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30 November 2014 : Gary Talks About Preston Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Preston North End kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about new signing Alex Smith, why goalkeeper Jed Steer couldn't play in the match, and his hopes for Bolton Wanderers loan striker Tom Eaves during his time at the club, as well as his views on his opponents. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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30 November 2014 : Eaves Debut Sets Club Milestone
Yesterday's debut for Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves in the League One home match against Preston North End pushed the club through another milestone. The 22 year old has arrived at Huish Park on loan until January 5th and his selection meant that he is the 250th player to pull on a Yeovil Town shirt in a Football League match.

In terms of the number of players that have been used in all competitions since the club's promotion in 2003, the figure stands at 252, with Billy Clifford and Bradley Thomas being the two players that made cup competition appearances, but never got selected for League matches. Thus the milestone for all competitions was passed during the October 18th home game by Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss, with Jordan Clarke and Stephen Arthurworrey representing the 251st and 252nd players (with Jed Steer's previous loan spell meaning that he was already included in that list).

The milestone for the 200th player to represent Yeovil Town in the Football League was taken back in September 2012 when Rohan Ince came on as a substitute. That statistic shows the rate of turnover of players at Huish Park, with 50 new arrivals to keep a count of in the last two years and two months!

You can swot up on the full list of players via the link below, and find out which 20 players have only made one appearance for the club since the summer of 2003, whilst checking out the set of 19 players who have broken through the three-figure mark.

Link: Yeovil Town All-Time Appearances Since Entry Into The Football League.


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30 November 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Preston Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-2 home defeat against Preston North End at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's view on that match, the red card incident involving Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss, and a brief look forward to next weekend's FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley, can be read via the link below.

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


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29 November 2014 : Johnson Waits For Inniss DVD Review After Red Card
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that Preston North End's level of experience within their side shone through, as they inflicted a 0-2 defeat upon his side. The Lancashire side gained their victory through former Glover Paul Huntington's header, that was followed up by a late strike by former Blackburn Rovers striker Paul Gallagher - one of three strikers in their squad with significant Premier League experience to their name.

Despite the Glovers creating more chances on the day, Preston's ability to carve out their own openings, as well as staying calm under pressure, allowed them to pick up all three points. Gary told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt that the experience factor was the main gap between the two sides on the day:

"I thought they were a very experienced team. They've got a lot of experience in their squad, as far as league games are concerned. I thought that showed on the day. We had a lot of play, but our inexperience showed when we went 1-0 down from a set play. It was one of our set plays that we'd been working on all week, and Huntington got onto the header. We made the mistake and lost him, and then you're chasing the game. Of course the second goal came late on when we were down to ten men and we were trying to get the game back. We had a couple of free kicks and we got numbers up there, and unfortunately they broke on us and got the second one. So we gave it a bit of a go, to try to win the game, but against a quality side, they could always break on you and get that second."

Preston's grip on the match was increased in the 63rd minute when referee Darren Deadman produced a red card for a challenge by Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss on Preston winger Kyel Reid. Despite the home crowd giving a strong opinion on what they thought of the decision, Johnson was cautious of giving his views on the subject, saying that he would look at the DVD first, and then make up his mind whether an appeal against the dismissal was possible:

"We'll have to look at the DVD. I'm not sure whether it was just a strong tackle, or whether it was a bad tackle. Their lad didn't stay down for long, but that's normal - once our lad gets sent off, they get up and walk away. But we'll have to wait and see, and look at the DVD. We'll certainly have a look at it, but I'll be honest with you, I haven't seen the DVD yet, so I don't really want to make any sort of judgement and then make myself look silly later on. I'll have a look at it. He's a nice kid, and he works hard, and he's committed. But we'll have to wait and see, and see whether that commitment has cost him three games, or whether we can get him off it."


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29 November 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Preston
If you watched this afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Preston North End 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 Preston North End.


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29 November 2014 : Gary Talks About Smith Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given his thoughts on his decision to bring former Fulham and Swindon Town player Alex Smith into his squad. The 23 year old has agreed a one month contract that will take him into the January transfer window period that will give the club an opportunity to see him at close quarters before making a longer decision on him in the New Year.

Smith has been without a club during the 2014-15 season, having been released by Swindon over the summer, and so arrives at the club as a free agent. He was not eligible to play in this afternoon's League One match against Preston North End, but will be competing for a place in the squad for next weekend's FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley. Johnson confirmed to BBC Somerset that he was one of the players who had turned out in Wednesday afternoon's behind-closed-doors 2-0 win over Reading and feels he's got a player who will show plenty of movement:

"He's got good pace. We played against Reading behind closed doors the other day, and we were always impressed with him when he was at Fulham. He took a little bit of growing up. He's 5'10" now, but he's one of those slight lads that grew later. But he's a bloke now, and I think most teams were waiting for him to turn into that bloke. He went to Swindon, but he got a (knee) injury, so that didn't work out for him. Obviously since then he's been out of contract, but he's been working hard, waiting to get his fitness to come to a club. We gave him that first opportunity and he played very well. He's a tigerish little tackler. He's a good athlete - a very good athlete - and he's decent in the air."

The Croydon-born player generally operates as a left-back. However, Johnson pointed out that he is capable of occupying the opposite full-back position as well as other roles further up the field. As such he will give him plenty of options as the club head into December, where they will need to have cover for injuries and suspensions:

"He can play left-back, right-back, centre-midfield or left-sided midfield. So he's pretty much a utility player. He'll be handy to have around. He's here for a month, so we're giving him that opportunity to prove that he can handle this level, and we're pretty certain that he can."

Johnson is also due to sign up a second player from that midweek game against Reading. The unnamed player is understood to have agreed terms with the club, but requires international clearance, meaning that his last registered club will have been a non-English side.


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29 November 2014 : Yeovil 0 Preston 2 : Huntington Return Haunts Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to their fifth home defeat of the 2014-15 season, as promotion-chasing Preston North End gained an early and a late goal to come away with the points. Former Glovers centre-back Paul Huntington played his part in that, scoring a fifth minute header from a corner in which he was poorly marked. The Glovers battled well, creating more chances than the visitors, but struggled to trouble visiting keeper Thorsten Stuckmann, and the writing was on the wall when referee Darren Deadman decided that a second half tackle from Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss was worthy of a straight red, leaving the Glovers a man down for the final half hour. With men pushing up, the Lilywhites sealed the game with a breakaway from Paul Gallagher in the 90th minute giving a flattering look to the scoreline, as Yeovil slipped to 23rd in the table on the back of their 0-2 defeat.

With the Glovers having won 2-1 at Notts County last weekend, making as many as four changes to the starting line-up perhaps wasn't wholly desirable, but with Jordy Hiwula having returned to Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers loanee came in to make his debut. Meanwhile defender Ben Nugent's one match suspension meant that his place in the side was taken by Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss. Jed Steer was forced to stop out of the squad after his illness meant that he was told to go home on the morning of the game, leaving Artur Krysiak between the sticks. The one tactical change saw fit-again Liam Davis return to the starting line-up as he occupied a left-wing slot, with AJ Leitch-Smith dropping to the bench.

The match opened up in the worst possible way, involving a player who Yeovil knew plenty about. Defender Paul Huntington came up for a Paul Gallagher corner, and he was given far too much room inside the box to head home a fifth minute goal and to put the visiting side ahead. 0-1 down right from the start. Despite that, the team regrouped during the opening 45 minutes, and created the lions share of the chances, with new boy Tom Eaves a constant physical threat for Preston's defenders to deal with.

The big problem was that not too many of Yeovil's chances troubled Preston keeper Thorsten Stuckmann. A Sam Foley attempt went just over the bar, whilst a free kick into the box saw Tom Eaves plant a clever backwards flicked header that just about cleared the goalframe with Stuckmann beaten. At the other end, Artur Krysiak had little to do - smothering a Jermaine Beckford breakthrough before the former Leeds striker could get his toe on the ball. But at the other end, a Liam Davis cross-cum-shot missed everyone inside the box, but when Preston half-cleared the ball to Joe Edwards, his return again went over the bar.

Having dominated proceedings during the first half, Yeovil began to find Preston thwarting them rather more professionally as the second half began - slowing the play down in every way they could to stop the Glovers from building up a head of steam, and seemingly content with their single goal advantage. They then got a huge boost to their chances of holding on to that when Ryan Inniss went in for a fifty-fifty ball with Kyel Reid, leaving the latter on the deck, in a near replica to last weekend's incident involving Notts County's Gary Jones and Glovers left-back Nathan Smith. Unfortunately the outcome was the same, with referee Darren Deadman running in like a steam train to raise a red card for the Crystal Palace loanee. One for the video replays, but Inniss stands to receive a three match ban.

That seemed to kill Yeovil's chances of getting back into the game, having to reorganise matters across the back four, and leaving them a man short in midfield as a result, with Nathan Smith moving to centre-back and Nathan Ralph dropping deep. Preston found it even easier to wind the clock down, and despite Yeovil making substitutions in order to shake things up, the visitors won the match in the 90th minute, as one former Premier League star passed to another former Premier League star - substitute Kevin Davies put Paul Gallagher clean through on goal, with the Glovers back four having pushed up, and he sealed the game by slotting past Artur Krysiak. Game over and no way back in a frustrating second half overall.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Preston North End 2.

Scorers: Paul Huntington (0-1, 5 mins), Paul Gallagher (0-2, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
12. Artur Krysiak
18. Jordan Clarke 24. Ryan Innis 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis
27. Tom Eaves

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 2. Brendan Moloney 9. James Hayter (61 mins for James Berrett) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph (58 mins for Liam Davis) 23. Simon Gillett (85 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Preston North End:
21. Thorsten Stuckmann
4. Scott Wiseman 5. Tom Clarke 23. Paul Huntington 16. David Buchanan
8. Neil Kilkenny 19. John Welsh 7. Chris Humphrey 17. Kyel Reid
12. Paul Gallagher 10. Jermaine Beckford

Substitutes:
29. Bradley Fewster 1. Jamie Jones 3. Scott Laird 9. Kevin Davies (85 mins for Jermaine Beckford) 22. Jack King (70 mins for Neil Kilkenny) 30. Josh Brownhill (76 mins for John Welsh) 31. Alan Browne

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Ryan Inniss (serious foul play, 63 mins).

Preston Bookings: Tom Clarke (foul, 40 mins), John Welsh (foul, 52 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistant Referees: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 4,343 (with 471 Preston supporters).


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29 November 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Preston North End
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home League One match against Preston North End. One change is easily predictable with Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent serving a one match suspension following his fifth booking of the 2014-15 season, and his place in the side is taken by Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss.

There's also a change up front, with Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula having returned to his parent club. His place in the side is taken by Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves, who makes his debut for the club. There's also an enforced change with Jed Steer suffering an illness which means that Artur Krysiak gets a chance between the sticks.

Finally, in the starting line-up, Liam Davis is recalled to the starting line-up, replacing AJ Leitch-Smith who drops to the bench. On the bench, Joel Grant is injured, but Brendan Moloney and Nathan Ralph have recovered from their knocks. Seth Nana Twumasi is available but is the one squad player to sit out the match entirely.

This afternoon's line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
12. Artur Krysiak
18. Jordan Clarke 24. Ryan Innis 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis
27. Tom Eaves

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 2. Brendan Moloney 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph 23. Simon Gillett

Preston North End:
21. Thorsten Stuckmann
4. Scott Wiseman 5. Tom Clarke 23. Paul Huntington 16. David Buchanan
8. Neil Kilkenny 19. John Welsh 7. Chris Humphrey 17. Kyel Reid
12. Paul Gallagher 10. Jermaine Beckford

Substitutes:
29. Bradley Fewster 1. Jamie Jones 3. Scott Laird 9. Kevin Davies 22. Jack King 30. Josh Brownhill 31. Alan Browne


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29 November 2014 : Former Fulham And Swindon Defender Signs Up
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Fulham player Alex Smith on a short term deal. The 23 year old has penned a one month contract with the club to take him through as far as the January transfer window - however he will not be available to play in this afternoon's home match against Preston North End, due to registration deadline rules.

Born in Croydon on October 31st 1991, he is generally regarded as a left-sided defender, although can play further up the flank. He spent 11 seasons with Fulham, running through their academy system, and was given a professional contract with them in 2009. His one and only first team appearance for the club came during the 2012-13 season when he came on as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion.

Smith has had Football League experience with Leyton Orient, and Swindon Town, with a further loan spell with Stevenage sandwiched between that. His Leyton Orient spell came during the 2012-13 season, with four appearances to his name, whilst his time with Swindon came shortly after he was released at the end of that season, signing a one year contract with the Wiltshire side. There he made ten appearances for the club, scoring one goal.

He signs as a free agent, and therefore is not constrained by any loan rules. He should become available for next weekend's match against Accrington Stanley.


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29 November 2014 : Ticketing Offers For Today's Preston Game
Yeovil Town take on Preston North End in a League One fixture today, with a couple of ticketing offers in force for the game. Firstly, the club are honouring all pre-match prices up until 1.00p.m. today - normally the cut-off point is at the end of the previous working day. This means that you can purchase your ticket online or by phone (01935-847888) or in person at the cheaper rate up until 12.59p.m. - although don't leave it right up until the last minute if you can!

In addition, the club are running a Kids For A Quid promotion for today's game, which allows those aged Under-16 to gain admission to the match for one pound only. Simply purchase your ticket in the normal way, via the Ticket Office. This offer is valid right up until kick-off today, so you can take advantage of this at late notice.

NOTE: There was a glitch in the club's online system early this morning that may have prevented you from purchasing tickets online. This has been fixed. Head to this page to make your purchase if you want to buy your tickets this way.


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28 November 2014 : Gary Previews The Preston Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's League One home match against Preston North End at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the opposition, how he got a scouting report on them during Tuesday night's match against Oldham Athletic, and his thoughts on new Bolton Wanderers loanee Tom Eaves, can be read via the link below.

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


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28 November 2014 : Football League Schedule Wembley Final Kick-Off Times
The Football League have published kick-off times for a number of forthcoming Wembley Stadium finals relating to the major finales of their league and cup competitions. With Sky Sports schedules having a big input into such things, there's been some tinkering done to some of the traditional 3.00p.m. times for each competition - something that could cause some supporters of League One and League Two clubs a spot of inconvenience if they get as far as the Play-Off Finals.

New kick-off times for each competition are as follows:

01/03/2014 : Capital One Cup Final (4.00p.m.)
22/03/2014 : Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final (3.30p.m.)

23/05/2014 : League Two Play-Off Final (5.30p.m.)
24/05/2014 : League One Play-Off Final (5.30p.m.)
25/05/2014 : Championship Play-Off Final (3.00p.m.)


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28 November 2014 : Weale Injury Points To End Of Burton Stay
League Two side Burton Albion have hinted that goalkeeper Chris Weale's injury may see him depart the Pirelli Stadium without making a first team appearance. The Yeovil-born player agreed a one month stay with the Brewers on November 15th but so far has only managed two unused substitute appearances for them - unfortunate given the objective Weale some game time, rather than warm Yeovil's bench.

Yesterday, Burton brought in Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews on a one month loan, with a brief mention of an injury to Weale acting as an explanation as to why they had ended up with two loan keepers on their books at the same time. Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has confirmed that Weale has a 'bad' ankle injury that was guaranteed to rule him out of Burton's next League Two match, and speaking to the Burton Mail strongly hinted that could be the end of his stay at the club once his initial month deal expires in around two weeks time:

"Chris badly twisted his ankle and he's not going to be ready for this weekend. We don't know how long he will be out and his loan will be finished soon."

As Yeovil's player, the usual practice is that the injury is treated at the parent club. However, he would not be allowed to play for the Glovers until his month deal expires, even if Burton decide that they want to keep faith with their new loan signing.


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28 November 2014 : Preston Bring In England Under-19s Striker For Huish Park Visit
Yesterday's loan transfer window closure saw Yeovil Town's next opponents Preston North End bring in a new player just before the deadline. They have recruited England Under-19 striker Bradley Fewster from Middlesbrough until the end of the 2014-15 season, and have indicated that he will be fully registered in time for tomorrow afternoon's match against the Glovers at Huish Park.

He is more or less a replacement for for Aston Villa striker Callum Robinson, who was recalled by his parent club, with a view to him being included in their first team plans. Preston also lost leading goalscorer Joe Garner, who has scored twelve goals in 20 appearances so far this season, after he was diagnosed with torn knee tendons that will keep him out for three or four months.

The Lilywhites won't be that thin on the ground though - Fewster can play in any of the forward or wing positions, and scored a hat-trick for England Under-18s against Belgium in February 2014, before upgrading to Under-19s level where he scored four times in three games as part of his country's U19 European Championship Qualifying matches.

Meanwhile last week they brought in the familiar name of Jermaine Beckford, with the 30 year old agreeing, in principle, a deal to keep him on their books until the end of the 2014-15 season. Beckford, who is currently on the books of Bolton Wanderers, has already worked under boss Simon Grayson at both Leeds United and Huddersfield Town. With Garner's injury being reported so soon after Beckford's arrival, they will hope that he can fill Garner's goalscoring boots.


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27 November 2014 : Two Trialists Lined Up To Sign After Midweek Reading Win
With the loan transfer window closing today, Yeovil Town made just one change to their squad today, with the arrival of Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves until the New Year being their only movement. The Glovers have been operating on a list of around 17 or 18 available players during the majority of the season, with little padding in the squad once injured players are taken out of the equation.

Yesterday saw Yeovil Town play a behind closed doors game against a Reading Development Squad line-up, allowing manager Gary Johnson the chance to look at a number of trialists in that game. Two of them caught Gary's eye, with an unnamed trialist scoring in the 2-0 win over the Royals, and the Glovers boss has indicated that he wants to bring in both on short term deals. Whilst he wasn't willing to name names, he told the press today that he hoped to sort that out on or around the weekend:

"We've got a couple of lads that we've earmarked, and we'll be talking to them both. There's not a rush with them, because actually they weren't under contract at the last (August) window, and so there could be a couple of signings later on this week. It may be before the weekend, or it may not. But being honest with you, there are a couple of lads that we'd still like to add to the squad."

There has been much recent talk about a 'one in, one out' policy at Huish Park with Johnson being close to the top of his playing budget. However, he explained that with Tom Eaves' wages not costing the club too much, and both trialist deals likely to be short term arrangements, he was careful to stress that these deals wouldn't put too much of a dent in the money he had available:

"We're not going over budget, before anyone panics. We're hoping to bring these in, including Tom Eaves, cheaply for the month, because that suits everybody. I think we've done a good bit of business, but we've now got numbers to our squad, whilst not over-doing the budget. So we will be doing a bit of business by the end of the week."

As for the match itself, Gary explained that Artur Krysiak's injury on Tuesday meant that he had to pull out of the squad, meaning that Gareth Stewart had to go in goal. The Glovers boss was impressed with those fringe players and trialists that he saw take to the field:

"Gareth Stewart went on goal and did very well actually, and we had a good 2-0 result against Reading's Under-18 and Under-21 lads. A few of our boys did really well and came out of that with flying colours and we managed to pick up two or three lads out of that game. They were players that we invited here, and two of them we quite liked. They're the two that we're going to be trying to sign in the next couple of days."

The two unnamed players are eligible to sign for the club, as they would be classed as free agents if they have not been contracted to any club since August 31st, when the last transfer window closed. Furthermore, their unattached status would provide more flexibility than loan signings, given that the club currently have six players on their books who are borrowed from other teams.


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27 November 2014 : Weale Injured During Burton Loan Spell
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale looks to have suffered some bad luck during his loan spell with League Two side Burton Albion. The 32 year old is out on a month's loan with the Brewers but has yet to make a first team appearance, having been an unused substitute during the two matches that he's been available so far.

However, Burton have today signed up Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews on an initial one month loan, with his temporary club indicating that Weale picked up an unspecified injury on Wednesday that forced them into the move.

The contractual position will be that Weale will remain on Burton's books for the completion of that month, but clearly with Matthews having arrived at the Pirelli Stadium, his injury was serious enough for them to need cover, bringing into doubt whether he will play for them during the remainder of his time there.

It has not been a good week for Glovers goalkeepers, with Artur Krysiak picking up a training ground injury on Tuesday, meaning that Gareth Stewart played between the sticks in a midweek Reserve Team friendly against Reading on Wednesday. It's not clear at this stage how serious an injury Krysiak has, but there were no hints that it was serious.


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27 November 2014 : Sokolik Agrees Shrimpers Extension
Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik will, as expected, stay with League Two side Southend United until January. With Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson reported to have given the Essex side permission to hold talks with the 21 year old about extending his stay at Roots Hall, the Southend Echo is now reporting that Sokolik has also said 'yes' to the offer and will now stay in Essex until early next year.

Having made two appearances for his temporary club, he seems to have done enough to impress the Southend management, and assistant manager Dave Penney told the paper that he had been given a positive response to the offer to extend that deal:

"I think Jakub is loving it here and it’s good news he’s agreed to stay. I think he likes what he sees here, he knows what he’s working with in terms of staff and players and I think that’s why he’s chosen to stay."

