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30 November 2011 : Incredible Momentum Drives Fleetwood Chief
Yeovil Town's FA Cup opponents Fleetwood Town believe they go into Friday night's match with 'incredible momentum' behind them. The Lancashire club went top of the Conference National division last night, recording a comfortable 3-0 win over Kettering Town, although second placed Wrexham could leap-frog them tonight as they play their midweek fixture against Darlington.

The Cod Army's position at the peak of the table represents a new milestone in their club's history, having achieved five promotions since their formation in 1997 and four in the last six seasons. Fleetwood will be hoping that their Highbury Stadium will be hosting League Two football next season and Chairman and Owner Andy Pilley has told the FA Website today that a cup run is in his club's sights, even if promotion remains the priority for them:

"There's such a marvellous feel-good factor around the club and on the terraces. We have incredible momentum and the lads expect to beat whoever they come up against. It's a game we look forward to very much. It's a terrific place to be at the moment and we go into the game very confident.

An FA Cup run would be a great bonus, but promotion remains a priority more than anything. We don't want to lose football games, we want to keep winning and at the season be celebrating promotion to the Football League
."


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30 November 2011 : Hereford Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round match earlier this month saw them gain a relatively comfortable 3-0 win over Hereford United at Edgar Street. All of the goals scored were long ranger crackers, with Ed Upson netting during the first half, followed by second half strikes from Andy Williams and Dominic Blizzard.

Man of the Match voting saw two of those goalscorers come out in front of the rest of the pack. Striker Andy Williams was making his full comeback from injury in front of his family, as he returned to his home town, and so his goal came at a suitable time for him, and gave him a good showing in the poll. However, it was midfielder Ed Upson who yet again showed himself to be the best on the park, who nudged his way clear as he struck his third goal of the 2011-12 season.

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

1 Ed Upson 132 (10)
2 Andy Williams 126 (8)
3 Paul Huntington 42 (2)
4 Kieran Agard 28 (1)
5 Dominic Blizzard 28 (0)
6 Luke Ayling 12 (0)
7 Oli Johnson 10 (1)
8 Bondz N'Gala 8 (0)
8 Gareth Stewart 8 (0)
10 Max Ehmer 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.50

Performance: 7.64
Entertainment: 7.36

VOTES RECEIVED: 22


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30 November 2011 : Bournemouth Fixture Gets Moved Forward
Yeovil Town's League One home match against AFC Bournemouth has been brought forward. The match is due to be played on December 31st 2011, on New Year's Eve.

The game has now been brought forward by two hours and will have a 1.00p.m. kick-off, instead of the usual 3.00p.m. slot. No reason has been given for the time switch on this fixture.

If you've already bought tickets and can't make the revised time, we'd suggest you contact the ticket office on 01935-847888.


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29 November 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Fleetwood Town
On Friday night, Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to Fleetwood Town's Highbury Stadium for their FA Cup Second Round match. As usual, there is a Ciderspace guide to the ground and surrounding area, including ticketing, travel, club statistics, and a background to the club. Access it via the link below whether you are travelling up the M6 or wanting a bit of extra information before you turn over to the ESPN Sports channel in time for kick-off.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Fleetwood Town.


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29 November 2011 : Ladies Come From Behind To Saw Forest Down
Laura Bray scored a dramatic late winning goal as Yeovil Town Ladies staged an incredible come back at Forest Green Rovers on Sunday. Charlotte King and Katie Cook had given the home side a first half lead, but second half goals from Stacey Pearson and Jodi Cornwall brought the Glovers back on terms, with an 83rd minute winner coming from former Rovers player Bray, following some excellent late pressure from Yeovil, whose never say die attitude brilliantly won them three vital points.

"What can I say, but this was a game of two halves," joint manager Nigel Williams excitedly said after the game. "With us two nil down at half time the game should have been over. However, our team has never say die in its spirit until the last whistle, and we took the points. It was a great comeback, and a superb victory over a strong Forest Green side."

Yeovil were the better side throughout most of the game, and this was definitely the case in the first half, but they failed to take their chances, where as the home side did, going in at the break two goals up.

"At half-time the only thing I wanted to say to the girls was 'How'?" Williams said. "This was our best performance of the season in relation to passing and movement, with our possession game very good, and for the opening fourteen minutes Rovers never had the ball. But two sloppy errors saw the home side make the most of it. They must have been over the moon with the way it was going at half time.

"Half time was about analysis; I could have gone in all guns blazing, but how do you criticise a team that was doing everything that you had asked them to do in training, and in the pre-match talk. I did feel that we had a ten-minute spell where we made some sloppy passes, but that happens in games sometimes. The main message was keep the ball down and stop allowing them to play their game, which was mostly in the air.

"At the start of the second half I made one change, with Shannon Osman coming on for Leah Jennings, and we played an excellent second half, running at the left back and delivering excellent crosses into the box. I thought the communication was good today, helping all players in every position, but on a few occasions the ball was given away by not playing simple football. The simple ball was about looking up and playing what you see. We built attack after attack from the back into midfield, and out to the wide areas for delivery into the area
."

With Yeovil dominating the game in such a way, goals were always going to come, and on 57 minutes the come back was underway with Stacey Pearson netting a well-worked goal.

"Kirsty Whitton was controlling the midfield along with Laura Wensley," Williams said. "Kirsty won the ball and slotted a great pass in for Stace to run onto, and she knocked it over the on-coming keeper into the back of the net. After seeing that go in I could see how we had our tails up, and Forest Green heads dropped slightly."

The Glovers continued to dominate the game, and on 76 minutes they were level after substitute Jodi Cornwall scored a great opportunist goal.

"I changed it around and took Nadine (Grogan) off, bringing on Jodi Cornwall to give us a bit more up front. We earned a free kick approximately ten yards to the left of the penalty area, and up stepped Justine Lorton to power in a shot that came down off the crossbar for Jodi to pounce and head the ball home.

"Our third goal came from some great build up play, and Laura Bray slotted the ball home. From then on, for me, it was the best part of our game in relation to a professional business approach. We drew on all our experience; everyone took responsibility, with each having a role to play, and we played out the game.

"Today we won great three points. I thought it was a great team display, but we also had some great individual performances. Justine Lorton joined us at the beginning of the season and she wanted the ball today, completely involved in everything. I thought Terri Trowbridges performance was one of her best, and Rach Edwards held us together in the middle of the defence. Even though I am biased, we were brilliant today, and I feel very proud
."

Final Score: Forest Green Ladies 2 Yeovil Town Ladies 3.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge, Brazell, Edwards, Grogan (Cornwall 57), Pearson, Jennings (Osman 45), Wensley, Whitton, Lorton, Bray

[Report by Ali King, with input from Nigel Williams.]


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29 November 2011 : Chesterfield Man Of The Match Result
The month of November opened up with Yeovil Town gaining a 2-2 draw against Chesterfield at their new B2Net Stadium. The result was possibly fortuitous in that the Glovers were under the cosh for much of the second period, yet popped up with an equalising goal thanks to Mark Allott putting the ball in his own net. Gavin Massey had given Yeovil a more worthy goal, thanks to a peach of an Ed Upson through-pass.

The Man of the Match voting was largely a two horse race, with midfielder Ed Upson in the build-up to both of Yeovil's goals. His second place finish in the poll was no doubt partly down to that. However, goalkeeper Marek těch's series of excellent saves were also noted, with the Czech Republic Under-21 international winning the vote by a small margin from Upson.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Marek těch 110 (8)
2 Ed Upson 94 (7)
3 Darren Purse 46 (2)
4 Gavin Massey 46 (1)
5 Nathan Jones 20 (2)
6 Conor Clifford 10 (0)
7 Bondz N'Gala 6 (0)
8 Max Ehmer 2 (0)
8 Paul Wotton 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.95

Performance: 5.60
Entertainment: 6.30

VOTES RECEIVED: 20


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29 November 2011 : FA Cup Third Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers
The Football Association have published details for the draw for the Third Round of the FA Cup. Always seen as the draw to get excited about, the balls will be drawn at around 2.40p.m. on Sunday 4th December 2011 and will be broadcast live on the ITV1 Channel once the Second Round tie between AFC Totton and Bristol Rovers has concluded.

The winners of the Second Round tie between Fleetwood Town and Yeovil Town have been given Ball Number 53 on the day. The full set of ball numbers is as shown below. Premier League and Championship sides take balls No.1 - No.44 whilst those involved in Second Round ties get balls 45-64.

1 Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 3 Barnsley 4 Birmingham City 5 Blackburn Rovers 6 Blackpool 7 Bolton Wanderers 8 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 Bristol City 10 Burnley 11 Cardiff City 12 Chelsea 13 Coventry City 14 Crystal Palace 15 Derby County 16 Doncaster Rovers 17 Everton 18 Fulham 19 Hull City 20 Ipswich Town 21 Leeds United 22 Leicester City 23 Liverpool24 Manchester City 25 Manchester United 26 Middlesbrough 27 Millwall 28 Newcastle United 29 Norwich City 30 Nottingham Forest 31 Peterborough United 32 Portsmouth 33 Queens Park Rangers 34 Reading 35 Southampton 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 Salisbury City or Grimsby Town
46 Stourbridge or Stevenage
47 Sheffield United or Torquay United
48 Colchester United or Swindon Town
49 Chelmsford City or Macclesfield Town
50 Leyton Orient or Gillingham
51 Crawley Town or Redbridge
52 Luton Town or Cheltenham Town
53 Fleetwood Town or Yeovil Town
54 Brentford or Wrexham
55 Bradford City or AFC Wimbledon
56 Shrewsbury Town or Rotherham United
57 Dagenham & Redbridge or Walsall
58 Barnet or Milton Keynes Dons
59 Gateshead or Tamworth
60 Sheffield Wednesday or Aldershot Town
61 Sutton United or Notts County
62 Southend United or Oldham Athletic
63 AFC Totton or Bristol Rovers
64 Charlton Athletic or Carlisle United

All ties are scheduled to be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 7th January 2012.

If either Yeovil Town or Sheffield United win their Second Round ties then the League One match at Bramall Lane will need to be rearranged.


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29 November 2011 : Spencer Sherborne Exit Confirmed
Former Yeovil Town striker Mickey Spencer has resigned as manager of Sherborne Town. He leaves them after just over two years as boss, having arrived in October 2009, and with them stuck at the foot of the Western League Premier Division table. This season, they won their first two matches, but have since then gone on a catastrophic run of form that saw them lose their last eight matches, with ten of their last eleven resulting in defeats. Scorelines such as 5-0, 6-0 and 8-0 during that time have battered their goal difference, and doubtless the team morale leaving the Dorset side struggling to maintain their current standing.

During his time at Raleigh Grove, he forged strong links with Yeovil Town, seeing many of the club's youth team graduates, such as Rhys Baggridge, Lewis Clarke and Rob Clowes spending time on loan at the club, giving them a strong grounding in first team football. There's no sign as yet as to who will take charge of their match on Saturday. Another former Glover in Neil Coates was Spencer's First Team Coach and has some experience of management during spells with Shaftesbury Town and Sturminster Newton, and so is likely to play some role.

NB: If this news item appears to be a spot of deja vu, yes you did (briefly) see it last week. However, we were advised that we were a bit ahead of the game. This has now been definitely confirmed now though, via Sherborne's club website. Sherborne will also shortly be losing Dave Gudge as Reserve Team manager, who is separately planning to step down due to ill-health.


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29 November 2011 : No Excuses For Skiverton On Glovers Long Treks North
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he would accept 'no excuses' for his side's recent position at the bottom of the table. The Glovers climbed off the foot of League One during last weekend's home draw against Exeter City, and followed that up with a 1-0 away win at Hartlepool United on Saturday. That has lifted them up to 22nd place in the table, and just one point from safety as they have a two week break from the league programme.

During that time, the Glovers have had to deal with a number of players being out with long term injuries - something that is part and parcel about managing a football side, but has been particularly acute during the first half of the 2011-12 season. Skiverton has said to the PA Sport network that with a large squad on his hands that he won't use that as an excuse for his side's fortunes:

"For us, it's about having no excuses. It's easy to say we've had a number of players out and that this has gone against us, but we had to make sure we were competitive. Players have enhanced their CVs and they're in front of where they would be maybe if the others had been fit and it's been a really good learning process for us. It's a case of us getting a settled team and getting them to get that diligence in keeping clean sheets and winning games and scrapping games out. We're just starting to get that now and now we've got everyone back."

With nearly all players now fit and available, Skiverton adds that he only has left-winger Alan O'Brien and midfield playmaker Gavin Williams undergoing treatment. Both are believed to be back in training, but have not been risked in competitive play following their groin and knee injuries respectively. Skiverton believes that younger players such as Anthony Edgar and Billy Gibson have equipped themselves well when they've been called upon:

"I think we've dealt well. There have been younger players like Anthony Edgar who have come in, Billy Gibson's had a taste of this year and been excellent. Kerrea Gilbert has come in on a number of occasions and Ed Upson has come to the forefront to be a mainstay in our midfield. We're only missing Alan O'Brien and Gavin Williams at the moment, so when they're fit we're going to be a very strong force in League One and we'll climb up that table when we're ready."

The Glovers are in the middle of a number of lengthy away matches with Saturday's Hartlepool United away trip (338 miles) being followed up by the FA Cup trip to Fleetwood Town (276 miles) and then a third match at Rochdale (251 miles) just before Christmas. Knock up all three journeys as round trips, and the players and supporters will have travelled a total of 1,730 miles inside a month. Skiverton again says that he would not make any allowances for that in the results his team gets over that period:

"We have to travel every other week. Yeovil is not close to anywhere. We deal with that and we don't make that as an excuse. It's a preconception thing. I think it's down to what you feel and what you think. When people say they're leggy you have to think what part of that day you told yourself you were leggy. It's a mentality thing and we need to make sure we prepare properly. It's just a myth and we wouldn't use it as an excuse."


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28 November 2011 : Addicks End Terriers Record-Breaking Run
League One side Huddersfield Town's record-breaking unbeaten run finally came to an end tonight, as they lost to table-topping Charlton Athletic at The Valley. The 2-0 win for the home side ended a Terriers league run that had lasted since December 28th 2010 when they lost against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

Since then, Huddersfield have been on an unbeaten run that had lasted 43 matches, establishing a Football League record that nudged past Nottingham Forest's 42 game run during the late 1970s under Brian Clough. The overall record for English senior football is held by Arsenal, who managed a 49 game unbeaten run during 2003-04 in the Premier League.

Charlton stopped that incredible run of form thanks to first half goals from Yann Kermorgant and Hogan Ephraim that continues their own impressive form - the Addicks have now won six games in a row and are now seven points clear at the top of League One. Huddersfield remain in third place, with Sheffield Wednesday in the second automatic slot.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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28 November 2011 : Downloadable December 2011 Fixture Poster Available
The month of December sees Yeovil Town have a string of home matches for a change, with a minimum of three games on the calendar, and a fourth if Friday's FA Cup match goes to a replay. The definite fixtures are a trio of League One matches, with Notts County first up, which carries a Kids For A Quid Offer on December 10th. Then we have two Christmas fixtures for you to get your teeth into with current divisional leaders Charlton Athletic due to arrive in town on Boxing Day, whilst the year is completed with a local derby against AFC Bournemouth on New Year's Eve.

For those three matches, there is a new Fixtures Poster that can be downloaded. The poster is available in two forms - both of which are displayed in PDF format (which requires Adobe Reader to open). Feel free to display either poster in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so. The 'High Resolution' version is the higher quality version for printing, however for those happy to accept something a bit rough at the edges, then a 'Low Resolution' version is always available.

Link: December 2011 : Fixtures Poster (Low Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: December 2011 : Fixtures Poster (High Resolution Version - PDF format).


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28 November 2011 : Magpies Visit Gets Kids For A Quid Offer
Yeovil Town's mid-December home fixture against Notts County has been designated as a 'Kids For A Quid' game. The League One match against the Magpies takes place on Saturday 10th December 2011, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The 'Kids For A Quid' offer has been repeated on a number of occasions during the past three or four seasons, and so we'll assume the same rules apply as before. Any supporter aged Under-16 can gain admission to this match for the sum of one pound only. There are no strings attached, no forms to fill in, no adults required and no limit (bar the capacity of the ground!) on how many friends you can take with you.

Simply order your ticket via the Huish Park Ticket Office either in advance, to save queuing, or on the day of the match itself.


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28 November 2011 : In The Event Of A Replay ...
Yeovil Town and Fleetwood Town have agreed admission prices for an FA Cup Second Round Replay tie if Friday night's game at the Highbury Stadium goes to a replay. If Friday night's match in Lancashire is drawn after 90 minutes, then the teams will meet again at Huish Park. The default date for this fixture would be Tuesday 13th December, although that will obviously be varied if television companies take an interest.

The Second Round Replay admission prices will be a flat value across Huish Park and will be as follows:

Adults: 10.00; Over-65s/16-21yo/Disabled: 5.00; Under-16s: 3.00.

Friday night's tie, which is live on the ESPN Sports Channel, kicks off at 7.30p.m. and ticket and travel information can be found via the link below.

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Fleetwood Town.


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28 November 2011 : October 2011 Player Of The Month
The month of October 2011 was to say the least a little bit on the wretched side, with Yeovil Town failing to win a single of their seven matches - four defeats and three draws, including a Football League Trophy exit sent the Glovers to the foot of the League One table by the time we turned into November.

The individual Man of the Match winners for the seven games were Kieran Agard (Bury, Leyton Orient), Max Ehmer (AFC Bournemouth), Gavin Massey (Colchester United), Marek těch (Carlisle United, Stevenage) and Darren Purse (Huddersfield).

The arrival of the latter two players marked a turnaround in Yeovil's fortunes as defeats gradually began to turn into draws, and whilst the win never came, matters were at least looking a little more stable. Midfielder Ed Upson did well throughout the month despite not winning any of the individual match polls. However, it was the two new loan players that shone, with centre-back Darren Purse being beaten in the end by goalkeeper Marek těch, with both making a decent impact during their short stays at Huish Park.

The top ten players for October were as shown below, with the percentage of the vote cast included:

1 Marek těch 17.5
2 Darren Purse 14.5
3 Ed Upson 10.4
4 Kieran Agard 8.5
5 Luke Ayling 7.8
6 Gavin Massey 7.4
7 Max Ehmer 7.0
8 Bondz N'Gala 5.3
9 Nathan Jones 4.5
10 Alan O'Brien 3.4


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28 November 2011 : Glovers Duo Grab Team Of The Week Places
Yeovil Town centre-back Bondz N'Gala and midfielder Dominic Blizzard have been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. Bondz scored the match-winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Hartlepool United and as one of the club's back four players, he was responsible for the clean sheet they took home from Victoria Park as well.

Bondz had only just been recalled to the side, following the loss of Darren Purse, who completed his one month loan at Huish Park last week.

Dominic Blizzard lands in the side after a goalscoring run of two goals in two games before Saturday's trip to Durham. The former Bristol Rovers player is finally finding his feet after a series of early season injuries thwarted his progress at his new club. Former Glover Dean Bowditch is another familiar name in the eleven, after he scored twice for Milton Keynes Dons over the weekend.

The full team reads as follows:

Adam Collin (Carlisle United)
Matthew Lowton (Sheffield United) Bondz NGala (Yeovil Town) Danny Coles (Exeter City) Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)
Dominic Blizzard (Yeovil Town) Scot Bennett (Exeter City) Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United) Dean Bowditch (MK Dons)
David Amoo (Bury) Stuart Beavon (Wycombe Wanderers)


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28 November 2011 : Officials For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round match between Fleetwood Town and Yeovil Town have been published. The game takes place on Friday 2nd December at Fleetwood's Highbury Stadium, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off, and is live on the ESPN Sports channel. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

If the name of Mr Madley looks familiar, then it shouldn't be! It was Andrew Madley who we had for the away match at Chesterfield earlier this month. To add to the confusion, they are both from West Yorkshire - we're not sure if they are related to each other.

Robert Madley is a former Leeds United and Barnsley academy player, who was released at the age of 16 and had to retire from football after breaking his wrist eight times, whilst playing for the two Yorkshire clubs' youth sides. He turned to refereeing instead, and five years later he was one of the first officials to be present at the new Wembley Stadium, as an assistant referee at an England U16 vs Spain U16 match in 2007, aged just 21 years old. His habit of appearing at Wembley continued in 2009 as an assistant at the FA Vase Final, whilst he was the Fourth Official a year later for the Conference play-off final.

For those who believe in omens please look away now ... Mr Madley's one and only match involving the Glovers was for last season's FA Cup exit at the hands of Hartlepool United. Not that we can blame him for this - the only controversial thing on the night was Yeovil's defending as they threw away a two goal lead to lose 4-2.

If that fact scares you, then don't panic, as the last time Mr Madley refereed a Fleetwood Town FA Cup match, they also went out of the competition! He took charge of their 2-1 First Round defeat at Northampton Town back in November 2009. That was his last season as a Conference level referee; getting the nod to move onto the Football League's lists in the summer of 2010.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Darren England (South Yorkshire) and Adrian Holmes (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Dean Mohareb.

Link: December 2010 : Hartlepool United 4 Yeovil Town 2.


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28 November 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil 1 : It's Not So Grim Up North
Saturday saw the Glovers notch up their first away league win of the 2011-12 season. The 1-0 victory was witnessed by our regular blogger Cruncher who was one of the hardy souls that made it up to the Durham coastline for the match against Hartlepool United.

His views on what he witnessed at Victoria Park are captured in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry below. Feel free to add your own comments, particularly if you made it up there as well!

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil 1 : It's Not So Grim Up North.


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27 November 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 away win against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Skivo's verdict on the game is captured via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.


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27 November 2011 : Henderson Grateful For Glovers Career Launch
Portsmouth goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has given credit to Yeovil Town for helping him relaunch his footballing career. The former loan signing won almost all of the club's 2010-11 Player of the Season awards, after having two loan spells with the club, totalling 33 appearances, most notably being part of the side that climbed off the foot of League One, finally finishing in a safe 14th place in the final league table.

After leaving Yeovil Town, Henderson also chose to leave his parent club Bristol City, and signed for Pompey, putting him in direct competition with first choice keeper Jamie Ashdown. Since the start of October though, the Irishman has dislodged his more experienced team-mate, clocking up ten first team appearances, and keeping Ashdown on the bench.

Since becoming a regular in the Pompey first team, his profile has grown, and the Irish Independent newspaper have today covered his career in detail, in particular the Henderson family chain that has produced a string of goalkeepers, including his Uncle Wayne Henderson, who is now his registered agent, and brokered the move to Fratton Park. Speaking to the paper, Stephen said that his half season spell at Huish Park marked a major change in his footballing career:

"I owe Yeovil Town so much. The fans and the manager showed great faith in me and the club had its (second) highest finish ever. It's a small town and that's a problem on the financial side, but I hope they do well. We were playing in front of three to four thousand, whereas now it's 25 to 30,000, and every game is a big game."

As Bristol City's third choice goalkeeper, Henderson only made five appearances for the Robins, with the last coming in April 2010, as Dean Gerken and David James kept him out of the side. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international said that being so far down the pecking order at Ashton Gate was the reason why he chose to jump ship:

"At one stage there I was number three goalkeeper and thought the game was maybe slipping away from me for a bit because I wasn't playing, just training Monday to Friday. People think football is a great job, but when you're not playing it's difficult to keep your mindset and it becomes a lonely place. My family, girlfriend and hard work got me through that spell, which lasted about a year when I was 20, 21. I was happy for the lads, but you don't feel part of it, you just want to be playing. However, in football you never look back, and hopefully I'm getting the benefits of that experience now."

Link: Stephen Henderson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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27 November 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Hartlepool Interview
Just before kick-off in yesterday's match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Skivo's pre-kick-off thoughts are captured via the link below.

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


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26 November 2011 : Skiverton Pleased With Clean Sheet Win
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that his side had to hang on at Victoria Park this afternoon, but was pleased to keep a clean sheet against Hartlepool United. Their 1-0 away win gave them their first victory on their travels of the 2011-12 season, and condemned Pools to their sixth consecutive home defeat - reported by the media as equalling a club record for the Durham side.

A Bondz N'Gala header midway through the first half sealed the win, and although the Glovers had to survive Andy Monkhouse and Nathan Luscombe hitting the woodwork during the match, they defended well and Skiverton felt that tactically speaking things had worked well for his side:

"We had to hang on a bit at the end but you are always going to have to do that. Our set up was to sit deep and hit them on the counter and we did it. We seem to give away goals at vital times in games here in the past and we never looked likely to this time.

We've threatened a clean sheet and at last we've done it. There was some good individual performances and the keeper came in and did well for us. It was all positives. Other teams will get dragged into the mix in the bottom half of the table in the New Year and we will get out of it
."

Today's result kept Yeovil in 22nd place in the latest League One Table, but crucially moved them to within a point of safety, with Walsall just above them on goal difference, and Rochdale representing the club they must target to pull out of the bottom four.


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26 November 2011 : Ladies Reserves vs Millwall Postponed
Yeovil Town Ladies' Reserves have had their home match against Millwall Lionesses Reserves that was due to be played tomorrow called off. The match, which was scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at Somerton Sports Club, has been postponed due to Millwall's inability to raise a side to travel, owing to their lengthy injury list.

The Glovers Ladies First Team are still in action tomorrow, taking on Forest Green Rovers Ladies, in a South-West Combination match that will be played at Slimbridge AFC's ground in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.


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26 November 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Hartlepool vs Yeovil
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 1-0 away win against Hartlepool United at Victoria 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.

Given there were only 55 of you present at the game today, please do place your votes, as clearly every vote cast is going to be highly influential!

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


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26 November 2011 : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil 1 : Bondz Header Gives First Away Win
Yeovil Town grabbed their first away win of the 2011-12 season, as they claimed only their second victory at Victoria Park. The 1-0 win over Hartlepool United was secured thanks to a Bondz N'Gala header, converted from an Ed Upson corner. The home side looked edgy throughout, but applied plenty of pressure during the game with Andy Monkhouse and Nathan Luscombe both hitting the woodwork, but they could not convert their possession into chances and goals as Yeovil's back four held firm throughout.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with both a legacy of their use of the loan market. Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin came in to make his debut, displacing goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart to the bench. Meanwhile the loss of centre-back Darren Purse, who is now on loan at Plymouth Argyle, meant that Bondz N'Gala was able to regain his place in the starting line-up. Once again, Oli Johnson missed out as the club's sixth loan. A late refereeing change saw David Coote take charge, replacing Tony Bates.

A very quiet opening period saw Andy Williams have a couple of half attempts, whilst Kieran Agard threatened with his speed. But at the other end, Andy Monkhouse had the match's first real chance - a stinger of a shot that struck the crossbar from distance. However, it was the Glovers that drew blood after Kieran Agard's shot was deflected for a corner on 25 minutes. Ed Upson's corner was lofted in, and Bondz N'Gala was on hand to put Yeovil a goal up, as his downward header evaded the man on the line.

A slightly restless home Hartlepool crowd saw Yeovil get the ball in the back of the net a second time shortly afterwards, although on this occasion Andy Williams was judged to be in an offside position, as he converted from a Max Ehmer cross into the box. Williams then weaved his way through the edgy Hartlepool defence, only to rise his shot over the crossbar, as the goal boosted Yeovil's confidence, making them the dominant side during the closing stages of the half. Williams then turned provider, as he put through Kieran Agard, but the young striker delayed his shot, giving Pools defender Stephen Wright a chance to take the ball off the striker's boot for a corner.

Half time saw the home side walk off to a chorus of boos - perhaps a measure of how well the Glovers had done following the N'Gala opener. It was therefore no surprise to find Pools boss Mick Wadsworth making a change, with Adam Boyd coming on as a half time change up front. He had an early attempt to lob Rene Gilmartin, but the Watford keeper acrobatically stopped Boyd's attempt. Andy Monkhouse then threatened the Yeovil goal, but once again Gilmartin saved.

