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31 December 2009 : George O'Callaghan On Trial For Seagulls
Former Yeovil Town midfielder George O'Callaghan has landed down on the South Coast on a trial basis. He is with League One side Brighton and Hove Albion, according to the Irish RTE Sport website.

O'Callaghan has already had one spell with the Seagulls before, having spent half a season in Sussex during the early part of the 2007-08 season, knocking up 17 appearances as part of a loan spell, whilst on Ipswich Town's books.

Whilst Seagulls boss Gus Poyet casts his eye over the midfielder, RTE Sport believe that Cork City want O'Callaghan back for a third spell in Ireland. The 30 year old spent five years playing for his home city between 2002 and 2007 before following that up with a further six month spell during 2008, clocking up 165 league appearances and becoming a bit of a cult hero there. They are under new management with Roddy Collins taking over just before Christmas, and he has tried to sign O'Callaghan at one of his former clubs.

George was released by Yeovil just before Christmas and so is entitled to sign for another club as a free agent tomorrow.


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31 December 2009 : Two Big Macs Please - Shaun And Alex to Sign New Loan Deals
Yeovil Town are hoping to secure new loan deals for goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and midfielder Shaun MacDonald in the next couple of days.

Agreement has been reached for Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald to sign a long term loan with the club that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of the 2009-10 season. The club hope to get the paperwork through tomorrow - provided the Football League's offices can process the paperwork on a Bank Holiday.

The confirmation of the paperwork will determine whether he can play against Leyton Orient on Saturday, or whether he has to wait until the following week's home game against Colchester United. Either way, MacDonald has told Swansea's official site that he is glad to be back:

"I really enjoyed my time at the club, they looked after me and I owe them for giving me the chance. I just want to play football. Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love Swansea City, I've been at the club since the age of nine but I am at the stage of my career when I need to be playing football. The manager (Paulo Sousa) is happy that I'm playing and by doing so regularly it will help further develop my game, and I believe that it will continue to improve during my time at Yeovil."

Meanwhile Reading keeper McCarthy will sign a loan extension early next week. The length of the loan has not been specified by the club, suggesting that it may be a short interim deal, as described in yesterday's article. Alex is already available for Saturday's match at Leyton Orient, so the extra couple of days needed will not cause any impact on manager Terry Skiverton's team selection.

Both loan deals have yet to formally go through, but it would appear that the club have been given the green light by both Swansea City and Reading to proceed.

As a cautionary note to what is obviously excellent news, it's worth being aware that in the case of both players, they can be recalled under the Football League's loan rules, if another club makes a permanent deal for either player during the January transfer window. In such circumstances, the right of the parent club to sell the player overrides the loan agreement.


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31 December 2009 : Wembley Win Could Have Been The 'End Of The Club'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that the club's League One Play-Off Final defeat could have been a blessing in disguise. The Glovers' 2-0 defeat at the hands of Blackpool in May 2007 has proved hard to emulate, and they have spent much of the following couple of years looking at the other end of the table.

Skiverton's concern is that if the club had managed to get as far as the Championship that it would have over-reached itself financially in trying to compete at that level. Speaking to the Western Gazette, he says that the club could have run into some serious problems:

"Sometimes you have got to be careful what you wish for. If we had got into the Championship when we were in the play-offs, I think it could have spelled the end for the club financially. We need to keep this club financially viable. We need to make sure we are competing against these big clubs but doing it in the right way. We live within the rules and we are trying to progress the right way."

Skiverton added that it was important for those around the club to get some proper perspective on the situation, and for any future play-off or promotion ambitions to be built around a plan to build the club up from its current levels. That wasn't going to happen overnight:

"I think with the resources we have got, the location and our supporters, what can we really wish for? Are we going to get to the Premier League and get into Europe, or should we just keep trying to focus on being a League One team and maybe really go for the play-offs one year, moving the club in a three-year plan? We are not going to all of a sudden turn it around and start competing with teams who have budgets four or five times the size of ours."

Skiverton's views do have some kind of logic to them, even though there would be few managers or chairmen around the Football League who would suggest that promotion would be bad for their clubs. If the club are to progress to the Championship division, they will need to provide seating at both the Home Terrace and Copse End of the ground by the end of their third season at that level. That said, the Football Foundation provide substantial grants for clubs to achieve that ground grading. In addition, television, sponsorship and Football League central pool payments increase for clubs at that level.

