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30 November 2012 : Bury Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final home match of October was a somewhat shakey 2-1 victory over Bury. Ground out by perseverence rather than by style, a goal in each half from Byron Webster and Sam Foley got all three points, even if the Shakers left the home crowd shaken by an unexpected equaliser during the second half.

Man of the Match voting saw three players rise wll above the rest. Goalscorer Sam Foley polled well, but the end result saw central midfield pair Ed Upson and Korey Smith battle it out. The Norwich City loanee was the one who came out on top, with results as shown below:

1 Korey Smith 258 (19)
2 Ed Upson 200 (13)
3 Sam Foley 180 (11)
4 Marek Stech 88 (4)
5 Paddy Madden 36 (1)
6 Byron Webster 28 (1)
7 Joe Edwards 28 (0)
8 Daniel Burn 26 (1)
9 Keanu Marsh-Brown 18 (0)
10 James Hayter 12 (0)
11 Jamie McAllister 10 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.16

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 6.32

VOTES RECEIVED: 50


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30 November 2012 : Tranmere Away Man Of The Match Result
One of the penalties of a compressed season, with far more midweek matches in the first half, has been that we've fallen woefully behind with announcing the Man of the Match results. Apologies for that, but with a quiet, largely football-free weekend on the cards, we'll hopefully catch up over the weekend.

First up is last month's away trip to Tranmere Rovers that saw us come out on the wrong side of a 3-2 defeat at Prenton Park. Despite going two goals up, through Paddy Madden and Sam Foley, the Wirral club hit back during the second period, keeping them top of the division.

As far as the Man of the Match votes were concerned, the two goalscorers both featured well, although were separated by goalkeeper Marek Stech, who finished second in the poll, and midfielder Korey Smith in third. The overall winner was Paddy Madden, who edged ahead of that pair, to take the vote.

Results are as follows:

1 Paddy Madden 40 (2)
2 Marek Stech 32 (2)
3 Korey Smith 28 (1)
4 Sam Foley 26 (2)
5 Richard Hinds 12 (1)
6 Keanu Marsh-Brown 2 (0)
7 Ed Upson 2 (0)
7 Daniel Burn 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.25

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 6.50

VOTES RECEIVED: 8


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30 November 2012 : Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have put on sale a Half Season Ticket to cover the second part of the 2012-13 season. The ticket will cover all eleven home matches as currently scheduled from January 1st 2013, commencing with the New Year's Day fixture against Leyton Orient, through to the final home game against Crewe Alexandra.

Obviously these would do well as Christmas presents for friends or family, or indeed for yourself! Prices are as follows:

Thatchers Gold Stand (Home Terrace): Adults: £145; Seniors/Disabled: £105; Aged 16-21: £85; Under-16s: £50; Junior Glovers: £35

Screwfix (East) Stand Wing Blocks: Adults: £150; Seniors/Disabled: £120; Aged 16-21: £90; Under-16s: £55; Junior Glovers: £35

Screwfix (East) Stand Central Blocks: Adults: £170; Seniors/Disabled: £135; Aged 16-21: £90; Under-16s: £60; Junior Glovers: £35

AgustaWestland (Main) Stand Wing Blocks: Adults: £160; Seniors/Disabled: £135; Aged 16-21: £90; Under-16s: £55; Junior Glovers: £35

AgustaWestland (Main) Stand Central Blocks: Adults: £180; Seniors/Disabled: £150; Aged 16-21: £90; Under-16s: £60; Junior Glovers: £35

There are also options for Family Half-Season Tickets as follows:

Thatchers Gold Stand (Home Terrace): One Adult, One Child: £180; One Adult, Two Children: £215; Two Adults, One Child: £330; Two Adults, Two Children: £360.

Screwfix (East) Stand Wing Blocks: One Adult, One Child: £190; One Adult, Two Children: £225; Two Adults, One Child: £345; Two Adults, Two Children: £380.

Screwfix (East) Stand Central Blocks: One Adult, One Child: £210; One Adult, Two Children: £245; Two Adults, One Child: £380; Two Adults, Two Children: £415.

AgustaWestland (Main) Stand Wing Blocks: One Adult, One Child: £200; One Adult, Two Children: £235; Two Adults, One Child: £360; Two Adults, Two Children: £400.

AgustaWestland (Main) Stand Central Blocks: One Adult, One Child: £215; One Adult, Two Children: £255; Two Adults, One Child: £400; Two Adults, Two Children: £435.

For all bookings and enquiries, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or give them a call on 01935-847888. Obviously try to avoid home matchdays - in particular during the hour leading up until kick-off itself when they will only sell tickets for that day's match.


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29 November 2012 : Ladies Offer Free Admission For Youngsters
Yeovil Town Ladies are offering FREE admission to their match this coming Sunday for all young persons attending the game. Their match against Gillingham Ladies is an FA Women's Premier League match, which takes place at Wells City FC on Sunday 2nd December 2012. With no Yeovil Town men's first team game this weekend, this is your best chance to see a Glovers side in action this weekend. Kick-off will be at 2.00p.m.

Standard admission charges are £3.00 for Adults and £1.00 (OAPs and Children). However, for this fixture, those aged Under-18 can gain FREE admission. Just quote 'Girls Football Offer' on the gate and you will get in for nowt!

Address: Wells City Football Club, Rowdens Road, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1TU.


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29 November 2012 : Pompey Refused Permission To Bring In Keeper For December
League One side Portsmouth have been refused permission by the Football League to bring in a new goalkeeper, following the closure of the Emergency Loan transfer window last week. The Hampshire club had hoped for special dispensation to cover the loss of Alex Cisak, who had been recalled by Oldham Athletic following the dismissal of Latics keeper Dean Bouzanis in the Tuesday night fixture.

The red card for Bouzanis meant that Oldham were going to be a keeper short for the next three fixtures, and so recalled Cisak, who had only just arrived at Fratton Park a week ago on transfer deadline day. That move has now been reversed, with Cisak returning to Boundary Park. Pompey had hoped to get in a replacement, but have been told that as they already have 23 year old Simon Eastwood on their books, that no such request can be granted under League rules.

The Football League's rejection of the request has nothing to do with Portsmouth's ongoing financial crisis, that has seen them in administration since February 17th 2012. The same situation would develop if Glovers first choice keeper Marek Stech were to become unavailable during December, with Gareth Stewart registered as the club's second choice. Therefore it is hard to see why Pompey felt they could bypass rules. However, it does leave them with a headache given that Eastwood has previously only played four matches for them, mostly in cup competitions. He does though have some other League level experience, having had a loan spell with Bradford City whilst on the books of Huddersfield Town.

Pompey are due to play Yeovil Town over the Christmas holiday period, on Saturday 29th December, meaning that Eastwood should still be between the sticks on that day. Next month will be a big one for them, not only because of their precarious league position that currently sees them outside the relegation zone only on goal difference, but also because the club is going to the High Court to resolve the ownership of their Fratton Park ground.

The club had previously separated out their land assets, with control of the stadium falling into the hands of former owner Balram Chainrai. He still has a vested interest in the club, given that he is reported as being owed £17 million in loans he gave Pompey during his time as owner. His company Portpin also recently made an unsuccessful bid to buy the club back from the company administrators.

Property Developer Stuart Robinson, who is a major investor in the Portsmouth Supporters Trust is attempting to buy the ground on behalf of PST, and to then lease it back to them. That would allow the Trust the ability to complete their purchase of the club, and take it out of administration, having already been given the green light as the preferred bidder.

Portsmouth Supporters Trust are attempting to force the sale of the ground to Robinson, in an unusual High Court case, where they will attempt to persuade a judge that the offer of £2.75 million for the stadium is fair. However Chainrai is holding out for more. The hearing will take place in London across December 13th and 14th. Administrator Trevor Birch says that the outcome will have a huge bearing on Pompey's future:

"This hearing is critical in deciding the future of Portsmouth Football Club: if the Court agrees with the sale value of Fratton Park, we can sell the club as a going concern to the PST; if we lose, liquidation will become the most likely option."

Birch has set, and then later discarded, numerous 'deadlines' associated with Portsmouth's future as a football club. We'll have to wait until the middle of next month to see how serious he is about this latest one. If/when they do resolve the Fratton Park issue, and exit administration, they still have one further hurdle outstanding - a ten point deduction that will be triggered in return for the new company gaining a 'Golden Share' membership of the Football League. The deduction is pending due to Pompey failing to fulfil the terms of their original CVA which was agreed in February 2010, but was never honoured.


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28 November 2012 : Steven Caulker Video Interview
With the name of Tottenham Hotspur central defender Steven Caulker now very much in the national eye, the 20 year old is now starting to get his own media exposure. His parent club have done a video interview tracing through his career so far, including his loan spell with Yeovil Town during the 2009-10 season, and his subsequent call-ups to the Team GB Olympics squad, and this month's debut for the England international team.

In terms of his time at Huish Park, Steven has happy memories of the club that gave him his professional first team debut, name-checking Terry Skiverton, who was his manager at the time he was drafted in as a 17 year old:

"It was my first taste. I was lucky to be down there with Ryan Mason and Jon Obika. So I fitted in really well. It was a fantastic team, and they had a really great team spirit. I managed to get in about 46 games. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I was obviously thankful to Terry Skiverton for giving me the chance, because at that young age for a centre-half, there's not that many managers that will give you that opportunity. So I was glad to get my league debut out of the way, and I've kicked on ever since."

You can view the whole interview via the YouTube clip below.




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28 November 2012 : Ten Day Break Gives Glovers Chance To Patch Up Troops
Having faced a hectic schedule of football during the 2012-13 season, Yeovil Town are making good use of the current unplanned break in games to get some of their players back up to full fitness again. The Glovers are without a first team fixture this weekend as it is FA Cup Second Round weekend, meaning that they have a ten day gap between last Saturday's match against Carlisle United and next Tuesday's Football League Trophy fixture against Wycombe Wanderers.

Since the season began on August 14th, there have been only four midweek periods when the club have not had a match, meaning that for three months they have been more or less running at two matches every week. That inevitably causes 'wear and tear' sort of injuries and the club report that a number of players have missed training this week. These include Luke Ayling, Gavin Williams, Reuben Reid, Byron Webster, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Richard Hinds and Ed Upson. All were fit enough to be included in last Saturday's matchday squad for the Carlisle game, but have been reported at various times as carrying knocks that have threatened their participation in matches.

With the next game not taking place until Tuesday 4th December, those players have been given rehabilitation time to overcome some of their problems, giving them a better chance of getting through the Christmas period in one piece.

Not quite everything will be resolved in the ten day break though. Right-winger Lewis Young (ankle ligaments) and left-sided Nathan Ralph (knee surgery) remain out until January, although manager Gary Johnson said last week that he was hoping to set an ambitious target for the pair to return by December 22nd. Meanwhile midfielder Dominic Blizzard remains out with a groin injury and as yet there's no date for his return to full training. However, he will not be available for next Tuesday's match.

Other than those three, the other definite absentees for next Tuesday's home game against Wycombe will be striker Paddy Madden and defender Dale Bennett, who are cup-tied, having played for Carlisle United and AFC Wimbledon respectively. Both will return in the December 8th League One match against Notts County.


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27 November 2012 : Gary Johnson Interview With TalkSport
Last month, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to TalkSport Radio in an interview conducted after the Glovers had won their home match against Bury. Their ten minute chat with Gary ranged from the current season, along with a nod back to his earlier managerial spell at the club and what he achieved then.

That interview can now be read online via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To TalkSport Radio.

In addition, BBC Somerset ran with a much longer broadcast of their post-match interview with Gary following the 1-0 win over Crawley Town. That's now been added to the archives and available via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Crawley.


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26 November 2012 : Ladies Rearrange League Cup Game
The FA Women's Premier League has moved quickly to re-arrange Sunday's postponed league cup game against Portsmouth Ladies. The re-arranged match will take place on Sunday 9th December 2012, kicking off at 2.00p.m. at Moneyfields FC in Portsmouth.

A fresh date for the league game that was due to have taken place on that day, against Tottenham Hotspur, will be announced in due course.

Yeovil Town Ladies are at home to Gillingham Ladies this coming Sunday 2nd December 2012, the game taking place at the Athletic Ground at Wells City FC, kicking off at 2.00p.m.


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25 November 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's 1-3 home defeat against Carlisle United, the Sky Sports website is now carrying match highlights. Click on the link below to see all four goals, amongst just under two minute's worth of the game.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Highlights.


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25 November 2012 : GWSC Travel To Walsall
In just under two weeks time Yeovil Town make the trip up the length of the M5, as they travel to play Walsall in a League One match. The game at the Bescot Stadium takes place on Saturday 15th December 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. 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 Yeovil Bus Station at 9.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £21.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £19.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.


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25 November 2012 : Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's next away match is now available. The League One trip to Walsall takes place at the Bescot Stadium (or the Banks's Stadium if you prefer) on Saturday 15th December 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £19.50; Concessions: £13.50.

Concessions apply to those aged Over-60 and Under-18 years old.

Walsall's club website merely gives an unhelpful "text to appear here shortly" message for their disabled facilities and ticketing page. However, assuming that things haven't changed, you'll be charged the above rates, but with an assistant admitted free of charge. Note that their wheelchair disabled facilities are in a home area of the ground.

There is a two pound surcharge of the above prices if you choose to purchase your ticket on the day.

We have noted that this season, Walsall have sent out some tickets to visiting clubs, but not on every occasion - at present we don't know if the Huish Park Ticket Office will be one of those clubs that gets given a batch, as decision-making on this seems to be fairly random. Walsall's past policy has been to generally not provide visiting clubs with advance tickets. On top of this, they charge 50p per credit card transaction, and £1.00 for any tickets that are posted out. So by the time you've paid for the cost of your phone call, you've more or less paid that anyway. Walsall's Ticket Office is available on 01922-651414 or 01922-651416. They are open from 9.00a.m. until 4.30p.m.

Away supporters are situated in the all-seated Heathland Stand Homeserve Stand Dains Stand Extra Bet Stand Sign Specialists Stand (it's just as well they're now sponsored by Sign Specialists given all the name changes they keep giving it - locals will know it as the William Sharpe Stand). It is billed as holding 1,914 spectators and is situated behind the goal. There are a few supporting pillars in the way but nothing too bad.


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25 November 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Carlisle Home Game
Following yesterday afternoon's 1-3 home defeat against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Carlisle Home Game.


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25 November 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Carlisle Interview
Just before Saturday's match against Carlisle United kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on team selection and the weather and pitch conditions prior to kick-off, can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Carlisle.


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24 November 2012 : Johnson Apologises For 'Embarrassing' Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson branded his side's performance as 'embarrassing' after he saw the Glovers slip to a 1-3 home defeat against Carlisle United. The fifth loss of the season came as two goals from Mark Beck and a Joe Garner header gave the visitors a fairly comfortable win that was only in brief danger when Reuben Reid's second half goal pulled the game back to a single goal deficit.

After a week that had seen Somerset suffer a deluge of rain, Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he felt that the only people in the Yeovil camp that deserved credit were the ground staff for getting the match in in the first place. However, he felt his own side failed to put in the same effort:

"It was more than disappointing; it was a bit embarrassing to be fair. We didn't get going. Only two groups have come out of the game with credit, and that's our ground staff for getting the game on, and Carlisle for doing all that travelling, and having problems on the way, and putting in a much stronger performance than us. So 'embarrassing' is my word. We'll win a good one and then we'll lose a bad one. That's us, I'm afraid. At the moment we're proving that we've got some that are not up for it every week."

Johnson feels that some of his players were not consistent enough to perform at the same level every week, and apologised to the supporters and the directors for what they had witnessed during this afternoon's game:

"Until we get round to the to's and fro's of the January window, we're going to have to keep doing that. We'll trying, and I'll keep trying to pick the right eleven and pick the right players and get the right mentality. I can only apologise to the supporters that turned up, because that was a great effort to turn up in this weather. Also my directors, because I've been saying that we've got some good players here. So we've got a lot to do as staff, because that was nowhere near good enough today, physically or mentally. We mustn't shirk from that responsibility of telling the truth."

Gary was only willing to single out one player for praise, with Bristol City loanee Joe Edwards having got the Match Sponsor's Man of the Match. The Glovers boss felt that the versatile player, who deputised as a left-back today, was one of the few to come out with credit:

"I think Joe Edwards gave his all, but the others had poor games and didn't show enough mental strength to get us back in the game. It's one of those embarrassing days and I'm disappointed, but some people are going to be made to work very hard in the next 10 days. Call it a punishment or whatever you like. We need to build for the Wycombe (Football League Trophy) game and we're going to be working every single day. We've been on a good run but every time we get an opportunity to step into the higher reaches of the league again, we seem to fail. These sort of performances drag you back into the relegation zone."


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24 November 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Carlisle
If you watched this afternoon's 1-3 home defeat against Carlisle United 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 Carlisle United.


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24 November 2012 : Yeovil 1 Carlisle 3 : Wet Performance In Wet Weather
Yeovil Town crashed to their fifth home defeat of the League One season this afternoon, after a sloppy performance allowed Carlisle United a 3-1 win. In wet conditions throughout the game, the Glovers fell behind twice due to two goals from teenage striker Mark Beck before they briefly woke up by getting back into the game through a poacher's goal from substitute Reuben Reid. However, Joe Garner restored Carlisle's two goal advantage five minutes later to end Yeovil's hopes of a comeback, and allow the Cumbrians to gain a deserved three points.

Team news saw Yeovil make two forced changes for differing reasons. Left-back Jamie McAllister had reached five yellow cards and so had to sit out the game, with Joe Edwards being slotted into yet another position on the park. Meanwhile Paddy Madden was barred from playing against his parent club and so was in the stands, replaced by Gozie Ugwu, who made his playing comeback from a hamstring injury during midweek. On the bench, Dale Bennett was given his first chance in the squad, having joined on loan from Watford, whilst there were spaces for Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo after their Youth Team game was postponed earlier this morning.

The match started off with Yeovil Town holding possession well, and in particular making good runs round the Carlisle flanks, but without creating too much to scare Carlisle keeper Adam Collin - the best coming from a Keanu Marsh-Brown ball across the box that missed players in the centre. Instead it was the visitors that began to carve out the real chances, with David Symington forcing Marek Stech to save with his legs, followed by a Brad Potts shot that Stech also saved. That should have given enough of a warning sign that the Cumbrians were able to create chances when they got the ball, and they took the lead when Matty Robson's ball across the face of the box found Mark Beck unmarked, sliding in for a 21st minute lead.

Sam Foley headed over the bar, whilst James Hayter had a shot turned around the post by Adam Collin for a corner as the Glovers rallied. Yet defensively they still looked fragile. Mark Beck could have got a second, whilst Mark Symington produced another Marek Stech save from distance. Yeovil needed to tighten up on their organisation and concentration when they didn't have the ball. The end result was a goal deficit, despite having had the greater possession during that 45 minute period.

If the hope had been that a rousing half time team talk would bounce the Glovers back into the game, then that all went out the window just 50 seconds into the second period. Eighteen year old Mark Beck had never scored a Football League goal before today, but as many were just returning to their seats he produced an excellent left-footed volleyed shot from the edge of the box to double the visitors lead and stun the home support and players.

Striker Reuben Reid was swiftly introduced to the action, and after a brief lull in the game, Yeovil finally rallied, with the substitute getting the goal they badly needed. Sam Foley was the architect of that, producing a shot that Adam Collin couldn't hold onto, and Reid was there, right place, right time to slot in the rebound, and give the home part of the ground a big boost. Carlisle suddenly looked rattled, and James Hayter's angled shot towards the far post was inches away from a quick-fire equaliser.