Yeovil's own defensive options whilst Sokolik is away will revolve around the loan market, with Ryan Inniss (Crystal Palace), Ben Nugent (Cardiff City), Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) and Stephen Arthurworrey (Fulham) providing the options the club will use over the December period. Centre-back Aaron Martin already has a loan agreement that will keep him at Coventry City until January.


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27 November 2014 : Eaves Brought In As Hiwula Replacement
Yeovil Town have taken Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves on loan, as a replacement for Manchester City's Jordy Hiwula. The 22 year old has signed a loan deal until January 5th 2015, and will be eligible to play against Preston North End on Saturday.

He is a 6'5" tall striker, who was born in Liverpool on January 14th 1992, and started his career as a Crewe Alexandra academy player, before moving to Oldham Athletic where he was given his first professional contract. In addition to a small handful of appearances for Bolton, he has also had loan spells with Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and Rotherham United.

Eaves' experience at Championship level is fairly minimal, having made four appearances for Bolton so far, with all three of his league appearances coming during the 2012-13 season. However, whilst on loan with Bristol Rovers during the 2012-13 season, he had a particularly fruitful time, scoring seven goals in 16 appearances at League Two level. That allowed him to make the step up to League One, where he joined Shrewsbury in February 2013, scoring six goals in just 10 appearances, including a hat-trick against Crawley Town.

During the 2013-14 season, Eaves was loaned out again, joining Rotherham United, where he scored once in nine appearances, before being recalled by Bolton in November 2013. He then rejoined Shrewsbury in a deal that was ultimately extended for the remainder of that season, seeing him score twice in 25 appearances. Since then been stuck in Bolton's Reserves, but they think highly enough of him to have given him a contract until the summer of 2016. He had interest from Coventry City over the summer, when they were looking to take him on loan, but nothing materialised of that.


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27 November 2014 : Glovers Give Green Light For Sokolik To Stay In Essex
Yeovil Town are reported as having given the green light to extend Jakub Sokolik's stay with League Two side Southend United. The 21 year old former Liverpool academy player is approaching the end of his initial month's loan with the Essex side and has so far made two appearances for them, sitting out one game due to suspension, with another seeing him as an unused substitute.

Manager Phil Brown said earlier this week that he planned to make enquiries about extending the Czech Republic player for a further period, and he has told the Southend Echo that Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given permission for his player to stay with the Shrimpers:

"I've spoken to Gary Johnson and we’ve been given the go ahead to extend Jakub's loan spell now. It’s now up to Jakub what he decides to do. He’s found himself in a similar situation to the one he was in at Yeovil now he’s out of the team. I will be talking to him again today and obviously hope he will agree to stay with us."

With today seeing the loan transfer window close at 5.00p.m. it is likely that Brown will want an answer from Sokolik before that deadline, with any extension doubtless taking him as far as the start of January to cover his team over the Christmas period.

Yeovil Town will have their own priorities today, having allowed the loan deal for Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula to be cut short earlier this week. The working assumption is that Johnson will be looking to bring in a replacement striker before that deadline, which should be the only major bit of business the club will target today.

The Glovers currently have five loan players on their books - goalkeeper Jed Steer (Aston Villa), central defenders Ben Nugent (Cardiff City), Ryan Inniss (Crystal Palace) and Stephen Arthurworrey (Fulham) and right-back Jordan Clarke (Coventry City). All deals run as far as January, with the exception of Inniss, who has a rolling one month youth loan which currently runs out in mid-December, but can be extended any time after the window shuts today. Hence in terms of their current crop of loans, no urgent decisions are needed.


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26 November 2014 : Modified Ticketing Arrangements For Preston Match
Last week, Yeovil Town's home League One match against Preston North End was given a 'Kids For A Quid' status. The ticketing offer allows all Under-16s to gain admission to the ground for just £1.00 only, and follows the usual rules employed by the club for fixtures of this type.

The club have also decided to repeat the ticketing arrangements that were put in place for the last home match against Fleetwood Town. The effect of this is that the 'pre match' prices for this fixture will be honoured up until 12.59p.m. on the Saturday, with the 'matchday' pricing tariffs only kicking in from 1.00p.m. onwards. This applies to both internet purchases and Ticket Office purchases. The normal arrangements are for the pre-match/matchday cut-off point to be at close of business on the Friday evening.

The big advantage of this arrangement is that if you are unable to make your decision to attend the Preston match until the day of the game, then you can still buy tickets at the lower 'pre-match' rate provided you sort out your tickets before the 1.00p.m. cut-off point. Needless to say, to make this work for all supporters, try not to turn up right on the cut-off point if you can. For more details on how the maths on this works, see the earlier article.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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26 November 2014 : Advance Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place at the Crown Ground (under its sponsored name of the Store First Stadium) on Saturday 6th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The Ticket Office have been given 150 Terrace Tickets and 150 Seated Tickets for advance sales, for those who want to get hold of their tickets before the day of the game. There will be more tickets available on the day (see below for ground capacity information). Prices are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over 65s and Students £10.00; Under 17s: £5.00.

For those wanting to make use of the student concession, you must take photographic ID with you to the turnstile.

Disabled supporters will pay the adult price, but can admit an assistant free of charge provided the disabled supporter is on the medium or higher level of Disability Living Allowance. These tickets are only available on the day from Accrington's Ticket Office. Please take proof of entitlement with you. If you need to reserve a wheelchair space, call Accrington in advance on 01254-356950.

Accrington's usual policy is to allocate the Coppice Terrace to away supporters, which is situated at one end of the ground, and houses up to 1,800 spectators. It is open to the elements, like the Copse Road End at Huish Park, so take suitable coats if you're planning on being on the terrace. They also allow for part of the Whinney Hill side of the ground to be given to away supporters, which provides some covered seating - usually around 200 are provided for away supporters.

Tickets will be available on the day of the match at the same prices as above.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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26 November 2014 : General Sale Arrangements For Bristol City Tickets
Ticketing arrangements for the General Sale of away tickets for Yeovil Town's Boxing Day trip to Bristol City can now be confirmed. The match takes place on Friday 26th December (Boxing Day) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Ashton Gate. Currently tickets are on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY, with one ticket per person, but this restriction will be lifted from next Monday to allow all supporters a chance of getting a ticket. Our understanding is that at present around half of the 1,000 allocation has been sold - Season Ticket Holders have until Saturday to take advantage of their status to purchase a ticket.

Tickets for General Sale will then be made available from the Huish Park Ticket Office or on the phone by calling 01935 847888 from 9.00a.m. on Monday 1st December. Initially for General Sale, tickets will be sold at a limit of TWO tickets per person. If there are any tickets still left by Monday 8th December, then this restriction will be entirely lifted.

If calling and the lines are busy fans are advised to leave a message stating their name, how many tickets they require and an contact number. Ticket office staff will be taking these messages, allocating tickets in order and calling customers back. Please do not leave multiple messages as this will cause delays.

For full pricing on the game, and other upcoming matches, follow the links below.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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26 November 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Preston North End
Officials for Saturday's home League One match between Yeovil Town and Preston North End have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 29th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). This match has a Kids For A Quid ticketing offer running for it.

Mr Deadman is a very familiar name whose experience in refereeing stretches back to our non-league days. He was promoted to the Football League's lists two seasons after we were, yet despite that he's not a referee we've had on a large number of occasions since entering the league - just four meetings so far, with two of those in the same calendar year, and the other two in our Championship season.

Both of the 2008 meetings came on the road. He took charge of the League One match against Gillingham at Priestfield where he did wind up the locals by denying them a couple of penalty decisions in a 0-0 draw. In the middle of that, he gave midfielder Stephen Maher an unfortunate afternoon - red-carding him within four minutes of him landing in the pitch for what was deemed to be an overly aggressive tackle. We thought Mr Deadman was a little impetuous in the way he raced in with his red card to placate the baying Gills crowd, who had got a bit hysterical over some of his decisions leading up to that. But then conversely we then saw the more obvious of the two penalty appeals against us waved away, and we wondered if he had that Maher sending off on his mind as he did so.

Five months later we came across Mr Deadman in an away match against Hereford United. Although games against the Bulls tend to be fairly feisty affairs, he handled this one relatively well, even if we had some quibbles about him allowing Hereford's goal to stand with our (biased) view that Asmir Begovic had the ball kicked out of his hands. Two minutes after the 82nd minute goal that pulled the game back to 2-1, we had two players booked for timewasting - guessing the circumstances you can probably work out what was going on!

During the 2013-14 season, we had him for the September 2013 Championship meeting against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He managed to get through a booking-free night, and we don't recall him upsetting anyone, even though we lost the game by a 2-1 scoreline. The Western Gazette said he had "a quiet evening and [was] faultless in his decisions" and given his anonymity on the night, we can't disagree with that.

However, he was more central to the March 2014 home match against Bolton Wanderers, where he awarded us a penalty after Alex Baptiste brought down Kevin Dawson. There did seem to be a reluctance to give the spot kick, with only the persistence of a linesman's flag eventually persuading Mr Deadman to blow his whistle. Perhaps the dithering from the referee was down to the fact that in giving the foul, he had to also present Baptiste with a red card. Unfortunately Ishmael Miller's penalty hit the post and the Trotters grabbed a late equalising goal. Match reports from the Bolton end don't seem to have moaned too much about the Baptiste decision, despite Deadman's less than authorative decision-making.

Overall Mr Deadman does have a bit of a reputation across the Football League as being one of the more heavy-handed referees, with cards a-plenty - during the 2011-12 season he managed to raise over 209 yellow cards and 14 red cards and obviously that attracts attention amongst football supporters and media personnel. This season he's on a more modest 64 yellow cards and 4 red cards, and was last involved for Gillingham's 3-2 win over Leyton Orient on November 15th, where he dismissed Gillingham's Michael Doughty for two bookable offences - although if you kick the ball away whilst already on a yellow card, you are not helping the referee keep players on the pitch.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Bolton Wanderers 2.

Link: September 2013 : Ipswich Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2008 : Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2008 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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26 November 2014 : Lanzoni Continues Tour Of England
Former Yeovil Town defender Matteo Lanzoni is on his third club of the 2014-15 season, after he joined League Two side Hartlepool United on loan this week. The 26 year old left Huish Park on August 28th after becoming a peripheral figure during the club's pre-season training schedule, and he quickly joined Cambridge United on a one year contract.

He's now signed for Hartlepool on loan until the end of December, joining a club who are currently in dire problems - bottom of the Football League and six points adrift of safety. His time at Cambridge has been less than successful - he made his debut two days after leaving Huish Park, but has so far only made two-and-a-half appearances. He was substituted at half time in their September 16th match against Exeter City and has not got onto the pitch since, meaning that his playing career with the U's effectively lasted just 18 days.

He will now head up to the North-East in an attempt to further his career. Having ended 2013 on the books of Oldham Athletic in the North-West, he's now visited all four corners of England, taking in Yeovil Town (South-West) and Cambridge (South-East) inside a twelve month period.


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25 November 2014 : Magpies Overturn Red Card Suspension
League One side Notts County have been successful in their appeal against the red card issued against their midfielder Gary Jones. The 37 year old was dismissed by referee Stuart Attwell in the 29th minute of the first half in the League One fixture against Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane, after he was deemed guilty of 'serious foul play', following a foul on Glovers left-back Nathan Smith.

The Magpies submitted an appeal against the three match ban, and have this afternoon been informed that his dismissal has been rescinded, meaning that he will not face any suspension. Chief Executive Jim Rodwell has told his club's website:

"I was as astonished as anyone else in the ground on Saturday when Mr Attwell brandished a red card at Gary Jones for what appeared to be, at the time, to me an excellently timed tackle. I’ve no doubt that the sending off contributed hugely to our defeat, however I’m delighted that common sense has prevailed and the FA have seen sense to uphold our appeal on this occasion."


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25 November 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Magpies Nest Raided
Saturday saw Yeovil Town pick up all three points at Meadow Lane, as they came from behind to beat Notts County by a 2-1 scoreline. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers that match, and some of the major incidents that took place during that game. There's also consideration towards the return of Jordy Hiwula to Manchester City today and the good and bad of his stay at the club. Read on via the link below, and as usual add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Magpies Nest Raided.


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25 November 2014 : Hiwula Heads Home After Loan Deal Is Cut Short
Yeovil Town have allowed Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula to return to his parent club after his loan agreement was cut short. Having made nine appearances for the club, scoring one goal in the FA Cup win over Crawley Town, he has now headed back to Manchester where he will now return to play for their Under-21s side.

Jordy played in every match he was available for the Glovers, since arriving at the start of October, however struggled to get onto the scoresheet during his time at Huish Park. The most likely scenario is that this move is being done to allow manager Gary Johnson a chance to recruit an additional striker ahead of Thursday's Emergency Loan Transfer deadline, although this is not stated by the club.


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24 November 2014 : Clarke Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town right-back Jordan Clarke has been named by the Football League, in their Team of the Week round-up for the weekend just gone. Singling out eleven of the players that made the headlines over the weekend across their 72 member clubs, the Coventry City loanee was named after scoring both goals in Yeovil Town's 2-1 win over Notts County. Of his contribution, the League say:

"Yeovil were 1-0 down heading into the closing stages at Notts County before defender Clarke scored two headers to give them a 2-1 victory and all three points."

Their full team, made up of eleven players and a manager, reads as follows:

Goalkeeper: Thorsten Stuckmann (Preston North End)

Defender: Jordan Clarke (Yeovil Town)
Defender: Alan Dunne (Millwall)
Defender: Keith Lowe (York City)

Midfielder: Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest)
Midfielder: Jed Wallace (Portsmouth)
Midfielder: Ashley Chambers (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Midfielder: Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley)

Striker: Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient)
Striker: Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield)
Striker: Aaron O'Connor (Newport County)

Manager: Gary Rowett (Birmingham City)

It's worth noting that they include Accrington Stanley midfielder Piero Mingoia in their Team of the Week - a player we will doubtless face in their FA Cup Second Round match in just under two weeks time. Of his performance they say:

"Another player on the scoresheet twice in League 2 was Accrington's Mingoia, who scored two goals in a game for the first time in his career. His double was enough for Stanley to pick up a 2-1 success against Cambridge United."


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24 November 2014 : Jordan Clarke Talks About The Notts County Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town right-back Jordan Clarke spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, the on-loan Coventry City defender's views on the match and his two goals can be read via the link below.

Link: Jordan Clarke Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Notts County.


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24 November 2014 : FA Confirm Nugent Ban
Yeovil Town will be without central defender Ben Nugent next weekend, after the Football Association confirmed his suspension for passing through five bookings on Saturday. The Cardiff City loanee will miss the home League One fixture against Preston North End as an automatic one match penalty, having been penalised for a first half foul by referee Stuart Attwell. Nugent had actually managed a stay of execution for five games, with his fourth booking having come during the October 18th home match against Swindon Town, but was unlikely to make it as far as the December 31st cut-off point.

His place in the side will almost certainly be taken by Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss, who picked up a training ground injury that lost him his place in the side after the Rochdale home match, having made three appearances. Since then he has been available for selection, but has been denied a place due to Football League rules preventing clubs from fielding more than five loan players in a single matchday squad. With Nugent now out for one game, he should find his way back into the team.


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24 November 2014 : Magpies Boss Confirms Red Card Appeal
Notts County manager Shaun Derry has confirmed that he plans to lodge an appeal against the red card issued to Magpies midfielder Gary Jones at Meadow Lane on Saturday. The 37 year old, who signed for County during the summer from Bradford City, was given a straight red by referee Stuart Attwell for a foul on Glovers left-back Nathan Smith, and stands to receive a three match ban under the category of serious foul play.

That decision left Notts County needing to play with ten men for the remaining 61 minutes of the match, which Yeovil Town won through two late goals from Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke, and Derry told the Nottingham Post after the match that he was not willing to directly talk about the incident, except to make it clear that his club would be appealing against the decision:

"I am not going to talk about the incident. But I find it frustrating that I can't talk about it when I have to stand here and be put on the spot. (Notts County midfielder) Gary (Jones) is devastated. He has been brilliant and I felt for him at full-time. I have seen the incident and we will appeal. After the sending off we were heroic for 60 minutes and adapted very well to the change in system. To a man they were absolutely brilliant but two mistakes cost us dearly."

The match statistics, which are sourced from the Press Association, showed that the lions share of the possession, shots, shots on target and corners were weighted towards the Glovers, in a match in which goalkeeper Jed Steer had few saves to make during the match. Despite that, Derry felt that his side had deserved to win the match overall, viewing Clarke's late goals as 'cruel' for his team:

"We regrouped at half-time, they listened to the instructions. A few players had to go into different players and they were all fantastic. It's such a cruel game at times. I am sure Gary Johnson will tell a different tale but I felt we deserved to win the game. I don't care what anybody says we deserved it but we haven't and we crack on again. Fair credit to Yeovil, they will be happy with the win."


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24 November 2014 : Gary Talks About Notts County Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Notts County kicked off at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, Gary talks about his opponents, his coaching team's trip to Accrington Stanley to kill two birds with one stone, and his side's need to score more goals. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 November 2014 : Southend Boss Aiming For Talks On Sokolik Future
Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik could have an extended stay away from Somerset, after Southend United boss Phil Brown indicated an interest in keeping him at Roots Hall. The 21 year old was given a 28 day loan to the League Two side that will run out during the coming week, meaning that a decision will need to be made in the near future as to whether that agreement can be taken through the month of December.

Brown has told the Southend Echo that he is particularly mindful that the loan transfer window deadline is on Thursday, and so wants to know where he stands with respect to the former Liverpool academy player. However, he hopes that Yeovil's decision to allow Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss to stay at Huish Park for a further month will count in his favour:

"I believe the transfer window shuts next Thursday so we’re certainly having a look at what might be possible to get done. I will be talking to Yeovil manager Gary Johnson about Jakub Sokolik’s future. I spoke with Jakub (during the week) and he’s very happy being at Southend. I understand Yeovil have just extended the loan of a defender (Ryan Inniss) they have at the club so I will be speaking to Gary to try and find out where that leaves Jakub in his plans."

Sokolik has so far played in just two matches for Southend, although clocked up 90 minutes in both. His problem is that he got booked in both games, which quickly pushed him through the five bookings threshold to earn himself a one match suspension. He was able to return to the Southend squad for yesterday's match at Tranmere Rovers, but the ban meant that he lost his place in the team, and thus was an unused substitute at Prenton Park. It's worth noting that if Sokolik did return to Somerset, he would not be able to play in the FA Cup - one of his games for the Shrimpers came in their First Round defeat against Chester.


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23 November 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game.


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22 November 2014 : Gary Johnson: Magpies Goal Acted As Spur For Glovers Win
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that it took the goal from Notts County today to spark his players into life, following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win at Meadow Lane. The Glovers fell behind just past the hour mark after a defensive gift presented a goal on a plate for County's Michael Petrasso, but won the match late on thanks to two goals from Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke, as they turned the game around across a four minute period via two headers.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he had wanted to see his side create more chances, even before the Glovers gained a man advantage, after Magpies midfielder Gary Jones was red-carded with half an hour of the game gone. The Glovers boss felt that pattern of play continued up until the point at which Petrasso put County ahead, and that saw his players spring into life and set up the exciting finale to the game:

"We knew we had to come into the lion's den. They're on a good run of form, and they get their supporters behind them, and they scream for everything and we had to hang on in there. I was a little bit disappointed that we didn't create nearly enough when it was 11 vs 11, or even 10 vs 11, but it took their goal for us to say 'hold on a minute' we've got to get this back. I felt that at that point the boys upped it a little bit and it looked like it was 11 vs 10 at that point. They're disappointed because they're on a good run and they could have gone up into the top two maybe. But we've come here and we've got our two goals that were needed to win the game."

Jones got his marching orders when he fouled Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith close to the dugouts, with referee Stuart Attwell giving him a straight red card, as well as sending Notts County assistant manager Greg Abbott to the stands for his reaction to that decision. Johnson felt that it was a foul on his player, but denied putting any pressure on referee Attwell to act upon that decision:

"You look at it but everything happens quickly, in seconds. It was a foul, and he definitely was reckless. Now whether it's a sending off is up to the referee. We weren't all screaming here in the technical area. But if the referee deems it a sending off, then that's what he does. He doesn't do it to give us an advantage - he does it because he feels that the foul was a red card. That's nothing to do with us."


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22 November 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Notts County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane, 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 Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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22 November 2014 : Notts County 1 Yeovil 2 : Late Clarke Double As Magpies See Red
Yeovil Town secured their first win in nine League One matches this afternoon, as they came from behind to beat promotion-chasing Notts County at Meadow Lane. Two late goals from Coventry City loanee Jordan Clarke saved the day as he headed home 84th and 88th minute crosses from Sam Foley and Nathan Smith respectively, to turn around a game that had threatened to slip away from the Glovers. Having been well on top during the match, and with County down to ten men after Gary Jones' foul on Nathan Smith, a defensive blunder had allowed Michael Petrasso a near walk-in goal midway through the second half, but Clarke's headers saved the day to lift the club off the foot of League One.

