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31 December 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their first match of 2007 when they entertain Northampton Town at Huish Park tomorrow (New Years Day) in a League One fixture. The Glovers go into the game in high spirits having won three of their last four games, including an away double over Brighton and Hove Albion and Crewe Alexandra in the last week.

The Cobblers represent deceptively tough opposition. Despite lying in 18th position in the table, it is their home form that has let them down - the worst in League One - whilst away from home they have only lost twice this season, with promotion chasing Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic the only sides who have managed to take three points at home against Ian Sampson's side.

That said, both defeats for the Cobblers on the road have happened in their last four away matches, and it is painfully clear that whilst their defence is holding out well, they are struggling to score goals, and that is their downfall this season. They have managed just six goals in their last 13 league matches, and that makes a calf injury to top scorer Scott McGleish even more concerning to them. McGleish scored both goals in their Boxing Day win over Cheltenham Town but was missing in their game on Saturday against Millwall which was abandoned midway through the second half due to a waterlogged pitch with the Cobblers a single goal down.

Sampson rates McGleish's chances as doubtful although doesn't absolutely rule him out suggesting that he would dearly love to gamble on the striker's fitness. Centre-back Sean Dyche is one who definitely will not have travelled down to South Somerset tonight, having a groin injury. Speaking to the Cobblers official site Sampson said of the match and his currently injured duo:

"Yeovil are going well but every game in this league is tough. It will be difficult but we need to get results and do whatever we have to do to make that happen. The first game at Oldham was a disaster but that is history and since then we have responded really well against Cheltenham and Millwall. We have worked on what we want to achieve and I think we are going in the right direction. Yeovil are confident at the moment and they good football it will be a big test for us. Sean Dyche will miss the game and although Scott McGleish has a chance of making it, he has to be a big doubt."

For the Glovers, midfielder Paul Terry and right-back Mark Lynch are both of course out following their knee operations, whilst Andy Lindegaard is unlikely to be involved despite having returned to full training. Striker Marcus Stewart will formally join the club tomorrow morning although the club's official line is that he will not be registered in time for tomorrow's match.

Club captain Terry Skiverton will also be missing tomorrow after being studded in the 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra which is expected to rule him out of the next two games. His position will be taken by Scott Guyett. Another possible headache for manager Russell Slade is that Lee Morris was experiencing tightness in his muscles and he will no doubt have undergone intensive physiotherapy over the past 48 hours in an attempt to loosen him up for the game. If he does not pass a fitness test then Wayne Gray stands by as the obvious replacement. That leaves the possibility of one or two new faces on the substitutes bench for the first time in four games.

Yeovil's record against the Cobblers is not a good one since they defeated them in an FA Cup Second Round match in 1998. Since the Glovers entered the Football League, they have drawn three times and lost twice against the Cobblers with the most recent match being a 1-1 draw at Sixfields in September that saw Marcus Stewart cancel out a Jason Crowe first half strike.

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


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31 December 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra is now available.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Crewe Alexandra 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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31 December 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Crewe Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade expressed some annoyance at the last 20 minutes of his side's performance at Gresty Road where he watched his side almost throw away a 3-0 lead against Crewe Alexandra, getting pegged back to only win the game by a 3-2 scoreline. Two goals from Leon Best followed by a Lee Morris strike appeared to have won the tie before Nicky Maynard and Gary Roberts made matters nervous for the final 10 minutes of the match.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "Certainly for 65 or 70 minutes I thought we looked in really good nick. The goals that we've taken were superb. We shouldn't have had to score a third goal to have won the football match. I think that's my point. We seemed to then lose a lot of concentration at the back, and unfortunately conceded two goals."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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31 December 2006 : MOTM Voting For Crewe
A reminder that if you want to vote for your Man Of The Match for yesterday's 3-2 win at Crewe Alexandra then you need to move fast and vote now. Due to tomorrow's match against Northampton Town being played, all votes need to be in by Monday 3.00pm.

Link: Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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30 December 2006 : Leon And Lee Strike Again
The increasingly deadly partnership of Lee Morris and Leon Best ensured that Yeovil Town picked up their second 'double' of the season days after picking up their first as they defeated Crewe Alexandra by a 3-2 scoreline at Gresty Road this afternoon.

A pulsating start and a nailbiting end contributed to a highly entertaining match. The Glovers raced to a 2-0 lead in the match with just eight minutes on the clock with Best the executor on both occasions. Firstly, a defence-splitting pass from Lee Morris put Leon Best through and he curled a beauty from the edge of the box to get matters rolling. Then Leon Best scored his fifth goal in five appearances when he converted the simplest of headers after Martin Brittain had laid a right-wing cross on a plate for him.

The points looked to be in the bag when Leon Best turned provider, flicking on a long pass straight into the path of Lee Morris who smashed the ball home as keeper Ben Williams came off his line. But Crewe aren't top scorers in League One for nothing, and they woke up in the final 15 minutes to give the Glovers a real scare.

Firstly Nicky Maynard was able to take advantage of defensive dithering after Crewe had a shout for a penalty and everyone bar the Crewe striker appeared to stop in their tracks - Maynard took advantage by giving himself room and firing home for the softest of soft goals.

Three minutes later, a clinical finish from Gary Roberts from a David Vaughan cross ensured a nervous final 10 minutes for the Glovers. But an improbable equaliser never came for Dario Gradi's side and so the Glovers were the ones who went home happy.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 2 Yeovil Town 3.

One slight downpoint to today's game is that club captain Terry Skiverton is believed to be out for the next two games after being studded in the leg off the ball by Crewe's Nicky Maynard in an injury that has required stitches. Not only did the rather erratic and at times downright poor match referee Clive Oliver miss the incident, he also refused to allow treatment for Skivo. Manager Russell Slade will also keep a close eye on Lee Morris who has experienced tightness of the muscles following his late substitution in the game.

Next up is Northampton Town on New Years Day, with the Cobblers having played just 68 minutes of their match against Millwall before a downpour that also saw games at Watford and Aldershot abandoned in the area end up being called off early with the Lions 1-0 up.

The Glovers rise up to 6th in the table thanks to Huddersfield Town's last gasp penalty that gave them a 3-2 win over Swansea City who drop out of the playoff positions despite having held a 2-0 half time lead. Lee Trundle, who scored both Jacks goals was red carded for violent conduct after he struck Pawel Abbott after the striker's late winner.

Bristol City, Scunthorpe United, Blackpool and Oldham Athletic all won their matches, but Nottingham Forest's draw with Tranmere Rovers means that Scunny are the new League One leaders as the year 2006 draws to a close. At the other end Brentford remain bottom despite ending a 22 match run without a League One win when they defeated Chesterfield 2-1 at Griffin Park. AFC Bournemouth, Cheltenham Town and Millwall make up the other relegation slots.


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30 December 2006 : Russell Previews The Crewe Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade has reported no new injury problems ahead of this afternoon's trip to the Alexandra Stadium where Yeovil Town will play Crewe Alexandra in a League One match. It therefore seems likely that the Glovers will select the same sixteen players for the fourth successive match. Russell looked back at the 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion as well as previewing this afternoon's match.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound on Thursday, Russell explained: "We seem to have come through the game unscathed so that's a plus factor. Sometimes it is the case when you've won a football match that players make themselves available as well. I'm not being cynical at all, it's just that they come in nice and lively and so they lose those aches and pains. We've got a clean bill of health and so that's pleasing."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Crewe Match Preview.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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29 December 2006 : Mildy Looks At Busy Schedule
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has told BBC Somerset Sound that getting through all of the Christmas holiday games can be tough when so many matches are played in so few days.

The Glovers schedule sees them play five games in 14 days, which started against Bradford City on December 23rd, and ends on January 5th when Huddersfield Town visit Somerset. Steve explained the situation and said it was important to not over-train at this time of year:

"It's a hard time of year and there is a lot of games. You don't get a lot of time in between to recuperate. The pitches are getting heavy and it is a very wet time of year. So it is more of a case of keeping the engine ticking over around this time of year and not doing a silly amount of training. You don't want to leave it all on the training pitch - you want to take that energy into the games. So it is a case of keeping things ticking over and keeping everyone on form and hoping for the best in the games."


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29 December 2006 : Crewe Preview
The Glovers make their second holiday season away trip, and it's another first time visit. On Boxing Day Yeovil Town were comfortable 1-3 winners on their debut appearance at the Withdean Stadium, doing the double over Brighton & Hove Albion in the process. They'll be hoping for a similar scenario on our first journey to Alexandra Stadium (Gresty Road), having already beaten Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at home, the same scoreline that had seen off The Seagulls at Huish Park.

The Railwaymen, on a run of indifferent form in the League, have openly targetted this fixture as a "must win" to get their play-off hopes back on track. Ahead of the forthcoming fixtures against Yeovil and Cheltenham Town Crewe's assistant manager Neil Baker stated:

We really need to be getting maximum points from the next two games to get us back up there. We need a result which gets us going. We thought the Orient result [a 1-1 away draw] might be the one as we defended well under pressure.

We thought that might be the turning point, but while the performance was decent against Swansea, the result wasn't. Ideally, we need six points. We've got to stop the rot.


The Railwaymen have no trouble scoring goals, they have the best strike rate in the division. It's the leaky defence that currently sees them lying in 16th place, with forty-two conceded in 23 league matches. Yeovil by contrast are not prolific scorers but are letting in less than one per game at the wrong end.

So it is to changes at the back that manager Dario Gradi is looking after Swansea City put another three past them in their previous home fixture on Boxing Day. Darren Moss is expected to replace transfer-listed Jon Otsemobor at right-back, though he could alternatively be slotted into left-back with Billy Jones pushed into midfield. And Gradi may also change his centre-back partnership of Neil Cox and Julien Baudet after indulging in some public criticism of their recent performances. If he does so Danny O'Donnell is the most likely to come in to replace one or the other. Gradi has already decided a change of goalkeepers is required, with Ben Williams replacing Stuart Tomlinson between the sticks. It was Williams who was responsible for Crewe's own goal at Huish Park.

The centre-halves have been a problem all season and it's an area we'll have to look at. The statistics don't lie. I think we've conceded more than anybody else apart from Brentford, so we need to do something about it. We've worked on improving our defending, but it wasn't good enough early on against Swansea. We have to consider changes, that's for certain, and I would have thought Darren Moss will be in contention at the back, said Baker.

Tony Grant is fit again and could well be brought in to provide some protection and more experience in midfield, teenager Michael O'Connor the most likely to make way. Striker Rodney Jack has also returned to fitness but is unlikely to force his way into a start for a Crewe side that has few problems scoring. Lee Bell (foot injury), the transfer listed Luke Rodgers, and Michael Higdon (both the latter with unspecified illnesses this week that have prevented them from training) are all unavailable for selection on Saturday.

It will be a major shock if Town's manager Russell Slade changes a winning side. The same long-term injuries, Paul Terry and Mark Lynch, remain unavailable for the foreseeable future while Andy Lindegaard has returned to full training, but ideally needs a couple of Reserve games to get match fit. Fortunately the only knock picked up at Brighton was a bit of bruising to a leg for Lee Morris and he has been training in the days since and will be fit.

The Ciderspace guide to Crewe can be found here.


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29 December 2006 : Forthcoming Officials
Presuming they have got through the holiday period uninjured the officials for our next two games, away to Crewe Alexandra on 30th December and home to Northampton Town on 1st January, are as follows :

at Gresty Road - referee Clive Oliver (Northumberland); assistants Karl Evans (Greater Manchester) and Andrew Hutchinson (Cheshire); fourth official David Unsworth (Lancashire).

Mr Oliver was promoted to the National List in 2004. We had him for the 3-4 victory at Glanford Park last term, where coincidentally Mr Shoebridge (below) was running the line.

at Huish Park - referee Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire); assistants Roger East (Wiltshire) and Roger Vaughan (Somerset); fourth official Andrew Rodda (Devon).


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29 December 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 40 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 40 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 40 : 29th December 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£1000 Monthly Jackpot
C7861 - Mr Foulsham, Marl Close, Yeovil. £50 Agent Bonus - 035

£100 Winners
Monday B6394 Mrs Ingham, Merevale Way, Yeovil
Tuesday B6479 Mr Evans, Greenwood Road, Yeovil
Wednesday B5200 Mr G V Charles, Chatsworth Road, Yeovil
Thursday B1295 Mrs R Tanner, St Johns Road, Frome
Friday E7047 Miss K Wakeman, Woburn Road, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
A6394 Mr R Hedges, Coal Barton, Coleford
D6394 Mr R Ryal, Westend, Marston Magna
E6394 Mrs Newman, The Avenue, Stoke-sub-Hamdon
A6479 Mr & Mrs Trott, Ashfield, Kimbolton
C6479 Mrs S Cawley, Thornhill Road, Stalbridge
E6479 Mrs Ham, Willow Road, Yeovil
A5200 Mr N Eastmead, Buller Avenue, Houndstone
D5200 Mr D Cousins, Woodstock Road, Yeovil
C1295 Mrs S King, Lakefields, West Coker
D1295 Mrs G Cawley, Ancastle Avenue, Castle Cary
F1295 Mrs J Edwards, West Parade, Warminster
B7047 Mrs V Birch, Royal Close, Yeovil
C7047 Mr A J Davis, Monks Dale, Yeovil


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28 December 2006 : Crewe Guide
The Ciderspace guide to Crewe Alexandra will be found by clicking here.


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28 December 2006 : December MOTM Results
The results for the Man Of The Match for the December fixtures so far have been added to the foot of each match report and are as follows:

Rotherham United: Winner: Lee Morris. Full Results: On Foot Of Match Report.