But Yeovil have a defensive habit of shooting themselves in the foot when they're on top in games. They also have a defensive habit of shooting themselves in the foot from set pieces. And so it proved, with David Symington's corner being met at the near post by Joe Garner, with the Watford striker having lost his marker as the set piece came in. This was Carlisle's first attack in the five minutes following Reid's goal, but it was crucial in that it killed off the Glovers comeback and regalvanised the visitors who had briefly looked jittery.

Yeovil never really recovered from that third goal. Gavin Williams and Dale Williams came on to freshen up the side, and Super Gav did manage the odd spark, including one shot that Collin saved. But the game was gone and it fizzled out badly with Carlisle easy victors. A lack of buzz about the performance saw a soggy end to a soggy day, and the only good news out of the game was that Yeovil remain in 12th place - a solid mid-table team, but one upon which it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand exactly which Glovers side will turn up to the game - Tuesday's battling committed side that travelled to Crawley, or the one that was a shadow of that today.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 3.

Scorers: Mark Beck (0-1, 21 mins), Mark Beck (0-2, 46 mins), Reuben Reid (1-2, 65 mins), Joe Garner (1-3, 70 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 22. Joe Edwards
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 19. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams (72 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 11. Reuben Reid (49 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 23. Will Agbo 24. Mitch Brundle 26. Dale Bennett (80 mins for Luke Ayling)


Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin
2. Frankie Simek 15. Mike Edwards 5. Danny Livesey 24. Chris Chantler
19. David Symington 21. James Berrett 16. Brad Potts 3. Matty Robson
17. Mark Beck 22. Joe Garner

Substitutes:
20. Mark Gillespie 4. Jon-Paul McGovern (77 mins for David Symington) 7. Andy Welsh 18. Josh Todd 23. Sean McGinty 27. Kallum Higginbotham 33. Valentin Gjokaj

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Carlisle Bookings: David Symington (dissent, 76 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 15.

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,394 (including 117 Carlisle supporters)


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24 November 2012 : Team News: Two Changes For Glovers As Suspension Hits
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home game against Carlisle United. The slight surprise is that left-back Jamie McAllister actually reached his fifth yellow card of the season in Tuesday night's trip to Crawley Town and so he is suspended for one match. He will be replaced positionally by Joe Edwards in the full-back position.

Edwards sees his midfield slot taken by Ed Upson who returns after a four match suspension. The other change is as expected, with Paddy Madden not allowed to play against his parent club. Reading striker Gozie Ugwu takes his place in the line-up. On the bench, Reuben Reid returns, following a slight injury that kept him out during midweek, whilst Watford loanee makes his first appearance in the squad.

The line-up is therefore as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 22. Joe Edwards
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 19. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 23. Will Agbo 24. Mitch Brundle 26. Dale Bennett


Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin
2. Frankie Simek 15. Mike Edwards 5. Danny Livesey 24. Chris Chantler
19. David Symington 21. James Berrett 16. Brad Potts 3. Matty Robson
17. Mark Beck 22. Joe Garner

Substitutes:
20. Mark Gillespie 4. Jon-Paul McGovern 7. Andy Welsh 18. Josh Todd 23. Sean McGinty 27. Kallum Higginbotham 33. Valentin Gjokaj


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24 November 2012 : Ladies Suffer Pompey Postponement
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their planned League Cup match against Portsmouth Ladies called off. The game at Moneyfields FC has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date for this game will be arranged in due course.


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24 November 2012 : Match Referee Arrives At Huish Park
Today's match referee, Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) has arrived at Huish Park for the game against Carlisle United. The good news is that he agrees that the pitch is still playable, and therefore the game remains ON. However, needless to say, the next 3.5 hours worth of weather could change things - we'll keep an eye on the situation if it turns for the worse.


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24 November 2012 : Carlisle Game Pitch Watch
Yeovil Town's home League one fixture remains on, after a local referee deemed the pitch playable for the game against Carlisle United. However, with heavy rain in the town having already started, and the pitch fairly saturated after a week's worth of rain, the local referee is going to stay in place until the match referee appears, and provide regular feedback on the situation.

However, at present, the match remains on - we'll provide an update if any later pitch inspections cause concerns.


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24 November 2012 : Youth Team vs Grecians Called Off Again
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their match against Exeter City postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. With the Youth Alliance Cup Group game being a key decider for the group qualification, it will need to be rearranged relatively quickly. We'll bring a revised date as soon as we have it.


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23 November 2012 : Carlisle Game Weather Watch
With so much rain having fallen in Somerset this week, Yeovil Town officials and supporters have probably heaved a sigh of relief that today's weather is somewhat drier than of late. The county has hit the national news due to widespread flooding and inevitably there have been concerns raised about tomorrow afternoon's League One home match against Carlisle United.

The good news is that the weather forecasters are largely expecting today to remain dry in South Somerset, with very light winds, and that should give the groundstaff the chance to get rid of any soggy patches. The bad news is that the rain is due to return in a serious way across tomorrow, with heavy downpours forecast by the Met Office from around 10.00a.m. onwards.

At present the club are not reporting any problems with the match, and have hired equipment from Somerset County Cricket Club to assist with pitch drainage. Hopefully this will circumvent any late problems. Forecasting website MetCheck predicts 2.8mm of rain before mid-day, 4.1mm of rain from then until kick-off, with a further 5.2mm falling during the match and just after.

On that basis, any early pitch inspection is going to be unlikely - it's what falls out of the sky in the few hours leading up to kick-off that will be the issue. Needless to say, we'll put any concerns onto our Twitter feed the second we're aware of them, and of course on this news page as soon as possible after that.


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23 November 2012 : Haynes-Brown Deal Opens Up Permanent Move Option
Cambridge United Director of Football Jez George strongly hints that his club's loan deal for Curtis Haynes-Brown could turn into a permanent transfer. The 23 year old went out on loan yesterday to the Conference National club, until January 2nd, having also spent a couple of months with AFC Wimbledon earlier in the season.

Despite a bright start with the club, the former Lowestoft Town player has disappeared down the pecking order and has managed just 28 minutes worth of first team football for the Glovers over the past 13 months, with just two of those minutes coming this season. With loan defenders twice having been brought in to coincide with Haynes-Brown going out on loan, despite the club being thin on the ground for permanent squad players, the broad unwritten message has been that the left-sided player doesn't have a defined future at the club.

George has told BBC Sport that he sees the idea of taking on the player as a means to look at him in advance of the permanent transfer window opening in January. He also notes that Haynes-Brown still has roots in the area:

"Curtis is a local lad; he lives in Ipswich and was previously a Colchester United youth player. Although he hasn't played too many games, he's big, strong, athletic and quick. We thank Gary (Johnson) for his help in making this a cost effective deal to give us defensive cover and the chance to look at Curtis before the transfer window opens in January."


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23 November 2012 : Youth Team vs Grecians Gets New Date - Possibly!
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side have had their postponed Cup Group match against Exeter City rescheduled for tomorrow. The Football League have indicated that the Youth Alliance Cup Group match will take place at Alvington at 11.00a.m. on Saturday 24th November, in a game that could decide who goes through to the knock-out stages. A point for the Glovers would guarantee qualification, whilst the Grecians must win their last two matches to stand a chance.

The original tie was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Given the floods in Somerset this week, we can envisage a similar outcome this time around as well. Hence if you are planning to attend, keep an eye on this news page and our Twitter feed for any late news.

The Alvington venue is situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub just off Bunford Lane. Admission to the game is free of charge.


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22 November 2012 : Glovers Boss Talks About Bennett Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that he has got a versatile defender on his hands, having brought Watford defender Dale Bennett into the club today. The 22 year old was a deadline day signing today, and will remain with the club until January 3rd. The Hornets academy product has made 25 appearances for the Championship side, and although in principle he is a central defender, he has also played as a right-back.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he believes the Enfield-born player is also capable of playing the opposite full-back slot and could also be used as a midfield blocker. He described what he hoped to get out of him over the next six weeks:

"He's not a young young lad. He's 22 years old, which is good as we've got a lot of young lads. He's a bit of a talker as well. He can play centre-back or any full-back position, and probably centre-midfield if you wanted a bit of a destroyer in there. He's a bit like a rash, in that he's all over you in the way that he plays. He's very strong and very quick."

Bennett's arrival means that the Glovers are now back with six loan players on their books, meaning that one player will need to be left out of the squad over the coming period. However, Johnson explained that issues affecting four of his current loanees between now and the end of the year mean that he does not expect to have to proactively make a decision of who to leave out on too many occasions:

"Dale knows that he won't come straight into the team. He knows that he's got to get a little bit of good training under him and some sharpness. If you look at it, Paddy Madden misses the next two games anyway, Gozie (Ugwu) has got a hamstring problem thay may or may not come back, Joe (Edwards) and Korey (Smith) will miss the Portsmouth and Bournemouth games, so we knew that although we have got the six loans, it wouldn't make a lot of difference."


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22 November 2012 : Clifford Makes Crawley Move
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Conor Clifford is one of several transfer deadline day loan moves affecting League One clubs. The Chelsea academy player has joined Crawley Town on loan until January 5th, having already turned out for Portsmouth earlier this season. Down on the South Coast, he made three appearances, scoring one goal, but was sent back to Stamford Bridge due to their need to bring in different squad players whilst continuing under their transfer embargo.

Another former loanee Lawson D'Ath has had his spell at Cheltenham Town extended until January 2nd. The Reading player had signed a one month loan with the Robins last month, but that has been extended until January 2nd, despite him being out with a knee injury for the past three weeks.

For the Glovers, it's been one in, one out on the deadline day for emergency loan deals, with Dale Bennett arriving from Watford, but Curtis Haynes-Brown departing to Cambridge United.

That won't stop manager Gary Johnson registering Jaime Peters (work permit allowing) or his unnnamed Dutch trialist at a later date though, provided the relevant player has not been registered with another senior club since September 1st.


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22 November 2012 : Haynes-Brown Heads Out On Loan Again
Yeovil Town defender Curtis Haynes-Brown has gone out on loan again. The 23 year old has already had a loan spell at AFC Wimbledon this season, making six appearances for the League Two side.

Now he is off to Conference National side Cambridge United until January 2nd, having made just one 88th minute substitute appearance since his return. With the arrival of Watford defender Dale Bennett on loan today, it would appear that Haynes-Brown has gone out in the other direction to compensate for that.


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22 November 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 24th November 2012 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Mr Martin is a new official on the circuit, having been appointed to the Football League's referee lists over the summer of 2012. We've never had him before, not even as an assistant or a fourth official. As such we've not got anything positive or negative to say about him. He began life at this level with a bang, dishing out a red card in his first match, in a League Two game between Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham, although that was for two bookable offences. Since then he's been fairly moderate in his approach, with no further dismissals and 32 yellows across 12 matches.

His last game was Colchester United's 2-0 win over Bury last Saturday, with five yellows spread across both sides - the most top-heavy he's been all season. He's not taken charge of a Carlisle United fixture yet either - this will be only his third game at League One level.

Mr Martin will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Hulme (Somerset).


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22 November 2012 : Glovers Make Bennett Loan Move
Yeovil Town have signed up Watford central defender Dale Bennett on loan. The 22 year old, who has had loan experience with Wealdstone, Kettering Town, Brentford and AFC Wimbledon will be on the club's books until January 3rd.

The Watford trainee has made 25 appearances for the Hornets so far but has yet to feature for them this season. Dale was born in Enfield on January 6th 1990, and signed his first professional contract with the Championship side in March 2008, having been captain of their Under-18s side. He made his debut six months later against West Ham United. He started off with loan spells with Wealdstone and Kettering Town during 2008, with the latter turning into a half season loan across the 2008-09 season.

His main experience at this level came during the 2011-12 campaign when he had two loan spells with Brentford, separated by injury. Having scored on his debut for the Bees, he returned to his parent club, having picked up a training ground injury. However, he'd impressed enough for the West London side to want to take him back for a second occasion. This season he has been in League Two with AFC Wimbledon, and so would have rubbed shoulders with Curtis Haynes-Brown, although due to the latter's injury the two never played in the same side. He made six appearances for them, all across the month of September.

Dale is in principle a central defender, but can also play as a right-back. He is under contract at Vicarage Road until the end of the 2012-13 season. He is now one of six loan players on Yeovil Town's books, although with Paddy Madden unable to play in the next two fixtures, and Joe Edwards and Korey Smith returning to their parent clubs in mid-December, there will only be a maximum of two fixtures where that problem arises.

Further Watford loan news, of particular relevance to Yeovil Town supporters is that Joe Garner has had his loan spell with Carlisle United extended until January 3rd. He is effectively Paddy Madden's replacement within their ranks, and has scored seven times since his arrival at Brunton Park.


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22 November 2012 : Bray Brace Sees Ladies Defeat U's
Laura Bray grabbed two dramatic goals as Yeovil Town Ladies turned on the style to comfortably beat an impressive Colchester United Ladies 3-1 at Raleigh Grove on Sunday. Jade Radburn added the third goal with her second of the season, and her team maintained their fifth place in the Premier League table.

The Glovers came into the game on the back of some good form, and this translated well in this match as they clicked, laying into the opposition from the start, but into took until half time before Justine Lorton set up Laura Bray to give a deserved lead. Bray was on the score sheet again just after half time, set up by Helen Bleazard, but the visitors got one back four minutes later to keep the game alive. However, Yeovil were in no mood to give the game away, and their dominance was rewarded in the final minute when Bray set up Jade Radburn to head the ball into the back of the net, prompting raptures of celebration throughout the ground.
Justine Lorton puts in the cross for Yeovil's opening goal
Justine Lorton puts in the cross for Yeovil's opening goal
Photo ©2012 David Mills/Yeovil Town Ladies

"It was an excellent effort and result from the ladies this weekend," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. "When we went to Colchester earlier in the season we were the better team, but were unable to capitalise on the pressure we put on them that day, coming away with a point from their ground. This match started in the same vein loads of pressure and possession, but our sites were not set early on with some wayward shots. Believe me, Colchester are a good team, they are experienced in this league and we had to work hard to break them down."

"Our game plan was to use our wide players and attack the flanks, and we peppered their goal a number of times from great deliveries from the left and right. Our first goal came at the right time, on approximately forty minutes with a delivery from the left, and Laura Bray meeting it and scoring with her head at the near post. We deserved the lead at half time, and we told the girls that although they could congratulate themselves, the game was not over and we had to play the same way from the start of the second half."
Laura Bray's superb chip leaves the Colchester keeper standing helpless
Laura Bray's superb chip leaves the Colchester keeper standing helpless for Yeovil's second goal
Photo ©2012 David Mills/Yeovil Town Ladies

"We have played too many games this season where we should have won and let them go. Only us to blame for that, but this one was different. We have learnt from those games and went straight out and hit Colchester again. This time from the right Helen (Bleazard) played Laura (Bray) through after a great angled run took her past a static back four. Laura as cool as you like, lobbed the ‘keeper from just inside the 18 yard box."

"The next part of the game showed that we have grown in this league. We were under the cosh for about twenty minutes after our second goal and gave them back a poor goal really. They delivered a poor cross from the right and we didn’t take responsibility for clearing it. Their left winger came in at the back post and tapped the ball home to make it 2-1."
The Yeovil Town defence clear their lines from a Colchester attack
The Yeovil Town defence clear their lines from a Colchester attack
Photo ©2012 David Mills/Yeovil Town Ladies

"However, we grouped together again and remained focused to continue playing our game, and kept the ball when we should have. Our passing was good and we played a patient game allowing us to draw Colchester out of there defensive zone to chase the ball. We made a change on seventy minutes, bringing on Grace Rapp, as a precaution for Stace (Pearson) who has had a slight injury we have nursed through. This saw Laura Bray move to the left. After scoring two she then set up Jade (Radburn) for the third goal to finish off the game with a brilliant delivery. Jade came in at the far post and stooping low she headed the ball into the net, and the place went mad!"

"This was a brilliant three points, and a well-earned win by the girls. Sarah and I were very proud of them this weekend. The squad are us a nice headache to have in selection at this time. We have some great players fighting for places, and everyone knows that we are in a competitive league with a competitive squad. This gives us an advantage in my opinion, because the team works harder knowing that they have someone waiting in the wings. We continue to take one step at a time building confidence in the team and getting them to believe in themselves, and in what we are aiming to achieve for Yeovil Town Ladies."

"I hope that we will continue to see the crowds grow. It was good to see the high attendance this weekend at Sherborne FC, and we would encourage everyone to keep looking for our fixture announcements and attend the games. The Girls responded to a good crowd this weekend, and a huge thank you to the attending supporters."
Helen Bleazard and Michelle Keehan
Helen Bleazard and Michelle Keehan
Photo ©2012 David Mills/Yeovil Town Ladies

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Colchester United Ladies 1.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Keehan, Brazell, Edwards, Grogan, Bleazard, Wensley, Radburn, Pearson (Rapp – 75), Lorton, Bray

Goalscorer: Laura Bray (44, 48), Jade Radburn (90)

Referee: Stephen Moggs (Somerset)

Next Match: Away to Portsmouth Ladies League Cup) - 25 November 2012

[Nigel Williams was talking to Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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21 November 2012 : Video : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see what a last minute winner looks like, the Sky Sports website is now carrying Tuesday night's goals. Catch a little under two minutes worth of highlights from the 1-0 win over Crawley Town via the link below, provided you're connected to a UK internet service provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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21 November 2012 : Johnson Exploring International Squad Options
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is looking at international options in his efforts to boost the size of his playing squad. The Emergency Loan window closes tomorrow at 5.00p.m. although it's effect upon the club's squad will be limited by the fact that they already have five loan players on their books - the maximum that can be selected in any matchday squad.

However, as reported earlier in the week, Korey Smith and Joe Edwards will see their deals with the club expire before the Christmas fixtures, meaning that they will be two players short throughout the festive season. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary reveals that he has been trialling a player from Holland, and is also looking at other free agent options at present:

"We're scouring the world actually, because you can get people in after November 22nd, as long as they haven't been in contract during the windows. So we'll use that, if and when. We've had a lad from Holland come in, and he could be decent. We've got another lad called Jaime Peters, who you've had before, who is training with us. But he's got to renew a work permit and things like that. That's not a loanee, so we could strengthen the squad with people like that."

Of Peters, who had a 14 game spell at Huish Park during the 2007-08 season, whilst on the books of Ipswich Town, Johnson explains that because is work permit is associated with his previous job at Ipswich, he needs to get that reviewed to ensure that the Canadian international is still allowed to work in this country:

"He's still working out whether his resident's permit is still in play, because he hasn't got a job, and he hasn't had a job since he left Ipswich. He's not quite fit enough yet, but he's not looked bad to come in. He's still quick. His backside is a little bit bigger and his belly is a little bit bigger. But we can get that sorted pretty quickly."

Johnson has not ruled out bringing in a 'sixth loan' to replace Daniel Johnson, but is cautious of doing so, given the problems it would give him in selecting a competitive matchday squad over the month when all six would be on the club's books.


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21 November 2012 : Crawley 0 Yeovil 1 : Hunt Gifts Glovers Points
Yeovil Town grabbed a last minute winner against Crawley Town on a rainswept night at the Broadfield Stadium. A total of 89 minutes and 33 seconds into the match, David Hunt headed into his own net from a Jamie McAllister corner after a match that saw the Glovers on the back foot on several occasions. Goal-line clearances from Byron Webster and Luke Ayling ensured they kept a clean sheet on the two occasions that goalkeeper Marek Stech was beaten, whilst Crawley striker Gary Alexander landed a header onto the top of the crossbar. But Yeovil held firm with Hunt's rather charitable header, under pressure from Paddy Madden, proving to be the unwilling winner.