The home side put in plenty of pressure during the half, but without being able to create much in the way of clear-cut chances, with plenty of territory and pressure, but without Rene Gilmartin having to do too much to cope with, as they reached the 18 yard line, and then frequently struggled to find the final ball into the box.

Yeovil introduced Gavin Massey and Jonathan Obika during the second half, as they attempted to introduce fresh legs to what was ultimately a rearguard action during the second period. But for all of Hartlepool's pressure, it was the Glovers who created the first clear-cut chance of the half - and it had to come on the break given the balance of play. Kieran Agard burst through on goal, and his attempt to lob former Yeovil loanee Scott Flinders saw the keeper brilliantly stop the attempt with a single hand. At the other end, Antony Sweeney got a header on target, but fired it straight at Rene Gilmartin's stomach.

Right at the death, substitute Nathan Luscombe could have grabbed Hartlepool a point, as he struck the post, 92 minutes into the match - a shot that could have been a real killer for the 55 travelling supporters, but thankfully bounced clear of the goal. The home side's pressure in the end counted for nothing, and the Glovers got their first away win of the 2011-12 season. The win still keeps them in 22nd place in the League One table, but they are now bearing down on the sides above them, and are just one point away from the safety line.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Bondz N'Gala (0-1, 25 mins)

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders
2. Neil Austin 29. Peter Hartley 12. Stephen Wright 6. Evan Horwood
15. Antony Sweeney 20. Paul Murray 4. Gary Liddle 24. Nolberto Solano
8. James Poole 11. Andy Monkhouse

Substitutes:
21. Andy Rafferty (GK) 16. Steven Haslam 3. Ritchie Humphreys (76 mins for Paul Murray) 14. Nathan Luscombe (64 mins for Nolberto Solano) 10. Adam Boyd (46 mins for James Poole)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 9. Steve MacLean (87 mins for Kieran Agard) 15. Kerrea Gilbert 21. Gavin Massey (68 mins for Conor Clifford) 29. Jonathan Obika (78 mins for Andy Williams)

Hartlepool Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Billy Khatib (Sunderland) and Keith Lawson (South Humberside). Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria).

Attendance: 4,604 (including 55 Yeovil supporters).


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26 November 2011 : Team News For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to Hartlepool United, with both being down to their involvement in the loan market. The most obvious change to the line-up is the introduction of Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin who makes his debut for the club, as their fourth goalkeeper of the 2011-12 season. He displaces Glovers goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart, who can now concentrate on his role in the dugouts.

A second change sees the Glovers lose centre-back Darren Purse, after his loan spell ended, with the 34 year old having moved on another loan deal to League Two side Plymouth Argyle. His place in the side is taken by Bondz N'Gala.

Striker Oli Johnson is once again the sixth loan player in the squad - he misses out entirely.

Yeovil's line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 9. Steve MacLean 15. Kerrea Gilbert 21. Gavin Massey 29. Jonathan Obika

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders
2. Neil Austin 29. Peter Hartley 12. Stephen Wright 6. Evan Horwood
15. Antony Sweeney 20. Paul Murray 4. Gary Liddle 24. Nolberto Solano
8. James Poole 11. Andy Monkhouse

Substitutes:
21. Andy Rafferty (GK) 16. Steven Haslam 3. Ritchie Humphreys 14. Nathan Luscombe 10. Adam Boyd


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26 November 2011 : Skivo: Glovers Will Manage Without Purse
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that losing Millwall defender Darren Purse to League Two side Plymouth Argyle was a blow, but considers that he has enough cover in-house to manage without him. Purse was brought in to temporarily replace vice-captain Paul Huntington, who was missing with a broken finger.

With Hunts fit again and restored to the side, the majority of the Glovers first team squad are available for selection for this afternoon's match against Hartlepool United, with just winger Alan O'Brien and midfield playmaker Gavin Williams known to be on the treatment table at present.

Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, Skiverton points out that in last weekend's home match against Exeter City, he had to leave centre-back Bondz N'Gala on the bench, and believes that the former Plymouth player will ensure Purse is not missed:

"We only had Darren for one month start. Since he came in, we've only beaten in one game. It was a good decision for us to get him in. Would I have liked to have kept him? Yes, I definitely would have, but these things happen in football and I've got a very good centre-back in Bondz N'Gala, who I had to leave out (for the home match against Exeter)."

Skiverton believes that making his side's defence more watertight is the key to turning their current tendency to draw games into three points, and has told PA Sport that he wants to see his team clock up more clean sheets - something they've only done three times this season:

"We just keep working hard on the defensive aspect of our game. We need to start to keeping more clean sheets and once we do that we know we've got goals in us. Our goalscoring record has been excellent this year and we've been getting goals from absolutely everywhere - strikers, midfielders and defenders. I'm really pleased with that and we've got to keep concentrating on the positives. We create our own environment and we make sure we picture ourselves being out of the bottom four."

The Glovers boss claims that despite having spent the autumn stuck in the bottom four, that the club do not offer excuses for their position; something that he suggests other clubs have tended to be guilty of doing:

"I've been at other clubs where they've been in the bottom four and it seems like they're all excuses but we don't do that here. We know we can get to where we need to get to, we know we'll do it and if it takes time we'll be patient with it. The supporters are pleased with the performances but we are drawing too many and if we have to inch ourselves out of the bottom four then so be it. We need to be ready as a club so that when we get out when don't go straight back in. We need to make that gap doesn't get too big and we need to start picking up wins in the forthcoming weeks."


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26 November 2011 : Fry Warns Of 'Dire' Struggle If Food Store Plans Fail
Yeovil Town are currently in the middle of three days where they are holding a public exhibition over plans to build a new food store on land at Huish Park. The event has seen a few more bits of information come out concerning the development, including a warning from Chairman John Fry that there could be 'dire' consequences if the plans to develop the land north of the stadium fail to be approved.

On Wednesday, BBC Somerset got an advance look at the plans, running a piece on their Thursday breakfast show. The project will see the club sell two training pitches and a car park to a developer, comprising of around six acres of land owned by the club - just under 25 percent of the existing Huish Park land. The project team have engaged architect John Hewitt to help design the layout at the north side of the stadium, and he told the BBC that replacement pitches would be found elsewhere within the area:

"The club has got plans to provide new training pitches, with full access to the community elsewhere within the parish. This leaves us with a development area in which we have enough space to create a superstore and a community park. The existing food stores that are present in Yeovil are trading very well, and in fact almost over-trading. So there is capacity within the market place, of which there is no doubt, that would be taken up by a superstore of this type."

The exhibition shows that the project will see a single 'warehouse' style building erected, comprising of 70,000 square feet of space in the North-West part of the current Huish Park land. There will be a total of 491 car parking spaces provided to support those looking to shop at the food store, with additional spaces for cyclists.

Around 6 percent of the car park slots will be dedicated spaces provided for disabled shoppers. There will also be 'parent and child' parking. To the east of the store and its car park, there will be a public open space - what Hewitt refers to as a 'community park' - with walkways leading from Western Avenue for pedestrians into the food store car park. The exhibition display indicates that it is 'likely' that the food store car park will be 'managed' on matchdays to avoid a conflict between football supporter parking and food store parking.

The use of the land by the food store will provide the football club with additional revenue - either as a lump sum or as an ongoing income. Glovers Chairman John Fry explained to the BBC what they hoped to get out of the project:

"To develop supporters facilities, better car parking and traffic arrangements. But we just need to bring everything up to 21st Century standard. Over the 20 years, we've only put in one stand, which is the home end stand, which has very few facilities for the supporters. Our main emphasis will be upon giving a better matchday experience at Huish Park."

However, Fry warned that the income they were likely to get from the food store project would not solve all of the club's ills. He said that once they had full planning approval that they would begin to look at what the money would be spent on, strongly suggesting that plans for a new Copse Road Stand would be separated out from the food store plans:

"We're not going to raise the money that we need to develop everything we have on our list through the food store. So that food store itself, when approved, will enable us to look at the future for the next five years."

The BBC Somerset report suggested that it could be around 2015 before the club begin to see their plans realised. However, planning permission for the project is in no way a foregone conclusion, and Fry gave a doomladen warning of the consequences of any application being rejected:

"It will be a struggle - a big struggle. In fact it will be dire, from the point of view that we have to bring in the revenues to maintain our position in the Football League. Basically, we are running out of time."


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25 November 2011 : Skivo Previews The Hartlepool Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Skivo's thoughts before the team set out on the road can be read via the link below.

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


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25 November 2011 : Players Get Time Off To Banish Away Day Blues
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is giving his players the day off from training, as they make an energy-sapping 338 mile journey up to the North-East today for Saturday's League One match against Hartlepool United. The Glovers' record at Victoria Park is not too impressive, with two draws and three defeats in their last five visits, and with their one and only victory happening whilst Gary Johnson was still manager.

This season, the Glovers find themselves struggling on their travels, and are currently the only club not to win away from home in League One. Their usual tactic for lengthy away fixtures is to travel on the Friday, and then find a training ground relatively close to their overnight hotel. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he is abandoning the idea of a training session upon their arrival, for fears that it may be contributing to their tiredness on the day of the match:

"We're just trying something a little bit different and just seeing if that would work for us, rather than the mundane way that we've been travelling up there and the boys have been feeling leggy and tired. They definitely won't be feeling like that this weekend. We're three or four hours away from everyone (when travelling to away games) so that just puts another two hours onto it. But we're just doing something different, because it hasn't worked in the past. We're going up with a much stronger squad this time, and we'll just see how it pans out."

As it happens, although the Glovers away form may not be too clever, Hartlepool are currently struggling at home. The Durham club go into tomorrow's game in 10th place in the League One table but have lost their last four matches, and Pools home fans have not seen an outfield goal scored on their own turf since September 17th.


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25 November 2011 : Ex-Glovers Trio Influenced Gilmartin Arrival
Yeovil Town's latest loan signing Rene Gilmartin says that a trio of former Glovers players were influential in his decision to come down to Huish Park for the remainder of 2011. The Watford goalkeeper has agreed a loan deal with the club that will keep him there until January 3rd 2012, and will make his debut tomorrow afternoon against Hartlepool United.

Whilst Gilmartin, who answers to the name of Reg, obviously knows team-mate Gavin Massey well, he has connections with other former Glovers, with his Republic of Ireland international appearances meaning he knows Portsmouth goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and Wigan Athletic defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan, who was also at Vicarage Road. The 24 year old's five years at Walsall mean that he also knows former Glovers striker Sam Williams, who had a loan spell at the Bescot Stadium. He told BBC Somerset that when he was told of Yeovil's interest, he sent the trio messages to see what he was letting himself in for:

"I had a session today with the lads, and I got to know the lads and the staff. It's a great club to settle in, or it looks that way anyway. They're a good bunch and a mixed bunch of the young and old. Hendo (Stephen Henderson) was here as was Rob Kiernan, who is a good friend of mine. Sam Williams was here, so you drop them a line. You're not apprehensive, but you just say looks like I'm heading down to Yeovil, and they were just saying they'd got to let the boys know, and at least there's an ice-breaker there somewhere, if you can get involved with the banter. There's a few people that I know who were here and spoke pretty highly of the club."

Since his arrival in Hertfordshire, Gilmartin has struggled to dislodge England Under-21 goalkeeper Scott Loach, making just two league starts and five cup appearances across the two seasons he has been with the Hornets. The Dubliner said that this loan spell would be a chance for him to build up his game in a first team environment over a concentrated period of time:

"It's just to get cracking on from playing 90 minutes and growing in each game, putting performances in and taking what I've been doing in training over the time that I've been with Watford and bringing that into a game is the most important thing for me. I think I will do that, and obviously it will make me grow as a goalkeeper, and step on, and it will be great to do it at this club. That's what I'm looking at - to put the performances in at training and then obviously on a Saturday."


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24 November 2011 : Skivo: Gilmartin Will Give Glovers A Big Presence
Yeovil Town watched the loan transfer window close without conducting any last minute business today. Having brought in Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin yesterday evening, that represented the final bit of business the Glovers did, meaning that they have now finalised the squad that they will work with until the January window opens after New Year's Day.

Gilmartin will go straight into the squad to start at Victoria Park, in a League One match against Hartlepool United. Manager Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he had to make a move in the loan market given Glovers goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart was his only registered keeper, and added that Gilmartin will give the defence a real physical and vocal presence:

"He's got a great presence about him, with his talking and his communication. It helps him being six-foot-four or five, or whatever he is. It's a real positive for us. Of course we needed to bring a goalkeeper in, because if we hadn't brought one in, then if anything had happened to Gareth (Stewart) then we would not have been able to bring anyone else in on loan. So it would have caused us a lot of problems.

So it's worked out well. My squad is full now, and I'm just looking forward to nailing down and getting that bit of continuity with the players that are back fit now, and that starts on Saturday with a really really tough game against Hartlepool
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24 November 2011 : Glovers Public Exhibition For Food Store This Weekend
A reminder that tomorrow sees Yeovil Town hold the first of three days of public exhibitions for those who are interested in their plans to build a Food Store at Huish Park. Dates when the Alec Stock Lounge will be open are as follows:

Friday 25th November between 11.00a.m. and 7.00p.m.
Saturday 26th November between 11.00a.m. and 5.00p.m.
Sunday 27th November between 11.00a.m. and 3.00p.m.

The wording of the club's Residents Leaflet suggests that they are hoping for local residents to turn up on the Friday and the Saturday, and for football supporters to turn up on the Sunday, and will doubtless provide manpower with that in mind. However, given that many people fall into both categories, this is inevitably a rough split between the sessions.

A reminder that the WWOYTB collective of supporters are interested in fielding questions to take to the event, over and above the more obvious ones stated in the blog linked below. If you can't make the event, but have concerns, issues or questions then use the link off the WWOYTB blog below.

For those who are going to the event, if you want to voice any feedback after you've been to the event, then again feel free to express it on the same WWOYTB blog article as getting viewpoints on this project would be good.

Link: Glovers Planning Supermarket Sweep.

Link: Club Canvasses Local Residents Over Retail Development

Link: WWOYTB : Food Store Exhibition.


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24 November 2011 : Ball Shifts Back To Dale
Further to yesterday's Sky Sports reports that suggested that Yeovil Town were interested in bringing Peterborough United midfielder David Ball to Huish Park, this one can now be considered a dead duck. The broadcaster's website listed Preston North End, Aberdeen and Yeovil Town as interested parties for the 21 year old.

However, Peterborough have today stated that Ball will be joining Rochdale on loan until January 2012 - a club that he's already had a successful spell with during September and October, scoring four goals in eight games in the process.

With Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin having arrived at Huish Park yesterday, the Glovers have got six loans on their books for the foreseeable future, hence we're not expecting any last minute business in the loan market before the loan transfer window closes at 5.00p.m. today. However, stranger things have happened!


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24 November 2011 : Charlton 3 Yeovil 0 : Harriott Cooks Up A Stew For Glovers
Yeovil Town headed out of the FA Youth Cup last night, as an impressive looking Charlton Athletic side pushed them aside to force their way into the Third Round stages and a home tie against Cambridge United. Having scored nine goals in the first round, the young Addicks found things a lot tougher at Welling United's Park View Road ground, but still managed to score three times, with winger Callum Harriott at the centre of that - scoring the first two, and being credited with a third controversial goal in the closing minutes.

The home side had plenty of pace in their side, through Adebayo Azeez and Tobi Sho-Silva, and they showed their strength as Azeez forced Matt Cafer into a couple of early saves. At the other end, Lloyd Matthews shot just wide of the target, whilst a low ball across the face of the Charlton box from Will Gordon caught the home side out, but a Glovers player at the back stick couldn't quite get on the end of it, and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Charlton grabbed the lead on 20 minutes, with a goal that was probably deserved on the balance of play, even if the Glovers defence opened up a bit too easily to allow that to happen. A good diagonal pass by Diego Poyet landed into the path of Callum Harriott, whose run dissected the right side of the Yeovil back four, and as Matt Cafer advanced, the winger lifted the ball just over his diving body, and into the back of the net for the lead.

The Addicks nearly got their second when the searing pace of Tobi Sho-Silva allowed him to drive straight through the Yeovil defence, but this time he found Matt Cafer in the way, with the keeper saving brilliantly with his legs. Yeovil were still dangerous on the break though, and were unfortunate not to score when Melchi Emanuel-Williamson forced his way through on goal. Charlton keeper Phillips came out of his area, and took out the striker as he tried to clear the ball - the match referee somehow deeming it a clean challenge - and when the loose ball fell to Lloyd Matthews, his attempt to put the ball into the net was thwarted as Charlton's Harry Osborne got back to clear off his own line.

The closing stages of the half saw the home side come close to grabbing a further goal. A rather dubious free kick on the edge of the box saw weak refereeing as he allowed a trio of Charlton players to crowd keeper Matt Cafer as he tried to line up the wall - clear gamesmanship that should have been cut out by the officials. As the 'wall' moved clear at the point of the kick being taken, Callum Harriott's free kick was brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar by Cafer, with perhaps a question mark over whether the ball had crossed the line before it came down, with the loose ball eventually going out for a corner.

Having managed to stay in the game well during the first period, a goal during the opening five minutes of the second period was a real killer for the Glovers. It came through similar means to the first strike - a diagonal ball this time by Bradley Goldberg, landed into the path of Callum Harriott, and this time the winger finished strongly across the face of Matt Cafer, with the ball tucking into the far corner of the net, for a simple but highly effective goal.

With Charlton now fully in control of the match, Yeovil struggled to create quite so many chances during the second period, whilst the Addicks were not so incisive, leaving plenty of attractive play from both sides, but without so much goalmouth action. A Glovers defender cleared off his own goal line during one move, whilst an Adam Cleary shot on goal took a deflection as it rose over the crossbar and out for a corner.

The performance of the officials had not been particularly good during the game, and that was displayed on two counts during the closing stages. The game's only use of the cards came when Will Gordon and Adebayo Azeez bumped into each other as they battled for a loose ball. Never a foul as the ball reached Matt Cafer, but once the match referee gave it as one, it seemed that the Glovers player would have to walk as the last man. However, perhaps pondering his own judgement as he reached for his cards, the official produced only a yellow - again a head-scratching decision given the lack of intent in the 'challenge'.

Then in the final five minutes came Charlton's third and final goal. A deep high cross into the box by Callum Harriott saw Matt Cafer heavily challenged as he leapt for the ball. It looked as though he had been impeded, and when a linesman's flag went up that was our initial thinking as Cafer caught the ball. But after a slight delay, and one in which neither the linesman nor the referee made their signalling clear, it appeared that they were suggesting that the Glovers keeper had dragged the ball over his line under the challenge as he caught the ball. Harriott was given the credit for the goal.

That was rough justice on the Glovers, who didn't deserve to win the tie overall, but probably deserved something out of it themselves. At times they had to dig deep to block out the pace of the Charlton front line, but overall defended well, with Mitch Brundle particularly impressive at the back on the night. Lloyd Matthews battled well up front, but faded a touch when the supply to him dried up during the second period. As for Charlton, they'll be a hard side to beat, and in Azeez, Sho-Silva and Harriott it will be interesting to see how many of them are lining up against Yeovil's first team in two or three years time.

Final Score: Charlton Athletic U18s 3 Yeovil Town U18s 0.

Scorers: Callum Harriott (20 mins, 1-0), Callum Harriott (47 mins, 2-0), Callum Harriott (88 mins, 3-0)

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Matt Cafer; Josh Doyle, Lee Sweet, Mitch Brundle, Elliot Nelson; Will Gordon, Will Agbo, Aidan Chainey; Adam Cleary, Lloyd Matthews, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson.

Substitutes: Jonny Kaye (70 mins for Elliot Nelson), Tommy Smith (82 mins for Aidan Chainey), Corey King (82 mins for Adam Cleary). Josh Anderson, Charlie Ledger.

Charlton Athletic Under-18s:
Phillips; Cousins, Fox, Ajayi, Osborne; Poyet, Holmes, Goldberg (Gerard 75); Harriott, Sho-Silva, Azeez.

Substitutes: Gerard (75 mins for Goldberg), Lennon, Muldoon, Willer, Derry.


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23 November 2011 : Charlton Athletic vs Youth Team Match Result
Yeovil Town Under-18s went out of the FA Youth Cup tonight despite a spirited performance against Charlton Athletic. Full report to come later.

Final Score: Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Callum Harriott (1-0, 20 mins), Callum Harriott (2-0, 55 mins), Own Goal (3-0, 85 mins)


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23 November 2011 : Gilmartin Gives Glovers A Goalkeeper
Yeovil Town have signed up Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin on loan. The 24 year old has signed on a deal that will keep him at Huish Park until January 3rd. He will be the club's fourth goalkeeper following runs for Norwich City's Jed Steer, West Ham's Marek Stech and Glovers coach Gareth Stewart.

Gilmartin is a 6'5" keeper who began his career at Walsall where he spent five years, including short term loans at Worcester City and Hednesford Town. He moved to Watford in 2010 where he has been an understudy to Scott Loach. He is a Repulic of Ireland Under-19 and Under-21 international, and despite being a young player, he already has his UEFA B Coaching Licence.

The very best of luck to Rene at Huish Park over the next six weeks or so.


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23 November 2011 : Glovers Linked With Midfield Ball Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Peterborough United midfielder David Ball. The Sky Sports website claims that Posh are interested in loaning him out before Thursday's loan transfer window deadline. However, they claim that League One rivals Preston North End are favourites to snap him up, with Aberdeen, Rochdale and Yeovil Town named as in competition to bring him in on a temporary basis.

Ball, who is 21 years old, has already been out on loan at Rochdale this season, netting four times in eight appearances before being recalled to the Championship side due to injuries within their squad. He is a former Manchester City trainee who has also got Football League experience with Swindon Town.

In reality it would be a surprise if the Glovers went for Ball for Thursday's deadline day, given they already have five players in on loan, and have struggled to provide games for Oli Johnson lately. Given that a goalkeeper is likely to be top of manager Terry Skiverton's wish list, another loan would leave him needing to push two players into the stands.


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23 November 2011 : Glovers Given Clevedon Test As Odd Down Face Expulsion
Yeovil Town Reserves have been drawn away from home in the Quarter-Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup. They will visit Clevedon Town's Hand Stadium in a match that is scheduled to be played during the week commencing February 27th 2012.

The full draw is as follows:

Larkhall Athletic vs Wellington OR Odd Down OR Taunton Town
Brislington vs Portishead Town
Frome Town vs Weston-super-Mare
Clevedon Town vs Yeovil Town Reserves

The unresolved match relates to Wellington's first round tie against Odd Down. The latter won the tie 2-0 but are accused of fielding an ineligible player, and so their Second Round match at home to Taunton Town has been put on hold. The Somerset FA will be meeting shortly to decide what should happen with respect to the first round result - clearly Odd Down may be thrown out of the competition.


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23 November 2011 : Pools Get Hartley Out Of Jam
Saturday's opponents Hartlepool United have received a boost with the news that the Football Association have accepted their appeal against a ban for one of their defenders. Peter Hartley had been shown his fifth yellow card of the 2011-12 season on Saturday, but that was deemed to be a mistake by referee Andy Woolmer, who picked out the wrong player following a foul by left-back Evan Horwood.

Horwood supplied a written submission confirming that he was the guilty party, and Pools have now confirmed that the yellow card has been transferred across from Hartley to Horwood freeing the 23 year old to play against Yeovil Town. Normally the Football Association do not allow clubs to appeal against yellow cards; mistaken identity is the only situation that allows this to happen.

Manager Mick Wadsworth told the Hartlepool Mail after learning of the news, that being able to plan with a fixed squad would be good news for him:

"We can now get on with our preparations knowing who is available because this is a big game for us. We need to sort our home form out and having Peter available is a big help, of course."

As Wadsworth suggests, Hartlepool's home form may give the Glovers some hope for their match at Victoria Park. Sat in 10th place in the current League One table, they're having a good season so far. However, whilst they have the 2nd best record in the division on their travels, they have lost their last four home fixtures, giving them a lopsided look to their seasonal record. Their seven goals scored at home is the worst in the division.


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23 November 2011 : FA Youth Cup vs Charlton Athletic Preview
Wednesday night sees Yeovil Town Under-18s play their FA Youth Cup Second Round tie against Charlton Athletic. The Youth Team's tie will be played at Welling United's Park View Road ground, which the Glovers first team used to play at during their Conference days.

Address: Park View Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 1SY

Welling is situated inside the M25 on the far South-East corner of London, in suburban Kent, and close to Bexleyheath. Those living in London will have their own routes. For those coming in from the outside, leave the M25 at Junction 2. At the roundabout, take the A2 towards Central London. Leave the A2 at the third exit (Danson Interchange, signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup). Turn right (second exit) at the roundabout at the end of the slip road, and then turn right (third exit) at the next roundabout. Go under the A2 bridge and up the slope to another roundabout. Take the second exit and follow the road (Danson Road) to the traffic lights at the end. Turn left at the lights onto Park View Road which is the A207. The ground is on the left, next to the Guy, Earl Of Warwick pub. There is no car park, but plenty of street parking is available.

For those going by train, the nearest station is Welling. Most services leave from London Charing Cross, although there are some going from Cannon Street and Victoria. Most of these services also call at Waterloo East and London Bridge. Journey time is roughly 30 minutes. From Welling station, go down the slope to the road at the bottom. Turn left and go to the end of the road. Turn left onto Bellegrove Road. This becomes Welling High Street and then Park View Road. The ground is on the right just after the Guy, Earl of Warwick pub - around a 15-20 minute walk. Or if you spot any of bus numbers 89, 486 or B16 these all run between the station and the ground.

There are a few Capital Glovers supporters going to tonight's game. You will find them in the New Cross Turnpike, 55 Bellegrove Road DA16 3PB from 5:30p.m. You'll find this pub on the above walk from Welling station down to the ground.

Kick-off tonight is at 7.00p.m. and admission is set as 3.00 for Adults with Concessions available at 1.00. The tie will be played to a conclusion tonight, with extra time and then penalties if required. The winners will face Cambridge United at home in the Third Round.


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22 November 2011 : Interview With Dominic Blizzard
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Exeter City, Yeovil Town midfielder Dominic Blizzard spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Dominic Blizzard Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Exeter.


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22 November 2011 : Shepton 4 Yeovil 6 : MacLean Hat-Trick Sinks Shepton
Yeovil Town Reserves comfortably cruised into the Quarter-Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight as a strong side overcame their Western League opponents. In a side that included seven players with first team experience this season, Steve MacLean bagged a hat-trick, whilst Oli Johnson and Billy Gibson got one each. However, one of the more noteworthy goals came from youngster Tommy Smith - co-opted into the side because of the Under-18s playing in London tomorrow night, and he took advantage to net in his first match for the Reserves.

The first 20 minutes perhaps didn't give a clue as to how many goals would land in the back of the net, although Oli Johnson struck the post after Rhys Baggridge put him through with the game still goalless. They opened the scoring via a two goals inside a minute - a Nathan Jones free kick was passed to Steve MacLean who evaded his marker, firing home for the opener. Almost direct from kick-off, Tommy Smith, who has been playing for the Under-18s this season despite still being young enough to qualify for the Under-16s level, fired home from 20 yards out for a brilliant second goal.

Shepton Mallet rallied and pulled one back via James Boyland, who shot into the top corner to pull it back to 2-1, before Tommy Smith tried from distance again, this time hitting the upright, becoming the second Glovers player to be denied by the woodwork on the night. That was the way that it stayed at the break, with Shepton still in the tie, even if they had been dominated by their far more experienced opponents.

The second period started a little quietly, before a glut of Yeovil goals allowed them to run away with the tie. Oli Johnson turned inside the box to fire home Yeovil's third. Another Under-16 player George Russell had come on as a sub for Anthony Edgar at the break, with the former West Ham man having suffered a quad muscle strain. Russell's play set up Steve MacLean for his second, to put Yeovil 4-1 up with a close range tap-in, and that was extended even further when the highly impressive Billy Gibson finished from distance to make it five.