In addition to the issue of ground improvements, there is the issue of building up a squad that could successfully compete at that level. Even Peterborough United with the millions they have spent on players in their rise up the divisions have suddenly found the Championship division a rather different proposition to compete with - currently bottom of the league and five points off the safety line. We suspect that in such circumstances, the club actually wouldn't overspend on the playing budget just to stay in the division, and so as things stand, any stay in the Championship would be a fairly short one, and one where the club would not allow the bank to be broken.

However, as Skiverton suggests, the club presumably do still harbour ambitions of reaching that higher level, and staying there. Hence on the basis of a "three-year plan" (or the five year plan he alluded to in his end of year interview) the first few years must be spent building up the financial income and infrastructure to support such a level of football, and to get the punters flowing in to provide that income. It is that piece of the jigsaw that is at present missing from the master plan.


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31 December 2009 : MacDonald Future To Be Sorted In The 'Next Few Days'
Championship side Swansea City are due to make a decision on midfielder Shaun MacDonald in the next few days. The South Wales Evening Post claims there are three League One clubs interested in the player, with obviously Yeovil Town one of them. Oldham Athletic are named by the paper as a second interested party, whilst a third remains unnamed.

Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins says that a decision will be made in the next few days with manager Paulo Sousa due to hold a conversation with the Welsh international:

"Quite a few clubs in League One would be keen to take Shaun on loan. That is something we have to sort out over the next few days. Paulo (Sousa) will sit down and have a chat with Shaun about the various possibilities. I think Shaun is happy with the idea of going back out on loan but we have to decide where he will go."

The development obviously means that MacDonald is unlikely to return to the Glovers in time for Saturday's game at Leyton Orient, with it being more likely that a decision will be reached sometime next week.


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30 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog: A Man For All Seasons
As the year draws to a close, Taff considers the decade just gone and the managers that have held the reins at Huish Park during that time. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, a quick glance back at Swindon Town and a look forward to Leyton Orient are considered. Read the latest entry and pass your own views, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: A Man For All Seasons.


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30 December 2009 : Townsend Set To Miss Old Boys Reunion
Yeovil Town supporters who witnessed the performance of left winger Andros Townsend in the August 2009 3-3 draw at Huish Park, will probably heave a sigh of relief that he is unlikely to feature on Saturday. The Glovers knew all about the Tottenham Hotspur loan player from his loan spell in Somerset during the latter stages of the 2008-09 season. Yet that still didn't stop Townsend inflicting some fairly brutal punishment on his former employers - a 70 yard run from the edge of his own penalty area setting the scene for one of the best solo goals seen at Huish Park.

Townsend's loan at Brisbane Road ends on December 31st, having made 22 appearances including 17 starts for Orient, and it looks as though Spurs are going to take their time in making their decision over whether to allow him to return for a second spell. That will mean he will miss out on pitching himself against parent club teammates Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker. Manager Geraint Williams has confirmed that he wants to extend the winger's stay in East London, but Townsend has indicated that Spurs are unlikely to make a decision until the middle of the month:

"I don't mind coming back to be honest. I'm due to go back to Spurs and then review the options. There is a possibility I could come back here. I have to go back to Spurs and then a decision will be made in the middle of January. I have been playing regularly and playing well. I feel I have improved a lot and hopefully I will be back. I don't want to leave them when they are in the bottom four."

Orient slipped into the bottom four on Monday - the first time they had occupied a relegation spot since the end of September. A 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Southend United extended a winless streak to five games, and in addition to Townsend they will have to do without Ben Chorley, who is suspended. However, they are expecting to welcome back Charlie Daniels (ankle) and Ryan Jarvis (illness) to their squad for the January 2nd game, whilst Sean Thornton will return from a one match ban.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Williams and Forbes Facing New Year Suspension.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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30 December 2009 : Reading Keeper Loan Arrangement Could Set Policy For McCarthy
Perhaps relevant news, perhaps irrelevant news; Bristol Rovers have been able to persuade Reading to extend the loan of goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen for a further month. The Dane is a teammate of Yeovil Town's on loan keeper Alex McCarthy and their parent club have tended to treat them fairly equally so far. Both were blocked from playing in the FA Cup, and both had loan deals that are due to expire by the turn of the year.