Team selection wasn't too controversial with manager Gary Johnson opting for the line-up that he'd had on the field following the first substitution against Swindon Town on Saturday. That meant that Joe Edwards moved into the centre of midfield, whilst Keanu Marsh-Brown was drafted in as a right-winger. That left no room for Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson, who in fact was left out of the squad entirely as the 'sixth loanee' with the news that the club would not be extending his one month loan accompanying it. With Reuben Reid dropping out of the squad through injury, and Lewis Young, Nathan Ralph and Dominic Blizzard continuing to be unavailable, that left just five players on the bench for the fixture.

In a match played on a foul rainy night, and on a pitch that radically decayed throughout the match, the first half was played in a frantic end-to-end style. Keanu Marsh-Brown almost put Yeovil ahead within five minutes when his darting run into the box from the right flank saw him fire a shot that was well saved by Crawley keeper Paul Jones at his near post, and out for a corner. At the other end, an attack from the home side saw Jamie McAllister put in a terrific block to stop the ball being put across the box.

The Glovers have come across referee Andy D'Urso many a time over the years, and the experience hasn't always been good. Whilst both teams tried to attack end-to-end, his officiating was erratic, notably for a 15th minute handball decision against Dan Burn which he had waved play-on for, but was flagged for by his assistant. Despite not having given the free kick himself, D'Urso then decided the offence was worthy of a yellow card! Thankfully Crawley's free kick went into the wall and deflected away. D'Urso later card Sam Foley for what appeared to be a robust ball-winning tackle on Nathan Byrne, but then failed to notice Byrne's nasty bit of retribution five minutes later when he flattened Foley in the next opportunity. Not even a foul given.

Crawley really should have been ahead when Marek Stech couldn't hold onto a Nathan Byrne shot on the increasingly greasy surface. With the keeper on the deck, and the ball falling loose to Billy Clarke, the Crawley striker turned and shot, but snatched at the attempt, with the ball drifting harmlessly across the face of goal. The home side had the greater pressure, yet oddly it was Yeovil who carved out the most clear-cut chances - Joe Edwards cut in from the left side, forcing Paul Jones into a save not unlike the earlier one he'd made from Marsh-Brown, but this time on his opposite post, with the ball again going out for a corner. Then came the move of the half, with Marsh-Brown's drift into the centre losing his marker, before he flipped around and put in a superb cross to Paddy Madden, with keeper Paul Jones brilliantly anticipating the downward header to stop what seemed to be a certain goal.

There were concerns for the Glovers when another late Crawley tackle saw Byron Webster on the deck for a lengthy period during first half stoppage time, but both sides went in at the break on even terms at the end of a fairly entertaining half. Somehow Webster was fit enough to hobble out for the next 45 minutes, with Yeovil now defending the end occupied by just under 200 travelling supporters. Although they got in the first chance - a Keanu Marsh-Brown free kick with a serious amount of Brazillian bend on it, this was a half largely dominated by the home side - Gary Alexander put a near post attempt wide of the post, whilst blocks from Marek Stech and Jamie McAllister kept further efforts away from the goal.

Even when Crawley did get the ball past Stech they were denied. On one of many occasions, the Czech Republic keeper had to punch the ball away from a high Crawley cross that swirled in the wind, and whilst he was on the deck, Byron Webster superbly anticipated the danger by racing to the goal-line and being in the right place at the right time to block a Nicky Adams shot on the goal line with a sliding clearance. Then Luke Ayling did the same - stood on the right-hand post as Mark Connolly drove in a shot that had Stech beaten, but not the Yeovil right-back who deflected the ball out for a corner. Crawley even hit the woodwork, albeit that Gary Alexander's looping header bounced onto the top of the crossbar, with Stech having that one covered. But this was growing pressure, and on a pitch that had sliced up badly, and on such a slippery surface, it seemed one mistake would seal the game.

As it happened, that one mistake didn't have anything to do with the turf. Yeovil had only won one corner in the second half, such was the home side's pressure. When they won their second in the 90th minute, it seemed as though an opportunity had suddenly presented itself. Jamie McAllister swung in a left-footed ball from the right-hand side, and as Paddy Madden leapt for the ball, so did substitute David Hunt, and the defender planted a powerful header past his own keeper to send the away end into a frenzy at the three points that they had grabbed at the death, and leave the entire outfield Glovers players heading towards McAllister for the 'assist'.

There was no way back for Crawley, and Yeovil celebrated wildly their fifth away win of the 2012-13 season - more than they managed during the entire 2011-12 campaign. Whilst Crawley have derided the Glovers victory as 'lucky', credit is deserved for a battling Glovers performance, in particular the back four who ensured that on the whole Marek Stech was dealing with a series of punches inside his box rather than serious saves. The level of commitment from those defenders was superb, and although the quality of the football deteriorated as the weather conditions and pitch gradually made good play impossible, the performance stayed there, and that was what won them all three points in the end.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: David Hunt (0-1, own goal, 90 mins)

Crawley Town:
1. Paul Jones
3. Mat Sadler 5. Kyle McFadzean 4. Mark Connolly 19. Nathan Byrne
16. Nicky Adams 11. Josh Simpson 6. Hope Akpan 21. Mike Jones
7. Billy Clarke 9. Gary Alexander

Substitutes:
25. Michel Kuipers 8. Sergio Torres 13. David Hunt (44 mins for Kyle McFadzean) 14. Nicky Ajose (76 mins for Mike Jones) 15. Dannie Bulman 17. John Akinde 20. Charlie Wassmer

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 22. Joe Edwards 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams (80 mins for James Hayter) 19. Gozie Ugwu (68 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Crawley Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Burn (15 mins, handball), Sam Foley (30 mins, foul), Jamie McAllister (71 mins, foul)

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 25; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 7; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex). Assistants: Christopher O'Donnell (Bedfordshire) and Ian Cooper (Kent). Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent).

Attendance: 2,912 (including 198 Yeovil Town supporters).


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21 November 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Crawley Away Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the win. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Chris Spittles, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Crawley Away Game.


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21 November 2012 : Johnson Not Happy With 'Lucky' Tag
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson suggested that he didn't get the most gracious of reactions from Crawley Town at the end of last night's match at the Broadfield Stadium. The 1-0 away win was gained thanks to a 90th minute David Hunt own goal on a night when the Glovers had to defend deep at times.

Johnson didn't seem too pleased though with the reaction that he got to his side stealing all three points. He told BBC Somerset after the game that the reaction from the home camp had been to deride the win as 'lucky' rather than give them credit for the win on the night:

"It's great when you come away from these places with three points. I've got fifty people screaming all obscenities at me for an hour and a half, I've got their manager telling me how lucky we were, (Paolo) Di Canio said (after Saturday's game against Swindon) they should have scored eight, this fellow (Crawley manager Richie Barker) here said that we were lucky. But we had to fight them all over the place. What we can't be is shrinking violets. We can't let people say that out of disappointment, and then let them get away with it, without coming back a bit."

The victory in West Sussex gave the Glovers their first win of the season against a side starting the match in the top six. Their record this season against the more successful teams has not been a good one, losing seven out of the nine games they'd played against teams currently in the top half of the table prior to last night. Johnson added that he felt that achieving that could be significant psychologically in giving his side the belief they can compete against those teams:

"It was significant, and it was away from home as well. Crawley have had some good results here, and you can see why they're a decent team. They've got some very experienced players in their midst, and of course they're going to have chances. I thought that we were very brave in throwing ourselves in front of things. But it would have been nice for somebody to have come along and tapped me on the back and said well played."


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20 November 2012 : Crawley 0 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town grabbed a last minute winner against Crawley Town on a rainswept night at the Broadfield Stadium. A total of 89 minutes and 33 seconds into the match, David Hunt headed into his own net from a Jamie McAllister corner after a match that saw the Glovers on the back foot on several occasions. Goal-line clearances from Byron Webster and Luke Ayling ensured they kept a clean sheet on the two occasions that goalkeeper Marek Stech was beaten, whilst Crawley striker Gary Alexander landed a header onto the top of the crossbar. But Yeovil held firm with Hunt's rather charitable header, under pressure from Paddy Madden, providing to be the unwilling winner.

Full match report to follow in the morning ...

Final Score: Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: David Hunt (0-1, own goal, 90 mins)

Crawley Town:
1. Paul Jones
3. Mat Sadler 5. Kyle McFadzean 4. Mark Connolly 19. Nathan Byrne
16. Nicky Adams 11. Josh Simpson 6. Hope Akpan 21. Mike Jones
7. Billy Clarke 9. Gary Alexander

Substitutes:
25. Michel Kuipers 8. Sergio Torres 13. David Hunt (44 mins for Kyle McFadzean) 14. Nicky Ajose (76 mins for Mike Jones) 15. Dannie Bulman 17. John Akinde 20. Charlie Wassmer

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 22. Joe Edwards 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams (80 mins for James Hayter) 19. Gozie Ugwu (68 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Crawley Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Burn (15 mins, handball), Sam Foley (30 mins, foul), Jamie McAllister (71 mins, foul)

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 25; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 7; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex). Assistants: Christopher O'Donnell (Bedfordshire) and Ian Cooper (Kent). Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent).

Attendance: 2,912 (including 198 Yeovil Town supporters).


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20 November 2012 : Peters On Trial, Johnson Loan Ends, Carlisle Block Madden
Yeovil Town are giving a trial to former Ipswich Town player Jaime Peters, with the possibility of him winning a contract at the club. The 25 year old is a familiar face at Huish Park, having had a successful three month loan spell during the second half of the 2007-08 season under former manager Russell Slade. He is a free agent having left Portman Road on August 23rd 2012 by mutual consent, and therefore any deal the club might want to consider would not be covered by the various transfer window legislation.

For those who are struggling to remember, Peters generally occupies a role on the right flank, either as a right-back, right wing-back or right-winger. During his loan spell with the Glovers, he also played as an attacking midfielder 'in the hole' between the midfielders and the strikers. Speaking at the time of his departure, his boss Paul Jewell said of the decision to release him:

"Jaime is a terrific lad but it’s not really worked out for him here since I’ve been here. We have a lot of options in the wide areas and he’s not had a look in at first-team level, so it’s best if he moves on because the lad needs to be playing football. We wish him every success and I’m sure he will get fixed up with another club."

Since leaving the Glovers, he has enjoyed loan spells with Gillingham and AFC Bournemouth but his opportunities with the Tractor Boys dried up during his final season, and didn't make a single appearance during the final 12 months that he spent at Suffolk. He has been a fairly regular Canadian international though, clocking up 26 caps along the way.

As yet there's no firm contract on the table, although his availability could be of interest to the Glovers who will need extra bodies during December, yet are constrained by the rules on loan players in matchday squads. The fact that Gary Johnson has been willing to name him as training with the club would suggest that he does have a serious interest in giving him some sort of a deal.

As we (potentially) say hello to one player, so we say goodbye to Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson. As mentioned in the pre-match team news for tonight's game against Crawley Town, his one month spell at Huish Park will not be extended - he was left out of the matchday squad entirely and he will not be seen again. He made three starts and two substitute appearances, but the writing was on the wall when he lasted just 36 minutes of Saturday's defeat against Swindon Town, before being substituted. He probably wasn't helped by the balance of the midfield on that day, in fairness, with Korey Smith probably being too similar in style to the 20 year old. With Ed Upson returning on Saturday from his suspension, his return makes sense.

Finally, no surprises that Carlisle United will not give permission for Paddy Madden to turn out against them on Saturday. The terms of the club's three month loan agreement mean that he is barred from playing, hence he will sit out that fixture, with one of Reuben Reid - who missed tonight's game through injury - or Gozie Ugwu likely to deputise.


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20 November 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Crawley vs Yeovil
If you watched this evening's 1-0 win against Crawley Town at the Broadfield 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 Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.


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20 November 2012 : Team News For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made one change to his starting line-up for tonight's trip to Crawley Town. The change is in line with the first substitution made against Swindon Town on Saturday, with Keanu Marsh-Brown coming into the side, and Joe Edwards occupying a central midfield berth.

Midfielder Ed Upson serves the last match of his four game suspension, whilst Lewis Young (ankle ligaments) and Nathan Ralph (knee surgery) remain out until January. Midfielder Dominic Blizzard is still out with a groin injury. Meanwhile Daniel Johnson sits out the match as the club's 'sixth loanee' - he will now return to Aston Villa with boss Gary Johnson deciding against renewing his one month loan deal.

The line-up tonight reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 22. Joe Edwards 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 19. Gozie Ugwu 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown


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20 November 2012 : Johnson Mulls Over Thursday Loan Deadline
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he is mulling over the limited options that he has available prior to the January transfer window. The emergency loan transfer window closes on Thursday, meaning that all clubs have to finalise their squads for the busy Christmas period by that time, with no other transfer options available until January 1st - with the exception of any situations where a team might be left without a registered goalkeeper.

The Glovers already have six loan players on their books, meaning that any squad additions under that system will have minimal short term benefit to the side, although Johnson has to weigh up a few conundrums, in terms of how to manage his squad over the next six weeks. His first concern is that Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson's one month loan expires after tonight's match at Crawley Town, meaning that a decision will need to be made on his future by Saturday.

Johnson currently has in place loan deals for strikers Paddy Madden and Gozie Ugwu, plus defender Daniel Burn that run through to January, and so has no concerns there. However, Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith's 93 day deal is scheduled to run out after the mid-December match at Walsall, whilst Bristol City right-back Joe Edwards will leave one match later on December 22nd. That means that both players will be unavailable for the busy Christmas period, and with Lewis Young (ankle ligaments) and Nathan Ralph (knee surgery) out until January, the Glovers could be left a little thin on the ground towards the end of next month.

With a heavy defeat against Swindon Town over the weekend, Gary has told BBC Somerset that results like that would be an influence upon his decision-making, and admitted that a few of the players in his squad had disappointed him and said that he may see if he can make some changes by Thursday:

"I was a bit disappointed with two or three of them, so we're going to have to have a look at that. They've still got to be of the standard and of the mental toughness, and capacity to want to move this club forward. We're at that stage where we need to know those who are going to give us that 100 percent. I think some of them think they are, but they're not quite. We've got to work out who is going to be there when we do turn it around. We've got to wait until January to make our signings or our big movements. At the moment we've got to pick this group up and try to get them competitive. It's a difficult one to do much before that date. So we've got to knuckle down and try to pick up some points before. But we're making our minds up on some of the loans, and whether we'll reloan them or whether we don't, and who is going to be up for it, and who is not. So if a couple of loans have to go back then we have to get in a couple."

One of the goalscorers on Saturday against the Glovers was a defender who had become available on the loan market. The Robins took 34 year old Darren Ward from Millwall on a temporary basis, and he scored the third goal in the 4-1 defeat at the County Ground. Johnson said that he knew Ward well from his days as Academy Director at Watford, but said that deals like that were out of his reach. He admitted that having to go for younger more inexperienced players made for a more unpredictable outcome:

"Of course it makes it more difficult. We all know that players that have had more than 200 league games, such as Wardy (Darren Ward) there who was a young player when I was at Watford. He was a super player there. I watched him grow up, and go all the way. That sort of experience you have to buy. We can't do that. So you have to get the ones who you are tossing the coin on a little bit, and it's heads or tails over whether they crack it or not."

Johnson's other concern will be how much he has to play with in the January transfer window. With the club having launched the Target 5 initiative last week, following lower than expected crowds at Huish Park, the Glovers boss revealed just before the weekend that his playing budget was set on a projection of gates of 4,000 spectators. At present, the club's average of 4,005 would not present a problem, but with most 'prestige' fixtures having been played earlier in the season, that average seems destined to drop. Johnson admits that could cause a gap in finances if it materialises:

"Something has got to give if the figures don’t match up and it could be anything. If you are looking at it from a business point of view, I have been given a budget based on gates of 4,000 and if we don’t get that then it is going to be difficult."


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20 November 2012 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
Last Wednesday, former Yeovil Town loan defender Steven Caulker made his England debut, two and a half years after ending a season-long loan spell with the Glovers. The man who gave Caulker his debut in first team football was current assistant manager Terry Skiverton. He spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail about the player, and the use of the loan system in general. Skivo's thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC About Steven Caulker's England Selection.


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19 November 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to the Broadfield Stadium. It also represents the first league meeting against Crawley Town for over 32 years. For those heading to the game, or just wanting to familiarise themselves with new opponents, the Ciderspace guide to the Sussex side has been created to cover the fixture, including the usual diet of directions, parking, pub guides, statistics and other such stuff. Follow the link below!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.

Link: Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Crawley Town.


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19 November 2012 : Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow night's League One match between Crawley Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Broadfield Stadium on Tuesday 20th November 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Little introduction is needed for someone who was a Premier League referee for seven years, and a FIFA referee for four years. He's also a familiar face for a Yeovil Town fixtures, even going back to our Conference days. We won't pretend that the list below is a complete one, but it represents the more recent meetings we've had with him. The odd thing is that after having him four times during 2007, we've only had him once since - not that this is necessarily a bad thing. We were due to have him for the February 2012 fixture for the home game against Scunthorpe United, but the game was called off due to a frozen pitch, and by the time it was rearranged the League had appointed a different official. The postponement wasn't too controversial, with overnight temperatures to blame rather than any refereeing decisions.

That last proper meeting came in April 2011, when we beat Notts County 2-1 at Huish Park. On the night, he dished out four bookings, but we described him as being "in an oddly quiet mood" - odd as he has tended to be one of these referees that likes to be the centre of attention. On this occasion he was far less visible, refusing to consider one possible Magpies penalty appeal that was 50:50, and refusing to get involved in another shout that was more 'Tom Daley' than worthy of a spot kick.

Then came a series of 2007 meetings, with the later of those being the December match against Hartlepool United. A 3-1 win for Yeovil Town, and zero bookings for either side, and another unusually quiet match for Mr D'Urso - we haven't always had it that way.

Prior to that, he took charge of Yeovil Town's one and only appearance at Wembley Stadium - the League One play-off against Blackpool that finished in a 0-2 defeat. We were less than impressed with his decision to award a free kick that gave the Seasiders their opening goal - television replays showed that Keigan Parker had tripped over his own feet, rather than been fouled by Terrell Forbes. Blackpool were the better side on the day, but it didn't help that the official had given them a leg-up.

In the lead-up to that game, we'd had him twice earlier in the season, for defeats against Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest. In the Tranmere one he performed quite well, but in the Forest defeat, a lot of his decision-making appeared to involve him playing to the home crowd - something we've regularly criticised him for over the years.

Going back further, his December 2005 performance at Brentford in a 3-2 defeat was a bit of a mess. No complaints about the penalty he awarded when Chris Weale brought down DJ Campbell outside the box. However, with the foul happening wide of the goal, a red card seemed harsh, and a series of decisions against the Glovers during that second period, including a nailed on penalty for handball by a Bees defender, had us all ranting about his performance after the game.

Mr D'Urso will be assisted by Christopher O'Donnell (Bedfordshire) and Ian Cooper (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent).

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 1.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Hartlepool United 1.

Link: May 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 2 (League One Play-Off Final).

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 2.

Link: January 2007 : Nottingham Forest 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : AFC Bournemouth 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2005 : Brentford 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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19 November 2012 : Glovers Agree Burn Extension
Yeovil Town have extended the current loan deal for Fulham defender Dan Burn. The 20 year old has been a regular part of the starting line-up since his arrival at the club at the end of September, having made ten appearances and scoring one goal in the process. He will now remain at Huish Park until Monday 7th January 2013, with his Youth Loan extended by a further seven weeks on top of the current agreement which was due to run out tomorrow.