Then came a bit of a late Shepton rally. They got their second of the night after a right-wing cross wasn't closed down and was bundled in from close range. The Glovers hit back immediately with Steve MacLean grabbing his hat-trick, after he accepted the ball from an Abdulai Bell-Baggie run. But then the home side grabbed two late goals - a far post header for their third of the night, and then a close range tap-in after Gareth Stewart dropped a cross at a Shepton player's feet.

A relatively comfortable win, and at any level good for Steve MacLean to be in goalscoring form. Aside from MacLean's goals, Billy Gibson was a highlight of the night with his strong runs from midfield, whilst Under-16s duo Tommy Smith and George Russell certainly equipped themselves well at the higher level, with Smith getting a match to remember.

Final Score: Shepton Mallet 4 Yeovil Town Reserves 6.

Scorers: Steve MacLean (0-1), Tommy Smith (0-2), James Boyland (1-2), Oli Johnson (1-3), Steve MacLean (1-4), Billy Gibson (1-5), Shepton Scorer (2-5), Steve MacLean (2-6), Shepton Scorer (3-6), Shepton Scorer (4-6)

Yeovil Town Reserves: Gareth Stewart, Alistair Slowe, Kerrea Gilbert, Rhys Baggridge, Nathan Jones, Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Billy Gibson, Anthony Edgar, Tommy Smith, Oli Johnson, Steve MacLean.

Substitutes: George Russell (46 mins for Anthony Edgar)


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22 November 2011 : Pilgrims To Complete Purse Deal
League Two side Plymouth Argyle have agreed a deal to take Millwall centre-back Darren Purse on loan. The 34 year old has just completed a highly successful five match loan spell at Huish Park, but returned to the New Den once the month spell had been completed.

Purse is accompanying Pilgrims Chief Peter Ridsdale to their FA Cup First Round Replay at Stourbridge tonight as a guest of the club, and Plymouth's website reports that he will sign a loan deal until January when the Devon side return back home on Wednesday.

It is widely expected that Purse will be agreeing an 18 month deal with Plymouth when the January transfer window re-opens, meaning that his 'emergency loan' from the Lions will effectively spell his exit from the London club.


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22 November 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United
If Yeovil Town supporters feel they're constantly travelling up to the North-East to play Hartlepool United, they're probably right. Once postponements are considered, on Saturday the Glovers will make their fourth trip to Victoria Park inside twelve months on Saturday. The match takes place on Saturday 26th November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

For those who didn't make the earlier trips, or are perhaps just plain forgetful, the Ciderspace guide to Hartlepool has been given a light dusting, with this season's ticketing and travel information, plus the usual mass of directions, pub guides and other information relating to the town. Access it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.


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22 November 2011 : County Cup Squad Selected For Shepton Trip
Further to yesterday's news item, Yeovil Town Reserves have selected their squad for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie tonight. With Yeovil Town's Under-18s in FA Youth Cup action tomorrow night against Charlton Athletic at Welling United's Park View Road ground, the original plan to play the Youth Team in this competition has needed to be changed, and the end result is a 'fringe/squad' team for the game at Shepton's Playing Fields.

The names listed appear to be the starting eleven including seven players with first team experience. These are added to by first year professional Rhys Baggridge, the duo of Alistair Slowe and Abdulai Bell-Baggie, who have yet to make a first team appearance, and Under-16s player Tommy Smith:

Yeovil Town Reserves: Gareth Stewart; Alistair Slowe, Kerrea Gilbert, Rhys Baggridge, Nathan Jones; Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Billy Gibson, Anthony Edgar, Tommy Smith; Oli Johnson, Steve MacLean.

We're expecting the bench to include a few of the Under-16s squad, with the Under-18s travelling up to London tomorrow night. With Gareth Stewart in goal tonight, this would strongly point to the Glovers taking on a loan keeper later in the week for the first team matches, given that playing their only registered goalkeeper tonight would be a significant risk.

For directions, follow the link below. Assume a kick-off of 7.30p.m. tonight.

Link: Shepton Mallet County Cup Directions And Info.


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22 November 2011 : Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 26th November 2011 at Victoria Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tony Bates (Staffordshire). Mr Bates is the infamous official that took charge of Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton at St Mary's that saw the home side triumph thanks to two Richard Lambert penalties.

Whilst the first penalty was one of those ones where if you're an away supporter you'll claim that Marek Saganowski dived, and if you're a home supporter you'll claim it was nailed on, it was the second spot kick that left both home and away fans utterly bemused. A supposed handball against Nathan Jones wouldn't have raised a cry from even the most optimistic Saints fan. Mr Bates and his assistant saw it differently, and gifted the Saints with a decisive second goal. Speaking after the game manager Terry Skiverton said that he was "disgusted" with the decision, whilst even goalscorer Lambert said after the game that the decision was "harsh", admitting that his initial reaction had been to abuse the linesman for what the Saints striker had assumed was an infringement against his own side.

Whilst that match will no doubt mean that the name of Tony Bates will live long in Yeovil Town fans' memories, up until that match, our matches involving him had been pretty uncontroversial. Prior to the Saints match, we met twice during the 2006-07 season, with him taking charge of a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Huish Park and the 1-1 at Sixfields in September 2006. Prior to that he was at Huish Park for the 3-0 over Doncaster Rovers in April 2006, and twice in 2004-05 - away to Swansea City (2-0 victory) and away to Rushden & Diamonds (0-2 loss).

Since that Saints stinker, we've had him just the once - a March 2010 away match at Carlisle United. In what was a low key, low quality match, the referee was barely noticed, which is the way all supporters like it. On this occasion, no controversies over penalties, and just the one booking.

This season, Mr Bates has taken charge of 16 matches, and has produced 42 yellow cards. Although he's cautioned a player in every game so far this season, he's yet to dish out a red card. Those with Sky Sports may well have seen him on Sunday - he took charge of Millwall's home game against Bristol City - just two yellow cards, and we can't recall anything too untidy on the day.

Mr Bates will be assisted by Billy Khatib (Sunderland) and Keith Lawson (South Humberside). The Fourth Official will be Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria).

Link: March 2010 : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Sept 2009 : Southampton 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Feb 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 0.

Link: Sept 2006 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 3 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Link: Jan 2005 : Swansea City 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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22 November 2011 : Upson Grabs Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has been nominated for the Football League's Team of the Week for League One. The former Ipswich Town trainee scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday, when he netted the opener against Exeter City in the 2-2 draw at Huish Park. What's unusual about Ed's goals this year is that all four have been scored from distance, and this was no exception, following up a chest-down from Andy Williams.

Ed was also involved in Yeovil's second goal of the afternoon, supplying the corner that allowed Dominic Blizzard to head home an equaliser that completed the scoring in the local derby match. The full team is as follows and includes former Glovers loan winger Peter Sweeney who is now on the books of Bury:

Andy Rafferty (Hartlepool United)
Matthew Lowton (Sheffield United) Jon Ashton (Stevenage) Stephen Jordan (Rochdale) Evan Horwood (Hartlepool United)
Mike Jones (Bury) Stephen Gleeson (Milton Keynes Dons) Peter Sweeney (Bury) Ed Upson (Yeovil Town)
Robbie Simpson (Oldham Athletic) Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town)


Ed becomes Yeovil Town's fourth nomination for a Team of the Week slot. The list of nominations for the 2011-12 season reads as follows:

1) 13/08/2011 : Andy Williams (3-1 home vs Oldham Athletic).
2) 08/10/2011 : Gavin Massey (2-2 away vs Colchester United).
3) 22/10/2011 : Marek Stech (0-0 away vs Stevenage).
4) 19/11/2011 : Ed Upson (2-2 home vs Exeter City).


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22 November 2011 : Youth Alliance Cup Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have been given a home draw in the Second Road of the Youth Alliance League Cup. The competition now moves into a knockout phase, with the top sixteen clubs from the Southern Section groups drawn out, and the Glovers will now face Cheltenham Town at home. By coincidence, this was Yeovil's last League fixture in which they lost 5-0, although there will be a very different team taking to the field for the Cup match, with the Glovers having sent an Under-16s squad up to Gloucestershire last Saturday.

The full draw is as follows:

Northern Section

Lincoln City v Notts County
Burton Albion v Chesterfield
Burnley v Rotherham United
Hull City v Morecambe
Bradford City v Rochdale
Bury v Doncaster Rovers
Darlington/Hartlepool United v Scunthorpe United
Stockport County v Tranmere Rovers

Southern Section

AFC Bournemouth v Millwall
Peterborough United v Exeter City
Yeovil Town v Cheltenham Town
Queens Park Rangers v Wycombe Wanderers
Colchester United v Bristol Rovers
AFC Wimbledon v Crawley Town
Luton Town v Leyton Orient
Swindon Town v Stevenage

All fixtures are set to be played on Saturday 3rd December at 11.00a.m. unless specific arrangements are made by both clubs. Given Yeovil Town have a free weekend currently, and there's no first team fixture on the Saturday, it's probably safe to pencil this one in for the usual Alvington venue.


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21 November 2011 : Shepton Mallet County Cup Directions And Info
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves will finally stage their Somerset Premier Cup Second Round match against Shepton Mallet tomorrow night. The game has been postponed several times due to Youth Team commitments, but will definitely be played tomorrow night.

Address: West Shepton Playing Fields, Old Wells Rd, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5XN.

Obviously how you get there will depend wildly on where you are coming from. However, assuming you're heading from Yeovil, come up the A37, then take the A371 into the centre of Shepton, then the B3136 when your reach Townsend Shopping Park. Then take the sixth right turn into Old Wells Road and you'll find the ground there.

Kick-off time is slightly subjective; the club have stated 7.30p.m. whilst the Somerset FA have given a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Hence turn up at the earlier time, and hope there's a good social club! Referee will be David Bryant and he will be assisted by Stephen Fearnley and Savvas Yianni.

In terms of the expected team, with the Youth Team in action on Wednesday night against Charlton Athletic, we're expecting a squad made up of fringe players of the likes of Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Rhys Baggridge, Flavien Belson, Anthony Edgar and Curtis Haynes-Brown to take to the field, assuming all are at full fitness for the game. However, with both sides playing on consecutive days, there may be some Under-16s players involved in one or the other fixtures.


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21 November 2011 : Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to play Sheffield United is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 7th January 2012 at Bramall Lane with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and is the club's first ever league match on their ground. There are advance tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and you will pay the following prices:

Adults: 14.00; Concessions: 11.00; Under-16s: 7.50

Concessions are available to supporters aged over-60, aged 16 or 17 years old, or full time students carrying an NUS Card.

Disabled supporters pay 11.00 and can admit an assistant free of charge.

Away supporters at Bramall Lane are allocated the lower tier of the Bramall Lane Stand (currently dubbed the 188Bet Stand), which houses around 3,000 spectators.

Disabled supporters are accommodated in the Westfield Corner of the Bramall Lane Stand. For any further arrangements, email melvin.jackson@sufc.co.uk or call their Ticket Office on 0871 995 1889.

There are no matchday surcharges in place for this fixture.

NOTE: You may want to wait a week or two before committing to a purchase, given that there's plenty of time to get hold of tickets. This fixture will only take place on the planned date if both sides are out of the FA Cup on Third Round day. The day after Yeovil Town travel to play Fleetwood Town, Sheffield United will be playing a home tie against Torquay United. With no offence intended to the Gulls, the most likely outcome would be that the Blades will be in the hat for the Third Round, which would almost certainly turn this match into a midweeker.

Update: This game has been rescheduled for Tuesday 10th January 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off due to Sheffield United's FA Cup commitments.

Link: Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Fleetwood Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.


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21 November 2011 : Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to play Rochdale is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 17th December 2011 at Spotland and is the Glovers final match before the Christmas period. This will be a pay on the day match and there will be no advance tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Those travelling will pay the following prices:

Adults: 20.00; Over-65s and Under-16s: 14.00.

Rochdale also offer a Family Ticket where you can gain admission for one adult and one Under-16 at 25.00. If the size of your travelling family is larger than this, an additional adult can be added for 18.00 extra, whilst additional Under-16s can be admitted at 7.00. This is subject to a limit of two adults, and of three Under-16s per adult ticket purchased.

All Family Tickets must be purchased from Rochdale's Ticket Office before you go through the turnstiles. They also state that all Under-16s must carry photographic ID and buy tickets from the Ticket Office - although then clarify this to suggest that they consider it relevant to "teenagers" - presumably they will not ask a 5 year old for proof of entitlement!

Disabled supporters are charged the concessionary rate, and can admit an assistant free of charge. Ambulant disabled supporters are charged as per their age group, however an assistant can be admitted free of charge. Proof of carer status or higher band of disability is required. If you have any additional requirements, please contact Gina Buckley on 01706 644648.

Away fans are housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand which has a capacity of 3,644. There are 16 wheelchair spaces available in this stand at pitch level.

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Fleetwood Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.


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21 November 2011 : Huish Park Stadium Partnership 2010-11 Accounts
The Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited (HPSPL) company has published its accounts for 2010-11. Covering the 12 months ending on February 28th 2011, they have recorded an operating loss of 1,983 for the year, and 2,590 once interest charges on loans are factored in.

The company is now at the top of an ever-growing tree of Yeovil Town oriented companies, and is wholly owned by Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry, with 51% of the shareholding, whilst director Norman Hayward holds the other 49%. As the accounts state:

"It (Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited) is the holding company of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, which owns 100% of the shares of Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited which in turn owns 100% of the shares in Yeovil Town FC Centre of Excellence Limited."

The accounts indicate that the other relevant company - Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Limited sits outside this group of companies. They state that the reorganisation of the company groups occurred on June 4th 2010 as part of the set up of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited.

All of the operating losses declared are itemised as "Administrative Expenses" of 1,983 - as such this is not a trading company, acting as a vehicle to hold Mr Fry and Mr Hayward's shareholding interests in the club, and so there is no income recorded.

The company's assets are the 1,575,379 ordinary shares it holds in Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, representing a 92% ownership in that company. These shares are given an investment value of 1,012,889, unchanged from last year's accounts.

More interesting is that the accounts now break down the relevant creditors to an extent. The bulk of this is listed as related to Directors' Loan Accounts recording 1,069,682, suggesting that Mr Fry and/or Mr Hayward are listed as having provided the funding to purchase the shares in Yeovil Town Holdings Limited. In addition, a total of 4,000 is listed against Bank Loans and Overdraft, whilst 1,800 is listed against Other Creditors. Overall, the total due to creditors is listed as 1,075,482.

The accounts state in their notes on related parties that Mr Hayward has loaned 278,000 to the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company - this is a sum of money we already know about and relates to the heavy losses that company incurred during the 2008-09 season.


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21 November 2011 : Purse Lost And Returned To Owner
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have now confirmed that central defender Darren Purse will not be staying at Huish Park. The 34 year old has returned to Millwall after completing a five match spell in Somerset, during which the Glovers drew four and lost one of their League One matches.

The news of Purse's return will doubtless raise the chances of him moving out on loan to League Two side Plymouth Argyle, who are reported to be making a move for him on loan, with a view to a permanent move. It is not known whether the Glovers tried to retain his services.


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21 November 2011 : Pools Appeal Over Hartley Suspension
Saturday's opponents Hartlepool United are trying to avoid a suspension for one of their players, despite him being shown his fifth yellow card of the 2011-12 season. Defender Peter Hartley picked up a caution in their 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United and now faces an automatic ban when they play Yeovil Town at Victoria Road on November 26th.

The Football Association only allow appears against yellow card decisions on the basis of mistaken identity, and Pools plan to send a DVD to Wembley in the hope that it will prove that Kettering referee Andy Woolmer cautioned the wrong player, with left-back Evan Horwood reported as being the guilty offender. Their appeal would of course fail if Hartley was cautioned for any reason other than the foul committed by Horwood, but the Durham side seem confident of success.

Hartlepool are likely to have a number of strikers missing for Saturday's match against the Glovers. Colin Nish and Colin Larkin had surgery on knee injuries last week, whilst the injury-prone James Brown is out once again with a groin problem. That meant that midfielder Andy Monkhouse was promoted into a striking position alongside striker James Poole, although as Monkhouse was one of their scorers over the weekend, that may not be such a weakness. They do have Adam Boyd as another striking option, but he is currently dropping in and out of their starting line-up.

Manager Mick Wadsworth will welcome back one player for Saturday's match. Former Glovers loan keeper Scott Flinders sat out the weekend through suspension, after he was red-carded in the eighth minute of their 0-1 home defeat against Stevenage, in doing so being hit by a one match suspension.


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21 November 2011 : Pilgrims Look To Snatch Purse
League Two side Plymouth Argyle are aiming to sign up Millwall centre-back Darren Purse, according to the West Country press. The 34 year old played the final game of his one month loan deal at Huish Park on Saturday, and has put in five highly impressive performances since arriving as cover for Paul Huntington whilst he was out of the squad with a broken finger.

Huntington has now returned, but manager Terry Skiverton has stated that he is keen to extend the deal for a player who has brought great leadership to the Glovers back line, but is now in competition with the Pilgrims, according to this morning's Plymouth Herald. There had been rumours on the Argyle message boards last week that this was on the cards, but this is the first case of a paper putting those claims in print.

Whilst it may appear odd for a player dominant at League One level to consider playing for a club at the foot of League Two, the Herald indicate that the carrot on the table is for Purse to be taken on permanently during the January transfer window, with Plymouth having tabled a financial offer that would see him stay at Home Park until the summer of 2013.

The report suggests that this deal had been on the table at the start of October, but that due to Plymouth at that time being in administration, the Football League had blocked the registration papers. With the move on hold, Purse instead moved to South Somerset on a one month deal. The Pilgrims came out of administration on the last day of October, having spent 241 days struggling to sort out their future. They have been bought by local businessman James Brent, whilst Plymouth City Council have re-purchased their Home Park ground.

With Purse's current deal at Huish Park having now ended, we should hear shortly which club he will be turning out for, and certainly decisions will need to be made by the end of this week.


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21 November 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 2 Exeter 2 : Second-Half Improvement Renews Hope
Saturday saw Yeovil Town grab a 2-2 draw against Exeter City at Huish Park. Our regular blogger Cruncher went there and back, and stole back the controls of Taff's Gloversblog to give his views on the day. Read on, via the link below, and provide your own inputs via the comments box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 2 Exeter 2 : Second-Half Improvement Renews Hope.


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20 November 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter Home Game.


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20 November 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Exeter Interview
Just before kick-off in yesterday's home game against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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20 November 2011 : Yeovil Town Blog : Skivo Sets Keeper Puzzle
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has set a puzzle as to who the next goalkeeper to arrive at Huish Park will be. Having had Norwich City keeper Jed Steer on their books, followed by West Ham United stopper Marek Stech, they are currently using in-house goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart between the sticks whilst they figure out their next move.

Yesterday as part of his pre-match BBC Somerset interview, Skivo gave a few clues as to who that keeper might be. In a spot of calculated and probably entirely inaccurate guesswork, there's a look at possibilities and options via the link below. If you think you can do better, guess away using the comments box.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : Skivo Sets Keeper Puzzle.


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20 November 2011 : GWSC Travel To Fleetwood Town
In just under two weeks time, Yeovil Town have an FA Cup Second Round match against Fleetwood Town to travel to. The match against the Lancashire club takes place on Friday 2nd December 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and will be our first ever visit to the Highbury Stadium. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Huish Park at 11.00a.m. Note that there will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be 30.00 with concessions available at 28.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.


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19 November 2011 : Skiverton Still Out To Better Last Season's Finish
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton insists that he is still aiming to better last season's 14th placed finish, after his side lifted off the foot of League One today. A 2-2 draw against Exeter City was enough to send them above Chesterfield and Wycombe Wanderers on goal difference, leaving them in 22nd place at the end of the weekend's fixtures.

Last season, the Glovers finished on 59 points - 46 more than their current total - and in a relatively comfortable midtable slot. Skiverton believes that feat can still be improved upon. However, he admitted that he had to lay into his players at half time after what he saw as a substandard first period:

"I was a player myself so I know what has to be said and I'm happy that my players came out and did a good job. You have to get a response and they gave it and that transferred to the supporters who were magnificent. I'm disappointed that we didn't get three points but the performance overall was good. We are off the bottom and I'm looking to better last season's 14th position."


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19 November 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Exeter City at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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19 November 2011 : Yeovil 2 Exeter 2 : Blizzard Header Lifts Glovers Off The Bottom
Yeovil Town climbed off the bottom of the League One table, but they still couldn't grab all three points in a lively local derby against Exeter City this afternoon at Huish Park. The 2-2 draw was a see-saw affair, with Ed Upson opening on 69 seconds, only to find Jake Taylor equalising two minutes later. A John O'Flynn penalty put the Grecians back in front, only to find Dominic Blizzard's second half header restoring parity. Both sides hit the woodwork during an entertaining match that could have seen even more than the four goals we got.

The Glovers went into the game making two changes to the starting line-up - both tactical. Darren Purse and Conor Clifford came back into the eleven, after last weekend's FA Cup match, with Bondz N'Gala and Oli Johnson being the unlucky parties. Johnson dropped entirely out of the squad again as the sixth loan, with Jonathan Obika sneaking onto the bench for the first time since his injury in August.

The match itself got off to a crazy start, with two goals in the opening four minutes. Max Ehmer's ball up to the edge of the penalty box saw Andy Williams act as the target man, chesting the ball into the path of Ed Upson. The midfielder has already scored through three long range shots this season, and he didn't disappoint with a fourth goal, struck cleanly from the edge of the box that gave Artur Krysiak little chance of saving. 1-0 and with just 69 seconds gone, a dream start.

That lead didn't last long though. Scott Golbourne put a ball over the top of the Glovers back line, who were playing extremely high up the field. Reading striker Jake Taylor ran through, beating the offside trap and forcing Gareth Stewart off his line. Taylor beat Stewart easily in the resulting one-on-one and fired home to restore parity at 1-1.

The Glovers initially responded well, with Andy Williams and Kieran Agard shooting on goal, but it was the visitors who gradually clawed their way into the match, forcing a series of corners out of periods of pressure. They grabbed the lead on the half hour mark from the penalty spot - John O'Flynn won a header in the box, but got a barge in the back from Darren Purse after the ball had gone, and referee Mark Haywood had little hesitation in awarding the spot kick. O'Flynn dusted himself down, and shot straight down the middle, as Gareth Stewart dived to one side.

The second half opened with Yeovil creating a little more possession than they'd managed during the first period, playing the ball around better, although without too much pressure. A Troy Archibald-Henville header from a set piece saw the centre-back clip the top of the crossbar as he rose above his markers, reminding the home side that the Grecians still had ambitions to put the game out of sight.

But it was Yeovil who scored the fourth and decisive goal in the match. An Ed Upson corner was put into a crowded penalty area, and Dominic Blizzard's flicked header landed in the back of the net, via the inside of the post, to peg the game back at 2-2 and to lift the Huish Park crowd in a significant way.

Either the players were buoyed by the crowd, or the crowd were buoyed by the players, but Huish Park enjoyed one of its most noisy atmospheres of the season following that goal, and Kieran Agard's header nearly put Yeovil in front as he struck the crossbar, with the Glovers turning the screw. Paul Wotton forced Grecians keeper Artur Krysiak into an outstanding save and Kieran Agard shot wide twice during a purple patch that had the Devon side rocking on their heels.

But in this lively battle between two well-matched sides, former Glover David Noble became the third player on the pitch to hit the woodwork when his free kick took a deflection and struck the crossbar, with the ball going out for a corner kick. During the closing stages Yeovil gave away one too many free kicks away which stacked up the booking count and stopped the momentum that they'd had following the goal. In the end they had to settle for yet another draw, where at one point they'd looked threatening of the win.

Plenty of plusses and minuses out there at the end - the big plus was the result lifted Yeovil off the bottom of the table - the downside was that the gap between them and safety increased by a further point, as Chesterfield went bottom, and Wycombe Wanderers dropped below. Another plus was the atmosphere in the ground with the fans giving the players good backing throughout - a minus though was the booing of Paul Wotton being given the Sponsors Man of the Match award - an isolated bit of heckling that was out of sync with the largely positive vibes throughout the stadium. Whilst the 22nd place league position certainly points Yeovil Town upwards, ten matches since their last victory should tell Terry Skiverton that some of these draws must be turned into wins if they are to rise any higher than that spot in the table.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 2.

Scorers: Ed Upson (1-0, 2 mins), Jake Taylor (1-1, 4 mins), John O'Flynn (1-2, pen, 30 mins), Dominic Blizzard (2-2, 65 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
24. Gareth Stewart
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 25. Darren Purse 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
4. Bondz N'Gala 9. Steve MacLean (85 mins for Andrew Williams) 15. Kerrea Gilbert 21. Gavin Massey (57 mins for Conor Clifford) 29. Jonathan Obika (74 mins for Kieran Agard)

Exeter City:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Steve Tully 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 11. Scott Golbourne 18. Danny Coles
7. Liam Sercombe 6. Richard Duffy 4. James Dunne
8. David Noble
19. John O'Flynn 35. Jake Taylor

Substitutes:
40. Lenny Pidgeley (GK) 20. Richard Logan (72 mins for John O'Flynn) 22. Jimmy Keohane (90 mins for Jake Taylor) 24. Elliott Frear (64 mins for Richard Duffy) 26. Scot Bennett

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 41 mins), Max Ehmer (foul, 81 mins), Jonathan Obika (handball, 82 mins), Paul Wotton (foul, 88 mins)

Exeter Bookings: Steve Tully (foul, 79 mins)

Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 5,635 (including 1,612 Exeter supporters)


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19 November 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Exeter City at Huish Park. Both changes are unenforced, with the majority of squad players available for today's fixture - only Gavin Williams (knee), Nathan Jones (knee) and Alan O'Brien (hamstring) appear to be out of the squad through injury.

Centre-back Darren Purse returns to the side in the final game of his one month loan at Huish Park, having sat out last week's game after Millwall refused permission for him to play in the FA Cup last week.

The other change sees Conor Clifford come back into the starting line-up after his spell playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s. He displaces Oli Johnson, who drops entirely out of the squad as the club's sixth loan player. Striker Jonathan Obika makes his first return to the squad since August, sitting on the bench.

The strategy is expected to see a diamond formation used. Last time Clifford played at Chesterfield he appeared to be sitting at the top of the diamond, although Ed Upson is capable of doing the same. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
24. Gareth Stewart
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 25. Darren Purse 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
4. Bondz N'Gala 9. Steve MacLean 15. Kerrea Gilbert 21. Gavin Massey 29. Jonathan Obika

Exeter City:
1. Artur Krysiak 2. Steve Tully 18. Danny Coles 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 11. Scott Golbourne 7. Liam Sercombe 6. Richard Duffy 8. David Noble 4. James Dunne 19. John O'Flynn 35. Jake Taylor

Substitutes:
40. Lenny Pidgeley (GK) 20. Richard Logan 22. Jimmy Keohane 24. Elliott Frear 26. Scot Bennett


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19 November 2011 : Glovers Youth Lose Out At Cheltenham
Yeovil Town's Youth Team suffered a heavy defeat in Gloucestershire this morning. Returning to Youth Alliance League action just three days after the midweek FA Youth Cup win at Farnborough, the Glovers sent what was largely an Under-16s side up to play Cheltenham Town and there's little doubt that the final 5-0 scoreline was influenced by the age and experience of the players facing a much older side.

With the Glovers likely to select a strong 'professional' side made up of first team fringe/squad players for the Somerset Premier Cup game against Shepton Mallet on Tuesday, and the Under-18s in action against Charlton Athletic at Welling United's Park View Road ground on the Wednesday, a spot of squad rotating is being utilised for the three fixtures.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town Youth Team 5 Yeovil Town Youth Team 0.


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19 November 2011 : Glovers Retain Adam Stansfield Trophy - Just!
Yeovil Town Supporters retained the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup this morning - but only just. The Glovers made it a hat-trick of wins over their Exeter City counterparts on the Huish Park Top Pitch, but with the match ending up all square at 2-2. Goalscorers were John Mills with the first for Yeovil, whilst Steve Seaby added a second from the penalty spot.