Rovers have managed to get their deal with Andersen and Reading extended until January 28th, despite them wanting to do a deal with the Berkshire side until the end of the season. Bristol Rovers have suggested that the latter is still a possibility, but that the spanner in the works is that Reading are currently managerless and that they do not wish to sanction a longer deal until a replacement for Brendan Rodgers is in place. Currently former Glover Brian McDermott is acting in a caretaker capacity at the Madejski Stadium.

If Reading apply the same logic to Alex McCarthy, then the Glovers would need to revert to an 'emergency' loan for the 20 year old for the month of January. The two clubs would then still have the option to change that to a half-season loan provided they did the deal before the January transfer window closes. Regardless, the fact that Rovers have been able to get a decision out of Reading should hopefully mean that Yeovil Town will know what is possible very soon.


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30 December 2009 : Huish Park New Year Opening Hours
For those looking to visit Huish Park over the New Year period, the club will be operating under slightly different opening hours over the next few days. Both the Huish Park Ticket Office and the Huish Park Club Shop will have the following hours of business:

30/12/2009 : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
31/12/2009 : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.

01/01/2010 : CLOSED
02/01/2010 : CLOSED
03/01/2010 : CLOSED

The club will resume normal opening hours on Monday 4th January 2010. Saturday's trip to Leyton Orient is a pay-on-the-day game, so make your purchases from Brisbane Road.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brisbane Road.


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29 December 2009 : Clubs To Pay Taxes - Shock!
Football League clubs have until 1st July 2010 to sort out their tax affairs or risk an embargo on registering players or even a complete suspension from playing any football. In a complex series of new rules the Football League is making an attempt to clamp down on some clubs who have for years been treating the payment of taxes as an option they can take or leave as they please. Not only has it been bringing football into disrepute with the normal tax paying public, but it has meant such clubs have been effectively cheating their honest tax paying rivals.

Any legacy tax arrears accumulated prior to 1st July 2009 must be dealt with through a Time to Pay Agreement negotiated and agreed with HMRC before 1st July 2010. Any club that fails so to do will be deemed to be subject to a Default Event and open to certain penalties, of which more later.

All PAYE and NIC obligations to HMRC from 1st July 2009 onwards must be paid within 28 days of falling due. Any failure to do so must be reported to the Football League Executive within two days as a Default Event.

A club that subsequently defaults on any Time To Pay Agreement established with HMRC will be deemed subject to a Default Event, whether that agreement was established before or after 1st July 2009.

A club which is subject to a Default Event shall be liable to a registration embargo such that it shall not be permitted to register any player with that club without the prior written consent of the Executive for the period that the club fails to clear its debt.

A club which fails to notify the FL Executive of circumstances that would constitute a Default Event shall be deemed guilty of misconduct and shall be referred to the Football Disciplinary Commission for further sanctions.

Further, prior to 31st May ahead of each new season all clubs, including those relegated from the Premier League and those promoted from the Conference, must lodge with the Football League authorisation for HMRC to inform the Executive of all current and any future financial matters relating to clubs involving any arrears, Time To Pay Agreements and Default Events.

Failure to lodge such authorisation will result in a club being suspended from playing all matches falling under the auspices of the Football League and the Football Association.

In the case of disputed amounts which are being formally contested by a club, these will not constitute a Default Event until such time as a final determination is made on the validity of the HMRC claim.

All well and good, and not before time. However much depends on the determination of the Football League Executive to police the rules and enforce sanctions rigorously without fear or favour. With Lord Mawhinney already having announced (12th November 2009) his departure as chairman next March, will the club chairmen appoint another gamekeeper type figure to fill the vacancy, or slide in some duffer from the old boy network who can be relied upon to turn a blind eye and do nothing?


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29 December 2009 : Thommo Back In Management
Former Yeovil Town manager, assistant manager, fitness coach, and midfielder Steve Thompson is back in employment. The 46 year old was a victim of the backroom clear-out instigated when former manager Russell Slade left Huish Park in February, and since then, bar brief playing spells with Bridgwater Town and Shaftesbury Town, Thommo has been out of work.

He has now been made First Team Manager of Zamaretto Southern League Premier Division side Truro City with immediate effect, following the departure of Sean McCarthy. The bad news is that he becomes their fifth manager in five years, with Truro not the most stable of clubs of late. They lie in 14th place in the league table, but have won just twice at home this season so far, and therefore have the second worst home record in the division.

Thommo was due to be in charge of tonight's home match against Hemel Hempstead Town but that game has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The very best of luck to Thommo in his new job and we hope he makes every success of it.