Gillingham: Winner: Nathan Jones. Full Results: On Foot Of Match Report.

Bradford City: Winner: Nathan Jones. Full Results: On Foot Of Match Report.

Voting is still active for the Brighton and Hove Albion match. We have a few missing gaps for the Man of The Match in some of the preceding month's matches; we'll try and fill in the gaps over the next day or two.

Link: Brighton Match : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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28 December 2006 : Cranie And Best Loans Extended
On-loan Southampton duo Martin Cranie and Leon Best have had their loan periods at Huish Park extended until February 3rd 2007, following a successful first month with the club.

Both players have proved to be vital players, with Cranie deputising at right-back whilst Mark Lynch recovers from a knee operation, whilst Best has scored three goals in four appearances and in doing so has significantly covered for the non-availability of Marcus Stewart, who will only formally join the club on January 2nd 2007.

Parent club Southampton have the right to a 24 hour recall on both players in the event of any injury crisis at St Mary's Stadium.

Glovers boss Russell Slade is also currently in talks to extend the loan deal for Ipswich Town winger Martin Brittain, as well as the permanent contract for striker Lee Morris. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Slade explained the situation with the quartet of players:

"There is a 24 hour callback for that (the Cranie and Best deals), so provided Southampton don't get any major injuries, we're hopeful of keeping them until at least the end of January. We are working on the Martin Brittain one as well. As you know at this particular stage, his last game would be the 1st of January. He would in fact be going back on the 2nd of January but we are trying to see if there is any leeway in extending that one as well."


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27 December 2006 : BBC Local Radio Interviews For Brighton and Bradford
The BBC Local Radio interviews covering the Boxing Day win over Brighton and Hove Albion and the pre-Christmas draw against Bradford City have now been uploaded onto the BBC Somerset Sound website.

For the 3-1 win over Brighton, Ben Orr has interviewed Russell Slade, Leon Best and Lee Morris.

For the 0-0 draw against Bradford, Ben Orr interviewed Russell Slade, Martin Cranie and Nathan Jones.

Links for the BBC website as well as the Ciderspace transcripts of the two Russell Slade interviews are below. You will need RealAudio Player to listen to the BBC interviews.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Brighton Interview Transcript.

Link: Russell Slade's Bradford Interview Transcript.


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27 December 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Brighton vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 3-1 win at the Withdean Stadium is now available. Yeovil got their goals from Leon Best, Lee Morris and Arron Davies with Joe Gatting getting a consolation strike.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.


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27 December 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Brighton Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade believed his side's ability to break down yesterday's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion could have been down to them being the home side. The Glovers won the game 3-1 thanks to goals from Leon Best, Lee Morris and Arron Davies but on the preceding weekend had struggled to break down a negative Bradford City side at Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "We were away from home today and so the onus is upon the home team to come out a little bit and that created a little bit more space for us in terms of going forward and therefore more chances perhaps. Whereas against Bradford they never really came out too much and that made life difficult for us in terms of breaking them down."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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26 December 2006 : MOTM Voting For Brighton
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for today's game against Brighton and Hove Albion using the usual voting form. Voting for Saturday's match against Bradford City is now closed - we'll bring the results shortly.

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


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26 December 2006 : Glovers In Boxing Day Win Shocker!
Yeovil Town recorded a rare win on a Boxing Day when they defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 at the Withdean Stadium this afternoon. It was by far their most comfortable victory of the season so far, as the Seasiders failed to deal with strike duo Lee Morris and Leon Best all afternoon.

After adjusting to a little bit of early Brighton pressure, the first half saw Morris and Best show their intent by each getting on the end of a couple of great chances - Best's squirmed wide of goal after he poked the ball past home keeper Wayne Henderson, whilst Morris went even closer when he struck the outside of the post from a narrow angle after having rounded Henderson.

But the good fortunate that had eluded them on Saturday did not stay from them for too much of this game. Terry Skiverton's knock-down in the penalty box after a free kick had only been half cleared was chested down by Leon Best who coolly finished from 10 yards to put Yeovil 1-0 up after 38 minutes.

Yeovil dominated the start of the second period and needed just over a minute after the restart to cement their position. Martin Brittain's ball into the box found Lee Morris whose shot took a deflection on the angle, looping the ball into the net from 12 yards out for a well-worked team goal.

But the best was yet to come - the third goal from Arron Davies was a well taken volley from the edge of the box after Leon Best had won a header and Brighton could only half-clear their lines, with Davies' shot nestling in the left hand corner of the net.

Brighton did manage to pull a goal back when substitute Joe Gatting - the nephew of former England cricket captain Mike - finished off a Dean Cox move, and for five minutes or so, the Glovers appeared to have got the jitters. But they rallied well and finished the game as the stronger team to complete the double over the Sussex side - not bad when the Brighton Argus newspaper pre-season predictions for League One was to condemn the Glovers for "certain relegation". On today's showing and the move back up to 7th place in the League One table, the Argus may have to revise its predictions.

Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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25 December 2006 : Officials For Brighton Match
Tomorrow's match will be officiated by Fred Graham of Essex. To our knowledge, we haven't seen him for around two years now, with his last match involving Yeovil being the 5-3 win over Cambridge United in December 2004, whilst he also took charge in the home 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds four months earlier.

Mr Graham will be assisted by Andrew Laver of Hampshire and Irvine Woodward who has the shortest journey of them all, being a Sussex boy. John Rowbury of Kent is the Fourth Official for the day.

Link: Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: Yeovil Town 3 Rushden and Diamonds 1.


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25 December 2006 : Ciderspace Guide To Brighton
The Ciderspace guide to Brighton and Hove Albion is available to cover tomorrow's trip to the Withdean Stadium for the Boxing Day League One match. Follow the link below for directions, parking information and ticketing arrangements.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.


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25 December 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Brighton Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to the Withdean Stadium tomorrow when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion in a Boxing Day League One fixture. Brighton lie four points behind the Glovers in 12th place, having played a game more.

The Sussex side are expected to recall midfielder Dean Cox and defender Joel Lynch to their squad, after both were left out of their 2-1 away defeat at Port Vale on Saturday following knee injuries. They also have the option of including Adam El-Abd on a more sustained basis after he made his return from injury in that match in the Potteries without any obvious side-effects.

However, Brighton have three long term absentees in their squad and so Dean Bowditch (groin) and midfielders Paul Reid and Charlie Oatway (both knee) will not play any part in tomorrow's match.

The Glovers also have three long term absentees of course with Andy Lindegaard (groin), Paul Terry (knee) and Mark Lynch (knee) also unavailable tomorrow. Striker Marcus Stewart still has another week to wait before he is able to officially sign for the Glovers. Manager Russell Slade indicated general satisfaction with the team's performance against Bradford City on Saturday, and so with no reported injuries it seems likely that he will select more or less the same starting eleven and same sixteen for the third game running.

The Glovers won the earlier contest between the two sides this season and so are looking for their first 'double' of the season. In September, an early Marcus Stewart long range strike and a late Wayne Gray breakaway secured all three points in an evening game at Huish Park. However, on loan Leon Best is expected to partner Lee Morris tomorrow.

As a reminder, tomorrow's game is ALL TICKET for Yeovil Town supporters with no sales expected to be available on the day of the game. Hence if you have not got a ticket, we would advise you do not travel to the match.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0.


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25 December 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Bradford City
The full Ciderspace Match Report for Saturday's 0-0 draw with Bradford City can now be found online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Bradford City 0.


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25 December 2006 : Merry Christmas From Ciderspace
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'Tis the season to celebrate Christmas with a Yeo-ho-ho! Ciderspace would like to wish everyone who has supported, contributed to or enjoyed reading this site a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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24 December 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Bradford Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade praised his side's application despite dropping two points at home to midtable Bradford City yesterday at Huish Park in a match that finished 0-0. Russell believed he could see mainly positives out of the game, and refused to be too downcast at his side's inability to find the killer touch on the day.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I'm still upbeat really, despite us not getting the three points. I thought we were very positive throughout the game. There was some great possession; some great passages of play. I'm really pleased with our attitude to go out and try and win the game. It was very difficult against a Bradford side that sat back."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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24 December 2006 : Man Of The Match Voting Form Fixed
The Man Of The Match Voting Form has now been fixed. You can now vote for your Man Of The Match from yesterday's Bradford City game by using the link below.

Remember that all votes will need to be in by 3.00pm on Boxing Day to avoid any confusion with Tuesday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

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


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23 December 2006 : Glovers Suffer Frustration As Bradford Hold For A Point
Yeovil Town played out a 0-0 draw this afternoon at Huish Park against midtable Bradford City in a game that they dominated from a territorial point of view but couldn't force enough clearcut chances, or an actual goal, to take what would have been three deserved points.

Bradford rarely threatened during the whole 90 minutes, with the Glovers back line restricting them to a few relatively tame efforts. Visiting keeper Donovan Ricketts kept the scores level - as he did in January's corresponding fixture last season - with a couple of excellent saves, with one in each half particularly worthy of note.

Pick of the bunch in the first half was Leon Best's weaving run that took him across the face of the Bradford penalty box, only to find his superbly struck effort palmed around the post by Ricketts. Then as the second half closed down, Ricketts was at his best from a Martin Brittain corner that saw Martin Cranie's powerful header almost creep in under the crossbar before Ricketts got a single hand in the way.

The deadlock though was never broken and the two dropped points sees the Glovers slip one place to 8th with fast-improving Blackpool's 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth seeing them leapfrog Yeovil. Leaders Nottingham Forest lost 1-0 to Doncaster Rovers in the last ever match at Belle Vue, but despite Scunthorpe United winning their match on Friday night to go 2nd, that was not enough to dislodged Colin Calderwood's side.

Bristol City remain 3rd after grabbing a late equaliser, having been 2-0 down at one stage against struggling Cheltenham Town - City's two second half goals ensured a 2-2 final score. Meanwhile Boxing Day's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion went down 2-1 up in the Potteries against Port Vale.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bradford City 0.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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23 December 2006 : Man Of The Match Voting Form
Please note that there is a current technical problem with the Man Of The Match Voting Form that is preventing votes from being submitted. It also affects the Exiles Database submission forms and is caused by our recent move to the new server.

When we have the forms working again, we will publicise it here. Apologies if anyone has tried to use the form and failed.


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23 December 2006 : Fog Update
Very early signs, weather-wise, are promising this morning. Those who are close to the ground report that the persistent fog that has circulated in the last couple of days has thinned out considerably overnight. If the situation changes drastically we will update this page, but as things stand things are looking hopeful for this afternoon's match against Bradford City.


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23 December 2006 : Bah Humbug!
Yeovil Town's players commenced on Wednesday their own Christmas work schedule designed to cope with five games in 14 days that starts with this afternoon's home match against Bradford City. Having been given Monday and Tuesday off following the postponement of last weekend's match against Doncaster Rovers, the players have discovered that is likely to be the last day they have off until January 6th - the day after the Friday night Huddersfield Town match at Huish Park is played. Central defender Terrell Forbes told the Western Daily Press though that he was taking the news on the chin:

"There are a lot of games and we got our itinerary from the gaffer the other day. I can tell you that we haven't got any days off! But that's what comes with being a footballer and we've just got to get on with it because the games come thick and fast. Hopefully we can come through them and after the Christmas period we will be in a play-off position. I can't remember the last time I had a few days off over Christmas but I enjoy playing football and I wouldn't have it any other way. We've had a good season so far and we are determined to keep things going. If you want to be a footballer and be successful then you have to make certain sacrifices and I don't mind it."

Forbes said he hoped that manager Ebeneezer Russell Slade would be giving the players the weekend off following the Huddersfield match and if that is the case, he is likely to head back to London where he will finally get the chance to dish out some presents for his family:

"My family are going to have to wait for their presents until the New Year. Hopefully I'll make it home after we've played Huddersfield. It looks like I'll have to have my Christmas a couple of weeks after everyone else. I think me and Wayne Gray will have Christmas together, because we normally travel back together. I'm used to being away from my family and they understand. I need to play football to pay the bills!"


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22 December 2006 : Jones Sets Christmas Target
Left-back Nathan Jones has said that Yeovil Town have set a realistic target for their programme of games over the Christmas period. Tomorrow's match against Bradford City is followed by difficult away matches against last season's Championship sides Brighton and Hove Albion and Crewe Alexandra. Then early in the New Year, the Glovers face away-day specialists Northampton Town and one of the pre-season promotion favourites Huddersfield Town.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Nathan admits that winning all five matches may be somewhat unrealistic, but he does not want to make any predictions about which way the individual fixtures may go:

"We've got five games over the Christmas period including the Huddersfield game here. You want to get as many points as you can. Realistically you have got to win your home games and see what you can pick up away. If you can set a target of nine or ten points then that would be magnificent. If we can get more then all well and good. But we might come out of the Bradford game on Saturday having gained a point and then we might go to Brighton needing to raise our game that little bit more and end up with three. In the end you don't know what is going to happen. For us it has to be about being consistent across all the games and working hard."

Speaking specifically about tomorrow's match against Bradford City, Nathan wasn't expecting an easy ride.

"It will be a very very hard game as all games these days are. We haven't had an easy game this year and we are expecting another hard one against Bradford. We desperately hope that we can get the points to keep us where we are and keep us in those promotion places."

Nathan will go into the holiday period with another thing on his mind. Both himself and Chris Cohen are one booking away from a single-match ban for five cautions, although that won't stop him facing his former club Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day as any possible fifth booking would see the suspension only kick in 14 days after the offence.

Link: 2006-07 First Team Bookings.