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18 November 2012 : Video : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
On the off-chance that you'd want to replay a 4-1 defeat, the Sky Sports website has uploaded match highlights from this weekend's games. Sit back and wince a little as two minutes worth of Swindon Town's win over Yeovil Town can be viewed via the link below. Those who are not on a UK ISP will perhaps be glad for once that they can't access the stream.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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18 November 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Swindon Interview
Just before Saturday's away match against Swindon Town kicked off at the County Ground, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson had his usual pre-match chat with the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's pre-kick-off thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Swindon.


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18 November 2012 : Ugwu Makes Playing Comeback
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Gozie Ugwu made his playing comeback this afternoon, when he returned to his parent club for some competitive action. Gozie played a full 90 minutes for Reading Under-21s development side in a 0-0 draw against Everton Under-21s at Goodison Park. The 19 year old has been back training with the Glovers for just under two weeks, but has yet to make a matchday squad, having been out with a hamstring strain.

Today was his first match since his October 2nd substitute appearance for the Glovers in their home game against Portsmouth, that saw him limp off the pitch towards the end of that fixture. Hopefully a full match today will put him a little more in line for serious team selection over the coming weeks.

Reading Under-21s: Jonathan Henly, Nick Arnold, Shane Griffin, Aaron Tshibola, Niall Keown, Pierce Sweeney, Stuart Taylor, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Gozie Ugwu, Dominic Samuel, Jordan Obita

Substitutes: Charlie Losasso, Dan Lincoln, Josh Webb, Angus McDonald, Ryan Edwards


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18 November 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Swindon Away Game
Following yesterday's 4-1 defeat against Swindon Town at the County Ground, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match thoughts are recorded via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Swindon Away Game.


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17 November 2012 : Sunday Service Ordered For Johnson's Players
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be bringing his players in for a training session tomorrow, after they failed to produce the goods at the County Ground. Their 4-1 defeat against Swindon Town was their joint-heaviest defeat of the 2012-13 season, with only a James Hayter goal providing any joy for the travelling Glovers.

Elsewhere, defensive errors allowed James Collins to grab a brace, with former Glover Andy Williams opening the scoring against his old club, whilst Darren Ward weighed in with a close range finish. Speaking to the press after the game, Johnson had no argument with the scoreline, but felt that certain unnamed players didn't contribute enough to the game and plans to make that clear during a Sunday training session:

"We were outplayed, outfought and they were cleverer than us. The score was a fair reflection. Swindon were better than us individually and a few of my players did not turn up. A few home truths were said after the game and we will be training on Sunday morning to sort out a few things that need sorting out."

With an obvious financial gap between the two clubs, Swindon were able to bring on the likes of Danny Hollands and Chris Martin as experienced substitutes, who they have recently recruited to their team. Added to the fire power of Collins and Williams, Johnson felt that the home side had far more quality on the day up front:

"We gave it a little bit of a go in the second half, but we do not have the quality they had in front of goal. They are also more experienced than us and our youngsters have a lot to learn. It is those teams who are above us, that we keep saying that we can't infiltrate. We've got to learn very quickly. Unfortunately when we come away to some of these big places, a few of our boys go missing. We've got to work that out, but you can't change things until you get to the January period. We're still learning about some of our players, who are pretty new. We will get there in the end."


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17 November 2012 : Swindon 4 Yeovil 1: Sloppy Defending Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town crashed to a heavy 4-1 defeat against Swindon Town this afternoon, as sloppy defending let them down at the County Ground. Lapses in concentration allowed the big-spending Wiltshire side to score three times in the first period, with former Glover Andy Williams opening the scoring on his first match against his former club. James Collins followed up with a quick second midway through the half, and although James Hayter reduced the deficit, that only lasted a couple of minutes as Darren Ward restored the two goal advantage. Deep into second half injury time, James Collins accepted a long ball on the break, to round off a deserved defeat for Yeovil, who slip to 12th place on the back of today's results.

Team news saw Yeovil Town simply select the exact same squad of players that had beaten Hartlepool United last week. With Ed Upson (suspended), Lewis Young (ankle ligaments) and Nathan Ralph (knee surgery) all absent, and Gozie Ugwu remaining as the 'sixth loanee', it was as you were, with the same seventeen players on the teamsheet. In the opposition line-up, Andy Williams started against the Glovers for the first time since leaving the club in the summer, whilst on the bench, former loanee Adam Rooney provided Swindon with more pricey attacking outlets, with new loan signings Danny Hollands and Chris Martin also on the bench.

The first half opened in an extremely open fashion, with both sides carving out a number of chances. Paddy Madden shot through a crowd of players, but didn't really get his foot on the shot, whilst Swindon had a couple of attempts that went wide. That said, the Robins were dominating the midfield, with Simon Ferry proving to be the most dominant of the four midfielders across both teams, meaning that when Yeovil lost possession they looked weak in that they were not picking his runs.

Midway through the half, Yeovil fell behind with a goal that they should have done better defensively with. One player that they know everything about is Andy Williams and what his strengths are. It was therefore disappointing to see how easily he turned his marker on the halfway line, working off the shoulder of Byron Webster and racing through before carefully placing his shot past the advancing Marek Stech and into the back of the net.

Four minutes later, and Yeovil's defence was rocking. Swindon centre-back Joe Devera was allowed to work his way up the wing without anyone tracking him. His cross in from the left allowed James Collins to stretch out and convert from close range to double Swindon's lead. 2-0 down and at that point it could easily have got worse. Williams went in for a 50:50 ball with Marek Stech, and when the ball fell loose Dan Burn blocked another attempt from Collins that could have made it three.

With the game not going to plan, manager Gary Johnson decided the centre of midfield was where the problem was, withdrawing Daniel Johnson, and bringing on Keanu Marsh-Brown. Joe Edwards moved inside as a more defensive-minded central midfielder, doubtless to cut out some of Simon Ferry's influence on the game. Certainly the arrival of Marsh-Brown had the desired effect as it was his cross into the box that pulled a goal back, as James Hayter bagged his eighth goal of the season, with his flicked header coming off the crossbar, and despite the attempts of keeper Wes Foderingham to stop it crossing the line, up went the linesman's flag, and the Glovers were back to 2-1.

Never under-estimate the ability for Yeovil to shoot themselves on the foot in such situations. Within two minutes, the two goal lead was restored. A free kick was put into the box from a deep position, with the ball coming from the left-flank to the right post. The initial Swindon shot was well saved by Marek Stech, but when the loose ball dropped, Darren Ward was on hand to slam the ball home from close range for a 3-1 half time lead.

The second period opened with Gary Johnson making a second change, bringing on Reuben Reid in place of James Hayter. He started fairly brightly, feeding Korey Smith, who fired wide of the target in a much more even second half. It was also a much more petulant second half as well, punctuated by referee Mark Heywood's irritating influence on the game, and some of the way that Swindon's players had a habit of writhing on the floor, only to skip to their feet as soon as a yellow card was raised. Byron Webster got himself in a running battle with Chris Martin over this, reacting to a kick-out by Martin that saw him provide his own retribution a couple of minutes later, as the crowd bayed for a different colour of card.

In reality, Yeovil rarely looked as though they were going to get back into the match, and they were dealt with the final sucker punch in second half injury time. A long ball over the top was received by James Collins, who beat the Glovers offside trap, and a back line that had been pushing higher up the field. The Glovers weren't helped by Byron Webster appearing to be hobbling in the closing stages, and Collins easily outpaced him, slotting the ball past Marek Stech, to give the game an emphatic scoreline, and end the game as a spectacle. In the end, sloppy first half defending cost them, and the two goal cushion Swindon established during the first half was more than enough to snuff out any hopes Yeovil had of a second period comeback.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table

Final Score: Swindon Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Andy Williams (1-0, 24 mins), James Collins (2-0, 28 mins), James Hayter (2-1, 41 mins), Darren Ward (3-1, 43 mins), James Collins (4-1, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Joe Edwards 25. Daniel Johnson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (36 mins for Daniel Johnson) 10. Gavin Williams (70 mins for Sam Foley) 11. Reuben Reid (46 mins for James Hayter) 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Swindon Town:
1. Wes Foderingham
12. Alan McCormack 22. Darren Ward 5. Joe Devera 3. Jay McEveley
10. Matt Ritchie 8. Simon Ferry 33. John Bostock 11. Gary Roberts
9. James Collins 16. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
30. Leigh Bedwell 15. Nathan Thompson 2. Troy Archibald-Henville 23. Raffaele De Vita (85 mins for Gary Roberts) 24. Chris Martin (44 mins for Andy Williams) 26. Danny Hollands (70 mins for John Bostock) 28. Adam Rooney

Swindon Bookings: Gary Roberts (taking free kick too early, 64 mins), James Collins (dissent, 87 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Burns (foul, 20 mins), Byron Webster (foul, 66 mins), Gavin Williams (foul, 90 mins)

Swindon Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 17.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire). Assistants: Nick Hobbis (West Midlands) and Alan Young (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Michael Bingham (Warwickshire).

Attendance: 8,112 (including 433 Yeovil supporters)


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17 November 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Swindon vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Swindon Town at the County Ground, 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 Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

NOTE: If you have cast your vote before 12:15pm on Sunday, can you please resubmit it. Apologies but our site's ISP have caused submissions made up to that point to be lost!


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17 November 2012 : Team News For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged line-up for this afternoon's trip to Swindon Town in League One. The Glovers starting eleven is as you were from last weekend's 1-0 win against Hartlepool United, with midfielder Ed Upson three matches into a four game suspension, and Lewis Young (ankle ligaments) and Nathan Ralph (knee surgery) out until January, they are the absentees along with Reading striker Gozie Ugwu who continues to sit out as the 'sixth loanee' having recently returned from a hamstring injury.

Swindon's squad includes two former Yeovil Town strikers. Andy Williams was of course the 2011-12 campaign top scorer and he starts against his own club. Meanwhile former loanee Adam Rooney is on the bench for the Robins.

The line-ups are therefore as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Joe Edwards 25. Daniel Johnson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Swindon Town:
1. Wes Foderingham
12. Alan McCormack 22. Darren Ward 5. Joe Devera 3. Jay McEveley
10. Matt Ritchie 8. Simon Ferry 33. John Bostock 11. Gary Roberts
9. James Collins 16. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
30. Leigh Bedwell 15. Nathan Thompson 2. Troy Archibald-Henville 23. Raffaele De Vita 24. Chris Martin 26. Danny Hollands 28. Adam Rooney


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17 November 2012 : Johnson Tipping Swindon For Challenging Slot
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson firmly expects this afternoon's opponents Swindon Town to be one of the sides challenging for a top six position at the end of the 2012-13 season. The Wiltshire side, who this week revealed a playing budget of £4.5 million, are in their first season back at third tier level, having won the League Two title last season.

At present, the Robins are being kept out of the play-off places purely on goals scored, with them going into Saturday's match in 7th place. At present Yeovil lie four positions and four points behind them in 11th place, but speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson believes that Swindon will be one of the main challengers, in a week that saw them sign Norwich City striker Chris Martin and Charlton Athletic midfielder Danny Hollands:

"I think they will be there or thereabouts. Even now, the players that they are talking about bringing into the club to enhance their challenge, will enhance their challenge. I'm sure that their budget will allow them to get a few more players in, and have a squad of 20 that are challenging for the eleven places. We don't all get that."

Swindon are managed by former West Ham United striker Paolo di Canio, who has made for some unpredictable goings on at their club, including him openly criticising his Chairman and players in the press, and veiled threats to quit the club. Johnson admits that he enjoys watching his opposite number on televised fixtures, but jokes that his experience of him may be very different when the pair are stood side by side during a live match:

"I'm going to enjoy it, to be honest. I think I find him more entertaining than irritating! I enjoy watching him, although that is always from the comfort of my armchair at home. Well, when you're alongside him in the dugouts, we'll have to see whether he becomes more irritating!"

Midfielder Ed Upson will be the main absentee for the County Ground trip, as he serves the third in a four match ban. Johnson has more or less stated that Reading striker Gozie Ugwu will continue to be the club's 'sixth loan' as he builds himself back up following a hamstring problem. Meanwhile long term injury victims Nathan Ralph (knee surgery) and Lewis Young (ankle ligaments) are not expected to return until early 2013. Despite that, Johnson felt that his team still had plenty of competition for places in the side:

"Ed Upson is the one who is out as far as the suspensions are concerned. Obviously we've had the long term ones of Ralphy and Lewis Young. But there's a little bit of competition there. We're having to talk to the subs now and say we're ever so sorry, but you're going to have to wait your turn, and produce a game when it comes around."

There is one major connection between the two clubs this afternoon, with last season's top scorer Andy Williams having switched allegiances over the summer. He will now turn out against his old side, aiming to add to the three goals that he has scored so far this season. Although Johnson was sorry to see his main striker leave the club, he felt that James Hayter and Paddy Madden had proved to be good quality replacements:

"Scoring goals hasn't been our problem. Certainly scoring goals away from home has not been our problem. We have got two lads who have been scoring goals. We were sorry to lose Andy (Williams) at the time. We felt that we'd done a lot for him to improve his game. He did a lot for himself as well. But you can't cry over spilt milk. We did lose him, and then we had to quickly go and find some strikers who could score goals, and take his place, and to be fair we did that."


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16 November 2012 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under-18s side are in action on Saturday morning, as they return to League action. The Youth Team have been involved in Cup Group stages for the past month, but with just one fixture to play in that group, tomorrow sees them play a Youth Alliance fixture. They will come up against Bristol Rovers, who are currently five points ahead of the Glovers, and in fourth place in the table.

The Under-18s had a blank weekend last week, although Matt Cafer had an outing between the sticks for Sherborne Town's first team. He and the rest of the team will be playing at the usual Alvington venue, with the match kicking off at 11.00a.m. Admission is free of charge, and all supporters are welcome to attend the game. You'll find the venue situated just behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub, close to Bunford Lane.

Football League Youth Alliance (South West Division) Fixtures:
Exeter City v Cheltenham Town
Plymouth Argyle v Torquay United
Swindon Town v Hereford United
Yeovil Town v Bristol Rovers


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16 November 2012 : Martyn Starnes Talks About Target 5
Yesterday, Yeovil Town launched a Target 5 initiative, in an effort to increase attendances at Huish Park. Following the announcement, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes spoke to the BBC about the scheme. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail, the interview with Martyn can be read via the link below.

Link: Martyn Starnes Speaks To The BBC After The Launch Of Target 5.


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16 November 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town make the fairly short trip to the County Ground, where Swindon Town are the opponents. For those heading into Wiltshire, the Ciderspace guide gives you directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and other such stuff, via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town.


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16 November 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Times They Are A-Changin'
Yesterday's launch of Yeovil Town's Target 5 initiative, has seen the club make its first strategic moves towards reversing the current attendance trends at Huish Park. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, Cruncher gives his initial thoughts on the plans, which can be read via the link below. Obviously your ideas and views are welcomed as well - use the Comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Times They Are A-Changin'.


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16 November 2012 : Yeovil Town Fans Get Clean Record On Hooligan Stats
Yeovil Town supporters continue to provide an impeccable record for behaviour in the latest Government statistics issued this week. Their annual Home Office report, which has been compiled by the Office of National Statistics, shows that there were zero arrests involving Glovers fans during the 2011-12 season.

Unsurprisingly, that puts Yeovil Town on top of the tree for supporter behaviour - they stand with Leyton Orient and Stevenage (League One) plus Burton AlbionMorecambe (League Two) as those fans who managed to stay entirely trouble free during last season. In comparison with local sides Bristol City (20 arrests) and Bristol Rovers (23 arrests) this gives the measure of how good that statistic is.

Overall in League One, there were 269 arrests throughout the season. Unsurprisingly the larger clubs had the most arrests with Sheffield Wednesday (62) and Sheffield United (48) standing out somewhat. For some reason, the major problems appear to be with the northern clubs, with other high figures including Huddersfield Town (27), Preston North End (23), Oldham Athletic (23), Tranmere Rovers (22) and Bury (22) leading the bad boys table. Of those clubs south of Birmingham, Exeter City were the highest with just seven arrests.

At a national level, hooliganism is signiicantly down, with the total number of arrests falling to 2,363 for all domestic and international matches, which is a fall of 726 in total. There were 493 new Football Banning Orders imposed - unsurprisingly Yeovil Town carry none of those, with just one legacy banning order still in place.

Finally, considering the frenzy that tends to get whipped up about England international supporters and their behaviour, the Home Office report notes that there were "no football-related arrests of travelling supporters at overseas International matches involving England and Wales, including the Euro 2012 tournament qualification matches and final in Ukraine and Poland."

Once again, and this should not be under-played, our congratulations to all Yeovil Town supporters on their continuing good behaviour, both home and away, during the 2011-12 season. Long may it continue.

Link: 23 December 2011: Hooligan Statistics Show Glovers Fans In Good Light.

Link: 29 November 2010: Latest Home Office Figures See Glovers Fans Top Of The Table.

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

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

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

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


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15 November 2012 : FA Cup Second Round Televised Ties
The complete list of FA Cup Second Round televised ties has been announced by the Football Association. As before, the ESPN Sports channel will be taking two matches, whilst the ITV1 Channel will broadcast a third.

ITV have opted for the controversial choice of MK Dons first meeting with AFC Wimbledon, with the franchised club meeting the fans-led League Two side for the first time since the original Wimbledon club was moved away from its South-West London roots and rebranded. Meanwhile ESPN have opted for a local derby between Cheltenham Town and Hereford United along with Conference National side Alfreton Town's home game against Russell Slade's Leyton Orient side.

All six clubs gain to the tune of £67,925 whilst all Second Round winners trouser £27,000. Televised ties are as follows:

02/12/2012 : 12:30 : MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon (ITV1)
02/12/2012 : 15:15 : Alfreton Town vs Leyton Orient (ESPN)
03/12/2012 : 19:45 : Cheltenham Town vs Hereford United (ESPN)

Yeovil Town's early exit from the FA Cup leaves the club with an empty weekend on Saturday 1st December. At present we've seen no signs of that being filled by an alternative fixture, so pencil that one in as your bonus weekend to get your Christmas shopping done.


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15 November 2012 : Gary Looks To Go Back To The Future
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he often treats his players to a bit of nostalgia, in the form of old match videos. Now in his second term at the club, the 57 year old was in charge of the club between 2001 and 2005, during which time crowds rose from an average of 2,873 in his first season through to a club record of 6,512 during his final season. Now back in charge since January 2012 though, he has seen attendances at Huish Park on a steady slide, with the club recording its three worst Football League attendances during this season.

All of that has prompted today's initiation of a Target 5 campaign, with the club aiming to restore average attendances at Huish Park back to 5,000 or above and reverse the current six year trend. Johnson was very used to seeing his sides turn out in front of a packed home support, and he has told BBC Somerset that he has become very aware of that when he has put on match videos from his first spell as manager:

"I often go back, and funnily enough I've shown the lads some of our games in the past, so that they know what me, Terry and Darren have got in our minds and what we are looking for. It shows the big crowds at the games here. They were very noisy and they were very supportive, and they were very up for it. And it does create a great atmosphere. It would be lovely to get back to that point. But you have to win football matches and you have to give them something that gets them back in."

The club's current targets have recently been to persuade those coming to their Community Trust events to start attending matches at the club, and this has resulted in the forthcoming ticketing offer for the next home match against Carlisle United. Johnson has said that he feels that should be very much the club's focus if they are to build up a long term supporter base:

"I am very conscious of the need to build a new generation of supporters for this great club. It was a fact that was drummed home to me recently when I bumped into a group of youngsters from one of the local teams. Their enthusiasm was amazing and it made me realise we must engage with all the youngsters of the area. Supporter bases change with the passing years and we must be prepared to engage with and encourage the younger supporters out there in the local area."