That meant that the rights to keep the trophy had to be settled by penalty kicks, and it was the Glovers who triumphed, winning by a 5-4 margin, ensuring that the visitors have still yet to lift the trophy. Goalkeeper George Gillingham saved three penalties during the shoot-out to be one of the heroes of the match. Having run the Glovers close though, we suspect the Grecians will be arranging a return match in Devon in January 2012, in their attempts to make it fourth time lucky.

If anyone went to the game and wants to supply a report on the match, then feel free to drop a mail to ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com


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19 November 2011 : MacLean Calls For League Form Turnaround
Yeovil Town striker Steve MacLean says that the club have to face up to their current League position and start to turn things around. The Glovers go into their local derby against Exeter City this afternoon lying bottom of League One, despite an improved run of form that has seen them lose just one of their last four League matches, followed by last weekend's FA Cup win over Hereford United.

The Edinburgh-born player experienced a similar challenge with Plymouth Argyle last season, and he told BBC Somerset that it was important that the team didn't try to hide behind suggestions that they didn't deserve to be where they were, and hopes to grab all three points against Exeter today:

"The league table doesn't lie. We're there (at the bottom of the table). People would say it's maybe not on merit, but at the end of the day we're there and we need to turn it around. I think if we can string a couple of results together then we can get out of it, no problem. All local derbies are good to play in, and hopefully it will be a good atmosphere and an enjoyable game. We'll be looking to take the three points and we'll be looking to put one over them, and I'm sure that if we play well then we will."

Strike partner Andy Williams made his full comeback from a two month injury lay-off last weekend as he scored in the 3-0 FA Cup victory over the Bulls, and he hopes that can be used as a launchpad for the club's league form:

"We'd like to hope so. We've got an important game and a home game against Exeter, and it's important that we try to grind something out of that. It doesn't even have to be pretty; just to start us on a run. We did that last season, when we ground out a few results at the start of our run at the start of the new year and it just went on from there. If we can start this already, and a bit sooner than we did last season, who knows what might happen?"

Williams timed his comeback goal to arrive at the point when he visited his hometown club, scoring the middle goal in the FA Cup win against a side that he has had three spells with. He added that he hoped that would help him keep his place, but was aware that the number of strikers available to manager Terry Skiverton would be greatly increased for this afternoon's match:

"For me personally, I've been out for two months, it was just nice to get back on the pitch and get 90 minutes under my belt and do the best that I can. That's what I've done, and hopefully the gaffer will get a headache for the next match when we get a few of our loan players back to play in that game as well."


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18 November 2011 : Skivo Previews The Exeter Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home League One match against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. 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 As Part Of The Build-Up To The Exeter Game.


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18 November 2011 : Grecians Lose Top Scorer For Glovers Clash
Tomorrow's opponents Exeter City look set to be without their top scorer Daniel Nardiello for their League One match at Huish Park. The former Barnsley and Blackpool striker has run into a rich vein of form lately, netting four times in their last four matches, and eight goals overall, but is expected to sit out the local derby through injury.

Grecians boss Paul Tisdale admitted he was likely to be out for the game, explaining "It's not 100 percent but it's unlikely he'll play at the moment". That's a significant blow for a side who are also without their second top scorer Guillem Bauza. The Devon side are currently the lowest scorers in League One, and once Nardiello and former Swansea City player Bauza are taken out of the equation, they have no player that has managed to hit the target more than once in the league this season.

The Grecians will also be without the experience of Leicester City midfielder Matt Oakley on Saturday, with the 34 year old on loan at St James Park. However, they will welcome back midfielder Jake Taylor is due to make his return to the starting line-up following his international duty last weekend with Wales Under-21s. The 19 year old is also on loan with the Grecians, and is a Reading academy product.

Exeter will be captained tomorrow by former Glovers loan player David Noble. The midfielder scored a 90th minute equalising goal against Walsall to keep the Grecians in the FA Cup last weekend.


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18 November 2011 : Skiverton Willing To Wait For Keeper Loan
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that a couple of his current goalkeeper targets are involved in their parent clubs first team plans this weekend. This has delayed him moving back into the loan market for a new keeper that has been necessary since West Ham United requested the recall of Marek Stetch at the start of the week. Goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart will be between the sticks for Saturday's match against Exeter City, with Skiverton looking to make a loan move next week.

Speaking to BBC Somerset he explained that he would rather wait and see what came of his current leads after the weekend, than take on a player that was immediately available, insisting that he had full confidence in his keeper coach:

"I'm not going to be rushed into bringing a goalkeeper in. We've got a couple of things up our sleeve at the moment, with a goalkeeper or goalkeepers that we have been talking to, that are going to involved with their parent clubs this weekend. So we're just waiting now for it to be freed up, and then we'll be looking maybe next week to bring somebody in. But with a goalkeeper coming in, we could have got an absolutely top class goalkeeper come in and he wouldn't have done any better than Gareth (Stewart) did on Saturday. He did an excellent job and I've got no problems with him, and he will be involved on Saturday."

The match against the Grecians on the weekend sees Yeovil take on a side that are just four points above them in the League One table, albeit with the Devon side having gone four games unbeaten, which has been good enough to climb them up to 19th. Despite the magnitude of the fixture, Skiverton adds that he sees no problem in using Stewart for the game:

"It's a vitally important game for us, but I trust Gareth Stewart and the boys do as well, for him to come in and do a fantastic job for us. So there's no problems on that front, and also when you look around the squad, and if you take Darren Purse and Paul Wotton out of it then I think Gareth is the next biggest appearance maker with a hundred and something league appearances under his belt. So it's not as if we're putting a young kid in there. I've got no problems with it."

In terms of loan signings, Yeovil Town have until close of business on Thursday 24th November to bring in any required loan signings before the emergency loan window shuts until January 1st. They can extend existing deals during December, but are not able to bring in players from the outside after Thursday. The deadline is usually 5.00p.m.

Saturday's match represents the final game of centre-back Darren Purse's one month loan at Huish Park. Skiverton has previously said that he wants to extend Purse's loan, however claims on a Plymouth Argyle fans message board suggest that the Pilgrims are trying to sort their own deal with the Londoner.


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17 November 2011 : Club Canvasses Local Residents Over Retail Development
Yeovil Town Football Club have today distributed leaflets to households living in the area around Huish Park. The two-sided colour leaflet invites local residents to the club's series of exhibition days at the end of November to discuss plans for a new Food Store to be built on Huish Park land.

The leaflet is reproduced below, and can also be downloaded in both JPG and PDF format in larger high-quality form. Whilst some of the content in the leaflet is already public through Tuesday's news item there are some additional facts that can be deduced from what has been sent out.

Firstly it would appear that the Food Store will occupy roughly a third of the land north of the Copse Road away end at Huish Park. The adjacent area looks to be marked as car parking space, although this is not stated on the drawing. If this is the case, then the Food Store will be the one and only building to be sited on the area which currently holds two training pitches.

The other important thing not previously divulged is the project timescales. During December 2011, the club and its developers plan to review feedback, plus finalise and submit its planning application to South Somerset District Council. Between January and March 2012, they plan to have ongoing discussions between District and County Council Officers to agree finer elements of the submitted plans. They then expect to receive a final determination of their planning application in April/May 2012. There is no date for construction of the Food Store, and the construction of the Copse Road Stand upon the existing open ended terrace is not mentioned in the leaflet.

Three 'screen friendly' versions of the document are shown below, including one that enlarges the overhead plan of the land involved. You'll also find super-large sized versions of the documents in JPG and PDF format at the foot, although don't attempt to open these if you're on a mobile phone - wait until you're at home!

Residents Letter - Page One
Residents Letter - Page One


Residents Letter - Page Two
Residents Letter - Page Two


Residents Letter - Page Two - Enlarged Overhead Plan
Residents Letter - Page Two - Enlarged Overhead Plan


Link: Residents Letter : Very Large Size : Page 1.

Link: Residents Letter : Very Large Size : Page 2.

Link: Residents Letter : PDF Format : Requires Acrobat Reader.


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17 November 2011 : Freeman Makes Boro Loan Switch
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Luke Freeman has signed for League One side Stevenage on a temporary basis. The Arsenal academy product has agreed terms that will keep him at Broadhall Way until January 8th, but with a view to extending that deal.

The 19 year old has been playing for Arsenal Reserves since his return to London, after his spell at Yeovil Town was curtailed by a succession of injuries. Freeman scored twice in 15 appearances for the Glovers at the start of the 2010-11 season, but dropped out of the side, and had his half-season loan deal cut short when it became clear that he was going to need time on the treatment table back at the Emirates Stadium. Freeman later said that the frequency of injuries he suffered at Huish Park held back his progress in Somerset.

Link: Luke Freeman : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 November 2011 : Date Set For FA Youth Cup Second Round
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have had a date set for their FA Youth Cup Second Round match. They will play Charlton Athletic in the next round on Wednesday 23rd November, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

The match will unfortunately not be played at The Valley, but will be played at Welling United's Park View Road ground. Admission is set as 3.00 for Adults with Concessions available at 1.00.


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17 November 2011 : WWOYTB : Food Store Exhibition
Most supporters will be aware that Yeovil Town are planning to hold a series of exhibition days, displaying their plans for land development to the north side of Huish Park. The three days chosen will see the club display plans and information associated with a food store due to be located behind the away end.

Particularly for those supporters who can't get to the exhibition, the WWOYTB collective would like your input ahead of the event. Head via the link below for full details.

Link: WWOYTB : Food Store Exhibition.


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16 November 2011 : Obika Marks Return With Goal
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Jonathan Obika marked his return to football tonight, by scoring the opening goal in a match to open Enfield Town's new stadium. In front of 969 spectators, the Queen Elizabeth Stadium was officially opened in a 2-1 win for the home side against a Tottenham Hotspur XI that also included former Glovers loan winger Andros Townsend.

Obika's goal came 50 minutes into the match, and considering it was a friendly game, owed a spot of controversy to it. The Spurs striker collided with Enfield's Mark Kirby, in an accidental collision, and in doing so lose his marker. As Kirby lay on the deck, a Cristian Ceballos pass was able to exploit the hole in the Enfield defence, and Obika fired home from 12 yards, with his shot coming off the inside of a post.

The striker is expected to be passed fit to play for the Glovers provided he suffers no ill effects from tonight's match, and he was involved in two other Spurs chances during the match - a cross that narrowly evaded his boot as he rushed in, and a free kick that was saved by the Enfield keeper. But the home side won the match during the second period, via goals from Michael Ewang and Liam Hope to make it a happy return home for the fans who had previously supported the club that once played its games at Southbury Road.

Final Score: Enfield Town 2 Tottenham Hotspur XI 1.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Miles; Fredericks, Luongo, Yeboah, Bostock; Ceballos, Stewart, Parrett, Townsend; Obika, Falque.

Substitutes: Pritchard, Granger, Day, Hawkins.

Enfield Town: Davis; Lockie, Kendall, Kirby, Siva; Wallace, Hall, Moore, Ewang, Osei; Hope.

Substitutes: Kane, Pennant, Stevens, Ailey, Hammatt, Johnston, Cato, McKay, Crowley.


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16 November 2011 : Melchi Double Steers Glovers Through
Yeovil Town secured an impressive win over Farnborough in the FA Youth Cup tonight, to secure their route into the Second Round. The Under-18s set up a tie with Charlton Athletic in a match that will be played at The Valley later this month, after they beat their Hampshire opponents 3-1 at Cherrywood Road.

The Glovers got off to a flyer - chaos from a corner resulting in Melchi Emanuel-Williamson stabbing the ball home from close range in the second minute to produce an early lead. They looked to build on that lead, and Jonny Kaye left Farnborough's goalkeeper stranded as he struck a fierce 25 yard shot that the home keeper didn't even move for.

Yeovil doubled their lead midway through the half, when Lloyd Matthews scored somewhat against the run of play, and despite the Yellows appealing in vain for a handball decision that didn't go their way. The home side certainly contributed to a competitive first half, in which three players landed in the book, and where goalkeeper Matt Cafer had to make a number of strong saves.

The second period opened in the same way as the first did - with a goal from a corner, only this time it went to the home side. Farnborough striker James Newbie grabbed a free header in the box, and suddenly the home side were back in the match. A scuffle following the goal perhaps showed how competitive the game was getting, and Yeovil would need to dig deep.

The crucial goal game though, around 65 minutes into the match when former Fulham academy striker Melchi Emanuel-Williamson burst through with a powerful run, lifting the ball over the keeper to restore Yeovil's two goal advantage, and put his side on their way towards the second round.

But there was still time for one last twist, with full-back Josh Doyle picking up two quick second half bookings, leaving Yeovil a defender short, and down to ten men. The Glovers reshuffled tactically, moving Melchi Emanuel-Williamson back into defence, and bringing on Corey King as they played out with a 4-3-2. King and Lloyd Matthews even had chances to extend the lead, as Farnborough pushed men forward, pressing well, but getting caught out on the break by the strike duo.

However, the home side couldn't breach the Yeovil defence, with keeper Matt Cafer performing well, despite aggravating a pre-match ankle injury during the match. He was still able to save everything that Farnborough threw at him, but was forced to delegate goal kicks to his team-mates as he played through the pain barrier.

Next stop is Charlton Athletic, and hopefully a chance for the Glovers to savour a match at The Valley.

Final Score: Farnborough Under-18s 1 Yeovil Town Under-18s 3.

Scorers: Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (0-1, 2 mins), Lloyd Matthews (0-2, 20 mins), James Newbie (1-2, 50 mins), Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (1-3, 65 mins)

Farnborough Under-18s:
1. Jake Somerville 2. Harry Brown 3. Jordan Chandler 4. Billy Barnes 5. Dan Kelly 6. Dan Collier 7. James Ashton 8. Callum Cobb (c) 9. Jordan Merriman 10. Jamie Newbie 11. Kevin Asare-Addai

Substitutes:
12. Ben Myers 14. Sam De St Croix 15. Elliot O'Sullivan 16. Ryan Cooper

Yeovil Town Under-18s: (4-3-3)
Matt Cafer
Josh Doyle, Mitch Brundle, Elliot Nelson, Lee Sweet
Jonny Kaye, Will Agbo, Aidan Chainey
Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Adam Cleary, Lloyd Matthews

Substitutes:
Corey King (for Adam Cleary), George Russell, Charlie Ledger, Tommy Smith, Curtis Hansford.

Yeovil Bookings: Lee Sweet. Red Card: Josh Doyle (two bookable offences).

Farnborough Bookings: Billy Barnes, Callub Cobb, Jordan Merriman


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16 November 2011 : First For Ladies As They Launch Google+ Page
Yeovil Town Ladies FC have become one of the first Women's clubs to create a club page on the Google+ social networking site. Last week Google announced that their Google+ social network was now available for organisations to set up pages to engage with their fans and customers. Hot on the heels of this news, Yeovil Town Ladies have set up their own Google+ page and appear to be one of the first, if not the first Women's club in the country to do so.

When the Glovers set up their page earlier this week a scan of Google+ to find other Women's Soccer teams, found only Sky Blue FC in USA, a curious situation given that the two clubs share an association - Yeovil being in Somerset and Sky Blue FC are based in Somerset, New Jersey.

Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman David Mills said "Our aim in creating this page was to increase the number of ways we can communicate with our fans in addition to our website, Twitter feed and Facebook page. We expected to find lots of teams on Google+ already, so to see we were one of the first female soccer teams in the world to use a Google+ page was a surprise and in fact at the moment it looks like not many UK mens football teams have gone down this road either yet. We do not have many Google+ followers at the moment, but this will change as more of our supporters and other womens teams start using Google+"

To find the female Glovers teams page one simply has to search for Yeovil Town Ladies FC on Google+ or follow the link below.

Link: Google+ Website : Yeovil Town Ladies Page.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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16 November 2011 : Team News For FA Youth Cup vs Farnborough
Yeovil Town's Under-18s play in the FA Youth Cup First Round tonight at Farnborough. Their starting line-up has been revealed and is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-3-3)
Matt Cafer
Josh Doyle, Mitch Brundle, Elliot Nelson, Lee Sweet
Jonny Kaye, Will Agbo, Aidan Chainey
Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Adam Cleary, Lloyd Matthews

Substitutes: Corey King, George Russell, Charlie Ledger, Tommy Smith, Curtis Hansford.

We'll post updates as we get them on Twitter throughout the evening.


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16 November 2011 : Cloudier Outlook Forecast For Vale's Blue Sky
League Two side Port Vale issued a statement yesterday admitting that 'contractual issues' were delaying any cash input from investors Blue Sky International. The American sports construction company are planning to take a stake in the Valiants of 24.9% as a shareholding, but the Staffordshire club have confirmed that they have yet to receive the 150,000 initial investment, despite those shares having been reported as 'purchased at the start of October.

With Vale fans raising concerns about the validity of the BSI deal, Port Vale's statement claims that "the projects announced around investment from BSI remain in place and the club continue to progress these without delay". However, local newspaper The Sentinel points out that the completion of the Robbie Williams Suite - a members executive bar named after the local singer who owns shares in the club - is currently reported as "delayed". With BSI intended to be putting in the funds to complete that project, the paper questions whether that may be the reason for the slippage.

The Sentinel draws into question whether the deal with BSI is actually signed, sealed and delivered, pointing out that a similar earlier deal with another turf company, Ameriturf, collapsed just before the Valiants launched their own plans with BSI. The paper questions:

"Does this mean the money that the club (Port Vale) claimed more than a month ago had been pumped in by the U.S. company, enabling it to buy 8.93 per cent of the club's shares, isn't in the bank yet? This leads, of course, to a far bigger question: If Vale have not yet received the 150,000 from Blue Sky then what chance have they got of actually seeing the 5m that was promised to be invested in the club by next September?"

They also question whether BSI's subsequent involvement with Yeovil Town may be causing problems, although we've heard nothing to suggest that BSI plan to take a shareholding with the Glovers. Vale fans have been promised a full report on BSI's relationship with their football club in time for the club's AGM - although even that has been postponed by two months, and will now take place in February 2012.


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16 November 2011 : Loan Keeper Search Bearing No Fruit
Yeovil Town look set to continue making use of goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart between the sticks for Saturday's home match against Exeter City. The 31 year old had not played at professional level for over three years when he made an appearance in the FA Cup First Round at Edgar Street in Saturday's 3-0 win against Hereford United.

Now the Preston-born keeper appears likely to make a second appearance this coming Saturday, with the Grecians visiting in a League One match. As yet the club have not found a replacement for West Ham United goalkeeper Marek Stech, and the club have indicated that Stewart is therefore likely to be in the starting line-up for Saturday's match.

Tonight, manager Terry Skiverton will be elsewhere, watching Enfield Town officially open their new Queen Elizabeth Stadium, as they finally return to a permanent home, years after leaving Southbury Road. Their 2,500 capacity stadium has been given a 6 million refurbishment by Enfield Council and they will play host to a Tottenham Hotspur XI tonight which will include Yeovil Town loanee Jonathan Obika in their line-up. Obika is being tested in that match to assess whether he is ready to return to full first team training with the Glovers following his knee injury. The Glovers first team squad will be boosted by one other striker at the very least though, with Steve MacLean now back in full training following his recent knee injury.


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16 November 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Exeter City have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 19th November 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire).

He's been listed as a referee at Football League level since the summer of 2006, although his West Yorkshire address means our paths have only occasionally crossed. The earliest occasion was for the January 2008 match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. In that game, he sent off Marc Bircham for two bookable offences, and although neither of Bircham's tackles were particularly bad ones, they were the sort that most referees would produce a card for. So no complaints there.

We then had him for the March 2010 local derby against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park. The Western Gazette regarded him as "a little bit lenient" during the match - two bookings a-piece for both teams, but nothing particularly out of the ordinary. We're probably at our most critical of Mr Haywood in his handling of the August 2010 home match against Leyton Orient on the opening day of the 2010-11 season. There was no one individual incident that upset us, but we regarded his overall performance as "messy" on the day.

So far this season, Mr Haywood has managed to get through 17 matches without waving a red card at anyone, and has dished out a fairly moderate total of 44 yellow cards - an average of just over 2.5 a game. Having got through last season with just 63 yellows and 2 reds across 36 matches, he's certainly one of the League's less trigger-happy officials. Let's hope it stays that way.

Mr Haywood will be assisted by Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Link: January 2008 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 3.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 1.


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16 November 2011 : FA Youth Cup First Round Preview
Yeovil Town's potential future involvement in the FA Youth Cup simplied a touch last night, with one of the Second Round ties relevant to them being played in Cambridgeshire. It was Cambridge United who triumphed, beating Crawley Town 3-1 at the Abbey Stadium, with goals from right-winger Bobby-Joe Taylor and strike pair Liam Hurst and Yacine Gnahore seeing them through to the Third Round.

Cambridge will visit one of Yeovil Town, Farnborough or Charlton Athletic, and the destiny of those first two clubs will be decided tonight, when the Glovers travel up to Hampshire to visit the Cherrywood Road ground the first team frequently visited during their Conference days. Kick-off at the Rushmoor Stadium tonight is 7.45p.m. and admission is 3.00 for adults with concessions available at 1.00. As well as representatives from Charlton, we're told that scouts from Manchester United, Liverpool and Reading will be turning up, hoping to spot some talent from the two clubs' Under-18s sides.

For anyone looking to travel to the match, the ground is situated five minutes off M3 Junction 4. Leave the motorway at Junction 4 and take the A331 signed to Farnham. After a few hundred yards exit at the second slip road signed A325 Farnborough turn right at the roundabout and cross over the dual carriageway and a small roundabout.

Pass the Farnborough Gate shopping centre on your left, and at the next roundabout turn left onto the A325. Go over a pelican crossing and at the next set of lights take the right filter into Prospect Avenue. At the end of this road turn right at the roundabout into Cherrywood Road. The ground is half a mile on the right and has its own car park. There is a large social club at the ground situated adjacent to the car park.

Address: The Rushmoor Community Stadium, Cherrywood Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8UD.

If tonight's match is not settled after 90 minutes, then the game will go to extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary.


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15 November 2011 : Interview With Gareth Stewart
Following Saturday's 3-0 away win over Hereford United, Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gareth Stewart Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Against Hereford.


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15 November 2011 : Glovers Planning Supermarket Sweep
Yeovil Town are launching plans to develop a new food store on land at Huish Park. A public exhibition at the club will allow interested parties to visit the Alec Stock Lounge at the end of this month to view a planned development to the north of the stadium - i.e. behind the away end of the ground.

The exhibition will be open on Friday 25th November between 11.00a.m. and 7.00p.m. and on Saturday 26th November between 11.00a.m. and 5.00p.m. and then again on the Sunday 27th November between 11.00a.m. and 3.00p.m. As part of this display, they will show designs and images of the plans and how they will affect that end of the Huish Park land.

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told the Yeovil Express that an architect will be present who can answer any questions supporters or other interested parties may have about the arrangements:

"The public exhibition provides everyone in the local community with the chance to learn more about the proposals for this exciting development at Huish Park. Members of the team behind the proposals, including the architect will be on hand at the exhibition to answer any questions, address any concerns and to talk through the details of the scheme.

"Yeovil Town FC is an important economic driver in the South West region and we are embarking on this project to ensure that the club has the resources and facilities on site to continue to compete in the Football League. By developing the area around the stadium we have the opportunity to bring investment to the club and the area. Feedback from the local community is key to the initial and ongoing success of this development. We look forward to meeting as many people as possible at the public exhibition as we seek to move forward with the proposals
."

We assume this is a continuation of the proposals outlined in March 2011, concerning land development fronted by Chris Dawson Superstores (CDS) whose business includes retail chain The Range. Although the expectation was that Dawson would look to build one of his own stores on the land, he indicated back in March that this was not necessarily a foregone conclusion. The specific identity of the food store company involved has yet to be revealed, and it isn't clear if Dawson is behind these latest plans or not.


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15 November 2011 : Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town
With the date for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round tie against Fleetwood Town now firmed up, ticketing arrangements are now also available. The match will take place on Friday 2nd December with a 7.30p.m. kick-off and will also be screened live on the ESPN channel.

Advance terrace tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office from Saturday and you can choose to either sit in their new Main Stand or go onto a terrace. If you want stand tickets you'll need to pay on the night of the match. Prices are as follows:

Parkside Main Stand (Seated): Adults: 15.00; Over-65s: 10.00; Under-16s: 9.00

Memorial Stand (Terrace): Adults: 12.50; Over-65s: 8.00; Under-16s: 7.00

Fleetwood's usual policy for visiting supporters is to allocate up to 300 seated tickets, but they can expand on this if required. The terrace area has roughly a 1,000 capacity, so no danger whatsoever in this one selling out before the day.

Note that usual practice for the Huish Park Ticket Office on matchdays is that they do not sell anything other than tickets for that day when there is less than an hour to go before kick-off. Hence if you're planning to purchase your ticket at the Exeter City game this coming Saturday, please make sure you visit the Ticket Office before 2.00p.m.


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15 November 2011 : Football League Launch Fans Attendance Survey
The Football League have launched a survey looking into attendance patterns across their member clubs. The League have conducted these sort of surveys before and usually produce a combined report across all of the 72 clubs which gets made public, and then produce individual reports that are distributed to club representatives privately. Some clubs then choose to make their individual reports public, and others choose not to.

The third party SportsWise who are carrying out the survey on behalf of the league state this concerning the privacy of data supplied:

"We promise that any information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence and will not in anyway be attributable to you personally. The results you provide will be grouped with others and the results will be provided to your club. Once again, the information provided will not be personally attributable to you."

The survey covers the following areas: Club and Supporters, Attending Matches, The Economy and Value, Club Image, Club Communications and Promotions and About You.

To complete the survey, click on the link below, and allow around 10 minutes of your time.

Link: Sportswise Website: Football League Match Attendance Survey.

Whilst on the topic of surveys, the WWOYTB survey is being kept open for a further period, with the interest of capturing as many supporters views as is possible. If you've not filled it in yet, please do so, as it will help them shape their campaign direction.

Link: WWOYTB : Supporters Survey No.1.


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15 November 2011 : Glovers Cup Game To Be Screened Live!
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round tie against Fleetwood Town will be shown live on ESPN. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Glovers match will be screened on Friday 2nd December with a 7.30p.m. kick-off up in Lancashire.

The screening of the match will automatically earn the club 72,000 with a further 27,000 being available to the winners of the Second Round tie. The game is one of three matches being shown across the weekend, with Bristol Rovers also giving some local interest on the Sunday for their match at AFC Totton.

All six clubs will pocket the 72K broadcast fee, whilst the 27K fee will go to the three winning clubs.

Fri 2nd December 7.30pm Fleetwood Town v Yeovil Town - ESPN
Sun 4th December 12.30pm AFC Totton v Bristol Rovers ITV1
Sun 4th December 5.00pm Sutton United v Notts County - ESPN

The match will be the first time Yeovil Town have featured on the TV since the April 2010 League One home match against Leeds United. The match will take place almost eleven years after the Glovers created a cup shock in Blackpool - their 1-0 win over the Tangerines on December 10th 2000 sent them through into the Third Round and was also broadcast live on TV.


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15 November 2011 : Glovers Qualify From Youth Alliance Cup Groups
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have qualified through to the next stages of the Football League Youth Alliance Cup. As part of a six team group, the Glovers finished third overall, and that was good enough to ensure progress into the final sixteen of the competition. They head into the second round with Exeter City finishing as group winners, whilst Bristol Rovers landed the runners up slot.

The list of teams that will compete in the knockout phase of the competition are as follows:

Group One: Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town, AFC Bournemouth
Group Two: Exeter City, Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town
Group Three: Millwall, Crawley Town, AFC Wimbledon
Group Four: Luton Town, Peterborough United, Wycombe Wanderers, Stevenage
Group Five: Leyton Orient, Queens Park Rangers, Colchester United

Stevenage's qualification was secured as the fourth placed team with the best record compared to the other groups.

Remaining rounds of the competition will be played as single tie knockout matches, with the draw not seeded in any shape or form. The next round of the League Cup is scheduled to be played on Saturday 3rd December.