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22 December 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Bradford City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Bradford City in a League One match tomorrow afternoon that the Bantams arrive in 13th place, but only six points behind the Glovers, who are one position off a playoff place in 7th.

Bradford's form has been dipping after a bright start to their season that saw them establish a firm playoff place. But a winless November saw them slide badly until this month where they have shown signs of getting themselves back on track with two wins in their last three league games. Manager Colin Todd certainly believes that his side will arrive at Huish Park in confident mood:

"I believe the players have got the bit between their teeth now and we can go to Yeovil and win the game. People tend to forget we've picked up six points out of nine and the signs are encouraging. Christmas is a great opportunity to put a run together and get right up there again and we can't disappoint ourselves over the next four games. Where we've hit ourselves hard this season was when we were in the top four and couldn't put a run together to make sure we stayed there when a bad time came. But I just hope we've had our little indifferent period that every team gets and can move forward again. We've been creating chances, which is a good thing. Keep doing that and I'm convinced we will turn them into goals."

Those goals are unlikely to come from Eddie Johnson. The striker has this week been diagnosed with shin splints and has gone for an MRI scan to examine possible evidence of a stress fractue on one leg. He is therefore unlikely to feature at all over the Christmas period. However, when your alternatives are the vast experience of Dean Windass and former Torquay United striker David Graham, this will hardly weaken Todd's team.

That's not to say he doesn't have headaches elsewhere. Three widemen will be missing on Saturday, with Tommy Black, Lee Holmes and Ben Muirhead all unavailable. Black, who is on loan from Crystal Palace has returned there for treatment after cracking a rib, whilst Holmes is out with an ankle injury. Muirhead is suspended after getting sent off whilst playing for their Reserve side. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson is expected to move onto the left side to cover Black's position.

Other likely switches include a recall for central midfielder Steve Schumacher who has just served a one-match suspension and is expected to slot back into the starting eleven. Todd's only other dilemma is that Richard Edghill's wife is expecting a baby and so he will have to make a late decision on whether the defender will travel down for the game.

Todd certainly doesn't sound like he is looking forward to the motorway journey back up to Yorkshire - as with most clubs up in that part of the world, the trip to Huish Park is their longest trip of the season, and Todd doesn't fancy the trip back if Bradford lose the game:

"I keep telling the boys we'll probably get back on Christmas Day! But there is no better feeling on the long journeys than getting back on the coach knowing that you've contributed to a win. Any game against a side who have recently won promotion will be tough. Yeovil did well last year to hold their own in this division and will be looking to build on that. They will come out all guns blazing and we have to withstand that. But I'm sure we will do and then stamp our own mark on the game. And the trip home will certainly feel a lot easier if everyone's got a smile on their face."

For Glovers manager Russell Slade, matters are somewhat more straight-forward as regards team selection. Midfielder Paul Terry and right-backs Mark Lynch and Andy Lindegaard continue to be unavailable. Lynch currently has his knee in a supporting brace as he recovers from a knee operation, whilst Lindegaard ideally will not be risked until he has played a Reserves match in the New Year. That means that with the last match played being a comfortable 2-0 win over Gillingham at Huish Park two weeks ago that Slade is likely to name an unchanged side, and talking to BBC Somerset Sound he suggested that one part of the field that would not be touched would be his new striking partnership of Leon Best and Lee Morris:

"I just think that the relationship and partnership that Leon Best and Lee Morris have struck up over recent weeks has done well. The pressure is on them to continue to do that, because when you've got the likes of Wayne Gray and Marcus Stewart breathing down your neck, then there's not much opportity to let one game slide past you. So it's important that they concentrate and keep maintaining the form which they've shown in recent games."

Slade is of course well aware of the threat that top scorer Dean Windass will provide. The old-timer came up with an undeserved winner at Huish Park in January 2006 in last season's encounter, when his side got one on-target chance during the entire game yet took all three points. However although Slade respects Windass, he denies that they are a one-man team:

"He's done remarkably well for them over time hasn't he? He can always get a goal for sure. But it's about a team and Colin Todd wouldn't want to think that he was relying too much on one player. It's a tough game. I don't think they are an easy nut to crack. But if we can show the same determination and attitude that we showed against Gillingham to ensure that win was only going to go to one team, then I think we are going to be OK."

Link: January 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Bradford City 1.


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22 December 2006 : Fog In Yeovil
Current reports are that there is heavy fog around Huish Park that has lingered now for the last 24 hours, thus casting some doubt over tomorrow's League One match against Bradford City.

However, the current weather forecast does give some hope as to the situation, with the experts believing that the fog will gradually lift during the morning and migrate northwards. Hopefully if that is accurate, the game should be played although if the forecasters are out by a couple of hours that may change the picture.

We therefore recommend that you check before travelling any large distance to tomorrow's game. We will endeavour to keep this news page updated in the event of any referee's inspection, or postponement of the fixture.


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22 December 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 39 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the Week 39 results of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme and these are as follows:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 39 : 22nd December 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday A0136 Mrs R Love, South View, Barwick
Tuesday A7587 Mrs Holmes, Balsam Fields, Wincanton
Wednesday A2774 Mr P Armstrong, Lower Beadon, Merriott
Thursday B3721 Mr S Cox, Fosse Close, Yeovil
Friday A6989 Mr J S Bartlett, Whitemead, Yeovil

£50 Bonus Christmas Prizes
C4726 Mr D G Norris, Nash Lane, Yeovil
A2220 Mr P Cheeseman, Behind Berry, Somerton
B0161 Mrs Gibbons, Hillcrest Road, Yeovil
C9525 Mr E P House, Beacon View, Coleford
D0454 Mr Bray, Horne Close, Stratton-on-Fosse

£10 Consolations
B0136 Mr M L Galliott, Westfield Road, Yeovil
C0136 Miss C Evans, Victoria Court, Castle Cary
B7587 Mrs B Drayton, Stonehill, Stoke-sub-Hamdon
C7587 Mr D Hounsell, Chesterfield, Chard
D7587 Mrs Ludbrook, Burrough Street, Ash
C2774 M Harding, Cromwell Road, Yeovil
A3721 Mrs S Roche, Magna Close, Yeovil
C6989 Mr A Dickinson, Park View, Crewkerne
D6989 Mr D Taylor, Meadow View, Yeovil


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21 December 2006 : Stockport Put In For Permanent Poole Switch
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed that League Two side Stockport County have put in a permanent bid for Yeovil Town right-winger David Poole.

Poole has been on-loan at Edgeley Park for three months and only returned to Huish Park last week, having played 13 matches for the Hatters, scoring two goals.

The Manchester-born 22 year old has featured in just four matches for the Glovers first team this season, with a bout of tonsilitus putting him out of contention early on and then his loan to the Cheshire side giving him a chance of regular football close to his home roots. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Slade admitted that there had been a strong interest shown by County since Poole's return:

"They've shown a real intent to take David on full time. Obviously that is where he is from as well, so that's quite attractive to David. We'll have to see. I would think we can come to some agreement with that but as yet nothing has been agreed. But that won't go on indefinitely of course. We'll have David back here if a deal is not forthcoming."

David will remain on Yeovil's books for at least the next three matches - Stockport can not formally apply for a permanent transfer or loan deal until the transfer window re-opens on January 1st, although it would seem likely that both clubs would want to confirm the player's future by the time that does happen.

Link: David Poole : Player Profile.


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21 December 2006 : Forest Tickets On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to the City Ground on January 13th 2007 are now on sale. The match sees the Glovers go to the current League One leaders Nottingham Forest in a match that was the record League One attendance for all clubs last season, seeing 28,193 spectators turn up for the game.

Tickets for the match are priced as Adults: £20, Seniors (Over 60): £15, Students/Under 18s: £10, Under 12s: £5.

They can be purchased now from the Huish Park Ticket Office by phone or in person, bearing in mind that before Christmas this will only be possible tomorrow and up until 2.00pm on Saturday. At that point, with the exception of tickets for the Bradford City game on Saturday, the Ticket Office will only re-open on Thursday 28th December at 10.00am.

Link: 2005-06 League One Top Attendances.


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21 December 2006 : Juniors Ticket Offer For Bradford Reminder
A reminder that all Under 16s can purchase a match day ticket for Saturday's match against Bradford City for the sum of one pound only.

This is an entirely unrestricted offer and does not have to be purchased in conjunction with any other ticket. Junior tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office and can apply to any part of the ground.


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21 December 2006 : Reserves Plymouth Match Put Back
The Pontins Holiday Combination match between Plymouth Argyle Reserves and Yeovil Town Reserves now has a new date. The match was due to be played on March 20th 2007 at Home Park, but has now gone back seven days to March 27th. The match will kick-off at 7.00pm.

Link: 2006-07 Reserve Team : Pontins Holiday Combination Results and Fixtures.


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20 December 2006 : Officials For Bradford City
Saturday's match against Bradford City will be looked after by referee Paul Taylor of Hertfordshire. He has been a semi-regular visitor to Huish Park throughout the years and last attended late last season when he took charge of the 0-0 draw between Yeovil Town and Swindon Town. The match report from Jeremy Gear on the day doesn't mention Mr Taylor whatsoever, and he got through the whole 90 minutes without issuing a single card. More of the same on Saturday would be nice!

Mr Taylor will be assisted by M D Rowley and Andrew Turner of Devon. The fourth official will be the rather regular face of Ron Ganfield of Somerset. It may be an oversight by the Football League, but Mr Rowley does not feature on the National List of Referees or Assistant Referees for the 2006-07 season as published on their official site, and the best we can find out about him is that he was running the line at Conference level earlier this season. Is the Football League running short of officials this season?

Link: March 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 0.


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20 December 2006 : Brighton Tickets Reminder
A reminder that the Boxing Day match against Brighton and Hove Albion is an ALL TICKET game and therefore as things stand, no tickets will be on sale on the day of the match.

In fact with the Christmas holidays kicking in, the final opportunity to buy tickets for the Brighton match will be at 2.00pm on Saturday 23rd December - an hour before kick-off for the home match against Bradford City. If you don't have a ticket by then, our understanding is that you will not be able to get into the Withdean Stadium.

The prices for the tickets which are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office are: adults £22.50; seniors £14.50; student £16.00; under 16 £13.00; under 10 £1.00 (if accompanied by a paying adult).

For further information, see our articles on November 29th and November 22nd.

Link: Ciderspace News Page : November 29th : Brighton Travel Information.

Link: Ciderspace News Page : November 22nd : Original Brighton Ticketing Information.


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20 December 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 38 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have supplied us the results of last week's Glovers Gold Bond today. The results from Week 38 are as follows:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 38 : 15th December 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday E0984 Mr Seward Stonehill, Stoke-sub-Hamdon
Tuesday C1572 Mrs L Phillips Noake Road, Sherborne
Wednesday E1451 Mrs V Tuttiet Grange Avenue, Street
Thursday E2696 Mr M J Porter Old School Close, Yeovil
Friday C8933 Mrs Brady Winston Drive, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
A0984 Mrs B Mapletoft, Little Sammons, Chilthorne Domer
B0984 Mr Rockett, The Crescent, Ilminster
C0984 Mrs Jennings, Bracey Road, Martock
A1572 Mr C Elliott, Broadway, Merriott
D1572 Mrs Runyard, Ashmead, Yeovil
E1572 Mr Jones, Tewkesbury, Yeovil
A1451 Mrs M Vowles, Waterford Park, Radstock
B1451 Mrs P Jones, Wingate Avenue, Yeovil
C1451 Mrs Ladd, Askwith Close, Sherborne
D1451 Mr A Simpson, Plover Court, Yeovil
A2696 Mr S Macfarlane, Birchfield Road, Yeovil
B2696 Mr Witcombe, Lime Grove, Shepton Mallet
C2696 Mrs Wills, St Aldhelms Road, Sherborne
D2696 Mr S Howarth, Park View, Crewkerne
A8933 Miss K M Stockford, Lightgate Lane, South Petherton
B8933 M Carter, Wingfield Road, Sherborne
D8933 Mrs B Sweby, Englands Mead, Queen Camel
E8933 Mrs S Burton, Buckle Place, Houndstone


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19 December 2006 : Youths Reserves Beaten At Exeter
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team - or rather their Youth Team with 19 year old Stephen Maher - was beaten 5-0 at St James' Park against Exeter City tonight in what was intended to be a Pontins Holiday Combination Reserve Team match.

The Yeovil line-up was almost identical to the Youth Team side that played against Oxford United on Saturday, with only Danny O'Brien absent from the starting eleven, with Maher replacing him, and it wasn't a huge surprise to find a more experienced Exeter side teaching them a bit of a lesson with Lee Phillips grabbing a hat-trick. The other two goals were scored by Jon Challinor and Dean Moxey.

Whilst the Glovers went strictly for Youth, Exeter went for experience, with nine out of the eleven players listed on Exeter's first team squad list - including their first team skipper Chris Todd and former Bristol Rovers winger Wayne Carlisle.

Line-Up: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Matt Concliffe 3. Ollie Wake 4. Lewis Gundry 5. Tom Parsons 6. Harry Sherwood 7. Stephen Maher 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Tom Clarke 10. Liam Hoader 11. Jamie Morgan

Exeter City: Martin Rice; Patrick Ada, Steven Hunt, Chris Todd, Dean Moxey; Wayne Carlisle, Bertrand Cozic, Matt Bye (subbed for Liam Sercombe at h/t), John Challinor; Lee Phillips, Chris Wright.