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15 November 2012 : Saturday's Opponents Bring In Fresh Blood
Saturday's opponents Swindon Town have boosted their current squad with the signing of two experienced players. They have recruited in striker Chris Martin from Premier League side Norwich City along with Charlton Athletic midfielder Danny Hollands as part of deals that will take them through until January 5th. Both will be available for Yeovil Town's trip to the County Ground.

Martin is a 24 year old Canaries academy graduate, who has played in three matches so far this season for their first team. Meanwhile Hollands is a 27 year old former AFC Bournemouth player who has featured in 14 matches for the Championship side this campaign. Swindon had hoped to also take striker Gary Madine from Sheffield Wednesday this week, but injury problems at Hillsborough have put that one on hold.

The two deals have been sparked by Swindon's recent transfer embargo being lifted by the Football League. The Robins had become the first League One side to fall foul of the new rules brought in for the 2012-13 season, under the League's Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), more informally known as Salary Capping or Financial Fair Play. In their efforts to explain how they got into that situation, Swindon have revealed that they have already spent an allocated playing budget of an astonishing £4.5 million.

New chairman Sir William Patey admits that the club have been overspending - the solution has been for majority shareholder Andrew Black to provide the "equity" that has allowed the Wiltshire side to have the embargo lifted. It's not clear whether this "equity" is in the form of a loan, shares or an unconditional gift. However, Patey admits that they needed that funding to deal with what had been a club living beyond its natural means:

"A new injection of money came into the club. The owner Andrew Black injected enough money into the club to get us out of the current embargo with a little bit of head-room for bringing in new players on loan. It’s not a huge amount, we’re basically spending the whole budget that we had set for the year of £4.5million now instead of waiting until January because we’d already overspent it – hence we got into embargo."

Swindon are this season recording average gates of 9,444 - up around a thousand on last season's 8,454 average. However, their £4.5 million playing budget would put them around four-and-a-half times the level of budget the Glovers are believed to be operating against. They have previously been in administration twice - both at the start of this century, and have not been without various 'scares' since then. Their last set of accounts for the year ending May 31st 2011 revealed a pre-tax operating loss of £1.3 million.


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15 November 2012 : Carlisle Ticketing Vouchers And Target 5 Launched
Yeovil Town have launched a ticketing initiative which includes their forthcoming home fixture against Carlisle United. The promotion is in associaton with the club's Community Trust programme and is based upon a similar promotion made for last month's home match against Bury.

The ticketing promotion allows children who attend the club's Community Trust events to obtain a voucher as part of the event. This will include the Trust's development centres, school coaching programmes, plus local participating schools. Those who obtain a voucher will be able to attend the Carlisle match for the sum of £10.00 when one adult is accompanied by one child.

The promotion is the first in a wider initiative called Target 5. The goal is to "encourage increased average attendance at Huish Park to 5,000" - at present, the 2012-13 season average stands at 4,005 which is slightly up on last season, although largely skewed by early season visits from the larger clubs in the division. Recent visits of Colchester United (3,002), Stevenage (2,900) and Hartlepool United (3,095) have produced the club's lowest three Football League crowds.

Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has told the club's website that he recognises that this is a problem at Huish Park, and that they are laying down steps to encourage both new and existing fans to attend fixtures:

"We are obviously concerned at the numbers attending Huish Park recently and we need to rebuild our home support. It’s a challenging environment for most clubs at the moment and we recognise it’s going to be a tough task to return our average attendance to 5,000 but we have to set ourselves a target that will enable us to move forward with our ambitions."

Future plans will include Family Packages, Ticket Bundles, and promotions driven by club sponsors. The club already has in place two slots for their established Kids For A Quid promotions for later in the season. In addition, the forthcoming midweek Football League Trophy tie against Wycombe Wanderers has reduced tariffs throughout the stadium.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Crawley Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.


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14 November 2012 : Caulker Debut Is A First For Glovers
We're fairly confident that history was made tonight, as Steven Caulker became the first former Yeovil Town first team player to go on and win a full England international cap later in his career. To make matters even better, the 20 year old Tottenham Hotspur player scored on his debut against Sweden, in a match arranged to open the new Swedish national stadium, the Friends Arena.

The match itself finished with Sweden winning the game 4-2, thanks to a an astonishing collection of goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Caulker's goal came on the 38th minute, when he slotted home a Steven Gerrard free kick at the back post to put England 2-1 up. Gerrard was winning his 100th cap on the night, thus giving a combination of the old guard and the new guard. Caulker was substituted with 16 minutes remaining of the match as manager Roy Hodgson rang the changes. At that point England were still 2-1 up, but then came the Ibrahimovic show - the very player Caulker had been marking - as he netted in the 77th, 84th and 90th minute to christen the new stadium with a home win.

As far as records are concerned, we've been able to find four players who have played for Yeovil Town and the full men's England international team. It's very possible there may be more than this. However, Dick Pym (1925/26), Louis Page (1927), Kevin Reeves (1979/80) and Graham Roberts (1983/84) all pulled on a Three Lions shirt and a Glovers one.

If you want to extend your search further, then a certain Sir Ian Botham took hold of a different sort of ball for England, whilst current Yeovil Town Ladies player Justine Lorton has six full international caps for the England Ladies squad, attained between 1997 and 1999. At junior level, there are of course far more, with Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend as recent evidence of that, whilst current first team coach Darren Way has six England Under-16 caps for their schoolboys side. Then there's the semi-professional days, where Way joined the likes of Lee Johnson, Terry Skiverton, Chris Weale, Kirk Jackson, Rob Cousins and many others playing for the 'non-league' version of the England team.

The unique thing about Caulker's representation is that as far as we can tell, he is the first player to appear for the Glovers and then later get full England honours - in the case of the above quartet of Pym, Page, Reeves and Roberts, two of whom were Player-Managers at the club - they were all approaching the twilight of their playing careers and came to Yeovil as more or less their final bow as players.

In Caulker's case, he joined Yeovil at the very start of his his career, and at the age of just 20 years old, who knows where that story might end?


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14 November 2012 : Officials For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One fixture between Swindon Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the County Ground on Saturday 17th November 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the match will be referee Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Mr Heywood's name is very familiar, but is not to be confused with referee Mark Haywood of West Yorkshire. He hails from Northwich and was promoted to the Football League's referees list for the start of the 2011-12 season. As a consequence we've only had him for one previous match as the main referee, which was for the January 2012 trip to Bury.

His performance that day was a decent one, and he can't be blamed too much for the game's major talking point. A penalty award for a trip by Joe Edwards seemed to be a fair one, but it was the bizarre sight of Bury duo Steven Schumacher and Giles Coke slugging it out over who should take the spot kick that caught the eye - both players being booked for their handbags inside the box - two out of the three bookings he made on the day. Theoretically Mr Heywood could have done more than he did over the Schmacher/Coke incident, but in truth the outcome was probably the most pragmatic one.

Mr Heywood will be assisted by Nick Hobbis (West Midlands) and Alan Young (Cambridgeshire). The Fourth Official will be Michael Bingham (Warwickshire).

Link: January 2012 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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13 November 2012 : Caulker Expected To Make Full England Debut
The national press are tonight reporting advance news of the England starting eleven for Wednesday night's friendly international against Sweden. The match takes place at the Friends Arena, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off, and is live on the ITV1 Channel.

The key news is that they have been given the England starting eleven for that match, and list Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker, who therefore stands by to make his full international debut - just two and a half years after scooping the Player of the Season at Huish Park, after 46 appearances for the Glovers.

England manager Roy Hodgson has been speaking in his press conference about the three players he plans to give debuts to for the match, which will open the new Swedish national stadium. He points out that Caulker and Sterling deserve their selection because they are already a regular part of the Under-21s set-up:

"Steven Caulker and Raheem (Sterling) have been playing regularly for the Under-21s and have made that transition. Leon Osman is the odd one out. He has been performing regularly and well for Everton but has been passed over. I thought it was time to give him a chance because he has been one of the unsung heroes of a very good football club and a very good football team. He is a very energetic player. And the fact he is 31 surprises me because he plays like a much younger man. Let's hope that continues and I won't have to worry about his birth certificate."

The line-up being reported by the media is as follows:

England Starting XI: Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Steven Caulker, Leighton Baines; Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverley, Leon Osman; Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young.


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13 November 2012 : Williams: I Was Really Proud Of Ladies Team Performance
Yeovil Town Ladies put in a vastly improved performance following the draw at Queens Park Rangers last weekend, and they enjoyed the better of the game, but unfortunately came out with a 2-1 defeat at the league's second placed side Millwall Lionesses.

Despite their dominance of the game Yeovil still found themselves a goal down on the half hour when Emma Whitter netted for the home side. Ciara Sherwood doubled the Lionesses lead on seventy minutes, before Laura Bray pulled one back for the Glovers five minutes later. Yeovil bombarded Millwall in the closing fifteen minutes, but despite going close on a number of occasions Yeovil were unable to grab what would have been a deserved point.

"I could not have asked for more either on the training field or from the match," joint Glover boss Nigel Williams said after game. "It is always interesting when you challenge the girls to perform. I think you have to remember that the Yeovil Town Ladies team is made up of players that are not paid. They play for the love of playing for this club and play for the fact that they can play at a very high level."

"Last week we did not do enough to win against QPR, but this week we saw a performance that showed Sarah (Lawler) and I a team that was determined to succeed. Millwall Lionesses have a very good long and established record at the top of the Ladies game. We matched them all over the park, and at the end of the game their manager came across and said that they were very pleased that the final whistle had blown."

"The match started at a high tempo; something that we had said we wanted, and we had most of the possession for the opening ten minutes of the game, not allowing Millwall to play. We made some great attacking runs down the left with delivery that deserved a finish. Our midfielders, Jade (Radburn) and Gobby (Laura Wensley) were controlling the midfield and putting themselves about making sure that when we lost the ball we soon won it back. She had three great shots that were either parried away or stopped by defending players. She is having a great season, and long may this continue. However, I make special mention this week of our captain Rachael Edwards; Millwall have a very good forward player who they seem to rely on with a lot of over the top balls. But this week we had a defender in Rach who controlled her throughout the game, and for it she was voted a well-deserved player of the game."

"Millwall, for their first goal were given the ball on the edge of the penalty area and delivered a shot that hit the underside of the bar, coming down on the back of Dodge (Goalkeeper Rachel Simkin) to go into the net. A harsh 1- 0 down against the run of play."

"Half time came, and we had to congratulate the girls for the effort, commitment and passion that they showed in the first half. The second have commenced and again against the run of play Millwall received the in the box ball midway through the half, and unfortunately we gave the player too much space to turn and score in the bottom right hand corner."

"We made a change, bringing on Justine Lorton, and it was great to see her back after some time out with injury. We put three at the back and brought Rach into an attacking midfield role that soon won us a corner. It was delivered by Justine and scrabbled in at the near post by Laura Bray. From then on Millwall were under the cosh. We put attack after attack in on their box, and Millwall were panicking on the ball, not able to keep it. Justine made herself a free kick on the edge of the area and again their ‘keeper just kept it out. As I said their Management team came across after the whistle and said that they were pleased the game was over."

"What we have is a team that can play with the best, and all they need to do is believe in themselves. This game showed a few people what we are about, and we need to make sure that we continue with this. We are looking forward to the next game. We will not let this go now. Expectation is that we play this way week in week out - nothing less will be acceptable. Sarah and I are really proud of the performance this week."

Final Score: Millwall Lionesses 2 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Grogen, Edwards, Hannam, Brazell, Radbur, Wensley, Pearson, Bray, Rapp, Sage (Lorton 70)

Goalscorer: Laura Bray (75)

Referee: Kirk English (London)

Next Match: Home to Colchester United - 18th November 2012 (at Raleigh Grove).

[Nigel Williams was talking to Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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13 November 2012 : Pools Opt For Hughes Appointment
League One side Hartlepool United have appointed a successor to manager Neale Cooper tonight. Stuck at the foot of the League One table on just eight points, Pools have recruited Livingston boss John Hughes under the title of Head Coach, replacing Cooper who resigned last month. Caretaker boss Micky Barron will remain at the club, under the title of Reserve Team Manager.

The news of Hughes' appointment will have come as a bit of a surprise to most of the media, notably Sky Sports, who were headlining Brown Lands Hartlepool Job claiming that former Hull City man Phil Brown was on his way to Victoria Park. They claimed Brown had already "agreed terms" - by mid-afternoon it was clear that he hadn't, even if most press were suggesting that he'd held talks.

Instead Hughes is the man tasked with trying to eat into the nine point gap between them and the current safety line. His current management career is exclusively north of the border, managing Falkirk and Hibernian before heading to Livingston. Career highlights include a promotion for Falkirk to the Scottish Premier League, a 2009 Scottish Cup Final that also gave them Europa League qualification, plus a second Europa League Qualifying Round stint with Hibernian.


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13 November 2012 : Ladies Switch Colchester Home Match Venue
Yeovil Town Ladies have today announced that this Sunday's home game with Colchester United Ladies will be played at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove Ground, instead of the usual Athletic Ground at Wells. The match will take place on Sunday 18th November 2012, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

Wells is unavailable this weekend, but the girls will be back there for the league game against Gillingham Ladies on the 2nd of December.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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13 November 2012 : Cafer Makes Sherborne Debut
Saturday afternoon saw Yeovil Town's Under-18s goalkeeper Matt Cafer make his senior debut for Sherborne Town's first team. The Second Year scholar has made it as far as the Glovers bench before, having been named as a substitute in last season's FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United, but this was the first senior action for the Weymouth teenager.

Matt was drafted into the Sherborne side as part of a work experience loan deal - the latest in a growing number of players who have been given a taste of first team experience at Raleigh Grove as a secondment from the Under-18s, with Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke having played there in recent seasons. Matt played the full 90 minutes in a 3-2 win over Welton Rovers in the Western League First Division.

Whilst on the subject of Sherborne, those supporters who are not travelling to the Glovers first team fixture against Swindon Town on the weekend, may be interested in attending their Second Round FA Vase against St Blazey at Raleigh Grove. At this stage, we're not sure if Matt will be playing in that game, or in the Under-18s home match against Bristol Rovers on Saturday (Alvington, 11.00a.m.) however, Glovers fans attending what is Sherborne's main route of Wembley glory will be made very welcome. On this particular occasion though, be aware that their Cornish opponents' club nickname is the 'Green and Blacks' so if you do wear Glovers colours to the game, it may be worth pulling something different out of the wardrobe!


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13 November 2012 : Youga Returns To Football Again
Championship side Ipswich Town have signed up former Yeovil Town defender Kelly Youga. The 27 year old has joined them as a free agent, having disappeared from view following his departure from Huish Park. The former Charlton Athletic full-back came off the club's books at the end of March following a rather unproductive time with the Glovers. For what was a five month contract, the club got 45 minutes of football out of him, before an Achilles injury put him on the sidelines, never to return.

Given that means Youga has effectively played one half of football in the past three years, we'd hope that the Tractor Boys have an arrangement based on appearance money. He is contracted at Portman Road until January and plans to make his debut in a Suffolk Premier Cup tie at Walsham Le Willows.


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13 November 2012 : Video : Ladies Receive National FA Award
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town Ladies managed to get their hands on their second major national honour for 2012. They grabbed the Digital Award at the FA Women's Football Awards in London, as a result of their innovative approach to 'new' media in promoting their club.

Well, of course you don't win Digital Awards, without managing to upload a video of it onto your own YouTube site. Glovers fans can see Joint Manager Sarah Lawler being presented with the award, via the video clip below.




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12 November 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Keeping It Clean
Saturday's 1-0 win over Hartlepool United was one of the lower key victories of the season, achieved by a solitary goal. Guest blogger Kurt West has added a short update to Taff's Gloverblog giving his views on the three points. If you'd like to add your own, feel free to do so at the foot of the article. Read on, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Keeping It Clean.


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12 November 2012 : Ayling Return Gets Team Of The Week Recognition
Yeovil Town have had one player included in this week's Football League Team of the Week. Right-back Luke Ayling has spent a long time in the sidelines, having been out injured for over a month with a hip injury. Initially sitting on the substitutes bench following his recovery, he got back onto the field of play for Saturday's 1-0 win over Hartlepool United - a gap of nine matches without a game.

Luke was part of a back four that kept a clean sheet, and ensured that Pools didn't even get a single shot or corner during the opening 45 minutes, until a more even second half put the back four under increasing pressure. That has seen him selected in the League One side which reads as follows:

Wes Foderingham (Swindon Town)
Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) Ben Gibson (Tranmere Rovers) Shaun Williams (MK Dons) Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth)
Matt Ritchie (Swindon Town) Nicky Wroe (Preston) Harry Arter (Bournemouth) Jeffrey Monakana (Preston)
Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) Leon Clarke (Scunthorpe)


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12 November 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Hartlepool Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Hartlepool United kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's pre-match thoughts on the opposition, and the difficulties in playing teams near the bottom, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Hartlepool.


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12 November 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool Match Highlights
For those who haven't seen Saturday's match highlights from the 1-0 win over Hartlepool United, the Sky Sports website has uploaded a short video. Somehow they've managed to find 90 seconds worth along with the goal from Joe Edwards. If you're on a UK ISP, click the link below to view it.

In addition, there's last Tuesday's highlights from the 1-3 home defeat against Stevenage that can be viewed via the second link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United Match Highlights.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Yeovil Town vs Stevenage Match Highlights.


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11 November 2012 : GWSC Travel To Crawley Town
In just over week's time Yeovil Town make the trip to Sussex, as they travel to play Crawley Town in a League One match. The game at the Broadfield Stadium takes place on Tuesday 20th November 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. 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 Huish Park at 2.30p.m. Note that as this is a midweeker, there will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station. Cost of travel will be £20.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.


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11 November 2012 : Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Crawley Town is now available. The match takes place at the Broadfield Stadium on Tuesday 20th November 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This will be our first ever visit to their 1997 stadium, having previously only visited their Town Mead ground.

You have a choice of seating or terracing for this match. Pricing is as follows:

Seating: Adults: £19.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00

Terracing: Adults: £17.00; Over-65s: £13.00; Under-18s: £7.00

Disabled supporters will pay the seated ticket prices, but may admit an assistant free of charge if required. Wheelchair supporters, or others requiring special arrangements should call Crawley on 01293 410000.

Those who opt for the terracing will be given the KR-L Stand, which is a covered stand situated behind the goal, holding up to 1,600 supporters. Those who opt for seating will be given a block in the West Stand closest to the away terrace, much in the same way that Huish Park manages provision for away supporters. Actual number of allocated seats varies according to how many away fans they think will be turning up.

There is no price increase on the day of the match, and so advance bookings are for your convenience.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.


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11 November 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Hartlepool Home Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Hartlepool Home Game.


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10 November 2012 : Johnson Admits Pools Win Wasn't Pretty
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that this afternoon's 1-0 win over Hartlepool United was not a 'pretty' game to watch from the dugouts. The Glovers had to rely upon Bristol City loanee Joe Edwards seventh minute goal for the points, in a game where they struggled to overcome League One's basement side.

Having also endured a number of scrappy matches in recent weeks, notably the win over Bury last month, Gary felt that there had to be some allowances made for the level of football the club was playing at. He told the press after the game that he was still pleased with the end result of three more points:

"It didn't make for a spectacle, but three points at this level is a good effort and we have to see it that way. We're not in the Conference anymore and some people get a bit frustrated when the opposition get into our penalty area now and then. We've got to understand that every game at this level is going to be a battle. I was just pleased we came away with three points because it was a bit of a dangerous game. I know it wasn't pretty, but sometimes you need to enjoy the games when you are under the cosh a bit."