Manager Gary Johnson made one enforced change to his line-up, with an injury to Liam Davis sustained last week against Fleetwood Town last weekend meaning that he dropped out of the side, with Nathan Smith an obvious replacement. On the bench Joel Grant returned from international duty with Jamaica to take a seat on the bench, but otherwise things were largely unchanged.

The match got off to a rather slow start, with neither side managing too many chances along the way. Jordy Hiwula's header from a Sam Foley cross saw the Manchester City loanee stretching for the ball but unable to keep it down. Then AJ Leitch-Smith shot well over after the Magpies failed to clear their lines. Then Leitch-Smith cut in from the left flank only to see goalkeeper Roy Carroll parry the ball across his goal and a defender wisely hack the loose ball away for a corner.

Whilst Yeovil had created the majority of the chances up until that point, the pattern of the match, and its temperature was raised when a 29th minute foul by Gary Jones on Nathan Smith saw the left-back prone on the turf, and some angry reactions from his teammates. Given we were at Meadow Lane, it seemed more likely that referee Stuart Attwell would produce a fairly functionary yellow card, but instead he raised a straight red, with reports suggesting Jones had gone in two-footed. An eruption from the County dugouts and crowd suggested they saw different, and in the aftermath County assistant Greg Abbott was sent to the stands.

The Magpies reshuffled by making a substitution and adopting a 3-5-1 formation, in a heated atmosphere develop. Referee Stuart Attwell really didn't handle it at all well, swiftly dishing out yellow cards to Ben Nugent and Joe Edwards for fairly minor fouls that seemed to be a reaction to the furious home crowd, who booed every time Nathan Smith got near the ball - as if he could have been held responsible for being on the receiving end of Jones's tackle. The big fear was that Attwell was itching to even up the number of players on the pitch, and thus it was probably Yeovil who were more grateful for the half time whistle to try to take the heat off the game. More boos for Smith, and more boos for Attwell followed as they headed off the pitch.

There was more of the same after the break - Nathan Smith became the latest player to get booked - perhaps to the disappointment of Magpies fans who had been chanting for a red after a foul. An early double substitution during the second period saw James Hayter and Joel Grant replacing AJ Leitch-Smith and Jordy Hiwula, and gradually it looked more like a game of football was starting to break out.

That was, until Yeovil shot themselves in the foot with a defensive howler. Playing far too much tippy-tappy stuff along their eighteen yard line, Ben Nugent and Stephen Arthurworrey seemed to get their wires crossed with the latter blotting a previously perfect copybook with a woeful pass that let in Michael Petrasso with only Jed Steer to beat. A gift of a goal, and you could see the Glovers heads go down on the pitch for a brief period as if even they believed that was going to be it.

Except that it wasn't. Yeovil plugged away as third substitute Simon Gillett shot towards the far post, but beyond it - a chance that should have seen an equaliser. Then Kevin Dawson's attempt to slot in at the near post was thwarted by Roy Carroll. Finally, a Sam Foley corner on 84 minutes did the business, as Jordan Clarke's header was fumbled by the previously impressive Carroll, and squeezed over the line for the linesman to start waving his flag for the equalising goal.

Four minutes later, and what had looked like a defeat, became a victory. A left wing cross into the box from Nathan Smith found that man Jordan Clarke a second time, and his header sneaked in off the inside of the goalpost for an 88th minute winning goal. Notts County rallied, with five minutes of injury time becoming eight minutes after a lengthy injury slowed down proceedings, and with Yeovil looking occasionally nervous of the position they were in, on a couple of occasions they almost sneaked through, but some splendid last ditch tackling stopped the door being opened wide again. To say the least, a valuable win, and the circumstances in which it came will certainly need some dissecting, in a game that tested the emotions throughout.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Notts County 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Michael Petrasso (1-0, 63 mins), Jordan Clarke (1-1, 84 mins), Jordan Clarke (1-2, 88 mins)

Notts County:
1. Roy Carroll
15. Curtis Thompson 28. Mike Edwards 6. Haydn Hollis 3. Blair Adams
36. Mike Petrasso 13. Gary Jones 16. Liam Noble 32. Stephen McLaughlin
11. Garry Thompson 12. Jake Cassidy

Substitutes:
Subs
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 8. Nicky Wroe 10. Ronan Murray (90 mins for Mike Edwards) 14. Taylor McKenzie (35 mins for Blair Adams) 23. Fabian Speiss 25. Drissa Traore 31. Shaun Harrad (75 mins for Jake Cassidy)

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 9. James Hayter (54 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett (72 mins for James Berrett) 17. Joel Grant (54 mins for Jordy Hiwula)

Notts County Bookings: Liam Noble (dissent, 30 mins). Red Card: Gary Jones (serious foul play, 29 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Ben Nugent (40 mins, foul), Joe Edwards (41 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (49 mins, foul), Stephen Arthurworrey (70 mins, unknown incident)

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 14; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire). Assistant Referees: Akil Howson (Leicestershire) and Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire).

Attendance: 7,746 (with 250 Yeovil supporters).


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22 November 2014 : Team News For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Notts County at Meadow Lane. Following last weekend's 0-1 home defeat against Fleetwood Town, the Glovers have retained their shape, making one enforced decision. In the left-back slot Nathan Smith is restored to the starting line-up, with Liam Davis having limped off during the second half of last week's match.

Striker Kieffer Moore (hamstring) and left-back Nathan Ralph are both still absent through injury. However, winger Joel Grant is back from international duty with Jamaica where he made three substitute appearances in their Caribbean Cup win, and he returns to the bench today.

This afternoon's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett 17. Joel Grant


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21 November 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make yet another journey back to Nottingham, where we will take on Notts County at Meadow Lane. That means that the Ciderspace guide has been dusted off, with directions, parking, a pub guide, ticketing and statistics all on hand to help you through your day out. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.


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21 November 2014 : Gary Previews The Notts County Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts ahead of the match are captured via the link below.

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


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21 November 2014 : Loan Search Continues Ahead Of Thursday Deadline
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his search for new loan signings continues, despite it being extremely unlikely that he will add to his squad before tomorrow afternoon's League One trip to Notts County. The Glovers are attempting to improve their form, given their current standing at the foot of the League One table, and have until Thursday 27th November at 5.00p.m. to sign new players, after which the loan transfer window will close until after New Year's Day, meaning that any squads to guide them through the busy Christmas period will need to be finalised before then.

Johnson has been at pains to point out in recent weeks that he would be looking to strengthen his squad even if his side were top of the division, rather than at the wrong end of the table, and so sees his current search as business as usual. He told BBC Somerset that was still part of his aims before next Thursday, but didn't see it as a foregone conclusion that people would come in:

"We're certainly looking. You've got to keep looking and you've got to keep reassessing your squad, and you've got to make sure that the people you bring in now are going to make you better. I think we've had some good loan signings in the last few weeks, in the ones that we've brought in. There's a few that we're chasing, and if they come off then we'll always try to make our squad stronger. If it doesn't come off for whatever reason then we've got to be organised and ready with the squad that you've got."

With the club already having six loan players on their books, any further recruits would not necessarily improve the matchday squad, with Football League rules only allowing a maximum of five players to be selected on a teamsheet. As such Johnson admits that he is reluctant to bring in further recruits without getting agreement for one of his players to return to his parent club earlier than planned:

"It just depends upon negotiations and talking to people. We're committed to some for a little bit of a longer term, in terms of the loans of course. Most of them are youth loans, other than Jed Steer, so it can be changed. If one comes in, another will have to go out, and it will certainly have to be one of them."


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21 November 2014 : Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Advanced ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Oldham Athletic is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 13th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s: £12.00; Under-16s: £10.00; Under-12s: £5.00.

Note that there are no student/young adult rates. Ambulant disabled and Wheelchair disabled supporters pay the above rates depending upon their age, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

There is no price increase on the day of the fixture Oldham operate a cash turnstile on matchdays.

Away fans only get a section of the Rochdale Road End, currently known as The Verlin Stand. The stand, built in 1992, holds 4,609 and is split (with some seats lost for the segregation zone) 2,989 / 1,620. Smaller clubs (that'll be us) get the smaller section, which is on the side nearest the (George Hill) Main Stand.


Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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21 November 2014 : Preston North End Match Given Kids Ticketing Offer
Yeovil Town have designated their next home League One match as a 'Kids For A Quid' fixture. The game against Preston North End takes place on Saturday 29th November at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and all supporters aged Under-16 can qualify for admission to the fixture for ONE POUND ONLY.

As with other occasions the club have run this offer, there are no limitations (bar the capacity of the stadium) or adults required or forms to fill in. You simply hand over a one pound coin in return for your matchday ticket. You can buy your ticket in advance by visiting the Huish Park Ticket Office or by calling them on 01935-847888. Alternatively you can pay for your ticket on the day (although allow time for queuing at the Ticket Office.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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21 November 2014 : Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley Trip
The Away Travel Club will be running coach transport to Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round away fixture against Accrington Stanley. The match at the Crown Ground takes place on Saturday 6th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. To book a seat with the Away Travel Club, please call Roger on Yeovil 01935-475384.

They will be leaving from the away end at Huish Park at 7.30a.m. and the cost for the trip will be £25.00 a seat. They will only run transport if there is support for it, so please book your seats early so they are able to size their transport based on demand.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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20 November 2014 : GWSC Travel To Accrington Stanley
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley. The match takes place at the Crown Ground on Saturday 6th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their travel plans for this game are as follows:

Accrington Stanley : FA Cup Second Round : Saturday 6th December.
Huish Park: 7.15a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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20 November 2014 : Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Notts County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Meadow Lane. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

A well known former Premier League referee, Mr Attwell was demoted from his Select Group position in February 2012, and has since applied his trade at Football League level. He was an official who was promoted perhaps a little bit too quickly for his own good, landing on the Premier League's lists at the age of 25 after just one season in the Football League.

In September 2008 - just one month into his tenure as a full time referee, he became known as the "ghost goal" referee, thanks to a Grade A howler of a decision in a Championship match. He may feel somewhat aggrieved that the name of his linesman on the day - Nigel Bannister - is not so well known for the incident. The game between Watford and Reading saw a goal scored by Reading's Noel Hunt, but only after Watford's John Eustace had clearly played the ball out for a corner. Television replays showed the extent of the blunder, with Mr Attwell bearing the brunt of it, despite Mr Bannister being the one who should have been better placed to judge the ball going out of play. Attwell and Bannister were dropped from their duties on the following weekend's fixtures amidst a tabloid-fuelled furore, but were reinstated on the following weekend.

His last game at Premier League level was the 2012 New Year's Day fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Everton. He then was given Football League fixtures and was present for Yeovil Town's worst defeat at Football League level, in April 2012, when he took charge of the home game against Stevenage. Can we blame a referee for a 6-0 defeat at home? That might be stretching it too far - we certainly didn't play well and so it would be wrong to put particular emphasis on Mr Attwell's performance, except to say that he was almost as poor as our defending was. Almost, but not quite.

We then had him in October 2012 for the home League One fixture against Bury. His main action during the match was to dish out a red card for Bury midfielder Zac Thompson. Sometimes dismissals can be controversial, so let's give you Bury's website view of it: "Zac Thompson dived at the ball with both feet off the floor ... there could only be one outcome." The Western Gazette agreed with the decision as well saying that he "had a decent afternoon and had no option but to send off Bury's Zac Thompson. He dealt well with the ill-tempered aftermath of the tackle."

We also had him for the May 2013 League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Mr Attwell had an okay game, although the Daily Telegraph noted after the match that the referee went against four penalty appeals during the night - two for each team - Luke Ayling's cross into the box late on that was blocked by a Blades hand was particularly memorable. Manager Gary Johnson said he felt the referee was guilty of playing to the Bramall Lane crowd a bit, although apart from the Ayling incident didn't single out anything specific.

Mr Attwell was then on television again - the November 2013 away match against Doncaster Rovers. On the key decisions, he got them spot on, with the TV replays backing him up. James Coppinger did a blatant dive in the box for a penalty, and our only quibble is that the Donny midfielder didn't get booked for it. He then red-carded Dean Furman - a bit of an academic decision given their goalscorer committed an awful challenge whilst already on a yellow - even the Yorkshire Post labelled it as "a reckless challenge" - sometimes referees don't get given a choice to keep a player on the field of play.

Our most recent meeting with him was the April 2014 home match against Huddersfield Town. Here he had a quiet match, with just one Terriers booking across the 90 minutes. His other contribution to the game was to add on eight additional minutes during the second half due to a head injury to Danny Ward. In theory we liked that, as we needed to go for the win, and thus wanted the additional time added on. But we didn't like it quite so much when Huddersfield pretty much killed our hopes of staying up by scoring in the 97th minute to send us to defeat. Not quite Mr Attwell's fault though! One grumble - a challenge on Tom Lawrence inside the box looked rather dodgy, and could have given us a penalty on the hour mark - it was waved away, and defender Anthony Gerrard was a lucky man. The home crowd delivered their verdict on that decision.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Akil Howson (Leicestershire) and Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire).

Link: April 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 6.

Link: October 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Bury 1.

Link: May 2013 : Sheffield United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2013 : Doncaster Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 2.


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20 November 2014 : Cooper Prepares To Take Home Bow At Huish Park
Tonight will see Yeovil Town's Huish Park ground host the Victory Shield international between England and Scotland at Huish Park, as part of the televised final match in this year's tournament. The 8.00p.m. kick-off will see players hoping to become future stars for their countries get their spot in the limelight, with Sky Sports cameras and a large crowd hoping to see them lift a trophy.

Both teams face very different scenarios going into tonight's match - Scotland have lost both games so far, and so will be wanting to avoid finishing bottom of their group. Meanwhile depending upon the result of the earlier fixture between Wales and Northern Ireland that has a 6.00p.m. kick-off, England have a chance of winning the Victory Shield given that they have won one match, whilst drawing their other game. Both of those games have been away fixtures, with this being their first chance to play in front of their home fans. With England Under-16 manager Steve Cooper having only been given the job in October, he recognised that his first home match in charge would be a special moment:

"It was a real honour for me when I was appointed as the U16s head coach in October and I am really excited about taking this team to Yeovil. It will be my first home game in charge so of course it will be a proud moment for me and the rest of the staff, but it will be far more special for the players and rightly so."

Huish Park has hosted a Victory Shield international in the past, with the October 2009 fixture against Wales seeing 3,700 spectators turn up for the game. Cooper hopes for a similar gate to cheer on his team:

"The last time an England team came to Yeovil there was a big crowd so it would be great if we could get just as many, or possibly even more for our game. It would make for a great atmosphere and it would give the players the experience of playing in front of a sizeable crowd, something they won’t be that familiar with yet. It will also give them a flavour of what it might be like for them in the future if they keep progressing, both with England and their clubs. Hopefully we can treat the fans to some good football and show them what England teams are about at the moment."

Both the Main Stand and the Screwfix (East) Stand are open for tonight's fixture, with the club leaving provision to open up the terrace only if late ticket sales demand it. Tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office priced £3.00 for adults, with concessions available at £1.00.

The squads announced by both countries are as follows:

England Under-16s:
Goalkeepers: Taye Ashby-Hammond (Fulham), Ryan Sandford (Millwall).
Defenders: Tolaji Bola (Arsenal), Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea), Diego Lattie (Manchester City), Vashon Neufville (West Ham United), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Tom Bashiru (Manchester City), Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town), Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Callum Slattery (Southampton), Joe Willock (Arsenal).
Forwards: Martell Taylor Crossdale (Chelsea), Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion), Adam Lewis (Liverpool), Reiss Nelson (Arsenal), Dan N’Lundulu (Southampton).

Scotland Under-16s:
Goalkeepers: Aidan McAdams (Celtic), Kieran Wright (Rangers)
Defenders: Daniel Baur (Heart of Midlothian), Tony Gallacher (Falkirk), Dan Meredith (West Bromwich Albion), Kieran Freeman (Dundee United), Lewis Bell (Celtic), Jason Krones (Rangers)
Midfielders: Liam Burt (Rangers), Lee Connelly (Queen’s Park), Connor McLennan (Aberdeen), Kristi Marku (Celtic), Jamie Barjonas (Rangers), David Turnbull (Motherwell)
Forwards: Jack Adamson (Hibernian), Jack Aitchison (Celtic), Zak Rudden (Rangers), Glenn Middleton (Norwich City)


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20 November 2014 : Victory Shield At Huish Park Televised Tonight
Tonight sees Yeovil Town's Huish Park ground showcase the final match in the 2014 Victory Shield competition, with England hosting Scotland. Tickets are still available for this match from the Huish Park Ticket Office, priced £3.00 for adults with concessions available at just £1.00 from the Huish Park Ticket Office (either in person or via 01935-847888). Note that tonight's match is an 8.00p.m. kick-off.

For those who are unable to get to the ground tonight, or simply want to set their TV recorders for the game to watch it later, it will be broadcast on Sky Sports. They will be screening the Northern Ireland vs Wales match in the same competition from 6.00p.m. onwards on the Sky Sports 5 channel before switching immediately across to Huish Park for coverage of the England vs Scotland game from 8.00p.m.

The game will also get a number of repeat showings for those who want to tune in on Sky Sports over the following day or so. These are as follows:

20/11/2014 : 20:00hrs : Sky Sports 5 (main live showing)
21/11/2014 : 02:00hrs : Sky Sports 5
21/11/2014 : 11:00hrs : Sky Sports 5
21/11/2014 : 16:00hrs : Sky Sports 5

Note that the repeat showings may involve some editing down to suit time schedules and advertisement breaks.

Link: Huish Park Stages England Team In Victory Shield International.


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19 November 2014 : Date And Ticket Prices Set For Accrington Trip
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley now has a firm date set. The match will take place at the Crown Ground (under its sponsored name of the Store First Stadium) on Saturday 6th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Accrington have published flat pricing for this fixture across their whole ground as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over 65s and Students £10.00; Under 17s: £5.00.

Accrington's usual policy is to allocate the Coppice Terrace to away supporters, which is situated at one end of the ground, and houses up to 1,800 spectators. It is open to the elements, like the Copse Road End at Huish Park, so take suitable coats if you're planning on being on the terrace. They also usually allow for part of the Whinney Hill side of the ground to be given to away supporters, which provides some covered seating - usually around 200 are provided for away supporters.

At present these aren't on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, so don't go calling them at present. We'll bring clarification on if/when these will be made available. Accrington have indicated that they will be selling tickets on the turnstiles on the day of the match, and so we don't think there will be any issues with purchasing on the day. However, we'll clarify the position on advance purchases in due course.


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19 November 2014 : Jamaica Lift Caribbean Cup
Last night saw Jamaica complete their quick burst of international matches by winning the 2014 CFU Caribbean Cup Final. They defeated Trinidad and Tobago after they won a penalty shoot-out by a 4-3 scoreline, with the match itself having ended in a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Two saved penalties by goalkeeper Andre Blake ensured they picked up the trophy, with Jamaica scoring four of their five spot kicks.

Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant came on as a 56th minute substitute - his eighth cap for his country and his third appearance from the bench during this tournament. The extra time means that he was on the pitch for 64 minutes of play in total. He wasn't involved in the penalty shoot-out. Joel will now return back to Somerset, although with last night's match having ended around 3.00a.m. UK time, the earliest he would appear on the training ground would be tomorrow morning, with an obvious question mark over his availability for Saturday's trip to Notts County, given his involvement in Jamaica's four matches, combined with a five hour time difference to readjust to.

Jamaica's Caribbean Cup win means that they qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which takes place in July 2015, and will also automatically qualify for the 2016 Copa America Centenario, which takes place in June 2016.

Final Score: Jamaica 0. Trinidad and Tobago 0 (Jamaica win 4-3 on penalties).

Jamaica: Andre Blake; Alvas Powell, Jermaine Taylor, Hughan Gray, Jobi McAnuff, Dane Richards (56 mins sub Joel Grant), Je-Vaughn Watson, Rodolph Austin, Simon Dawkins (72 mins sub Demar Phillips), Kemar Lawrence, Darren Mattocks (91 mins sub Michael Seaton).


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18 November 2014 : Accrington Shock Magpies To Set Up Glovers Cup Tie
Yeovil Town will play League Two side Accrington Stanley in the Second Round of the FA Cup. The Lancashire side created a mini-surprise by knocking out League One team Notts County in their First Round replay at the Crown Road, setting up the first ever meeting against Yeovil Town in any shape or form.

Accrington had to do it the hard way - falling behind in the 12th minute, with Notts County netting through Ronan Murray. However, they pulled a goal back just before half time through Luke Joyce and then won the match four minutes after the break when Marcus Carver scored from outside the box to favour the majority of the 1,026 spectators.

The tie should have its date and kick-off confirmed shortly. However, the most likely date will be Saturday 6th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Crown Ground. We'll confirm this, along with any relevant ticketing and travel arrangements in the next couple of days.