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19 December 2006 : Orient Out Of Relegation Zone
Leyton Orient continued their 'return from the dead' tonight with a 1-0 away win over Northampton Town at Sixfields, just three days after a 3-1 win over leaders Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. The result lifts Orient out of the relegation zone and within a single place of tonight's hosts.

More relevant to the Glovers end of the table is that Tranmere Rovers saw their home match against Crewe Alexandra called off for the second time in four days. Last Friday Prenton Park had a waterlogged pitch. Tonight it was fog that beat Rovers, meaning that like Yeovil they still have a game to catch up.

Link: Latest 2006-07 League One Table.


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19 December 2006 : Youth Team vs Oxford United Match Stats
Further to Sunday's news item, Yeovil Town's Under 18s, who lost 2-3 at home to leaders Oxford United on Saturday, had their goals scored through Harry Sherwood and Tom Parsons.

Sherwood's goal came from the penalty spot after a push in the box was penalised, allowing Yeovil to equalise at 1-1. The game remained like that for much of the second half until two quick Oxford goals gave the game to the visitors. Tom Parsons managed to pull a goal back when Sherwood turned provider, but despite late pressure, the Glovers couldn't pull off an equaliser.

Line-Up: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Matt Concliffe 3. Ollie Wake 4. Lewis Gundry 5. Tom Parsons 6. Harry Sherwood 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Tom Clarke 10. Liam Hoader 11. Jamie Morgan

Subs: 12. Greg Taafe (75 mins for Danny O'Brien), 13. John Steele (GK), 14. Ren Turnock (78 mins for Jamie Morgan), 15. Lee Bailey, 16. James Hatcher (79 mins for Matt Concliffe).

Goals: Harry Sherwood (1-1, 30 mins, pen), Tom Parsons (2-3, 80 mins).


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18 December 2006 : Ciderspace Is On A New Server
If you can see this news item, then you are now viewing Ciderspace on a brand new server. Fingers crossed that this server lasts longer than the 1 year, 11 months and 25 days that the previous server managed!


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18 December 2006 : Exeter Reserve Prices Set
Further to yesterday's news of a rearranged Pontins Holiday Combination fixture against Exeter City at St James' Park, Exeter, prices have now been set for this match.

Adults can be admitted for three pounds whilst concessions are available for one pound. The match kicks off tomorrow night, Tuesday 19th December, with a 7.00pm kick-off.

The line-up for tomorrow's match is expected to be in the main a Youth Team squad, with the first team about to go into a period of the season where four matches are scheduled to be played between December 23rd and January 1st.


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18 December 2006 : Ciderspace Site Problems Update
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18 December 2006 : New Date And Ground For Donny
Further to Saturday's postponed League One match against Doncaster Rovers this has now been rearranged to take place on Tuesday 27th February 2007, kick-off 7.45pm.

One important thing to note is that this means that the revised fixture will NOT take place at Belle Vue, and will instead be held at Doncaster's new Keepmoat Stadium which is due to open on January 1st 2007. Fresh directions and stadium information will be supplied on the Ciderspace opposition guide to Doncaster in the fullness of time.

A small number of supporters will have purchased Main Stand tickets for the Belle Vue game on Saturday. These are NOT valid for the revised fixture. You must return the tickets to the Huish Park Ticket Office for a full refund.


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17 December 2006 : Exeter Reserve Match Set For Tuesday
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team side have had a revised Pontins Holiday Combination fixture set. The away match against Exeter City that was originally postponed on October 17th will now be played on Tuesday 19th December at St James' Park, Exeter with a 7.00pm kick-off.


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17 December 2006 : Youths Lose To League Leaders
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost 2-3 at home to league leaders Oxford United yesterday on the Huish Park Top Pitch. More details on this match will be available in the next day or two.


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16 December 2006 : Doncaster Match Is OFF
The Doncaster Rovers official site has announced that today's match at Belle Vue has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A pitch inspection took place at 8.30am this morning.


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16 December 2006 : Ciderspace Site Problems
Apologies to those who have been trying to access Ciderspace in the last 48 hours but have experienced problems. During Thursday afternoon, our ISP experienced a hard disc crash and this resulted in our server having to be replaced with a new one. The upshot is that we have had to restore the site from back-ups and reconfigure the site.

At present that task is going relatively smoothly, but you will experience intermittent errors and missing pages for the next day or two. We will gradually restore full functionality as quickly as possible although ongoing errors are inevitable.

If you spot anything that you want to tell us about then just drop an email at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll try and sort it out - although we'll be systematically working through the site ourselves over the weekend.


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15 December 2006 : Doncaster Pitch Inspection
A pitch inspection is planned to take place at Belle Vue tomorrow morning due to the heavy rain that has fallen in Yorkshire over the past 24 hours. The pitch inspection is due to take place at 8.30am, although the Doncaster Rovers official site rather bizarrely states that the outcome of that inspection will not be publicised until 9.30am. A particularly meticulous match official taking 60 minutes over his decision, or the Donny Press Officer fancying a bit of a lie-in?

Link: Met Check Website : Doncaster Weather Forecast.


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15 December 2006 : Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster
A reminder that the Ciderspace guide to all things relating to tomorrow's match against Doncaster Rovers is available for you to take with you to Belle Vue. Included are directions to the ground, pub information, ticketing information plus photos of the ground which Doncaster will vacate at the end of this year.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster.


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15 December 2006 : Slade Wants Positive Response
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is wanting a positive response from his players tomorrow when they take on Doncaster Rovers at Belle Vue tomorrow. The Glovers have drawn six out of their ten away games so far this season, winning just twice on their travels, but Slade is anxious for his side to build on the excellent performance against Gillingham at Huish Park last weekend and turn that into a winning run. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Slade denies that he starts off games looking for a draw:

"Even when I've played 4-5-1 I'd like to think that my team goes out and is positive in the way that it plays. I don't think that we have ever gone out sitting back and looking as if we only wanted a draw, because that's never been the case. We'll apply ourselves on Saturday and we'll be positive in our mindset. We could just do with two back-to-back wins now, and here's our first opportunity following the win on Saturday (against Gillingham) to get a back-to-back win. When you get six points from two games it doesn't half help."


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15 December 2006 : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel 250 miles north this weekend to face on an in-form Doncaster Rovers at Belle Vue for the penultimate fixture at the stadium before Doncaster move to a state-of-the-art new arena. Sean O'Driscoll’s side have lost just the single match at home all season and have won their past three games on the trot. Doncaster are also unbeaten in their past ten fixtures, during which they won seven of those ten games.

Despite that, the Glovers currently lie four points and a couple of places ahead of Doncaster in the table. In comparison, Yeovil Town have had mix fortunes in their past ten matches; drawing three, losing four, and winning three, and haven’t won on their travels in their past six attempts. Nevertheless Russell Slade’s men will certainly head into the fixture at Belle Vue with confidence having put aside Gillingham on Saturday, incidentally the only team this season to beat Doncaster in their own back yard.

Yeovil Town have a fantastic record at Belle Vue having won an impressive seven out of their eight fixtures at Doncaster. The last time Yeovil made the long trip up to Doncaster a single goal from Phil Jevons after just 12 minutes was enough to give Yeovil Town a well-deserved and hard-fought three points.

Russell Slade could be tempted to name an unchanged side to face Doncaster tomorrow after the well-deserved 2-0 win against Gillingham. Russell Slade has reported that Andy Lindegaard has now returned to training but is still someway off being available for selection. Slade said:

"Lindy has had his first week back in training. He has done the majority of that, though we have kept him away from competitive football; in other words practice matches. He's come through that really well, and we're quite pleased with him. He needs another week or so of that, but at least he's on his way back, so that's really encouraging."

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Mark Lynch, who was brought in initially on loan to replace the injured Lindegaard, will now require surgery on his troublesome knee injury and will be out of action for about three months. Martin Cranie, on loan from Southampton, is likely to remain at right back with both Lynch and Lindegaard out. Paul Terry is the only other player registered on the injury list and won’t feature at again at all this season with a long term knee ligament injury.

Sean O’Driscoll acknowledges that despite his side's fine run of recent results, the clash against Yeovil will be a tough test for his side who have yet to beat any of the teams currently in the top six:

"I suppose it is a big test for us in a way. But all we can do is prepare properly and play as we have been doing - and hopefully that will influence the outcome. I've got a lot of time for Yeovil because they pass the ball well and do things right. But I've been very pleased with my players over the last couple of months and obviously we will be out to keep our run going."

Midfielder Jason Price and striker Jonathan Forte are both doubtful for Doncaster for Saturday, while defenders James O'Connor and Steve Roberts are both out. Doncaster will be boosted by the return of former Glover Adam Lockwood, midfielder Brian Stock, and ‘keeper Neil Sullivan who was cup-tied last Tuesday.

One to watch: Brian Stock, 24, is a favourite at Belle Vue since joining on-loan from Championship side Preston. The midfielder offers Doncaster a large amount of creativity and he gained a superb reputation in League One last year with Bournemouth, where he played under O'Driscoll.

Betting: Doncaster are unsurprisingly favourites to pick up maximum points at 10/11 with SkyBet, with the draw priced at 9/4, while the visitors are priced at 5/2.

[Article by George Murray.]


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15 December 2006 : FA Youth Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup Fourth Round match against Swindon Town at the County Ground has been set to be played in Wiltshire on Tuesday 16th January 2007 with a 7.00pm kick-off.

The Glovers go into the tie having seen off Oxford City, Brentford and rather impressively former holders Ipswich Town so far in the competition.


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14 December 2006 : Lindy Back In Training
Right-back Andy Lindegaard is finally back in training after spending almost four months out with a groin injury. Lindy was injured initially in the away match against Tranmere Rovers in August but aggravated the injury when attempting to make his comeback in a Reserve Team match against Weymouth and since then the club have adopted a strictly softly-softly approach to getting the versatile player back to full fitness. Even now manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset Sound that the Yeovil-born player wasn't taking part in any of the practice matches on the training ground:

"He's had his first week back in training. He has done the majority of that. We've kept him away from competitive football. He hasn't taken part in practice matches. He's come through that really well and we're rather pleased with him. He needs another week or so of that to be honest. He himself has been out for a good period of time, but at least he is on his way back so that's really encouraging."


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14 December 2006 : Lynch Out For Three Months
Yeovil Town right-back Mark Lynch has had his knee injury fully diagnosed and the bad news is that he will need an operation to have the underlying problems cured. The Glovers had hoped that the former Hull City defender would only be out for six weeks after sustaining a training ground injury 10 days ago, but it has now been revealed that Lynch will go under the knife and this will almost certainly put him out until around mid-March.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, manager Russell Slade also gave the latest on midfielder Paul Terry who has had his knee operation but is expected to be out for the rest of the season:

"Paul Terry has had his operation now and his long rehabilitation programme will start in six to eight weeks once that leg has been rested. Mark Lynch unfortunately now requires an element of surgery that will keep him sidelined for the best part of three months."

On loan Southampton defender Martin Cranie is expected to occupy the vacant right-back slot for the foreseeable future with Andy Lindegaard still a couple of weeks away from recovering from his groin injury sustained in August.


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14 December 2006 : Fry Baffled By Falling Crowds
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has for the second time this season stated his concerns about falling attendances at Huish Park. Last week's match against Gillingham was watched by just 4,933 spectators - the third time this season that crowds have dropped below the 5,000 mark - a far cry from a club that averaged 6,511 spectators last season.

Fry has said he "really can't understand why our gates have dropped so much from last season" - a surprising admission given that the club have conducted their own private survey into why season ticket sales in the summer dropped, whilst Ciderspace has made available the first two parts of a three-part survey results relating to submissions by over 300 supporters giving their views on why they or others may not be going to as many games this season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, the Yeovil Chairman believes that getting those missing supporters back at Huish Park is vital if the club are to reach the Championship. Fry referenced a half season-ticket that the club have put on sale and wants to see more supporters buying them:

"The board at the football club is very ambitious. It is determined to get Yeovil Town Football Club into the Championship league. My message to the fans who want Championship football would be that we have got to get the turnout, week-in week-out on a regular basis. For those floating supporters who are able to get along to games for the rest of the season, if they want to spend money at Christmas then do so on a half season-ticket."

Fry has also given a similar picture to the Western Daily Press, pointing out that on the field of play matters had never been so good. He told the paper:

"I know that attendance levels below the Premiership have dropped considerably this season. We are no different, but the situation needs to be addressed urgently. We are challenging for a play-off place and have been as high as second, we are playing entertaining football, scoring goals, yet we are some 500 average down on last year. We have shown our intent by putting our money down for a player of the quality of Marcus Stewart. He is just one of many excellent players Russell Slade has brought in this season."

Fry hints at the idea that he believes that the additional income is needed if the Glovers are to keep their current playoff spot in League One that sees them currently 6th. What sort of picture is being painted if the 'floating supporters' he refers to don't turn up is difficult to second-guess. The January transfer window though is looming fast, and most clubs either 'win' or 'lose' during that 31 days. Last season the Glovers lost Lee Johnson, Darren Way and Efetobore Sodje to other clubs, and possibly Fry is anxious to avoid a repeat of that scenario:

"This is the best chance we have had to bring Championship football to Huish Park and we must grab the opportunity now. To do that we need the floating supporters. We are lucky that we have such a loyal supporter base, but we need the other thousand who will provide my directors with the confidence to continue with the development of the club to Championship standards. I know right now we are in the build-up to Christmas, but we have 12 home games left without the distraction of the FA Cup or Carling Cup so with our current position in the league we must go all out for a play-off position this season. Colchester have shown that clubs of our size can survive in the Championship and my board is committed to promotion. We are talking to major investors regarding the development of the stadium but those missing supporters are the key to our progress."