This afternoon's visitors are trying to arrest an appalling start to the season that has seen them go 14 League matches without victory, and currently has them nine points from safety. However, they are under new Caretaker Management, with Micky Barron having replaced outgoing manager Neale Cooper on a temporary basis. Johnson felt that their circumstances made them dangerous opponents:

"Hartlepool being on eight points made them dangerous opposition because they had nothing to lose. I don't think they looked like a dying swan, that's for sure. We were resilient and we need to keep pushing and keep competing to see if we can get ourselves into a real position to challenge. We have two big challenges coming up against Crawley and Swindon, so this victory was very important."


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10 November 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Hartlepool United 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 Hartlepool United.


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10 November 2012 : Yeovil 1 Hartlepool 0 : Edwards Strikes Early To Seal Glovers Win
Yeovil Town came out on top by a single goal in a scrappy game at Huish Park this afternoon. A seventh minute Joe Edwards goal was enough to see them triumph over basement side Hartlepool United. The Bristol City loanee converted a Sam Foley cross that appeared to be putting Yeovil on their way to an expected team who have now not won in 14 attempts in League One and 16 matches in all competitions. But they failed to find that second goal, and ended up haing to hang on a bit as Pools tried in vain to find an equalising goal.

Team news saw just one tactical change, as Luke Ayling was restored to the back line, playing Joe Edwards further up the flank, which meant that Keanu Marsh-Brown dropped to the bench. Otherwise the seventeen players chosen were as you were. The Glovers got off to the best possible start when Sam Foley's left-wing cross was put into the box, and Edwards' more advanced position on the pitch allowed him to get in at the near post, and slot the ball home from close range.

That was more or less as you were for the first period. The Glovers were the superior side for the 45 minutes, but only because Hartlepool created nothing. Zilch. Not a corner, nor a shot turned up at Marek Stech's end, whilst at the other goal, Daniel Johnson shot over the bar, whilst Paddy Madden's downward header from a Sam Foley cross was easily saved by former Glover Scott Flinders. But the longer the half went on, the more even that dried up.

The concern was obviously with such a slender lead, Yeovil's tendency in recent games to be a very different team in the second half would turn out again. And to an extent that was what happened, with Hartlepool coming out in much more attacking fashion after the break. Joe Edwards almost got his second when he cut inside and curled a left-footer just wide of the target, whilst Paddy Madden put a free header wide. But by now the visitors were fashioning their own chances - Peter Hartley should have done better when he picked up a loose ball from a corner, whilst alarm bells were ringing as Antony Sweeney put the ball in the back of the net, albeit after an offside flag had gone up.

James Poole wastefully volleyed wide, and it was Yeovil's turn to look like the away side as they were forced to feed on scraps on the break. Keanu Marsh-Brown and Reuben Reid came on to liven things up, unusually with the winger playing up front, but when Reid came on 15 minutes later he chose the position usually occupied by Marsh-Brown. In the closing stages, Luke Ayling had to get his full body in the way of a Steve Howard shot on goal, and it all felt like Yeovil were hanging on a little too much for their own good.

Thankfully the equaliser never came, and hang on they did, to cement their 11th place position in the League One table. Never a pretty attractive game, but three more vital points, which leaves them nine points away from the relegation spots, and just four points off the final play-off slot which is currently held by next weekend's opponents Swindon Town. More importantly, their 25 point haul puts them halfway to the traditional '50 point safety' target, and six game short of the halfway stage. That's what Glovers fans need to look at when reflecting upon today's somewhat scrappy game.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 0.

Scorers: Joe Edwards (1-0, 7 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Joe Edwards 25. Daniel Johnson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (63 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid (78 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown


Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders 19. Jordan Richards 29. Peter Hartley 5. Sam Collins 2. Neil Austin 8. Simon Walton 15. Antony Sweeney 20. Paul Murray 7. Jonathan Franks 10. James Poole 39. Steve Howard

Substitutes:
31. Adam McHugh 3. Ritchie Humphreys 6. Evan Horwood 14. Nathan Luscombe (86 mins for Paul Murray) 18. Jack Baldwin 22. Darren Holden 36. Charlie Wyke (81 mins for Jonathan Franks)

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 29 mins)

Hartlepool Bookings: Antony Sweeney (foul, 30 mins), Steve Howard (foul, 56 mins), Neil Austin (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 19.

Hartlepool Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistants: Christopher Powell (Dorset) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). Fourth Official: Andrew Turner (Devon).

Attendance: 3,095 (including 56 Hartlepool fans).


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10 November 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's visit of Hartlepool United. Right-back Luke Ayling has been missing from action since September 29th, with a hip injury, and although he has sat on the bench a few times recently, he's not got onto the pitch. Today he replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown in terms of personnel - Joe Edwards moves up to the right wing spot, giving Ayling the full-back slot.

Other than that swap, things are pretty much as you were, with Dominic Blizzard still out with a hamstring injury, whilst Lewis Young and Nathan Ralph remain as long term absences - both are only expected to return in the New Year now. Gozie Ugwu is available, but with the club having six loans on their books, he has to sit in the stands.

The line-up is therefore as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Joe Edwards 25. Daniel Johnson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders 19. Jordan Richards 29. Peter Hartley 5. Sam Collins 2. Neil Austin 8. Simon Walton 15. Antony Sweeney 20. Paul Murray 7. Jonathan Franks 10. James Poole 39. Steve Howard

Substitutes:
31. Adam McHugh 3. Ritchie Humphreys 6. Evan Horwood 14. Nathan Luscombe 18. Jack Baldwin 22. Darren Holden 36. Charlie Wyke


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9 November 2012 : Johnson Settling Christmas Target
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says he is still targeting a mid-season points haul that will put his club within sight of a play-off place. Whilst he stops short of claiming that his side can actually make the top six in time for Christmas, he wants to be within touching distance, so that the club can use the second half of the season to make a charge for those places.

Currently lying in 11th place in the League One table, the current situation puts them five points off the top six, and for the pessimists, a total of eight points away from the bottom four. Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of this weekend's match against Hartlepool United, Gary remains focussed on looking up, rather than down:

"Hopefully we can pick up enough points, come Christmas time and then we can look at it and say yes we're in this, and we've got to give it a go. You've had all your experiences now, you know what you've got to be doing, and you have got the ability, and let's try to give it a go."

In addition to the team's level of consistency within games, one of the the bigger problems this season has been the club's record against teams either in the top half of the table, or with a 'bigger' reputation surrounding them. The Glovers have lost six out of their eight fixtures against top half sides, whilst their two defeats against lower-table opposition have come against big-budget AFC Bournemouth and fallen giants Portsmouth. Gary thinks there may be something in that pattern:

"It's about infiltrating the teams that are at the top there. We've got a good record against the teams that are sort of below us. They're not high budget or teams that have got the big crowds. Even in the home games that we've played against Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Sheffield United, they were big away gates. So we've got to be better than that."

Johnson will doubtless hope that this pattern of results is maintained tomorrow. They face Hartlepool United, who are bottom of the division and one of the smallest clubs in the league. With one win all season, and that being 13 games ago, they are in desperate form, and lost 6-1 against League Two side Chesterfield in the FA Cup last weekend. Their joint top scorer is 'Own Goals' with two being scored for them by Brentford at the end of last month. Former Glovers loan winger Jonathan Franks is the only other player to score more than one this season.

Perhaps the big note of caution is that they did recently dispense with manager Neale Cooper, which could present a new problem, even if caretaker boss Micky Barron has so far failed to reverse the slide. The other threat comes with the fact that Pools have won on three out of their last four visits to Huish Park, with Sunderland loanee Ryan Noble scoring the winner in last season's 1-0 scoreline. Noble has just agreed a loan extension at Victoria Park, and so will hope for a repeat performance in what was a smash'n'grab win for the Durham side.


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9 November 2012 : Rodgers And Sullivan Make League One Moves
Former Yeovil Town striker Luke Rodgers has made a switch across the division, swapping Portsmouth for Portsmouth for Shrewsbury Town. The 30 year old has left in what has been badged as a 'loan' until the New Year, but that appears to be a technicality to work around Football League rules, with his new club having openly stated that they have an agreement to keep him until the end of the 2012-13 season.

This will be Rodgers' second spell in Shropshire, having begun his career in a six year spell with the Shrews, that saw him net 73 times between 1999 and 2005. He's been operating on a month-to-month contract with Pompey this season, but with the Hampshire side still in administration, and Rodgers having slipped down their pecking order in recent weeks, a bit more job security and football has doubtless proved influential.

Meanwhile former loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has signed for Colchester United on a month's loan. The 24 year old, who is on the books of Charlton Athletic, has yet to play first team football during the 2012-13 season, and so will be hoping to help the Essex side in their slow but steady climb back up the League One table under new manager Joe Dunne.


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8 November 2012 : Johnson Looking For Greater Consistency
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels that his players need to learn from their experiences as they attempt to produce more consistent results. The Glovers have shown good form in patches, either in batches of games, or across 45 minute periods, but have struggled at times to put two good halves of football together at the same time. One case in point was Tuesday night's 1-3 home defeat against Stevenage that saw Johnson's side produce a strong first half performance, followed by a second period that allowed the visitors assume control.

Whilst that pattern hasn't been as obvious in all matches this season, it has been a feature of a number of games, particularly in away League One fixtures against Tranmere Rovers and Preston North End. Speaking to BBC Somerset this afternoon, Gary tried to explain why the team tended to misfire at times:

"I think there's all different reasons. Some of them have got the ability but not the experience. Some of them have got both, but just have a poor game on the day, whilst others are still learning the game. They haven't been in those situations a hundred times, to be able to call themselves experienced. You're at a point at which your team has been brilliant in the first half, but you then get put under pressure by the opposition"

Despite the midweek set-back, Johnson adds that he still firmly believes that his side are capable of challenging for a play-off place during this season, and says that he has been trying to drum that belief into them during training sessions:

"I'm the one who has been doing all screaming to the players over the last few days about where we should be. I genuinely believe that we've got a group of people who can be competing for a play-off place. I'm not going to change that view until mathematically we can't do it. I'm going to keep pushing and shoving, cajoling and supporting the players we've got."


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8 November 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Poor Second Half Proves Costly
Tuesday night saw Yeovil Town lose their second match in quick succession, having previously clocked up a decent number of good results during the month of October. Guest blogger Kurt West has provided his thoughts on the 1-3 home defeat against Stevenage - you can read them in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, as well as providing your own thoughts on the match via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Poor Second Half Proves Costly.


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8 November 2012 : Site Downtime Tonight
Apologies for the hour or so that this site was unavailable at lunchtime today. The company that hosts our website had to undertake some unexpected emergency maintenance that forced the server to be taken down.

In addition to this, they will also be moving the site onto new hardware tonight, which they have stated will occur 'outside business hours'. This means that the site will temporarily disappear during that time - hopefully just for a few hours. In the event of this being for an extended period, keep an eye on our Twitter account - @ytfcciderspace where any updates will be posted.


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8 November 2012 : Caulker Gets England Full Squad Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town central-defender Steven Caulker has been given another call-up to the full England squad. He has been named in a 23 man squad that will travel to Stockholm to play Sweden in a friendly match arranged to open their new national stadium, the Friends Arena. That match will take place on Wednesday 14th November, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

This is Caulker's second call-up to the senior squad, having been named in a friendly squad that travelled to Switzerland to play Italy in August. On that occasion he wasn't used, but since then he has since enhanced his career with a breakthrough into the first team at Tottenham Hotspur, as well as further appearances for the Under-21s.

The squad named for the match is as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders:
Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders:
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Forwards:
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).


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7 November 2012 : Glovers Head Out Of County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves headed out of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight, as they comfortably lost to Bishop Sutton by a 3-0 scoreline. The Western Football League Premier Division dominated the majority of the match against a Glovers opposition made up of the club's Under-18s side, with no full time professionals selected in the squad on the night.

A defensive error opened up the scoring five minutes before the break as a defender slipped in the box, and that was followed eight minutes after the break as the home side converted a far post header. The Glovers rallied slightly in the second period, with Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo introduced as more experienced half time substitutes, but Bishop Sutton sealed the tie six minutes from time with the third and final goal.

Final Score: Bishop Sutton 3 Yeovil Town Reserves 0.

Scorers: Bishop Sutton (1-0, 40 mins), Bishop Sutton (2-0, 53 mins), Bishop Sutton (3-0, 84 mins).


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7 November 2012 : Whittingham Given Pompey Caretaker Job
Former Yeovil Town striker Guy Whittingham has been given the Caretaker Manager job with League One side Portsmouth. He has been put in charge for their Saturday trip to Bury following the departure of first team manager Michael Appleton, who has bagged a job with Championship side Blackpool. Appleton's departure has been part of a managerial reshuffle, with Ian Holloway having quit the Tangerines for a job with Crystal Palace. Portsmouth have also lost assistant manager Ashley Westwood who has followed Appleton up the M6.

Whittingham, who is nicknamed Corporal Punishment, due to his position in the army during his days with the Glovers, has been Pompey's Development Coach since January 2009, having previously held management roles with Newport (IoW), AFC Newbury and Eastleigh. He has been Caretaker Manager before, holding the position jointly in October 2011. The 47 year old had three playing spells at Fratton Park, including the 1989 transfer that saw him leave Huish and move into the professional game.

Although Pompey have only given Whittingham the job for one game at present, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him keep it until they come out of administration. Pompey are still signing players on a month-to-month basis because of their financial position, and logically the same would have to apply to their management team.


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7 November 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game
Following yesterday's 1-3 home defeat against Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match views are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game.


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7 November 2012 : County Cup Second Round Tonight
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves are in action tonight, in a Somerset Premier Cup tie. The Second Round match against Bishop Sutton takes place at their Lakeview ground, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

We'd expect the team selected to only include those players who did not have a significant involvement in last night's first team match against Stevenage. The remainder of the side would be made up from players in the club's Under-18s side. Note that as this is classed as a Reserve Team fixture, this game will not go towards serving Ed Upson's suspension, however he will not be able to play in the fixture.

Adults: £6.00; OAPs/Under-16s: £3.00

Address: Lakeview, Wick Road, Bishop Sutton, Somerset, BS39 5XN.

Referee: Richard Hulme. Assistants: Savvas Yianni and Craig Scriven.


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7 November 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Officials for Saturday's home League One match between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 10th November 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

This official is brand new to the scene, having only been promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012. As such we've never had him as a referee before. He's done nine games this season, with two of those at League One level. Currently he's dished out 19 bookings and one red card - pretty low key on the scale of things. His last match was the FA Cup game between Barnet and Oxford United - no yellows or reds to be seen.

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Christopher Powell (Dorset) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Turner (Devon).


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7 November 2012 : Johnson Rues Glovers Inconsistencies
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his side missed an opportunity to beat Stevenage yesterday, after a poor second half display condemned them to a 1-3 home defeat. Drawing the game at half time, Gary said his team were too inconsistent to hold the game over the 90 minute period - something that has tended to be a problem in several games during the 2012-13 season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Gary felt that a win would have put them within touching distance of a play-off position, but instead they finished the night in 11th place. He said that those were the fine lines that were stopping the team from breaking into those sort of positions in the League Table:

"We will never have a better chance to beat a Stevenage team who are up in the top three or four as I thought we outplayed them in the first half. But that's this division and the inconsistencies of it, and that's our team with the inconsistency of it. We were in 10th spot, and we could have been looking at 9th or 8th, and then going into Saturday's game looking at a play-off place. But life or football is not like that, and it certainly didn't happen today."

Gary admitted that the turning point of the match had been Stevenage's half time substitution that introduced Marcus Haber as a replacement for Patrick Agyemang. With the Glovers on top during the first half, he explained that he was aware that his opponents might try something different, but felt that his players lacked the experience to deal with the new threat:

"It was a game of two halves, for sure. It was unfortunate that we came in (during half time) at 1-1. We were a bit disappointed with the first goal, but we created chances and we were quite strong and we were certainly running the game. But then when Stevenage came out, they made one change and started hitting it up to the centre-forward (Marcus Haber) who suddenly changed Stevenage's game a little bit, and it allowed them to get up and join in and put us under a little bit more pressure, and put us under more committed pressure, which they didn't in the first half. We were aware that they were going to do that, and we did explain it to the players but unfortunately there's still too much inexperience within our group to take it all on board."


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6 November 2012 : Yeovil 1 Stevenage 3 : Glovers Lose A Game Of Two Halves
Yeovil Town slipped to their fourth home defeat of the 2012-13 season when they were out-fought by high-flying Stevenage. The Hertfordshire side moved up into second place in the League One table after winning 3-1 at Huish Park, thanks to an early Filipe Morais strike that was followed up by early second half goals from Lucas Akins and James Dunne. Yeovil had equalised through an excellent Paddy Madden volley, and had performed well during the first period, but degraded badly once the visitors retook the lead, allowing them to gain a comfortable win in the end.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up, with the three players who were excluded from the FA Cup match coming into the starting line-up, as Joe Edwards took up the right-back position, following an injury to Dominic Blizzard. The midfield pairing was Korey Smith and Daniel Johnson, with Ed Upson sitting out the first of a four match suspension, whilst Sam Foley was pushed back out wide, putting Gavin William back on the bench. The fourth change saw Byron Webster replace Richard Hinds at the back. On a technicality, Gozie Ugwu was the sixth loanee who did not feature in the matchday squad, although given he had only returned to training at Huish Park yesterday that was no surprise at all.

The start was nothing short of catastrophic as the visitors took the lead in the second minute. Byron Webster was caught in possession by Lucas Akins, who in turn fed James Dunne. The former Exeter City man then crossed the ball to Filipe Morais who fired home the opening goal. The Yeovil back line appealed for an offside flag from earlier in the move, but the goal stood.

Thankfully the reaction was swift. Sam Foley, who was now restored to his usual left-wing role, received a long pass from Byron Webster, and his ball into the box was volleyed home by Paddy Madden for the sixth goal of his loan spell with the Glovers. The Irishman had this week been awarded the Match magazine Player of the Month for October, and showed no sign of slowing down his strike rate, following Carlisle's surprise decision to allow his loan period to be extended.

Thereafter Yeovil really should have taken the game by the scruff of the neck, in the remainder of the second period. Looking very strong when in possession, with Korey Smith and Daniel Johnson pulling the midfield strings, they created a series of good chances that could have seen them enjoy a half time lead. Keanu Marsh-Brown saw his strike well saved by Steve Arnold, whilst James Hayter outpaced former Glover Bondz N'Gala to an over the top ball, only to get his final shot wrong. Then Paddy Madden had a shot deflected with Arnold just about getting his body on the ball as it went across him.

The second half should have been more of the same, but unfortunately the only thing it had in common with the first period was that we got another early Stevenage goal. Stevenage had introduced Marcus Haber as a half time substitute and he had an instant impact as his run and cross into the box saw Joe Edwards lose his footing, allowing Lucas Akins to take advantage, having the time and space to plant the ball into the bottom corner.

Stevenage extended their lead further just beyond the hour mark, when James Dunne got himself onto the scoresheet. The midfielder had only just been denied a chance of a goal, with Marek Stech saving, but there wasn't a lot the Czech Republic keeper could have done about Dunne's second attempt. The ball deflected off Daniel Johnson's outstretched leg, and the ball flew into the back of the net. 1-3 down, and a couple of sucker-punches turned the pattern of the game on its head.

Stevenage had previously won five out of their seven away fixtures this season, and so with that sort of record behind them, it was them who took control of the game, as Yeovil's players went into their shells, abandoning the good play of the first half. Boro began to dominate the midfield, Yeovil began to pump the ball longer and the quality of the game unravelled, not helped by some of the decisions made by referee Mark Brown and his linesmen whose performance created a continual heckling from the Huish Park crowd. All in all though, the game ended with a whimper, with the introduction of Gavin Williams and Reuben Reid not having a great deal of effect on proceedings in the closing stages - control of the game had gone and instead what had started so well, ended so frustratingly badly.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 3.

