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31 December 2007 : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play Luton Town tomorrow afternoon for a New Year's Day game that kicks off at Kenilworth Road at 3.00pm. The match represents the last of Yeovil's Christmas fixture schedule with Saturday's match against Walsall having already been pushed back to January 8th due to the FA Cup Third Round taking place that weekend.

Luton are also in that competition, with Liverpool their hosts, meaning that many of those who turn up to the ground tomorrow will have the big match on their minds and doubtless their manager Kevin Blackwell will be doing his best to ensure his players stay focused on their club's main priority.

Luton currently lie in 21st place in the table and so are currently fighting a relegation battle. However, that fact masks the point that were it not for a 10 point deduction for going into administration, the Hatters would be five points behind the Glovers with a game in hand. Furthermore, their record of seven wins out of 10 games at Kenilworth Road can only be bettered by one club in the division - Leeds United. For all of their woes off the field, only a fool would under-estimate their position on the field.

The Hatters go into the match without three key players, in part due to their Boxing Day match against Bristol Rovers that saw three players dismissed from the field for various offences. Chris Coyne and Anthony Grant are in the middle of suspensions, whilst Sam Parkin (ankle) will also be missing.

For the Glovers, Lee Peltier will not be involved, following his (hopefully temporary) return to Liverpool after a highly successful half-season loan. Ritchie Jones also exits to Manchester United, even if his loss will matter little to manager Russell Slade's team selection plans. It is hoped that Darren Way will fill the gap left by Peltier, although this will also be the last game of Way's planned spell with the Glovers, along with Charlton striker James Walker. Otherwise, with Marvin Williams and Marc Bircham having completed highly satisfactory substitute appearances on Saturday, it is only long term absentee Lee Morris (knee) and club captain Terry Skiverton (suspended) missing from the squad.

The two sides cancelled each other out at Huish Park earlier this season, with a 0-0 draw, and the Glovers will hope for that as a minimum as they seek to take advantage of a top eight that, bar Swansea City, has bunched up radically over the weekend.

If you haven't got a ticket, we think that the all-ticket status on this match has been revoked. Unofficial reports suggest that there will be a cash turnstile open at the away end for tomorrow's game, although if you are travelling from a significant distance then you may wish to phone in advance just to make sure. See our earlier news item for more details, as the club have not officially confirmed this.

Kick-off at Kenilworth Road will be at 3.00pm and for those not travelling, BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM with Drew Savage and Chris Spittles providing the usual coverage.

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31 December 2007 : Peltier Makes Liverpool Return
This afternoon's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reports that Liverpool defender/midfielder Lee Peltier has returned to Anfield and will not feature in tomorrow's match at Luton Town.

Peltier's loan deal ran out today, but the club had been hoping to extend that deal for the rest of the season. However, it appears that they have run out of time to push any paperwork through and so for the time being at least, Peltier will leave the club.

Lee made 22 appearances for the club during his time at Huish Park, operating in either a central midfield or right back position. Hopefully this is not the last we've seen of him, but for the moment the club will have to consider alternative options.

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31 December 2007 : Luton Game No Longer All-Ticket?
We've yet to see any sort of official confirmation on this, but several supporters on the Green Room forum have said that they have been told verbally this morning by the Huish Park Ticket Office that contrary to previous advice, tomorrow's match against Luton Town is no longer all ticket.

There will be apparently a cash turnstile at Kenilworth Stadium tomorrow for away fans, presumably after Luton worked out what was painfully obvious from the start - that we weren't quite going to sell out the 2,000 capacity away end.

If you're travelling a long distance, then we'd recommend that you phone Luton first just to reconfirm this, but it would seem likely that you will be able to make your judgment on whether to travel or not upon your New Year's Day hangover - although obviously bear in mind your previous night's alcohol consumption before getting behind the wheel! Luton's main switchboard number is 01582-411622.

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31 December 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Luton
For those travelling to Kenilworth Road tomorrow for the New Year's Day match against Luton Town, the Ciderspace guide to the ground, the club and the town is now available.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton.

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31 December 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Brighton
Following Saturday's 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion, the BBC Somerset website has been updated with three interviews.

Assistant manager Steve Thompson's thoughts (as transcribed on this site yesterday) can now be heard in audio form, whilst midfielder Gary Dempsey gives his views on his first goal for the club. Finally Marc Bircham describes what it has been like to be sat out for half the season as he got his first five minutes of first team football on Saturday.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.

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30 December 2007 : Thommo's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Following the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday at Huish Park, assistant manager Steve Thompson spoke to BBC Somerset, giving his views on the match that saw Gary Dempsey and Zoltan Stieber score their debut goals for the club.

The full interview transcript can be read, via the link below.

Link: Thommo's Verdict On The Brighton Game.

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30 December 2007 : Ticketing Reminder
With the New Year's Day match at Kenilworth Stadium seemingly remaining, for mysterious reasons no one has bothered to explain, all-ticket for away fans, Yeovil Town supporters wishing to attend this game are reminded that your final opportunity to purchase tickets is tomorrow. The Huish Park Ticket Office is open on Monday 31st December from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. only. As a note: there is an offer not mentioned in the information in yesterday's programme, though it did make it to the Official Site - Under 16s qualify for entry at £1.00 provided they are accompanied by an adult paying full price for a ticket. See Ciderspace News Page 16th November for full pricing details.

Tickets for the 12th January visit to Roots Hall have also gone on sale. Here the incentive to buy in advance from Huish Park is not that the match is all-ticket but avoiding the £2.00 additional charge on the day.

Adult: £20.00
Concessions (Over 60, Students, Young Persons 17-21): £13.00
Under 17 : £10.00

Our apologies to disabled supporters for the lack of information on their prices and conditions: the supposed dedicated page on the Southend United Official Site appears to be no longer available, and the Yeovil Town matchday programme simply suggests you phone the Shrimpers. The number given on the Ticket Information page in the programme is incorrect. It should read 08444 770077. Both Southend and Yeovil falling down in their service to their disabled customers.

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29 December 2007 : ZoltŠn Seals Brighton Double
Yeovil Town completed the double over Brighton and Hove Albion for the second consecutive season as goals from midfielder Gary Dempsey and winger ZoltŠn Stieber confirmed a 2-1 win after an early Alex Revell goal had been cancelled out.

Despite making an enthusiastic start, the Glovers seemed to disappear into their shells somewhat, and it was a strong-looking Brighton side that took the lead, 19 minutes into the half. Nicky Forster outwitted Scott Guyett when the Australian over-committed himself on the edge of the box, forcing Steve Mildenhall to cover his near post against the incoming Forster. All it needed was a simple pull-back to striking partner Alex Revell and an eight-yard finish at Mildy's uncovered back post.

The Glovers clawed their way back into the game in terms of possession - but perhaps not in terms of chances as they struggled to find the final ball that would get them back into the game, and the result was a frustrating first half - until a moment of brilliance by Marcus Stewart got Yeovil back into the match. His pass entirely split the Brighton defence in two, letting in Gary Dempsey, who blasted the ball into the roof of the net on the angle from 10 yards for his first goal for the Glovers and with just three minutes to go before the break, a desperately needed equaliser.

Goals change games and it certainly changed Yeovil's confidence and outlook on the game as they then created more chances during the remaining three minutes of the half than they'd managed in the preceding 42 minutes as Brighton were rocked back on their heels. James Walker could have easily had Yeovil in front before the break if his shot had not hit the side netting and the only disappointment was that the half time whistle had to be blown.

The second period saw Yeovil's customary appeals for a penalty turned down after Marcus Stewart received a clear shove in the back inside the box as he leapt for a header. However, the Glovers had started where they left off at the tail end of the first half, and Brighton were clearly on the back foot with a second goal looking likely.

This is the season of the pantomime and Brighton didn't let us down. The second goal came when a cross in from the right was somewhat flapped at by keeper Michel Kuipers, and in the ensuing chaos, two of his fellow defenders managed to collide with Kuipers leaving a pile of Seagulls players on the deck, and ZoltŠn Stieber was the calmest man on the pitch as he swept the ball home from 15 yards for his debut goal for Yeovil.

The Hungarian had most of the main stand on their feet when he broke through later in the second half, firing into the side netting but with enough drive to make the whole net ripple and fool those on the blind side into believing that another goal had been scored. "We thought we had scored ..."

Brighton did mount a spirited comeback, and with Forster's strength and experience obvious, they were always likely to pose a threat. So when the Glovers midfield began to shrink back into the defensive backline, a rather animated Russell Slade furiously ordered his troops to push up and relieve the pressure. When they failed to, he brought on two players designed to do that - striker Lloyd Owusu and winger Marvin Williams - who began to restore the balance and give Brighton something new to think about.

The second half performance of referee Graham Horwood, who had been fine up until the break, made matters a little harder to negotiate, with almost every 50:50 decision going the way of the Seagulls, almost as if he was willing an equaliser, and the bizarre bookings of Glovers pair Steve Mildenhall and Lee Peltier for apparent timewasting when Brighton had wasted more time during the first half appeared to be part of that. The five minutes of signalled injury time, subsequently extended to six, was capped by Mr Horwood overruling his linesman from 30 yards away by awarding a corner to Brighton instead of a goal kick to keep everyone on the edge of their seats, but not even that could give the visitors an equaliser.

That sent home the majority of the 6,881 crowd home happy - Yeovil's biggest gate of the season - and a big statement to the club that the fans are still out there. They just need a little encouragement to return to Huish Park, and today's 'kids for a quid' offer, combined with an entertaining second half display from both sides, will hopefully show the club that it can be done.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 7. Gary Dempsey 12. Matty Rose 25. Zoltan Stieber
10. Marcus Stewart 28. James Walker

Subs: 8. Anthony Barry 9. Lloyd Owusu (72 mins for Marcus Stewart) 19. Craig Alcock 20. Marc Bircham (86 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 32. Marvin Williams (72 mins for Paul Warne)

Brighton and Hove Albion: 4-4-2
16. Michel Kuipers
2. Andrew Whing 5. Joel Lynch 6. Adam El-Abd 18. Sam Rents
27. David Martot 22. Tommy Fraser 11. Dean Hammond 7. Dean Cox
8. Alex Revell 9. Nicky Forster

Subs: 14. Guy Butters 15. Paul Reid 19. Jake Robinson (60 mins for David Martot) 21. Nathan Elder (88 mins for Sam Rents) 23. Doug Loft (61 mins for Tommy Fraser)

Goals: Alex Revell (19 mins, 0-1), Gary Dempsey (42 mins, 1-1), Zoltan Stieber (50 mins, 2-1).

Attendance: 6,881 (including approx 800 Brighton fans).

Yeovil Bookings: Steve Mildenhall (timewasting, 81 mins), Lee Peltier (timewasting, 90 mins), Marvin Williams (off the ball incident, 90 mins)
Brighton Bookings: Joel Lynch (27 mins, foul), Andrew Whing (62 mins, dissent), Dean Hammond (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire).

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29 December 2007 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Brighton Game
A reminder for those who went to today's 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park, that voting is open for your Man of the Match. Choose your top three for the match by using the voting form below.

Remember to cast your vote before the match at Luton Town kicks off on New Year's Day, as voting will automatically close at that point.

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

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29 December 2007 : ZoltŠn Stays At HP A Further Month
The loan deal with Aston Villa for winger ZoltŠn Stieber has been extended to take in the month of January. The Hungarian's initial deal was due to run out on 1st January 2008, but assistant manager Steve Thompson confirmed the news that had been buzzing round Huish Park earlier in the day in an interview on Somerset Sound this evening.

Thommo also indicated that the Glovers would be trying to secure a further loan. All sides now have the whole of the January window to see if they can come up with a deal that suits. Yeovil Town will almost certainly be bidding for a long term loan deal until the end of the season. Villa will want to see what their squad is looking like towards the end of January, when they can make a judgement on whether they are likely to need Stieber again this season.

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28 December 2007 : Officials For The Brighton Game
The referee in charge of tomorrow's match between Yeovil Town and Brighton & Hove Albion will be Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

After a couple of poor officials, it would be nice to get someone who can get through the 90 minutes without us noticing him, and Mr Horwood is a bit of a dark horse on that front - he is a rookie to the Football League's lists having been promoted over the summer and we've only ever had him previously as an assistant referee.

One was for the Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg against Nottingham Forest in May, whilst the other was for an away match against Rushden and Diamonds in the 2004-05 season. Both matches ended in 2-0 defeats for the Glovers. We tend not to notice linesmen as much as referees (and besides often are unsure as to which linesman is which) and so effectively we have no 'previous' with Mr Horwood at all. Let's hope that at 5.00pm on Saturday, his name is just as anonymous from a Yeovil Town point of view.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Simon Hooper (Wiltshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire).

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28 December 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon at 3.00pm for their second home match in four days. Both sides lost on Boxing Day, with the Seagulls crashing 3-0 at Millwall in what Brighton's official site referred to as a 'dismal display', but with the Sussex side just two points below Yeovil with a game in hand, and still with their own hopes of gaining a play-off place this season, the chances of Brighton throwing in the towel at this stage of the season are out of the question.

That said, one player who appears to have thrown in the towel - or rather his shirt - is striker Bas Savage, who deposited his shirt into the away end at the New Den on the final whistle, perhaps signalling that will have been his last game for the club. Savage could still be selected for tomorrow's game, but he has refused an 18 month contract extension and so is due to depart the Withdean Stadium on December 31st. It seems that manager Dean Wilkins could be moving Savage on much earlier than that with the former Bristol City man (yes the one of the legendary slip-up in the Glovers penalty box at Ashton Gate) not even named on the Brighton official site's list of players travelling to Huish Park. Wilkins told their site:

"He has refused our offer, so he'll be moving on. It's going to be a blow, but we have to make sure that we move on and that who ever comes in does an equal, if not better job."