Of course the onus is not only upon supporters to turn up to home matches on a regular basis, but also upon the club to produce attractive pricing, good publicity and strong public relations to attract those customers back to Huish Park. Some of the new ideas coming out of the club with respect to ticketing are undoubtedly a step in the right direction, but there seems to be little effort to ensure that those promotions reach the missing numbers, with even regular supporters sometimes being taken by surprise at what is available due to near non-existent publicity. The club need to look at the wider picture - a good ticketing offer will fail if it is not backed up by the other factors required to make it a success.


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13 December 2006 : Loan Extension For Alcock?
It is reported that Frank Gregan, manager at Weston-super-mare, has asked to extend the loan of Craig Alcock from Yeovil Town into a second month. The current pause in the loan market does not extend as far down as the Conference South.

The Seagulls will have been in a bit of a rush to get a decision as they have a rearranged fixture against Bishop's Stortford tonight, and were hoping for a 'yes' or 'no' in time to plan for whether Alcock would be eligible or not.


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12 December 2006 : It's The Robins In Round Four
Swindon Town and Queens Park Rangers had to go to extra time and penalties to settle the right to host the Glovers in the Fourth Round of the F.A. Youth Cup.

Inside the opening 15 minutes the home side took the lead when a short corner was cut back to Swindon's Chris Allen whose lofted cross found the head of Jake Hyde who placed the ball into the far corner of the net from eight yards out. However the lead was not held for long as a few minutes later a cross in from the left from Matt O'Connell found Kieran Murtagh sliding in at the back post to level the scores from close range for the visitors.

Neither side could break the deadlock in the second half but QPR were reduced to ten when Ricky Sappleton received a straight red card for a scything tackle from behind on Tom Evans.

Full time: Swindon Town U18 1-1 Queens Park Rangers U18

There were no goals in extra time so the tie was decided on penalties. Both sides missed one each in the opening set of five, and it then went to 9-8 before QPR missed another and Swindon went through to face Yeovil Town.


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12 December 2006 : Just For The Record......…
....... since there was no information put out by the club on this game taking place ahead of kick-off, a Yeovil Town XI beat a Cardiff City XI 1-0 in a friendly played at Somerton this afternoon. Danny Webb was the scorer.

Presumably both clubs felt they wanted some match practice to replace the reserve fixture between the sides which was scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) but has been postponed.


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12 December 2006 : Sunday: Washed Up
Postponements virtually wiped out the South West Women's League Premier Division programme on Sunday with only one match surviving: Team Bath beat Cheltenham Town 3-0 to move into third spot. Leaders Yeovil Town and second placed Cullompton Rangers were amongst the casualties to the weather and will have to rearrange their respective fixtures at home to Gloucester City and away to Bath City.


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12 December 2006 : Youth Team Statistics Updated
The set of pages containing statistics for the Youth Team have been updated today to include Saturday's 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth where Phil Ormrod scored Yeovil's goal. Access the pages using the links below or use the main Statistics Section on Ciderspace. The main Puma Youth Alliance League Table needs an update to include last weekend's results - this will be done shortly.

The Youth Team take on league leaders Oxford United on Saturday in the Puma Youth Alliance League. This match will take place either on the Huish Park Top Pitch or at Westland Sports - we'll clarify this nearer the time.

AFC Bournemouth U18s 1 Yeovil Town U18s 1 : Match Statistics.

Link: 2006-07 Puma Youth Alliance Cup Southern Section Group 1 Table.

Link: 2006-07 Puma Youth Alliance South West Conference League Table.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Results.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Appearances.


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12 December 2006 : BBC Radio Interviews From Gillingham Match
Three new RealAudio interviews have been loaded onto the BBC Somerset Website relating to Saturday's match against Gillingham. In addition to the usual post-match verdict from Russell Slade, reporter Richard Hoskin has also interviewed goalscorers Leon Best and Chris Cohen.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.

Link: Transcript of Russell Slade's Interview.


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11 December 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
The Ciderspace Match Report for Saturday's 2-0 win over Gillingham is now online. The Glovers got their goals from on loan striker Leon Best and a second half strike from Chris Cohen.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Gillingham 0.


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11 December 2006 : Officials For Donny
The referee appointed for the last visit of Yeovil Town to Belle Vue is Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). We've had Mr Swarbrick as one of the minor officials in a couple of our trips up North, but believe this is the first time he's been in the middle for a Glovers fixture.

David Richardson (Yorkshire) and Rob Steans (Leicestershire) are the assistants, Nigel Smith (Derbyshire) the fourth official.


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11 December 2006 : Cranie Makes TotW
Loan player Martin Cranie not only stood in at right back for the first time in a green and white shirt, but had his performance recognised with selection for the League One Team of the Week.

Full list :

Joe Murphy - Scunthorpe United
MARTIN CRANIE - Yeovil Town
George Pilkington - Port Vale
Ian Evatt - Blackpool
Colin Miles - Port Vale
Chris Hackett - Millwall
Eugen Bopp - Rotherham United
Dean Hammond - Brighton & Hove Albion
Sammy Clingan - Nottingham Forest
Nathan Tyson - Nottingham Forest
Leon Constantine - Port Vale

Congratulations, Martin.


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11 December 2006 : Reserves vs Cardiff Postponed
Yeovil Town Reserves' trip to Cardiff City on Wednesday has been called off. The two sides were due to play a Pontins Holiday Combination match but the game has been pulled due to the Bluebirds playing an FA Youth Cup match this week. No new date has been set as yet.


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10 December 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Gillingham Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade felt it was psychologically important to have won yesterday's match against Gillingham for two reasons. The Glovers won the match 2-0 with goals from Leon Best and Chris Cohen to put the Glovers back into a playoff position, and Russell felt it would have been a major set-back if they had lost.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "Firstly we have lost our last two games in the league. Secondly, we have lost Paul Terry for the rest of the season and Mark Lynch for the next five, six or seven weeks. With those two players missing and two defeats it was massive for us to bounce back today."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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9 December 2006 : Glovers Back Into Play-Off Zone
Yeovil Town moved back into a play-off place after picking up maximum points against Gillingham this afternoon thanks to goals from on-loan Southampton forward Leon Best and a strike by Chris Cohen.

Yeovil took the lead inside seventeen minutes, when Best scored his second goal for the club, courtesy of a defensive blunder by the visitors. The Gillingham defence hesitated as Lee Morris appeared in an offside position, but he remained inactive and was deemed by the referee not to be interfering with play, which allowed Best to charge through, coolly keep his nerve, and slot the ball past the visiting keeper.

Even though Gillingham played some unattractive defensive football for the majority of the first half, it did take a superb save on the deck by Steve Mildenhall to deny Gary Mulligan an equaliser.

Nathan Jones made a great clearance off the line after the break when Mulligan looked certain to score and level matters at the far post. But at the other end, seconds later, the lead was stretched. Chris Cohen excellently drove the ball into the roof of the net for his sixth goal of the season, watched incidentally by Portsmouth scout Stewart Morgan, after good work from Lee Morris.

Clint Easton hit the woodwork for Gillingham late in injury time from a well struck freekick, but Russell Slade’s men held on to keep a clean sheet and earn a well-deserved victory.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Gillingham 0

Attendance: 4,933

[Match summary by George Murray]

The usual voting form for MOTM can be found here.


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9 December 2006 : Cullompton Rangers Deducted Two Points
Cullompton Rangers, the new name this season for what was formerly Exeter City Ladies, who were leading Yeovil Town Ladies at the top of the South West Women's League Premier Division by a single point, have had two points deducted and been fined for fielding an ineligible player.

The result of the match in which the offence was committed, a 4-1 victory for Rangers over sixth placed Gloucester City, has also been expunged. The game will be replayed at a later date. Yeovil thus leap into a four point lead in the title race though Cullompton now have two games in hand. The Glovers next fixture is at home to Gloucester City tomorrow, kick-off 2.00 p.m. on the Huish Park top pitch, whilst Rangers are away at Bath City.

Cullompton have fourteen days to decide whether to appeal to the Football Association.


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9 December 2006 : Youths Draw
Yeovil Town U18 drew 1-1 at Chapel Gate against AFC Bournemouth U18 this morning. We have no further details at present.


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9 December 2006 : Slade Happy To See Marcus Back
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade says he will value the presence of new signing Marcus Stewart even if he can't put him into a first team match for another month. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Slade says that just having Stewart on the training ground and around the players will be a boost to his side:

"He's got lots of experience and he is very good with the young professionals and I think he has still got plenty of goals in him. He's already scored five in 13 appearances. He is adaptable and he understands the game and he will help many of the others in the team and when you've got young players in your team that's a bonus."

Slade added that he was glad to finally get the deal done and dusted. Stewart spent a week back at Ashton Gate before turning back down the A37 and returning to Huish Park and Slade said he was pleased to see him back:

"I'm really pleased because we never really wanted him to go back to Bristol City for a few days, in many ways. To have him back here, even if just in a training capacity is good because he is good to have around the changing rooms, he is a good character, a good type and a good professional. So to have him around even though he can't play first team football until January is good. It's great to have him around."


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9 December 2006 : Slade Wary Of Jarvis Threat
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade believes his side need to be wary of Gillingham winger Matthew Jarvis when the Kent side come to visit Huish Park later today. Yeovil's opponents have admitted that they have received two bids for the player but although Slade admits Jarvis is the star player in Gillingham's team that they have other capable players in there. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound he explained:

"Don't forget that they've got a lot of good players out there. A lot of people are talking about (Matthew) Jarvis, their left-winger at this moment in time although he can also go out on the right-hand side. So we know it's going to be a difficult game. We haven't had an easy game in this league so far this season and I'd like to think that those teams that we've played against so far have not had an easy game even when we've been defeated."

Slade added that he is also expecting Gillingham manager Ronnie Jepson to bring a hard-working side down to Huish Park this afternoon:

"I think it will be a battle. He was a battling centre-forward and I'm sure his team will be. They are big and strong in areas. Up until the last two or three games they have done reasonably well and I think they are still only about four points behind us, so it is a very important game for both teams."


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8 December 2006 : Away Travel Club Heading To Forest
The Away Travel Club (Ex-YTISA) will be running transport to Nottingham Forest, early next year on January 13th 2007. They will be leaving the Football Club at 8.00am with a stop on the way. The price for the trip will be £17 pounds. If you want to book a seat please phone the hotline number on 07960687075 and speak to Roger.


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8 December 2006 : Smeeton Out On Loan
Yeovil Town left-back Jake Smeeton has gone out on loan to Toolstation Western Premier Division side Chard Town. They currently sit 17th in the table and Jake has moved down the A30 to spend a month with them. The move is allowed because the Toolstation League does not come under the transfer window regulations.

Jake became a full-time professional over the summer, but like Craig Alcock has found it difficult to play matches at anything other than Reserve Team level due to changes in the rules in the Youth Alliance League that bar overage players from playing in matches unless they have graduated from an Academy or Centre of Excellence structure. Right-back Alcock went out on loan to Weston-Super-Mare earlier this season, whilst goalkeeper Danny Barker is playing for Clyst Rovers.

Doubtless the idea is to give Jake plenty of competitive football during a Christmas period where there is little Reserve Team football played.


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8 December 2006 : Gills Bring In Emergency Loan
Tomorrow's opponents Gillingham have invoked the emergency loan system for goalkeepers following a shoulder injury to first choice keeper Kelvin Jack. Gills manager Ronnie Jepson has brought in Luton Town keeper Dean Brill who will start tomorrow's game with Jack having sustained the injury at last Sunday's FA Cup match against Bristol City.

Gillingham have been operating without a second goalkeeper since Scott Flinders returned to Crystal Palace following a loan deal. The slightly dubious nature of this deal, which will see Brill stay at Priestfield for seven days, is that Jack was fit enough to play in Gillingham's midweek match at Port Vale. During December, goalkeepers are only intended to be available for emergency loan if it can be proven that a club has no fit goalkeeper registered to play and often involves independent medical evidence.


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8 December 2006 : Stewart Signing Confirmed
The South-West's worst kept secret is now out - Marcus Stewart is now officially a Yeovil Town player. He has been confirmed as signing an 18 month contract that will commence on January 1st 2007, taking him through to June 2008.

He was unveiled as a Glovers player at a Press Conference this afternoon. The only point of debate appears to be when he is first allowed to play a match for Yeovil Town. Today's Western Daily Press believes he is able to turn out for the New Year's Day match against Northampton Town, whilst the club's own statement suggests that the Friday night home match against Huddersfield Town will mark his debut. Unfortunately last season's fixture calendar does not set a precedence for this sort of 'borderline' situation - no games were played in England on January 1st, thus allowing clubs an extra 24 hours to complete their paperwork.


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8 December 2006 : Mini-Season Ticket Prices Available
Further to the earlier story concerning the launch of a mini-season ticket for the 2006-07 season, prices are as follows:

Yeovil College Stand

Adults - £163
Seniors - £134
Students - £134
Juniors - £58

Cowlin Stand

Adults - £153
Seniors - £115
Students - £115
Juniors - £58

Westland Stand

Adults - £153
Seniors - £105
Students - £105
Juniors - £58

From the way it is worded, it appears that the mini-season ticket will cover all home League One matches between the Northampton Town match on January 1st 2007 through to the end of the League One season - a total of 11 matches.

Therefore for an Adult in the Westland Stand attending all games, this would bring down the cost of admission to games to £13.91 from the pre-match day price of £16.00. However, given that the Swansea City match is Premium-priced, buying eleven pre-match day tickets would cost £180 pounds, and therefore for a Westland Stand Adult, this gives an overall saving of £27 - giving roughly 1.5 games 'free'.