Scorers: Filipe Morais (0-1, 2 mins), Paddy Madden (1-1, 6 mins), Lucas Akins (1-2, 48 mins), James Dunne (1-3, 63 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 25. Daniel Johnson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams (67 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 11. Reuben Reid (68 mins for James Hayter) 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Stevenage:
1. Steve Arnold
2. David Gray 29. Bondz N'Gala 14. Mark Roberts 4. Darius Charles
6. Greg Tansey 7. Anthony Grant 8. James Dunne 10. Filipe Morais
11. Lucas Akins 24. Patrick Agyemang

Substitutes:
16. Chris Day 3. Lee Hills 9. Marcus Haber (46 mins for Patrick Agyemang) 15. Luke Freeman 20. Robbie Rogers 23. Dani Lopez 25. Oliver Risser (88 mins for Filipe Morais)

Yeovil Bookings: Daniel Johnson (foul, 26 mins), Gavin Williams (foul, 87 mins)

Stevenage Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

Attendance: 2,900 (including 79 Stevenage supporters).


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6 November 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Stevenage
If you watched this evening's 1-3 home defeat against Stevenage 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 Stevenage.


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6 November 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made four changes to this evening's starting line-up for the home League One game against Stevenage. The gambit is to bring in all three of the players who missed Saturday's FA Cup match against Preston North End, with Korey Smith and Daniel Johnson forming a central midfield partnership, as Ed Upson is suspended and Dominic Blizzard is injured. Blizzard's injury means that Joe Edwards returns as the right-back, whilst Sam Foley returns to the left-wing, displacing Gavin Williams to the bench.

The final change sees Byron Webster pass a fitness test to take his place in the line-up, with Richard Hinds going back onto the bench. There are six players named amongst the substitutes - although Gozie Ugwu is back at the club training, he is the easiest of the club's six loanees to leave out, given that he's spent seven matches out with a hamstring injury, and only returned to Huish Park yesterday.

The Yeovil Town team will therefore line up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 25. Daniel Johnson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Stevenage:
1. Steve Arnold
2. David Gray 29. Bondz N'Gala 14. Mark Roberts 4. Darius Charles
6. Greg Tansey 7. Anthony Grant 8. James Dunne 10. Filipe Morais
11. Lucas Akins 24. Patrick Agyemang

Substitutes:
16. Chris Day 3. Lee Hills 9. Marcus Haber 15. Luke Freeman 20. Robbie Rogers 23. Dani Lopez 25. Oliver Risser


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6 November 2012 : Williams Disappointed With Cup Draw At QPR
Laura Bray powered in her sixth goal of the season Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, but her Yeovil Town Ladies team were unable to hold their advantage, having to settle for a 1-1 draw in the FA Women's Premier league Cup. Victory would have seen the girls through to the knock out stages of the competition, but they now need to beat Portsmouth Ladies in their final group game to progress.

"With the weather we had on Sunday morning I thought the game would be in doubt," Joint manager Nigel Williams said this morning. "Thankfully a call at around nine o’clock said the pitch was good, and on arrival it was perfect for a great game of football."

Moving onto the game itself Williams was not happy with what he had seen on the pitch:

"I was disappointed this week with the result of this game," he said. "It is now time to say that it is not good enough to give away games at this level, and that is what we did this weekend. We created chances, we won the ball when we needed too, we passed the ball well on a surface that allowed us to play the game the way we know we can, yet we came away from the game feeling as if we have lost it."

"I am not prepared to accept results like this when we really should have come away with all the points, and be in the next phase of the league cup. Now we have left ourselves a task to get a result at Portsmouth. I have a lot of pride in my team and I want the best from them week in week out. (Joint manager) Sarah (Lawler) and I make no apology that we want more from our team. We want more passion, more effort and more clinical finishing, all of which we know they can produce."

"We see it week in week out on the training pitch. I am not saying we did not play well. I am saying that we were not clinical enough in seeing out the game when we had it won. The team need to get this bit of their game developed, and it needs a bit of intelligent thinking on the players’ part. With seven minutes to go we had the game in the bag. We gave away a free kick. QPR delivered a good cross and it dropped to the edge of the box for a player to strike."

"In the game we had good attacks down the left, with Stacey Pearson putting in a good shift beating the right back of QPR on numerous occasions. Our Player of the Game was Laura Wensley. She broke up play and had three tremendous strikes on goal in the first half, one of which was brilliantly saved by the QPR ‘keeper. Our back four performed well, not giving QPR the chance to score throughout the game. I could go on and on about the good things we were doing throughout the game, but the point was what we needed to score more, and only got one goal; disappointing."

Williams concluded. "I can say this; you can see how far we have come with this team because expectation is higher than it has ever been. Sarah and I will expect nothing less that total commitment for what we are striving to achieve at this club. Our plan has not changed from the time we took charge of this team, and that is a search for excellence to make Yeovil Town Ladies the best. Our players would expect nothing else from us because I know they want the same. Next week is away to Millwall, and the training pitch this week will be one of hard work and effort."

Final Score: Queens Park Rangers Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Grogen, (Keehan – 43), Hannam, Edwards, Brazell, Pearson, Wensley, Radburn, Sage, Rapp (Cornwall – 65), Bray

Goalscorer: Laura Bray (46)

Referee: Dele Sotimirin (London)

Next Match: Away to Millwall Lionesses - 11 November 2012

[Nigel Williams was talking to Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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6 November 2012 : Ladies Arrange Bingo Night Out
Yeovil Town Ladies will be hosting a fundraising night this coming Friday at Huish Park. They will be reprising their successful Bingo Night in the Alec Stock Lounge, with proceeds going towards the running of their club. Charity Macmillan will also benefit on the night.

The evening is open to players, families, friends, supporters and general bingo enthusiasts. Costs for a book of cards will be £8.00. The doors will open at 7.00p.m. with the 'Eyes Down' called at 7.30p.m.

There will be a raffle during the evening, as well as a licenced bar. Hence if you have a free evening, please turn up and support the Ladies in their efforts.


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6 November 2012 : Johnson: Stevenage Are No Surprise Act
After the weekend FA Cup action, tonight sees both Yeovil Town and Stevenage firmly planning to 'concentrate on the league'. The two teams meet at Huish Park in a League One, with both having gone out of the country's main cup competition at the First Round stage, with the visitors having been victims of a mini-shock defeat, losing out to League Two side Rotherham United in a 3-2 scoreline in Yorkshire.

In League One though, Stevenage are having a much better time of it - their current fourth placed position suggests that they could easily repeat last season's shock entry into the play-offs. Five wins out of seven away from home suggests that their strength is their form on the road - something we became very aware of in last season's 0-6 home defeat. Thankfully Boro are a little more shot-shy so far this season with eight goals scored in those seven away matches.

Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of the game, Johnson said that he wasn't surprised that Stevenage were repeating their form of last season, and said that any team that was still up there at this stage of the season couldn't be up there by chance:

"I'm not surprised. They're a decent team and they haven't lost many games this season. Like Tranmere, they've found themselves up there after a good run of form. You've got to be aware of the teams that are up there after fifteen games. It's no fluke; it's not lucky, so they're up there for a reason, and me, Darren (Way) and Terry (Skiverton) have got to make sure that we know all their strengths and we know their weaknesses."

Having had a relatively successful October, that saw Yeovil wipe away the memories of an awful September, the FA Cup defeat at Preston North End on Saturday was a nasty jolt to the system, even if the Lilywhites were favourites for that match. Johnson said that there was a need for a big support to turn out at Huish Park tonight for the game:

"It's a big game for us. The boys have put in a great stint in the league. They deserve a lot of people up here, because there has been a lot of effort that's gone into it. We're just on that verge of getting ourselves up into the play-offs again. So we need everybody's support really, not just supporting us as a team (once inside the stadium), but supporting the club as in coming to the games, so that we can push on a little bit when we need to."

The Glovers will welcome back loan trio Daniel Johnson, Korey Smith and Joe Edwards who were all prevented from playing in the FA Cup by their parent clubs, who did not want them cup-tied. However, midfielder Ed Upson starts his four match ban, which should allow at least one of Smith or Johnson the chance of a starting position. The main injury concern lies with defender Byron Webster, who missed Saturday's match with a hip flexor muscle problem. Johnson wasn't particularly certain about what his chances were for tonight, although said the important thing was that they didn't aggravate the situation further:

"It's a serious injury in as much that you can't really do without him, if you can help it. He's a big lad and he's a first ball winner and he's decent with his feet. So we don't know to be honest (how long he will be out for). Probably the only good thing is that we haven't hindered it any more by playing him when he wasn't ready. So at least that gives him a chance for Tuesday, but we'll have to wait and see."


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6 November 2012 : Mildenhall Makes Iron Loan Switch
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has gone out on loan in search of first team football. The 34 year old has failed to establish himself at Championship side Millwall, and with the Lions having brought in Maik Taylor over the summer to compete with regular stopper David Forde he has not featured in a competitive match since February 2011.

As a result he's now moved out on loan to League One side Scunthorpe United, who are under new management after Brian Laws returned to the club last week. With current goalkeeper Sam Slocombe having conceded four against League Two side Gillingham in the FA Cup over the weekend, Laws has opted to bring in the Swindon-born player for a month, and Mildenhall told the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph that it could turn into a longer arrangement:

"We've signed for a month at the moment, then it's down to me. I've been brought here to perform and hopefully if I can perform and do alright it might be longer, who knows. Since the start of the season there's been a few things and a few things didn't come through. I turned down a move to Preston in pre-season and there was a couple of other loans earlier on in the year that for whatever reason didn't get finalized. Thankfully this one's come through and it's all been done, so now I'm here and looking forward to some football."

Mildenhall should find that part of the country relatively familiar, having lived in Cleethorpes whilst playing for ex-Glover Russell Slade during his time with Grimsby Town prior to his move to Huish Park. It would appear that his return to Lincolnshire could turn into a permanent one given that in June his parent club transfer-listed him, following the arrival of Taylor.


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6 November 2012 : GWSC Travel To Swindon Town
In just under two weeks time Yeovil Town make the short journey to Wiltshire, as they travel to play Swindon Town in a League One match. The game at the County Ground takes place on Saturday 17th November 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. 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 Yeovil Bus Station at 10.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 10.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £12.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £10.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Bishop Sutton vs Yeovil Town Reserves.


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5 November 2012 : Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's next away match is now available. The game against Swindon Town takes place on Saturday 17th November 2012 at the County Ground, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £25.00; Concessions: £19.00; Aged 16-18: £17.00; Under-16: £12.00

Concessions apply to those aged over 60 years old and students. However, students must purchase their ticket in advance of matchday as this concession is not available on the day of the game. You'll need to be in possession of a valid NUS Card. Those aged 16-18 years old are strongly advised to carry proof of age with them.

Applications for Disabled supporters must be made direct to Swindon on 0844 880 1116. You'll be charge the above Concessionary rate, but can admit an assistant free of charge. Ambulant Disabled supporters are eligible provided they are on the middle/higher level of disability. Their Disabled Liaison Officer is Mark Isaacs and can be reached on 0844-8801099 or mark@swindontownfc.co.uk

With the exception of the student pricing, all ticket prices remain the same on the day of the match itself. However, Swindon usually make available advance tickets to the visiting club, so call the Huish Park Ticket Office if you want to purchase in advance of the game.

Away supporters at the County Ground are allocated a section in the Arkells North Stand, which is a covered seated area of the ground, side-on to the pitch. The usual allocation is for the two blocks closest to the Stratton Bank End in a total allocation of around 1,200 seats.


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5 November 2012 : FA Cup First Round Replay Televised Ties
Whilst Yeovil Town's interests in the FA Cup were ended on Saturday, the competition goes on with three matches lined up for televised coverage next week. One of those is a second attempt for ITV to screen Braintree Town's home tie against Tranmere Rovers. The original tie was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Amlin Stadium, and they will now go again next Tuesday, with the match being screened live on the ITV4 Channel.

On either side of that, the ESPN Sports Channel will be showing two First Round replays. Next Monday, they will show AFC Wimbledon's match against York City at Kingsmeadow, and that will be followed by Altrincham's attempts to enhance their giant-killing reputation with a game against League Two side Burton Albion, following a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at the Pirelli Stadium.

As a result, Braintree and Tranmere will still get the £63,800 each they thought the postponement had seen lost. The other four clubs will net £31,900 each.

The FA have yet to choose their Second Round televised matches at this stage - those are expected to be announced tomorrow.

12/11/2012 AFC Wimbledon vs York City (First Round Replay, ESPN Sports, 7.45p.m.)
13/11/2012 Braintree Town vs Tranmere Rovers (First Round, ITV4, 7.45p.m.)
15/11/2012 Altrincham vs Burton Albion (First Round Replay, ESPN Sports, 7.45p.m.)


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5 November 2012 : Officials For The Yeovil Town vs Stevenage Match
Official for Tuesday night's League One home match between Yeovil Town and Stevenage have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th November 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Whilst we scratch our heads as to why they're dragging a referee all the way down from East Yorkshire to Somerset for a midweeker, rather than appointing someone more local for the all-Southern encounter, Mr Brown is the first referee of the 2012-13 season we've had more than once. He took charge of the September 2012 away fixture against Preston North End - the League One encounter rather than the second FA Cup game. He was therefore the referee that dismissed Ed Upson on the day for two bookable offences, but in all honesty we couldn't complain about either. The Western Gazette said of his performance: "his decision-making favoured Yeovil and often left both sets of fans annoyed" - as we recall, he was booed off at half time by the home support though more as a general grumbling than any specific incident.

We also had him for the February 2012 match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. We lost the game 2-1 and to be honest we can't recall too much to complain about Mr Brown's performance on the night, although he did get a small grumble from assistant manager Terry Skiverton after the match where he felt that a number of the referee's decisions were a little too home-friendly.

Prior to that, he was at Prenton Park for the 1-0 win at Prenton Park over Tranmere Rovers in February 2011. Possibly one of the worst matches for entertainment you'll have set your eyes on in recent years, although Oli Johnson's wonder strike was worth the journey. Mr Brown didn't have a lot to do on the day - just one booking early on, and not much out there to raise the hackles.

Mr Brown's other game in charge came in November 2010, when he saw our 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup. This match brought that rare scenario of a referee gifting the Glovers the key decision in the game - namely the winning goal scored by Andy Williams. Even the most green-tinted of Glovers would admit that Dean Bowditch was probably interfering with play at the time the ball was hit towards goal, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Brown awarded the goal. Rushden were furious, and probably with some justification.

His own referee's profile suggests he may have a second career lined up as a stand-up comedian, as he described his inspiration for getting into refereeing as being "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". He's now in his third season as a Football League referee, and so will have been exposed to plenty more moaning than "her indoors" could ever have managed, we suspect.

Mr Brown will be assisted by Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

Link: September 2012 : Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2012 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2011 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Rushden and Diamonds 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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5 November 2012 : Ugwu Makes Huish Park Return
Reading striker Gozie Ugwu has finally returned to Huish Park after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The 19 year old has been back at the Madejski Stadium for the past month, having limped out of the October 2nd home match against Portsmouth with a hamstring injury. As a result he's been out of action for seven matches, whilst he took advantage of his parent club's facilities in Berkshire.

Gozie indicated this morning via his Twitter account that he was finally back in Somerset, and the club have confirmed the same this afternoon. He is not expected to be used in tomorrow night's home game against Stevenage, but could feature in Saturday's home match against Hartlepool United.


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5 November 2012 : Upson Ban Confirmed By Football Association
The Football Association have confirmed that Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson will serve a four match suspension. The 22 year old received his marching orders for a second half foul on Preston North End's Joel Byrom and thus suffered his second dismissal of the season - both on at the same Deepdale venue.

As a result, Upson will now miss tomorrow night's home match against Stevenage, followed by Saturday's game against Hartlepool United, and the away trips against Swindon Town and Crawley Town. He returns on Saturday 24th November for the home game against Carlisle United, provided there are no postponements during that time.

Upson is Yeovil's fourth dismissal of the 2012-13 season - with the other two players to have seen red being Jamie McAllister and Keanu Marsh-Brown.


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5 November 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Preston FA Cup Interview
Just prior to kick-off against Preston North End on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's thoughts on the Paddy Madden transfer and also why Luke Ayling isn't playing at present, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Preston.


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4 November 2012 : Johnson: Madden Deal Is With A View To Longer Term
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has more or less confirmed that there is an agreement in principle between the club and Carlisle United to bring striker Paddy Madden to Huish Park beyond the January transfer window. The Irishman agreed a two month loan extension just before the weekend, that keeps him in Somerset until the New Year - the maximum the club would be allowed under the emergency loan rules.

Just before the weekend, the Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott strongly suggested that the 22 year old could be on a permanent move in the January transfer window, although stopped short of suggesting that there was a firm deal done with the Glovers. Speaking to BBC Somerset prior to yesterday's game against Preston North End, Glovers boss Gary Johnson confirmed that talks had been held between the two clubs over a permanent deal, and that this was done as part of the talks that saw his loan deal extended:

"Obviously for us to extend his loan, we've had to discuss further than his loan, and we've done that. That will come out when the two clubs actually need to come out with anything. The good thing is that he is our player at this moment in time, and hopefully will be for the foreseeable future. It's great that he's enough of our player that we (were able to) play him in the FA Cup. There's a lot of work that's gone into it. Credit to both football clubs really. They both dealt with it in a professional way. We both knew the situation with the lad. He's come here and he's done very very well. So we tried very hard to keep him. Certainly for the shortish term we've kept him with a view to the longer term."

When asked if that the goal was to keep Madden on an extended basis in the New Year, Johnson responded: "Hopefully, yes."

The conclusion to draw from both Abbott's and Johnson's interviews are that there is a deal in place for Madden to move to Huish Park on a permanent basis in January, but that it would seem likely that it is not contractually binding on either party at this stage. In terms of permanent transfers, no club can complete such a move until the Football League offices open after the New Year period. This means unless the clubs set up a pre-contract agreement, which doesn't seem to be the case, that an injury to Madden or a move made by another club could affect the outcome.


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3 November 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Preston FA Cup Game
Following this afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Preston North End in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Preston FA Cup Game.


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3 November 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Preston vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 away defeat against Preston North End at Deepdale, 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 Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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3 November 2012 : Preston 3 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Exit FA Cup At Deepdale
Yeovil Town crashed out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage this afternoon, after they lost to Preston North End at Deepdale for the second time this season. The 3-0 scoreline came about via sloppy defending, as the Lilywhites took their chances, and the Glovers failed to. Two goals in three minutes from Joel Byrom and David Amoo just before the break put the home side in the driving seat, and the game was sealed twenty minutes from time when Chris Robertson headed home. Yeovil's miserable experience was compounded when Ed Upson received his marching orders with just over an hour gone, effectively eliminating any hope of a comeback.

The Glovers went into the match having to make a large number of changes, with three of their loanees refused permission to play in the FA Cup. As a result, Joe Edwards, Korey Smith and Daniel Johnson all dropped out of the squad, whilst Byron Webster also withdrew due to injury. In their place came Dominic Blizzard, Richard Hinds and Gavin Williams for the starting line-up, with Sam Foley switching to a central midfield position. The substitutes bench had a threadbare look to it, with Curtis Haynes-Brown making his return from a loan spell with AFC Wimbledon, whilst Under-18s pair Will Agbo and Mitch Brundle completed the numbers - even then the Glovers could only manage a six man bench, with Luke Ayling named, but not realistically fit to come on at any stage.