Accrington currently sit in 15th place in League Two, with 23 points from their 17 matches.


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18 November 2014 : Director Stephen Allinson Talks About The FA WSL Awards
Last Friday night, Yeovil Town Ladies were given a prestigious award as part of a Football Association awards evening, celebrating women's football. They picked up the FA WSL2 Team of the Year Award, and one of the club's representatives on the night was Ladies Director Stephen Allinson, who also sits on the men's club main board. The morning after the night before, he was put live on BBC Somerset to talk to presenter Simon Parkin, and you can read his views on the progress of the Ladies set-up, via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC About The Ladies FA WSL2 Award.


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18 November 2014 : Jamaica Success Keeps Grant In Montego
Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant will remain out in Jamaica until at least Wednesday, after his country qualified for the 2014 CFU Caribbean Cup Final. The 27 year old will form part of their squad that will play Trinidad and Tobago in Montego Bay after they won their final qualifying match against Haiti thanks to two first half goals from Simon Dawkins and Darren Mattocks.

Grant picked up his seventh Jamaican cap after he came on as an 85th minute substitute. His country's success means that he will be present at the same venue for tonight's final, which kicks off at 8.00p.m. local time - at 1.00a.m. UK time. The third place play-off between Cuba and Haiti takes place three hours earlier. Realistically this means the earliest Grant will be back at Huish Park will be on Thursday, but probably with a spot of jetlag on top of that.

The four countries to qualify from the group stages have automatically qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which takes place in July 2015, whilst the Caribbean Cup winners will automatically qualify for the 2016 Copa America Centenario, which takes place in June 2016.

Final Score: Jamaica 2 Haiti 0.

Scorers: Simon Dawkins (1-0), Darren Mattocks (2-0)

Jamaica: (vs Haiti): Andre Blake, Kemar Lawrence, Alvas Powell, Hughan Gray, Rudolph Austin, Jobi McAnuff, Dane Richards, Je-vaughn Watson, Jermaine Taylor, Simon Dawkins, Darren Mattocks.

Substitutes: Michael Seaton (63 mins for Darren Mattocks), Joel Grant (85 mins for Rudolph Austin).


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17 November 2014 : Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City Trip
The Away Travel Club will be running coach transport to Yeovil Town's League One away fixture against Bristol City. The match at Ashton Gate takes place on Friday 26th December (Boxing Day) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. To book a seat with the Away Travel Club, please call Roger on Yeovil 01935-475384.

They will be leaving from the away end at Huish Park at 11.30a.m. and the cost for the trip will be £13.00 a seat. They will only run transport if there is support for it, so please book your seats early, although make sure that you have purchased your matchday ticket for this game prior to booking, as this is an 'All Ticket' match for away supporters and there are only a limited number of tickets.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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17 November 2014 : GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the second half of the 2014-15 season. The previously published list only took us as far as Christmas 2014, and so this list adds in fixtures for Boxing Day onwards, starting from the Bristol City fixture.

Note that when using the list below, pick-ups from Yeovil Bus Station are by request only, and are only possible for Saturday fixtures. You must make it clear as part of your booking if you need them to pick you up at this location (note this will not be possible for midweek fixtures as the Bus Station is too busy). If no-one requests a pick-up from this location, then they will just visit Huish Park, so don't forget to mention it!

Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Notts County : Saturday 22nd November 2014.
Bus Station: 7.45a.m.; Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Accrington Stanley : FA Cup Second Round : Saturday 6th December.
Huish Park: 7.15a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

Oldham Athletic : Saturday 13th December 2014.
Bus Station: 7.30a.m.; Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

Bristol City : Friday 26th December 2014.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £13.00; Member Concessions: £11.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £13.00
NB: Please ensure you have been able to purchase a match ticket before booking as this is an ALL TICKET game for away supporters.

Preston North End : Saturday 3rd January 2015.
Huish Park: 7.30a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00
NB: This is also FA Cup Third Round weekend and so the fixture is subject to change.

Barnsley : Saturday 10th January 2015.
Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

Peterborough United : Saturday 31st January 2015.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Crewe Alexandra : Tuesday 10th February 2015.
Huish Park: 1.45p.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Doncaster Rovers : Saturday 14th February 2015.
Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

Scunthorpe United : Saturday 28th February 2015.
Huish Park: 7.30a.m.
Adult Members: £30.00; Member Concessions: £28.00
Adult Non-Members: £32.00; Non-Member Concessions: £30.00

Leyton Orient : Saturday 14th March 2015.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

Colchester United : Tuesday 17th March 2015.
Huish Park: 1.30p.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Rochdale : Saturday 28th March 2015.
Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

Fleetwood Town : Easter Monday 6th April 2015.
Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £30.00; Member Concessions: £28.00
Adult Non-Members: £32.00; Non-Member Concessions: £30.00

Swindon Town : Saturday 18th April 2015.
Details to follow later.

Milton Keynes Dons : Sunday 3rd May 2015.
Details to follow later.

Obviously all fixtures are subject to change and additions, once cup draws and winter weather take effect.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.


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17 November 2014 : Inniss Extends Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town have agreed a further extension on the loan deal for Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss. The centre-back has made three appearances for the club so far, and his stay will now be extended for a further month, taking his time into mid-December. His latest extension will cover him up to and including Saturday 20th December - the home match against Colchester United.

Inniss suffered a slight knock midway through his first month's loan, meaning that for the past three games he has not been part of the match-day squad - partly due to injury, and partly due to being the club's "sixth loanee" who has had to sit out the game. However, with Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent sitting on four bookings at present, it would seem likely that Inniss will get his chance to return to the side at some point in the near future, hence cover is still needed.


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17 November 2014 : Ladies Chairman: FA Award Is Tribute To Whole Club
Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman David Mills has paid tribute to the hard work of those involved in the club after they received an award from the national Football Association. The Ladies picked up the FA WSL 2 Club Of The Year award during last Friday night's awards evening at Madame Tussauds, in London, with manager Jamie Sherwood, general manager Trevor Jenkins and director Stephen Allinson present to pick up the honour on behalf of the club.

The Glovers were up against FA WSL 1 league winners Liverpool for an outright award, but the FA made a late decision to create two divisional awards, due to the strength of those nominations. Rather than just focussing on what each club was doing on the field of play, the FA's Club of the Year Award encompasses all elements of each club's work demonstrating success in areas such as success on and off the pitch, supporting a range of programmes to help develop players, supporting the FA's RESPECT campaign, community work and overcoming challenges. As such, Chairman David Mills said that it was important that all current and past members of the Ladies set-up were given recognition for their help in getting them that honour:

"This fantastic award is down to the hard work of everyone involved with the Club, not just now but over many years. We set ourselves a target this year of being the best we could on and off the pitch - particularly in the areas of fan engagement and creating a welcoming environment at our home games. We look to continually improve so this award is not the end of our efforts and fans can expect us to work even harder in these areas in 2015. Finally we would like to thank everyone who comes to our games - whether it is our own fantastic fans or those of visiting teams they have all been epic this season."

Pictured below are the three Ladies representatives, along with two of their club sponsors, after they received the award. More significantly, their award appears to have Royal approval!

Yeovil Town Ladies pick up the FA WSL 2 Team Of The Year Award
Yeovil Town Ladies pick up the FA WSL 2 Team Of The Year Award!
Photo © Yeovil Town Ladies.



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17 November 2014 : Interview With Kevin Dawson
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Fleetwood Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Kevin's views on the game can be read in full, via the link below.

Link: Kevin Dawson Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Fleetwood.


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16 November 2014 : Grant Gains Sixth International Cap
Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant picked up his sixth cap for Jamaica on Friday night, as part of his country's participation in the Carribean Cup. The 27 year old is currently in Montego Bay where his country are hosting the tournament, and he came on as a 64th minute substitute in their 3-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda that left them in second place on goal difference after two Group B matches.

By the time Grant got onto the field of play, Jamaica were 2-0 up through Kemar Lawrence and Darren Mattocks, with the Reggae Boyz adding a third through captain Rodolph Austin five minutes from time, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. That leaves them on four points after two matches, following Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Martinique in which Grant was an unused substitute.

Jamaica and Haiti are are due to play each other late tonight, with the winners of that tie now guaranteed to advance to the Carribean Cup final - if the game is drawn then Haiti's superior goal difference will see them through. There is a high chance that the losers would qualify for the third/fourth placed play-off, with those two matches scheduled to be played tomorrow, meaning a busy 48 hours for the teams that do progress to the final stages.

Final Score: Jamaica 3 Antigua and Barbuda 0.

Scorers: Kemar Lawrence (1-0, 29 mins), Darren Mattocks (2-0, 44 mins), Rodolph Austin (3-0, 85 mins).

Jamaica: Andre Blake, Alvas Powell, Jermaine Taylor, Hughan Gray, Kemar Lawrence, Rodolph Austin, Jobi McAnuff (Romario Campbell, 83 mins), Je-Vaughn Watson, Simon Dawkins (Michael Seaton, 75 mins), Darren Mattocks (Joel Grant, 64 mins) and Dane Richards.

Subs not used: Nyson Nosworthy, Craig Foster, Upston Edwards, Nicholy Finlayson, Demar Phillips, Ryan Thompson, Jamar Loza, Deshorn Brown, Duwayne Kerr.


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16 November 2014 : Gary Talks About Fleetwood Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home game against Fleetwood Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's pre-match thoughts on Jordy Hiwula, their opponents and also Chris Weale's loan deal that has seen him go to Burton Albion on a month's loan, can be read via the link below.

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


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16 November 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Fleetwood Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Fleetwood Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's verdict on the match, and his thoughts on the need to bring in a new striker from outside his current squad can be read in full, via the link below.

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


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15 November 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Fleetwood Town 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 Fleetwood Town.


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15 November 2014 : Johnson: Striker Problem Needs To Be Looked At Now
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he needs to solve a problem with his team's goalscoring if they are to lift themselves off the bottom of the League One table. The Glovers headed to the foot of the table tonight after losing 0-1 at home to Fleetwood Town, despite enjoying the lion's share of the chances created across the 90 minutes. An 87th minute Jeff Hughes header sealed Yeovil's fate, but they could have easily had the game out of sight before the visitors scored from a corner late in the day.

Whilst the Glovers have managed to seal up the leak of goals at the back to a greater extent - today's goal was the first they had conceded in three matches - attention now turns to the other end of the park, where they have netted just 12 times in 17 League One fixtures, and that became painfully obvious in today's match, where post-match statistics showed 13 shots during the game, coupled with plenty of possession, but nothing to show for it. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that problem summed up the match:

"That was the story of the game. It's been a little bit of the story of our season. We've hung on in there to try to give people the benefit of the doubt and to build them up and say the right things, but obviously we've got to be looking now, given we've gone bottom of the league tonight. We can't afford to leave it any later now. We've got to get those goals that we're creating (chances) as hopefully you said in your commentary. We had enough chances, and I thought we played some good football, and I thought we were solid. But then you switch off at one end. It's about several people, as it's not just about one striker who is not scoring, as we had some shots and we couldn't get the on target either. So our build-up play was very good today, and I thought our football was very good. We're probably the best football team that's been at the bottom of a league for a little while, but the game is won and lost in both penalty areas, and unfortunately that was our problem today."

The loan transfer window closes on Thursday 27th November, leaving Johnson with around 12 days to make decisions in terms of whether he can bring in an additional player to supplement his current squad. However, with the club already having six loan players on their books - Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss has been sat in the stands for the past three matches, albeit partly due to injury - any further loan players brought in would increase that problem. Johnson therefore hinted that if any further players were brought in, he may need to come to an agreement with a player or a parent club to deal with that problem:

"It's hard with loans when we've already got six. I'm going to have to negotiate with anyone where we maybe have to move somebody back to their club. I've just got to look at the whole thing and see where we're going to get goals from. Loans are difficult to bring in when you've got six. So your loans have got to be doing their job. It's not an easy thing to do. We've got to keep the players that are doing well, and we've got to keep them as confident as we can. People should have scored two or three goals today. There's no doubting that, and I'm pleased you started off with that question. At least we know we've got a group that can create them. Now we've got to find just that one who is looking forward to scoring and being at the end of peoples moves, and having an end product, because that's what we need right now."

The spotlight has fallen upon Manchester City youth striker Jordy Hiwula, who is clearly capable of getting onto the end of chances, but so far has just one goal in eight appearances for the club, with his first coming in last week's FA Cup First Round win against Crawley Town. Johnson said he believed Hiwula had potential, but admitted that relying upon such an inexperienced player whilst he was on a learning curve was not ideal and that couldn't carry on 'forever' in those circumstances:

"It's a youth thing, and it's about experience. It's part of his learning. But we can't use that inexperience forever. He got his goal last week, and we thought 'here we go', here's a great chance now, because he is definitely getting the opportunities. I'm sure he's going to have a great career eventually, and this will be a great learning curve for him, but it cost us the game today along with two or three other shots from midfield that I thought were good chances as well. Goals win games, and mistakes lose games - that's exactly what happened today."


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15 November 2014 : Yeovil 0 Fleetwood 1 : Late Smash'n'Grab Sends Glovers Bottom
Yeovil Town headed to the foot of League One tonight as a late goal from Jeff Hughes completed a smash'n'grab for Fleetwood Town. In a match that saw the Glovers dominate the majority of the game, it took an 87th minute header from the former Bristol Rovers midfielder to seal the points for the Cod Army, but prior to that Yeovil should have found the net on a number of occasions themselves. AJ Leitch-Smith and Jordan Clarke saw first half headers go wide of the target, whilst Jordy Hiwula landed the ball in the net only to find a linesman's flag denying him. The Manchester City loanee's first touch eluded him on several occasions, whilst visiting keeper Chris Maxwell was in fine form, saving shots from Leitch-Smith and James Berrett to keep his side in the game, and ultimately to allow Hughes a chance to steal the points at the death, and leave Yeovil deeply frustrated at the final whistle.

With the team having played well against Chesterfield and Crawley Town, the same starting eleven was selected for the third match running, with the 4-5-1 formation being preserved. The only changes came on the bench - Joel Grant on international duty with Jamaica, Brendan Moloney having picked up a midweek County Cup injury, and Nathan Smith having recovered from his, whilst Sam Hoskins returned after being cuptied in last week's FA Cup match.

The first half was one of Yeovil Town dominance, even if Fleetwood were more physical and more committed opponents than last week's Crawley opponents. Most of the chances were coming at the Fleetwood end, as AJ Leitch-Smith headed into the side netting from a Kevin Dawson corner, whilst Jordan Clarke had his own attempt from a Sam Foley corner saved by Fleetwood keeper Chris Maxwell.

Chances began to develop in open play as the half wore on, with Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula bursting through but finding his shot parried by Chris Maxwell, whilst a Joe Edwards shot deflected for a corner. Then Stephen Arthurworrey's header went straight at the goalkeeper from another set piece, whilst an AJ Leitch-Smith run on goal saw his attempt pushed over the bar by Maxwell, as Fleetwood became forced onto the back foot more and more as the half wore on.

Matters became a little tasty as Fleetwood's Josh Morris and Glovers midfielder Kevin Dawson were booked in quick succession for fouls on each other, whilst Joe Edwards completed a trio of quick bookings, with just a feeling that referee Mick Russell was losing a grip on the game - missing a number of semi-off-the-ball incidents where players were leaving their mark on opponents after the ball had gone - Fleetwood were certainly fired up for the occasion. At the other end, chances were rare, with Fleetwood's best coming when Gareth Evans struck a low shot that bounced nastily forcing Jed Steer to push the ball away for a corner, but they had little to show in a goalless first half.

The second period saw fewer chances created - although Jordy Hiwula did get the ball in the back of the net early on, the linesman's flag had gone up earlier for an offside decision, with Fleetwood's defence stopping, knowing that the flag was raised. James Berrett was guilty of a poor miss after Fleetwood failed to clear their lines from a Sam Foley cross into the box, as the goal refused to come.

Referee Russell seemed to be in a lenient second half mood - booking Martin Paterson for an ugly challenge, but allowing a similar challenge to get just a finger wagging as the Huddersfield Town loanee was fortunate to stay on the field on his debut for Fleetwood. Still it seemed as though Yeovil had the edge, even if it was a much more even half, with fewer chances. Another James Berrett effort on goal saw Chris Maxwell parried for another corner, whilst Jordy Hiwula's first-time ball control was letting him down - put through on goal on several occasions, but with defenders able to get in blocks to stop his shots after he left the ball run away from him, notably when Kevin Dawson had put him clean through for one chance.

The longer such games carry on though, the greater the chance of the sucker punch, and three minutes from time it came along. Ben Nugent headed out for a corner, and Steven Schumacher's delivery into the box saw former Bristol Rovers midfielder Jeff Hughes head home an 87th minute rare Fleetwood chance into the back of the net, leaving Yeovil a goal behind with just a few minutes remaining. That was too little time for any late comeback, and with Fleetwood immediately taking off striker Paterson, and replacing him with a centre-back, their intent during four minutes of injury time was clear. One lapse in concentration was all it took for 90 minutes worth of relatively promising performance to be undone. The Glovers need goals at the other end though - by the time that late mistake was made, they should have been two or three goals up, and that is why they came out with nothing to show for their efforts today.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 1.

Scorers: Jeff Hughes (0-1, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith (70 mins for Liam Davis) 9. James Hayter (83 mins for James Berrett) 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett (90 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith)

Fleetwood Town:
28. Chris Maxwell
20. Tyler Hornby-Forbes 25. Stephen Jordan 5. Mark Roberts 33. Stephen Crainey
7. Gareth Evans 8. Steven Schumacher 11. Jeff Hughes 12. Josh Morris
9. Stephen Dobbie 16. Martin Paterson

Substitutes:
3. Danny Andrew 6. Nathan Pond (90 mins Martin Paterson) 13. David Lucas 18. Antoni Sarcevic (86 mins for Stephen Dobbie) 24. Keith Southern 27. Nicholas Haughton 29. Tom Hitchcock (73 mins for Josh Morris)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 33 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 39 mins)

Fleetwood Bookings: Josh Morris (foul, 36 mins), Martin Paterson (foul, 64 mins), Mark Roberts (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 12; Fouls: 7.

Fleetwood Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistant Referees: Richard Hulme (Somerset) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,577 (with 72 Fleetwood supporters).


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15 November 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this afternoon's home League One fixture against Fleetwood Town. With the club having gained two clean sheets in a row, and a relatively comfortable FA Cup win over Crawley Town last weekend, it's little surprise to find the same eleven players keeping their places in the side, with the implication that the more recent 4-5-1 formation will be preserved, although there is obvious room to change that formation within the eleven players chosen.

On the bench, Joel Grant is absent as part of his international duty with Jamaica as part of the Caribbean Cup, whilst Sam Hoskins is able to return after being cup-tied last weekend. Right-back Brendan Moloney is missing today after picking up a knock in the County Cup during midweek, but Nathan Smith is able to replace him on the bench. The team chosen for this afternoon is as follows.

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett


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15 November 2014 : Wealey Goes Out On Loan
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has gone out on a month's loan away from Huish Park. He has signed for League Two side Burton Albion, who don't play until Monday evening, with a trip to Wycombe Wanderers their next fixture.

The temporary departure of Weale would mean that Artur Krysiak would act as the main back-up to Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer, who has kept clean sheets in the last two fixtures. There will be a chance for Glovers fans to see Wealey in action on Monday night - the match between Wycombe and Burton is live on Sky Sports that night.


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15 November 2014 : Yeovil Town Ladies Scoop National FA Award
Yeovil Town Ladies were given national recognition as part of the 2014 FA Women's Awards evening held on Friday night. In an event held at Madame Tussauds, in London, the Ladies team were crowned as the FA WSL 2 Club Of The Year - an impressive feat given that the 2014 season has represented their first ever season at this level of football.

The female Glovers have been one of a number of teams who were incorporated into a new Football Association structure, which enlarged their Super League structure into two national divisions, and the Ladies have taken to their new surroundings in impressive style, finishing fifth in a division that included well established teams such as title winners Sunderland AFC Ladies, and the nationally-known Doncaster Rovers Belles. FA director of national game and women’s football Kelly Simmons said of the season that has just completed:

"This has been another fantastic season of women’s football and an evening like this really showcases how much quality there is across the leagues, from players to managers and the staff working behind the scenes. Introducing FA WSL 2, along with promotion and relegation between FA WSL 1, has really driven the competition forward as we saw on those particularly dramatic last days in both divisions. The formation of the new FA WPL is another important development for the women’s game and there are now clear pathways for girls and women anywhere across the country to play at the highest level."