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8 December 2006 : Clarke Looking Forward To Stewart Return
Yeovil Town's Youth Team striker Tom Clarke will be one player looking forward to the return of Marcus Stewart when he is formally unveiled as a permanent signing at Huish Park this afternoon.

Stewart's return will be announced at a Press Conference scheduled for 2.30pm this afternoon, and Clarke, who has been banging in some vital goals for the Youth Team this season will no doubt want to team up with his more senior counterpart on the training ground as soon as possible. Speaking to the Western Daily Press Clarke explained:

"I turned professional in the summer and full-time training has made a real difference to me. I am a lot fitter and I always try to learn off the senior players in the squad, especially people like Terry Skiverton and Marcus Stewart. I did a few sessions with Marcus when he was here and it's great to be able to train with a striker who has scored goals in the Premiership."

Clarke and Stewart should have plenty of opportunities to get together during December. Stewart will be unable to play for the club until January 1st, whilst Clarke will find the Reserve and Youth fixture lists taking their usual winter break from December 16th. Clarke told the paper that he could see some similarities between himself and Marcus which he believes makes it easier for him to learn:

"In some ways we are similar because we are both left-footed and neither of us are the biggest of players, and just watching him play sometimes has been a real help as well."

The rumourmill has suggested the long term vision is for Stewart to become more involved in the coaching side at the club. Even during his three months at Huish Park, manager Russell Slade allowed the former Sunderland man to provide informal coaching and tips on the training ground to his less experienced team-mates. Whether that will become a more formal part of Stewart's new contract at Huish Park this afternoon remains to be seen.


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8 December 2006 : Youth Team Drawn Away
Yeovil Town's Youth Team have been drawn away in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup. They will play the winners of the Swindon Town vs Queens Park Rangers tie that is scheduled to take place at the County Ground, Swindon on December 12th, kick-off 7.00pm.

There are still 20 ties left to play at the Third Round stage between now and Christmas. Fourth Round ties are due to be completed by Saturday 20th January 2007.

Both sides will be familiar to Stuart Housley's team. Swindon play in Yeovil's Youth Alliance league, whilst QPR featured in the League Cup Group stages this season. Swindon beat Yeovil 4-2 in Wiltshire on the first day of the season back in August when the new team was still taking shape, whilst QPR achieved a somewhat flattering 5-1 win in the League Cup last month. Both will therefore prove tough opposition, although as the Glovers showed with their Second Round win over Brentford, they are more than capable of overturning their erratic league form when it comes to the FA Youth Cup ties.


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8 December 2006 : Slade Praises Youth Team Win
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has praised the Glovers Youth Team for their shock Third Round win over 2004-05 cup holders Ipswich Town at Huish Park on Tuesday night. Stuart Housley's side won 5-3 on penalties after the game had finished 2-2 after Extra Time. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Slade said of the Under 18s:

"I'm really proud of them and they gave everything. They never laid down even though they were losing twice. Their work ethic was superb and you've got to remember that the Ipswich academy is full-time. In our side only Tom Clarke is full-time and I thought they were magnificent. It's given everyone at the club a fantastic lift and if we've got teams playing like that then we've got half a chance."

The Fourth Round draw is expected to take place sometime today.


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8 December 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 37 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results for Week 37 of their Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 37 : 8th December 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday C0723 Mrs C O’Hara, Foxglove Way, Houndstone
Tuesday A4941 Miss M Hedingham, Tithe Court, Yeovil
Wednesday A8611 Mrs A Toogood, High Lea, Yeovil
Thursday B9451 Mrs F Hughes, Freedom Avenue, Yeovil
Friday E5655 Mrs B Congdon, Stiby Road, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
A0723 Mrs M Flindell, Balmoral Road, Yeovil
B0723 A Richards, Magna Close, Yeovil
D0723 Mrs P Gill, Strode Road, Street
E0723 Mrs Charles, West End Close, South Petherton
B4941 Mr S Fowler, c/o ATS Bridport, Dorset
C4941 Mrs L Dennett, Hales Meadow, Mudford
E4941 Mrs L Cashin, Lower Fairmead Road, Yeovil
D8611 Mrs L Tidey, Jasmine Close, Houndstone
E8611 Mrs J Chislett, Ritchie Road, Houndstone
A9451 Mrs P Austin, c/o 19 Wheathill Way, Milborne Port
C9451 Mrs Pope, Woburn Road, Yeovil
D9451 Mrs D Ross, Beaconfield Road, Yeovil
B5655 Clive Spittle, Vineys Yard, Bruton
C5655 Mrs B J Strong, Longmead, Yeovil
D5655 Mrs A Church, Southville, Yeovil


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7 December 2006 : Mini-Season Ticket Planned
Yeovil Town are putting on sale mini-season tickets.

And that's at present all the information we have to hand.

At present we can't tell you how many games the tickets are valid for, how much they will cost, when they go on sale or indeed any useful marketing information that may tell you how much money you are saving by doing so, or when benefits you may receive. To find out more, you are required to phone the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

By contrast, our League One rivals Bristol City have also recently launched their own mini-season ticket. This promotion received a 'big bang' launch, has been championed by the manager himself, has been mentioned in several news items since the launch, is featured on the ticketing page of their official site, including price, benefits, terms and conditions, a direct link to buy them on-line, plus application forms that can be downloaded if you want the postal route. They have also managed to get the launch promoted within the Bristol Evening Post.

The decision to produce mini-season tickets just before Christmas is a superb one, and the club deserve praise for producing imaginative ticketing offers to encourage supporters to turn up to more matches. But they will only achieve that aim if they ensure that the promotion is properly publicised and marketed so that it reaches supporters through the media. Ciderspace will endeavour to ensure that prices any any other relevant information is available in the next 24-48 hours.

Whilst on the subject of ticketing promotions, you may or may not be aware that Junior Organisations (Youth Clubs, Junior Football Clubs, Cubs, Beavers etc) can obtain free tickets for tomorrow's match against Gillingham. One paying adult can accompany four Under-16s, with the juniors gaining admission for free if they are all part of a junior organisation. Larger parties can also be admitted on a ratio of four juniors to every paying adult. For further information contact the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888. The same offer also applies to the Huddersfield Town match on Friday 5th January 2007.

Other ticketing offers currently available include the Bradford City match on Saturday 23rd December, where Juniors can gain admission for one pound. There is no information available regarding the terms and conditions of this offer, but we assume that it is on the basis of them being accompanied by one paying adult per junior.

In addition, for the Huddersfield Town match on Friday 5th January 2007, season ticket holders can purchase an additional ticket for the match for five pounds, allowing them to bring along a friend or relative to the match for a reduced price.


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7 December 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town U18s vs Ipswich Town U18s
Yeovil Town's Youth Team won through to the Fourth Round stage of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night, after a marathon battle with 2004-05 winners Ipswich Town, where they won 5-3 on penalties after the game had finished 2-2 with 120 minutes played.

Harry Sherwood and James Hatcher were the heroes during the actual game, twice bringing Yeovil back from a goal down. Captain Gary Bowles took the plaudits for putting home the winning kick, whilst goalkeeper Peter Burridge also contributed by making the only save of the nine attempts during the shoot-out.

Robin Evans was there to put forward his own views on Tuesday night's game and his thoughts are now available online.

The draw for the Fourth Round is expected to be announced tomorrow.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town U18s 2 Ipswich Town 2 : Yeovil win 5-3 on penalties.


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7 December 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham Match Preview
Yeovil Town entertain Gillingham at Huish Park this Saturday hoping to put an end to recent poor run of form, which has seen the Glovers lose their past four out of six previous games. At Huish Park, however, Russell Slade’s side have maintained a creditable record, picking up maximum points in four out of six previous home games.

Gillingham, meanwhile travel to Somerset, on the back of a dreadful away record this season, wining just one match on their travels in twelve outings. Gillingham boss Ronnie Jepson even boarded the supporters’ coach to apologise to the travelling fans after their latest away fixture following their 2-0 defeat to Port Vale on Tuesday.

Yeovil Town were hit by a major blow today after the news that midfielder Paul Terry will sidelined for the remainder of the season after picking up a cruciate knee ligament injury at Rotherham last weekend. Right-back Mark Lynch also picked up a knee injury in training on Monday but will only be out of action until the New Year. With Andy Lindegaard still featured on the injury list, Russell Slade has said that Martin Cranie looks likely to slot into the vacated right back position. Speaking to the Western Daily Press today the gaffer said:

"He (Craine) could shift to what would be his third position he's played for the club and that was not really the intention. I knew when I brought him in that he was versatile but I wanted to play him in midfield, even more so now that Paul Terry is out. But with Andy Lindegaard out for another 14 days at least, Martin will have to slot in at right-back I would think."

Anthony Barry and J-P Kalala look certain to make a return to the first team following the double injury blow. Yeovil boss Russell Slade remains upbeat despite the loss of two key men. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Slade said:

"Fortunately we have got one or two options in there. If it had happened in one or two other areas it might have been a huge problem. It's still a problem of course because nobody wants injuries at any stage of the season and to have two major ones right now is a tremendous blow. But we have got people who can step up to the plate and obviously perform for us. So in that sense we are quite fortunate."

Yeovil Town came out on top the last time the two sides met at Huish Park in April last year when Chris Cohen guided the Glovers to a 4-3 win after scoring his first ever goal for the club during a memorable performance. Gillingham boss Ronnie Jepson acknowledges that Saturday’s clash will be equally testing for his side. Speaking to the Gillingham Official Site Jepson said:

"It will be very difficult. They are another good side, especially at home. They have got good forwards, have good movement, are strong, in your face and play at a very-high tempo by moving the ball very quickly. I watched the video and they should have got something out of last Saturday's game against Rotherham. We also had a scout at the game and they said the same.

"We know it is going to be a tough game but we will be well prepared as normal and hopefully we will see an improvement on Tuesday night, as we will be coming up against tougher opposition. There is sometimes a gulf in quality of squads. Some teams have got big squads but not the quality and some have decent sized squads that contain that quality and I think Yeovil are one of them. They have got the lad Chris Cohen and one or two other players that I tried to sign during the summer in a good squad
."

One to watch: Midfielder Matt Jarvis, 20, has had a host of suitors monitoring his progress this season and the club have confirmed today that they have received two formal offers for the highly-rated youngster. Jarvis has already netted an impressive five goals so far this season in the midfield and his pace and skill has given the opposition endless amount problems this season.

Betting: Yeovil are clear favourites to pick up maximum points on Saturday with SkyBet with odds at 5/6, the draw is priced at 9/4, while Gillingham are available at 11/4.

[Match Preview by George Murray.]

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 4 Gillingham 3 : Match Report.


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7 December 2006 : PT Out For The Season
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry has been more or less ruled out for the rest of the 2006-07 season with a knee injury. The former Dagenham and Redbridge player has been an ever-present in the side so far this season, but limped out of Saturday's 3-2 defeat against Rotherham United on Saturday.

As reported in yesterday's news, the initial prognosis was that Paul could have more serious knee damage than was originally thought and this has now been confirmed with news that he has suffered cruciate ligament damage and will require surgery and a recovery programme that will more or less keep him out for the rest of the season.

The very best of luck to PT in his recovery, and Ciderspace hopes to see him putting on a Yeovil shirt as soon as possible.


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7 December 2006 : City Terminate Stewart's Contract
Bristol City has officially announced that the club has terminated the contract of Marcus Stewart.

Yeovil Town has announced there will be a press conference at Huish Park tomorrow (Friday) at 2.30 p.m.

After extensive deliberation and consultation we've decided there just might be a connection.


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7 December 2006 : Minehead Row Rumbles On
Minehead manager Steve Perkins has for the second week running hit back at comments made by Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry following the recent match in the Somerset Premier Cup at the Recreation Ground in Minehead that saw the Reserves come out as 5-2 winners.

The events surrounding that match, including coin-throwing from Minehead fans and bicycle-riding on the pitch, brought an angry reaction from Fry on November 29th and Perkins has told this week's Somerset County Gazette that he felt the Yeovil Chairman's comments were unjustified which included him describing the pitch as "an utter disgrace":

"Mr Fry's comments about the pitch were totally out of order. Our groundsmen worked hard for four days getting the pitch ready for the game after some very bad weather. There had been no matches or any training sessions on it for two weeks before. I can't understand how he can make all these comments when he wasn't even at the game."

Perkins certainly hasn't got his facts straight on the latter count - one supporter who was in contact with Ciderspace during the match told us he sat almost adjacent to John Fry in the Minehead stand, and so the Yeovil Chairman was most definitely present at the match.

Speaking around the other incidents which included a number of coins being thrown at goalkeeper Darren Behcet and two bicycles being ridden across the pitch in separate incidents, Perkins stated:

"The club are investigating the coin-throwing incident so I can't really comment on it but, as soon as it happened, the coin was removed and everyone from behind the goal was moved. I didn't see the other incident but, from what I can gather, a couple of kids rode their bikes across the corner of the pitch but the pitch is on an open playing field so it's very difficult to stop that. We had 12 stewards working that night, which is far more than for a league game, so it's not like we didn't prepare for it."

One observation that is worth making is that if Minehead had 12 stewards present at the match, why the match referee was forced to approach the Minehead bench for assistance with crowd control. The bicycles were ridden across the pitch on two separate incidents and given that the Western League has certain ground regulations and standards, it is unusual that 12 stewards were unable to control the coin-throwing and cycling occurring on two separate occasions. What Minehead need to be asking themselves is what actions they took following the first occurrence of each incident and why that action was insufficient to stop it happening a second time.

