Even a draw tomorrow night would guarantee that the Glovers stay in the relegation spots, irrespective of how other teams do on a night where there is a full League One schedule. They lie in 22nd place, but with the worst goal difference in the division meaning that only a win would lift them upwards. With MK Dons currently unbeaten at home and with the joint best home record in the division, that's going to be tough, even if they only lie five points ahead in 12th place.

The glimmer of hope lies in the Dons' illness epedemic reported yesterday which when combined with injuries and suspensions left them with just 12 players training on Monday, with 12 more either at home or on the treatment table. With Gary MacKenzie and Angelo Balanta suspended they are definitely out, but manager Karl Robinson will be left sweating on the rest until the last minute.

Manager Terry Skiverton looks likely to recall goalkeeper John Sullivan to the starting line-up for his first match since the September 11th game against Tranmere Rovers. Sullivan has been out with a shoulder injury, but returned to training two-and-a-half weeks ago, and is expected to displace Stephen Henderson if yesterday's news concerning his concussion from a head injury on Saturday is anything to go by. Either way, despite what some of the media reports have suggested, there would seem little chance of Ben Roberts adding to his 45 minutes of fame tonight.

Aside from the Sullivan/Henderson decision, Skiverton's squad is likely to be similar to Saturday's match, with the only hope that Nathan Smith might be fit enough to play some part. Captain Craig Alcock isn't even in Yeovil this week, having been sent up to Lilleshall Hall in Shropshire to provide some specialist advice on his back injury. Otherwise Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he's not expecting much to change in his squad:

"No not really. Nathan Smith is doing a fitness test up there today (Monday) so we'll see what the fall-out of that is after training. But Craig Alcock is still out, and he is away in Lilleshall at the moment, finding out about his back and doing a little bit of work and rehab there."

Whilst the strength of MK Dons' home form has been mentioned as a significant factor, if it's past records between the two clubs you're after, then things look a lot better. One win each and four draws, with only the September 2008 match at stadium:mk being a bit of a runaway victory for the Dons across the six matches. Last season the Glovers actually got the better of their opponents - a 1-0 win at Huish Park thanks to Shaun MacDonald, whilst a controverial game at stadium:mk saw a 2-2 draw, with Dean Bowditch and MacDonald putting Yeovil 2-1 up, but a late Peter Leven penalty gave the Dons a point from a match where Sam Baldock had scored from them earlier. But it was the decision by referee Paul Tierney to not show a red card for David McCracken for a clear professional foul that had the away dugout fuming.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and if you're going to the match by train, via London, don't forget there is a tube strike starting this evening. If you are going, then the Ciderspace guide is linked below. For those who can't make it, we'll be on Twitter throughout the evening, whilst BBC Somerset's coverage will be on 95.5FM starting after the 7.00p.m. news slot.

Link: Officials For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Tuesday's Opponents Lose Defender To Suspension.

Link: Dons Decimated.

Link: Henderson KO Set To Mean Early Farewell.


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1 November 2010 : Henderson KO Set To Mean Early Farewell
A head injury to loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson looks set to see him make a return to Bristol City, one game before his eight game spell at Huish Park was due to end. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international was substituted at half time during Saturday's 3-3 draw with Swindon Town after a boot on his temple from visiting winger Matt Ritchie left him suffering from concussion.

With such a short space of time between Saturday's game and tomorrow's trip to Milton Keynes Dons, Henderson is a significant doubt for the trip to Buckinghamshire, and in the likely event of him not being available, his place will be taken by Millwall goalkeeper John Sullivan, who has returned to training following a shoulder injury. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset the latest situation:

"Stephen Henderson has been struggling because of concession, so we are speaking to the medical staff from both sides of the club and we'll do what's best for Stephen leading into the game. It's his last game anyway, so we'll see the fall-out of that. John Sullivan is back fit now anyway, so if Henderson is not fit and able it will be John (Sullivan) who comes back into the team."

Henderson's loan was due to end after tomorrow night's match at stadium:mk and Skiverton has confirmed that regardless of whether the Irishman recovers or not, he will be returning to Ashton Gate by Wednesday morning:

"Yes he will go - he'll be heading back. We'll monitor the situation and see what happens when the window re-opens in January."

Our suspicion is that, with a fit goalkeeper waiting in the wings who has been in full training for the last two-and-a-half weeks that it would be far riskier to select a keeper who might not last the distance due to concussion. Hence the probability is that we have probably seen the last of Stephen Henderson for now. Regardless, we wish him the best of luck for the future.


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1 November 2010 : Dons Decimated
Tomorrow's League One opponents are reporting that they are down to their bare bones tomorrow, caused by a sickness bug going through their squad. In today's press briefing, manager Karl Robinson claims that he has got 12 players out at present, and is needing one or two of his senior players to pull through to avoid him having to name a bench full of youth-teamers.