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14 November 2011 : Conor Capped In Sligo Win
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Conor Clifford was part of a winning team tonight, as he played the majority of the Republic of Ireland Under-21s match tonight. In a line-up that also included former Glovers loan player Rob Kiernan, who is now on Wigan Athletic's books, Clifford played around 86 minutes of the game, by which time the Irish were two goals to the good.

A Robbie Brady penalty on 13 minutes was added to eight minutes before the break at the Sligo Showground, as Aidan White converted from an impressive Brady run. In the closing stages Clifford was replaced by local lad Aaron Greene - as far as we can tell from reports this was just a routine subsitution. A half time tweet from Irish website Extratime News stated that "Conor Clifford and Robbie Brady are running the show. Serious physical advantage to Ireland."

The result means the Republic of Ireland Under-21s stay in third place in their group, but keep the pressure on second placed Turkey, whom they have games in hand on.

Final Score: Republic of Ireland U21s 2 Liechtenstein U21s 0.

Republic of Ireland: Ian McLoughlin; Mark Connolly, Rob Kiernan, Shane Duffy, Greg Cunningham; Richie Towell, Conor Clifford (sub Aaron Greene, 86 mins), Aidan White; Adam Barton, James Collins (sub Karl Sheppard, 71 mins), Robbie Brady.


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14 November 2011 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Fixture Clarification
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in FA Youth Cup action at Farnborough this coming Wednesday night, but following that they resume their Football League Youth Alliance campaign. Their match on Saturday 19th November is against Cheltenham Town and this will be an away match. Early versions of the Youth Alliance league fixture list had this one down as a home game, but the Football League have indicated that the Glovers will be playing in Gloucestershire this weekend.

The corresponding home league game against Cheltenham Town will take place on Saturday 25th February 2012.

Cheltenham Town usually play their home matches at Seasons Training Complex, which is situated in Quat Goose Lane - we'll assume this is the chosen venue unless we hear differently. You may find the locals refer to as the Eagle Star Sports and Social Club, which is its former name

Address: Seasons Training Complex, Quat Goose Lane, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9RX

It is situated on the north side of Cheltenham in a village/suburb called Swindon - for obvious reasons referred to as 'Swindon Village'. Head out of Cheltenham northbound, initially following signs for Cheltenham Racecourse on the A435 (Evesham Road). At the last roundabout before you reach the racecourse (at the junction with New Barn Lane - B4075) turn left into Swindon Lane. At the end of Swindon Lane, turn right into Wyman's Lane. Take the first left into Church Road, then the first right into Quat Goose Lane.

Link: Multimap Website : Seasons Training Complex.


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14 November 2011 : ESPN Choose Second FA Cup Replay Game
Further to our earlier news, satellite and cable TV company ESPN have chosen a second live game for the FA Cup First Round replays. Their second game will see them take the cameras to Southern Premier League side Stourbridge, who drew 3-3 with League Two strugglers Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

That match will take place on Tuesday 22nd November, with a 7.15p.m. kick-off. The Bath City vs Dagenham and Redbridge replay will take place on the following day and also with a 7.15p.m. kick-off, rather than the traditional time 30 minutes later.

All four clubs have been confirmed by the FA as receiving broadcast fees of 33,750 each.

Whilst we're at it, here's a rundown of forthcoming live football matches involving Football League sides or competitions, with matches involving League One clubs highlighted in bold.

19/11/2011 : Burnley vs Leeds United (BBC Sport, 12.45p.m.)
20/11/2011 : Millwall vs Bristol City (Sky Sports, 1.15p.m.)
22/11/2011 : Stourbridge vs Plymouth Argyle (ESPN, 7.15p.m. - FA Cup First Round Replay)
23/11/2011 : Bath City vs Dagenham and Redbridge (ESPN, 7.15p.m. - FA Cup First Round Replay)
26/11/2011 : West Ham United vs Derby County (Sky Sports, 5.20p.m.)
28/11/2011 : Charlton Athletic vs Huddersfield Town (Sky Sports, 7.45p.m.)
29/11/2011 : Arsenal vs Manchester City (Sky Sports, 8.00p.m. - Carling Cup)
30/11/2011 : Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (Sky Sports, 7.45p.m. - Carling Cup)

02/12/2011 : Crystal Palace vs Derby County (Sky Sports, 7.45p.m.)
03/12/2011 : Bristol City vs Middlesbrough (Sky Sports, 5.20p.m.)
10/12/2011 : Southampton vs Blackpool (Sky Sports, 12.45p.m.)
10/12/2011 : Barnsley vs Ipswich Town (Sky Sports, 5.20p.m.)
17/12/2011 : Milton Keynes Dons vs Preston North End (Sky Sports, 5.20p.m.)
18/12/2011 : Portsmouth vs Southampton (BBC Sport, 1.00p.m.)
19/12/2011 : Crystal Palace vs Birmingham City (Sky Sports, 7.45p.m.)
26/12/2011 : AFC Wimbledon vs Oxford United (Sky Sports, 12.15p.m.)
26/12/2011 : Birmingham City vs West Ham United (Sky Sports, 5.30p.m.)
27/12/2011 : Sheffield United vs Notts County (Sky Sports, 2.15p.m.)
31/12/2011 : Leicester City vs Portsmouth (Sky Sports, 12.15p.m.)

06/01/2012 : Wycombe Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town (Sky Sports, 7.45p.m.)
14/01/2012 : Watford vs Reading (Sky Sports, 5.20p.m.)
21/01/2012 : Huddersfield Town vs Brentford (Sky Sports, 5.20p.m.)
23/01/2012 : Southampton vs Leicester City (Sky Sports, 7.45p.m.)

05/02/2012 : Derby County vs Nottingham Forest (BBC Sport, 12.15p.m.)


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14 November 2011 : Glovers And Spireites Fined For Fracas
Both Yeovil Town and Chesterfield have been hit by fines by the Football Association. Both were charged with failing to control their players in the recent 2-2 draw at the B2Net Stadium. The charge related to a 90th minute melee sparked by Chesterfield's Mark Allott man-handling Yeovil's Ed Upson.

Both clubs have been fined 2,500, with each side admitting the charge upon their submissions to the FA.

Last week, manager Terry Skiverton spoke about what had caused the incident to the Western Gazette. He didn't reveal which way the club had responded to the charge, but indicated that he would not be happy if it led to the club receiving a large fine:

"The players at the time felt the boy (Mark Allott) fouled Ed Upson, then he stood over the top of him and as he has gestured with his head Bondz N'Gala has thought that he has spat at him, so that is why Bondz has come over. We later found out that he had not spat at him but there was another player that came over and kicked Ed in the back. I do not think Bondz has raised his hands to anyone but we will have to see what comes back. We have given our reply to the FA on the charge, but we will be very aggrieved if it does come back and we are fined a lot of money."


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14 November 2011 : Romans Get TV Cup Replay Broadcast
Satellite and Cable channel ESPN have chosen their live match for the FA Cup First Round Replays. They have opted to screen Conference National side Bath City's home game against League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge as their broadcasted match. That will be played on Wednesday 23rd November. ESPN appear to have dictated a slightly earlier start to proceedings - this game will have a 7.15p.m. kick-off.

Generally ITV have not always taken up their option of broadcasting a replay at this stage of the competition.

A broadcast fee has yet to be revealed, but in previous seasons it has been half the value of the original tie fees, and so would give a sum of 33,750 per club.

The two television companies revealed their live matches for the First Round two days after the draw was made, so expect those ties to be chosen within the next 24-48 hours or so.


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14 November 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Banana Skin Avoided But Another Awaits
Fresh back from Saturday's 3-0 away win at Hereford United, we're now able to look at things sunny side up. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, a more informal look at how the day went is provided by Badger, who steals the controls again for the day.

If you were at the game, or have further thoughts on proceedings, feel free to provide them at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Hereford 0 Yeovil 3: Banana Skin Avoided But Another Awaits.


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14 November 2011 : Hammer Blow As Stech Leaves Yeovil Town
Czech Republic goalkeeper Marek Stech has left Yeovil Town at the end of his one month loan with the Glovers. Stech has been recalled by his parent club West Ham United, who recently suffered their own problems with a loan goalkeeper, with Manuel Almunia being recalled by Arsenal.

They recently have got first choice goalkeeper Rob Green back from a knee injury. However, whispers from the Hammers end suggested that they wanted to recall Stech to act as cover for Green, given the concern over his match fitness.

Stech made five appearances for the Glovers, putting in some superb performances along the way, and so will be difficult to replace. With Jed Steer and Gareth Stewart having also performed between the sticks this season, Yeovil Town will be left searching for their fourth goalkeeper of the 2011-12 season.


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14 November 2011 : Cobblers! Gary Leaves Sixfields
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has left League Two side Northampton Town. The Cobblers were dumped out of the FA Cup on Saturday by Conference National side Luton Town by a 1-0 scoreline as one of the 'shocks' of the First Round, and that appears to be the straw that broke the camel's back.

Johnson has left by 'mutual consent' pretty much meaning that he's been given a pay-off as part of a severance deal with the Cobblers. Chairman David Cardoza told their club's website that he still respected Johnson's abilities as a manager:

"Gary has been a successful manager in the past and I am sure he will be again in the future. Unfortunately, things just haven't worked out for Gary here, and there comes a point when you have to accept that fact, take stock and make a decision and following a discussion between Gary and I over the weekend, it was decided that we part company. We wish Gary all the very best for the future."

Aside from the FA Cup defeat, which probably wasn't helped by the Cobblers and Hatters being long-time local rivals, Northampton's current league form probably won't have helped his case. He leaves them in 20th position in the League Two table, and three points above the relegation line. Gary had been in charge at Sixfields for just eight months.


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14 November 2011 : Grecians Fans Plan Walk To Huish Park
Ahead of Saturday's League One match against Exeter City, a group of Grecians fans will be attempting to walk to the game, rather than take the usual forms of transport. Around 15 away supporters will be setting off from St James Park, and making a trip of around 46 miles from Devon to Huish Park in support of the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

The fans group will set off on their journey at 4.30p.m. on the Friday, and walk overnight, aiming to reach their destination before the 3.00p.m. kick-off against Yeovil Town. They estimate it will take them around 16 hours to make the journey, so thankfully have a few hours contingency, but not too many. If you want to sponsor them, and in particular if you can't make the morning's supporters' fixture between the two clubs for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup, you can do so via the link below.

Link: Virgin Money Giving Website: AS9 Walk To Yeovil Page.

Link: Stanno Memorial Trophy Up For Grabs Again.


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13 November 2011 : Cod Army Chief Targets Big Crowd For Glovers Visit
Fleetwood Town Chairman and owner Andy Pilley says that he is 'delighted' with the prospect of getting home advantage against another League One club in the FA Cup. The Lancashire side were drawn at home against the Glovers earlier today, in the Second Round of the competition, and having knocked out 23rd placed Wycombe Wanderers at their Highbury ground, they believe they stand a good chance against the team immediately below them.

Pilley told his club's site that the game was a 'perfect tie' and said that the ground's facilities would have no problems with staging the tie against the Glovers on the day:

"Im absolutely delighted with the draw. We wanted a home tie first and foremost and thats what the draw gave us. We have superb facilities at Highbury and we can accommodate what will be a big crowd. Well give the game our best shot after beating Wycombe Wanderers yesterday and we will fancy our chances against Yeovil. Yeovil will be given all the respect they deserve but its a perfect tie for us."

Fleetwood's best crowd of the 2011-12 season has been 2,111 in the Conference National division, and are currently averaging 1,567 in the league overall. However, for the visit of Wycombe, they pulled in 2,711 spectators. Pilley is hoping that they can attract even greater numbers than that for the next round:

"There will be thousands of Fleetwood supporters at Highbury and Im pleased they dont have to travel to Yeovil to watch the game. Yeovil is an awful long way but Im sure our supporters would have made the journey. Im confident well have over 3,000 supporters watching against Yeovil."

Yesterday's first round winners banked 18,500 from The FA Cup prize fund. A further 27,000 is up for grabs for all of the Second Round winners.


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13 November 2011 : Stanno Memorial Trophy Up For Grabs Again
Next weekend, Yeovil Town play host to Exeter City in a League One fixture. That means that it's time for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy to come up for grabs once again, as the Grecians supporters attempt to get their hands on the silverware for once. With the Glovers fans having won both of the previous encounters the visitors from Devon will be hoping that it's third time lucky. Their side will be featuring Adam's brother Paul Stansfield in their line-up, who you may recall ran to the last meeting between the two sides.

The match will take place on one of the two top pitches at Huish Park, situated behind the away end, and kick-off will be 10.30a.m. There will no doubt be a few fundraising activities associated with the game, so make sure you bring some loose change with you. All are welcome to come and watch what is now becoming a regular fixture on the calendar for both sides supporters.

Link: Flickr Website : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Fans Match : March 2011.

Link: Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy Match Report : March 2011.

Link: Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy Match Report : September 2010.


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13 November 2011 : GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United
In just under two weeks time, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Hartlepool United to travel to. The match against the Durham club takes place on Saturday 26th November 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and will be our fourth trip to Victoria Park inside 12 months, if you include the FA Cup postponement. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 5.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be 32.00 with concessions available at 30.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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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13 November 2011 : All About Fleetwood Town
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round away draw will see the Glovers set on a new journey in early December. Their opponents will be Conference National side Fleetwood Town, who currently lie in second place in their division, level on points with leaders Wrexham. Their current record is W12 D4 L3, with 39 goals scored and 25 conceded in their 19 league matches so far, and so stand a healthy chance of playing in the Football League next season.

To quote Wikipedia, "Fleetwood is a town within the Wyre district of Lancashire, England, lying at the northwest corner of the Fylde. It had a population of 26,840 people at the 2001 Census. It forms part of the Greater Blackpool conurbation." It's situated around 10 miles north of the centre of Blackpool, and is 252 miles from Yeovil, representing one of the longest journeys the Glovers could have got in the Second Round draw.

The current Fleetwood Town club was formed in 1997, although two previous incarnations of football have existed in Fleetwood between 1908 and 1976 and 1977 and and 1996. They have been known as Fleetwood, Fleetwood Wanderers and Fleetwood Freeport over the years, but their current name was adopted as late as 2002.

Their sudden charge up the leagues commenced in 2005, when they won the North West Counties Football League, followed by promotion from the Northern Premier League First Division a year later. The year 2008 saw them crowned as Northern Premier League Premier Division champions, followed by promotion from the Conference North division at the end of the 2009-10 season. They almost achieved a double promotion from the Conference National division, finishing 5th, but they lost heavily to eventual play-off winners AFC Wimbledon in the semi-finals and so have had to spend a second season at this level, as they aim to complete an incredible rise into the Football League.

Fleetwood's rapid rise has been significantly helped by some serious bankrolling along the way. They are owned by local man Andy Pilley, whose energy supply firm Business Energy Solutions is one of the areas biggest employers. He has also helped finance new stadium development at their Highbury Stadium, with a 4.5 million new Parkside Stand being opened in April 2011 at around a capacity of 2,000 including a number of executive boxes and giving the club new offices. That has given the club an overall capacity of around 5,500 and the club are confident they now have the facilities to enter the Football League - something they may well do sooner rather than later.

The two clubs do have one significant connection between them - midfielder Anthony Barry has played for both clubs, and signed for the Trawlermen in January 2010, having had spells with Chester City and an ultra-brief time with Wrexham before switching up the North-West coast. However, he will not feature in the tie, after suffering a repeat of the injury that he suffered during his time with the Glovers - he is expected not to return to action until the turn of the year after suffering a knee dislocation at the tail end of August. Speaking at the time, he explained:

"It was a hefty challenge which dislocated my knee and chipped off some cartilage. Im expecting to be out for four to five months. After getting over a pre-season injury and making the first match at Grimsby, I couldnt have asked for a worse start but its part and parcel of life as a footballer. Its an injury that Ive had in the past and it was more serious then. I thought Id put it behind me but sadly not."

Fleetwood showed their own credentials on Saturday by dumping out League One side Wycombe Wanderers in the shock of the round, and did so despite playing half the game with ten men. They lost Richard Brodie due to an elbowing incident, but still managed to win the game though goals from Andy Mangan and Jamie Vardy to set themselves up with their first ever match against Yeovil Town. Despite being two divisions below the Glovers, their win over Wycombe suggests that they will be tougher opposition than Hereford United, and manager Terry Skiverton will need to be very wary of that.

NB: Whilst we won't know until the next day or two, we'd recommend that Glovers fans do not go making travel plans just yet. Given Fleetwood's giant-killing yesterday, and the league positions of both clubs, we'd guess that the tie would be one of the possible candidates for ITV and ESPN to toy with for a live broadcast. Hence don't assume a Saturday 3.00p.m. kick-off until the live matches have been chosen by the TV channels and the FA. Provisional date for the tie would be Saturday 3rd December.


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13 November 2011 : FA Cup Full Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the Second Round of the FA Cup. They will play Fleetwood Town in Lancashire on the weekend of December 3rd/4th 2011. The non-league side knocked out Wycombe Wanderers yesterday, and are backed by significant financial investment, and so will be deceptively tough opposition.

The draw was broadcast live on the ITV1 channel, with former Colchester United cup hero Ray Crawford and Leeds United legend Norman Hunter pulling out the balls. They produced the following draw:

Salisbury City vs Port Vale or Grimsby Town
Plymouth Argyle or Stourbridge vs Stevenage
Sheffield United vs Torquay United
Colchester United vs Swindon Town
Chelmsford City vs Macclesfield Town
Leyton Orient vs AFC Bournemouth or Gillingham
Crawley Town vs Redbridge or Oxford City
Luton Town vs Cheltenham Town
Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town
Brentford vs Cambridge United or Wrexham
Bradford City vs AFC Wimbledon or Scunthorpe United
Shrewsbury Town vs Rotherham United
Dagenham and Redbridge or Bath City vs Exeter City or Walsall
Barnet vs MK Dons
Gateshead vs Hinckley United or Tamworth
Morecambe or Sheffield Wednesday vs Maidenhead United or Aldershot Town
Sutton United vs Notts County
Preston North End or Southend United vs Oldham Athletic
AFC Totton vs Bristol Rovers
Charlton Athletic vs Carlisle United

All ties are due to be played on or around the weekend of December 3rd 2011.


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13 November 2011 : FA Cup Second Round Draw : Glovers Given Another Away Tie!
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the Second Round of the FA Cup. Their opponents will be Fleetwood Town in a match that will be played over the weekend of December 3rd/4th 2011.

The full FA Cup Second Round draw will follow shortly.


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13 November 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hereford Cup Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 away win over Hereford United, Yeovil Town manager spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hereford Cup Game.


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13 November 2011 : FA Cup TV Schedule
For those who were a bit miffed that ITV failed to run an FA Cup highlights show last night, expect a chance to see Yeovil Town's goals on TV today. ITV's coverage of their live match between FC Halifax Town and Charlton Athletic kicks off at 11.05a.m. As that match at The Shay kicks off at 12.30p.m. that gives them 85 minutes before kick-off where we'd be surprised if they didn't run through yesterday's goals.

ITV's coverage runs until 3.00p.m. and after the Halifax vs Charlton game ends the FA Cup Second Round draw will take place around 2.40p.m. where Yeovil Town are Ball No.1, making it very easy to remember when the balls are read out.

Then if you've got the ESPN channel, flip over at this point as their live coverage overlaps with ITV's by half an hour. They are giving you Morecambe vs Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 3.15p.m.) and doubtless their early start is to cover the draw as well.

Lastly, at 10.45p.m. tonight, ITV finally give you the highlights package they should have had last night, with an hour's worth of goals from the weekend.

P.S. If you're out watching Yeovil Town Ladies play their FA Cup match against Shanklin Ladies (kick-off 1.00p.m. at Raleigh Grove) or maybe elsewhere, make sure you're following us on Twitter as we'll notify you of the draw as soon as it comes out.


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12 November 2011 : Skiverton Pleased With Glovers Sharp Shooters
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton heralded his players sharp-shooting today as they knocked Hereford United out of the FA Cup. The match at Edgar Street was sealed through quality strikes from Ed Upson, Andy Williams and Dominic Blizzard, with all three goals coming from the edge of the box in a 3-0 away win.

Skiverton said after the game that he felt that the end result was as a result of concentrating training, as he celebrated only his second FA Cup victory since becoming first team manager at Huish Park:

"We've been working very hard in training on our finishing and we are now getting opportunity to score goals. We have got players who can hit the ball from over 25 yards - Paul Wotton had a couple of shots before Ed Upson got his goal."

Skiverton added that he was glad to get over that hurdle at the first attempt, and paid tribute to the job that his former team-mate Jamie Pitman was doing at Hereford since he became their manager:

"It's really pleasing because Hereford is a tough place to come and I have feeling for Jamie Pitman because he has done a fantastic job here. Hereford are in a lot better position in their League than we are in ours and I take my hat off to him because he (Pitman) has done a fantastic job."


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12 November 2011 : FA Cup Second Round Revised Ball Numbers
With Yeovil Town now safely in the Second Round draw for the FA Cup, attention now turns to the teams that they could possibly get in tomorrow's draw. Having won 3-0 against Hereford United at Edgar Street, Yeovil Town will be No.1 of a total of 40 balls which will be drawn out live on ITV1.

The show for the draw starts at 2.40p.m., and former Colchester United cup hero Ray Crawford will be drawing one set of balls, whilst Leeds United legend Norman Hunter will be biting his ankles as he draws the other set of balls. Both players faced each other in 1971 when the Essex side knocked out Leeds in the Fifth Round.

Ball numbers, following today's matches, are as follows:

1. Yeovil Town 2. Crawley Town 3. Luton Town 4. Cambridge United or Wrexham 5. Morecambe or Sheffield Wednesday 6. Swindon Town 7. Redbridge or Oxford City 8. Bristol Rovers 9 Oldham Athletic 10. Preston North End or Southend United 11. Dagenham and Redbridge or Bath City 12. Stevenage 13. Gateshead 14. Carlisle United 15. Torquay United 16. Colchester United 17. Cheltenham Town 18. Chelmsford City 19. Hinckley United or Tamworth 20. Exeter City or Walsall 21. Bradford City. 22. Notts County 23. Port Vale or Grimsby Town 24. Sheffield United 25. FC Halifax Town vs Charlton Athletic 26. Sutton United 27. AFC Bournemouth or Gillingham 28. Milton Keynes Dons 29. AFC Totton 30. Shrewsbury Town 31. Leyton Orient 32. Macclesfield Town 33. AFC Wimbledon or Scunthorpe United 34. Salisbury City 35. Brentford 36. Maidenhead United or Aldershot Town 37. Fleetwood Town 38. Rotherham United 39. Barnet 40. Plymouth Argyle or Stourbridge.


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12 November 2011 : Hereford 0 Yeovil 3 : Triple Long Range Strikes Knock Bulls Out
Yeovil Town gained a relatively comfortable passage through to the Second Round of the FA Cup this afternoon, as they knocked out old rivals Hereford United. The 3-0 scoreline was gained thanks to three long range strikes, with Ed Upson, Andy Williams and Dominic Blizzard's goals all worth catching when the highlights packages become available.

The Glovers went into the match having to make five changes to their team thanks to a mix of international call-ups, blocks by parent club, and the odd injury. Nathan Jones dropped out because of his knee injury, whilst Marek Stech and Conor Clifford were away on international duty. Gavin Massey and Darren Purse were prevented from playing by their parent clubs. In their place came Luke Ayling, Gareth Stewart, Oli Johnson, Andy Williams and Paul Huntington on like-for-like swaps as Yeovil continued with their diamond formation for the third successive match.

Overall the game was a scrappy one at times, being played on a soft looking spongy pitch that wasn't likely to induce good football. The Glovers tended to play it long, sending the ball up the channels for Kieran Agard to run onto. The former Everton striker produced an early attempt that went just over the bar. At the other end, good defensive blocks stopped Nathan Elder getting near Gareth Stewart in the Yeovil goal, whilst another Elder chance went wide of the target.

With 25 minutes gone, Yeovil grabbed a valuable opening goal, when Ed Upson got two bites of the the cherry on a long range shot. His first attempt was blocked, but when the loose ball came back to him, he drove the ball home into the bottom corner to give a crucial 1-0 lead. Crucial because it seemed to kill the play for the remainder of the first half, with the Bulls struggling to get past a compact Yeovil diamond midfield, and the pressure on the Glovers to get goals diminished a touch by Upson's opener.

The Bulls clearly weren't too happy at their first half performance, making a double substitution at the break in an attempt to get back into the match. A Nathan Elder flicked header almost caught out Gareth Stewart, who had to back peddle to stop the ball going over his line, jamming on the brakes just in time as he caught the ball.

With their first attack of the second period, the Glovers extended their lead, thanks to Hereford old boy Andy Williams. Born in Hereford, schooled in Hereford and with three spells with the Bulls behind him, perhaps booing him was somewhat harsh on the local lad. But he exacted revenge by weaving his way in from the right flank, planting a beautifully curled shot into the far top corner to double Yeovil's lead, and put the Glovers on the edge of going through.

That victory was confirmed 18 minutes from time, when Dominic Blizzard was given room in the same area of the park as Williams had got 15 minutes earlier. His strike was a little straighter than his team-mate's but the end result was the same, and at 3-0 there wasn't going to be any way back for the Bulls. In between the second and the third, Hereford substitute Delroy Facey forced Gareth Stewart into his one real big save of the afternoon, as the stand-in keeper dived low to his left, but in reality the League Two side didn't test the Glovers goalkeeping coach enough on the day to threaten to get back into the game.

A worthy win for the three excellent strikes, even if perhaps the final 3-0 scoreline didn't quite describe the balance of play, with the Glovers having few other attempts on goal apart from those long-rangers. The latter part of the second half was a rare chance to relax, knowing that Yeovil were in the Second Round draw, and they will be praying to come out of the hat first for once.

Final Score: Hereford United 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Ed Upson (25 mins, 0-1), Andy Williams (57 mins, 0-2), Dominic Blizzard (72 mins, 0-3)

Yeovil Town:
24. Gareth Stewart
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
16. Oli Johnson
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
41. Matthew Cafer (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 15. Kerrea Gilbert 22. Flavien Belson 23. Billy Gibson (90 mins for Oli Johnson) 40. Rhys Baggridge

Hereford United:
28. David Cornell 6. Robert Purdie 2. Ryan Green 5. Michael Townsend 3. Joe Heath 14. James McQuilkin 8. Nicky Featherstone 4. Harry Pell 18. Simon Clist 27. Samuel Clucas 25. Nathan Elder

Substitutes:
9. Yoann Arquin (46 mins for James McQuilkin) 10. Delroy Facey (46 mins for Samuel Clucas) 11. Kenny Lunt 16. Daniel Williams 20. Benoit Dalibard 26. Richard Peniket 34. Will Evans (81 mins for Nicky Featherstone)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (foul, 47 mins), Bondz N'Gala (unsporting behaviour, 66 mins)

Hereford Bookings: Simon Clist (foul, 61 mins)

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Assistants: Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Neil Radford (Worcester). Fourth Official: Marc Perry (West Midlands).

Attendance: 2,469 (including 348 Yeovil fans)


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12 November 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Hereford vs Yeovil
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 3-0 win against Hereford United at Edgar Street, 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 Hereford United vs Yeovil Town.


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12 November 2011 : Huddersfield Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match was the final game of October, with Huddersfield Town the opponents. The end 0-1 result was a touch harsh on the Glovers performance, with a late goal condemning them to defeat, allowing the Terriers to extend their unbeaten league run to 41 matches.

Unlike the Tuesday night Orient game, the Man of the Match voting saw a runaway winner, with one player head and shoulders above the rest. Goalkeeper Marek Stech and midfielder Ed Upson clocked up a number of votes, but central defender Darren Purse collected the majority of the votes, leaving him a comfortable outright winner.