Brighton expect Alex Revell to therefore partner top scorer Nicky Forster up front, with the latter having netted 12 times already this season. It will be Revell's first start since an October hernia operation, and so he may not last the full 90 minutes. Midfielder David Martot will be playing his last game for the club before returning to parent club Le Harve whilst the only other dilemma for Wilkins is what to do about his team's Boxing Day performance and whether changes are warranted. Brighton's official site predict the following side:

Albion: (4-4-2) Kuipers, Whing, El-Abd, Lynch, Rents; Robinson, Hammond, O'Callaghan, Cox; Forster, Revell. Subs from: Sullivan (GK), Butters, Martot, Reid, Loft, Elder, Gatting.

For Yeovil, much will depend upon the fitness of defender Scott Guyett, who missed Boxing Day with a calf injury. Some sources suggest he will be fit; others suggest he is very doubtful. If fit, he is a natural shoe-in for the suspended Terry Skiverton, but if not then Matthew Rose will deputise.

Theoretically this is the final game for Ritchie Jones before he returns to Manchester United, although it would take a few absentees for him to make the sixteen. It is more likely that Mark Lynch will be promoted to the bench to cover for a slight shortfall in defensive numbers.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm, with tickets available on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The club are running a Kids For A Quid promotion, and Ciderspace would encourage all supporters to tell their friends and relatives to take advantage of this offer. Any person aged Under 16 can gain admittance for one pound only. There are no conditions attached, and no adult purchases required - this is simply a case of every child admitted for one pound. Bargain!

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28 December 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Swindon Game
Further to yesterday's link to the Real Audio copies of BBC Somerset's post-match interview with Russell Slade, the full transcription of Russell's thoughts on the Swindon Town 0-1 home defeat are now on-line.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Swindon Game.

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28 December 2007 : Skivo Appeal Unlikely
The Western Morning News are reporting that it is unlikely that Yeovil Town will appeal against Terry Skiverton's controversial sending off against Swindon Town on Boxing Day.

Referee Danny McDermid, despite being five yards from the incident and having an assistant also five yards away, chose to seek the advice of the Fourth Official, who was stood 60 yards away on the opposite side of the pitch. Whatever the Fourth Official told him was good enough for the official - who was poor throughout - to brandish a red card.

The WMN report the video evidence as "inconclusive" - assuming the feed the club have seen is the same as that provided on the Virgin Media website and the PTV network, then the problem is that the camera pans away for a split second from Skivo and Swindon striker Barry Corr and that is enough to bring an element of doubt into the equation that would make it unlikely for an appeal to be successful.

The body language of the players though says it all - both Skivo and Corr are seen trotting up the field side-by-side following the apparent 'incident' without any friction evident, and then when the hapless McDermid raises the red card, even Corr is seen approaching the referee with his hands outstretched as if to say "what on earth are you doing?" - certainly what is visible on the camera suggests that McDermid got the decision badly wrong - par for the course for his 90 minutes worth of blundering.

Unfortunately McDermid's actions would now appear to make it likely that Skivo will be missing from the home matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Walsall and the trip to Luton Town. Let's hope the referee's assessor was able to witness the shambolic performance.

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28 December 2007 : Jones To Return To Manchester
This morning's Western Daily Press confirms what was widely expected - that Manchester United midfielder Ritchie Jones will return to Old Trafford after tomorrow's match against Brighton and Hove Albion, after failing to cement a place in the Glovers first team.

When Slade recently revealed his intention to try and extend the loan deals for his current crop of 'borrowed' players, Ritchie's name was missing from that list, and with him also generally being omitted from the Glovers sixteen, it was pretty obvious which way Russell's mind was going. The Yeovil boss has now confirmed this, adding:

"I am sure Ritchie will be disappointed he hasn't played more football. He did get a run in the side at the start of the season but didn't quite nail down a place."

The WDP has also reaffirmed Russell's intention to attempt to extend the loan deals for midfielder Darren Way, winger Zoltan Stieber, striker James Walker and midfielder/right-back Lee Peltier but is yet to hear back from their parent clubs.

New Year's Day has often caught out a number of clubs in terms of the loan transfer system, with Football League offices usually closed for the Bank Holiday meaning that paperwork can not be pushed through on that day. Thankfully the Glovers trip to Luton Town on January 1st will already cover three out of the four loanees Slade is looking to keep. The only exception is Lee Peltier, whose current deal - like Jones - runs out on December 31st.

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27 December 2007 : Kids For A Quid Reminder
A reminder that for Saturday's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion, the club are running a 'kids for a quid' offer.

Any person aged under 16 can gain admittance to Saturday's match at Huish Park for one pound only.

There are no strings or conditions attached to this offer. It is simply one pound for each Under 16 admitted, by purchasing a ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in advance or on the day of the game.

Any adults travelling with children may wish to pre-book tickets in advance of the day of the game (either in person at the Huish Park Ticket Office or by phoning 01935-847888) to take advantage of the pre-match ticket prices. However, tickets will be available on the day of the match.

This is a promotion well worth taking advantage of, so if you have friends or relatives that could take advantage of this offer, then please let them know and get them to come along on Saturday.

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27 December 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Swindon Match
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Swindon Town, the BBC Somerset website has been updated with two post-match interviews.

Manager Russell Slade gives his usual post-match analysis of the game, whilst striker Marcus Stewart also gives his views on the match. Follow the link below - you'll need a free copy of Real Audio to listen to the clips.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Audio Archive.

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27 December 2007 : Man Of The Match Voting For Swindon
For those who went to yesterday's 0-1 defeat against Swindon Town, please note that you should be casting your Man of the Match votes now. Cast your top three using the voting form below.

Note that you must place your vote before Saturday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion kicks off.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.

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26 December 2007 : Glovers Shocked To The Corr
A single second half goal from Barry Corr was enough to sink Yeovil Town at Huish Park this afternoon, as a rough physical Swindon Town side muscled their way to three points that at the half time break they'd looked unlikely to grab.

Russell Slade made one change to the starting line-up from Saturday's match at Leyton Orient, swapping out Scott Guyett, who had a calf injury, and bringing in Marcus Stewart following his single match suspension. That allowed the Glovers to revert back to a 4-4-2.

The first half was on the whole relatively pleasing, albeit with a tendency for Yeovil's attacks to fizzle out a touch amidst Swindon's tactic of using Corr as a lone striker as soon as the visitors lost possession - using their nine other outfield players to pack behind the ball and try and crowd Yeovil out.

That almost didn't come off - a curling strike from James Walker was an absolute peach and deserved to open the scoring after 36 minutes, but the upright came to Swindon's rescue. A header from Marcus Stewart and a strike from winger Zoltan Stieber represented Yeovil's other chances but one concern was that for the huge number of balls that were going into the Swindon box, the most regular recipient was Swindon keeper Peter Brezovan, who seemed to be happy to pluck any cross that came his way out of the sky without breaking sweat.

The second half saw a few warning signs come Yeovil's way as Swindon began far more brightly than they had done so in the first 45 minutes - not that Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall was exactly working his socks off either. The most he had to do from the early second half exchanges was to push a Corr chance around the post for a corner - Swindon's first on target chance of the match.

The deterioration in Yeovil's quality of play though was showing as the match went on, and with 66 minutes on the clock, it was Swindon that broke the deadlock. Kaid Mohamed's flick-on to a forward ball played in Barry Corr behind a rather flat-footed Yeovil back four and the striker beat an on-rushing Mildy to the ball, which slowly dribbled into the back of an empty net for a 0-1 scoreline.

The Glovers huffed and puffed their way into clawing their way back into the game but all of those efforts were made immaterial when with 12 minutes remaining, Corr fouled Terry Skiverton on the halfway line. Darren Way prepared to take the free kick, but when referee Danny McDermid - the match official who recently had to answer charges brought by the FA on the back of a Gillingham vs Leeds United match in September - halted proceedings and went off for a chat with his assistant on the Cowlin Stand side ... followed by another chat with the Fourth Official. Out of the blue a red card was shown to Skiverton.

What for? We'll have to wait for the match video to tell us, but Russell Slade said post-match that Corr had kicked Skivo off the ball and that the Yeovil captain had reacted. If true, then why Corr - already on a yellow card for an ugly first half tackle on Lee Peltier was able to stay on the field of play is anyone's guess. McDermid had an awful game throughout but the decision to red card Skiverton lost him any remaining credibility he might have had with the Yeovil faithful. His decision also to restart play with a free kick to Swindon, despite all of this happening during a deadball, was also baffling, and again the match video is going to be needed to explain that one away.

The sending off though killed the match. The Glovers brought on Matthew Rose to be able to revert to three centre-backs and a 3-4-2 formation but almost every decision the Yeovil players seemed to make thereafter contrived to be the wrong one. An unwillingness to shoot at goal, coupled with a tendency for the younger players to get bullied into submission by the physical nature of Swindon's play meant that firm chances refused to come to Yeovil. The closest they came was in the closing five minutes when a header from substitute Lloyd Owusu was flicked wide of the target from five yards out.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 1.

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 7. Gary Dempsey 17. Darren Way 25. Zoltan Stieber
10. Marcus Stewart 28. James Walker

Subs: 8. Anthony Barry (76 mins for Gary Dempsey) 9. Lloyd Owusu (67 mins for Paul Warne) 12. Matty Rose (80 mins for Nathan Jones) 15. Justin Cochrane 20. Marc Bircham

Swindon Town:
12. Peter Brezovan
14. Miguel Comminges 16. Hasney Aljofree 5. Jerel Ifil 3. Jamie Vincent
10. Jon-Paul McGovern 4. Lee Peacock 8. Craig Easton 23. Kaid Mohamed
9. Barry Corr 31. Simon Cox

Subs: 15. Andrew Nicholas (24 mins for Hasney Aljofree) 19. Michael Pook 20. Billy Paynter (82 mins for Barry Corr) 21. Blair Sturrock 24. Chris Allen (86 mins for Kaid Mohamed)

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Terry Skiverton (78 mins, violent conduct)
Swindon Bookings: Barry Corr (43 mins, foul)

Scorers: Barry Corr (0-1, 66 mins)

Attendance: 6,539.

Referee: Danny McDermid

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25 December 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Swindon Town tomorrow at Huish Park in a Boxing Day derby match that kicks off at 2.00pm - note the earlier time! Note also that this is an ALL TICKET match and that if you have not already bought a ticket, you will not be able to gain admission to the game. Unlike some of the other premium-priced and all-ticket matches so far this season, there appears to be no possibility of any u-turn on that decision.

Swindon look to have a few injury problems with several players definitely out of the game. Keeper Phil Smith (hernia), midfielder Christian Roberts (knee) and Steve Adams will all be missing, whilst caretaker manager Ady Williams is struggling to be fit after suffering a hamstring strain in their match against Hartlepool United on Saturday. Another doubt is Hansey Aljofree, who missed the same game with a stomach bug but could be ready for a return given that Swindon's official site don't supply an update on his progress.

For the Glovers, there are no reported new injury concerns which means that only the continued absence of Lee Morris (knee) and the lack of match practice for Marvin Williams and Marc Bircham are still significant issues. The four day gap since the last game will have given additional time for Matthew Rose (elbow) and Justin Cochrane (tonsil infection) to get back into the swing of things and the main hope will have been that none of the other squad members have gone down with the virus that has been causing the squad problems over the past week or so. All being well, manager Russell Slade should only need to add striker Marcus Stewart to his first team squad following his one match suspension.

Swindon have not had the smoothest of seasons so far, having recently lost manager Paul Sturrock to Plymouth Argyle and they have yet to finally rubberstamp their latest attempts to push through a takeover bid that would restabilise the club's finances. Although the club have announced that the latest in a series of four months worth of takeover attempts has been agreed in principle, the fact that two outstanding issues for discussion include the ownership of the Country Ground and outstanding debts to the Inland Revenue, the Wiltshire side should not be counting their chickens just yet. They remain under a transfer embargo, due to debts owed to other clubs concerning ticketing revenue. Losing Sturrock to Plymouth was another hammer blow and the lack of certainty surrounding the club is again a problem in attempting to recruit his replacement and so Ady Williams remains in charge until that matter can be sorted out.

Whether the problems off the field have gradually leaked onto the field via dropping morale, or whether the transfer embargo itself has caused personnel problems isn't clear. However, Swindon have slipped somewhat from what had been a highly promising start to their return to League One. At the County Ground they have held things together, but on their travels they have not won since September 29th and are on a run of five straight away defeats. They lie six points behind the Glovers in 15th place, but are on a bit of a slide, having nudged the edge of the play-off places for much of their first dozen games, and until Saturday's 2-1 win over Hartlepool they had slipped to a seasonal low of 16th. That said, it could be argued that the news of the "provisional" takeover news that was issued just prior to Saturday's game had given the Robins a lift - only of course if it doesn't turn out to be another one of the County Ground's false dawns.

As already mentioned - this is a 2.00pm kick-off for the ALL TICKET match, and with there likely to be an above average crowd for this match, we'd recommend that you allow a little bit of extra time for getting into the stadium.

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25 December 2007 : Russell Plays Scrooge
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is continuing the ongoing tradition first set by former boss Gary Johnson of keeping his players in on Christmas Day. With tomorrow's match against Swindon Town the second in a hectic series of four matches across a two week period, Slade has admitted to the Western Morning News that he is a bit of a 'Scrooge' in that the players are unlikely to have a day off until after the New Year's Day game at Luton Town:

"We will be working on Christmas Day. I am a bit of a Scrooge over Christmas, I always have been, because I think it's worth it. I think it's worth keeping the focus and keeping the squad nice and tight and knowing what they are doing. We are working Christmas Eve and working Christmas Day and we obviously have the game on Boxing Day. We will perhaps have a break when we come out of the New Year, I think the weekend of January 5 we don't have a game and we won't play until the 8th which is the rearranged game against Walsall."