As mentioned earlier today, central defender Gary MacKenzie is definitely out through suspension, whilst Angelo Balanta will also be missing for the same reason. Meanwhile strikers Jabo Ibehre (knee) and Jermaine Easter (illness) were already unable to play during Saturday's match at Tranmere Rovers.

The main problem though that Robinson has reported to the Dons official site is a large quantity of players coming down ill - with whatever Easter had going through the rest of his squad rather rapidly:

"We've had a bug go through the squad which could leave us without 12 players for tomorrow, including one or two of the younger players we might have called on as cover. Jabo (Ibehre) went down injured in training on Friday and Jermaine Easter was unable to come on at the weekend because of illness. That's now gone right the way through the squad and has meant we've only been able to train today with 12. At the moment, we haven't got a subs bench, but hopefully some will recover overnight so that they're just about right again for the bench."

For those using the trains to get to tomorrow's match at stadium:mk and are heading via London, don't forget that there is a London Underground strike starting tomorrow evening. You'll get to the game without problems, but if you're planning on using the Underground after the game, don't be too surprised if services are going down by then. The strike is expected to start hitting services from 7.00p.m. onwards.


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1 November 2010 : Bowditch Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has been nominated for the Football League's Team of the Week. Dean took his tally to five for the 2010-11 season with two goals against Swindon Town in the 3-3 draw at Huish Park and could have easily grabbed a hat-trick along the way, with two further chances coming his way.

Dean is Yeovil Town's sixth nomination of the 2010-11 season, and his first of the campaign. The full team is as follows:

Rob Elliot (Charlton Athletic)
Brian Wilson (Colchester United) Leon Legge (Brentford) Jean Yves Moto (Oldham Athletic) Liam Ridehalgh (Huddersfield Town)
Scott Wagstaff (Charlton Athletic) Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic) Dean Hammond (Southampton) Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Dean Bowditch (Yeovil Town) Ian Thomas-Moore (Tranmere Rovers)

Nominations in the Football League so far during the 2010-11 season are as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0) (details)
6. Dean Bowditch (30/10/2010 : Swindon (h) D3-3).


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1 November 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Time Has Come
Whilst yesterday's Taff's Gloversblog saw a run-down of the weekend game at Huish Park, today's blog entry considers what is happening - or maybe isn't - off the field. With Cruncher stealing Taff's keyboard once again, his thoughts on the direction (or lack of) the club is going in after 14 matches can be found via the link below.

If you have alternative answers or theories, we'd love to read them - chuck them in at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Time Has Come.


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1 November 2010 : Interview With Dean Bowditch
Following Saturday's 3-3 draw against Swindon Town, Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Dean Bowditch Speaks To The BBC About The Swindon Game.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game.


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1 November 2010 : Wilson Slams 'Horrendous' Jones Tackle
Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson has accused Yeovil Town's assistant manager Nathan Jones of committing an over the top tackle that could have seen one of his players break his leg. The Welshman was playing as a left-back on Saturday due to an injury to Nathan Smith and tangled with Swindon midfielder Simon Ferry towards the end of the first half.

Referee Mick Russell deemed the tackle Jones made to be a fair one, although Wilson disagreed rather forcefully and was seen barracking the Fourth Official Steve Cook in the lead-up to half time. Ferry had to be substituted at half time, and Wilson told the Swindon Advertiser that he felt the left-back's challenge should have been penalised:

"It was a horrendous tackle and well over the top. I thought the referee would have seen it, and if he did see it then I don't know why he didn't give anything. He (Simon Ferry) was lucky not to have his leg broken. There are stud marks all down his shins and the side of his leg as well, which tells you which angle the tackle came from. Nothing happened though. The referee made some good decisions today. I didn't think he was that bad and he tried to let the game flow. But decisions like that have to be better. It was a bad tackle."


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1 November 2010 : Tuesday's Opponents Lose Defender To Suspension
For the second match running, Yeovil Town will be facing a side with a man suspended after the Football League produced a weekend with 15 red cards across League One and Two. Tuesday night's opponents Milton Keynes Dons had Gary MacKenzie dismissed for a poor challenge on Tranmere Rovers player Tim Cathalina early in the second half of their 4-2 defeat at Prenton Park.

Defender MacKenzie will now start a three match ban tomorrow night, and although Dons manager Karl Robinson said that he was very unhappy with the performance of referee Colin Webster, he admitted that the official had got the decision involving his player's red card correct:

"They should make a rule that makes the referee come out to speak to you after the game. If I say anything I risk getting a fine. I can't wait to see the video recording of the game. You can't control the uncontrollable. Our man said he did not touch their player for the Tranmere penalty and the third goal stemmed from an offside position. Our sending off I can't condone. The referee got that one right and also our penalty. We cannot make excuses. We have got to get our heads up quickly and prepare for our next game on Tuesday."

Saturday's result at Prenton Park was the Dons' sixth defeat in seven matches on the road in the league. However they are unbeaten on their home patch, having won five out of their seven games at stadium:mk.

Link: Officials For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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