Congratulations to Yeovil Town Ladies on achieving yet more national recognition, as they continue to grow as a club. The full list of award winners are as follows:

The 2014 FA Women’s Awards Winners:
FA WSL 1 Players’ Player of the Year : Ji So-Yun, Chelsea
FA WSL 2 Players’ Player of the Year : Fran Kirby, Reading

FA WSL Manager of the Year : David Parker, Birmingham City
FA WPL Manager of the Year : Helen Mitchell, Sheffield FC Ladies

Goal of the Season : Toni Duggan, Manchester City

FA WSL 1 Club of the Year : Liverpool
FA WSL 2 Club of the Year : Yeovil Town
FA WPL Club of the Year : Sheffield FC Ladies

FA WSL Development League Players’ Player of the Year : Carla Humphrey, Arsenal
FA WSL Development League Players’ Player of the Year : Natasha Baptiste, Aston Villa
FA WPL Northern Division Players’ Player of the Year : Jodie Michalska, Sheffield FC Ladies
FA WPL Southern Division Players’ Player of the Year : Sam Pittuck, Charlton Athletic

FA WSL 1 Top Goalscorer : Karen Carney, Birmingham City
FA WSL 2 Top Goalscorer : Fran Kirby, Reading
FA WSL Development League Top Goalscorer : Natasha Baptiste, Aston Villa
FA WPL Northern Division Top Goalscorer : Jodie Michalska, Sheffield FC Ladies
FA WPL Southern Division Top Goalscorer : Charlotte Gurr, Gillingham

'Love Football Play Football' Participation Award : Merseyrail

Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Football : Sheila Rollinson


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15 November 2014 : Gary Previews The Fleetwood Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Fleetwood at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the FA Cup win, the Somerset Premier Cup 13-0 win, Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, his own striker Kieffer Moore, the need to establish strong home form this season, and of course their Lancashire opponents. Read that interview via the ink below.

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


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14 November 2014 : Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's League One match against Bristol City are now available. The match will take place on Friday 26th December (Boxing Day) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Ashton Gate. Due to City currently redeveloping the ground at the end where the Wedlock Stand used to be, the stadium capacity is significantly reduced and as a result the Yeovil Town Ticket Office will be putting on sale just over 1,000 tickets only.

Tickets will go on sale from 10.00a.m. on Monday 17th November to Season Ticket Holders ONLY. Due the limited number of tickets and high demand, tickets will be initially restricted to ONE TICKET PER SEASON TICKET. Season ticket holders will have up to and including the Preston North End game on the Saturday 29th November to claim their ticket.

If there are any remaining tickets, these will be placed on General sale from Monday 1st December. The club will announce nearer the time the availability and restrictions for any sales.

Note that when ordering your ticket, the Huish Park Ticket Office will need the reference number for each season ticket that you wish to purchase for. For example, if there are three season ticket holders wishing to book together, you will need to provide all three season ticket numbers when they come to purchase. Tickets will not be sold without a valid season ticket number.

Tickets can be purchased in person from the Huish Park Ticket Office or on the phone by calling 01935 847888 from 10.00a.m. on Monday 17th November. If calling and the lines are busy fans are advised to leave a message stating their name, their season ticket number, how many tickets they require and an contact number. Ticket office staff will be taking these messages, allocating tickets in order and calling customers back. Please do not leave multiple messages as this will cause delays.

Yeovil Town supporters will be positioned in Blocks B, C and D of the Atyeo Stand, with our 1,000 allocation approximately a quarter of its overall 4,249 capacity. Admission prices are as follows:

Adult £23.00; Over-65s: £18.00; Under-21s: £18.00; Under-19s: £15.00; Under-8s: £10.00.

Disabled/wheelchair-based supporters pay the relevant price band above but can admit an assistant free of charge.

Please note there will be no pay on the day sales for away fans.


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14 November 2014 : 2015-16 Football League Season Key Dates
For those who like to plan well ahead, the Football League have published early key dates for the 2015-16 season. The season will kick off on Saturday 8th August 2015 and will conclude on Saturday 7th May 2015, with play-off dates set to follow later in that month.

The key dates, which are subject to change and refinement, are as follows:

17/06/2015 : Football League 2015-16 Fixtures released

08/08/2015 : Football League 2015-16 Season first day fixtures
10/08/2015 : League Cup First Round (week commencing)
31/08/2015 : Football League Trophy First Round (week commencing)

26/12/2015 : Designated Christmas Holiday fixture date
28/12/2015 : Designated Christmas Holiday fixture date
02/01/2016 : Designated Christmas Holiday fixture date

28/02/2016 : League Cup Final
03/04/2016 : Football League Trophy Final

07/05/2016 : Final weekend of 2015-16 season proper

28/05/2016 : Championship Play-Off Final
29/05/2016 : League One Play-Off Final
30/05/2016 : League Two Play-Off Final

More detail on these dates will be provided as and when they become available. For 2014-15 Key Dates, follow the page below.

Link: 2014-15 Season Key Dates List.


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14 November 2014 : Final Day Arrangements See MK Dons Fixture Change
The final week of the 2014-15 Football League season will be staggered across a full weekend as satellite broadcaster Sky Sports steps in to provide more coverage of the 46th fixture of the season. In previous campaigns, the Championship fixtures for the final day have always been manipulated to cater for the demands of television. On this occasion League One will also receive that focus, with all final day fixtures for the third tier being moved to Sunday 3rd May 2015, with a 12.15p.m. kick-off. This means that our trip to play Milton Keynes Dons that weekend will now kick off just under a day later than originally scheduled.

The usual practice is for Sky Sports to select two matches for live transmission around a week before the fixtures take place, but due to all matches potentially deciding promotion and relegation outcomes, all twelve fixtures will need to kick off at the same time. The final weekend dates/times for the three Football League divisions will therefore be as follows:

Saturday 2nd May 2015 : 12:15hrs : Final Day Championship Fixtures
Saturday 2nd May 2015 : 15:00hrs : Final Day League Two Fixtures
Sunday 3rd May 2015 : 12:15hrs : Final Day League One Fixtures

Other relevant 2014-15 fixture dates, including the 2014-15 play-off final dates, are outlined on the page linked below.

Link: 2014-15 Season Key Dates List.


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14 November 2014 : Vanishing Spray To Make Permanent Mark
The Football League have announced that 'Vanishing Spray' is to be introduced into all of its competitions from the start of next year. Having trialed it in this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the League have agreed that it should now be available for the Football League, the Capital One Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy from January 1st 2015.

The League indicate that they have the support of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to introduce this on a permanent basis, following positive feedback from all parties.

The spray, which came to prominence during the 2014 World Cup, allows officials the ability to draw a white line around the ball prior to a free kick being taken, and then draw a line ten yards from the ball that any defensive wall must stand behind, with the obvious motive being to stop any defensive or attacking players gaining an advantage as part of the set piece whilst the referee's back is turned.


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14 November 2014 : Fleetwood Bring In New Striker For Tomorrow's Match
Tomorrow's opponents Fleetwood Town have brought in a new striker ahead of tomorrow's League One clash at Huish Park. They have brought in Huddersfield Town's Martin Paterson until January 3rd 2015. The 27 year old has over 250 professional appearances to his name, with the vast majority of those coming in the Championship through a five season spell with Burnley and a single season with Scunthorpe United during the 2007-08 season.

His connection with Fleetwood comes via their boss Graham Alexander, who played in the same Turf Moor team as Paterson, and so is well aware of the Tunstall-born player. He made his move to Huddersfield in the summer of 2013, signing a two year contract. Since then he's had a bit of a mixed bag, with 29 appearances and six goals. However, during the current season chances have become rather more limited, with just three ultra-late substitute appearances to his name, hence Huddersfield's willingness to farm him out to a lower division side.

He spent the tail end of the 2013-14 season on loan with Bristol City, where he made eight appearances, scoring one goal, and will now try to use Fleetwood for the same purpose. He is reported as having already met up with his new team-mates and thus will be eligible for tomorrow afternoon's fixture. Boss Alexander told their club website that he had good memories of Paterson at Turf Moor:

"His hunger and will to win is fantastic, and the first thing that struck me when we played together at Burnley was the way he trained and how he was always desperate to score goals. I still see that in him, and he’s obviously a lot more experienced now. We’re really pleased to have him on board and we know he’ll improve the squad. We’ve lost three or four strikers this season already due to injuries, suspensions and loan recalls, so we made an enquiry and luckily for us we were successful with it."

Despite being early League One table-toppers, Fleetwood's form has faltered in the last couple of months. Their away form is the big problem, having lost every single match on their travels since August 19th - a run of seven consecutive defeats made all the more polarised given that during that time they've remained undefeated on their home patch in League One fixtures.


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14 November 2014 : FA Cup Second Round : BBC Final Score Highlights Packages
The Football Association and the BBC have confirmed the eight ties that have been selected as part of BBC One's Sunday coverage of the FA Cup Second Round. All matches will be moved to Sunday 7th December, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. The eight ties are as follows:

Scunthorpe United v Worcester City
Wycombe Wanderers v York City or AFC Wimbledon
Dagenham & Redbridge or Southport v Eastleigh
Barnsley v Chester
Bradford City v Dartford
Cheltenham Town v Dover Athletic
Bristol City v Basingstoke Town or AFC Telford United
Portsmouth or Aldershot Town v Northampton Town or Rochdale

All sixteen clubs (once First Round replays are decided) will receive £12,500 from The FA as a Broadcast Fee for highlights coverage, with the winners of each tie receiving £27,000 in FA Cup prize money. BBC's Final Score coverage will begin at 1.45p.m. on Sunday 7th December.

Note that this still doesn't absolutely confirm the date and time of Yeovil Town's Second Round match, which will see them travel to either Notts County or Accrington Stanley. As reported earlier this week, with Nottingham Forest scheduled to play at home on Saturday 6th December, the actual kick-off time may depend upon who wins next Tuesday's First Round Replay.

Link: FA Cup Second Round Televised Matches Selected.

Link: FA Cup Second Round Full Draw Details.


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13 November 2014 : Johnson Explains Bigirimana Situation
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained that an unfortunate sequence of events ensured that Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana's trip down to South Somerset to train at Huish Park was a fruitless one before he'd even made the journey. Between the trial being arranged and the former Coventry City player travelling down, injuries to two key Glovers first team players had turned Johnson's attentions elsewhere, forcing him to dip into the loan market for other players.

Bigirimana's name came up at the start of the week, at a time when he had already returned to St James Park. Plans to have a look at the 21 year old dated back to late October when Johnson explained that he'd spoken to Newcastle boss Alan Pardew about bringing the player to Yeovil, with a view to a loan agreement, but in the lead-up to the club's away match at Chesterfield, injuries to Artur Krysiak and Ryan Inniss forced his hand, bringing in Jed Steer from Aston Villa, as Stephen Arthurworrey was drafted in from Fulham, with both joining the club as the team bus headed up to Derbyshire. With Bigirimana's trial planned for the following week, the club still followed through with the arrangements, but in the knowledge that it would not lead anywhere. Gary explained to BBC Somerset that he was impressed, but circumstances meant that any loan plans had to be put on hold:

"I thought he did very well for the couple of days. Unfortunately his trip down here was organised a Wednesday or a Thursday, but by the time he came down we'd had all sorts of problems on the Friday where we'd had two injuries to our goalkeeper and our centre-back, and so I had to bring in two loans, which gave me six loans. So it would be ridiculous to bring in seven, otherwise you'd always have to leave two out and you just can't do that. So I wasn't able to do that on this occasion. But we'll certainly revisit it later on in the season."

Johnson added that the process of bringing younger Premier League players down to the training ground prior to agreeing a loan deal was quite a common arrangement, as it gave all parties a chance to test the water before any contracts were agreed. Hence the few days trial was still a useful exercise in his eyes:

"I spoke to Alan Pardew, and I spoke to a couple of other managers about people who might become available or be available at this present time. It is important that Premier League lads get an opportunity to look at a team, to see whether it suits them, and for us to see whether he suits us - then it's a good idea. It gives them a different environment, as a young lad coming out of a Premier League club, and to see whether he can handle it."

Having now seen the Republic of Burundi born player at close quarters, Johnson admitted that he was a player who he would happily consider a firm move for later in the season, if the opportunity is still there:

"He's only a little 'un, but he's got good energy. I think it would do him good to have a couple of months in the Football League. He has been there before as he was at Coventry, and then got sold for a million or so, up to Newcastle. He's certainly one that we'll keep an eye on. Now we've met him, we know his personality, and he's a nice lad and a good lad."


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13 November 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match against Fleetwood Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 15th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

Mr Russell last visited Huish Park in October 2013, when he was the man in the middle for our 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Bookings were a little top-heavy on the day, with seven yellows dished out across both sides during the 90 minutes, although he did show a calm head when Ed Upson committed a foul just before the break, whilst already on a yellow card. He chose to bring in captain Jamie McAllister, along with Upson, for a lengthy talking-to, to emphasise the "last warning" he was dishing out, and thankfully we kept eleven on the field. Forest were awarded a penalty during the match - which resulted in an outstanding double-save by Wayne Hennessey - after Simon Cox was fouled by Shane Duffy, but on seeing the replay it seemed a relatively fair decision.

Earlier that year, in January 2013, Mr Russell took centre stage in our home match against Milton Keynes Dons, with a number of key decisions being made. His first big moment came when he passed the pitch as fit to play on, even if visiting boss Karl Robinson moaned about that after the match when his side lost 2-1 claiming the pitch was 'a shambles' and that the game shouldn't have gone ahead. Once the game started, the match referee also had another big decision to make when Izale McLeod and Byron Webster squared up to each other - yellows for both, and we'd say Byron was a bit fortunate. However, the one that grabbed all the headlines was his decision to red-card Antony Kay for an off the ball incident involving Paddy Madden.

After the game, a moaning Karl Robinson (again) accused Madden of being a 'cheat' and loudly protested that he had had 'fantastic video footage' that would show that the Glovers striker had feigned injury. That fantastic video footage clearly wasn't good enough to persuade the FA, who backed Mr Russell's decision when it was taken to an appeal. Did this stop Robinson moaning some more about it? What do you think? - but in the absence of seeing that 'fantastic video footage' ourselves, and with Robinson being a deluded serial moaner, we'll assume that Mr Russell was in the right.

Mr Russell started refereeing in the early 1990’s, progressing through the South Midlands League to reach the National List of Assistant Referees in 2000. He was promoted to the referees’ list in 2004. Russell (who in his earlier days was generally announced as Mike rather than Mick) was a regular face at Yeovil matches in our early League One years, but that has thinned out in recent seasons, with just three meetings to talk about since 2008.

His other more recent meetings include the January 2008 midweeker when we lost 0-2 to Walsall in appalling weather conditions - a game infamous for a Clayton Ince goal kick that was taken by the wind, looping straight past him and out for a corner. Not too much to say about the referee, except that he probably would have been within his rights to deem the game unplayable at that stage. Give him credit - Mr Russell clearly doesn't mind a bit of wet weather.

After that, he was present for the April 2010 match against Millwall, where he was in a fairly lenient mood. Just the one booking on the night in a game where he preferred to take a back-seat, surprisingly so when he clearly saw Lions player Jack Smith kick out at a Glovers player off the ball, yet chose to take no action.

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

Link: September 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 2

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnsley 1

Link: March 2006 : Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 3

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1

Link: January 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1

Link: January 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 2

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.

Link: January 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Link: October 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Nottingham Forest 1.


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13 November 2014 : No Loan Move For Bigirimana
Yeovil Town have decided against a loan move for Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana at this moment in time. Reports via the BBC Somerset sports bulletins state that any plans the club may have had to bring the 21 year old down to Huish Park on a more lengthy basis will not be taking place for the immediate future, with the number of loan players the club have on their books cited as the reason.

Bigirimana was reported as training with the club last week as they cast their eye on the player, leading to some news outlets claiming that he was about to sign a loan agreement with the Glovers. However, the BBC have indicated this is not the case, and that the player has returned to Tyneside.

Currently Yeovil Town have six players borrowed from other clubs. Goalkeeper Jed Steer, defensive quartet Ben Nugent, Jordan Clarke, Ryan Inniss and Stephen Arthurworrey, plus striker Jordy Hiwula are all on the club's books, with all bar Inniss contracted until January. The club are allowed name a maximum of five loan players in a matchday squad on any given day, meaning that even based on today's set of six, one will need to sit in the stand each weekend. If Bigirimana or any other additional loanees were brought in, then the number of idle players would obviously increase.

The report didn't suggest that the door was entirely closed on Bigirimana, but for now he won't be coming our way.


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12 November 2014 : Hengrove Victory Sets Competition Record For Glovers
Yeovil Town's mammoth 13-0 win over Hengrove Athletic in the Somerset Premier Cup last night really tested out the scoreboard at Huish Park to its limits. It also set a new competition record for the club in the County Cup, establishing the biggest margin of victory that the club have enjoyed in the competition in its history.

Until 2003, the Somerset Premier Cup was a first team competition, but with the club's entrance into the Football League, it became classified as a non-first team fixture - an allowance given to all clubs from the top four divisions that would normally allow them to play their Reserve Teams or Development Squads in County Cup competitions. With the Glovers not having a recognised Reserve Team set-up in recent years, that has obviously meant that the club have often fielded a first team squad in the County Cup and inevitably that has made for some large scorelines.

Up until 2005, the club had never hit double figures in the County Cup, with the biggest wins standing as a 9-0 victory over Welton Rovers in October 1963, and then a more recent 9-0 win over Paulton Rovers in December 1988. However, in the last nine years, the club have hit double figures twice. The October 2005 win over Shepton Mallet Town gave the club a 10-0 victory, thanks to a Glenn Poole hat-trick and a brace for Luciano Alvarez, with seven different players getting on the scoresheet.

Two years later, the club bettered that tally by one goal, as Under-18s player Stuart Davies bagged a hat-trick, whilst Stephen Maher and Wilfried Domoraud managed to score two each - a tally made all the more impressive by the fact that this really was a Reserve Team line-up - Craig Alcock was in the line-up but as a fairly inexperienced teenager - otherwise the rest of the team was made up fringe players. The final score of 11-0 against Backwell United stood as the club's biggest victory in the competition, meaning that last night's match surpassed that total by two goals. The three relevant matches were as follows:

Biggest Somerset Premier Cup Wins:
04/10/2005 : 10-0 : Shepton Mallet Town (Somerset Premier Cup First Round, Home)
03/10/2007 : 11-0 : Backwell United (Somerset Premier Cup First Round, Home)
11/11/2014 : 13-0 : Hengrove Athletic (Somerset Premier Cup Second Round, Home)

Whilst the above three results will stand as 'Reserve Team' results as far as club records are concerned, it was also worth considering how many times the First Team have managed to hit double figures during their club history. This site's Statistics Database holds over 5,600 Yeovil Town results stretching back as far as 1929, meaning that it was relatively easy to find the club's biggest wins in its history.

The largest win in a competitive fixture that we can find for Yeovil Town's First Team comes all the way back on April 30th 1900, when the club beat Street by a 14-0 scoreline in the Somerset Senior League. Since the end of the Second World War, football scorelines have calmed down a bit and the club have only hit ten goals on four separate occasions - two in the Southern League, and two during early qualifying rounds of the FA Cup.

Past non-league directories have tended to reference the club's 10-0 win over Kidderminster Harriers (December 1955) and a similar result against Bedford Town (March 1961) in the Southern League as being a 'joint club record', but the list of results below show that only holds up if it is restricted to post-war results. The April 1900 victory over Street would appear to be the all-time club record.

The list of competitive first team fixtures that have seen Yeovil Town score ten or more goals stand as follows:

Competitive First Team Fixtures Recording Ten Or More Goals:
17/03/1900 : 10-0 : Midsomer Norton (Somerset Senior League, Home)
30/04/1900 : 14-0 : Street (Somerset Senior League, Home)
27/04/1901 : 10-0 : Bridgwater (Somerset Senior League, Home)
29/03/1902 : 10-1 : Bridgwater (Somerset Senior League, Home)
13/02/1903 : 10-0 : Glastonbury (Somerset Senior League, Home)
29/04/1905 : 12-0 : Bath Railway (Wiltshire League, Home)
06/10/1923 : 12-1 : Westbury United (FA Cup First Qualifying Round, Home)
18/09/1926 : 10-1 : Street (FA Cup Preliminary Round, Home)
24/01/1931 : 12-0 : Exeter City Reserves (Western League Division One, Home)
05/09/1931 : 11-1 : Wadebridge Town (FA Cup Preliminary Round, Home)
16/11/1946 : 10-2 : Dartmouth United (FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round, Home)
27/12/1955 : 10-0 : Kidderminster Harriers (Southern League, Home)
04/03/1961 : 10-0 : Bedford Town (Southern League, Home)
09/10/1976 : 10-1 : Ilminster Town (FA Cup Second Qualifying Round, Home)

There are a couple of notable first team friendlies that can better the above scorelines, once other fixtures are taken into account. In September 1899, the club beat Chard Swifts 19-0 in a pre-season friendly, whilst the same scoreline was recorded in a pre-season friendly against Martock in August 2000.


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12 November 2014 : FA Cup Second Round Televised Matches Selected
The Football Association have published details of the matches that will be broadcast live across the weekend of December 6th as part of the FA Cup Second Round coverage. All three of the ties chosen involve ties that are not subject to First Round replays, with two of them seeing trips to the North-East, where Hartlepool United and Gateshead will be hosting ties. The other is an all-League One affair as Colchester United host a relatively local affair against Peterborough United.