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29 December 2009 : Ground Upgrading On The Way
No, we're not talking about a 'new' Huish Park of some description. Despite the latest waffle on the back page of last week's Western Gazette from CEO Martyn Starnes about our chairman beavering away on this front, we're afraid we have long ago discounted the repetitious 'imminent announcements' as mere wind. Rather more pertinent however are the new requirements coming on stream over the next few years from the Football League. Most are behind the scenes developments, but will carry significant costs. However the Football League is a members club, so it will be no use the chairmen bleating about what they voted for, though some doubtless will once the bills begin to come in.

As from season 2010-11 every Football League stadium must have a set of pitch frost covers and/or under soil heating which shall be operated to the extent necessary to procure, so far as it is reasonably possible, that the pitch is playable on the occasion of each match.

From the beginning of the 2011-12 season each club must make available covered provision for a minimum 200 away supporters. No problem with that one at Huish Park, as we already do. Good to see some clubs now taking the proverbial by offering nothing but uncovered 'temporary' seating perched on scaffolding will have to make a bit more effort though.

There is the same deadline for improvements in media facilities. If we are in League One or League Two Huish Park must be offering twenty spaces, all with desk tops. Should we ever sneak into the Championship that is doubled. A wireless access point accessible to all accredited media representatives attending the match has to be installed, or alternatively an appropriate number of telephone lines be available to meet the demand. Sufficient ISDN lines have to be installed to satisfactorily accommodate requests from the Leagueís primary broadcasting partners, Independent local radio stations (home and away) and club webmasters (home and away). These are in addition to those already installed by the BBC for their own use. Broadcasters must be provided suitable commentary positions in the immediate vicinity of the relevant ISDN lines.

By the start of the 2014-15 season upgrading of changing room facilities for both players and officials should be in place. Of most significance is the increase in sizes, which will occasion extensive rebuilding work for some clubs. The home and away dressing rooms have to be a minimum of thirty square metres each; the current minimum is eighteen square metres. Minimum space for match officials increases from six square metres to ten.

With all this in the pipeline what likelihood any other developments at Huish Park, such as facilities that would increase the all important revenue streams, in the next few years?


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29 December 2009 : One More Game For McCarthy
Some earlier reports in the press had suggested that on loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy's last game for Yeovil Town would be yesterday's match at Swindon Town. Fortunately, it appears that the Glovers have him for one more match - provided of course that he recovers from the virus that kept him out of yesterday's 3-1 defeat.

The Western Morning News quotes manager Terry Skiverton as confirming that McCarthy will in fact be available for the January 2nd trip to Leyton Orient, but that this will be the final game of his initial loan spell:

"Alex can play against Leyton Orient anyway as part of his original loan but nothing's been signed yet to keep him here beyond that. Negotiations are ongoing to keep him with us for another couple of months at least, though."

As for Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald, Skiverton said he was still very confident of getting back the Welshman, but admitted he was relying upon Football League offices being open on New Year's Day to get the deal through in time for the match at Brisbane Road:

"I'm hoping we can get Shaun in before Saturday as well and I hope the Football League offices are open to register loans. If they're not, I'll go down there myself. I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be open, because we're all working."

Past experience suggests that Skiverton may be disappointed - various clubs have fallen foul of the Bank Holiday in the past, when trying to set up new loans and to extend loan deals, with the Football League having a stubborn habit of sticking to office hours only. We can but hope ...


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29 December 2009 : Officials For Orient
The call of the F.A. Cup Third Round Proper means only three League One fixtures survive on Saturday January 2nd. Yeovil Town go to Leyton Orient, and we've been allocated Phil Gibbs (West Midlands) as referee.

Gibbs is an Assistant Headmaster in Birmingham, has been refereeing since 1993, and reached the National List in 2008. Although he's run the line and been Fourth Official at a number of Yeovil games we have only had him blowing the whistle once before, in a Football League Trophy tie versus Brentford. We weren't particularly impressed on the night, with the award of a penalty against us when Aaron Brown stood somewhere vaguely in the vicinity of Charlie MacDonald, or for the centre back being too large, or perhaps some other random thought that passed through the mind of Mr Gibbs. He did partially rectify the situation by awarding a somewhat more obvious penalty in our favour later in the game.

Gary Evetts (Hertfordshire) and Rob Whitton (Essex) will be wielding the flags, and Stephen Daly (Middlesex) is the Fourth Official.