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

1 Darren Purse 314 (25)
2 Ed Upson 98 (5)
3 Marek těch 80 (4)
4 Luke Ayling 48 (2)
5 Nathan Jones 46 (1)
6 Bondz N'Gala 38 (1)
7 Dominic Blizzard 30 (1)
8 Oli Johnson 24 (1)
9 Gavin Massey 20 (0)
10 Kieran Agard 8 (0)
11 Paul Wotton 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.60

Performance: 7.70
Entertainment: 7.50

VOTES RECEIVED: 40


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12 November 2011 : Leyton Orient Home Man Of The Match Result
During the final week in October, Yeovil Town took on Leyton Orient in a midweek League One fixture. The match ended up in a 2-2 draw with the Glovers dominating the first half. The Londoners pegged Yeovil back during the final half hour and grabbed a late penalty for the draw.

Man of the Match voting was an extremely tight affair with four players going neck-and-neck. Midfielder Ed Upson, left-back Nathan Jones and midfielder Darren Purse were all impressive on the night. But the winner of the poll by a tiny margin was striker Kieran Agard, who scored the opening Glovers goal.

Results are as follows, with outright Man of the Match votes in brackets:

1 Kieran Agard 136 (9)
2 Darren Purse 130 (7)
3 Nathan Jones 128 (9)
4 Ed Upson 118 (9)
5 Bondz N'Gala 42 (0)
6 Gavin Massey 36 (1)
7 Marek těch 32 (2)
8 Oli Johnson 30 (2)
9 Max Ehmer 26 (0)
10 Dominic Blizzard 22 (1)
11 Paul Wotton 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.20

Performance: 7.22
Entertainment: 7.17

VOTES RECEIVED: 40


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12 November 2011 : Purse Cup Appearance Could Hinge On Future At Lions
A clue as to the chances of Millwall centre-back Darren Purse's extending his stay at Huish Park could lie in his ability to play at Edgar Street today. Purse is the one main loan player who Glovers fans have been kept in the dark on, regarding his availability for today's game against Hereford United, with the big question being whether his parent club Millwall feel they would want him on FA Cup Third Round day in January, when they enter the competition.

Purse told this week's Western Gazette that the decision-making between the three parties could lie in what his long term future is at the New Den. The 34 year old told the paper that he was anxious himself not to become cup-tied in case it resulted in him having to be dropped from a Lions side in January if he had subsequently forced his way back into their team, meaning that the decision of whether to include him in today's line-up at Edgar Street was in his interests as much as the two interested clubs. If the various parties could not consider a loan extension, then clearly any provision to play in the FA Cup would be a non-starter:

"I am not sure and it is something that the manager and Kenny Jackett will have to sort out. If I have got any intention of going back to Millwall and playing which I have it will not happen. If I go back to Millwall, start playing and then get dropped for an FA Cup game because I played here, there is all that to think about. I am sure it will be discussed by both managers and we will know by the end of the week."

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Purse said that his long term goal was to still play for the Championship side, but explained that the 24 hour call-back clause on a second month's loan would allow matters to become a lot more flexible:

"My intention is to go back to Millwall and play some games. But obviously once the first month is over, then there's obviously the opportunity of keeping the loan going, then they can call me back at any time after the first month. I just want to carry on playing games. I'm enjoying it here at Yeovil."

Skiverton told this week's Gazette that he was in no doubt that he wanted to see Purse stay at the club, despite vice-captain Paul Huntington about to return from a broken finger. However, he said that he was none the wiser as to whether he would be with the Glovers beyond next weekend's Exeter City home match:

"I would definitely like to keep him but I am no clearer on about whether he can play or stay yet. He got knocked out on Saturday and still did a fantastic job when it was easy for a player to come off. I am pleased with everything he has done and his influence in the dressing room as well as on the pitch. With him and Paul Wotton in the team it really does give us that voice from the back and middle going forward."

Purse's club boss Kenny Jackett is tight-lipped in terms of whether he would allow Purse to extend his current deal, but like Purse pointed out that the 24 hour recall option would be an advantage for him:

"We will see. At the moment Paul Robinson and Darren Ward have been quite hard to shift, but it is a benefit to the club because a week on Saturday will be Darrens last game at Yeovil and if he stays there after that we have a 24 hour recall option. That is a good thing as he is out getting first team football and if we need to bring him back then we can. Im not sure yet whether we are going to extend his loan or not."

Those who saw Purse's last match at Chesterfield would wonder how he managed to complete 90 minutes. Knocked out cold in his own penalty area, after a quick trip into the dressing room, he trotted out onto the pitch, surprising the travelling Glovers fans who saw a substitution as inevitable given the seriousness of the injury. Not too surprisingly, Purse told the BBC he doesn't remember too much about it:

"I thought I'd run into (goalkeeper) Marek (Stech), but apparently he said it wasn't him, so it must have been the other (Chesterfield) lad that I was running in with. I just got a whack on the head and that's all I can remember, and I came round whilst Phil (Cole) the physio was holding my neck and I just remember him saying 'Hold his neck still'. It wasn't my neck - I just felt a bit rough; that was all. Apparently I was out cold. I don't remember too much about it and I don't know how long I was out for, but I think I was out for a little while."

Since Purse joined the club, the Glovers have only lost once in four matches, giving them a resilience they did not have in the games preceding his arrival. He added that he felt that this pointed to a turnaround in the club's fortunes, despite the lack of a win:

"When you look at it on paper, we've had three draws and a loss in our last four games, and the loss was against Huddersfield where we played really well. So we've just got to keep believing that it will change, and in the way that we're working for each other. If we carry on doing that, we know that it will."


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12 November 2011 : Stevenage Away Man Of The Match Result
During the penultimate weekend in October, Yeovil Town made their first trip to Broadhall Way since their Conference days, to take on Stevenage. The end result was a 0-0 draw that became increasingly rearguard as the match went on, with the Glovers failing to have a single shot on target during the match.

Prior to the match, the Glovers brought a new loan signing, with Darren Purse arriving from Millwall. His commanding performance at the back got him noticed by many of you present, and he finished runner-up in the Man of the Match voting. However, the outright winner for the second time in his second appearance was goalkeeper Marek Stech, who finished ahead by a comfortable margin.

Full results are as shown below:

1 Marek těch 140 (12)
2 Darren Purse 92 (3)
3 Bondz N'Gala 16 (1)
4 Luke Ayling 14 (0)
5 Gavin Massey 12 (0)
6 Ed Upson 8 (0)
7 Max Ehmer 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.06

Performance: 4.13
Entertainment: 4.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 16


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11 November 2011 : Skivo Previews The Hereford Cup Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday's FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Skivo's thoughts in the days leading up to the match are transcribed via the link below.

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


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11 November 2011 : Welcome Back To The Women's FA Cup!
The Female Glovers will be looking to start another epic cup run as they take on Isle of Wight's Shanklin Town in the FA Women's Cup at Sherborne on Sunday. Memories are still burning strong of the superb run in the competition two seasons ago, where great victories over Saltash United, Forest Green Rovers and Newquay saw the girls thrust into the third round.

The squad then travelled up to East Anglia where they overturned Norwich City following a superb 3-1 victory, before taking on the might of National Premier League Nottingham Forest in round four. Yeovil lost out 1-0 that day, but impressed a big crowd at Somerton with fine performance. Like the mens club, Yeovil Town Ladies have a fine tradition in FA Cup, and will be looking to enhance this on Sunday against Shanklin with a win to take them through to the first round proper in the competition.

"I could say that Sunday will be just another cup match for us, one of a few that we have had in recent weeks," joint manager Nigel Williams said this morning. "But this is the FA Cup, so it is a bit special.

"The league will always be our priority, but it is important that we do well in the FA Cup, not only for financial reasons, but we also want the opportunity to enhance the name of this club. And if we can progress further in the competition we will have the chance to play teams higher up the pyramid, and therefore increase the experience of our young squad."

Shanklin Ladies operate in the Southern Region Women's Football League, and are presently in second place, having won five of their seven league matches this season. This is a league just one level below the South West Combination, and is where the University of Portsmouth played last season. This will be no easy contest for the Glovers, although they will feel themselves favourites to go through.

"It is all very well dreaming of the glory of a cup run," Williams said. "But we have to keep our feet planted firmly on the ground, and focus on the job at hand, which is this Sundays game. Shanklin play in the league below us, but they are not turning up just to make up the numbers. They will fancy their chances of a bit of giant killing, and we have to be on our guard to prevent this from happening.

"Having lost just once this season, they are obviously a good side, so we will come into the game with a professional attitude, looking to put in a good performance. We have been training hard all week, and are ready for the game. We know what we have to do, and we know that we are capable of getting the result. We will be looking for each player to play their part in a top-notch team performance, and give the supporters the result they deserve."

Yeovil Town Ladies take on Shanklin Ladies this Sunday 13 November at Raleigh Grove in Sherborne, the match kicking off an hour earlier than usual at 1.00p.m. The ground will be open two hours previous to that, with refreshments and full bar facilities available to supporters. Admission prices are 2.00 for adults and 1.00 to concessions.

Please come and support the girls.

For directions to the Yeovil Town Ladies home ground, Raleigh Glove please click here.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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11 November 2011 : Stech Shuts Out Armenia In Euro Qualifier
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Marek Stech kept another clean sheet this afternoon, whilst on international duty. The Czech Republic Under-21s player managed a full 90 minutes worth of football in his country's 2-0 win over Armenia Under-21s in their Euro Under-21s Championship Qualifier, sending them top of their group.

Marek will miss tomorrow's match at Hereford United due to international duty, but will return to the club to play for the Glovers against Exeter City next Saturday.


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11 November 2011 : Hereford United vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match Preview
Yeovil Town commence their FA Cup 2011-12 campaign tomorrow afternoon, as they travel to Edgar Street to play old sparring partners Hereford United. A 'local derby'? Not quite given that 130 miles separates the two clubs - a bit like suggesting that a London club is local rivals with a Birmingham clubs. However, when you're Yeovil Town, there aren't too many local clubs around, and for reasons slightly lost within the mists of time, and going back to both clubs Southern League days, this match ticks all the boxes of a 'local derby' bar what the road atlas will tell you.

The tie will doubtless have the bookies and pundits salivating over the possibility of a cup upset. Yeovil Town are bottom of League One and without a win in ten games. Hereford were until recently sat in a similarish position near the foot of League Two, however a run of three wins and two draws in their last six matches have made them upwardly mobile again.

The run of form for the Bulls has coincided with the arrival of Gary Peters as their Director of Football. Appointed on October 4th as a mentor for ex-Glover Jamie Pitman, who is their first team manager, the former Preston North End, Exeter City and Shrewsbury Town boss has at the very least had a psychological effect upon their fortunes. He rubbed shoulders with Gary Johnson at Cambridge, having been their assistant manager during the early 1990s, as part of John Beck's management team, before Beck and Peters headed up to Preston, leaving Johnson in charge there.

Pitman, who has been in charge of the Bulls for over a year now, having started his off-the-field career as their physio, is one of a number of connections between the two clubs. Whilst Pitman was a Glovers midfielder between 1998 and 2000, centre-back Stefan Stam was Yeovil's captain until a succession of injuries and a falling out with manager Terry Skiverton saw him sent off to Edgar Street. Stam will not play tomorrow as he is out injured, and neither will Yeovil's Gavin Williams, who left Hereford for Huish Park back in 2002, but is out with a knee injury.

One player that will be coming up against his former club is striker/winger Andrew Williams. The 25 year old is Hereford born and bred, making his way through their Youth Team and debuting in the 2003-04 season. He's had two loan spells back there as well, yet oddly this is the first time that he's ever played against his home town club. With him just returning from an ankle injury, and one or two loan players ruled out by their parent clubs, he could well start against the Bulls.

Talking of loans, the build-up to this match has had the running theme of two clubs trying to deal with major issues concerning their first choice goalkeepers. For the Glovers Marek Stech is out of the country in Armenia on Czech Republic Under-21 duty, meaning that goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart will make his playing debut. At the opposite end, David Cornell has been part of one of the best, if not the highest profile, club-vs-country wars we've seen. He's currently playing in the match, before he dives off to Armenia himself - perhaps if he bumps into Stech in the airport lounge coming the other way, they can swap notes on how their respective games went.

As for the other loan players amongst the Glovers ranks, Skiverton wasn't giving too much away in yesterday's BBC interview suggesting that he'd not had any negative feedback from clubs. However, we know from Watford that Gavin Massey won't be playing, whilst Conor Clifford will be in Ireland preparing for their Under-21 fixture on Monday night. The expectation is that Max Ehmer, Oli Johnson and Jonathan Obika (fitness permitting) will be able to play, with defender Darren Purse the big unknown in terms of availability. If he is not allowed to play, expect Paul Huntington to come back in. Note that there are seven substitutes allowed for tomorrow's match, so don't be too surprised to see more or less the remainder of the Glovers squad sat on the bench.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and there are tickets available on the turnstiles right up until kick-off. If you're going, then check out our Ciderspace guide below. If you're not going, then make sure you're following us on Twitter throughout the day, whilst if you're at home in the Somerset area, tune your radio dial to 95.5FM for BBC Somerset's live commentary. If the game is tied at 90 minutes, then it will go to a replay at Huish Park - the published replay date is Tuesday 22nd November.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hereford United.

Link: Officials For Hereford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hereford.

Link: Skiverton Labels Bulls Cup Clash As 'Must Win' Game.

Link: Skivo's Full Confidence In Glovers Stand-In Keeper.

Link: Bulls Get Loan Clearance For Quartet.


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11 November 2011 : MacLean On Edge Of Early Return
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that almost all of his injured players are now ready to return to the playing field, after a couple of months worth of long term injuries. Midfield playmaker Gavin Williams is the only long term absentee from the Glovers squad, meaning that he will miss the chance to play against his former club Hereford United this weekend.

Aside from that, left-winger Alan O'Brien is not expected to be available following the hamstring injury he picked up at Chesterfield last weekend, whilst left-back Nathan Jones picked up a bang on the knee in the same game. But these are expected to be short term absences, meaning that once 'Super Gav' is back Skiverton should have a near full set of players to select from.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset this week that he had also received a boost from striker Steve MacLean, who has been out since last month's match at Stevenage after he suffered a knee injury in a block tackle. He was scheduled to return at the end of November, but along with Paul Huntington, both joined in with training on Thursday:

"Even Macca has trained today - Steve MacLean, who is nearly two weeks early. He'll have a late shout tomorrow on whether he will be involved or not. Paul Huntington has come through and he did a bit of training today, so with him, along with Darren Purse, Bondz (N'Gala), Max (Ehmer) and now Luke (Ayling) is back, we've got some good options."


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11 November 2011 : FA Youth Cup Third Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the FA Youth Cup Third Round, assuming they can get past the two rounds of matches that have become stacked up as a result of delays in playing the competition's last remaining Third Qualifying Round match.

The winners of Yeovil Town's First and Second Round ties, which see Farnborough and Charlton Athletic as the other interested parties, will have a home match against Cambridge United or Crawley Town after the draw was made today.

All Third Round matches are scheduled to be played by Saturday December 17th 2011, although with the current set of fixtures lagging well behind the planned First and Second Round schedules, clubs may struggle to fit in all fixtures this side of Christmas. The set of draws, as they affect Yeovil Town are as follows:

First Round: Farnborough vs Yeovil Town (playing Wednesday 16th November, Cherrywood Road, Farnborough, 7.45p.m.)
Second Round: Charlton Athletic vs Farnborough OR Yeovil Town
Third Round: Charlton Athletic OR Farnborough OR Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United OR Crawley Town

Cambridge United and Crawley are currently due to play their Second Round tie on Tuesday 15th November, one day before the Glovers play their First Round tie at Cherrywood Road.


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11 November 2011 : FA Cup Second Round Draw Details
For the optimists amongst you. And for the pessimists, a chance for a Bullseye (no pun intended) style unveiling of "here's what you would have won", the FA Cup Second Round draw takes place on Sunday and is live on the ITV1 Channel. Yeovil Town (or indeed Hereford United, but lets not consider that option) have been given Ball No.1 given they were the first pair of clubs to be drawn out on the first round.

The show for the draw starts at 2.40p.m., and former Colchester United cup hero Ray Crawford will be drawing one set of balls, whilst Leeds United legend Norman Hunter will be biting his ankles as he draws the other set of balls. Both players faced each other in 1971 when the Essex side knocked out Leeds in the Fifth Round.

Ball numbers are as follows:

1 HEREFORD UNITED OR YEOVIL TOWN
2 BURY OR CRAWLEY TOWN
3 LUTON TOWN OR NORTHAMPTON TOWN
4 CAMBRIDGE UNITED OR WREXHAM
5 MORECAMBE OR SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
6 SWINDON TOWN OR HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
7 REDBRIDGE OR OXFORD CITY
8 BRISTOL ROVERS OR CORBY TOWN
9 OLDHAM ATHLETIC OR BURTON ALBION
10 PRESTON NORTH END OR SOUTHEND UNITED
11 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR BATH CITY
12 HARTLEPOOL UNITED OR STEVENAGE
13 BLYTH SPARTANS OR GATESHEAD
14 ALFRETON TOWN OR CARLISLE UNITED
15 CHESTERFIELD OR TORQUAY UNITED
16 CREWE ALEXANDRA OR COLCHESTER UNITED
17 TRANMERE ROVERS OR CHELTENHAM TOWN
18 CHELMSFORD CITY OR AFC TELFORD UNITED
19 HINCKLEY UNITED OR TAMWORTH
20 EXETER CITY OR WALSALL
21 BRADFORD CITY OR ROCHDALE
22 NOTTS COUNTY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY
23 PORT VALE OR GRIMSBY TOWN
24 SHEFFIELD UNITED OR OXFORD UNITED
25 FC HALIFAX TOWN OR CHARLTON ATHLETIC
26 SUTTON UNITED OR KETTERING TOWN
27 AFC BOURNEMOUTH OR GILLINGHAM
28 MILTON KEYNES DONS OR NANTWICH TOWN
29 AFC TOTTON OR BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
30 NEWPORT COUNTY OR SHREWSBURY TOWN
31 LEYTON ORIENT OR BROMLEY
32 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR MACCLESFIELD TOWN
33 AFC WIMBLEDON OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED
34 SALISBURY CITY OR ARLESEY TOWN
35 BRENTFORD OR BASINGSTOKE TOWN
36 MAIDENHEAD UNITED OR ALDERSHOT TOWN
37 FLEETWOOD TOWN OR WYCOMBE WANDERERS
38 BARROW OR ROTHERHAM UNITED
39 SOUTHPORT OR BARNET
40 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE OR STOURBRIDGE

All ties are due to be played on or around the weekend of December 3rd 2011.


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11 November 2011 : Skiverton Labels Bulls Cup Clash As 'Must Win' Game
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has declared tomorrow's FA Cup First Round at Edgar Street to be a 'must win' game. The Glovers go into their game against Hereford United with a wretched recent record in the country's premier cup competition, with just one win in seven cup ties, and no significant cup run since the 2004-05 season, when they reached the Fourth Round, only to fall at the hands of Charlton Athletic, who at that time were two divisions higher.

Skiverton himself has struggled to obtain victories in cup competitions, with the Glovers falling at the first hurdle of all cup competitions, with just one victory in the FA Cup, Carling Cup and Football League Trophy since his arrival as manager. With the Glovers having long gone out of the more minor cup competitions, the Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that he was putting pressure on his players to win the tie:

"I've not had a cup run, and I've been very frustrated with past seasons, and what we've done in the cups. So I'm putting a bit of pressure on the boys that we've got to get through. It's a very important game for us, and it's one where we've gone into the cup competitions before and I've said it's a week off - no, this is a must-win game for us. We want a good cup run. I definitely want a cup run, and we're going to make sure that we do everything to get through this round."

Finally, the Hereford Times is reporting the latest on the long-running on-off-on-off saga concerning Bulls keeper David Cornell, who has endured a classic club-vs-country tug of war with Welsh Under-21s boss Brian Flynn acting as Scrooge at the other end. The latest is that the paper suggests that the Swansea City keeper has reported for training at Edgar Street this morning, whilst his Under-21 team-mates head off to Armenia. What Mr Flynn thinks of it all isn't clear yet.


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10 November 2011 : Skivo's Full Confidence In Glovers Stand-In Keeper
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has full confidence in his goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart to make his first team debut on Saturday. The 31 year old will be selected for the FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United at Edgar Street, having not played at professional level for three and a half years, after first choice keeper Marek Stech was called away on international duty for the Czech Republic Under-21s.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the 179 appearances that Stewart made for AFC Bournemouth during his nine years at the South Dorset club would easily get him through the match, and pointed out that they were always aware of the risks involving Stech's international status:

"He (Marek Stech) is away on Under-21 duty, so that's where we stand on that. But we always knew that. We've got more than enough confidence in Gareth Stewart to come in and play. He's played in more games than all of the loans I've ever had as manager, and that just sums it up. We're getting somebody where we don't need to sing from the rooftops that our player has been away on international duty. We just get on with it."

With respect to the six other loans on the club's books, Skiverton was far more tight-lipped on the subject, claiming that he had received no negative feedback from any of the players parent clubs:

"I'm still waiting on news about all of the loan signings for the future. We're still waiting. Put it this way, we've had no 'no's' come back regarding players playing on Saturday. We'll pick the squad, and the squad that we've picked will be playing on Saturday."

Although the Glovers boss suggests he has not received any negative responses from clubs, Watford's club site made it clear that Gavin Massey would not be allowed to play in the FA Cup, whilst Conor Clifford is due to be playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s on Monday night in Sligo. Monday's Western Daily Press reported that Oli Johnson and Max Ehmer had received the nod for them to play on Saturday.

That just leaves Jonathan Obika, who may be lacking match fitness anyway, and central defender Darren Purse. The Millwall centre-back is probably the big unknown of the six, with Skiverton, Purse and Lions boss Kenny Jackett all having said their piece this week, but without revealing their hand.

Finally, a news item wouldn't be complete without another twist on Hereford's ongoing goalkeeper farce. David Cornell, who last we knew was on a flight out to Armenia, has sent a message via Twitter tonight, contradicting Hereford's Director of Football Gary Peters, stating: "On the way back to Hereford ready for Saturday! Nice two hour drive from Reading back! #tiredman".


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10 November 2011 : Bulls Keeper Situation Descends Into Farce
Saturday's opponents Hereford United have suffered another twist in their goalkeeping crisis tonight, with news that their on loan goalkeeper David Cornell may now not be available for their FA Cup match. In what is a growing farce, the Swansea City Welsh Under-21 now looks likely to be on a plane to Armenia after their manager Brian Flynn demanded that he travel rather than be allowed to stay until Sunday.

Speaking to the Worcester News, Director of Football Gary Peters explained that he had got the green light from everyone, but had found that Flynn had pulled the plug on their chances of keeping Cornell for the First Round tie:

"Everyone, the Welsh FA, the English FA and the Wales (senior squad) manager Gary Speed, have said the lad can play for us. But Brian Flynn is saying no so, at the moment, we dont have a goalkeeper. Even Swansea City want him to play for us. We just dont have anyone. We have been trying all week to find someone it is unbelievable. The goalkeeping situation is crazy and it appears only one man, Brian Flynn, doesnt want him to play."

The Bulls believed they had received permission for Cornell, who is expected to only be a substitute keeper for their Tuesday night game in Armenia, to skip a walking holiday. However, those hopes have been dashed, and the Worcester press believe they have until 12.00 noon tomorrow to register a goalkeeper for Saturday's match.

Update: 9.30p.m. David Cornell himself has sent a message via Twitter tonight, contradicting what Peters has said above, stating: "On the way back to Hereford ready for Saturday! Nice two hour drive from Reading back! #tiredman" - Will this situation change before Saturday? At this rate, probably!


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10 November 2011 : Keeper Chosen For FA Cup Match
Yeovil Town have firmed up their first choice goalkeeper for Saturday's trip to Hereford United. They will not be going outside their current squad set-up after failing to bring in a loan goalkeeper for the First Round tie at Edgar Street.

Goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart will make his debut for the Glovers, having occupied the bench in a number of matches this season. Stewart is only 31 years old, but has not played at professional level since March 1st 2008 - his final game for AFC Bournemouth, who he spent nine years with. He has had further experience in non-league football with Dorchester Town and Welling United since that time, but bar a spot of benchwarming, he has not played in a competitive match since he joined the Glovers as a coach in January 2011.

Yeovil Town Under-18s keeper Matt Cafer was seen training with the first team squad today, suggesting that he could be on the bench on Saturday. He is a first year scholar, who signed up to the club's two year Scholarship programme this summer.

Saturday's FA Cup rules allow the Glovers to select seven substitutes for the competition, rather than the five that are normally utilised.


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10 November 2011 : Clowes Moves Out As Clarke And Baggy Return
Yeovil Town first team professional Rob Clowes has become the latest of the club's Youth Team graduates to go out on loan. The versatile teenager, who has played for the Glovers in all central positions from defence through to attack, has joined Southern League South and West side Wimborne Town on a month's loan. Rob will remain at their Cuthbery ground until December 10th as part of the initial deal.

Right-sided midfielder Lewis Clarke has just returned to Huish Park following his loan spell with Poole Town. Lewis sustained a hip injury which cut his loan short with the Dolphins.

Meanwhile defender Rhys Baggridge has also been recalled from his loan spell at Gillingham Town. The decision to take him back to Huish Park happened last month due to a shortage of available defenders. He played six times for Adrian Foster's side, so with most of the club's injury problems now resolved hopefully the Glovers can arrange another loan deal for Baggy in the near future.


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10 November 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Hereford United
Saturday sees Yeovil Town get a hopefully not brief diversion from their Football League schedule, when they join the FA Cup at the First Round stage. The trip to play Hereford United is a familiar one to most, however for those with poor memories or who are travelling for the first time, the Ciderspace guide has been updated.

Containing directions, ticketing information, travel, pub guides and all sorts of other stuff, the guide can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hereford United.


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9 November 2011 : Clifford International Call-Up Confirmed
No great surprise, but Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Conor Clifford will be on international duty this weekend. This almost certainly rules him out of Saturday's FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United. Clifford has been called up for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s and will be part of the squad that will take part in the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein.

The match takes place at The Showgrounds, home of Sligo Rovers FC, and will be played on Monday 14th November, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Although that's over 48 hours after the match against the Bulls, Clifford will doubtless be required to attend training sessions this weekend in Ireland.

The full squad for the game is as follows:

Ian McLoughlin - MK Dons FC
Aaron McCarey - Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Lanre Oyebanjo - York City
Shane Duffy - Scunthorpe United FC (on loan from Everton FC)
Rob Kiernan - Wigan Athletic FC
Greg Cunningham - Nottingham Forest (on loan from Manchester City FC)
Mark Connolly - Bolton Wanderers FC
Gavin Gunning - Dundee United FC
Richie Towell - Hibernian FC (on loan from Celtic FC)
Aidan White - Leeds United FC
Adam Barton - Preston North End FC
Conor Clifford - Yeovil Town (on loan from Chelsea FC)
Jeff Hendrick - Derby County FC
Robbie Brady - Hull City FC (on loan from Manchester United FC)
Aaron Greene - Sligo Rovers FC
Daniel Kearns - Peterborough United
James Collins - Shrewsbury Town FC
Karl Sheppard - Shamrock Rovers FC


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9 November 2011 : Date Confirmed For Farnborough Cup Trip
Further to our earlier article, the date for Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round tie can now be confirmed. The Under-18s will travel to play Farnborough on Wednesday 16th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The game will be played at the Rushmoor Stadium, more commonly known as Cherrywood Road, which is the ground that most Glovers fans will be familiar with from previous trips to play Farnborough Town.

As with the original attempt to play this match, adults can gain admission for 3.00 whilst there are concessions available at 1.00.


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9 November 2011 : Glovers And Spireites Hit By FA Charge
Both Yeovil Town and Chesterfield have been charged by the Football Association in the wake of Saturday's match at the B2Net Stadium. The summons comes on the back of last weekend's 2-2 draw in Derbyshire.

A statement issued by the FA states that both teams have "been charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during their League One match on 5 November 2011. The clubs have until 4pm on 11 November 2011 to respond to the charge."