The three matches that will be screened live are as follows:

05/12/2014 : Friday : 7.55p.m. : Hartlepool United vs Blyth Spartans (BBC Two)
07/12/2014 : Sunday : 12.00 noon : Gateshead vs Warrington (BT Sport)
07/12/2014 : Sunday : 4.30p.m. : Colchester United vs Peterborough United (BT Sport)

All six clubs will gain to the tune of £72,000 as a Broadcast Fee. All Second Round winners will gain by £27,000, irrespective of whether they are televised or not.

The BBC will also be screening another FA Cup Final Score programme on Sunday 7th December from 1.45p.m. as they bring goal clips and major incidents from a number of ties that will be moved to that date. They will also show a full highlights programme later that evening on BBC Two. Then on Monday 8th December, they will screen the FA Cup Third Round draw live from 7.00p.m.

In addition, BT Sport will be screening two First Round Replay matches. These are as follows:

19/11/2014 : Wednesday : 7.45p.m. : Aldershot Town vs Portsmouth
20/11/2014 : Thursday : 7.45p.m. : Maidstone United vs Stevenage

All four clubs will receive Broadcast fees of £33,750 with the winning clubs taking home an extra £18,000.

In terms of Yeovil Town's fixture against Accrington Stanley or Notts County, their First Round Replay will take place on Tuesday 18th November at the Store First Stadium in Lancashire. However, it should be noted that currently Nottingham Forest's Championship home match against Charlton Athletic will take place at the City Ground on Saturday 6th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off - what this means is that if the Magpies progress against Accrington, then it is very unlikely that our fixture would have a standard kick-off time. With the BBC also needing matches to be moved to the Sunday to cover their 'Final Score' coverage, our game is therefore a prime candidate for being moved, although as yet no decisions have been made on that front.


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12 November 2014 : Restaurant Offer For The Fleetwood Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant prior to the match. The Glovers take on Fleetwood Town on Saturday 15th November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888).

On offer for this weekend's match is a Chicken and Chips meal for the price of £10.00, which includes a pint of beer or glass of wine to have with your meal. This entitles you to also use the restaurant bar before and after the game, as well as at half time, with a chance to mix with the players after the game.

Note that you must purchase your matchday ticket separately (or be a season ticket holder) and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code (with no football shirts allowed). To place your bookings, call the Ticket Office now on 01935-847888 or the Commercial Office on 01935-847872.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the Rochdale game - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the Fleetwood game - book now.



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11 November 2014 : Yeovil 13 (THIRTEEN) Hengrove 0 : Goal Crazy In The County Cup
Yeovil Town made light work of proceeding to the next round of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight as they thrashed Hengrove Athletic by a 13-0 scoreline. The Western League First Division side were played off the park throughout the 90 minutes in a match that saw captain for the night James Hayter bag a hat-trick, followed by Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula's second half substitute appearance that saw him also bag three, as eight different players got on the scoresheet.

The Glovers were only 2-0 up at the break, with James Berrett's free kick curled over a defensive wall, followed by a 33rd minute penalty in the Glovers favour. Brendan Moloney was tripped inside the box and up stepped James Hayter to score from the penalty spot. During the half, Hengrove had to deal with a Simon Gillett long-ranger hitting the crossbar, whilst James Berrett had a header cleared off the line, but probably wouldn't have predicted the second half that was to follow.

Sam Foley was introduced as a half time substitute along with Liam Davis, and the former needed just a couple of minutes before he chipped the ball past the goalkeeper for Yeovil's third. Then AJ Leitch-Smith fired home a minute later after showing good close control. Shortly after that goal, he was withdrawn, with Jordy Hiwula becoming Yeovil's third substitution of the evening.

Captain James Hayter bagged his second just before the hour mark to put Yeovil 5-0 up as he took advantage of Hengrove being unable to clear their lines from a corner - his shot took a deflection on its way in. That opened the floodgates, with the Glovers going on to net nine times in just 25 minutes of play. Simon Gillett's run to the edge of the box saw his shot also take a deflection on its way in for the sixth goal. The seventh was set up by Sam Foley, whose run to the edge of the box saw him lay the ball off for Seth Nana Twumasi who scored from inside the box for a 7-0 advantage.

Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula bagged his first of the night on 68 minutes as he cut in from the left wing and fired home on the angle for goal number eight. Then James Hayter got his hat-trick as he swivelled inside the box to slam the ball into the top corner on the angle for 9-0. Inevitably double figures was just around the corner, as Nathan Smith's cross allowed Seth Nana Twumasi to head home for his second of the night.

Jordy Hiwula got his second and Yeovil's 11th when he converted a right-wing cross from close range. Then Liam Davis fired home, and that was swiftly followed by the 13th and final goal of the night, as Jordy Hiwula won a clearance up field and outpaced the Hengrove defence for his hat-trick as he slotted the ball under the keeper. 13-0, the final score, and although the level of opposition should be noted, having so many players finding the net on the night should do no harm for the team as a whole whatsoever.
Proof that the Huish Park away end scoreboard can count beyond ten!
Proof that the Huish Park away end scoreboard can count beyond ten!
Photo © 2014 Tim Lancaster.


Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 13 Hengrove Athletic 0.

Scorers: James Berrett (9 mins, 1-0), James Hayter (33 mins, 2-0, pen), Sam Foley (48 mins, 3-0), AJ Leitch-Smith (49 mins, 4-0), James Hayter (58 mins, 5-0), Simon Gillett (60 mins, 6-0), Seth Nana Twumasi (65 mins, 7-0), Jordy Hiwula (68 mins, 8-0), James Hayter (71 mins, 9-0), Seth Nana Twumasi (76 mins, 10-0), Jordy Hiwula (77 mins, 11-0), Liam Davis (79 mins, 12-0), Jordy Hiwula (83 mins, 13-0).

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Seth Nana Twumasi, 4. Ryan Inniss, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 6. Simon Gillett, 8. James Berrett, 11. Sam Hoskins
10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter (Capt)

Substitutes: Gareth Stewart, Sam Foley (46 mins for James Berrett), Liam Davis (46 mins for Kevin Dawson), Stephen Arthurworrey, Jordy Hiwula (55 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith).

Hengrove Athletic:
1. Liam Macfarlane 2. Luke Crewe 3. Mark Fear 4. Scott Lewis (Capt) 5. Craig White 6. Asa White 7. Josh Hemmings 8. Elliot Sanders 9. James Dunn 10. Ricky Charlton 11. Sam Thomas

Substitutes: 14. Daniel Cole GK. Mark Drinkwater 16. Paul Coles 17. George Saunders 18. Javare Blackman


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11 November 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Hengrove Athletic
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Hengrove Athletic. The starting eleven is exactly as per the pre-match team that was released early by the club, with the only changes being that the list of substitutes is cut down to the five allowed by the competition.

Striker James Hayter is captain tonight, with club captain Joe Edwards putting his feet up for the evening. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Seth Nana Twumasi, 4. Ryan Inniss, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 6. Simon Gillett, 8. James Berrett, 11. Sam Hoskins
10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter (Capt)

Substitutes: Gareth Stewart, Sam Foley, Liam Davis, Stephen Arthurworrey, Jordy Hiwula.

Hengrove Athletic:
1. Liam Macfarlane 2. Luke Crewe 3. Mark Fear 4. Scott Lewis (Capt) 5. Craig White 6. Asa White 7. Josh Hemmings 8. Elliot Sanders 9. James Dunn 10. Ricky Charlton 11. Sam Thomas

Substitutes: 14. Daniel Cole GK. Mark Drinkwater 16. Paul Coles 17. George Saunders 18. Javare Blackman


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11 November 2014 : Gillett And Smith Set For Returns In County Cup
Yeovil Town have named the side that will take to the field of play for Tuesday night's Somerset Premier Cup match against Hengrove Athletic. The Second Round tie takes place at Huish Park against the Western League First Division side tonight at 7.45p.m. and sees a reshuffle of the first team squad to allow certain players who have missed out on recent matches to gain more match time.

That means that Chris Weale, Brendan Moloney and Sam Hoskins - who was unable to play in the FA Cup on Saturday after playing for Barnet in an earlier round - all get a chance to impress, whilst Ryan Inniss who was the club's "sixth loanee" on Saturday is included in the squad. Midfielder Simon Gillett's knee injury has cleared up enough for him to get the nod in midfield, with Nathan Smith also returning from an unspecified knock.

The absence of Kieffer Moore and Nathan Ralph would suggest that they are still injured, whilst Joel Grant is on international duty. On loan goalkeeper Jed Steer will get the night off.

With a bit of room for variation between the more standard 4-4-2 and the more recent 4-5-1 the club have been employing, this should give the following line-up for the evening:

Yeovil Town:
Chris Weale
Brendan Moloney, Seth Nana Twumasi, Ryan Inniss, Nathan Smith
Kevin Dawson, Simon Gillett, James Berrett, Sam Hoskins
AJ Leitch-Smith, James Hayter.

Substitutes: (Five from the following) Liam Davis, Sam Foley, Jordy Hiwula, Gareth Stewart, Joe Edwards, Jordan Clarke, Ben Nugent, Stephen Arthurworrey.

This tie will be completed on the night, using extra time and penalties, if necessary - a standard 30 minutes of extra time will be added on if the scores are level after 90 minutes, with penalties following after if still level.

Tonight's referee will be Scott Jackson with the pair of Brian Lee and Kieron Salmons assisting him.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Hengrove Athletic.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw.


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10 November 2014 : FA Cup Second Round Full Draw Details
Yeovil Town been given an away draw in the FA Cup Second Round draw tonight. The draw was made live on BBC Two from the National Football Museum in Manchester and has seen the Glovers given a tie against either Notts County or Accrington Stanley away from home

The full draw is as follows:

Oxford United vs Tranmere Rovers
Bury vs Luton Town
Wrexham vs Stevenage or Maidstone United
Scunthorpe United vs Worcester City
Colchester United vs Peterborough United
Wycombe Wanderers vs York City or AFC Wimbledon
Notts County or Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Hartlepool United vs Blyth Spartans
Milton Keynes Dons vs Chesterfield
Dagenham and Redbridge or Southport vs Eastleigh
Gateshead vs Warrington Town
Oldham Athletic vs Weston-super-Mare or Doncaster Rovers
Havant and Waterlooville or Preston North End vs Walsall or Shrewsbury Town
Barnsley vs Chester
Bradford City vs Dartford
Crewe Alexandra or Sheffield United vs Plymouth Argyle
Cheltenham Town vs Dover Athletic
Cambridge United vs Mansfield Town or Concord Rangers
Bristol City vs Basingstoke Town or AFC Telford
Portsmouth or Aldershot Town vs Northampton Town or Rochdale

All ties are to be played across the weekend of 5th/6th/7th/8th December 2014 with the default fixture date being Saturday 6th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Actual dates will be set by clubs in conjunction with television companies and local police a few days after the draw.

Saturday's win against Crawley Town will have netted the club £18,000 plus a share of the gate receipts. They will stand to gain to the tune of £27,000 as part of the FA Cup prize fund if they can negotiate their way through the Second Round stage.


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10 November 2014 : Interview With Jordy Hiwula
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Crawley Town in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town striker Jordy Hiwula spoke to the BBC. The on-loan Manchester City academy graduate spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset after he scored his first goal for the club, and that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Jordy Hiwula Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Crawley.


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10 November 2014 : Newcastle Midfielder Linked With Glovers
Yeovil Town are reported to have one of Newcastle United's Under-21 players training with them. Former Coventry City midfielder Gael Bigirimana is named by the Western Gazette as being on the club's training ground last week. He is a 21 year old (born October 22nd 1993) player, who was born in Bujumbura in the Republic of Burundi, but moved to the United Kingdom as a Ugandan refugee as a six year old. He was spotted by Coventry as an 11 year old, and was taken through their Academy system.

Having turned professional in the summer of 2011, Bigirimana made 28 appearances for Coventry during the 2011-12 season. That caught the eye of Newcastle, who signed him for an undisclosed high six figure fee, giving him a five year contract until the summer of 2017. During the following 2012-13 season, he made 25 appearances for Newcastle, including 13 Premier League appearances, and 10 Europa League appearances. Since then his career has stalled somewhat, with just one 2013-14 Capital Cup appearance to add to that total, instead turning out for Newcastle's Under-21 side.

There's no quotes or sources to firm up the Glovers connection with Bigirimana, nor any immediate suggestion that his stay in Somerset is likely to lead to anything more concrete. If the club did take him on, they'd need to be aware of the number of loanees they currently have, with six players borrowed from other clubs. Goalkeeper Jed Steer, defensive quartet Ben Nugent, Jordan Clarke, Ryan Inniss and Stephen Arthurworrey, plus striker Jordy Hiwula are all on the club's books, with all bar Inniss contracted until January. With matchday rules only allowing five loan players to be included on a teamsheet, any future loan acquisitions will need to be chosen carefully.


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10 November 2014 : Gary Talks About Crawley FA Cup Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Crawley Town kicked off in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the changes that his squad have been through since they last played Crawley, and his rather accurate predictions about Jordy Hiwula and his belief that the team had turned a corner from what he had seen in training. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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9 November 2014 : FA Cup Second Round Draw Ball Numbers
Yeovil Town will take Ball Number 3 when the FA Cup Second Round draw is made on Monday evening. Like the First Round draw, it will be made via a special programme on BBC2 that will be screened from 7.00p.m. on Monday 10th November with Mark Chapman hosting the event from the National Football Museum in Manchester on BBC Two. The draw will also be live on BBC Radio 5 Live if you can't get near a TV.

Ball numbers have been chosen based on the order that teams came out of the hat during the First Round draw, hence Yeovil's lower than usual number. The teams left in the competition for the next stage are as follows:

1 Mansfield Town or Concord Rangers 2 Colchester United 3 Yeovil Town 4 York City or AFC Wimbledon 5 Walsall or Shrewsbury Town 6 Notts County or Accrington Stanley 7 Bradford City 8 Warrington Town 9 Eastleigh 10 Basingstoke Town or AFC Telford United 11 Dagenham & Redbridge or Southport 12 Weston Super Mare or Doncaster Rovers 13 Peterborough United 14 Cheltenham Town 15 Dartford 16 Chesterfield 17 Wycombe Wanderers 18 Bristol City 19 Portsmouth or Aldershot Town 20 Gateshead 21 Crewe Alexandra or Sheffield United 22 Oxford United 23 Tranmere Rovers 24 Chester 25 Luton Town 26 Stevenage or Maidstone United 27 Bury 28 Cambridge United 29 Northampton Town or Rochdale 30 Dover Athletic 31 Milton Keynes Dons 32 Wrexham 33 Plymouth Argyle 34 Barnsley 35 Hartlepool United 36 Worcester City 37 Oldham Athletic 38 Havant & Waterlooville or Preston North End 39 Blyth Spartans 40 Scunthorpe United

All ties are to be played across the weekend of 5th/6th/7th/8th December 2014 with the default fixture date being Saturday 6th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Actual dates will be set by clubs in conjunction with television companies and local police a few days after the draw.

Yesterday's win against Crawley Town will have netted the club £18,000 plus a share of the gate receipts. They will stand to gain to the tune of £27,000 as part of the FA Cup prize fund if they can negotiate their way through the following stage.


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9 November 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Crawley FA Cup Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Crawley Town in the FA Cup First Round, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the win over Crawley, and in particular singles out the performance of Match Sponsors' Man of the Match Sam Foley, as well as giving his thoughts on the potential Second Round draw. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 November 2014 : BBC Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Match Highlights
With the BBC taking over the online rights to the FA Cup for this season onwards, they have uploaded immediate highlights of this afternoon's First Round matches as they get them. As a consequence, you'll find around 90 seconds of condensed highlights from this afternoon's 1-0 win over Crawley Town, including Jordy Hiwula's match-winning goal, as the Manchester City loanee scored his first for the club. If you want to view highlights of other matches, they are being linked in from this page.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Match Highlights.


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8 November 2014 : Crawley Boss Accuses Team Of Going Out Of Cup With A Whimper
Crawley Town manager John Gregory accused his side of coasting through the match and lacking passion, as they went out of the FA Cup to Yeovil Town today. The Sussex side were inert throughout the 1-0 home win, with Yeovil Town striker Jordy Hiwula, who is on loan from Manchester City, netting the match winning goal as early as the seventh minute, leaving Gregory's side with an uphill task that they never seriously looked like recovering from.

Hiwula's goal came when he outmuscled former Glovers trialist Joe Walsh off the ball, before rounding goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown to open the scoring. Gregory described Walsh's lack of a challenge as a 'howler' but felt that throughout the match his team carried too many passengers, feeling that only three or four of his players came up to the standard required:

"We made one mistake - and it was an absolute howler (from defender Joe Walsh) - from a player you don't expect to make it. Other than that, Jamie Ashdown has not had much to do and we just couldn't get a goal back. It's the end of the road for us in the FA Cup this season which hurts very, very badly. There are not enough ruthless performances out there and not enough players giving 100 per cent for 90 minutes. There were too many indifferent performances, and too many people coasting through the game. There was a lack of passion and we carried too many passengers and that needs to improve sharpish."

Gregory said at the start of this week that he felt that he had not been getting enough out of his players, leading to speculation that he was considering his own position ahead of today's fixture. Whilst that didn't materialise, he felt that it was a continuation of his side's problems. He said his side went out of the cup with a whimper in a match that they he felt that Crawley should have been capable of winning:

"It's been the story of our season and we need to wake up because if we are not careful the season will just peter out. I'm scratching my head at the moment about today's performance - we should not get beaten. If Yeovil had outplayed us and created chance after chance and Jamie Ashdown ends up being man of the match, then I can fully understand that we didn't deserve to get anything. But we just went out with a whimper today, and that's a difficult thing for me to accept. It's a game that you should win. When you come out of it now, you can ask the players inside (the dressing room) if they had a chance to start again, would they make a better job of it? But you don't get that second chance, and that's the thing. It's gone - the FA Cup has gone."


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8 November 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Crawley Town 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 Crawley Town.


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8 November 2014 : Johnson Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel After Crawley Win
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson described this afternoon's FA Cup First Round victory over Crawley Town as the light at the end of the tunnel, after his side ended a seven match winless run, with a single goal route into the Second Round. Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula proved to be the match winner, as his solo goal in the seventh minute separated the two sides, and they were able to comfortably cancel out any ambitions the visitors might have had of getting back into the match.

Johnson was pleased that Hiwula had also ended a six game run in which he had failed to score for his on-loan club and told BBC Somerset that there was more confidence around the playing squad even before kick-off:

"I said before the game that I was a bit more confidence that there was light at the end of the tunnel. That was how I felt and I thought that the lads put that together today. They looked like a team that could pass it. I'm really pleased that Jordy got his goal, and I could see it two or three seconds earlier, when he only had to stick it in the net - I was already up and celebrating. I'm pleased for him, because he's been unlucky. We've kept persevering and now he's been a match-winner for us today. But I thought we had a few match-winners out there, and although 1-0 can't be comfortable, it was about as comfortable as a 1-0 result can be."

Midfielder Sam Foley, who won the Sponsors Man of the Match, almost opened the scoring prior to Hiwula's goal when he struck the post, whilst Crawley goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown remained the most busy of the two goalkeepers throughout the whole match. However, with the second goal not coming, inevitably the visitors were always in with half a chance of getting back into the match. Johnson praised his back four and goalkeeper for staying calm and ensuring that Crawley couldn't build up much of a head of steam during the second period:

"We hit the post (through Sam Foley) and the goalkeeper (Jamie Ashdown) made a couple of decent saves. So it's always a worry. But if you're going to win a game anyway, when you've scored the first goal, you've then got to keep a clean sheet, and you've got to make sure that you're still going for that second one. I think we've just got players now, and certainly with the three new lads, that understand how to defend. Jed Steer didn't have a match saving save to make, but what he did was absolutely solid. I thought our back four were solid, and so you don't run the risk if your back four are doing well, of going back to Crawley and having a replay. I'm really pleased with the lads and I've told them that quickly, and they all clapped each other. Now we've got to go and get three points in the league."


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8 November 2014 : Yeovil 1 Crawley 0 : Hiwula Steers Glovers To First Round Victory
Yeovil Town worked their way through to the second round of the FA Cup this afternoon, following a single goal victory over Crawley Town. They sealed the victory when Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula was put through on goal, rounding visiting keeper Jamie Ashdown to put the Glovers up and that was to prove the match-winner despite it being scored as early as the 7th minute. Their Sussex opponents offered little during the game, failing to get a shot on target during the first period, and even in the second half only showing a marginal improvement. Yeovil concentrated on keeping their shape as the game wore on and the end result was often inertia, with that early Hiwula goal proving to be crucial as it put the club into the Second Round.