Link: Brentford v Yeovil Town, 02/09/2008


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29 December 2009 : Glovers Looking At Sixth Loan Deal
Whilst manager Terry Skiverton has made it clear that he wants to see goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and midfielder Shaun MacDonald return to Huish Park as a priority, he has also suggested that he wants to bring in a 6th loan player to add to his squad. MacDonald has already returned to Swansea City, whilst McCarthy's illness yesterday meant that he missed the penultimate match of his spell at Huish Park. Neither Reading nor Swansea have given a definitive answer to Yeovil's request to bring both players back in January.

Skiverton's latest thoughts on the situation concerning McCarthy and MacDonald are detailed in his post-match interview. However, he has also told the Western Daily Press that he has his eye on bringing in another loanee - most likely another Youth Loan from a Premier League club, similar to the basis on which the club have Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason at the club. The Yeovil boss explained:

"I might be looking to bring in a sixth loanee, maybe on a youth loan. Maybe a bright star and someone you can dip in and out of the squad. That might be food for thought for myself as long as the clubs agree. Maybe I am looking for that character that can add to the squad and not so much the team."

Assuming McCarthy or MacDonald - or replacement loan players in their equivalent positions - return to Huish Park in January, the only snag of bringing in a sixth loan into Yeovil Town's squad would be the rule where clubs can only use five loan players in any matchday squad. Thus in such circumstances, one loanee would be sat in the stands. However, Skiverton may be conscious of the fact that he is now entering a period of the season where injuries and suspensions are beginning to kick in, and the Glovers may need some generic cover within their squad during the second half of the season.


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29 December 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game
Having watched his side lose 3-1 against Swindon Town on Bank Holiday Monday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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28 December 2009 : Swindon 3 Yeovil 1 : Away Day Form Still Eludes Erratic Glovers
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten today at the County Ground, as a dominant performance by Swindon Town condemned them to their 6th away defeat in the league this season. Two early goals from Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin came during Yeovil's best spell of the game, and a Gavin Tomlin shot-cum-cross gave the scoreline a more realistic look. But when Daniel Ward was presented with a late Christmas gift 13 seconds into the second half, it was game over, and the home side went on to control and dominate the second period with ease.

The Glovers went into the match suffering two pre-match blows. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was suffering from a virus, whilst Dean Bowditch had a tight hamstring and could not play, although the injury is only expected to keep him out for the one game. Danny Hutchins also withdrew from the bench, and that meant that Richard Martin and Jonathan Obika gained starting spots, whilst the bench included two coaching staff, as well as midfielder Sam Lechmere, who has been on trial at the club, via the Nike Academy and also has experience with non-league sides Thurrock and more recently Aveley. Having played for the Glovers in their recent County Cup match, Lechmere has been registered on first team league forms.

Given that Swindon were to establish a comfortable two goal lead by the midway point of the first half, it's worth noting that Sam Williams could have had a hat-trick by that point. Headers from corners saw Williams denied by Jonathan Douglas and Simon Ferry who were covering opposite goalposts to deny the Yeovil striker. However, Williams really should have buried an in-play chance he had when he rounded keeper David Lucas, only to find former Glover Kevin Amankwaah sticking out one of his lanky legs to deflect the ball out for a corner.

That Yeovil didn't take the lead during that spell was to prove highly costly. A Jon-Paul McGovern left wing cross saw the bulk of Billy Paynter get in front of Steven Caulker and he powered his header into the bottom corner to give Swindon a 13th minute lead. Nine minutes later, the Robins doubled their lead, although in controversial circumstances. Paynter appeared to give Nathan Smith a shove in the back right in front of the linesman's nose, but neither he, nor the erratic referee Keith Stroud blew for the offence, and Paynter's cross found Simon Ferry inside the box, who in turn threaded the ball through to Charlie Austin. Swindon's graduate from Poole Town turned on a sixpence to plant the ball in the back of the net to put Swindon 2-0 up and somewhat against the run of play.

Given the early balance of the game, it was only just when Yeovil pulled a goal back five minutes later, although if Gavin Tomlin meant what he did, then we'd be surprised. Almost certainly aiming at the head of Sam Williams, he over-pulled the right-wing cross, and home keeper David Lucas was left out of position and finding the ball looping directly over him and into the back of the net. A slightly sheepish celebration probably revealed Tomlin's true intent.