This season has so far almost replicated last year in terms of where the Glovers have sat in the league table, and Russell admitted he would like a replica of that to happen in terms of the Christmas results:

"We have interesting games coming ahead and they are big fixtures. You know how important I think Christmas is because if you can be in that top six coming out of Christmas and into your January fixtures, then I think you have a great opportunity. We had a great Christmas last year, I think we picked up three wins over that period and if we can do that again, then we will be in good nick."

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25 December 2007 : Merry Christmas!
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

Ah, it's that time of year again! Time to deck the halls with boughs of holly and to drink rather merrily and stuff yourself silly. Unless of course you're a Yeovil Town player, in which case we may allow you to pull a cracker instead - except for Matthew Rose, who we suspect would probably somehow sustain an injury in doing so.

Ciderspace would like to wish everyone who has supported or merely enjoyed reading this site a very Merry Christmas and let's hope for a most Happy New Year to follow. Please?

Link: Clipart Mountain Website (well you don't think we designed that ourselves do you?)

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24 December 2007 : Doncaster Man Of The Match Result
Last Sunday's match at Doncaster Rovers saw the Man of the Match vote go right down to the wire as two players in particular scrapped it out for the top vote.

Darren Way's first goal for the Glovers since his return to Huish Park was an undoubted highlight that influenced the voting, but it was Scott Guyett's performance at the back on the day that really caught supporters' eyes. Scott was also in last week's League One Team of the Week on the back of that performance, so clearly many people felt the same way.

The full results are as follows, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets:

1 Scott Guyett 92 (7)
2 Darren Way 88 (4)
3 James Walker 72 (6)
4 Marcus Stewart 34 (1)
5 Paul Warne 32 (1)
6 Zoltan Stieber 18 (1)
8 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
8 Gary Dempsey 6 (0)
9 Lee Peltier 4 (0)


Performance: 7.50
Entertainment: 6.90


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24 December 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Leyton Orient Game
The full transcript of Russell Slade's post-match interview with BBC Radio Bristol, following the 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient is now on-line.

Link: Russell's Verdict On the Leyton Orient Game.

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23 December 2007 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder for those that travelled to Brisbane Road yesterday for the 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient that you need to cast your Man of the Match vote for the match. Choose your top three and send your entry before Boxing Day's match starts to ensure your vote counts.

With the holiday games coming thick'n'fast please do cast your votes for all games straight after the match, even if the front page of the site still refers to the previous match!

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

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22 December 2007 : Orient Men Fail To Deliver Christmas Gifts
Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient served up a miserly 0-0 draw at Brisbane Road with both defences well on top throughout the majority of the game. Some 0-0 draws are pulsating classics, whilst others are stagnant affairs and this one definitely fell into the latter category. This was certainly not the season of giving.

The Glovers made just one change to last week's side that travelled to Doncaster, with Terry Skiverton starting in defence, replacing the suspended Marcus Stewart. That meant a shuffle throughout the side with Lee Peltier moving into central midfield where he was to have an outstanding game.

The first half was an inert affair, with Yeovil's 4-5-1 often leaving James Walker isolated, but in doing so ensuring that Orient could find few gaps in the Yeovil defence. Perhaps manager Russell Slade felt at half time that the formation was too stifling, as Lloyd Owusu was introduced and the Glovers reverted to a 4-4-2. That opened the game up a little more at both ends, but still not enough to break the deadlock.

For Orient, their best chance of the match came when Tamika Mkandawire's header was brilliantly saved by Steve Mildenhall, whilst there was also a late opportunity for substitute Efe Echanomi to seal the game, but Mildy smothered the ball at the striker's feet.

The Glovers found that the dangerous crosses whipped in by Zoltan Stieber weren't really finding the end product that they needed, although they were not helped by a rather dreadful performance by referee Richard Beeby. The Northamptonshire official turned down three worthy penalty appeals for the Glovers with Terry Skiverton on the end of an Orient elbow, whilst shirt pulls on Paul Warne and Lloyd Owusu were also not spotted by the hapless official who stalled the game far too often, blowing up for 41 fouls during the game, but generally baulking at giving the ones that mattered.

All in all though, four points out of six on their pre-Christmas travels against two play-off contenders is not something to be sniffed at, leaving the Glovers off the play-off positions now only on goal difference in 8th place, but when it comes down to analysing the highlights of the 2007-08 season, this one is unlikely to feature.

Final Score: Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Leyton Orient: 4-4-2
1. Stuart Nelson
2. Stephen Purches 4. Alton Thelwell 5. Tamika Mkandawire 3. Charlie Daniels
7. John Melligan 8. Adam Chambers 17. Paul Terry 20. Jason Demetriou
18. Adam Boyd 16. Jabo Ibehre

Subs: 6. Brian Saah 10. Sean Thornton (71 mins for John Melligan) 11. Wayne Corden (80 mins for Jason Demetriou) 19. Aiden Palmer 21. Efe Echanomi (71 mins for Jabo Ibehre)

Yeovil Town: 4-5-1
1. Steve Mildenhall
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 7. Gary Dempsey 27. Lee Peltier 17. Darren Way 25. Zoltan Stieber
28. James Walker

Subs: 8. Anthony Barry (75 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 9. Lloyd Owusu (46 mins for Gary Dempsey) 12. Matty Rose 16. Ritchie Jones 19. Craig Alcock

Leyton Orient Bookings: Jason Demetriou (24 mins, foul), Stephen Purches (85 mins, foul)
Yeovil Town Bookings: Paul Warne (29 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (89 mins, kicking ball away)

Attendance: 4,687.

Referee: Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire).

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21 December 2007 : Swindon Ticketing Reminder
A final reminder to those intending to go to Boxing Day's match against Swindon Town that you must buy a ticket in advance. This is an ALL TICKET match and on this occasion the club appear to be going to extreme lengths to insist that this policy will not change on this occasion.

With Christmas coming up, we suspect that this may catch a few people out. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open at the following times:

Saturday 22nd December - 9.00am - 12.00pm
Monday 24th December - 9.00am - 12.00pm

These represent your final opportunity to place orders for tickets in person or on the phone. Furthermore, the online facility will only be available up until midnight on Christmas Eve.

Tickets are set at the "premium priced" (aka categorised) rate which means you add four pounds to the standard pre-match price for adults. If you choose to use the online facility, bear in mind that there is an additional £2.00 handling charge. For further enquries call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

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21 December 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient
The Ciderspace guide to tomorrow's opponents Leyton Orient has been given a few licks of paint to bring it back up to date and the results are now available.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

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21 December 2007 : Football League Review No. 12
After another highly successful week in League One, Josh Rogers is back to round up the week's events around Yeovil's division and to look ahead to tomorrow's match at Leyton Orient. Read his weekly column via the link below.

Link: Football League Review : December 21st 2007.

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21 December 2007 : Hartlepool Man Of The Match Result
The last match at Huish Park saw Yeovil Town clock up a 3-1 win over Hartlepool United. As part of that, the Man of the Match voting was dominated by two old-timers, namely striker Marcus Stewart and club captain Terry Skiverton.

Both scored in the home win, but it was Marcus who edged out Skivo in the final analysis. There was also high praise for on loan Aston Villa winger Zoltan Stieber, who also featured in a large proportion of the votes supplied.

The full results are shown below, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets:

1 Marcus Stewart 340 (24)
2 Terry Skiverton 288 (16)
3 Zoltan Stieber 244 (14)
4 Darren Way 114 (4)
5 Gary Dempsey 84 (5)
6 Paul Warne 76 (2)
7 James Walker 30 (2)
8 Steve Mildenhall 12 (1)
10 Scott Guyett 12 (0)
10 Lloyd Owusu 12 (0)
11 Lee Peltier 8 (0)
12 Terrell Forbes 2 (0)


Performance: 8.09
Entertainment: 8.15


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21 December 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Doncaster Game
Apologies for the delay on this one - blame the pre-Christmas festivities - however, the usual interview transcript from manager Russell Slade is now online, following last Sunday's 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Doncaster Game.

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19 December 2007 : New Date For Walsall
As mentioned last week, Yeovil Town's home match against Walsall, originally scheduled for January 5th 2008, has had to be postponed due to their involvement in the FA Cup Third Round.

There is now a new date for this match. It will be played three days later at Huish Park on Tuesday 8th January 2008, kick-off 7.45pm.

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18 December 2007 : Glovers Hit Three Past Robins Reserves
Yeovil Town knocked up a comfortable victory this afternoon at Whaddon Road, with both Marc Bircham and Marvin Williams completing their first outings after coming back from long term injury. Bircham lasted 70 minutes, whilst Williams lasted 46 minutes.

Operating as a right-winger, Marvin Williams made an early impact, creating Yeovil's opening goal after 18 minutes. His right-wing cross was headed home by Ritchie Jones. Cheltenham suffered a set-back straight after with Craig Reid having to withdraw from their side through injury. The Glovers could easily have been more than one goal ahead by half time, with Scott Spencer's strike of the post in the opening minute the sign of things to come.

The second half saw the Glovers take control of the game, despite Marvin Williams being withdrawn at the break. Tom Clarke who was on the left-flank, struck the crossbar just before the hour mark, but on 69 minutes, Scott Spencer doubled Yeovil's lead - latching onto a Mark Lynch pass.

The game was sealed 15 minutes from the end when the pace of Wilfried Domoraud was too much for the Cheltenham backline and the Frenchman finished the game off.

Cheltenham grabbed a late consolation when Theo Lewis headed home a Dean Maynard free kick, but that was not enough to disrupt a good day out for the Glovers Reserves, and in particular for Bircham and Williams.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town Reserves 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 3.

Scorers: Ritchie Jones (0-1, 18 mins), Scott Spencer (0-2, 69 mins), Wilfried Domoraud (0-3, 75 mins), Theo Lewis (1-3, 89 mins).

Yeovil Town: Lloyd Irish, Ali Lwanga, Mark Lynch, Craig Alcock, Stephen Maher; Marvin Williams, Ritchie Jones, Marc Bircham, Tom Clarke; Wilfried Domoraud, Scott Spencer.

Subs: Carl Lazenby (46 mins for Marvin Williams), Jordan Street (63 mins for Ali Lwanga), Ren Turnock (70 mins for Marc Bircham)

Cheltenham Town: S.P.A. Brown; A. Gallinagh, B. Gill, D. Biggs, M. Walsh; M. D'Agostino, A. Connolly, S. Foley, S. Brown; S. Yao, C. Reid.

Subs: Darius Morgan (21 mins for Craig Reid), Jack Taylor (56 mins for Andy Gallinagh), Theo Lewis (85 mins for Sosthene Yao).

Referee: G.D. Scott (Oxfordshire)

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18 December 2007 : Stewart Suspension Confirmed
The FA's website has confirmed today, as expected, that striker Marcus Stewart will be suspended for one game only following his late dismissal against Doncaster Rovers for picking up two yellow cards.

Assuming no postponement, Stewart's suspension will be served for Saturday's match against Leyton Orient.

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18 December 2007 : Reserves vs Cheltenham Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town Reserves take on Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road later today with a 2.00pm kick-off planned.

The Glovers are hoping to field midfielder Marc Bircham and right-winger Marvin Williams in their first games following long term injuries. Manager Russell Slade told the Western Daily Press that he was impressed with the players attitudes whilst they were out injured:

"It'll be a huge boost to have the two of them back. They've both been back training and I hope they'll play against Cheltenham. Throughout the time they've been injured Birch and Marvin have shown real enthusiasm to get back playing as quickly as possible and have remained positive. Birch has had a couple of setbacks but it looks like he's over them now and his experience will be a real bonus when he's ready for first-team action. Marvin's actually recovered from his operation ahead of schedule which is great and he gives us a different option with his pace. They've both been out for quite a long time though, so they will need two or three games to get their match fitness back."

The hope is that the pair will become available for first team selection at the tail end of the Christmas fixture schedule, which could be the ideal point if any knocks or suspensions are picked up during the festive period.

However, the WDP report that defender Matthew Rose is still struggling with an elbow injury and may not feature in this weekend's game at Leyton Orient. This afternoon's match in Gloucestershire is therefore likely to feature Darryl Knights, Tom Clarke, Scott Spencer, Jerahl Hughes, Craig Alcock and Mark Lynch. Of Lynch, Slade told the Western Morning News:

"The reserves are there for your players coming back from injury or players that have lost a bit of form and maybe Mark Lynch falls into that category. It is a vehicle also to have a look at players like the boy [Scott] Spencer we have taken from Everton, so it provides opportunities for a lot of reasons and why it is so important. Tom Clarke is up (out of contract) over the Christmas period, he did quite well in the (last) week (against Forest Green) and we will have a look at him in one more game before we make a decision."

Having seen Scott Spencer play for the Reserves and knowing of his pedigree that took him from Oldham Athletic to Everton, Slade believes his career needs a kick-start, feeling that Spencer has lost his way whilst at Goodison Park:

"He's greatly talented and was highly valued at the age of 15 and 16, but he has lost his way. A lack of opportunities is probably responsible for that and it's not uncommon with young players at big football clubs. It would take a little bit of time, he is not a "now" situation player, he is very much one for the future, but you have to do some real work with him and have him in and around the first team where he is improving and doing the right things day in day out to make his football more mature. We will just have to wait and see and make a decision on that one, but he has something, that's for sure. He wouldn't be at Everton if he didn't, but he needs the right place to rediscover his talent."

For Cheltenham, they are selecting a largely unknown side, with the speed of former Glovers trialist Sosthene Yao up front and former Bristol City midfielder Scott Brown due to start as a left-winger as he makes his comeback from a broken leg. Former Watford midfielder Ben Gill will take up an unfamiliar role in the centre of defence, to cover an inbalance of numbers. Cheltenham's official site has released their squad as follows:

Brown (Gk), Gallinagh, B.Gill, Biggs, Walsh, D'Agostino, Connolly, Foley, Brown, Reid, Yao. Puddy (Gk), Lewis, Taylor, Fathers, Maynard.