In a match that only saw one booking, the game was played in a relatively decent spirit throughout. The one exception was Chesterfield player Mark Allott's altercation with Glovers midfielder Ed Upson, after Allott tried to drag Upson off the floor, following a foul by the Spireites player. That led to a spot of handbags between both teams, with referee Andrew Madley choosing only to issue a yellow card to Allott in the wake of that. It would appear that this incident landed in the referee's report, leading to the FA charge.

The club were up before the FA only last week, when Luke Ayling was banned for one match for his actions following a red card received up at Stevenage, whilst the club currently have the worst yellow and red card tally in League One, leading to nine separate instances where the club have lost players to suspension. On this occasion, unless any particular player has transgressed, it's more likely that the club as a whole will receive a fine, if found guilty of the charge.


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9 November 2011 : Glovers Youth Still Heading To Hampshire
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side will travel to play Farnborough in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup, after the Hampshire side progressed in their Third Qualifying Round match last night. The game was a bit of an odd one, given that the Yellows had already beaten opponents Wokingham and Emmsbrook 9-2 a couple of weeks ago, only to be asked to replay the match, due to it taking place whilst Farnborough were suspended by their County FA.

At the second time of asking, they managed a 5-0 win at Reading Town's ground. Two goals each from Jamie Newby and Kevin Assare Addai, plus an own goal decided the match.

That now means that Farnborough will host the First Round tie against the Glovers at Cherrywood Road, now known as the Rushmoor Stadium. No date has been formally announced, however a Farnborough fan at last night's game believes that Wednesday 16th November is the date to put in your diary.

The winners of that tie will face Charlton Athletic in the Second Round. The FA have now clarified that the Addicks will be the home side in that match, meaning that if the Glovers are victorious in Hampshire, they'll be back on the road in Round Two.

First Round Draw: Farnborough vs Yeovil Town
Second Round Draw: Charlton Athletic vs Farnborough OR Yeovil Town


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9 November 2011 : Hornets Boss Praises Massey Progress
Watford boss Sean Dyche believes that sending players like striker Gavin Massey out on loan will help his development as a player in the long run. The 19 year old has just commenced his third month at Huish Park, and is slowly becoming a regular in the Glovers starting line-up.

An accomplished finish at Chesterfield on Saturday was his third goal for the Glovers, and his eleven games for the club have taken him past the eight substitute appearances he has so far made for the Hornets. With Massey now having started in seven matches, Dyche told the Watford Observer that he was very happy with the player's progress and his goal over the weekend:

"I am really pleased for Gavin. He nicked a couple the other week too (against Colchester United). I have spoken to him a few times and he is really enjoying the taste of first team football and it can only stand him in good stead moving forward."

Dyche's view is that blooding young players too quickly can hamper their development, and so he is happy to see their academy products loaned out and gradually eased into first team football, instead of being chucked in the deep end:

"I have suggested many times that the loan system is very important to us, not just for us as a club but to develop our players. I stated when I took over that we needed to allow some of the young players time. Last year we were throwing them in and they were not ready. They have actually regressed and now we have had to put them back on the platform to go forward."

Dyche presumably sees Massey as a forward who could play a part in the Hornets first team during this season, given that he has blocked him from playing in Saturday's game at Hereford United to avoid him becoming cup-tied through the FA Cup First Round match. His current deal keeps him at Huish Park until Sunday 11th December - the day after the home match against Notts County - although Youth Loan rules allow that to be extended further.

Link: Gavin Massey : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 November 2011 : Bulls Get Their Keeper Back
Saturday's FA Cup opponents Hereford United have ended their goalkeeper crisis - by persuading the Welsh FA to give them their first choice goalkeeper back. Swansea City loanee David Cornell has been the subject of a fair bit of venom between the Bulls and Welsh Under-21s manager Bryan Flynn, with Hereford Director of Football Gary Peters appearing to burn his bridges by referring to Flynn as "ignorant" in his understanding of the situation.

Instead of walking around a bunch of hills, which was Flynn's plan for his players on the Saturday, Cornell will instead be in goal against Yeovil Town in their FA Cup First Round match at Edgar Street. He will team up with his national side after the game, with the aim of playing in Armenia on the Tuesday night.

As yet, there's no word on whether the Glovers will be able to bring in cover for Marek Stech, who is on duty with the Czech Republic Under-21s, or whether goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart will make his debut appearance for Yeovil, and his first at professional level for three and a half years.


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8 November 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies BINGO Night - This Friday Night!
Yeovil Town Ladies are hosting a Bingo Night in the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park this Friday evening in order to raise money for its club funds. The cost per person playing is 8.00, and for that we will entertain you with a night of Bingo, with arrivals at 7.00p.m. for a start at 7.30p.m. (eyes down is the bingo lingo).

We have some fantastic prizes for you to win to the value of around 400, if not more! For your 8.00 you will get to play 10 rounds of bingo, each round consisting of a prize for a 'line' and a prize for a 'full house', meaning you have 20 opportunities to get lucky. We will also have a raffle so if you are feeling generous please bring along a raffle prize if you can.

The licensed bar will be open and it will be a great opportunity for us all to have a good social night for a good cause. Please support this event and bring along your friends and family - everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Thanks to everyone supporting this event and we will see you Friday!

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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8 November 2011 : Downloadable November 2011 Fixture Poster Available
The month of November only has one home match at Huish Park for you to enjoy - assuming no FA Cup First Round replay is needed. That's the League One clash against Exeter City on Saturday 19th November, that will see two sides floating around the wrong end of the table try to drag each other into problems near the foot of the division.

For that match only, there is a new Fixtures Poster that can be downloaded. The poster is available in two forms - both of which are displayed in PDF format (which requires Adobe Reader to open). Feel free to display either poster in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so. The 'High Resolution' version is the higher quality version for printing, however for those happy to accept something a bit rough at the edges, then a 'Low Resolution' version is always available.

Link: November 2011 : Fixtures Poster (Low Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: November 2011 : Fixtures Poster (High Resolution Version - PDF format).


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8 November 2011 : County Cup Tie Gets Shifted Again
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie against Shepton Mallet moved back a week once again. Problems with scheduling the Youth Team's FA Youth Cup First Round match have meant that pencilling in a date for the County Cup tie has proved problematic.

The latest attempt to schedule the County Cup match will be on Tuesday 22nd November, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off at Shepton's Playing Fields ground.

The Youth Team are expected to play their FA Youth Cup tie during next week, with the Third Qualifying Round match between Wokingham & Emmbrook and Farnborough due to be replayed tonight at Reading Town FC's ground.

Whoever makes it through to the Second Round in the competition will face Charlton Athletic who thrashed Soham Park Rangers 9-0 last night in Cambridgeshire. Hat-tricks from Adebayo Azeez and Callum Harriott, plus a brace for Tobi Sho-Silva and a single goal from Harry Gerard ensured they progressed very comfortably indeed. This now gives us:

FA Youth Cup Third Qualifying Round: Wokingham & Emmbrook vs Farnborough
FA Youth Cup First Round: Wokingham & Emmbrook OR Farnborough vs Yeovil Town
FA Youth Cup Second Round: Yeovil Town OR Wokingham & Emmbrook OR Farnborough vs Charlton Athletic


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8 November 2011 : Bulls Get Loan Clearance For Quartet
Both Yeovil Town and Hereford United appear to have more or less obtained the lists of players who are able to play in this Saturday's FA Cup First Round match at Edgar Street. Both clubs have made heavy use of the loan market this season, having seven players each on their books, leaving them sweating over who would be allowed to play by their parent clubs, and who would be barred from being cup-tied.

The Bulls have managed to obtain a full list concerning their players. Three of them have been refused permission, meaning that four are going to be able to play on Saturday. We already know about their problems with Welsh Under-21 goalkeeper David Cornell, leaving them with no-one between the sticks for Saturday. However, they've also lost Blackpool striker Tom Barkhuizen and Shrewsbury Town's left-sided midfielder Steven Leslie, who have both been blocked from playing by their parent clubs.

That leaves them with four who will be turning out on Saturday. Hayes and Yeading United striker Nathan Elder, Oxford United midfielder Simon Clist, Swindon Town centre-back Will Evans and Fulham striker Richard Peniket have all been given clearance to play in Saturday's match. Presumably they will also add in a fifth player who can be brought in as a goalkeeper before Saturday.

For the Glovers, expectations for availability are pretty much as we'd surmised in Sunday's article. Goalkeeper Marek Stech is on international duty with the Czech Republic Under-21s, whilst Conor Clifford will almost certainly be playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s. Watford striker Gavin Massey has been specifically blocked from playing by parent club Watford.

Yesterday's Western Daily Press indicated that Norwich City striker Oli Johnson and Queens Park Rangers defender Max Ehmer have been given permission to play in Saturday's match, which just leaves two unknowns. Of those, the current thinking is that Millwall will not allow defender Darren Purse to become cup-tied. Tottenham Hotspur would almost certainly allow striker Jonathan Obika to play in the tie - the issue will probably be more a question of whether the player will be deemed fit enough to be in the squad.


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7 November 2011 : Officials For Hereford United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup First Round tie between Hereford United and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place on Saturday 12th November 2011, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the match will be Referee Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

We've only had Mr Tierney twice as a match referee, but his first was a game in which the 341 travelling fans who were present at the game will vividly remember him for. The December 2009 fixture against Milton Keynes Dons saw Mr Tierney bottle a sending off when Dons defender David McCracken took out Glovers striker Dean Bowditch whilst he was clean through on goal. It was difficult to see how it could be anything other than a professional foul - somehow Mr Tierney disagreed, and the Glovers ultimately let their 2-0 advantage slip, gaining only a 2-2 draw in a match where they should have been playing three-quarters of the match with 10 men.

In the post-match interviews, even Dons manager Paul Ince admitted he had expected a red card, whilst Glovers boss Terry Skiverton was rather more forthright saying in his post-match interview, "we are being let down by people not brave enough to make decisions" and suggesting that such refereeing decisions were making his club a laughing stock in the Football League.

Our second sight of Mr Tierney was a lot less eventful from his point of view - it was the 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United in April 2011. No suggestions that he was responsible for that - we brought the result upon ourselves, and he only issued one yellow card in the final minute of the match.

And that's basically yer lot. Part of the reason for the lack of meetings involving the Glovers is he was only promoted to the Football League's referees list during the summer of 2009 - the other reason will be his Lancashire address.

The Bulls have already had Mr Tierney at Edgar Street this season. If you like omens, it's worth noting that they lost 1-6 at home to Gillingham on that September day. However, if you're hoping for a referee with a cool head, then he may not be the best choice for the fixture - he's so far clocked up 53 yellow cards and 7 red cards, including two dismissals in his last fixture - Oldham Athletic and Bury ending up with just ten players on each side by the time the game was over.

Mr Tierney will be assisted by Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Neil Radford (Worcester). The Fourth Official will be Marc Perry (West Midlands).

Link: April 2011 : Hartlepool United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2009 : Milton Keynes Dons 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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7 November 2011 : Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Hartlepool United are now on sale. The match takes place on Saturday 26th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets can be bought from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following rates:

Adults: 25.00; Concessions: 13.00.

Concessions are applicable to the Over-60s, Under-19s and full time students. Disabled supporters pay the above prices, but can admit an assistant free of charge. Away supporters get the Rink End. This is a small covered stand holding 961 seats.

The above prices are an eye-watering 5.00 increase on last season's adult tariff, whilst the concessionary price has gone up by 3.00. There's no matchday surcharge (thankfully!) and you can buy on the day from Victoria Road.

For any special arrangements for disabled supporters, contact Kate Betts at Hartlepool on 01429 272584 (extension 9).

Link: Ticketing For Hereford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hereford.


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7 November 2011 : Caulker Lands Himself In Hot Water
Former Yeovil Town loan star Steven Caulker has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. The 19 year old, who is on loan at Swansea City, was taken to Swansea Central police station during the early hours of Saturday morning, after being picked up by police in Wind Street in Swansea.

The BBC website claims that he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for the offence and then released. However, the South Wales Evening Post do not mention the fixed penalty notice and instead suggest that police were due to speak to Swansea City Football Club about the matter.

As yet neither Swansea or parent club Tottenham Hotspur have commented on the matter. Caulker is on a season long loan at the Liberty Stadium, and this is the first we've heard of any disciplinary issues during his footballing career. He is currently out of action since colliding with a goalpost in Swansea's September match against Arsenal, but had just resumed light training from that knee cartilage injury. He is aiming for a return in just under two weeks time, assuming the Swans don't deem this offence to be too serious.

In other old boy news, right winger David Poole has signed for Conference North side Hyde. The 26 year old has made the switch from divisional rivals Droylsden, who he had joined during the summer, after leaving Stockport County following their relegation from the Football League.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has joined Leeds United on a one month loan. He made his debut for the Yorkshire side on the weekend, keeping a clean sheet against Leicester City. This is the seventh club that McCarthy has joined on loan from Reading, with Woking, Cambridge United, Team Bath, Aldershot Town, Yeovil Town and Brentford having all used him between the sticks. McCarthy has featured just once for the Royals this season - playing 90 minutes in a Carling Cup match.

Finally bad luck looms for Newcastle United striker Leon Best. His impressive performances in the Premier League had seen him called up to the Republic of Ireland squad that is due to play against Estonia on Friday. However he came off during their win over Everton with groin and toe problems and will need to be assessed before a decision is made on his fitness.


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7 November 2011 : League Launch Goalkeeper Award
The Football League have launched a new award to recognise the form of goalkeepers throughout the remainder of the 2011-12 season. The Precision Goalkeeping Golden Glove award will be dished out on a monthly basis, presumably starting in November.

The award will be presented to the goalkeeper who has kept the most clean sheets throughout the whole of the Football League during the calendar month, with the tally applying to all competitions. They haven't explained what the rules are if - as seems highly likely - there is a tie across two or more keepers.

There will also be three annual awards for each division, where the goalkeeper who has kept the most clean sheets throughout the 2011-12 season at their level will also pick up an award at the end of the season. Again, it's not clear how that will be applied to loan goalkeepers who may operate across multiple clubs or even divisions throughout a given season.

It's unlikely that Yeovil Town will need to keep an eye on these awards at present. In League One, Tranmere Rovers have kept nine clean sheets in league matches, whilst the Glovers have kept three, with two under Jed Steer (Tranmere Rovers (a), Wycombe Wanderers (h)) and one under Marek Stech (Stevenage (a)).


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7 November 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Chesterfield 2 Yeovil 2 : As You Were Then
Saturday's 2-2 draw at Chesterfield may not have been our best performance of the season, but it kept the points total ticking over very slowly. In a guest hijacking of Taff's Gloversblog by Badger, the latest entry provides an assessment of the good, the bad and the ugly as viewed from the B2Net Stadium. If you were there and want to provide alternative views, feel free to at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Chesterfield 2 Yeovil 2 : As You Were Then.


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7 November 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Chesterfield Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's match at Chesterfield, Yeovil Town manager gave his pre-match thoughts to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the transcript of that interview has now been archived via the link below. Their post-match verdict is also still available.

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

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Chesterfield Away Game.


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6 November 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Chesterfield Away Game
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Chesterfield, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Chesterfield Away Game.


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6 November 2011 : Rush Goalies, Anyone?
Both Hereford United and Yeovil Town face a challenging week, trying to deal with the fact that neither club are expected to have their preferred keepers between the sticks for their FA Cup First Round match. Glovers goalkeeper Marek Stech is almost certain to be absent from duty due to his call-up to the Czech Republic Under-21s who play on Friday afternoon in Armenia, making his return in time highly unlikely.

Hereford's is a similar problem, given that David Cornell is a Wales Under-21 international. That shouldn't have given them problems, given that the Welsh do not play until Tuesday 15th November - again in Armenia. However, their Under-21s are meeting up early for a spot of hill-walking, presumably designed as a team-building exercise. It's safe to say that the Bulls aren't too happy about this - their Director of Football Gary Peters has told their club's site:

"It's a ridiculous situation. Over the weekend when he would be playing for us, he's on a walking tour of the hills of somewhere or other, which is ridiculous. He's not actually playing, but they're (the Welsh Under-21s) taking him away from us."

Unlike Yeovil Town, Hereford do have two regular first team goalkeepers, but Adam Bartlett and Russell Hoult will not feature in Saturday's match due to injuries, hence their use of Cornell as a loan player. Peters admits he's not hopeful about the quality of keeper available to him on the loan market:

"Because it's an FA Cup game, clubs in League One and Two won't lend us anyone, and Premier League clubs don't want their goalkeepers cup-tied. Some of the keepers from non-league which we might have a chance with, a lot of those are cup-tied, so at the moment we have no keeper for next week."

At present, the Glovers are likely to utilise goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart for next week's tie, although he has not played a competitive match at professional level since March 1st 2008 - Glovers boss Terry Skiverton's thinking of whether to go further afield may be influenced in terms of his chances of extending Marek Stech's current loan deal, given that the West Ham United player has been in sparkling form since his arrival at Huish Park.

Stech is not the only player who is likely to be absent for next weekend. Watford loanee Gavin Massey has been blocked from playing by his parent club, whilst Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford is expected to be playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s, although they've yet to publish their squad for the game. Millwall defender Darren Purse has yet to be formally told what will happen next weekend, but he expects the Lions to block his participation.

Meanwhile winger Alan O'Brien is likely to be missing for a couple of weeks - although he limped his way through to the end of Saturday's match at Chesterfield, he has suffered a hamstring strain. Left-back Nathan Jones will also be a concern, given that his first half knee injury meant that he had to be replaced at the back. Gavin Williams and Steve MacLean will remain as long term absentees.

On the plus side, centre-back Paul Huntington should return from his hand injury, whilst it would be a surprise if Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City did not allow Max Ehmer and Oli Johnson to play. Tottenham Hotspur may allow Jonathan Obika to play, although with over two months out of first team football, it remains to be seen how ready he is likely to be.


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6 November 2011 : Ladies Trip To Havant Is OFF
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their first team match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The Ladies were due to face a crunch match against second placed Havant and Waterlooville, but the weather has beaten them and that game will now have to be rearranged.

Their Reserve side have travelled to play Queens Park Rangers today, and that match remains on.


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5 November 2011 : Skivo Praise For County Emergency Services
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he found it difficult watching the national news over the weekend, whilst staying overnight in a hotel in Chesterfield prior to Saturday afternoon's match. The Glovers first team squad had travelled along the M5 on Friday on their way up to Derbyshire, but by mid-evening the motorway was shut down at Taunton following one of the worst accidents in the history of the UK's motorway system. Having reached Derbyshire safely, the travelling squad ended up watching the coverage from afar.

Despite the motorway remaining closed for their return journey, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that they would be returning home as normal, and sent his best wishes to those who had been involved in the incident:

"We'll be travelling back now (to Somerset). I've even had some people call me up from London, because they saw it was at Taunton and on the M5. As I said to the players late last night (on Friday), is that it's one of those things that puts it all into perspective for you. From everyone in the squad, our thoughts go out to the families who have been involved in that horrific car crash on the M5. When you're looking at the national news, and you're seeing something that is so close to home, it really does turn your stomach a little bit. So all of our thoughts go to their families."

Skiverton added that he had close hand experience of how the emergency services dealt with road traffic accidents, having been one of the first people to visit Darren Way in hospital after he suffered serious injuries in December 2008. The Glovers boss felt that those who worked in that sort of environment deserved more credit for what they do:

"I think that Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Fire Brigade now needs to take a lot of credit because the work they do in those situations is vital. I know that's close to home because of what happened to my technical coach Darren Way. So I know the magnificent job that they do. They did a fantastic job in saving people, and in making sure that it's safe for other people to go onto the motorway."

Note: For those travelling around the area this weekend, the M5 will now remain closed between Junction 24 and Junction 25 in both directions until 6.00a.m. on Monday morning, according to a further bulletin issued by the Highways Agency. However, given they have moved that date back a number of times, anyone planning to use that stretch should check before travelling.


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5 November 2011 : Skiverton Delighted With Never-Say-Die Attitude
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton praised his side's 'never-say-die' attitude for twice coming from a goal down to draw 2-2 against Chesterfield this afternoon. The Glovers needed a Gavin Massey strike, and the fortune of a Mark Allott own goal to get themselves a point out of a match where the Glovers struggled to maintain possession.

Skiverton admitted after the game that goalkeeper Marek Stech had once again kept his side in the game, and said that staying with just a single goal deficit always gave them a chance of getting back into it:

"I think it was a case of very hard work and our keeper pulling off some magnificent saves, but you`ve got to be in the game and stay in it and we have a never-say-die attitude and we never give up. It's a positive start to the month for us although we`ve got to turn draws into wins. If we are going to make it tough for ourselves, so be it, but we will still get to where we want to be."

The Glovers scored on the half hour mark when Ed Upson's exquisite pass found Gavin Massey to give a 1-1 scoreline at the break. Skiverton felt that both that and Mark Allott's own goal stemmed from moves that his team had been practicing on the training ground, but wants his team to tighten up more at the back:

"The positives for us was the first goal which was well taken after a great through ball which we have been practising all week, and the second was a well-worked free-kick. But it's the little things for us at the moment with concentration at key times in the game. We gave a goal away four minutes into the game and we have to fight to get back in it and then all of a sudden we give it away again."


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5 November 2011 : Chesterfield 2 Yeovil 2 : Allott Howler Gives Glovers A Point
Yeovil Town grabbed a valuable away point at the B2Net Stadium this afternoon despite needing the opposition to score their final goal for them in a game that Chesterfield dominated throughout. The Spireites scored twice through Jordan Bowery who grabbed goals early in both halves, and whilst Gavin Massey scored a well-taken goal before the break, the home side looked likely to be heading for three points until a comedy own goal 14 minutes from time from Mark Allott gifted the Glovers a point they barely deserved.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with Max Ehmer coming in for the suspended Luke Ayling, whilst Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford made his debut for the club, as Oli Johnson dropped entirely out of the squad as the sixth loanee on the club's books.

Manager Terry Skiverton had told his players not to throw away a goal during the early stages. Hence it's likely he didn't think too much of the fourth minute goal that gave the Spireites the lead. Former Glover Lee Johnson was the creator down their right flank, and his ball into the box saw both Leon Clarke and Jordan Bowery have attempts to force the ball home, before Bowery was credited with the final touch, with Marek Stech having blocked initial attempts to force the ball over the line.

The pattern of the game established Chesterfield as the dominant side, putting a string of shots either just wide of the posts, whilst Marek Stetch saved brilliantly from a Neal Trotman header. The Glovers were being outplayed both down the middle of the park, and from crosses into the box, and were almost universally failing to win challenges in their own penalty area as the Spireites confidently stroked the ball around Yeovil's half.

The Glovers managed just one true moment of brilliance, and it came 29 minutes into the game, producing an equalising goal of rare quality. Ed Upson's ball down the middle of the park had echoes of Lee Johnson's past masterful performances for the Glovers, and he found Gavin Massey who perfectly ran onto the ball, finishing by passing the ball across the keeper and into the far corner. A superb equaliser, but quite out of keeping with Yeovil's play so far in the match.

Just before the break, the Spireites thought they had a penalty when Leon Clarke and Conor Clifford tangled in the box. Referee Andrew Madley generally had an excellent game, but his 'pointing to the spot' was in fact pointing for a goal kick, and with a sigh of relief, Yeovil breathed again. In fairness, Clarke's tumble looked theatrical and so was probably the right decision.

Into the second half, and within six minutes, Chesterfield were back in front. Simon Ford's ball over the top was pretty much a clearance from a rare bit of Yeovil possession, but Bondz N'Gala was far too slow in his reaction to Jordan Bowery's run onto the ball. He easily shrugged off N'Gala's attention, and when Marek Stech tried to race off his line to deal with the danger, his lob was accomplished, and the home side were deservedly back in front.

Bowery could have had his hat-trick when Paul Wotton's woeful backpass fell short, but this time Stech narrowed the angle, and the striker shot into the side netting. Simon Ford and Neal Trotman both managed to hit the woodwork as everything pointed towards Chesterfield extending their lead, with Ford's header producing an outstanding one-handed save by Stech onto the crossbar. There was only one team in this game.

However, with 14 minutes remaining, Yeovil played their Get Out Of Jail Free card. After winning a free kick just outside the box, Ed Upson appeared to have wasted it when he seemingly passed into the Chesterfield wall. Ex-Glover Nathan Smith put out a leg and pinged it to Max Ehmer who was more likely the intended recipient, and his cross into the box was converted into his own net by Mark Allott for a 2-2 equaliser that came out of nowhere.

Both sides struggled to create a winning chance, and Allott's frustrations with himself were nearly completed when he lashed out at Ed Upson, who was lying on the deck after a foul, pulling him up from the deck by the scruff of his neck. Allott was lucky that referee Andrew Madley was letting the game flow, without interruptions - many other match officials would have dished out a late red card - instead he became the game's only yellow.

A point gained then, rather than two points dropped, given that Yeovil will rarely pick up such an undeserved draw - they've certainly played better and lost this season. As such, the point doesn't really change things - they remain bottom of the league, and three points short of safety. However, this is now 10 matches without a win, and certainly that's one thing they definitely need to change sooner rather than later.

Link: Updated 2011-12 League One Table.

Final Score: Chesterfield 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Jordan Bowery (4 mins, 1-0), Gavin Massey (29 mins, 1-1), Jordan Bowery (55 mins, 2-1), Mark Allott (76 mins, og, 2-2).

Yeovil Town: (4-1-3-2)
30. Marek Stech
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 37. Conor Clifford 8. Edward Upson
21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 7. Andy Williams (62 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 15. Kerrea Gilbert (43 mins for Nathan Jones) 17. Alan O'Brien (62 mins for Conor Clifford) 23. Billy Gibson

Chesterfield:
33. Ole Soderberg 6. Simon Ford 11. Dwayne Mattis 2. Neal Trotman 28. Nathan Smith 16. Noel Alexandre Mendy 7. Mark Allott 18. Lee Johnson 9. Craig Westcarr 21. Jordan Bowery 31. Leon Clarke

Substitutes:
13. Greg Fleming (GK) 15. Aaron Downes 10. Danny Whitaker (81 mins for Simon Ford) 24. Craig Clay 27. Tendayi Darikwa

Chesterfield Bookings: Mark Allott (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Amy Fearn (Leicestershire) and Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire).

Attendance: 5,882 (including approx 250 Yeovil fans).


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5 November 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Chesterfield vs Yeovil
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Chesterfield at the B2Net Stadium, 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 Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.


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5 November 2011 : Team News For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to Chesterfield. In comes Conor Clifford, making his debut for the club, whilst Oli Johnson drops entirely out of the squad as the club's sixth loanee.

The other change is enforced, with Luke Ayling's third suspension of the season meaning that Max Ehmer returns to that position from his own suspension.

The formation is difficult to interpret with four central midfielders in the side. However it seems likely that this will be a diamond formation, with Paul Wotton as the holding man, and Conor Clifford the most likely to play at the top of the diamond. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
30. Marek Stech
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 7. Andy Williams 15. Kerrea Gilbert 17. Alan O'Brien 23. Billy Gibson


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5 November 2011 : Update On The M5 Accident And Road Closure
Yeovil Town supporters returning from Chesterfield this evening should be advised that the M5 may still remain closed when they head back into Somerset. The latest news on last night's accident is that the road closure is now limited to between Junction 24 and Junction 25 of the M5 in both directions.

The BBC Travel website is reporting:

M5 Somerset, both ways between A358 [M5 junction 25] and A38 [M5 junction 24]

M5 Somerset - M5 closed and expected delays in both directions between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of a serious multi-vehicle accident, accident investigation work and. Diversion in operation - Northbound traffic is being diverted off the M5 at J25 and rejoining via the A38 at J24. Southbound traffic is being diverted on the M5 at J24 and rejoining via the A38 and J25.


The Highways Agency say that they expect the road to re-open at around 9.00p.m. tonight, although obviously safety and repair work will take priority along with the accident investigation, so don't expect that to be a precise time. If that changes, we'll provide an update on our Twitter account, but we'd recommend that you work on the basis that you'll need to still avoid the area upon your return to Somerset tonight.