Early chances were relatively promising for Yeovil, with Marek Stech not having too much to do of note. At the other end, much of Yeovil's output predictably came from Paddy Madden - a shot from distance that went wide of goal, another that saw Gavin Williams go on the run, feeding the Irishman who forced Steve Simonsen to save at his near post, then a third that he probably should have got on target, but drove the ball at the outside of the goalframe.

Gradually though, Preston began to work their way back into the match, and in the ten minutes leading up to half time, Yeovil wobbled and it proved costly. Two goals in three muntes put the home side in absolute charge. Jack King's through pass to Joel Byrom put him one-on-one with Marek Stech, and the midfielder finished well to put them 1-0 up. Then on 41 minutes, David Amoo doubled the scoreline, having come on as a substitute early on - he received a through-pass from Nicky Wroe, and rounded the goalkeeper to put Yeovil 2-0 down and in big trouble.

Yeovil's frustration at conceding twice so quickly showed as the half closed, with Richard Hinds and Keanu Marsh-Brown both landing in the book - the latter could have seen red when Preston's pushing-and-shoving on the winger after the tackle tried to provoke a dismissal. Referee Andy Haines kept his cool and issued a caution, but it showed how Yeovil needed to apply a bit of discipline to the second period. They ended the half actually unlucky not to score as both Keanu Marsh-Brown and James Hayter had shots cleared off the line in quick succession, showing that they weren't being dominated as such, but two defensive lapses had proved very costly.

The second period was a little bit too easy for Preston, who preferred to play keep-ball rather than feel the need to extend their lead. Yeovil struggled to get much of a hold on the game, and there was only really a long range Paddy Madden shot that was easily held to speak of during the opening fifteen minutes. The game turned on 63 minutes though, when Joel Byrom was the victim of a fiery tackle from Ed Upson, and like the September match at Deepdale, the midfielder saw a red card dished out and Yeovil were now two goals down and a man lighter.

Seven minutes after that, matters went from bad to worse when Scott Laird's corner was headed home by Chris Robertson, with poor marking in the box at fault as Preston went 3-0 up and pretty much guaranteed their route into the Second Round. Reuben Reid was introduced in the final 30 minutes to try to spark something out of the game, and he had a busy performance. But it wasn't Yeovil's day at all, with Paddy Madden once again getting the best of the chances, as Steve Simonsen denied him once again. The game limped to a close with the outcome increasingly obvious, and so it's another season without a serious FA Cup run.

Final Score: Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Joel Byrom (38 mins, 1-0), David Amoo (41 mins, 2-0), Chris Robertson (70 mins, 3-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
6. Dominic Blizzard 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 14. Sam Foley 8. Ed Upson 10. Gavin Williams
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 11. Reuben Reid (61 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown (88 mins for Richard Hinds) 23. Will Agbo 24. Mitch Brundle

Preston North End:
23. Steve Simonsen
2. Keith Keane 5. Chris Robertson 4. Paul Huntington 6. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
17. Jeffrey Monakana 8. Nicky Wroe 13. Joel Byrom 3. Scott Laird
29. Stuart Beavon 22. Jack King

Substitutes:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 7. David Amoo (10 mins for Shane Cansdell-Sherriff) 9. Graham Cummins 11. Lee Holmes (70 mins for Jeffrey Monakana) 12. Akpo Sodje 18. Andrew Procter (70 mins for Joel Byrom) 20. Chris Beardsley

Preston Bookings: Keith Keane (foul, 28 mins), Jeffrey Monakana (foul, 36 mins), Paul Huntington (foul, 52 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Richard Hinds (foul, 45 mins), Keanu Marsh-Brown (foul, 45 mins). Red Card: Ed Upson (serious foul play, 63 mins)

Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Steven Copeland (Merseyside).

Attendance: 4,757 (including approx 150 Yeovil fans).


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3 November 2012 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Result
Yeovil Town's Under-18s showed a great reaction to their FA Youth Cup exit this morning by returning to winning ways. In a Football League Youth Alliance Cup Group match against second placed Plymouth Argyle, they drew level with their opponents by securing a 2-1 win over the Pilgrims. Aidan Chainey and Charlie Ware were the goalscorers on the day - a fine achievement given that the Glovers were missing numerous players, notably Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo who are up in Preston on FA Cup duty.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Plymouth Argyle Under-18s 1.


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3 November 2012 : Team News For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
The FA Cup means that Yeovil Town are forced into a number of changes for this afternoon's First Round match against Preston North End. The Glovers have been denied permission by Norwich City, Bristol City and Aston Villa to play Korey Smith, Joe Edwards and Daniel Johnson meaning that all three drop out of the squad for the match at Deepdale. On the plus side Fulham had already gave Daniel Burn permission to play, whilst as covered on Thursday, striker Paddy Madden was cleared to play by Carlisle United as part of the club's agreement to extend his loan by a further two months.

The loss of Smith and Edwards in the starting line-up give opportunities to some of the players who have been warming the bench recently. Dominic Blizzard slots in at right-back slot he has covered in a couple of games this season to cover the loss of Edwards, whilst Sam Foley moves into central midfield to cover Smith's absence. Gavin Williams will play on the left-flank, covering Foley's usual role. Aside from the issue of the loanees, there is an injury blow that had been kept quiet during the week, with Byron Webster dropping out through injury, with Richard Hinds replacing him.

On the bench is where things get a little bit thinner, with Youth Team pair Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo co-opted onto the first team coach trip yesterday, along with Curtis Haynes-Brown who returns after a two month loan spell with AFC Wimbledon.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
6. Dominic Blizzard 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 14. Sam Foley 8. Ed Upson 10. Gavin Williams
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 11. Reuben Reid 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown 23. Will Agbo 24. Mitch Brundle

Preston North End:
23. Steve Simonsen
2. Keith Keane 5. Chris Robertson 4. Paul Huntington 6. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
17. Jeffrey Monakana 8. Nicky Wroe 13. Joel Byrom 3. Scott Laird
29. Stuart Beavon 22. Jack King

Substitutes:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 7. David Amoo 9. Graham Cummins 11. Lee Holmes 12. Akpo Sodje 18. Andrew Procter 20. Chris Beardsley

With Sam Foley used to participating in the competition during the Qualifying Round stages with Newport County, he's finding today a little bit of a new experience. However, he has told BBC Somerset in the lead-up to the game that he has had plenty of variety so far in his career:

"I've played in quite a few FA Cup games. I've gone to a place where there were some sheep on the pitch, and there was a guy with his dog walking past! At the other end of the spectrum I've played live on ESPN against a bigger side, being in a smaller team. So I've seen it from both sides. This is a bit different again, in that we're sort of equally matched with Preston, being in the same division as them."


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3 November 2012 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side are playing their third Football League Youth Alliance League Cup Group game this morning. They take on Plymouth Argyle at their usual Alvington venue, with the outcome of the group still far from decided. The Glovers are currently third in the competition, lying three points behind the Pilgrims with a game in hand, and so today's result will make a significant difference to how the table looks.

Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. and admission is free of charge. If you've not been to the Alvington venue, then you can find it situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub, just off Bunford Lane. All supporters are welcome to attend and support the lads.


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3 November 2012 : Gary Previews The Preston FA Cup Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's FA Cup First Round match against Preston North End at Deepdale, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's pre-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Preston.


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2 November 2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies Win Second National FA Award
The Football Association this afternoon announced that Yeovil Town Ladies have won another national award, with the news that the club have won the Digital Award at the FA Women's Football Awards in London.

The club, who were crowned South West Combination and County Cup champions in 2012, were awarded the National Respect Gold Award for the English ladies football pyramid at the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in May. Today’s announcement is the icing on the cake for a great year for the female Glovers, and is a massive pat on the back for all involved with the club, all of whom give their hard work and time for nothing more than the satisfaction of seeing the club progress.

Announcing the award the Football Association said that the reason for the nomination was the club’s ‘Don’t forget your camera’ campaign, (where the club encouraged supporters to bring their cameras to the last home game of last season), which was an entirely digital based project which aimed to (and delivered) a unique fan experience, as well as enhancing the club’s digital profile. The FA went on to say:

"To quote another club directly 'WSL clubs take note of what Yeovil Ladies are doing'."

Commenting on the amazing success, Club Chairman David Mills said: "Considering we were up against FAWSL (Super League) clubs with vastly more resources than us, this really is a stunning success. We work hard to create a range of what we hope are engaging digital options and apart from our Website, we are now on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Flickr and YouTube."

"The Club Digital strategy is a real team effort, as for instance, apart from the First/Reserve Team Managers writing articles for the website, the Youth Team Managers do the same and this really does boost the variety of articles on offer for our fans via our electronic media platforms."

"However, I would like to pay particular thanks to our Media and Communications Manager Ali King who does a fabulous job of running the website (even when he is on holiday in New Zealand!), and Joint First Team Manager Sarah Lawler, who does a lot of the work that appears on Twitter. Without Ali and Sarah’s efforts we would not have won today."

Looking to the future, Mills saw room to improve, when he said. "On or off the field we aim to improve, so expect more e-media innovation from us in the future!

The award winners were as follows:

Top Goalscorer, FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Beth Mead, Sunderland (18 goals)

Top Goalscorer, FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division
Jodie Michalska, Sheffield FC (18 goals)

Top Goalscorer, FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division
Natasha Knapman, Plymouth Argyle (14 goals)

Top Goalscorer, FA WSL
Kim Little, Arsenal (11 goals)

FA Digital Award
Yeovil Town (with special mention to FA WSL clubs)


FA Young Player of the Year
Alex Greenwood, Everton

FA Goalkeeper of the Year
Nicky Davies, Liverpool

FA Goal of the Year
Megan Harris, Lincoln

FA Coach of the Year, FA Women’s Premier League
John Saloman, Watford

FA Coach of the Year, FA WSL
Mark Sampson, Bristol Academy

FA Players’ Player of the Year
Jess Fishlock, Bristol Academy

FA International Player of the Year
Casey Stoney

FA Club of the Year
Birmingham City

Special Achievement Award
Trevor Clifton

100 England caps
Fara Williams, Casey Stoney, Rachel Unitt

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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2 November 2012 : Abbott Hints At Madden January Departure
Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has hinted that the door is open for Paddy Madden to leave Brunton Park during the January transfer window. The Irishman, who this week extended his stay in Somerset until the New Year, is out of contract in June 2013 but it appears that the Cumbrians are willing to cut their losses early.

In the wake of that decision, which has had a mixed reaction from Carlisle supporters, Abbott has spoken about the decision to allow Madden to remain in Somerset. Speaking via his club's website, he has implied that the Glovers have got an opportunity to sign him when the loan period expires, but implies that the decision is not a firm one and that Carlisle do have the opportunity to talk to other clubs:

"Club circumstances change and Yeovil might not want him in January if he doesn’t score more goals. But he might score 10 goals and then a really big club might want him. There are loads of things that can happen and no one knows what those things are going to be, so we’ll wait and see how he gets on over the next period and then revisit the situation so we can all see where we are going to go with it."

Abbott has said that the decision on Madden took him a long time, because he was aware that it could easily backfire on him. However, he said that without knowing how the future would pan out, there wasn't an easy way of being sure that he'd got it right:

"I’ve thought about this for a week, I’ve made my decision, I’ve put that towards (Carlisle Managing Director) John (Nixon) and he’s supported my decision. Paddy wants to play regular football and he’s enjoying himself and scoring goals, so he’s expressed a desire to continue doing what he’s doing. It’s been a difficult one because there are ten reasons for bringing him back and there are ten reasons to let him stay where he is. I don’t think anybody, without looking into a crystal ball, would be able to say what we should have done."


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2 November 2012 : Loan Trio Blocked For Preston Trip
Yeovil Town will be without at least three of their current loan players for tomorrow afternoon's trip to Preston North End. The Glovers have six players borrowed from other clubs in their squad, and theoretically they could be missing up to five of them, with only Fulham defender Daniel Burn given definite clearance for the match at Deepdale.

Manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson, Bristol City right-back Joe Edwards and Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith will not be allowed to play by their parent clubs. Meanwhile with Reading striker Gozie Ugwu having suffered a slight delay in his recovery from a hamstring injury, Johnson told BBC Somerset that his comeback may be in jeopardy, even if the Royals had given permission for him to play in the competition:

"Danny Burns has had permission. But we haven't had permission and they're not allowing them to play for Daniel Johnson, Korey Smith and Joe Edwards. With Gozie (Ugwu) we are waiting on a phone call. They've given him permission to play, but he's not quite over his injury yet. So we've got a couple of lads who have got permission in Burns and Gozie, but it might be that only one is fit to play."

With Johnson choosing to remain tight-lipped over the availability of Carlisle United striker Paddy Madden, and right-winger Lewis Young in the middle of a lengthy lay-off with an ankle/knee injury, the squad will be stretched tomorrow. Gary preferred to take a positive approach on the situation though, saying that it was an opportunity to give some of his bench-warmers some game time:

"It does give the other boys an opportunity to come in and stake their claim and win their place back, and see how they go. There are a couple who are champing at the bit and wanting to rejoin the ranks of the first team eleven, and they're going to be looking forward to being involved again. So it gives us a little bit of a freshness, and you can use that as a positive. The boys who have played in the last few games have put in a great stint, so it might be a good thing to use some of the rest of the squad."

The Glovers team coach left this morning for Preston, and Paddy Madden was definitely on board, although with the 22 year old having a home in the North-West that isn't necessarily 100 percent conclusive that he will play tomorrow. Two that could be named in the eighteen players allowed are Youth Team pair Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo, who were given bench places in the recent Football League Trophy tie at Torquay United. They have both travelled with the first team squad and so will miss this weekend's Under-18s fixture against Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End.

Link: FA Cup First Round Big Preview.

Link: Officials For The Preston North End FA Cup Match.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Preston North End.


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2 November 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Preston
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town embark on the FA Cup trail, with their second trip to Preston North End of the 2012-13 season. For those heading up tomorrow, the Ciderspace guide has been given a few tweaks for the ticketing and travel on the day, plus a few new photos from the last visit to the ground. Access it via the link below, with other Preston/FA Cup related articles also linked below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End.

Link: FA Cup First Round Big Preview.

Link: Officials For The Preston North End FA Cup Match.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Preston North End.


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1 November 2012 : Johnson Willing To Consider Permanent Madden Deal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that he would be interested in taking striker Paddy Madden to Huish Park on a permanent basis. The 22 year old has agreed a loan extension that will keep him at the club until the New Year period, which would coincide with the point at which the January transfer window opens. The Irishman's contract at Brunton Park runs until June 2013, and with him having slipped away from first team reckoning with the Cumbrians, it seems unlikely that they will have an interest in extending that deal any further.

Johnson was asked on Thursday whether he would entertain a bid for the player on a permanent basis. He told BBC Somerset that this was something that was on his mind, but in terms of how far any such matters has gone, he wasn't prepared to throw out hints:

"Yes, that would be some part of the discussions, of course. But it's a bit early to go into that. So I think you'll have to move onto the next question!"

Johnson was similarly coy over whether Madden would be given permission to play in the FA Cup First Round match against Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday. Although the extension of his loan appears to now open up that possibility, Gary wasn't prepared to reveal which way that was going to go:

"He could be (available for Preston) - he's certainly not 'not available' at the moment, so that's a good thing. But he's been with us because his (first month) loan didn't finish until Monday anyway. So we hadn't lose him. He didn't go back because he was still our player. So he's been involved in the build-up during the week. But again we'll just have to wait and see. It's a matter of getting permission for him to play in the FA Cup. I think it's just another question that you'll have to save until Saturday morning (at Preston) when you see him with us, or you see him not with us."


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1 November 2012 : FA Cup First Round Big Preview
Saturday sees Yeovil Town amongst the League One and League Two clubs, who enter the First Round Proper of the 2012-13 FA Cup. They join the 32 Non-League clubs who won their Fourth Qualifying Round matches, as the competition brings us the prospect of giant-killings and surprises.

Whilst we'll cover the Glovers trip to Preston North End tomorrow in greater detail, guest blogger Henry Hudson has compiled together a detailed look at the eighty teams that were in the First Round hat and how he thinks they will fare.

Head via the link below, and feel free to post your own views on the article and the FA Cup in general, using the Comment box at the bottom.

Link: FA Cup First Round Big Preview.


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1 November 2012 : Madden Extends His Huish Park Stay!
Yeovil Town have successfully agreed an extension of striker Paddy Madden's loan from Carlisle United. The 22 year old will remain at Huish Park, after the two clubs agreed to extend the initial month deal until the New Year, covering the maximum time allowed under the Emergency Loan rules

The Irishman has played a huge part in Yeovil Town's recent return to form, scoring five times in five appearances and being involved in numerous other significant goalmouth incidents. Having scored just twice in the twenty months that he has been on the Cumbrians books, he has fallen down their pecking order, and has made just one substitute appearance at League One level for them this month.

However, his form since joining the Glovers on October 4th has created a great deal of speculation over his future, with Carlisle manager Greg Abbott strongly suggesting last week that he would look to recall him at the end of his one month loan with the Glovers. However, the Cumbrians views appeared to soften this week, after talks with Madden, and they will now allow him to remain at Huish Park.

Our understanding is that this will include clearance for Saturday's FA Cup First Round match at Preston North End, although this hasn't yet been 100 percent confirmed.


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1 November 2012 : Forinton Quits Woodford Job
Former Yeovil Town striker Howard Forinton has quit as manager of Woodford United after less than two months in charge. The 36 year old had taken up his first position in management at earlier this season with the Southern League Division One Central side, having previously been with them as a player during the 2009-10 season.

However, he has suffered a baptism of fire in that role, with Woodford currently rooted to the bottom of the table on zero points. Their record of 12 defeats, three goals scored and 34 conceded has left them with an uphill battle, and although Forinton has only been in charge for part of that period, he has been unable to arrest the slide. He blames the situation on a rapidly diminishing player budget that has left him unable to sign players:

"I was given assurances before I took over that the budget wouldn’t be cut. But last Tuesday the budget was reduced by 60 per cent and that meant three players I had just signed wouldn’t come. If it had happened after five months I could have accepted it but I’m disappointed it happened after just five weeks. But I fully understand that the future of the club comes first and they’ve done fantastic to stay at this level for such a long time. I told all the players of my decision before Saturday."

Meanwhile former midfielder Terry Connor is back in football management two months after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 49 year old had been Wolves first team manager for three months at the end of the 2011-12 season, but was unable to stop their relegation from the Premier League. Having been part of the Wolves set-up since August 1999, he was initially kept on the coaching staff under new manager Stale Solbakken, but left Molineux in September.

With Mick McCarthy having been appointed as Ipswich Town's new manager today, he has recruited Connor as his assistant, having previously worked as McCarthy's assistant for three and a half years until McCarthy's sacking in February that saw Connor briefly take the reins.

Finally, Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker is reported as being amongst eleven people who the Serbian police plan to issue with criminal charges in the wake of an on the pitch brawl at the end of the Euro 2013 Under-21 play-off match against Serbia, apparently sparked by racist abuse and objects being thrown at England players, notably Danny Rose, who was dismissed on the final whistle.

Although formal charges have not been issued, BBC Sport believe Caulker, team-mate Tom Lees and assistant manager Steve Wigley are to be charged. Within the Serbian ranks, four players, an assistant coach and three Serbian supporters are reported to be facing charges. The Serbian FA have already issued lengthy bans to two players and two coaching staff, so it would be reasonable to assume that these will be amongst the names that will be released shortly. Current thinking is that Caulker, Lees and Wigley will not be summoned to Serbia to face charges, with the public prosecutor expected to hand over their file to British authorities instead.


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