Entry to the game is via the turnstiles in the main car park with adults admitted for £2.00 whilst Under 16s get in for free. Block 1 of the Stagecoach West Stand plus the Paddock and Cantee terraces will be open for the game.

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18 December 2007 : Knights Returns To Yeovil
Yeovil Town striker Darryl Knights has returned to Huish Park after a two month loan spell with Conference National side Cambridge United. The former Ipswich Town trainee has headed back to Somerset with Cambridge manager Jimmy Quinn citing the disappearing injury list at the Abbey Stadium as being behind his thinking. Quinn told their official site:

"It's not because of his form or anything like that; I'm just trying to balance things in the squad. He was here for two months but Danny Brown's playing again now, Mark Albrighton will be back for Friday's game, and there are people like Michael Hyem who's going to be a good player but has been missing off the bench lately, and I just feel there's a responsibility there to include those players."

Darryl scored two goals for Cambridge, making six starts and one substitute appearance and Quinn thanked him for his efforts:

"Darryl scored a couple of goals against Stafford in the FA Cup and if he'd been scoring more goals then it might have forced the issue, but if that was the case then Yeovil might have insisted he went back anyway! I just feel that there are a lot of players who have been with us through pre-season and done very well for us, and we need to involve those players, and whilst Darryl has done a great job for us it's time for him to go back. We wish him very well."

The Cambridge official site also reports that Darryl's brother Kyle is still in a coma following a road traffic accident in August.

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17 December 2007 : BBC Somerset Interviews From Doncaster
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers, the BBC Somerset website has been updated with two audio interviews conducted after the game.

In addition to manager Russell Slade's thoughts on the match, midfielder Darren Way talked about his first goal for more than two years, as well as his future at Huish Park and of course Swansea City.

Link: BBC Somerset : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.

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17 December 2007 : New Date For Swansea Youth Fixture
Yeovil Town's Under 18s fixture against Swansea City that was postponed earlier this month due to a waterlogged pitch now has a new date.

The revised match will take place on Saturday 26th January 2008 with an 11.00am kick-off. As usual the match will take place at the Somerton Sports Club in Gassons Lane, Somerton.

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17 December 2007 : Scott In Team Of The Week
Strewth! Crack a tube and toast central defender Scott Guyett for the truly bonzer decision to put him into the League One Team Of The Week. Beating off a whole host of pommies, our Scotty was almost having to throw a sickie before the game, after feeling a bit crooked with his tonsils.

Fair dinkum though, Scotty was flat out like a lizard drinking all game, and put in one great blocking tackle on James Hayter to ensure he had a bit of a blinder. Good on ya mate!

Full League One Side:

Jan Budtz (Hartlepool)
Angel Rangel (Swansea) Scott Guyett (Yeovil Town) Shane Duff (Cheltenham) Daniel Fox (Walsall)
Jake Robinson (Brighton) Jonathan Douglas (Leeds) Neil Kilkenny (Brighton) Daniel Jones (Northampton)
Nicky Forster (Brighton) Lee Hughes (Oldham)

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16 December 2007 : Community Trust vs Plymouth Round-Up
Yeovil Town's Community Trust sides have been in action today with matches against Plymouth Argyle's academy sides dominating the fixtures. A mixture of results saw the Under 15s come out the best - drawing 1-1 with Argyle at Yeovilton. On a neighbouring pitch, the Under 14s narrowly lost 2-1.

There was less joy for the Under 12s who were down on the Home Park pitches, losing 6-0 to Argyle's Under 12s. They had also played on Thursday, losing 3-0 to a very big and physical Rovers side who had scored within a minute of the game starting at Yeovilton. Despite the early goal, the Yeovil boys battled hard for the remaining of the match but the Rovers side were so much taller - including one six-footer! - and chances just did not come for the home side. The boys must be congratulated for their commitment against much bigger boys who they would not normally come up against in the Yeovil League.

The Under 14s match today was watched by Steve Fordon and he supplied the following report on the game:

Team v Plymouth at Yeovilton 16/12/07
Matt Haines
Dan Williams, Louis Voizey, Henry Bond(c), Ben Roberts
Alex Pathy, James Golby, Tom Hopkins, Anthony Essu
Lloyd Mathews, Harry Baker

Rolling Subs: Max Harrington, Louis Morgan

This was a chance for the Yeovil boys to see how much they had improved in the last few months since they last played Plymouth. With regular left back Mikey Fordon pulling out last minute, centre back Ben Roberts pressed to start as emergency cover.

Playing into the wind the early play favoured Plymouth, with the two centre backs struggling to deal with balls over the top, but it was Yeovil who took the early lead through a Williams penalty. After intercepting a ball down his wing, Roberts played the ball to Essu who jinxed his way down the left past a couple of players before squaring the ball to Baker, who was nudged over in the box. Up stepped Williams to tuck away the penalty (His dad assures me he hasn't missed one since under 9's!).

Plymouth fought back hard with constant balls looking to loop over the two centre backs. It was unfortunate that a misplaced headed clearance from Yeovil's best player on the day, Roberts skewed straight into the path of a speedy Plymouth striker who fired low past the onrushing keeper.

With the scores at 1-1 manager for the day Danny Thompson, replaced Bond with Harrington in an attempt to quell the Plymouth forwards. Yeovil were now subjected to long periods of pressure which resulted in a Plymouth second goal after the striker cut in from the left to beat Haines. 1-2 to Plymouth at half time.

In the second half Roberts was moved into the centre, Harrington to left back and Bond replaced Voizey in an effort to cut out the Plymouth threat. The second half was a much improved performance, with Roberts starring in the centre. Plymouth were trying to hit Yeovil on the break now as the pendulum swung in Yeovil's favour. Yeovil pushed hard to level with Williams having one cleared off the line and causing the Plymouth keeper to make at least one fine save. Unfortunately it just wouldn't go in.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U14s 1 Plymouth Argyle U14s 2.

[NB: If anyone else goes to the Community Trust games (or even plays in them!) and would like to add their own views or scorelines to our occasional round-ups, please drop an email and we'll collate everything we receive together.]

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16 December 2007 : Interview With John Fry
Last week saw Yeovil Town officially appoint Martyn Starnes as their new Chief Executive and he is expected to start his new job tomorrow morning. Ahead of that, Glovers Chairman John Fry was interviewed by BBC Somerset this week and explained how the split of responsibilities will work. The transcript of that interview is now online.

Link: BBC Somerset Interview With John Fry.

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16 December 2007 : Glovers Continue To Jinx Donny
A goal in each half from Darren Way and Marcus Stewart allowed Yeovil Town's magical run of form on Doncaster Rovers' home patch to continue as they notched up a 2-1 win over their former Conference rivals today. Not even the late dismissal of Stewart for two yellow cards, or the even later consolation goal for Donny could deny them a hard-fought victory at the Keepmoat Stadium to lift them into the dizzy heights of 7th place.

Russell Slade's selection plans were hampered somewhat by the loss of Terry Skiverton, who had missed the last few days training suffering from a bug that was sweeping the camp. Skivo was well enough to make the bench, and the back four slotted fairly well together with left-back Nathan Jones returning from suspension, allowing Terrell Forbes to move into the centre.

Doncaster opened proceedings well, producing slick passing, although perhaps without much bite to it as the Glovers midfield struggled to match up to their opposite numbers. If games were decided on possession alone, Doncaster would have been well ahead during the first period, although perhaps the limited number of times that Steve Mildenhall had been forced to break sweat gave an idea that perhaps Donny were flattering to deceive.

One of their best chances to score was thwarted when Scott Guyett produced a superb blocking tackle on Doncaster striker James Hayter as the former Bournemouth man prepared to fire a shot on goal from close range. Otherwise their only on target shot came from left-winger Martin Woods, who cut in from the left-wing and shot, but Steve Mildenhall grabbed the shot at the second attempt.

The Glovers had rarely threatened during the first period, but it was Russell Slade's men that were to break the deadlock eight minutes from the break. Darren Way last scored for Yeovil over two years ago in an FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town, but when he made a long run through the centre of midfield having been fed through by James Walker, Way then took a pot shot from distance and the ball deflected off the shin of Donny defender Stephen Roberts and into the net for a 1-0 lead with Yeovil's first shot on target. That lead was comfortably held, with the home side perhaps surprisingly being booed off at half time.

The second period saw the Glovers method of frustrating the opposition and neutering them look even more effective. Donny just couldn't break through the 18 yard line that the back four held, and with the home side increasingly lacking imagination as to how to deal with that, it was inevitable that manager Sean O'Driscoll would try and shake things up. Midway through the second period, a glut of substitutions saw Yeovil replace Zoltan Stieber with Anthony Barry after the Hungarian had picked up a dead leg, whilst Doncaster chose the same moment to make a double substitution and switch to a 4-3-3 in an attempt to force the game.

However, it was Yeovil that drew the next blood in the tactical battle going on between the two managers. With 12 minutes left, Yeovil got a free kick on corner of the box, and Anthony Barry's set play into the box ended with a stooped header from Marcus Stewart to double Yeovil's lead to leave Donny looking rather baffled. Two shots and two goals and the game was as good as won - or at least it would have been if a few late incidents had not made the game a little more dramatic than it looked like at that moment in time.

Referee Ray Lee decided though that he wanted to take centre stage as time ran out - firstly dismissing Marcus Stewart for a second bookable offence on 90 minutes, then as a Martin Woods shot was deflected into his own net by Terry Skiverton to bring the score back to a more slender 2-1, Lee then proceeded to play almost five minutes of injury time, despite the Woods shot having landed in the net with the three previously signalled already up. This was the second occasion that referee Lee's timekeeping had come under scrutiny - he was the official in charge when Tranmere Rovers scored a controversial equaliser six minutes into injury time at Huish Park earlier this season.

Thankfully there was no further twist in the tail this time and the Glovers grabbed their third consecutive win to lift them within touching distance of the play-off places - no mean feat given that in doing so they also ended Doncaster's unbeaten league run that stretched back 10 games and 2.5 months. In the month of May, this could well turn out to be a priceless three points.

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Darren Way (0-1, 37 mins), Marcus Stewart (0-2, 78 mins), Terry Skiverton (1-2, own goal, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 17. Darren Way 7. Gary Dempsey 25. Zoltan Stieber
10. Marcus Stewart
28. James Walker

Subs: 4. Terry Skiverton (70 mins for Gary Dempsey) 8. Anthony Barry (63 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 9. Lloyd Owusu 15. Justin Cochrane 19. Craig Alcock

Doncaster Rovers: (4-4-2)
1. Neil Sullivan
2. James O'Connor 11. Adam Lockwood 4. Stephen Roberts 18. Sean McDaid
7. Lewis Guy 8. Brian Stock 15. Mark Wilson 19. Richard Wellens
12. James Hayter 17. Martin Woods

Subs: 23. Jason Price (65 mins for Mark Wilson) 9. Mark McCammon 27. Craig Nelthorpe 26. James Coppinger (64 mins for Lewis Guy) 20. Paul Green (85 mins for Stephen Roberts)

Yeovil Bookings: Marcus Stewart (foul, 10 mins), Red Card: Marcus Stewart (second bookable offence, 90 mins)
Doncaster Bookings: Mark Wilson (foul, 47 mins), Stephen Roberts (foul, 52 mins), Brian Stock (foul, 53 mins)

Referee: Ray Lee

Attendance: 5,967 (including 247 Yeovil Supporters)

Link: 2007-08 Latest League One Table.

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16 December 2007 : Doncaster Man Of The Match Voting
For those who have travelled up to the Keepmoat Stadium today, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote from the match against Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.

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16 December 2007 : Skivo Laid Low By Bug
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has been forced to the bench today after he delayed his journey up to Yorkshire, suffering from the bug that has been sweeping the Glovers camp this week.

Skivo has still made the sixteen, but did not feel fit enough to start the match and so Scott Guyett and Terrell Forbes make up the central defence today.

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 17. Darren Way 7. Gary Dempsey 25. Zoltan Stieber
10. Marcus Stewart
28. James Walker

Subs: 4. Terry Skiverton 8. Anthony Barry 9. Lloyd Owusu 15. Justin Cochrane 19. Craig Alcock

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16 December 2007 : Sherborne Out Of Vase
Western League first division 's FA Vase dream ended in defeat when they lost 3-1 at home to Lymington Town yesterday before their season's second largest crowd of 135.

Sherborne would like to thank all the Yeovil Town supporters who came over to support them, many of whom responded to secretary Colin Goodland's request to wear Glovers colours to the game.

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15 December 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon with both sides locked on level points just outside the playoff positions. The prize for the winners would be to move within one point of sixth placed Southend United, providing a good incentive for the long-standing rivals to try and pick up all three points.

Manager Russell Slade is certainly aware of the importance of the fixture, pointing out to the Western Morning News that the Glovers lie in more or less the same position that they did prior to last season's Christmas fixtures:

"Strangely enough, we were about eighth this time last season going into the Christmas period and we are in a very similar position now. We put together a very good run just before and just after Christmas last year and that took us into the top six. There is talk in the league and around it is that Doncaster look set for a top six place, yet here we are on the same number of points as them! We have started to get one or two players back and it is a good time of the season to hit some kind of momentum, we need to continue that and it's all about consistency. Getting points at Doncaster would stand us in good stead. It's a strange league because after the Bournemouth game, we won and found ourselves two points of the play-offs, we won again on Saturday and we are four points off it! I think the fact of the matter is that you look for that consistency and you keep plugging away trying to pick up as many points as you can. If you do that then before long, you find yourselves in the top six."