The Glovers made two changes to their starting line-up for the fixture, with the injured Kieffer Moore making way for Jordy Hiwula, who had replaced him in last weekend's fixture at Chesterfield. Joel Grant was also substituted for tactical reasons in that game, and with him heading to Jamaica on international duty tomorrow, he sat on the bench with AJ Leitch-Smith given a role on the wing as the 4-5-1 formation was preserved, but with the obvious remit for the striker to get up and join Hiwula when he could.

The game got off to the perfect start for the Glovers just seven minutes into the match, when a ball into the box saw Jordy Hiwula outmuscle former Glovers trialist Joe Walsh, gaining possession and then rounding keeper Jamie Ashdown for an early lead, and for his first goal in first team professional football. That was the perfect start, but it was fully justified given that they had already struck the woodwork even before that goal, with Sam Foley hitting a shot from outside the box that had Ashdown beaten.

That dominance continued during the whole of the first half, with Crawley failing to get a single shot on target before the break. Ben Nugent flicked a header just wide of the target from a Sam Foley free kick, whilst Foley had a dig himself that took a deflection for a corner. Jordan Clarke had another attempt that the somewhat jittery Jamie Ashdown fumbled and really the only disappointment of their dominant first half performance was that they were only a single goal up at the break. Crawley had been feeble, with only a shot from former Glover Matt Harrold that went wide of the sticks looking remotely dangerous.

It was inevitable that Crawley would get a kick up the backside at the break, and during the second period they did improve, particularly during the opening ten minutes. Jed Steer had to make his first proper save of the game after 50 minutes when Izale McLeod fired at his near post, followed by another shot from Josh Simpson's. Steer then made an ultra-rare misjudgement when he went for a cross only for McLeod to beat him but the header went over the bar.

Eventually the post-half-time Crawley fizz disappeared, despite the introduction of former Glovers Gavin Tomlin and Lewis Young as second half substitutes, and the effect was a curious form of inertia. The Glovers were mindful that the 1-0 scoreline would put them in the Second Round, whilst Crawley were showing little in the way of attacking play to suggest that they could get back into it. Yet with just one goal being in the game, there were inevitable late nerves from the crowd. They needn't have worried - calm defending ensured the visitors were never able to build up a head of steam, and the end result was one of the more comfortable ends to a single goal victory that there could be. Looking at the wider picture, an end to the club's seven game run without a win, and two consecutive clean sheets will be as good for the club as the £18,000 First Round winners' prize money will have been.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Crawley Town 0.

Scorers: Jordy Hiwula (1-0, 7 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 9. James Hayter 17. Joel Grant 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett (81 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith)

Crawley Town:
25. Jamie Ashdown
2. Lanre Oyebanjo 5. Dean Leacock 12. Joe Walsh 3. Ryan Dickson
11. Josh Simpson 8. Jimmy Smith 16. Keith Keane 7. Gwion Edwards
9. Izale McLeod 18. Matt Harrold

Substitutes:
1. Brian Jensen 4. Conor Henderson 14. Lewis Young (61 mins for Gwion Edwards) 15. Charles Banya 20. Bobson Bawling 21. Gavin Tomlin (62 mins for Matt Harrold)

Yeovil Bookings:

Crawley Bookings: Gavin Tomlin (70 mins, foul), Dean Leacock (89 mins, foul).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistant Referees: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Christopher Wade (East Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 2,355 (with 162 Crawley supporters).


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8 November 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Crawley Town in the FA Cup First Round. One is enforced, with striker Kieffer Moore's hamstring problems seeing him drop out of the team and replaced by Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula.

The other change comes on the left-wing, with Joel Grant having been substituted at Chesterfield last weekend, and his position in the side is taken by AJ Leitch-Smith coming into the starting line-up. The expectation is that Sam Foley will take Grant's slot, with Leitch-Smith joining Jordy Hiwula up front.

Striker Sam Hoskins is cup-tied as he has already played for Barnet in the competition earlier this season, whilst midfielder Simon Gillett's knee problem has cleared up enough to give him a position on a six-man bench. Nathan Ralph, Nathan Smith, Kieffer Moore and Artur Krysiak remain injured, whilst Ryan Inniss is given an extra week to recover from his knock as the 'sixth loanee'.

The team is as follows (with a bit of an open-ended question of whether AJ Leitch-Smith will start in last week's 4-5-1 formation as a left-winger, or whether they will start with a 4-4-2 with Leitch-Smith up front):

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley
25. Jordy Hiwula 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 9. James Hayter 17. Joel Grant 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett

Note that UK-based Yeovil Town supporters can listen to BBC Somerset live commentary via this online link. Normally licencing restrictions prevent the BBC from broadcasting Football League fixtures online, but the FA Cup does not apply to this arrangement if you have a UK-based ISP.


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8 November 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town : Man Of The Match Result
During the middle of last month, Yeovil Town played Swindon Town in a League One home match at Huish Park. The 1-1 draw was gained thanks to a James Hayter close range finish, even if former Glover Andy Williams spoiled things in the second half with his equaliser.

Man of the Match voting saw poll regular Simon Gillett clock up his usual collection of votes, but on this occasion he was out-shone by two other players. Striker James Hayter got plaudits for his performance and goal but the worthy winner was Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss, who was making his debut for the club. Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Ryan Inniss 234 (17)
2. James Hayter 172 (11)
3. Simon Gillett 96 (6)
4. Joe Edwards 68 (3)
5. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 64 (3)
6. Artur Krysiak 42 (0)
7. Joel Grant 34 (0)
8. Liam Davis 22 (2)
9. Jordy Hiwula 22 (0)
10. Nathan Ralph 18 (1)
11. Ben Nugent 18 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.86
Performance : 7.73
Entertainment : 8
VOTES RECEIVED : 44


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7 November 2014 : Gary Previews The Crawley FA Cup Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's FA Cup First Round home match against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on his opponents and the competition can be read via the link below.

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


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7 November 2014 : FA Cup Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round tie against Crawley Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 8th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Philip Gibbs (West Midlands).

An Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School in Birmingham, Mr Gibbs qualified as a referee in 1993 and was promoted to the National List in 2008. We last saw him on a rather happy day - our May 2013 Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg victory over Sheffield United. The 2-0 scoreline and the post-match celebrations will be permanently etched into the memory, however we can't remember Mr Gibbs featuring much at all - which is probably a good thing. He booked Kevin Dawson for excessive celebration after he opened the scoring. But probably because 7,000 of us were also excessively celebrating, we have no recollection of what he did without checking the DVD.

Earlier that same seasin, in December 2012, Mr Gibbs was present for our 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic. His major decision was to issue a red card to Latics substitute Robbie Simpson for a dangerous challenge on Marek Stech. Simpson had already made a similar challenge on Stech earlier in the half, and we felt that the referee could have helped himself if he'd had a word with the player after the first one. Oldham had a bit of a grumble about the decision, but in the end decided not to appeal.

In March 2012, he took charge of the home match against Hartlepool United. This was actually a booking-free game, which normally we'd give the thumbs up to, but we felt that led to some 'odd' decisions being made, where most referees would have brought out their cards. But on the plus side, a referee who didn't want to take centre-stage.

A similar story is to be told for the August 2010 League Cup match against Crystal Palace. Only one booking in this match, late on in the game, but in a match where there were two separate incidents of players squaring up to each other, he made the decision to just opt for a spot of finger wagging rather than a bit of Kettleism. He also declined the opportunity to award Dean Bowditch a penalty, which the then manager Terry Skiverton had a bit of a post-match grumble about, although without being too harsh on the official for it.

Prior to that, saw Mr Gibbs in January 2010 at Leyton Orient. It is only fair to point out that the 0-2 defeat at Brisbane Road was the product of a dismal lacklustre performance by the Glovers, rather than anything to do with the officiating of Mr Gibbs. In fact the most notable refereeing incident in the game was Nathan Smith picking up a booking without ever entering the field of play: stopping to rather too vigorously dispute the decision of an assistant referee in awarding a corner to the home side, whilst he was supposed to be having a limb stretching trot up and down the touchline.

The earliest case of Mr Gibbs refereeing a Glovers match was away at Griffin Park in the Football League Trophy First Round. We recall being rather unimpressed with his performance that night, even if he did award us a penalty which Gavin Tomlin converted. For completion purposes, Mr Gibbs was due to take charge of our April 2010 home clash against Southampton, but a late change of officials meant that Oliver Langford took over.

Mr Gibbs will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Christopher Wade (East Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire).

Link: September 2008 : Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 2 (Brentford winning 4-2 on penalties).

Link: January 2010 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Crystal Palace 1.

Link: March 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 4 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: May 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield United 0.


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7 November 2014 : League Introduce New Profitability and Sustainability Regulations
At yesterday's Football League EGM, Championship clubs agreed to a new financial model that they will work against from the start of the 2016-17 season. As a result it's goodbye to 'Financial Fair Play' and it's hello to 'Profitability and Sustainability' Regulations - ultimately replacing rules that were voted in by Championship clubs back in February 2012, but once brought in for this season have accumulated an increasingly frosty reception.

For the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 seasons, the existing Financial Fair Play regulations will remain in place, with the proposed sanctions remaining in place for clubs that are shown to have deviated from the rules when they are expected to publish their 2013-14 accounts next month. For the 2014-15 season, the maximum losses clubs will be allowed to incur will remain at £6 million, but for the 2015-16 season this will be raised to allow up to £13 million of losses.

From the beginning of the 2016-17 season though, the rules will be changed more significantly. Clubs will be continuously monitored over a three season timeframe, which will bring them closer to the method used within the Premier League and consequently the UEFA Financial Fair Play model. Clubs will be able to record losses of up to £15 million across that period (i.e. an average of £5 million per season), without any need for those losses to be underwritten by an owner of benefactor - current rules force a proportion of those losses to be either funded via a new share issue, or straight out of a club owner's pocket, but clause will be removed.

Clubs may record losses of more than £15 million across the three year window, up to a cap of £39 million across three years (average £13 million per season), but clubs who fall into this category will be required to conform to additional regulation from the Football League, which the league says will include "providing evidence of Secure Owner Funding and Future Financial Information for the two seasons ahead".

Clubs that move between the Championship and the Premier League during this period will have the above allowances weighted according to how many seasons they spent in each division. This would mean that a club that had played two seasons in the Championship and one in the Premier League across the three year window would have a maximum permitted loss of £61 million (made up of one Premier League season at £35 million and two Championship seasons made up of £13 million each).

The Football League will also discuss a financial solidarity agreement between the Premier League and the Football League to help police clubs who are promoted/relegated to/from each division to ensure that clubs do not try to escape their obligations after leaving the Football League. Currently Queens Park Rangers are expected to be one of the clubs that will fall foul of the Financial Fair Play regulations when their 2013-14 accounts for their Championship season are published, but the general vibe coming from Loftus Road has been that they would seek to evade any fine given they are not currently members of the Football League, whilst the Premier League have indicated that they have no remit to police the collection of fines for infringements outside their league. As such QPR may be able to withhold payment - provided they do not get relegated at the end of this season!

For the avoidance of doubt, the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) that has existed in various forms since the 2004-05 season for League One and League Two clubs, will remain unchanged. When Yeovil Town's accounts for the 2013-14 season are published, they will be scrutinised under the Financial Fair Play rules, but this is not expected to cause the club a problem. For the 2014-15 season, the long-standing SCMP rules will apply.


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7 November 2014 : Johnson: Week's Training Should Help New Arrivals
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is hopeful that his three new loan signings will be able to continue their impressive starts to their Glovers careers when they stand by to make their home debuts against Crawley Town in the FA Cup. The trio of Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer, Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke and Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey were all thrown in the deep end last weekend for the League One match at Chesterfield, with Steer and Arthurworrey having been introduced to their team-mates on the way up to Derbyshire.

That left very little opportunity for training sessions to drill into the players what was expected of them, and how their team-mates played as individuals, but with no midweek fixture, the trio have had a chance to get some proper grounding. Johnson told BBC Somerset that he thought that would help in their understanding of how to play alongside the other eight players:

"They've had a full week's training, they know their new teammates a lot better, and they know who is around them. They know what we're out to achieve. They've seen plenty of videos on us now. Give us two weeks and then we can get them integrated. Good football brains can get into teams pretty quickly and then understand who the quick ones are - as their team-mates - and who the ones that tackle well are".

Gary reconfirmed last week's news that he had been given permission to play all of his six loan players in the FA Cup, but with just one snag - one of them will need to sit in the stands, with Ryan Inniss being expected to return from last week's injury that kept him out of the team. The Glovers boss said he was keeping options open, due to a few other players carrying knocks, but recognised that one loan player would have to be left out:

"They're all able to play, but we've obviously got six of them, so we've got to leave one of them out. The three new lads came in last week and did very well. Ryan Inniss could come back, as I think he's fit to come back. So really for everyone when we go out there, it's a new day, a new dawn and a new game and we've got to go out there and produce a winning football game. We haven't got a full squad. We've got a couple who are struggling, but we won't name them until we know for sure. So it's not a full squad, but it's one that we're happy with."

Gary added confirmation that Aaron Martin had been given permission to play for Coventry City in their FA Cup First Round match when they host Worcester City at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday. He explained that was discussed as part of the swap deal that allowed Jordan Clarke to play in Yeovil's game on Saturday:

"That was reciprocal. We're allowed to play Jordan Clarke, and we're allowing them to play Aaron Martin. That's only fair. They've all had permission to play - Hiwula has had permission to play as well, so it's credit to their parent clubs that they're allowing us to select them to play in that game."


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6 November 2014 : Plastic Pitches Proposal Is Rejected
Today's Football League EGM has surprisingly rejected proposals to reintroduce artificial pitches at League One and League Two level. During a meeting at Derby County's iPro Stadium, the expectation had been for them to be formally reintroduced for the start of the 2015-16 season. A September 2014 meeting had backed the proposal 'in principle' by a 29-17 margin amongst representatives of the Football League's bottom two divisions, with the plan being for the League to put it forward as a formal detailed proposal for November's EGM.

A BBC Sport report yesterday suggested that those campaigning for artificial pitches to be allowed at third and fourth tier level were still bullish about their chances of the plans being voted through. However, this afternoon they have been voted down, returning the League to the position it occupied during the 2012 AGM when they voted against the proposals.

Today's meeting saw a tied vote, with 34 clubs voting in favour, and 34 clubs voting against, with four abstentions from voting. Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey indicated that this may still not be a closed decision, saying that there would be further information sought on the subject:

"This vote is reflective of the fact that this issue divides opinion amongst clubs as much as it does across the football public. While the outcome is different to previous indicative votes, it demonstrates that there is still a desire amongst clubs to find out more about artificial playing surfaces before taking such a significant step."

The main swing against the early indicative voting from club Chairmen may be as a result of some of the remarks made by their own first team managers. Whilst Glovers Chairman John Fry has in the past been supportive of artificial pitches, assistant manager Terry Skiverton has been critical of the quality of such surfaces, whilst first team manager Gary Johnson was very cautious of giving support to the idea. This week, Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper said that he wanted his club to vote against it, telling the Swindon Advertiser that he 'hated' the idea:

"It shouldn’t be allowed, in my opinion. Football’s meant to be played on grass and always has been. No matter what you say and whatever surface you want to see, on an artificial the game is not the same. I hate it. I really, really despise 3G surfaces and don’t think the game should be played on it. The fair and even contest comes [if] 10 teams have artificial surfaces. They get to train on that artificial pitch every week, every day in preparation for their games at home. We have to then go and rent one to try to prepare for a game – it’s not right. It’s not football, is it?"

For now, at least, Mr Cooper and other first team managers will have their way - an outcome that the Professional Footballers' Association will also be happy with. However, with club Chairmen trying to get seven-days-a-week usage out of their stadiums, it can probably be guaranteed that this will return to the table for a third occasion in the not-too-distant future.


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6 November 2014 : 2014-15 FA Cup Prize Money
With the FA Cup First Round taking place across across this weekend, the teams involved in the competition will as usual stand to gain financially, in addition to any gate receipts or television revenue they may make during ties. The amount of money up for grabs for each round winner is unchanged from last season.

Each club that wins through the FA Cup Rounds will receive the following sums, as part of the competition prize pool:

First Round Proper winners : (40 clubs) £18,000
Second Round Proper winners : (20 clubs) £27,000
Third Round Proper winners : (32 clubs) £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners : (16 clubs) £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners : (8 clubs) £180,000
Sixth Round Proper winners : (4 clubs) £360,000
Semi-Final winners : (2 clubs) £900,000
Semi-Final losers : (2 clubs) £450,000
Final runners-up : (1 club) £900,000
Final winners : (1 club) £1,800,000

Amounts are accumulative per club for each round that they win - i.e. a club winning a First Round match and a Second Round match would receive £18,000 + £27,000 as part of their run.

There are additional sums given out to those clubs who take part in televised ties, regardless of whether they win or lose the tie. The First Round fees have been confirmed as £67,500 - First Round Replay fees are usually half that amount.

Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw.

Link: FA Cup First Round Live Matches Selected.

Link: FA Cup First Round Highlights Packages Chosen.


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5 November 2014 : Gillett Given Injection To Relieve Knee Problem
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has indicated that his decision to pull midfielder Simon Gillett out of last weekend's trip to Chesterfield was due to a gradually degrading knee problem. The 28 year old has been one of the success stories so far of the 2014-15 season, after arriving as a free transfer following his release from Nottingham Forest over the summer.

Although he has clocked up 11 appearances so far this season, the Oxford-born player had missed the whole of September with a knee ligament problem, and he sat out the match at the Proact Stadium with another knee issue. Johnson has told the Western Gazette that whilst his player's injury problem this time around is not as serious, it was one that has been bothering him for a while, and that he needed to be taken out of the team for a fortnight to allow an injection to help clear the problem up:

"Simon has had a knee problem for three to four weeks. He’s been playing with it and he got to the situation where only a cortisone injection was going to alleviate the problem. I know he feels a lot more comfortable but he needed ten days out after the injection. We will judge him at the end of the week and hopefully he will be ready to come back into the squad."

Johnson has given little away in terms of how he sees striker Kieffer Moore's hamstring problem, that caused him to limp out of the match at Chesterfield just 35 minutes into the match, although stops short of ruling him out. As yet there's no word on Nathan Smith, Nathan Ralph and Ryan Inniss who also all sat out the Chesterfield trip.

The Glovers boss has also suggested that he is not too happy with the current form of winger Joel Grant, suggesting that the player's international call-ups so far this season may be partly responsible for the situation. Grant goes away for around ten days with the Jamaica national squad on Sunday, where he could play four games in six days. He feels that may be on the player's mind:

"I don’t think he’s played too well of late. I don’t know if he’s had this trip in mind but we left him out against Rochdale and brought him back in last weekend (at Chesterfield) thinking he might have been tired from his last trip to Japan. But he didn’t quite do enough on Saturday. He will go away for a longer time now and he will play those games for Jamaica. It’s not quite happening for him here at the moment. It’s great to have an international player as long as he’s playing above the standard of everyone else because generally they’re match winners. Hopefully he can find some form with Jamaica and come back here ready to perform."


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5 November 2014 : Restaurant Offer For The Crawley Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant as part of a special meal deal. The Glovers take on Crawley Town in an FA Cup First Round tie on Saturday 8th November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via either the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888) or Commercial Office (01935-847872).

On offer for this weekend's match is a meal of Ham, Egg and Chips plus either a pint of beer or a glass of wine for the sum of £10.00. This entitles you to also use the restaurant bar before and after the game.

Note that you must purchase your matchday ticket separately and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code. To place your bookings, call either of the numbers shown.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the Crawley game - Ham, Egg and Chips - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the Crawley game - Ham, Egg and Chips - book now.



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5 November 2014 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Hengrove Athletic
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Second Round match against Hengrove Athletic are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 11th November 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £6.00; Seniors: £2.00; Juniors: £2.00.

Only the Tamburino Stand (Main Stand) will be open for this fixture. Admission to this fixture will be possible on the night at the same prices, again via the Ticket Office. However, you can purchase in advance to avoid needing to queue.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town.

Link: Modified Ticketing Arrangements For Fleetwood Match.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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5 November 2014 : Sokolik Given FA Cup Permission
Yeovil Town have granted Southend United permission to play defender Jakub Sokolik in their FA Cup match. The former Liverpool academy player made his debut for the Shrimpers on Saturday in their 2-1 win over Mansfield Town, and is currently on a 28 day loan at Roots Hall.

Southend boss Phil Brown has implied that the decision wasn't part of the initial agreement between the two clubs, but has told the Southend Echo that he now does have firm permission from Glovers boss Gary Johnson to field him in their home match against Chester:

"It’s good news that Jakub has been given permission to play this weekend because we weren’t too sure that was the case initially."

Glovers boss Johnson confirmed last Saturday that he had been given permission to play all of his six loan players in Saturday's home match against Crawley Town, with Jed Steer, Ryan Inniss, Jordan Clarke, Ben Nugent, Stephen Arthurworrey and Jordy Hiwula all borrowed from other clubs. However, matchday rules will mean that one of those six will need to sit in the stands - Inniss was injured last weekend, and so was the 'spare' man last weekend.