Perkins believes Yeovil have forgotten their non-league roots and the fact that the Reserve Team were playing in the same league as Minehead up until the First Team's entry into the Football League in 2003:

"I think Yeovil should remember where they came from. It was only a couple of seasons ago that their Reserves were playing in the Western League. It's very disappointing this has blown up when we should be talking about what a great performance our young side produced."

There has been no subsequent follow-up from Yeovil Town or the Somerset FA to state whether there will be any firm investigation into the incidents at the Reacreation Ground, or whether the Glovers are serious in their threats to pull out of the competition. The Glovers are at present drawn to face Weston-Super-Mare in the Quarter-Finals, in a game due to be played probably around March 6th or 7th at Huish Park.


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7 December 2006 : Stewart Deal Running Close To Completion
All the signs are there that Bristol City striker Marcus Stewart could be a Yeovil Town player by the weekend, if not before. Stewart returned to Ashton Gate last Friday following a three month loan spell at Huish Park, and the Glovers have offered him a deal to cut short a miserable stay at his hometown club. The contract on the table is believed to keep him at Huish Park until June 2008, with the possible carrot of a coaching role at the club to follow that.

The fly in the ointment has always been the issue of which party would swallow the cut in wages Stewart would have to take in severing his contract with City. Reports have in the past put his wages at Ashton Gate at around 5-6K per week which is believed to be around three times the top bracket at Huish Park, and clearly any deal that is on the table would not break that wage structure. The difficulty has therefore been dealing with the contractual obligations surrounding the final seven months of Stewart's contract with City and who should pay that off. That has involved intense negotiations between all three parties over the past fortnight and the hope is that any loose ends will be tied up today.

It now therefore seems to be a case of "when" rather than "if" Stewart will sign. There is a slight variation between the local media as to when that will be. BBC Somerset Sound gave a timeline of "within the next 48 hours" whilst the Western Daily Press suggested a deal could be struct "today". Speaking to the radio station this morning, manager Russell Slade admitted matters were close to a conclusion:

"That looks as if it is getting closer and that's all I can say on the Marcus Stewart situation. There is a lot of dialog that has taken place and I feel that the clubs are very very close."

There is of course no hurry from a matchday point of view to get the deal concluded, as even if agreement is finalised today or tomorrow, Stewart will not be able to play for Yeovil before January 1st. There is though an undoubted wish by all parties to conclude the deal as quickly as possible so that the striker can at least get onto the training ground at Huish Park again - based on yesterday's evidence Stewart will not even get Reserve Team football with Bristol City whilst he remains there.


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6 December 2006 : Invitation From Donny
Via the green room :

"The battle of the hoops!

Yeovil and Doncaster Rovers are the only teams in League 1 to play in hoops, but that's not all they've got in common. Both clubs have a fine tradition, and both clubs have climbed from the Conference to become established League 1 outfits, and done so almost simultaneously. May we at Rovers therefore not only congratulate you on your present success in the League, but also cordially invite you to visit us on 16 December for what will be your last ever game at Belle Vue, and indeed our penultimate game there as we move to our new stadium after we have played Nottingham Forest on 23 December. We have enjoyed some good tussles over recent years, and we all recall the great day for Yeovil when you sealed the Conference Championship with a comprehensive 4 : 0 demolition job at Belle Vue. Why not take this opportunity to relive those moments, or perhaps, if you haven't visited us before due to the distance involved, this last opportunity to see another old ground disappear and become a part of history.

Please also come and join us in the Viking Supporters' Club bar, which is the building immediately to your right as you enter the car park. We can promise you a fine pint of Tetleys - or a cider if you must! - and a genuine Yorkshire welcome! See you on the 16th.?

Andy Liney
Chairman, Viking Supporters' Co-operative
Supporters' elected director, DRFC."

The Ciderspace guide to Donny can be viewed here.


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6 December 2006 : Slade Expands On Injured Duo
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has expanded upon the situation concerning knee injury victims Paul Terry and Mark Lynch. The Glovers have lost the midfielder and right-back within days of each other to near identical injuries. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound at today's Reserve Team game though, Russell suggested that the injury to Paul Terry could be much worse than originally suspected:

"On Saturday, as you know, Paul Terry had to come off. We thought maybe that it was just a simple twist but it's far more complicated than that. It's a severe knee injury; we do know that. At this moment in time we are seeking specialist advice and hopefully making a decision on where to go with it. The worst scenario could be that he is out for the rest of the season but I hope that is not the case. Sometimes these things happen and we have to take the best course of action."

As for Mark Lynch, the right-back has had past knee injuries, including one that caused him to be sidelined at his former club Hull City on his debut for the club, and so Slade feels the prognosis on his injury is a little more predictable:

"Mark Lynch twisted his knee as well on Monday. Certainly that is a concern. He has done it before though, two or three times and there might be a slight weakness there. But we're going to work on that and we will probably expect him to be out for up to six weeks."

On loan defender Martin Cranie played right-back for the Reserves this afternoon and is the most likely candidate to step into Lynch's shoes whilst Jean-Paul Kalala and Anthony Barry have a chance to occupy the central midfield spots. Perhaps significantly neither player was risked in this afternoon's game suggesting that both could feature in Saturday's match against Gillingham.


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6 December 2006 : Last Gasp Draw For Reserves
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team gained a late point against local rivals Bristol City in a Pontins Holiday Combination match held at Huish Park this afternoon. The 2-2 draw was made all the more worthy by the fact that four of those who turned out this afternoon - Gary Bowles, Tom Clarke, Ren Turnock and Tom Parsons had played in last night's 120 minute long FA Youth Cup match.

Bristol City's side featured Chris Weale, making his first ever return as a player since he left the Glovers over the summer but there was no place for Marcus Stewart, who it seems can not even make City's Reserve Team these days. City's midfield included first team regulars Scott Brown, Scott Murray and David Noble it wasn't too surprising that they slightly dominated a Yeovil midfield containing Stephen Maher and an out of position Gary Bowles.

However, City found it difficult to break past the Yeovil back line and it was actually Yeovil who took the lead 22 minutes into the first half, with Ishmael Welsh's cross being flicked on by Daniel Webb into the path of Arron Davies who landed plenty of space in the box to pick his spot and put Yeovil 1-0 up. Davies had twice tested Weale earlier in the half, but got third time lucky.

As the half wore on, Bradley Thomas swapped positions with Bowles allowing the latter a chance to continue in the centre of defence. This was a very entertaining 45 minutes with the "local derby" aspect making for a passionate display from both teams. Daniel Webb and City's Dave Partridge had a constant battle of elbows and hands as they got physical when challenging for the ball, and later on in the game, Thomas and City's Noble also went head to head over a disagreement. Referee Dermot Gallagher seemed content to let all this take place without interruption.

On loan defender Martin Cranie had been given 45 minutes at right-back, presumably as a trial run for Saturday's game where he is the most likely player to take the injured Mark Lynch's place and he was retired during the interval to make way for Tom Parsons with the management having presumably seen enough of him in that position to make a judgement.

City came back into it during the second period, and in the 55th minute equalised when a neat interchange of passes left Scott Murray in open space following a quick one-two and he finished well to make the scores 1-1.

Gary Bowles ended a marathon 180 minutes worth of football inside 24 hours to make way for Ren Turnock - another one of last night's Youth Team heroes. However, with 12 minutes left, City gained the lead when Scott Murray was given too much room down Yeovil's right flank and he put in a cross that was converted by Mark Magee.

Yeovil rallied and in the closing minutes both Davies and Turnock went close, with Chris Weale reminding Yeovil Town fans how good he is as a keeper with a string of blocks. But there was little Weale could do about the final strike of the game that came from Arron Davies after City had lost possession on the edge of their box following a challenge by Daniel Webb. Davies made himself room then fired home brilliantly to salvage a draw from the match.

Line-Up: Darren Behcet, Martin Cranie, Anthony Tonkin, Bradley Thomas, Scott Guyett, Gary Bowles, Stephen Maher, Jake Smeeton, Daniel Webb, Arron Davies, Ishmael Welsh

Subs: Tom Clarke (80 mins for Ishmael Welsh), Ren Turnock (60 mins for Gary Bowles), Tom Parsons (46 mins for Martin Cranie), Steve Thompson.

Bristol City: Weale, Wilson (Walker 15), Partridge, Lamb, Woodman (Ribeiro 70), Murray (Wring 60), Grubb, Noble, Brown, Plummer, Magee.


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6 December 2006 : Terry And Lynch Out For Six Weeks
Today's Western Daily Press is reporting that midfielder Paul Terry and right-back Mark Lynch are likely to be out for six weeks due to injury.

Paul's injury was sustained at Rotherham United on Saturday and his twisted knee has now been diagnosed as knee ligament damage and this is expected to keep him out beyond the Christmas and New Year period. Paul has been in some of his best form for the Glovers this season and has been an ever-present member of the 2006-07 starting line-up and so manager Russell Slade will have to reshape his midfield for Saturday's home match against Gillingham.

Mark's injury was sustained at the Kingsbury Episcopi training ground which the club have just this week announced will now be their primary training ground, and again this is a knee injury. At the moment Mark is being kept on crutches and the club are waiting for the swelling to go down before making a full assessment of the damage, but it seems likely that he could be out for a similar period of time.

With Lynch a regular now in the right-back slot and the man he displaced Andy Lindegaard still recovering from a long-term groin injury, Slade will have to make a decision on who takes the right-back slot on Saturday. Ironically, Paul Terry would have been one of those candidates - the most likely situation is that the Yeovil boss will choose between Martin Cranie who played in central midfield on Saturday but has played right-back for Southampton's Reserve team, or Terrell Forbes, who played right-back for Oldham Athletic on a regular basis. Whichever he chooses, the other candidate will undoubtedly partner Terry Skiverton in the centre.

With bodies dropping, it is worth noting that David Poole plays his last game for Stockport County on Saturday and will return to Yeovil at the very least up until New Years Day. Stockport have stated their wish to sign Poole on a permanent basis, but whatever happens, the winger will be able to play for the Glovers during the rest of December which could give Slade additional options given that both Terry and Cranie will be taken out of the central midfield slots for the foreseeable future.


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5 December 2006 : Reserves On Wednesday Afternoon
Not sure what team Yeovil Town will be cobbling together as the Reserves usually feature a number of youth teamers, who have of course just gone to extra-time tonight in the thrilling victory over Ipswich Town (see below), but tomorrow afternoon's fixture against Bristol City Reserves was still going ahead as of this evening. Kick-off at Huish Park is 2.00 p.m.


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5 December 2006 : Youth Team Wins On Penalties
In a stunning upset massive underdogs Yeovil Town youths beat the 2004-05 winners of the F.A. Youth Cup Ipswich Town in tonight's Third Round tie at Huish Park.

Under the cosh for the first half hour Yeovil began to come into the match towards the end of the first half. The second period saw a penalty apiece, the first a very dubious one on 61 minutes for the Tractor Boys converted by Jai Reason, and then ten minutes later as Harry Sherwood slotted in from the spot for the home side.

Full-time: Yeovil Town 1-1 Ipswich Town

With the score 1-1 after 90 minutes the game went to extra time and the visitors got off to flier, taking a 1-2 lead almost immediately through Ed Upson. Once again the Glovers fought back, a James Hatcher header levelling the score.

End of extra-time: Yeovil Town 2-2 Ipswich Town

And so to penalties. Yeovil went first and scored their first four, at 4-3 Peter Burridge saved the next Ipswich attempt, and the Glovers knocked in their fifth to take the shoot out 5-3.

Penalties: Yeovil Town 5-3 Ipswich Town

A superb gutsy performance by the lads against what is recognised as one of the best academies in the country. Yeovil progress to the Fourth Round of the F.A. Youth Cup for only the second time in our history. Congratulations to the players and everyone connected with the Youth Team.

Yeovil Town U18 : Peter Burridge, Matt Concliffe, Oliver Wake, Lewis Gundry, Gary Bowles, Harry Sherwood, Danny O'Brien, Phil Ormrod, Tom Clarke, Liam Hoarder, Jamie Morgan. Substitutes : John Steele, Ren Turnock, Greg Taafe, Lee Bailey, James Hatcher.


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5 December 2006 : Officials for Saturday
Anthony Taylor (Cheshire) has been appointed to referee Saturday's League One fixture between Yeovil Town and Gillingham. Someone will doubtless prove us wrong, but we think this is Mr Taylor's first time in the middle at Huish Park.

Neil Radford (Worcestershire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall) are the assistant referees, Andrew Rodda (Devon) the fourth official.


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4 December 2006 : SPC Quarter-Final Draw
Yeovil Town Reserves have been drawn at home in the next round of the Somerset Premier Cup, with the opponents Weston-super-Mare of the Football Conference South.

The full draw is :

Brislington or Mangotsfield United v Team Bath
Bristol Manor Farm v Bitton
Taunton Town v Larkhall Athletic
YEOVIL TOWN RESERVES v Weston-super-Mare

Ties are scheduled to be played in the week of 5th March 2007.


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4 December 2006 : BBC Local Radio Rotherham Interviews
The BBC local radio interviews from Saturday's match against Rotherham United have now been loaded onto the BBC Somerset Sound website into their Interview Archive section. In addition to the usual post-match verdict from Russell Slade they also talk to club captain Terry Skiverton on the day of his 300th appearance for the club.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade Interview Transcript.