Part of the reason for the talk about Rovers is that they are currently in very promising form. After losing five of their opening nine League One matches this season, Donny are currently unbeaten in 10 matches - the only downside being that six of those matches have been drawn. The last side to take all three points off the Yorkshire side was Walsall on October 2nd, and so it is not hard to see why they have quietly risen up the league table.

That they've done that without the services of last season's top scorer Paul Heffernan is all the more creditable - the big target man has an ankle ligament injury and is not expected to return until early next year. Gordon Greer is also not expected to feature following a groin injury. Manager Sean O'Driscoll's selection dilemma is therefore whether to include defender Gareth Roberts and midfielder Jason Price in his squad. Roberts is back from a hernia problem after missing the past month, whilst Price has been struggling with a back injury.

For the Glovers, team selection is complicated a touch by a couple of niggles along with a tonsil infection doing the rounds. On the plus side, the worst affected are not currently part of the starting line-up with Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Marvin Williams (ankle) finding their comebacks into Reserve Team football delayed this week, whilst midfielder Justin Cochrane who has also been suffering has been mainly on the bench lately.

The major doubts though centre around midfielder Darren Way, defender Matthew Rose and midfielder Lee Peltier, all of whom have had treatment this week. Russell explained the current situation:

"Darren Way has a bit of a thigh strain and he didn't do much training, so we will have to see how he is. Pelts (Lee Peltier) carries that ankle injury that he has had for a few weeks now, but he did train on Thursday and the rest seem OK. We have had a bit of a virus going round the camp, a bit of tonsillitis and that has kept Marvin and Bircham out of the reserve game. Our masseur also has tonsillitis and so does Justin Cochrane, so that has not helped one or two players. Matty Rose is coming along, but it might be a bit too early for him. He is wearing a very big brace and looks like the bionic man! It is still very tender and sensitive and if he falls or gets a bang on it then it affects him. But it is getting better and if he doesn't make this Saturday, then I think he will be in the mix for Orient."

If you are travelling up for tomorrow's game, firstly keep a close ear to any news of any pitch inspections for the match. Donny have covered their pitch in order to protect it from overnight frosts, but with sub-zero temperatures in Yorkshire this weekend, it is best to listen out for any news. There are no pitch inspections currently planned - if that situation changes, then we will put a news article up here.

Secondly, if you have not yet bought a ticket for the Keepmoat Stadium, bear in mind that at last year's match, Doncaster's Ticket Office appeared to be suffering from a distinct lack of throughput - the queues from the office were impressive to say the least, despite there being only a moderate crowd for the midweek game. Allow plenty of time if you are picking up a ticket on the day.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster.

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15 December 2007 : Glovers Slip A Place
A goalless draw between Port Vale and Tranmere Rovers this afternoon was enough to see Yeovil Town slip a position today down to 11th in the League One table.

However, a fairly good day for results around the upper half of the table also means that whoever wins out of tomorrow's match between Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town at the Keepmoat Stadium will rise to within a point of the playoff places. The latest League One table has now been updated.

Link: Latest 2007-08 League One Table.

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15 December 2007 : Youth Team Draw At Bournemouth
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side drew their final pre-Christmas match this morning, with their game against AFC Bournemouth's Under 18s side finishing 1-1. More details on this game will be put on this site as soon as we can get it.

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14 December 2007 : Football League Review No. 11
Just before we move into another weekend's worth of pitch inspections and winter woolies, Josh Rogers is back with another look at goings on at League One level, including a look forward to this weekend where several of the top 10 sides are facing off against each other.

Link: Football League Review : December 14th 2007.

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14 December 2007 : Zebroski 'Linked' With Glovers
Forgive a bit of world-weary cynicism within this article, but be prepared to take this one with a rather large pinch of salt.

The Sky Sports website is claiming that Millwall striker Chris Zebroski is being linked with a move to Yeovil Town. Other apparently interested clubs include Swindon Town, Doncaster Rovers and Bristol Rovers.

The fly in the ointment is that this story has all the whiff of a story being generated by an agent. Sky Sports quote Zebroski's agent - Dean Sheehan of Definitive - and there seems little doubt therefore that Sheehan is the person who has supplied them with the story, particularly when one learns that Zebroski is out of contract next summer and as yet Millwall have not offered him new terms. Perhaps trying to provoke a contract to land on the table, Dean?

To be fair, Glovers boss Russell Slade tried to sign Zebroski whilst he was a Plymouth Argyle player, but the striker chose to move to Millwall, citing that he preferred to remain close to his London base. Which made his return to the West Country and a loan spell at Torquay United where he has since scored 11 goals slightly odd.

Sheehan claims that there is plenty of interest in the player at League One level, and told Sky Sports:

"Chris is playing really well at the moment, so it is understandable League clubs are looking at him. He is enjoying the promotion push with Torquay, and their faith in him has been rewarded with some great goals and great performances."

Of course, sending a scout to Plainmoor does not necessarily mean a club is planning to sign a particular player. The Glovers will have had Torquay watched this season, not only because of the FA Cup tie earlier this year, but also because of Ishmael Welsh's presence within the Torquay squad. This one may have legs to it, but is more likely an agent attempting to drum up interest ahead of contract negotiations.

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14 December 2007 : Bircham's Comeback Delayed
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the name of Marc Bircham was missing from the midweek Reserve Team line-up. The Yeovil Express website reveals that Bircham had a bout of tonsillitis and so was withdrawn from the squad that travelled to the New Lawn. Given the traditional sub-zero temperatures in that part of Gloucestershire, maybe that wasn't such a bad thing.

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14 December 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster
For those going up to the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday for the 3.00pm match against Doncaster Rovers, the Ciderspace guide to the Keepmoat and its surroundings is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster.

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13 December 2007 : Glovers Appoint New Scout
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has been giving his views today on some of this week's movement at the club, including the arrival of a new scout at Huish Park. Chris Johnson, who was an assistant to Derby County's Chief Scout, has arrived and will concentrate upon improving the club's player recruitment.

Russell in particular told BBC Somerset Sound tonight that he regarded this week's biggest news as a significant step in the right direction. Glovers Chairman John Fry has separated out his Chief Executive role and handed that part of his job over to Martyn Starnes and Russell said that he fully supported that move:

"I'll tell you what I think straight away - I think it has moved the club forward. A lot of clubs have a Chief Executive doing the day to day work. John has an awful lot to do. He is an extremely hard worker but he has an awful lot on his plate. He wants to keep the club moving forward."

Russell added that he could see parallels between Fry's decision and his own decision to bring a new scout into the backroom set-up:

"In order to do that he (John Fry) needs more help, as I do and that's why I have brought in Chris Johnson to help with the recruitment side of things for ourselves, again in an effort to move the club forward. We need him to identify more players than I can possibly identify to buy or loan for the football club. Again I see that as a positive move and shows the club in a good light, in that we're looking to move forward."

Russell also explained Johnson's background, suggesting that he will generally base himself in Staffordshire to allow himself to be within easy reach of any matches that Russell may want him to attend:

"I know of Chris and I've spoken to him a few times. He's just left Derby County. He was Clive Middlemass's No. 2, who was the Chief Scout at Derby County. He left in the shake-up recently, along with Chris who was his No. 2 and was doing an awful lot of work for Clive. So I've nipped in. He lives in the right part of the country as he is from Stoke, so he can cover and see an awful lot of games for us. We need to improve the scouting side and the recruitment side as it's important to do that at a football club. You need eyes and you need bodies and Chris will do that."

Russell also added that he believed he was building up a strong backroom set-up now, citing physio Jim Joyce of an example of how the club can pick up good assistant personnel from other sources:

"Jim Joyce was a great signing, I think. He was one of the best signings the football club has made, and I think that Chris will prove to be the same. Your backroom staff are important, aren't they. I've got a great little team of Jim, Stuart Housley and Thommo of course is my right arm, my left arm and everything else. Now we have someone on board with the scouting. They are all involved and they all play their part and we all work as a team to make the team function because we all want to be successful."

The Glovers have also recruited in former winger Nick Crittenden to act as a coach for their Community Trust programme. The club appear to be basing much of their coaching needs for the youngsters around former players, with Roy O'Brien, Tony Pounder, Paul Thorpe and Adrian Foster as well as of course Youth Team manager Stuart Housley, giving the programme very much an 'old boys' feel to it, which is no doubt part of the motive towards giving the Community Trust programme a recognisable profile.

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13 December 2007 : Russell Slade On BBC Somerset Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade will be interviewed on BBC Somerset tonight at around 5.20pm as part of his weekly press conference.

Russell will be talking about Fabio Capello, the Doncaster Rovers game on Sunday and the kind of football the side's been playing recently, the changes with Chairman John Fry stepping down as Chief Executive and also Chris Johnson, the new scout who's been appointed.

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13 December 2007 : Reserves vs Forest Green Match Report
Forest Green Rovers Reserves (0) 1 Yeovil Town Reserves (2) 3
Pontins Holidays Combination Wales & West Division

Wednesday 12th December 2007
At The New Lawn
Kick Off 7.00pm
Attendance: 61 (Official)

Last night's Pontins Holidays Wales and West Division clash at The New Lawn presented an ideal opportunity to observe the new stadium built by Conference outfit Forest Green Rovers. Those among you who visited the old Forest Green ground one hundred yards 'down' the hill will remember it for numerous Boxing Day defeats, it's homely but ramshackle nature and the altitude!

Thankfully the unique climb up the hill still exists, even extending a little further towards the neighbouring village of Nympsfield. Forest Green have built a superb stadium, a large stand runs all the way along one side of the ground with corporate boxes and a bar area above, and a concourse with food outlets situated below. Very much like the two stands at Huish Park the stand runs all the way from corner post to corner post, and is an imposing structure that dominates the arena, being deep in it's design. The club initials of FGR are picked out in white among the black seating. To the left of the main stand is a covered 'away' end with green seats in place, open terracing runs all the way along the opposite side of the main stand, with the four sides completed by a covered terrace for home supporters to the right of the main stand. The dressing rooms are situated in one corner of the ground. Admission was £3 for adults with £1 concessions, and the club issued a team sheet for the game.

Yeovil Town took to the field in their traditional green and white hoops with Rovers in black and white stripes. The visitors dominated the early exchanges and it was no surprise when Mark Lynch headed Yeovil Town in-front after twelve minutes. A second Yeovil Town goal arrived when Tom Clarke turned in a low centre from six yards out to deceive Forest Green goalkeeper Terry Burton after thirty two minutes.

Half Time: Forest Green Rovers Reserves 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 2

Half-time and the Rovers public address announcer gives everyone a comprehensive run down on all the clubs forthcoming opponents, detailing all sorts of facts about Hampton & Richmond and Sutton United who the club face in cup competitions. The presentation is superb, and they even give out the attendance! This is something I would like to see done at our reserve team games as I feel it makes the occasion appear as rather more than just a training session, and supporters do like to know these kind of things.

The hosts come out for the second period and attack Yeovil Town with a renewed passion as the fog descended on the hilltop venue, and the pitch began to freeze over. Rovers' reward was a fine goal from Lee Dodgson after fifty five minutes as he found the far post from an acute angle, causing the ball to ricochet high into the net with 'Glovers' custodian Lloyd Irish beaten. Yeovil continued to pass the ball very well and the home sides challenge was ended when substitute Wilfried Domoraud netted from six yards after sixty six minutes with virtually his first touch of the ball.

All in all one gained a very favourable impression of Forest Green Rovers who have shrugged off their tag as perennial strugglers to not only build a fine team at Conference level but surroundings to match. Yeovil Town had too much to offer in tonight's clash however, with classy displays from Jerahl Hughes and Anthony Barry in what was the first meeting between the two clubs at reserve team level.

Final Score: Forest Green Rovers Reserves 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 3

Forest Green Rovers Reserves: (2 to 11 unless stated) 25 Terry Burton, Ollie James, Paul Stonehouse, Mark Preece, John Hardiker, Jonathan Smith, Les Afful, Micheal Brough (Capt), Lee Dodgson, Adriano Rigoglioso, Lorcan Sheehan Substitutes: 12 Richard Smith, 14 Miles Farrier, 17 Ashley Caldwell

Yeovil Town Reserves (1 - 11) Lloyd Irish, Ali Lwanga, Stephen Maher, Mark Lynch, Craig Alcock (Capt), Ritchie Jones, Jerahl Hughes, Anthony Barry, Omar Simpson, Scott Spencer, Tom Clarke. Substitutes: 12 Wilfried Domeraud 14 Owen Irish, 15 Karl Lazenby

Substitutions: Wilfried Domoraud for Omar Simpson (61 minutes), Karl Lazenby for Anthony Barry and Owen Irish for Ritchie Jones (75)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire FA). Assistants: Kevin Johnson & Andy Newell. 4th Official: Roger Goodwin.

[Article by Tim Lancaster.]

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12 December 2007 : Hayward Is Back
This news will come as little surprise to Glovers fans, many of whom have been convinced for over a year that ex-director and one time majority shareholder Norman Hayward was involved behind the scenes in the club again.

This evening the club announced that Norman has taken a stake in the Huish Park Stadium Company. Wording is important in these matters, and so we shall simply quote how the Official Site chooses to phrase it, and leave it to supporters to decide what this tells us and what may or may not have been left unsaid:

Mr Fry will also be transferring a substantial amount of his control in the Huish Park Stadium Company to former Yeovil Town FC director Norman Hayward. Mr Fry will retain 51% control of the shareholding of this company.

For many supporters Hayward's first stint with the club will be best remembered for his major contribution to the provision of a roof on the home terrace. As a resident of the terrace this scribe has been duly grateful, and considerably drier, for that.

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12 December 2007 : Starnes Becomes CEO
We can follow up from Ciderspace's speculative article this afternoon (below): this evening the club officially unveiled Martyn Starnes as the new Chief Executive Officer at Yeovil Town F.C.