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5 November 2011 : Williams Glad To Be Back In The Fold
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams says that he is hopeful of getting a place on the bench for this afternoon's match against Chesterfield. The game at the B2Net Stadium sees both clubs currently in the relegation zone and a point apart in the table, meaning that the Glovers could guarantee lifting themselves off the bottom if they claimed all three points.

Williams has been out with an ankle injury since the tail end of August, when a bad tackle saw him pole-axed in the home match against Sheffield United. He has told BBC Somerset that he has enjoyed being back in the fold at last:

"Hopefully I will be on the bench. I had a good week's training, and I had a few little training games and so hopefully I will be on the bench. I haven't felt my ankle since I done it, so I'm really looking forward to getting back into it. It's been good to be back with the lads, and it's nice to have a break from just being one-on-one with the physio. So it's nice to get involved with everyone again, and hopefully I will get on Saturday."

Despite the significance of this afternoon's match, both Williams and manager Terry Skiverton have attempted to play down the points that are at stake, suggesting that during the month of November, no one match is that significant:

"At this stage of the season, there's no real six-pointers, but it's an important game for us to get something from it. We've got to keep the good run going that we're on. Even though we lost the last game, we're playing well. I think it's important to play well again. I think against a team like Chesterfield, they're obviously not as good as Huddersfield, so hopefully if we play as well as we did in the last game, we should be able to get something from it. It's a tough place to go at times at their place, and I think they'll be quite solid and they'll be quite hard to break down. We've just got to make sure that we're exactly the same."


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5 November 2011 : Urgent Travel News For Glovers Fans Heading To Chesterfield
Yeovil Town supporters travelling for Saturday's League One match against Chesterfield should be aware that there is a major road traffic accident on the M5 that will disrupt roads throughout Somerset.

A serious accident occurred during Friday evening involving at least 25 vehicles near to junction 25 Northbound. As a result of multiple vehicle fires, serious casualties and reported fatalities, Avon and Somerset Police have closed the M5 motorway in both directions between Junction 23 and Junction 26.

Obviously this means that Yeovil Town supporters who would naturally use the Taunton Junction to get onto the M5 will not be able to. Given that the police have indicated that they expect the motorway to be shut for around 24 hours at this stage, it is quite likely that there will be road closures in place for both your onward journey to Chesterfield as well as potentially your return journey.

We'd strongly recommend that you steer clear of all adjacent motorway junctions and local roads as much as possible, as it is likely that drivers exiting the M5 will be using those roads as alternative routes. Hence consider joining the motorway much further north of the closed junctions and obviously allow additional time.

Needless to say, keep an eye on our Twitter account where we'll try to provide updates later on the Saturday.


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4 November 2011 : Skivo Previews The Chesterfield Away Game
Ahead of Yeovil Town's trip to play Chesterfield tomorrow afternoon, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the weekend. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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4 November 2011 : FA Youth Cup Match Postponed
Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round match against Farnborough has been called off. The match was due to be played on Monday 7th November at Cherrywood Road, but will now be deferred pending an issue concerning the Yellows' Third Qualifying Round match against Wokingham & Emmbrook.

Farnborough had won that match by an emphatic 9-2 scoreline. However, the Football Association have instead ordered the match be replayed as the Hampshire side played the match despite being suspended by their County Football Association.

As a result, Wokingham have been asked to pencil in their second attempt at a Third Qualifying Round match against Farnborough, and the winners will be asked to play stage their First Round tie against Yeovil Town during the following week - commencing November 14th. As a result Yeovil Town Reserves are likely to have their County Cup game against Shepton Mallet moved once again.

Update: The FA have now confirmed that Wokingham & Emmbrook vs Farnborough will be played on Tuesday 8th November, kick-off 7.45p.m. with Reading Town FC's ground being used to stage the tie.


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4 November 2011 : Glovers Sign Up Clifford At Last
Yeovil Town have signed up Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford on loan in time for this weekend's trip to Chesterfield. The Glovers had previously tried to recruit the teenager on transfer deadline day on a long term loan, but that collapsed after the player turned the club down. Manager Terry Skiverton later said that it was Conor's bad experience whilst on loan at Notts County that had made him reluctant to leave Stamford Bridge, even on a temporary basis.

Now two months later, the 20 year old has agreed to a one month loan deal at Huish Park, and will be available for tomorrow's vital six-pointer against the Spireites. The midfielder was born on October 1st 1991 in Dublin and is a Irish youth international who has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 level, as well as being an unused sub for his country's main side. He originally started his career with Crumlin United before switching to Chelsea at the age of 16. He's had some first team experience, via loan spells with Plymouth Argyle and Notts County.

Manager Terry Skiverton will face one headache for tomorrow's game - one of his players will need to sit in the stand due to the matchday loan rules. With goalkeeper Marek Stech, centre-backs Max Ehmer and Darren Purse plus strikers Oli Johnson and Gavin Massey all on loan at Huish Park, Clifford's arrival means that Skiverton will need to drop one of those six. When Jonathan Obika returns to the squad after his injury on Monday, two players will have to sit out.

Clifford is Yeovil Town's 21st signing of the 2011-12 season, and with Stech going on international duty next weekend, and his loan deal yet to be extended, there could be a need for more fresh blood in the side before long.


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4 November 2011 : Skivo Confirms Williams Ready For Return
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that striker Andy Williams has made it through the week's training sessions without problems. That means that the 25 year old has been given the green light to travel up to Derbyshire this weekend, and be part of the Glovers squad that takes on Chesterfield in a vital League One six-pointer, with both sides in the relegation zone.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that Williams had already stretched his legs this week in a practice match between the club's fringe players and the Centre of Excellence side, and added that captain Paul Huntington had also taken a big step on his road to recovery:

"He (Andy Williams) played in a behind-closed-doors game yesterday (Wednesday) and got two goals and looked really lively. He trained very well today (Thursday) and he'll come straight into the squad for the weekend. So that's one of our important players back. Paul Huntington did a pitch session today, which is his first one, and we'll be looking to have him back and involved for the game against Hereford in the FA Cup. So for us, there are loads of positives coming out of the football club."

The Glovers will recall defender Max Ehmer to the squad, following his one match suspension, and he seems likely to take the right-back slot, given that Luke Ayling will be sitting out tomorrow's match at the B2Net Stadium:

"Luke Ayling won't be involved this weekend. He's been given a game ban and he's also been fined money as well. I think it must have been the same thing as the boy (Gary) Madine got done as well, didn't he? It was the same sort of fine. For us, it's over now, it's done and we move on, but again we're missing a vital player for the weekend."

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine was given an additional one match ban and a 500 fine, after he reacted badly to being dismissed in their game against Carlisle United.

The Glovers will go into the game still missing strikers Jonathan Obika and Steve MacLean along with attacking midfielder Gavin Williams. However Obika should be back at the club on Monday, whilst MacLean and Williams are expected to be involved towards the end of the month.


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3 November 2011 : County Cup Tie Gets New Date
Yeovil Town Reserves have had a new date given for their Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie. The match against Shepton Mallet was due to be played next week, but has been called off due to a clash with the FA Youth Cup First Round match at Farnborough which takes place next Monday night on 7th November.

The revised date for the match at Shepton's Playing Fields will be Tuesday 15th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Officials for the match have also been named. David Bryant will take charge as match referee. He will be assisted by Jason Gordon and Richard Lawrence.


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3 November 2011 : Spireites And Dale Play Swapsies
League One sides Chesterfield and Rochdale, who both lie in the relegation zone currently, have today agreed a highly unusual loan swap deal involving two defenders. The Spireites, who the Glovers play on Saturday, have taken 24 year old centre-back Neal Trotman as their second incoming loan of the day, despite him having played 90 minutes for Dale in their last League One match, and 14 matches since arriving at Spotland.

Trotman has had a rather nomadic career so far, having home through a wide variety of clubs at this level including Oldham Athletic (twice), Preston North End, Colchester United, Southampton and Huddersfield Town before signing for Rochdale on a two year deal this summer.

Chesterfield have allowed 32 year old right-back Dean Holden to go in the other direction - again Holden had played 90 minutes in their line-up on Saturday, meaning that the Spireites will have to make at least one change to their starting line-up for the home match against Yeovil on Saturday.

Given both clubs lie one place apart in the League Table this is certainly one of the more unorthodox swap deals we've seen.

Chesterfield earlier today brought in goalkeeper Ole Soderburg from Newcastle United, suggesting that they are looking to take radical action to deal with a recent run of form that has seen them gain just one point from their last seven matches, leaving them one point above the Glovers in the League One Table.


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3 November 2011 : WWOYTB : Supporters Survey No.1
Earlier this week, we introduced a new supporters' collective known as WWOYTB. Known as We Want Our Yeovil Town Back in full, if you missed their introduction, you can read it here.

There's now a survey online to hopefully touch the surface of how supporters are feeling about the club - to read its aims and to submit your views, head to the article linked below.

Link: WWOYTB : Supporters Survey No.1.


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3 November 2011 : Spireites Bring In New Keeper For Saturday
Saturday's opponents Chesterfield have brought in a new goalkeeper on loan this afternoon. He is Newcastle United's Ole Soderburg who has signed for them until December 10th 2011, having only just returned from a similar spell with Conference side Darlington.

The 21 year old is a Swedish Under-21 international, who has been drafted into the Spireites squad due to first choice goalkeeper Tommy Lee being out with a groin injury, which has left Greg Fleming as their only recognised senior keeper.

Soderburg has represented Sweden at all junior international levels, and made his Under-21s debut in February last season. He has yet to make a first team appearance for Newcastle, but is high enough up their ranks to have sat on their bench 15 times in the Premier League last season.


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3 November 2011 : Ticketing For Hereford United vs Yeovil Town
League Two side Hereford United have announced ticketing information for their FA Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town. The match will take place on Saturday 12th November 2011, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Bulls have issued a flat ticketing structure around the ground that only depends upon whether you are sitting or standing. Prices are as follows:

Seating: Adults: 12.00; Concessions: 9.00; Under-11s: 3.00.

Terracing: Adults: 10.00; Concessions: 7.00; Under-11s: 3.00.

Concessions are applicable to Students carrying NUS Cards, those aged Over-65 and those aged 12-16 years old.

Wheelchair disabled supporters have to reserve their spaces in advance. This can be done by calling 08442 76 1939 selecting Option 1. Both ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge, upon the production of qualifying entitlement. Note that to get to the seated allocation Glovers fans will have, you have to climb some fairly steep steps to the upper tier of a two-tier stand.

Normal allocation Hereford give for away supporters includes the upper tier of the Cargill Stand for seated allocations, then the lower terraced tier of the Cargill Stand for those who want to stand. We used to get the Blackfriars Terrace end as well, but this stand failed a safety inspection during the summer of 2009 and was closed indefinitely. In its place, there are two small temporary stands that have uncovered seating. Those are generally provided as overflow in the event of excess demand, although if they do open it up, then make sure you have your coat with you, as there's no roof! In truth, the standard Cargill away allocation should suffice - it's a side-on allocation, with large concrete supporting pillars, so don't expect a full 360 degree view of the match.

A date for any required First Round Replay has also been set. This will be staged at Huish Park on Tuesday 22nd November 2011, kick-off 7.45p.m.

NOTE: There will be no tickets sold in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office. With the exception of Wheelchair Disabled arrangements, you should therefore pay on the turnstiles.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hereford.

Link: Three Televised FA Cup First Round Ties Selected.

Link: Yeovil Town And The Bulls In The Cup : A Potted History.

Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw Details.


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3 November 2011 : Ayling Banned For Spireites Trip
As expected, Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling has been given a further suspension by the Football Association, after his disciplinary hearing yesterday. As explained in yesterday's news, Ayling's secondary suspension is due to foul and abusive language aimed in the direction of the Stevenage bench, following his dismissal at Broadhall Way last month.

The Western Gazette have confirmed that Ayling will now miss this weekend's match at Chesterfield - his third suspension of the 2011-12 season. He has been fined as well by the Football Association.

Ayling's ban will just be for the one match, according to BBC Radio Bristol, meaning that he will return for next weekend's FA Cup match at Hereford United.


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3 November 2011 : Stech International Call-Up Gives Glovers Keeper Headache
Yeovil Town look almost certain to need a new goalkeeper for next weekend's FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United, after West Ham United keeper Marek Stech was given an international call-up. Czech Republic Under-21 international coach Jakub Dovalil has named the squad that will travel to Armenia for a Euro Under-21 qualifying match, and has listed Stech as one of two goalkeepers in the travelling party.

The match in Armenia takes place on Friday 11th November, with a 1.00p.m. kick-off, and with Stech currently their first choice keeper with ten caps to his name at that level he is likely to start in that match. Stech's one month loan at Huish Park is due to expire on November 19th meaning that he would have one more game for the Glovers following that cup tie, but then both clubs would need to make a decision on his future.

The Glovers do have goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart registered with the club as a player, but he has yet to be drawn into competitive action.

Czech Republic Under-21 Squad to face Armenia:

Goalkeepers:
Roman Vale (FK Baumit Jablonec), Marek těch (West Ham United - on loan at Yeovil Town)

Defenders:
Pavel Čmov (NEC Nijmegen), Luk Hejda (FK Přbram), Tom Kalas (Vitesse Arnhem), Jan Lecjaks (Young Boys Bern), Milan Nitriansk (SK Slavia Praha), Filip Novk (FK Baumit Jablonec)

Midfielders:
Vladimr Darida (FC Viktoria Plzeň), Marek Hanousek (FK Dukla Praha), Josef Hubauer (AC Sparta Praha), Jan Kopic (FK Baumit Jablonec), Ladislav Krejč (AC Sparta Praha), Luk Mareček (RSC Anderlecht)

Forwards:
Vclav Kadlec (AC Sparta Praha), Jan Chramosta (FK Mlad Boleslav), Martin Nepor (Bohemians 1905), Tom Wgner (FK Přbram)


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3 November 2011 : Massey Gets Green Light For Third Month Loan
Yeovil Town striker Gavin Massey has had his loan spell with the Glovers extended into a third month. The 19 year old Watford player will now stay at the club until December 11th after the two clubs agreed an extension on his Youth Loan deal. Although this is a now the third month of the loan spell, Watford have indicated that they are able to extend the deal beyond the maximum 93 days normally allowable, because it has been registered as a youth loan, rather than as a standard loan.

The bad news is that Massey has been barred by the Hornets from playing for Yeovil Town in FA Cup matches, meaning that he will miss next weekend's trip to Hereford United. So far he has scored two goals in 10 appearances for the club, with four of those coming from the bench.


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3 November 2011 : Williams On Edge Of Glovers Return
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams is reported as being ready for a return to first team action, after recovering from an ankle injury. The 25 year old has not been seen since the last week in August, after being the victim of a poor challenge from Sheffield United defender Lescinal Jean-Francois, but returned to light training last week.

This week has seen him return to full training, and he played and scored in a training match between players from the Centre of Excellence set-up and a team made up of 'fringe' players. Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, Skiverton states that Williams will be travelling up to Chesterfield with the squad, and that captain Paul Huntington even stands a chance, depending on what his specialist says:

"Andy Williams will be involved at the weekend. He trained on Tuesday and the one thing he has not lost is his pace. Paul Huntington is also waiting on news from the fracture clinic and he could be ready for this weekend or next weekend."

The club have now got a prognosis on striker Steve MacLean's knee injury. The 29 year old limped out of a block tackle at Stevenage and is expected to be missing for up to three weeks - the same timeframe that Gavin Williams is running to. However, Tottenham Hotspur are expected to allow striker Jonathan Obika to return to Somerset and get involved in training with the Glovers after he recovered from the knee injury that was originally predicted to keep him out until Christmas.

The Gazette also warn that the return of goalkeeper Manuel Almunia to Arsenal, following a loan spell at West Ham United could cause a headache with respect to Marek Stech's loan spell at Yeovil Town. Almunia had been brought in as cover for Rob Green at Upton Park, with the England keeper suffering a knee cartilage injury. Stech's deal at Huish Park commenced with the Hammers well aware of Green's absence, so with Green now back between the sticks, nothing numerically has changed. However, at the time the loan deal commenced, the Hammers had not cleared Stech to play in the FA Cup, and with his one month deal due to expire on November 19th, his future will need to be sorted soon. Green's overall fitness may come into manager Sam Allardyce's thinking here.

Finally, former central defender Stefan Stam will not be reuniting himself on the field of play with his former team-mates, when the Glovers play Hereford United next week. According to the Hereford Times, Stam has been ruled out for six weeks after requiring a knee operation.


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2 November 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield
It's Chesterfield, but not as we know it. Having last visited their Saltergate ground in October 2006, the Spireites have sneaked off and got themselves a brand spanking new ground, dubbed the B2Net Stadium. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide has had a fairly significant uplift (although all of the photos are of Saltergate for the moment) detailing the new ground, and its surrounds. That's meant the pub guide has been skewed towards the north side of the town, although we've left room for those coming in via the railways. For ticketing, club background and other such things, follow the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield.

Link: GWSC Travel To Chesterfield.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.


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2 November 2011 : FA Cup Tie Gets Date Set
Today's Western Morning News reports that they have received confirmation from the club of the date that Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round tie will be played. As expected, the match against Hereford United will be staged on Saturday 12th November at Edgar Street with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

So far, aside from the three televised fixtures, the only match that has had a date switch for the First Round, is Cambridge United's home match against Wrexham, which will be played on Friday 11th November with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Meanwhile Hereford boosted their squad yesterday by signing Fulham striker Richard Peniket on a month's loan. The 6'3" 18 year old is a Welsh Under-19 international. As yet, they've not indicated whether they have permission to play him in their cup match.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hereford.

Link: Three Televised FA Cup First Round Ties Selected.

Link: Yeovil Town And The Bulls In The Cup : A Potted History.

Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw Details.


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2 November 2011 : Skivo Explains Ayling Charge
Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling should discover his fate later today, following the charge issued by the Football Association concerning improper conduct. The right-back received his charge after receiving a red card late on in the match at Stevenage ten days ago, with the strong implication that he would be facing a further suspension on top of his automatic one match ban for handballing a goalbound shot.

Whilst neither Ayling or the club have disputed the decision that led to the red card, they've so far been fairly tight-lipped over what caused the further charge by the FA. Manager Terry Skiverton has now confirmed that the incident was due to swearing as he exited the field of play, and it would appear that the Fourth Official is the one that reported his behaviour.

However, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he felt that the Fourth Official had been inconsistent in how he had dealt with the situation, pointing out that Ayling had not been the only one using foul language during the incident, that occurred close to the dugouts:

"It's over Luke swearing on the way off after the (sending off in the) game. But their No.2 was swearing at Luke, telling him to hurry up, right over the Fourth Official's shoulder. So Luke has had a biter. Also in that game, their No.2 kept grabbing the ball out of the bag and rushing the game. The Fourth Official asked him to stop it, and he got told where to go. But nothing has happened to them."

Although Skiverton is not explicit in who he is referring to within the Stevenage ranks, their assistant manager is John Dreyer, who has had a couple of spells with the club since 2001, and now is manager Graham Westley's deputy.


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1 November 2011 : WWOYTB : We Want Our Yeovil Town Back! - An Introduction
We'd like to introduce Yeovil Town fans to a new supporters' collective. We Want Our Yeovil Town Back, or WWOYTB if you prefer, are a group of Glovers fans trying to create change in the way that supporters currently feel about the club, and to identify problem areas that may be contributing to the Huish Park experience and attendances at the ground.

Over the course of time you'll find them making use of blogging space on Ciderspace as well as use of the site's survey software. Those of you who are on Twitter and Facebook along with the Green Room II should already be aware of their existence. The article below hopefully gives a flavour of what they're about. Feel free to give your own views, as they want this to be a two-way interaction, and expect a first survey to be launched with the backing of WWOYTB in the next 24 hours.

Link: WWOYTB : We Want Our Yeovil Town Back! - An Introduction.


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1 November 2011 : GWSC Travel To Hereford United
In just under two weeks time, Yeovil Town have an FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United. Subject to final confirmation, the match against the League Two side is expected to take place at Edgar Street on Saturday 12th November 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Working on the basis that this date and time stands, the Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 9.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 10.00a.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.

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Chesterfield.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.


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1 November 2011 : Three Televised FA Cup First Round Ties Selected
The Football Association along with Sky Sports and ESPN have chosen their FA Cup First Round matches for live transmission. The terrestrial television match will feature FC Halifax Town, who were only formed in 2008 from the ashes of Halifax Town AFC, and play in the Conference North division.

Their home match at the Shay Stadium, will see them face League One side Charlton Athletic on Sunday 13th November, with a 12.30p.m. kick-off. This will be screened live on ITV1.

Meanwhile satellite/cable broadcaster ESPN have chosen Newport County vs Shrewsbury Town and Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday as their two live matches. Morecambe's tie will be staged on Sunday 13th November with a 3.15p.m. kick-off. They've also scheduled Newport County's match for the previous day, on Saturday 12th November, with a 12.30p.m. kick-off.

All six clubs will receive The FA live broadcast fee of 67,500. All FA Cup First Round winners will receive 18,500 from The FA Cup prize fund. Second Round winners will receive 27,000 if they get that far.

With the three televised matches now having been selected, it's probably safe to assume that Yeovil Town's trip to Hereford United will take place on Saturday 12th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.


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1 November 2011 : Skivo: Blizzard Will Be 'Shining Light' For Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is convinced that he can turn midfielder Dominic Blizzard into a 'shining light' in League One, despite the player having yet to gain a regular run in the side since signing for the Glovers over the summer. The 28 year old signed a one year deal at the club, after suffering a mediocre two year spell with Bristol Rovers that was punctuated by illness and injury. After playing just seven times for the Gas during the 2010-11 season, he was released from the club by mutual consent and shortly afterwards found his way down the A37.

Blizzard has had a quiet start to his time at Huish Park, with a pre-season ankle injury being followed up by a knee injury when he made his full debut against Sheffield Wednesday. That's meant that he has made just three starts and three substitute appearances for the club during the 2011-12 season.

However, two of those starts have come during the last two games, with the former Stockport County player clocking up 83 and 90 minutes during those matches, suggesting that his match fitness is beginning to come through. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he feels that he has got himself a player who can be turned back into a 'shining light' at this level of football:

"I don't think the lad has had enough credit to be honest with you. He had a bad time at Bristol Rovers for whatever reason. When he was at Stockport, he was one of the shining lights in League One and we're going to get him back to that. By hook or crook, I'm going to make sure that Dominic Blizzard becomes the player that he needs to become, because he's got everything.

He's six foot three (inches), he's athletic, he's a good footballer, and he's brave. For whatever reason it didn't work out, but for us as Yeovil, we're very good at turning players, who are other peoples so-called rubbish, into gems. Dominic Blizzard is definitely one who is going to be in that category for us
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1 November 2011 : Ladies Out Of League Cup At First Hurdle
Yeovil Town Ladies fell at the first hurdle of this season's South West Combination Women's League Cup on Sunday as they went out of the competition following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of old rivals Forest Green Rovers. The Glovers twice led through goals from Laura Bray and Kirsty Whitton in a highly competitive game, but Rovers held their nerve to take the match and move through to the second round.

"It was our first defeat of the season, but thankfully it was a cup game," joint Glovers boss Sarah Lawler said after the match. "One of the things that we spoke to the girls about before the game was that this game was a bit of a freebie, and a chance to do the things that we have been doing in training, but it was still disappointing to lose. From our point of view it was game lost through a set piece, and what we now want to see is how well the girls bounce back."

"The first fifteen minutes was all our game," fellow manager Nigel Williams said. "We were well on top, and our passing and movement was exactly what we had asked of the players. We grabbed the opening goal, and then for some reason we backed off a little bit, the opposition put some pressure on us, and got a well worked goal back. We were still in the game, and we were so, right till the end. I never felt us to be under-dogs, but we were beaten on the set piece today. We now have to take a step back and learn from the experience."

Both sides came out of the traps at the hundred miles an hour, hoping to make an early impression. Possession was fairly even, but the Glovers were having the better of the attacks, and deservedly look the lead on seven minutes when Jodi Cornwall made a good run down the left to send in a lovely cross for Laura Bray to head home at the far post.

"It was well taken by Laura (Bray), and was the result of some great build up play," Williams said. "Jodi Cornwall has a cracking left foot, but needs to believe in herself a lot more. We put her out wide because she can deliver, and she sent in a great cross. Laura was up straight in front of the defender, and flicked a header into the right hand corner. It was a great goal, and one that a player her class just lapped up."

Yeovil were on a high now, playing some great football, passing the ball around the midfield with ease, with Laura Wensley, Terri Trowbridge, Stacey Pearson, Leah Jennings, Justine Lorton, Jodi Cornwall and Laura Bray all seeing plenty of the ball. Rovers hardly touched the ball for ten minutes as the Glovers stroked the ball around the pitch.

By the twentieth minute the opposition changed their tactics, as they got at Yeovil, allowing them little time on the ball, and steadily they started to got more possession. Yeovil were still on top, and looking reasonably comfortable, but on 26 minutes Rovers were back on terms when Paige Stewart curled a great free kick from twenty yards over the Glovers wall, past the diving Rachel Simkin. Yeovil made for an immediate reply, and three minutes later Lorton sent a free kick to Trowbridge, who crossed in for Bray to go close, and just on half time Cornwall hit inches wide following a sweeping cross into the box from Jennings.

The Glovers came out for the second half with the bit between their teeth, and re-took the lead on 54 minutes when Cornwall burst down the left to cross on for Kirsty Whitton to head the ball into the back of the net.

"It was great to see Kirsty score again today," Lawler said. "It was a goal scored from another great delivery in from a wide position, and it was exactly what we asked the girls to do by getting the ball crossed in nice and early, and Kirsty has ran in there and smashed it in with her head. That is two goals in two games from her, which is very pleasing."

The goal seemed to spur the visitors on as they attacked at will, and within four minutes they were level again when Charlotte King took the ball off Emma Brazell, following an awkward bounce to break into the box and send a powerful shot past Simkin.

"We are a young team, learning," Williams said. "We have players who have come in this season, and are learning to gel together, but we need to need to start to close games down. Today we failed to do this quick enough when we were 2-1 up. We should have taken the game, but we opening up a bit and let them back in. We were the victim of an unlucky bounce where the ball went over Manners (Emma Brazell) shoulder, but to be honest it was a great strike."

It was all Rovers now as they attacked with full force, looking for the all-important winning goal, and they got it on 77 minutes thanks to an unlucky penalty that resulted from the ball bouncing unevenly in the box and hitting Brazell on the hand. Simkin dived the right way, but Kirsty Richardsons penalty had enough legs to reach the right hand corner of the net.

"The penalty was so unfortunate for Manners today," Lawler said. "The ball just bounced up and hit her on the hand. For a cup game to be decided like this was very unfair, and certainly had this been a league game, a draw would have been the right result. There is no blame on Manners. She did nothing wrong."

"Manners puts in a hundred per cent effort every single game," Williams said. "This was just a game where a couple of things went wrong for her. I am sure that she will feel guilty, but she does not need to. We could not ask for anyone better than Manners. Her work rate and her ability are right up there, and she is someone who loves the club through and through."

Yeovil fought back, and Bray went close with a great cross come shot on 73 minutes, and Cornwall could have got on the score sheet minutes later when she received a lovely cross from Lorton, but the 'keeper just got her fingertips to the ball. Lorton later went close with a lovely free kick from 25 yards on 84 minutes, and substitute Shannon Osman headed just wide with seconds to go.

"After being unbeaten so far this season, perhaps this is a good reality check for us," Lawler said. "We said to the players after the game that we would rather lose to Rovers in the cup than in the league. Today had given us some good lessons in what we need to do to get six points off them in the league later in the season."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Forest Green Rovers Ladies 3.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Pearson, Trowbridge, Brazell, Edwards (Capt), Wensley, Whitton (Osman), Jennings, Cornwall, Lorton (Hatton 80), Bray

[Match Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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