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4 December 2006 : FA Youth Cup Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Youth Team play in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup tomorrow evening when they take on Ipswich Town on the Huish Park main pitch with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Ipswich were the 2004-05 competition winners whilst last season it took a Liverpool side who were on their way to winning the 2005-06 competition to knock them out of the cup. This is therefore a chance to see one of the top Academy sides in the country on display as well as seeing whether the current Yeovil Town youth set-up can give them a shock or two.

Admission for the match is 4 pounds for Adults and 2 pounds for Concessions and these can be either purchased in advance or on the night from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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3 December 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Rotherham United vs Yeovil Town
The full match report following yesterday's 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United is now available. Despite goals from Leon Best and Lee Morris the Glovers went down in a match that saw all five goals scored in the first half.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Rotherham United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Vote for your YTFC Man of the Match v Rotherham United.


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3 December 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Rotherham Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade felt his side's poor start to the game that saw them go 2-0 down inside 13 minutes was to blame for the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United on Saturday. Delroy Facey and a Terry Skiverton own goal put the Glovers on the rack before new strike partnership Leon Best and Lee Morris turned up trumps. But a controversial Will Hoskins penalty sealed the match just before half time.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I absolutely feel we lost it early on. The first 20 minutes was poor for us and we didn't help ourselves. We put ourselves under pressure and they were sloppy goals. They were two crosses and we should have either stopped them or dealt with them and we didn't do either."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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3 December 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 36 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 36 of their Glovers Gold Bond draw:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 36 : 1st December 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£1000 Monthly Jackpot
A5660 - Mr & Mrs Mitchell, Hardy Crescent, Stalbridge
£50 Agent Bonus - 089

£100 Winners
Monday B6777 Mr D J Carmichael, Ivythorn Road, Street
Tuesday C8319 Mr R Sowden, Watercombe Heights, Yeovil
Wednesday E2727 Mrs P Durston, Higher Bullen, Barwick
Thursday A6501 Ms A Hyde, Trellech Court, Yeovil
Friday A1350 Mrs J Tucker, Hosey Road, Sturminster Newton

£10 Consolations
A6777 Mrs T Beal, High Street, Keinton Mandeville
D6777 Mrs J Legge, Alder Grove, Yeovil
E6777 Mrs Mudford, Magdalen Lane, Bridport
A8319 Ms K Boddy, Mowleaze, Barwick
B8319 Mr F Venables, Cherry Tree, Bridport
D8319 Mrs Hallett, Clovermead, Yetminster
E8319 Mrs C Connor, Trent Close, Yeovil
A2727 Mr R Trott, Thorne Gardens, Yeovil
B2727 Mrs M Copley, Montacute Road, Tintinhull
C6501 Mrs Lancaster, Great Orchard, Ilchester
D6501 Miss T Evans, Manningford Road, Blandford Forum
B1350 Mrs S E Pullen, Manor Road, Milborne Port
C1350 Mr Machin, Seaton Road, Yeovil
D1350 Mr J Hiscott, Jubilee Place, Yeovil
E1350 Mr J Parsons, Camborne Street, Yeovil


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2 December 2006 : Trouble At T'Mill
Yeovil Town crashed to their second league defeat in a row today after suffering their first ever defeat at Millmoor, coming out on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline against Rotherham United.

They could have easily got something out of the game were it not for a horror start to the game that saw them 2-0 down after just 13 minutes. First Delroy Facey headed home to put the Millers a goal up after a corner was only half-cleared and put back into the box by Eugen Bopp. Two minutes later Terry Skiverton had a 300th appearance to forget when he turned the ball into his own net when put under pressure by an incoming Rotherham striker as he tried to cut out a Martin Woods cross into the box.

Away from home, that double setback could have seen the Glovers fold but they fought back and amazingly found themselves level after just half an hour. A Chris Cohen cross was perfectly placed for Leon Best to head home his first goal for the Glovers after 25 minutes. Then six minutes later, Cohen was Yeovil's creative force again as another move from the left flank saw Lee Morris convert from a narrow angle with a deft finish.

It looked as though Yeovil were going to be the happier side going in at the break until two minutes into injury time, Rotherham top scorer Will Hoskins cut into the box. After challenges from both Terry Skiverton and Chris Cohen, referee Carl Boyeson did not endear himself to the travelling supporters by blowing up for a penalty. Hoskins sent Steve Mildenhall the wrong way and Yeovil had to start again.

The second period was a quieter affair, although the Glovers gradually built up a head of steam as the final whistle drew closer. They did have their casualties though, with manager Russell Slade having to withdraw Paul Terry (twisted knee), Lee Morris (dead leg) and Martin Cranie (cramp) - Ishmael Welsh, Anthony Barry and Wayne Gray joining the late charge.

A lively finish to the match saw a Leon Best shot take a deflection with Gray inches away from converting the loose ball for an equaliser. Then Boyeson took centre stage once again with another controversial decision after Best appeared to be hauled back by Millers defender Pablo Mills for what would have been a last minute spot kick, but he waved the claims away. Whilst Yeovil came home empty handed, their spirit right up to the end of the six minutes of second half injury time could not be faulted - just unfortunate that it took them the first 15 minutes to get into their stride.

Final Score: Rotherham United 3 Yeovil Town 2

With the Glovers the only game played in League One on the day, the Glovers stay 7th in the table, although Carlisle United can move above them if they win their midweek match at Bristol City. Despite 10 League One matches being played on Tuesday and another on Wednesday, not a lot of positional damage can be done, although Yeovil's defeat will allow the top six sides a chance to open up a gap if they win their games.

Link: Coca Cola League One : Latest League Table.


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2 December 2006 : MOTM Voting For Rotherham
Don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote for today's League One match against Rotherham United. The match ended in a 3-2 defeat for the Glovers after a manic first half saw all five goals scored, with Yeovil's coming from Leon Best and Lee Morris.

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


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2 December 2006 : OTV Christmas Edition Submissions Required!
We have received the following message from Seb White of both Capital Glovers and On To Victory fame. Seb took over the reins for the last edition of OTV but is now looking at extending that stay in the Editor's chair for an edition of the fanzine that is planned to be out in time for Christmas. Seb writes:
Lads and Lasses,

The next issue of 'On To Victory' is out at the Bradford game on December 23rd. After discussions with Jeremy and James (Lads - cheers for keeping it going, it's much appreciated) myself and Dan Britton will be taking it over for the foreseeable future. Dan is in the process of sorting out a new website which should be up and running in some form in the near future. From now on for all fanzine related stuff can you please use this email address.

The deadline for this issue is Friday 15th December, so it gives you a couple of weeks to get something done - it can be on absolutely anything and 400+ words really isn't that much. If you do feel like doing something but don't know where to start then please get in touch I've got a very long list of ideas.

Anyway get in touch with us as soon as possible if you can put something together all contributions very gratefully accepted.

Seb (info@ontovictory.net)



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1 December 2006 : Knill : Glovers Are No Fools
Rotherham United manager Alan Knill has said that he expects tomorrow's opponents Yeovil Town to not under-estimate his side when they visit Millmoor tomorrow. The Yorkshire club are currently 19th in the table, but would be 9th and just three points behind Yeovil were it not for them incurring a 10 point penalty over the summer due to falling into administration. Knill has said of Yeovil's visit tomorrow:

"Yeovil won't be fooled by where we are. Russell's a good manager and they will know we are a good team. But we shouldn't be concentrating on what might have been. Fact is we are where we are and that's the situation we have to deal with. Which is why I don't want anyone getting carried away. What I do want is consistency and belief in ourselves on a game-by-game basis."

Slade has echoed that sentiment in speaking to BBC Somerset Sound also drawing attention to the unusual camber on the Millmoor ground as being a factor:

"They are in a massively false position and I think they would be only two or three points behind us if they were granted the 10 points that they lost at the start of the season. But that's their problem and that's where they stand. It's a difficult place and it always has been a difficult place. There's an incredible slope at Rotherham, and it's often difficult because teams do try and often defend in that bottom end."

Knill is somewhat wary of Rotherham's current form with the Millers not having won in three league games plus going out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage - this after his side had clawed their way out of the relegation zone with four successive wins. Knill is anxious for his side not to get sucked back into trouble:

"We've still got work to do but we've shown that when we play to our full potential, we can compete with anyone in this division. Yeovil will know they're not going to find things easy up. Russell has done ever so well and they've had a little bit of money to spend. We've both seen the 'other' side of this business and I think that grounding makes you a better manager. I'm not going top get carried away at the slightest thing because I want to try to deal with this situation. Consistency is going to be the key for us and that's what we're striving for. We've done well but we haven't achieved anything yet."

Knill will be giving late fitness tests to two of his players with Michael Keane having missed the last two games with a hamstring strain, whilst captain Colin Murdock picked up a knock in training a fortnight ago that has caused concern. Top scorer Will Hoskins has missed training this week but resumed yesterday after recovering from a virus and is expected to play. Glovers team news is contained within yesterday's match preview.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rotherham.


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1 December 2006 : Perkins Continues To Play Down Coin Throwing Row
Minehead player-manager Steve Perkins has again spoken out about Tuesday night's coin throwing at the Recreation Ground that saw the match held up for five minutes during Yeovil Town Reserves' 5-2 win in the Somerset Premier Cup. Goalkeeper Darren Behcet twice had to approach the match referee Robin Gillard after he experienced coins being thrown by Minehead fans at the game.

Perkins was interviewed by BBC Somerset Sound on the Wednesday to put forward his point of view, and he has continued to claim very little happened when talking to the Somerset County Gazette. However his view of matters differs wildly from Yeovil Town supporters who were at the match:

""I can't believe so much has been made of it. Apparently loads of Yeovil fans have contacted Somerset Sound complaining about the incident and been talking about it on websites. I didn't see what happened because I was concentrating on the game but the ref simply stopped the game for a few minutes while a steward removed the coin."

Glovers fans at the game would find the description of a steward removing the coin to be very far removed from the truth. Behcet himself handed the first coin thrown over to referee Gillard and after he realised more coins were being thrown, the keeper left his area to approach acting manager Steve Thompson to explain his situation and to demand the match referee and Minehead Football Club took action.

Only then did club officials act and attempt to resolve the situation, resulting in a large delay whilst Minehead fans were removed from behind the goal. Despite earlier claiming that he did not witness the incident, Perkins later contradicts himself by claiming to know how many coins were thrown at Behcet:

"By all accounts, one youngster threw a coin but from what has been said you would have thought was a hail of them. I think the whole incident has been blown out of proportion and, for me, it can't spoil what was a great night for the club. To have over 400 people in watching the game was amazing and the atmosphere was great. Our young side did themselves proud and were certainly not disgraced. In fact, I thought 3-2 would have been a fairer reflection of the game. I hope the people who came along can see what we're trying to achieve with a young side and continue to support the club."

In yesterday's news, Somerset FA Chairman Francis Hillier stated that he would only launch an investigation into the issue if Yeovil Town put their complaints in writing. In incidents in other matches this week, the national FA have proactively written to four Championship sides after objects were thrown onto the pitch in matches played on the same night. Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City have been asked by the FA to give their views on incidents that occurred during their matches against Sunderland and Cardiff City respectively.


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1 December 2006 : Johnson Backed In Stewart Dispute
Bristol City Chairman Steve Lansdown has told City supporters that he has no issue with manager Gary Johnson's refusal to play out of favour striker Marcus Stewart.

Whilst Stewart has been out on loan at Yeovil knocking up some impressive performances and vital goals, many City fans have been disgruntled at what they see as a "personal" issue between Johnson and Stewart and have wanted him back in the Ashton Gate team. That matter came to the fore at City's Annual General Meeting last night where one shareholder accused Stewart of being badly treated by the club. The Bristol Evening Post report Chairman Lansdown as responding to the shareholder:

"I think it's about time we all recognised that he (Stewart) isn't bigger than this football club. It is the manager's right to pick the side and decide who he wants in the squad. That will always be the case while I am the chairman of this club. There are two sides to every story but I am not aware I have said anything derogatory about Marcus. There are hard decisions to be made in football and I don't dispute that Marcus loves this football club. The unfortunate thing is that he has come back to this club and he hasn't succeeded."

Johnson himself added his own views on the subject, claiming that he had never said anything inappropriate about the striker, who is believed to be still in talks with both Yeovil and City in an attempt to cut his stay in Bristol short:

"I would defy anyone to find anything that I have said against Marcus. It is all Chinese whispers and I would never do anything to embarrass this football club."


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1 December 2006 : Fry Thanks Stewart For Contribution
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has thanked striker Marcus Stewart for his services to the club over the last three months after he returned to parent club Bristol City for training at Ashton Gate today.

The two clubs have yet to reach an agreement over the player's future, but whatever the outcome, Marcus will spend the whole of December in Bristol where it is widely believed that he will not play for City's first team again. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Fry believes Stewart's career still has a long way to go:

"He still has a lot to offer football. We have helped him by bringing him here on loan and he has done us a big favour too. If he does not come back here then we wish him good luck for the future. He has been our top-scorer and we are fortunate to have had his services."

The Glovers camp have so far been silent in terms of how they see the situation with Stewart. Bristol City Chairman Steve Lansdown has stated this week that the future is entirely up to Stewart to decide, even if that may be slightly simplistic view of the situation. Fry gave his views to the paper of how things are going:

"We have discussed personal terms with him and the next move is to talk with Bristol City about a contract. We hope to have some sort of direction with it by the end of the week. He is still their player but I hope that by the end of the week it will be sorted. We have had amicable talks with Bristol City and they are aware of our offer. Having decided to take the bull by the horns we have moved a long way forward and the player is now sorting things out with Bristol City. It is fair to say that Bristol City and ourselves have agreed a way forward."


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