Martyn is familiar with Huish Park, having worked for the club for a year back in 2003-04. He has hands on experience on the pitch, subsequently managing Sherborne Town, and yesterday tendered his resignation as Acting CEO at League One rivals Swindon Town. He will be at his new desk from next Monday.

John Fry, who remains as chairman, said he saw the split of responsibilities as the chairman focusing on the broader strategies for developing the club, its resources and the Huish Park site, whilst Starnes will be taking on the day to day running and football related matters and linking between chairman and the manager, Russell Slade.

Ciderspace welcomes the principle of this division, seeing it as an important step forward in the club catching up off the field with its successes on it, which have seen it become a much larger and more complex enterprise over the last six or seven years.

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12 December 2007 : Swindon Chief Exec Quits
Swindon Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has resigned his post at the County Ground, as well as quitting the club as a Director.

The Wiltshire side have been in financial turmoil for much of this season, amidst two failed takeover bids, the club defaulting on a 900K CVA payment, as well as having a Football League transfer embargo slapped on them due to unpaid debts to other Football League sides, mainly concerning ticketing revenue. They are currently attempting to resurrect the second takeover bid, with much of the discussion concerning who will own the County Ground once the takeover is completed.

According to the Swindon official site, Starnes is expected to take up a position at another Football League side within the next couple of days. He has a strong association with Yeovil Town, having worked at the club as a Finance Manager up until 2004, was Treasurer of the Disabled Supporters Association, and even penned a few youth team match reports for Ciderspace during our early days. After leaving Huish Park, he became manager of Sherborne Town, before doubling that role with a senior position at the County Ground. We'll keep a sharp eye on where he ends up next, but it wouldn't be the greatest of surprises if the Glovers had some kind of an offer in the pipeline.

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12 December 2007 : FGR Pitch Inspection
With there being plenty of overnight frost in the West Country, Forest Green Rovers have had a pitch inspection this lunchtime (circa 12.30pm) and at present there are no problems anticipated with the New Lawn pitch.

Of course such situations can change if there is a heavy frost tonight, but at present the game is going ahead.

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12 December 2007 : Ujah Departs
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that defender Curtis Ujah has now joined Conference South side Weston-super-Mare on a permanent basis.

The initial reports on the weekend were that he was merely departing the club on a month's loan. However, with his short term deal planned to expire at the end of this month, Ujah has been allowed to leave the club permanently.

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12 December 2007 : Bircham Set For Rovers Return
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves play in a Football Combination Wales & West Division match against Forest Green Rovers Reserves tonight at The New Lawn, kick-off 7.00 p.m.

The match is expected to mark the long awaited comeback of midfielder Marc Bircham, who has been dogged with a succession of hamstring problems this season. With the usual heavy Christmas fixture period approaching fast, his reemergence would be a real boost to manager Russell Slade who had high praise for physio Jim Joyce when he spoke to BBC Somerset this week:

"We're still scheduling Marc Bircham for some first team football. Marvin Williams is still a little bit ahead of schedule, which is pleasing. Jim Joyce is putting in the hours. He is fantastic with them. He goes with them, night and day, to different surgeons and appointments with various specialists. He is terrific and he has done a great job. He is now seeing the back end of one or two boys at the minute because I'm sure he is fed up with seeing the same faces day-in, day-out! But Jim has been a relevation since he has been here and he is a massive part of this club and this club's success."

Winger Marvin Williams will not feature tonight, but there are hopes that he will also make his comeback before Christmas, in next week's Reserve Team outing at Cheltenham Town.

The New Lawn is Forest Green's new ground, which is situated just 300 yards further up the hill from their previous ground. Forest Green's official website gives the following directions:

Forest Green Rovers are based in the town of Nailsworth, approximately 4 miles south of Stroud, Gloucestershire. The ground is a short distance from the main A46 Bath-Stroud road which runs through Nailsworth. The A46 can be reached via Motorway junctions M5 (junction 13) and M4 (junction 18).

In Nailsworth there is a mini-roundabout. Upon reaching this turn off into Spring Hill (right if travelling South from Stroud, left if coming North from the direction of Bath).

Drive up Spring Hill and along Nympsfield Road for approximately 900 yards. The ground is on the left, with the main car parks located at the end of the stadium complex. There are three seperate car parking areas at the new stadium which can cater for 250+ cars.

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12 December 2007 : Bournemouth Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday's Man of the Match for the 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth was a close-run affair. Whilst the Match Sponsors went for Paul Warne, who is currently operating in a right-wing position, the vote was won by striker James Walker, who netted his third goal in three games to score Yeovil's second goal on the night.

The full result with outright Man of the Match votes in brackets, is as follows:

1 James Walker 368 (21)
2 Paul Warne 352 (25)
3 Marcus Stewart 174 (10)
4 Zoltan Stieber 118 (5)
5 Darren Way 70 (2)
6 Scott Guyett 64 (4)
7 Terry Skiverton 48 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 28 (0)
9 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
10 Steve Mildenhall 4 (0)

Performance: 6.76
Entertainment: 7.09


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11 December 2007 : Sherborne Call For Glovers Support
With Yeovil Town playing on Sunday at Doncaster Rovers the opportunity to support Sherborne Town in their FA Vase run presents itself this Saturday - and this time there is no clash with the Glovers. Last weekend's postponed FA Vase 3rd round home tie with AFC Lymington now takes place this Saturday (December 15th 3.00pm) at Raleigh Grove. Admission is £5.00 Adults, £2.50 Concessions, Under 16's and juniors free. The Programme is £1.00.

The winners face a home tie with Crowborough Athletic or Brimsdown Rovers in the fourth round. Ex-Yeovil Town player Kevin Leigh is Sherborne Town manager so come along and give the side your support and enjoy a nice afternoon out. The bar will be open all afternoon, and Sherborne Town will be presented with The FA Vase 2nd Round Team Of The Round award prior to kick off for the victory against Willand Rovers.

Sherborne Town Secretary Colin Goodland said "We would welcome all Yeovil Town supporters along this weekend, please come over and wear your colours, it would be a privilege to have your support, the more green and white the better. With so many connections between the two clubs and so many of our players having been through Yeovil Town's youth system we consider ourselves Yeovil's second team".

[Article by Tim Lancaster.]

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11 December 2007 : Walsall Match Off
Yeovil Town's home match against Walsall, due to be played on Saturday January 5th 2008, will now have to be rescheduled.

Walsall won their FA Cup Second Round replay against Northampton Town tonight by a 1-0 scoreline and that means the West Midlands side will be playing their FA Cup Third Round match that weekend. The Glovers will almost certainly be left with a blank weekend, unless alternative opposition can be found.

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11 December 2007 : Brighton Match Allows Kids In For A Quid
We bring the rather welcome news that Yeovil Town have today announced details of a 'Kids For A Quid' offer for the Christmas holiday home match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 29th December with a 3.00pm kick-off.

The offer entitles all Under 16s to gain admittance to the match for one pound only.

That's it. No strings attached. No other purchases required!

Given that it is the Christmas holidays, this is an excellent well-timed offer. We'd therefore encourage all Glovers fans to tell their kids, tell their neighbours kids, their friends, any local schools and youth associations and get them to come along. This offer deserves to be heavily plugged and publicised!

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11 December 2007 : Wilson Forced To Back Down
Rule No. 1: Never shoot your mouth off without understanding the full facts of the situation.

Hartlepool United manager Danny Wilson claimed yesterday that Yeovil Town's medical team had been guilty of "gamesmanship" in keeping defender Godwin Antwi off the field for what he regarded as an excessive length of time - claiming that the Glovers medical staff had done it deliberately to influence the match.

Now Wilson has had to hastily backtrack. Had he talked to his club physio or the player himself before making such wild accusations, he would have found that Antwi insisted on having a local anaesthetic on the affected area before the club medics applied the stitches. Thus the player spent an extended period of time off the field whilst the anaesthetic kicked in. Today's Sunderland Echo therefore reveals that the comments from the Hartlepool boss now look rather unfair.

Of course, we're sure that Mr Wilson's apology to Yeovil Town is in the post ... it certainly wasn't in the Sunderland Echo ...

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11 December 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Hartlepool
The BBC Somerset website has been updated with three interviews from Saturday's 3-1 win against Hartlepool United.

In addition to Russell Slade's post-match views from the game, there are also chats with opening scorer Terry Skiverton and goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.

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11 December 2007 : Man Of The Match November 2007
The accumulated Man of the Match votes for all of the November 2007 matches have now been totted up and it is two loan players who have come out on top.

Whilst Darren Way's return to Huish Park has undoubtedly been a huge success, it is Charlton Athletic's James Walker that gets the nod for his performances that saw him not only break into the Glovers first team, but also knocked up two goals during the month. James edged out Darren by a whisker with Lloyd Owusu taking third place.

The full results, including the percentage of the vote received throughout the month, is shown below:

James Walker 24.3
Darren Way 21.4
Lloyd Owusu 10.9
Steve Mildenhall 6.6
Anthony Barry 6.2
Marcus Stewart 5.5
Paul Warne 4.6
Scott Guyett 4.2
Matthew Rose 3.8
Nathan Jones 3.7
Lee Peltier 2.6
Terrell Forbes 2.2
Terry Skiverton 1.8
Mark Lynch 0.7
Gary Dempsey 0.6
Kevin Betsy 0.5
Justin Cochrane 0.2
Ritchie Jones 0.1
Wilfred Donoraud 0.1

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10 December 2007 : Warne In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town's winger/striker Paul Warne has been nominated in the Football League's Team of the Week for League One. Paul has recently been switched out onto the right flank following the arrival of Zoltan Stieber and this appears to have given him a new lease of life, with the former Oldham Athletic man picking up the Sponsors Man of the Match for the match against AFC Bournemouth.

The full team is as follows:

Neil Sullivan (Doncaster)
Dan Woodards (Crewe) Neal Trotman (Oldham) Adam Barrett (Southend) Daniel Fox (Walsall)
Paul Warne (Yeovil Town) Bradley Johnson (Northampton) Jonathan Douglas (Leeds) Jason Demetriou (Leyton Orient)
Jermaine Beckford (Leeds) Luke Rodgers (Port Vale)

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10 December 2007 : Football League Supporters Survey
If you've not submitted your entry already, the Football League Supporters Survey for 2008 is currently online for all supporters to fill in.

The survey allows you to identify yourself as a Yeovil Town fan (or any other club if you prefer!) and then to provide feedback on many issues concerning the Ticket Office, the Club Shop, the stadium Tea Bars, the club's Official Site as well as numerous other issues, including those relevant to the Football League as a whole.

The survey claims that individual clubs will be fed the results in an anonymised form - i.e. that no personally identifying information will be provided, so you should be free to say precisely what you think. Follow the link below - you'll need about 10-15 minutes free time to complete the survey, so put the kettle on!

Link: Football League Supporters Survey 2008.

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10 December 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade praised on loan Hungarian winger Zoltan Stieber for his contribution to the side since his arrival late last month from Aston Villa. The teenager had not played a professional first team game in England since arriving at Villa Park in May 2005 and Russell believes that taking him on was a gamble that looks to be paying off.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of Zoltan's performances so far: "It was a massive gamble bringing in someone who is so young and inexperienced and to give him his debut in his football career in this country. He seems to be enjoying it. He's been given that opportunity and that's what you want to see. You want to see the young players in your squad taking the opportunity and pushing on with their own careers."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Hartlepool Post-Match Verdict.

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10 December 2007 : Wilson Claims A Stitch-Up
Hartlepool United manager Danny Wilson has rather oddly blamed Yeovil Town's medical staff for having a big hand in his side's 3-1 loss at Huish Park on Saturday.

Pools lost on loan Liverpool defender Godwin Antwi after a clash of heads with Marcus Stewart, and whilst Stewie was able to return to the field fairly quickly, Antwi was off the field during a four minute spell that saw the Glovers turn a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 lead.

The Northern Echo lead on this point and opt for a headline of "Pools stitched up by Glovers medical team" to state Wilson's claim. The Hartlepool boss has directly accused Yeovil Town's medical staff of "sportsmanship", suggesting that they had deliberately kept Antwi in the medical room, even though surely at least one member of the Hartlepool coaching staff would have followed Antwi down the tunnel and so would have been able to monitor the situation. Wilson said of Antwi's absence:

"He was off the pitch for too long, far too long. I had to go to the dressing room to see what was going on simply because they were messing about in the medical room. Their lad came back on within seconds of going off and, irrespective of whether he needed stitches or not, our player was off for far too long. He could have had a heart bypass in the length of time he was in there let alone a couple of stitches. We are far from happy with it because we were down to 10 men for longer than necessary and also they scored in that period. It's disappointing to say the least."

Despite poor marking for both goals being in evidence, Wilson preferred to look away from the pitch for the answers, suggesting that the delay had been unacceptable:

"It's down to their medical staff. He was off for miles too long. I accept that there can be a bit of sportsmanship if you like, but it went beyond that. He was out for way too long just to receive one or two stitches. Of course it was a factor in the goals. For the corner kick it was Godwin's man but Ritchie was designated to mark him but he slipped. I am not being disrespectful to Yeovil but we gave them the game by being sloppy. They have not had to work hard for their win it was down to mistakes in our defence."

Wilson finally though conceded that perhaps his defence could have done a little better for the goals, suggesting that his players were not very good at picking up their markers:

"Our meanness at the back was a trait last year but this season we are taking chances at the back and not picking up. The boy who scored was Godwin's man. He was off so Ritchie picked him up and then slipped as they went for it and that sums us up this season. The second goal and we haven't picked up, we haven't been aware who is in the box from a hopeful ball. Maybe we think it is too easy and letting others take responsibility to deal with it but that has got to change. Somebody should take responsibility when we are down to 10 men because these things happen. We have got enough experience in there to deal with it but I just think that sometimes we are too nice. Look at Skiverton and Guyett for Yeovil, they are strong in the air but we need to jump that bit higher and be that bit meaner. We should have been good enough to keep a clean sheet but we are too honest and too nice."