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5 November 2014 : Somerset Premier Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Second Round match against Hengrove Athletic now has a date confirmed for the match. The cup tie will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 11th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off against a side who are currently in 8th place in the Western League First Division table.

Like Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, the Hengrove Athletic manager Jamie Hillman is in his second spell with his club, and had previously achieved promotion with the club before spending a year managing Hallen. Now back at Norton Lane, and with his team back at the same level, he is having to build a brand new side again. However, he is looking forward to the challenge of facing the Glovers:

"We managed to beat Street (2-1) in the first round and this is our reward. It doesn’t get much better for us than going to Yeovil and it’s something we’re all really looking forward to. We’ve brought in a lot of players who are completely new to this level of football and naturally they need time to adjust. Now we have a squad of around 16 which is backed up by some good young players from the reserves. I only had about four or five players left heading into pre-season, having gone into it believing the nucleus of a competitive team was virtually there, so my expectations had to change slightly."

We'll publish admission prices in due course, but they are usually set at a low level for this competition, compared to normal Football League prices.


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5 November 2014 : 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices
Earlier this week Yeovil Town put on sale an early chance to purchase a Half-Season Ticket to cover the second half of the 2014-15 season. The package covers the twelve home matches between the Leyton Orient fixture (December 29th 2014) and Port Vale (April 25th 2015) and gives Glovers fans either the chance to get a Christmas present bought for them, or merely to catch up on proceedings if they were a little slow to purchase at the start of this season.

The price list for the half-season ticket is shown below. Using an Adult Matchday admission price (£25.00) on the home terrace as an example, the half-season ticket cost is £177.00. This is just over the cost of purchasing seven matchday tickets, so if you're planning to go to eight or more fixtures out of the final twelve home games, then it would save you money based on the matchday price. Obviously do your own maths for any other combinations. Prices are as follows:

Half-Season Ticket Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £252.00 £252.00 £252.00 £252.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £228.00 £199.00 £129.00 £40.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £208.00 £179.00 £129.00 £40.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £219.00 £179.00 £129.00 £40.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £199.00 £159.00 £129.00 £40.00
Thatchers Terrace £177.00 £141.00 £129.00 £40.00

For those who want to buy half-season tickets for the seated areas of the ground, note the following:
* Tamburino (Main Stand) Premium Block is on the halfway line between the dugouts.
* Tamburino (Main Stand) Centre Blocks are Block C and E.
* Tamburino (Main Stand) Wing Blocks are Blocks AA, A, B, F, G and GG.
* Screwfix (East Stand) Centre Blocks are Blocks M, L and K.
* Screwfix (East Stand) Wing Blocks are Blocks HH, H, J and N.

If you want to make any further enquiries on the packages available then either email them on ticketoffice@ytfc.net or telephone 01935-847888.


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4 November 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Changes For The Better
Saturday saw Yeovil Town gain only their second clean sheet of the 2014-15 season, after they went for a new-look defence against Chesterfield. The latest Taff's Gloversblog picks apart that performance, along with the new boys, as well as assessing the wider issues that face the team. Read that piece via the link below, and add in your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Changes For The Better.


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4 November 2014 : Joel Grant Jamaica-Bound Next Week
Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant has been named in the Jamaica international squad again, where he could be facing an intensive schedule of four matches in six days. Grant will be available for this weekend's home FA Cup match against Crawley Town, but will then miss the following week's League One game against Fleetwood Town, whilst he takes part in the 2014 Caribbean Cup.

Grant has played five times for the Reggae Boys during 2014, and the Jamaica Observer reports that he will fly out to Montego Bay on Sunday - the day after the Crawley match - staying in the Holiday Inn where his compatriots have already set up a training camp. They will then play three Group matches at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, with Martinique (Wednesday 12/11/2014), Antigua and Barbuda (Friday 14/11/2014) and Haiti (Sunday 16/11/2014).

Once those games have been played, the top two teams in the group will face the top two from Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and French Guiana, with the Group winners playing for the Caribbean Cup Final, whilst the runners-up will compete in a Third/Fourth Place Play-Off match. Both of these matches will be played on Monday 17th November. Thus although Grant will be freed up following that fixture, he would be unlikely to return in time for any FA Cup First Round Replay that might be needed, whilst he would miss much of that week's training sessions.

The top four countries also will play in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, whilst the overall winners will get an automatic place in the 2016 Centenario Cup. Jamaica have already been invited to play in the 2015 Copa America, which will take place in Chile, meaning that success in Montego Bay could see a busy international schedule for them.

The Jamaican squad will meet in Montego in stages. Andre Blake, Ryan Thompson, Kemar Lawrence, Craig Foster, Derron Duncan, Hughan Gray, Romario Campbell and Nicholay Finlayson have already arrived at the hotel. Dane Richards, Demar Phillips, Darren Mattocks, Michael Seaton and Alvas Powell are expected to join them this week. However, their European-based players in Wes Morgan, Joby McAnuff, Simon Dawkins, Joel Grant, Nyron Nosworthy, Jamar Loza, and Lewis Grabban will head across on November 9th. The injured Rudolph Austin and Jevaugh Watson who has been involved in MLS Play-Offs, will confirm their arrival in due course.


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4 November 2014 : FA Cup First Round Highlights Packages Chosen
The Football Association and the BBC have announced greater detail on their plans to provide enhanced coverage of the FA Cup First Round this weekend. In addition to the live matches that were chosen last week they have also selected the games that they will pick for their highlights packages that will feature games from Saturday and Sunday.

Two fixtures will be used as 'lead' matches in the BBC's Sunday evening highlights programme, both of which will be played on the Saturday:

Weston Super Mare v Doncaster Rovers
Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers

All four clubs will gain to the tune of £6,750 as a highlights fee.

On Sunday 9th November viewers will experience something a little different. Eight matches will kick off at 2.00p.m. and a special BBC FA Cup Final Score, presented by Jason Mohammed will carry highlights and goal clips as action occurs around the country, running from just before kick-off until around half an hour after the matches have finished. The eight games selected will be as follows:

Gosport Borough v Colchester United
Braintree Town v Chesterfield
Portsmouth v Aldershot Town
Stevenage v Maidstone United
Coventry City v Worcester City
Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
Forest Green Rovers v Scunthorpe United
Norton United v Gateshead

All sixteen of the above clubs will receive £12,500 as a highlights fee. There will be a standard highlights programme shown later that day on BBC2, starting at 6.30p.m. that will show goals from all of the ties.

Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw.

Link: FA Cup First Round Live Matches Selected.


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3 November 2014 : 2014-15 Half Season Tickets Go On Sale
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they will be selling half-season tickets to cover the second half of the 2014-15 season. Prices are set at a package rate that gives a saving against the cost of the individual match tickets, and so will benefit people who plan to attend the majority of the fixtures between Christmas and the end of April 2015.

The package, which covers the twelve home matches between the Leyton Orient fixture (December 29th 2014) and Port Vale (April 25th 2015), can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office, with prices quoted on demand.

Obviously with all twelve fixtures falling after Christmas day, the Half-Season Ticket would make a suitable Christmas present for any of your friends or family that you may be looking to buy a surprise present for during the next month or so. If you want to make any enquiries on the packages available then either email them on ticketoffice@ytfc.net or telephone 01935-847888.


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3 November 2014 : Modified Ticketing Arrangements For Fleetwood Match
Yeovil Town are to modify their usual ticketing arrangements for their next League One fixture against Fleetwood Town. The match takes place on Saturday 15th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. For all Football League fixtures, the club have adopted a pre-match/matchday set of tariffs that provide a difference between the amount you will pay for your match ticket but this policy is being altered for this fixture.

The 'pre-match' rate for this fixture will now be held up until 1.00p.m. on Saturday 15th November, rather than the usual cut-off time on the Friday that applies to both online and telephone purchases. This means that you can buy your Fleetwood tickets at the pre-match rate up until 12.59p.m. on the day of the game. This will be honoured for both online purchases (£5.00 difference for non-junior rates) and telephone/in person purchases (£2.00 difference for non-junior rates).

This means that for tickets purchased on the Saturday morning, an online adult terrace ticket would cost £20.00 each (plus a single £2.50 booking fee regardless of how many tickets purchased) whilst for in-person/telephone purchases, the same ticket would cost £23.00 each. After 1.00p.m. the standard matchday price of £25.00 would apply.

The pre-match/matchday tariff split has historically been in place to try to reduce queuing at Huish Park on matchdays by encouraging supporters to purchase early, but has suffered the downside that supporters who cannot make decisions on whether they can attend until the day of the game have to pay the matchday price. Hopefully this will be a useful compromise to fans who do need to make late decisions on their attendance - it's a similar principle to that adopted by fellow League One side Port Vale until recently.

At the moment it's been introduced for the Fleetwood fixture only, and therefore stands as a one-off trial. Hopefully if it runs smoothly, the club would look at whether it is possible to roll it out for other fixtures.


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3 November 2014 : Interview With Jed Steer
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium, Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Jed Steer spoke to the BBC. The Aston Villa custodian made his second debut for the club in Derbyshire, and he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, giving his views on how he has changed since his last loan spell whilst on the books of his home club Norwich City, as well as his thoughts on the game itself. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Jed Steer Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Chesterfield.


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2 November 2014 : Gary Talks About Chesterfield Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Chestrerfield kicked off at the Proact Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about what he feels his three new loan signings will offer the team, as well as some of his decision-making that saw him make seven changes for the match. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 November 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Chesterfield Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

As part of the interview, Gary also confirms the situation regarding loan players for next weekend's FA Cup match against Crawley Town. He also has specific words for the 188 travelling supporters, and the effect they had on the atmosphere at the game. He also explains some of the problems they're having with Kieffer Moore's injury and his thoughts on the three new loan signings, as Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer, Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke and Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey made their debuts.

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


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1 November 2014 : Ladies Nominated For National FA Award
The nominations for this year's FA Women's Football Awards have been announced ahead of next month's event. Yeovil Town Ladies are delighted to be in the running as a nominee for FA WSL Club of the Year, alongside WSL1 club Liverpool Ladies.

The awards take place in London on Friday 14th November, nine days before England's match against Germany at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 23rd November.bThe Club of the Year Award encompasses all elements of club work, including on and off pitch success such as fan base, media, facilities, RESPECT, community work etc. Club chairman David Mills said of the nomination:

"It is fantastic news to be short listed with Liverpool. If we won, it would be an amazing tribute to our volunteers and fans as we are all about being a developing, sustainable club which puts all fans - including our visitors fans - at the centre of what we do."

All nominations for the FA Women’s Football Awards evening are listed below:

FA WSL Manager of the Year
Matt Beard, Liverpool
Jayne Ludlow, Reading
David Parker, Birmingham City

FA WPL Manager of the Year
James Marrs, Gillingham
Helen Mitchell, Sheffield FC
Craig Nicholls, Coventry City

Goal of the Season
Dunia Susi, Notts County v Aston Villa, 30 April
Natasha Dowie, Liverpool v Sunderland on 3 May
Natasha Flint, Chelsea v Manchester City on 20 July
Jordan Nobbs, Manchester City v Arsenal on 24 August
Leah Williamson, Arsenal v Chelsea on 4 September
Toni Duggan, Manchester City v Chelsea on 12 October

Players’ Player of the Year

FA WSL 1
Karen Carney, Birmingham City
Jess Clarke, Notts County
Ji So Yun, Chelsea

FA WSL 2
Millie Bright, Doncaster Rovers Belles
Fran Kirby, Reading
Beth Mead, Sunderland

FA WSL Development League
Natasha Baptiste, Aston Villa
Carla Humphrey, Arsenal
Katie Zelem, Liverpool

FA WPL Players’ Player of the Year
Charlotte Gurr, Gillingham
Jodie Michalska, Sheffield FC
Sam Pittuck, Charlton Athletic Lucy Quinn, Portsmouth

FA WSL Club of the Year
Liverpool
Yeovil Town Ladies

FA WPL Club of the Year
Derby County
Sheffield FC
Tottenham Hotspur

Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Football Nominees
Julie Higgins
Sheila Rollinson
Tom Stack

Yeovil Town Ladies have their own Awards & Celebration Evening on Friday 7th November starting at 7.00p.m. at Huish Park, Yeovil. The evening costs £15.00 per person, to include fork buffet and disco.

Supporters, friends, family or anyone associated with Yeovil Town FC are very welcome to attend the evening. To place your booking either email your name and telephone number to info@yeoviltownladies.com or call or send a text message to 07736 595951. Once your place is reserved, payment can be made on the evening in cash.

Note that there are a maximum number of places available for the evening, so turning up on the night may not guarantee you a place. Yeovil Town Ladies advise you to reserve your place before hand.


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1 November 2014 : Johnson Happy With Solid Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he was pleased with a 'solid' performance against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium today. Having conceded a total of 14 goals across their last six fixtures, the Glovers defensive back line has been brought into seriously question, and that was emphasised by the transfer dealings during the week that saw Jordan Clarke drafted in from Coventry City, Jed Steer brought in on loan from Aston Villa, whilst Stephen Arthurworrey was the club's third new defensive arrival from Fulham.

All three players made their debuts against the Spireites and the end result was the club's first away clean sheet of the 2014-15 season - something that they hadn't achieved since April's 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers last season. Johnson also changed formations, with a 4-5-1 shape giving an extra man in midfield that allowed the new defence to be protected well during the match, and the Glovers boss was happy with the end result, given the circumstances, even if he felt that at times the team's 'quality' was lacking further up the field:

"It was important we were solid. We had three new players and had to blood them in as best we could so we tried to keep the ball and break on them. Although you are not happy with just the one point, it's not a bad point from our position against a team that has been going quite well up until a couple of weeks ago. I was proud of the boys because they worked their socks off. The quality was a bit lacking at times, but we can build on this now and I was so pleased with the three new lads because they all affected the game."

Johnson has also indicated that he expects all six of his current loan players to be given permission to play in next week's FA Cup First Round match against Crawley Town. Midfielder Simon Gillett has had an injection in his knee to relieve a problem that he hopes will allow him to be fit for next weekend's tie.


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1 November 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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1 November 2014 : Chesterfield 0 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Keep First Clean Sheet On Travels
Yeovil Town and Chesterfield cancelled each other out this afternoon at the Proact Stadium in a 0-0 draw. The Glovers new look defence gave them only their second clean sheet of the 2014-15 season, with Aston Villa loanee Jed Steer denying Spireites top scorer Eoin Doyle with a close range block in the second half, as well as saving bravely at his near post during the closing minutes. The best chances for the Glovers came during the first period when Kieffer Moore's close range header was blocked by Thomas Lee, and they struggled to carve out clear-cut chances during the latter stages of the game.

The team that took to the field for the match against the Spireites was unsurprisingly a world away from the one that turned out against Rochdale. However, injuries to Artur Krysiak, Nathan Ralph, Simon Gillett, Ryan Inniss and Nathan Smith forced manager Gary Johnson's hand even further, and perhaps partially explained why this week had the intensity of transfer deadline day for incomings and outgoings. Three players made their debuts, with Jed Steer in goal, whilst Jordan Clarke and Stephen Athurworrey occupied a new look back line. There was also a return for Joel Grant, who had been left entirely out of last week's squad, whilst Kieffer Moore returned following his hamstring injury.

Stephen Arthurworrey headed wide early on, but in an opening thirty minute spell in which they largely dominated, the Glovers were unlucky not to take the lead when Ben Nugent's nod back across goal from a set piece saw Kieffer Moore heading the ball towards the net from close range, only to be denied by an impressive bit of anticipation from home keeper Thomas Lee, who didn't know an awful lot about the save, but got his body in the way, knowing the header was coming.

Chesterfield had a number of half chances that fizzed across the face of the box as well as one penalty appeal for handball that was waved away, but largely didn't worry Jed Steer too much in the first half. However, they began to even the game out over time during the half, notably when Kieffer Moore seemed to stop his early game running, presumably having realised his hamstring wasn't quite right. He was taken off just 35 minutes into the half, kicking the fourth official's chair in frustration as he left the field and went down the tunnel, doubtless for even more time on the treatment table.

The finish to the first half and the start of the second was pretty much the same - Chesterfield on top, albeit without creating a glut of chances. When they did manage to create something, it was top scorer Eoin Doyle against new Yeovil goalkeeper Jed Steer, and on both occasions either side of half time, Steer won, parrying the ball to safety.

During the second half, Jordy Hiwula cut an isolated figure, as the Glovers kept ten men behind the ball to snuff out what was a dominant Chesterfield performance. However, the Spireites struggled to get behind the Yeovil back line, and it was actually Yeovil who almost bagged the winner, with Hiwula's run through the centre of the park being crudely ended by home keeper Thomas Lee who took the Manchester City loanee out, outside his penalty box. An obvious yellow card, but referee Oliver Langford declined to take more harsh action for the offence.

In the closing stages, a Chesterfield near post corner gave them their nearest chance of victory, with a deflection sending the ball goalbound. Jed Steer bravely flung himself at his near post to keep the ball out and to preserve the clean sheet - the first time the club have managed to do so on their travels this season, and only the second occasion they've done so across all competitions. On that count, the new recruits, along with Ben Nugent and Liam Davis, deserve significant praise, with Steer outstanding and Arthurworrey putting in a strong debut. There was probably a bit of work needed at the other end of the park, where chances were not as frequent as anyone would want them to be, but as a defensive performance, and in terms of the effort put in by the players, it was not to be sniffed at.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 17. Joel Grant
13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 9. James Hayter (74 mins for Joel Grant) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 25. Jordy Hiwula (35 mins for Kieffer Moore)

Chesterfield:
1. Tommy Lee 2. Tendayi Darikwa 16. Charlie Raglan 29. Georg Margreitter 3. Daniel Jones 5. Sam Morsy 6. Oscar Gobern 7. Dan Gardner 24. Oliver Banks 12. Samuel Clucas 17. Eoin Doyle

Substitutes:
8. Jimmy Ryan (81 mins for Oscar Gobern) 10. Jay O'Shea (61 mins for Dan Gardner) 15. Ritchie Humphreys 18. Romuald Boco 26. Daniel Johnson (62 mins for Oliver Banks) 28. Gboly Ariyibi 30. Connor Hunt

Chesterfield Bookings: Tendayi Darikwa (15 mins, foul), Thomas Lee (86 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Chesterfield Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistant Referees: Matthew Bristow (Manchester) and Peter Gooch (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Michael D'aguilar (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 6,462 (with 188 Yeovil supporters).


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1 November 2014 : Team News For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made X changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium. With Jakub Sokolik commencing his loan spell with Southend United, his place in the side is taken by Coventry City loanee Jordan Clarke, who makes his debut for the club.

Also making his debut for his second spell with the club, is Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer - he displaces Artur Krysiak who is injured, whilst Chris Weale stays on the bench. Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey comes in as Crystal Palace centre-back Ryan Inniss picked up a training ground injury during the week and so is unavailable today.

Another absentee due to injury is midfielder Simon Gillett - his place in the side is taken by Sam Foley who occupies a central midfield role. AJ Leitch-Smith is also injured.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
XX. Jed Steer
XX. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent XX. Stephen Arthurworrey 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 17. Joel Grant
13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 25. Jordy Hiwula


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1 November 2014 : Clarke Feels Yeovil Are Due A Win
Yeovil Town's new loan signing Jordan Clarke hopes that Saturday afternoon's away match against Chesterfield can put his new side back on the right track following some worrying form from the Glovers. They come up against a Spireites team who have recently stumbled across similar problems - just one point from their last five matches - and a run of form that has seen them slide out of early season play-off contention into mid-table, currently occupying 11th place and six points ahead of their opponents.

Clarke, who has joined the club on loan from Coventry City until early January 2015 told BBC Somerset that he recognised both sides needed the win as badly as each other, but on that basis he saw no reason why the Glovers could not go out with an open mind on what might happen during the 90 minutes:

"It can either go one way or another and hopefully it goes our way. We're due a win and so are they. We've got to go out there with the right attitude and just take the shackles off and just play freely and concentrate on our game. You can do so much on the opposition but if you don't get your own game right then you're not going to go anywhere."

Clarke has just over two months with the Glovers to make an impact, whilst Aaron Martin has gone in the other direction. He explained to the BBC what his goals were during that period:

"To be consistent, defend well and help the team to win games. I'm quite quick and I'm very aggressive. I played at centre-half for the whole of last season, and people might think that's the shortest centre-half ever but I'd like to be seen as a leader, because I am very vocal on the pitch. During my time here I'd like to get us to as high a position as possible."

Clarke is widely expected to initially fill a right-back role at the club, rather than the centre-back position he filled in many games at the Ricoh Arena. He explained that fans could see him moving from box-to-box throughout the match, wherever he ended up playing:

"They can expect the unexpected. I've played everywhere, to be honest. I'll be at one end of the pitch at one time and then in the goalmouth in the other. I've made over 140 appearances for Coventry and most of them were in the Championship. So I do feel older than I am, which I'm not sure if that's a good thing! But I feel experienced enough to come into a side that I'm not used to and be a leader as such."


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