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10 December 2007 : Ujah Out On Loan
Yeovil Town defender Curtis Ujah has gone on loan to Conference South side Weston-super-Mare. The Somerset side have taken him on a short term loan following a number of injuries and departures and the former Reading man was due to play in Saturday's home fixture against Fisher Athletic before the weather saw the match called off.

Weston's manager Tony Ricketts said before the match against Fisher:

"With the recent departures of Ashan Holgate and Ryan Harley - and the injury problems which deprives us of Craig Rand, Andy Robertson, Aaron Wilson and Ben Willshire - we had to make a signing for today's (Saturday's) game."

Curtis has already had one loan spell this season - a month's loan at Conference National side Crawley Town.

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10 December 2007 : County Cup Date Confirmed
Yeovil Town Reserves have now had their Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw date confirmed for March 4th 2008. As mentioned previously, the Glovers will play Frome Town at Badgers Hill as they aim to break through to the last four.

Despite drawing tough opposition, Frome boss Andrew Crabtree says he has no problem with the draw:

"With the exception of Shepton Mallet all the other sides (left in the competition) are in the leagues above us. It will be good for some of the younger lads to play against a league side. We've got nothing to lose and a lot to gain and I'm looking forward to it."

Frome play in the Toolstation League Premier Division and travel to play Welton Rovers tomorrow night and so obviously Crabtree isn't going to focus on the County Cup tie for some while yet:

"The Yeovil game is not till March so it's a long way off and my immediate aim is the Welton game."

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9 December 2007 : Leyton Orient Ticketing Information
For those planning to travel to the away match against Leyton Orient, which takes place on Saturday 22nd December, ticketing information is now available.

This match will be a pay on the day game, with tickets at Brisbane Road priced at £20 for Adults, with Concessions available for £13.00. Away fans are usually allocated a couple of blocks in the Main Stand at the ground. There will be no advance sales from Huish Park for this game.

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9 December 2007 : Hartlepool Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder that voting for the Man of the Match from yesterday's 3-1 win over Hartlepool United is now open. Cast your top three by using the form below.

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

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8 December 2007 : Triple Strike For Glovers
Yeovil Town gained their most comfortable home win of the season today at a rainsoaked Huish Park. Goals from Terry Skiverton, Marcus Stewart and Lloyd Owusu gave them a 3-1 win over Hartlepool United after Michael Mackay's opener for the visitors had given them early hope.

The pre-match dilemma was that of who should play at left-back for the Glovers in the absence of the suspended Nathan Jones and the injured Matthew Rose. In the end Terrell Forbes swapped full-back positions whilst Lee Peltier went into the right-back slot, allowing a gap for Gary Dempsey to fill in central midfield.

The new look defence took a while to get going, and Scott Guyett was caught flat-footed by Michael Mackay's turn that left the striker in acres of space on the edge of the box. Were it not for the fact that there were barely 100 travelling fans in the stadium, his wonderful curling strike into the top corner from the edge of the box would surely have deserved better than the stunned silence that it was greeted with to give Hartlepool a 9th minute lead.

Whilst the Glovers defence was getting to grips with both their formation and the weather conditions, Hartlepool's back line were suffering just as badly, with Yeovil carving open more than enough chances to look like they could get back into the game. A clash of heads between Godwin Antwi and Yeovil's Marcus Stewart saw both sides reduced to 10 men and it was during this spell that the Glovers turned the match on its head.

A Zoltan Stieber corner on 27 minutes did what it did on Tuesday night - landing in the direction of club captain Terry Skiverton, and this time there was no need for a debate as to whose head the ball had come off - this time Skivo definitely got the credit for the equaliser.

Yeovil physio Jim Joyce beat his Hartlepool counterpart in stitching up his wounded player, and no sooner had Marcus Stewart returned to the field than he was testing out Joyce's handiwork, heading home a Lee Peltier cross to put Yeovil in front. By the time Antwi returned to the field for Hartlepool, he was to find that 0-1 had become 2-1 with both goals being scored in areas where a central defender would have come in rather handy.

The second period was a more measured affair, with the Glovers now having the wind at their backs. Hartlepool pressed frequently but the Yeovil defence seemed more calm and composed than it had been during the first half and soaked up the pressure well.

Lloyd Owusu was the first of three second half substitutes introduced into the frame and it was him that sealed the game, latching onto a Marcus Stewart through-ball. It almost looked as though a combination of Hartlepool keeper Jan Budtz's legs and Owusu's loss of balance had denied the chance, but when the first attempt was blocked and squirmed loose, Owusu was the first to react by lifting the ball over the prone keeper's body for a 3-1 scoreline.

At times passes went astray and mistakes were made during the afternoon's match. But considering the lack of a recognised left-back within the squad and the torrential rain that soaked the pitch which was added to by a swirling wind that blew towards the home terrace, the Glovers did well to keep their composure and keep the game largely within their control, even when they were trailing. In scoring three times for the first time this season as well, this game and the previous few weeks worth of matches have gone a long way towards the positive swagger that saw Yeovil finish the game in style.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Hartlepool United 1.

Scorers: Michael Mackay (10 mins, 0-1), Terry Skiverton (27 mins, 1-1), Marcus Stewart (31 mins, 2-1), Lloyd Owusu (77 mins, 3-1)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes
14. Paul Warne 7. Gary Dempsey 17. Darren Way 25. Zoltan Stieber
10. Marcus Stewart 28. James Walker

Subs: 8. Anthony Barry (80 mins for Darren Way) 9. Lloyd Owusu (72 mins for James Walker) 15. Justin Cochrane 16. Ritchie Jones (79 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 19. Craig Alcock

Hartlepool United:
1. Jan Budtz
27. Eddie Nolan 20. Godwin Antwi 5. Michael Nelson 3. Robbie Elliott
14. James Brown 7. Gary Liddle 15. Antony Sweeney 8. Ritchie Humphreys (66)
22. Ian Moore (55) 24. Michael Mackay

Subs: 4. Willie Boland 9. Richard Barker (55 mins for Ian Moore) 17. David Foley (66 mins for Ritchie Humphreys) 18. Alistair Gibb 21. Arran Lee-Barrett (GK)

Bookings: None

Attendance: 4,694

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

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8 December 2007 : Thommo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson believed his side should have coped better with the second half conditions at Huish Park on Tuesday night. Although Steve was pleased with the 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth, he felt that the Glovers could have done better with some of their defensive clearances, recognising that they were up against a fierce wind during the second period.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Russell said of the wind: "It was quite strong in the first half, but it even seemed to pick up during the second half. But sometimes you've got to deal with that. If I was to be a bit negative about the second half, then it was that our clearances were not good enough and didn't travel far enough and we didn't pick out people with our longer balls. It's difficult against the wind but certainly we didn't help ourselves with some of our clearances."

Read the full interview with Steve Thompson by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Steve Thompson's Bournemouth Post-Match Verdict.

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7 December 2007 : Youth 2008 Fixture Changes
Three of Yeovil Town's Under 18s fixtures have had their kick-off times brought forward by 30 minutes to 10.30am. All of them are home fixtures being played at Gassons Lane in Somerton. Note that not all home fixtures have been altered at present, so you'll need to check the kick-off time for all 2008 home matches.

The three games affected so far are as follows:

19/01/2008 : Plymouth Argyle (Home) : 10.30am kick-off.
09/02/2008 : Hereford United (Home) : 10.30am kick-off.
01/03/2008 : AFC Bournemouth (Home) : 10.30am kick-off.

All other home fixtures for 2008 are currently 11.00am kick-offs.

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7 December 2007 : Reserves December Fixture Alterations
Yeovil Town's two forthcoming pre-Christmas Reserve Team fixtures have had slight alterations made to their schedules.

Next week's trip to play Forest Green Rovers will now take place on Wednesday 12th December, with a 7.00pm kick-off. The match was originally due to be played on the Monday.

In the following week, the Reserves are playing Cheltenham Town Reserves at Whaddon Road on December 18th. That game will now kick off at 2.00pm and not at the previously planned 7.00pm time.

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7 December 2007 : Youth Match Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have had their home match against Swansea City postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Gassons Lane, Somerton. A new date will be arranged in due course.

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7 December 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Hartlepool united tomorrow afternoon in their second home match in five days. Although it is stretched over a period of two months, the Glovers are starting to refind their home form with three wins in their last four matches - the only exception being a narrow defeat against divisional leaders Swansea City.

With some kind of fluency being established, the major headache for manager Russell Slade is the left-back position. With Nathan Jones suspended, the hope had been for defender Matthew Rose to deputise in that position. However, with Rose having damaged elbow ligaments just under two weeks ago, he is not expected to be available tomorrow. Possible alternatives include Terrell Forbes, Lee Peltier plus Craig Alcock who completed Tuesday night's game in that position. If Forbes or Peltier get the nod, then expect a little bit of formation rotation as players swap round.

Long term absentees Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Marvin Williams (ankle) are expecting to return to Reserve Team action or full training sometime during December, whilst this week gave the sad news that striker Lee Morris will not play for Yeovil again within the duration of his current contract, and is in fact likely to retire from the game.

Danny Wilson's side have made a strong start to their life back in League One, even if it took them until Tuesday to break out of a recent five game winnless streak. A 3-1 home win over Tranmere Rovers gave them joy for the first time since the beginning of November, and they have lost their last three away matches. However, their early season form still means that they are good enough to lie just one point and one position behind Russell Slade's men. Recent lengthy travelling though, has been a problem for them, even if Wilson is anxious to play down the effects of a long coach journey, coming soon after visits to Swansea city, Hereford United in the FA Cup and Gillingham:

"We are not bothered by the travelling. When we looked at the fixture list we said they were great games to play in, regardless of the mileage. It is just the boredom you have to deal with more than anything but if we come away from Yeovil with a win it is a great journey back. We knew this would be a tough month, not because of the travelling but because we are up against good sides."

The North-East side come into the game without defender Ben Clark who is expected to be out for 7-10 days with a hamstring strain. Utility player Jamie McCunnie is also a doubt with a knee injury. There are also problems with Michael Rae (hamstring) and Tom Haigh (foot) from injuries sustained in a recent Reserve Team match. However Willie Boland will travel down to Somerset after serving a one match suspension. Their squad set off today on an estimated seven hour journey down to Somerset after completing a light training session at Victoria Park.

Tickets for the match are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until the 3.00pm kick-off tomorrow, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you have a 'Fans Of The Future' postcard, then remember that this game is included in the five matches, and therefore anyone holding a card can take two children into the match if accompanied by a full paying adult (or full paying season ticket holder).

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7 December 2007 : Football League Review No. 9
After a rather soggy set of midweek matches around the division, Josh Rogers has dried himself out enough to provide an update on how the matches played reshaped the League One table. There is also a look forward to tomorrow's match against Hartlepool.

Link: Football League Review : December 7th 2007.

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6 December 2007 : Morris Expecting To Retire
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has revealed today that he is expecting striker Lee Morris to retire from the game.

Lee damaged cruciate ligaments back in August against Hereford United and faced a second operation to repair cruciate ligaments on that knee - something that very few footballers have recovered from. Sadly it appears that Lee's prognosis following his operation is not good and his agent has been in touch with the club to be the bearer of bad news.

Russell explained to BBC Somerset that he was definitely not expecting Lee Morris to return this season and that in fact the expectation is that he will not return at all:

"That's not going to happen obviously this season. Having had some contact from his representative, it looks as though Lee may even retire from the game now. At 27 years old and with what he's had to go through, you would have thought that at some stage he would have had a break in his football career, but he's not had a break apart from breaking his toes and his body. I'm bitterly disappointed for him. I've known him a long long time. He is a player who is capable of playing at a level much higher than League One if he is fully fit and playing the games. There is no question of that. But injuries have put paid to what is a very good player."

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6 December 2007 : Wilfried On Leave
Yeovil Town striker Wilfried Domoraud has been given leave from the club for the immediate future following the death of his grandfather. Wilfried will therefore definitely not be involved in this weekend's match against Hartlepool United as he returns home to his family.

Our best wishes go to Wilfried and his family over this difficult period of time.

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6 December 2007 : Tivvy Want Domoraud Loan
Devon side Tiverton Town want to take Yeovil Town striker Wilfried Domoraud on loan, but believe they will have to wait now until January 1st until they can attempt to strike up a deal.

Tivvy manager Martyn Rogers has discussed terms with Glovers boss Russell Slade about giving the Frenchman first team action but the stalling point appears to be the nature of the loan and Southern League rules on loan players.

The Glovers have rejected any attempt by Tiverton to bid for Domoraud's services on a permanent basis, and have even ruled out any long term loan deal that would prevent Russell from being able to recall the teenager back to Huish Park and so that just leaves a short term loan move as an option. Unfortunately for Tivvy, with them already having taken Torquay United pair Darren Mullings and Paul Hinshelwood on short term loans, a third would break Southern League rules and that means that any possible move for Domoraud will have to wait until January. Rogers told the Devon press:

"I have got a couple of other irons in the fire, but the Yeovil thing I cannot do anything with. I don't think they will let me have him for the rest of the season and they think too much of him to let him go. So until we get a situation where I can get him in short-term, that one's out of my hands."

Rogers admitted there was willingness from the Huish Park camp for the deal to happen, but that he may have to opt for a Plan B in the meantime:

"Russell would do it tomorrow if it was possible, but we have got two loans in already so I'm snookered. We could wait until a couple of weeks' time, but there are a couple of other things I'm looking at."

Domoraud has so far made six appearances for Yeovil's first team this season - all from the substitutes' bench.

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6 December 2007 : Club Shop Discount Day
The Huish Park Club Shop will be open until 7.00pm tonight and are conducting a 10% off everything day.

With the exception of other promotional discounts or offers, everything in the shop today is reduced by 10 percent. Hence if you are planning on doing any Christmas shopping at Huish Park, today may be a good time to do it.

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5 December 2007 : BBC Post-Match Interviews From The Bournemouth Game
Following last night's 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth, there are three new audio interviews uploaded onto the BBC Somerset website.

The post-match views of assistant manager Steve Thompson are complemented by further reaction from Sponsors Man of the Match Paul Warne along with on-loan midfielder Darren Way.

You'll need a free copy of Real Player to be able to listen to the clips.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.

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4 December 2007 : Cherries Plucked
Yeovil Town gained three valuable points at Huish Park tonight, but only after AFC Bournemouth gave them a late fright with a spirited second half comeback attempt. The Glovers were cruising at 2-0, following goals from Terry Skiverton (other reports are suggesting an Alex Pearce own goal) and James Walker but the game was turned on its head on 64 minutes when Nathan Jones was forced to handle on his goal line and the red card and subsequent penalty by Brett Pitman guaranteed a nervy final half hour as the Cherries tried to take advantage of the extra man. Thankfully Yeovil's defence, which included Craig Alcock playing as a left-back following Jones's dismissal, held out for the win.

The Glovers got off to a dream start. Zoltan Stieber on his debut forced a corner, and upon taking the dead ball himself, he managed to pitch the ball straight to Terry Skiverton, who powered his attempt (or possibly Alex Pearce's, under pressure from Skivo) off the underside of the crossbar for a 1-0 lead with just three minutes gone.

The half was dominated by the Glovers, with Marcus Stewart instrumental as a forward-thinking pivot, continually spraying passes out to Stieber, Warne and Walker as the Cherries defence spent the first half firmly on the back foot.

The Glovers doubled their lead eight minutes from the break when Paul Warne received the ball down the right and put an early ball into the box, which allowed James Walker to squeeze between goalkeeper and defender with a brave diving header to really wrestle control of the game.

Bournemouth looked demoralised and off the pace throughout the whole of the first 45 minutes and the best they could muster was a late attempt from Brett Pitman that threaded past Steve Mildenhall's post but without forcing him into his first save of the match.

The second half saw the visitors start the second half with a bit more grit and determination although Marcus Stewart could easily have put Yeovil 3-0 up early on. However, a substitution saw Sam Vokes come on for the Cherries and he should have pulled a goal back when a Scott Guyett mistake let him through, but with the goal gaping he contrived to strike the foot of the post and give Yeovil a real let-off.

However that let-off didn't last for long - a Bournemouth shot was handled by Nathan Jones on the goal line and the left-back got the inevitable red card, and with Brett Pitman slotting home the penalty suddenly Bournemouth were back in the game. Craig Alcock was brought on as a makeshift left-back and the Cherries tails were up.

Steve Mildenhall was forced into an instinctive close range save as Bournemouth pressed for the equaliser and the Glovers were sucked back into their own half, frequently having to deal with a bout of head tennis as the strong wind refused to allow the ball to clear out of Yeovil's half. Gradually though they got the measure of the situation, frequently pumping long balls out of defence to the revised front pairing of substitute Lloyd Owusu and the impressive James Walker. Not even five inexplicable minutes of injury time from referee Fred Graham could deny Yeovil the points in torrential conditions, and the win moves the Glovers up to 10th in the table. The only downside to the evening is the one match suspension for Nathan Jones - hopefully Matthew Rose will be fit enough to return and act as cover - his elbow injury tonight kept him out of the sixteen.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Scorers: Terry Skiverton (3 mins, 1-0), James Walker (37 mins, 2-0), Brett Pitman (65 mins, penalty, 2-1).

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
1 Steve Mildenhall
6 Terrell Forbes 4 Terry Skiverton 5 Scott Guyett 3 Nathan Jones
14 Paul Warne 27 Lee Peltier 17 Darren Way 25 Zoltan Stieber
10 Marcus Stewart 28 James Walker

Subs: 9 Lloyd Owusu (77 mins for Marcus Stewart) 8 Anthony Barry 7 Gary Dempsey (58 mins for Lee Peltier) 19 Craig Alcock (67 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 15 Justin Cochrane

AFC Bournemouth: 4-4-2
12. Gareth Stewart
4. Paul Telfer 35. Alex Pearce 7. Shaun Cooper 28. Warren Cummings
34. James Henry 14. Danny Hollands 20. Jem Karacan 17. Max-Alain Gradel
23. Lee Bradbury 26. Brett Pitman

Subs: 13. Ryan Pryce (GK) 9. Sam Vokes (57 mins for Lee Bradbury) 15. Jason Pearce 16. Marvyn Bartley 18. Dominic Shimmin (84 mins for Shaun Cooper)

Bournemouth Bookings: Max-Alain Gradel (encroachment, 27 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Paul Warne (foul, 89 mins). Red Card: Nathan Jones (professional handball, 64 mins).

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Michael Rowley (Berkshire) and Stephen Tomlinson (Hamshire). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).

Attendance: 5,321.

Link: 2007-08 Latest League One Table.

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4 December 2007 : Bournemouth Man Of The Match Voting
Don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes following tonight's 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth. Defender Terry Skiverton and striker James Walker got the Glovers goals, whilst a Warren Cummings penalty following a Nathan Jones handball for a block on the goal-line let the Cherries back into the game.

Cast your vote using the form below.

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

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4 December 2007 : Football League Review : No. 8
Ahead of tonight's League One fixtures, Josh Rogers has provided another look back throughout the last week's worth of goings on around the division, and looks forward to tonight's match against AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Football League Review : No. 8.

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4 December 2007 : Frome Trip In County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves have been drawn away to Frome Town in the Quarter-Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup.

The match will be played at Badgers Hill, with the tie pencilled in for the week commencing March 3rd 2008.

The full draw is :


Paulton Rovers v Bridgwater Town

Shepton Mallet v Bath City

Taunton Town v Brislington

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4 December 2007 : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on AFC Bournemouth tonight at Huish Park in the first of four home matches this month, following a long string of mainly away matches over the past couple of months. After eight away matches in 11 games, the trend now switches to four home matches in the next six games, and the Glovers will want to turn that to their advantage.

Bournemouth arrive at Huish Park with a curious record. They've yet to win a match at home, and have lost seven out of nine matches at the Fitness First Stadium. However, on their travels they've only lost three times and have won three times. Hence although they lie in the relegation zone, clearly their away form means that they need to be treated with some respect.

The Glovers go into the match with the welcome news that striker Marcus Stewart is fit and ready to play, having spent much of the past month or two out with a succession of hamstring injuries and ankle injuries. Whilst Lee Morris (knee), Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Marvin Williams (ankle) remain long term absentees, the Glovers squad is getting back to a decent strength. The major question mark is over Matthew Rose, who damaged elbow ligaments in the away match against Millwall just over a week ago. The hope is that some firm strapping will allow him to get through the game, although a visit to a specialists on Monday was planned to give a firm view on that subject.

As for Bournemouth, Kevin Bond's side went out of the FA Cup on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Millwall, and they are one of the few sides in the division to have suffered the kind of injury list that Yeovil have had.

Definitely out are Neil Moss (knee), Ryan Garry (shin), Russell Perrett (calf), Darren Anderton (hamstring), Sam Vokes (ribs), Jo Kuffour (ribs), Steven Foley (back), Jason Pearce (calf), Jean Christophe (wrist) and Scott Golbourne (ankle).

To add to that list, they also have fitness tests over Josh Gowling and Danny Hollands. Gowling has a calf problem whilst Hollands had to be taken off on Saturday after suffering a reaction to a recent hernia operation.

Bournemouth have a quartet of young loan players from Premiership side Reading and two of these are likely to benefit through the long injury list. James Henry and Alex Pearce have been added to Bournemouth's squad as they look to play in what could be the penultimate games of their loan spell with the Cherries. The duo had the weekend off after Reading refused permission for them to play in the FA Cup.

Kick-off for the match is at 7.45pm. Note that although this game was initially declared as an all-ticket match, tickets are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off. Prices are as per the 'Categorised' rate (aka Premium Pricing).

For those not going, note that BBC Somerset will have full live commentary on their new 95.5FM frequency - see yesterday's news for further details.

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3 December 2007 : Site Problems
Apologies to anyone who has witnessed any odd messages on our home page either on Saturday or today. We've contacted our ISP for assistance in this.

As a word of caution, whilst we're trying to deal with this problem, if anyone encounters anything unusual, we'd suggest that you don't click on it or go to any sites that are apparently linked from that page. Most of the site, however, is operational.

Update: 04/12/2007: We think/hope that this situation is resolved now, although if you do encounter anything weird, either email us or drop a message on the Green Room forum.

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3 December 2007 : BBC Somerset On FM
A reminder that BBC Somerset Sound, who broadcast most of Yeovil Town's matches live, have their own FM frequency as of this morning. There is also a slight element of rebranding - they are now known simply as BBC Somerset.

Following years of only being available on the 1566AM medium wave band, the station can now be heard on 95.5FM - the frequency recently vacated by BBC Radio Bristol.

Overall, the programme content for both stations are unchanged - the difference should be that Somerset Sound should reach a wider audience than before, which should hopefully benefit Glovers fans who have been struggling to hear through the medium wave crackle.

For those who live away from the region and are still unable to pick up BBC Somerset, the alternative frequencies for BBC Radio Bristol vary according to where you are and are Bristol and South Gloucestershire - 94.9FM, Bath - 104.6FM, Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset - 103.6 FM.

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3 December 2007 : Officials For The Bournemouth Game
Tomorrow evening's match against AFC Bournemouth will be looked after by Fred Graham (Essex). We've already had Mr Graham once this season in the September trip to Brighton and Hove Albion where he managed to cause significant controversy.

A penalty was awarded to Brighton after a supposed handball in the box following a Brighton free kick. The guilty party was believed to be Paul Warne but not even slow motion and freeze-frame on the goal highlights from that weekend could deduce exactly why Mr Graham had awarded the spot kick, with the ball being thumped into the centre of a defensive wall. Ball to hand in pretty much anyone's book. Thankfully the Glovers still won the game 2-1.

Mr Graham has mainly been involved in eastern counties away games, having only been to Huish Park once before for the 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds. He did the Boxing Day match against Brighton on the previous season where he managed to wind up the home fans a treat by allowing a few thunderous Glovers tackles to go without blowing his whistle. Prior to that he was in charge at the 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall against Southend United, then before that the 5-2 win over Cambridge United during which he failed to see the funny side of Phil Jevons goal celebration that poked fun at Michael Rose's lovelife!

Mr Graham will be assisted by Michael Rowley (Berkshire) and Stephen Tomlinson (Hamshire). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).

Link: September 2007 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2006 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2005 : Southend United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2005 : Cambridge United 2 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: August 2004 : Yeovil Town 3 Rushden and Diamonds 1.

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3 December 2007 : Glovers Pick Up Second BBC Award
Yeovil Town have been given a second sports award as part of the BBC regional sports award evenings ahead of this Sunday's national Sports Personality Of The Year evening.

After Steve Mildenhall picked up the Footballer Of The Year award last week for the South-West region, the club as a whole picked up the 'Moment Of The Year' award for their incredible comeback from the dead at the City Ground in May when they beat Nottingham Forest 5-2 to reach Wembley Stadium.

Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson picked up the award on behalf of the club.

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2 December 2007 : Millwall Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's Man of the Match vote for the away match at Millwall was won comfortably by on-loan striker James Walker. The Charlton Athletic marksman got double the points of his nearest rival after scoring his second goal in two games and that was enough for him to see off midfielder Matthew Rose.

The full results, with outright man of the match votes in brackets are as shown below:

1 James Walker 104 (9)
2 Matthew Rose 52 (1)
3 Darren Way 28 (2)
4 Lloyd Owusu 24 (1)
5 Terry Skiverton 16 (1)
6 Lee Peltier 16 (0)
7 Paul Warne 14 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 12 (1)
9 Anthony Barry 2 (0)


Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 5.60


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2 December 2007 : FA Vase On Display
Glovers fan Tim Lancaster has written in with an opportunity for anyone passing through Sherborne on their way through to Huish Park next Saturday. Because of Sherborne Town's FA Vase exploits the trophy itself will be on tour at Raleigh Grove on Saturday and if you pop in, you can get your photo taken with the trophy, even if you're later heading on to watch the Glovers play Hartlepool United. Tim writes:

"On Saturday 8th December Sherborne Town face Lymington Town (Wessex League Premier Division) at home in The FA Vase 3rd Round, the same day as Yeovil Town play Hartlepool United at Huish Park. As Sherborne Town were the FA Vase Team Of The Round in the last series of games (After a 3-0 win at Willand Rovers) The FA Vase itself will be on display at Sherborne Town FC from 1.00pm.

The club are offering supporters and children the opportunity to have their photo taken with The FA Vase, so even if you are attending Huish Park and not Raleigh Grove please call in, you will be most welcome. There is also the opportunity to win tickets for The FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium, and members of The FA will be present to run a roadshow

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2 December 2007 : Walsall FA Cup Involvement
With the FA Cup Third Round scheduled to be played on the weekend of January 5th 2008, a warning to anyone making advance plans that Yeovil's opponents on that day, Walsall, are still involved in the FA Cup.

Their Second Round tie against Northampton Town ended in a 1-1 draw at Sixfields and so there will be a Second Round replay at the Bescott Stadium on Tuesday 11th December.

If Walsall win that Second Round replay, then the League One match at Huish Park on January 5th would need to be rearranged. Hence keep an eye out for the result of that replay in 9 days time.

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1 December 2007 : Youth Team Win At Hereford
Yeovil Town's Under 18s gained a valuable 3-2 away win against Hereford United this morning to give Stuart Housley's side a welcome confidence boost. More details on this game to follow in the fullness of time.

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