By this time, Yeovil had moved to a flat 4-4-2, with Tomlin out on the right and Ryan Mason shuffled over to the left. The Glovers looked good enough when they had possession, but when they lost the ball, Swindon were getting far too much room down the flanks, and the back four were being left rather exposed.

The other problem was that Jean-Paul Kalala was struggling with a knee injury and he was replaced at half time by Scott Murray as Yeovil reshuffled again. Although whatever the second half gameplan was, it went entirely out the window just 13 seconds in, when Nathan Smith made a total ricket of a defensive clearance, and on loan Bolton Wanderers winger/striker Daniel Ward got given the ball on a plate, blasting it back at the Yeovil goal from the edge of the box, for Swindon's third and crucial goal.

By now, lacking Jean-Paul Kalala and with Shaun MacDonald long gone, the Glovers were looking rather bereft in midfield, and Swindon were able to comfortably keep the ball in the Yeovil half without ever looking like they needed to do too much to keep things that way. Yeovil's second half chances were largely restricted to long shots, with Ryan Mason twice forcing David Lucas into saves that forced the ball around his goal post.

Sam Williams had to be withdrawn to save him from a possible red card, with referee Keith Stroud having already booked him for dissent when the Hampshire official gave a challenge with Kevin Amankwaah against Yeovil. A further offence by Williams had the Swindon players and bench getting hysterical about nothing, but it was clear Stroud was getting suckered in by it all, and with manager Terry Skiverton having seen some of Stroud's previous performances, the substitution that brought Andy Welsh into play was a wise move. Despite that, Williams and Terrell Forbes have now reached five bookings for the season, and will now miss the next league game.

Overall, the win was eventually far too comfortable for the Robins, with Yeovil wasting a series of corners by failing to get beyond the front post each time, and bar that opening 25 minute spell where ironically Swindon scored two of their goals, the Glovers looked second best throughout. Too little protection from the admittedly weakened midfield was combined by some defensive frailties, and Yeovil in the end looked a world apart from the side that had beaten Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day. With Swindon now back in the top six, and Wycombe having been whipped 5-2 at home today, perhaps this gives the measure of the pecking order in League One at present. The Glovers slip one place to 14th, but that Wycombe defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion now means they have just a four point gap between them and fourth from bottom Leyton Orient, who just happen to be their next opponents.

Final Score: Swindon Town 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Billy Paynter (13 mins, 1-0), Charlie Austin (22 mins, 2-0), Gavin Tomlin (27 mins, 2-1), Daniel Ward (46 mins, 3-1).

Swindon Town:
1. David Lucas
15. Kevin Amankwaah 2. Scott Cuthbert 6. Gordon Greer 3. Alan Sheehan
7. Jon-Paul McGovern 4. Jonathan Douglas 30. Simon Ferry 18. Alan O'Brien
20. Billy Paynter 32. Charlie Austin

Substitutes:
12. Phil Smith (GK) 9. Ben Hutchinson 10. Michael Timlin 21. Lee Peacock (85 mins for Charlie Austin) 22. Lloyd Macklin 24. Daniel Ward (35 mins for Alan O'Brien) 31. Alex Revell

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
15. Richard Martin
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 28. Nathan Smith
21. Jean-Paul Kalala
10. Gavin Tomlin 8. Keiran Murtagh
13. Ryan Mason
26. Jonathan Obika 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 6. Terrell Forbes (80 mins for Stefan Stam) 11. Andy Welsh (63 mins for Sam Williams) 16. Scott Murray (46 mins for Jean-Paul Kalala) 18. Andy Lindegaard 29. Sam Lechmere

Swindon Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (52 mins, dissent), Ryan Mason (82 mins, foul), Terrell Forbes (87 mins, foul)

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 8,509 (including 638 Yeovil fans).


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28 December 2009 : Williams and Forbes Facing New Year Suspension
Yeovil Town pair Sam Williams and Terrell Forbes are facing suspension after picking up their 5th bookings of the season. Both will miss the January 2nd trip to Leyton Orient after they were carded in today's 3-1 defeat at Swindon Town.


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28 December 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 3-1 defeat at the County Ground, for the match against Swindon Town, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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28 December 2009 : BBC Local Radio Sports Review Of The Year Repeated
If you missed the BBC Bristol Sports Review of the Year programme that was broadcast on December 19th, there is another chance to hear it again tonight. It is being broadcast at 6.00p.m. tonight on BBC Bristol tonight and features an interview with Terry Skiverton (transcript here).

Note that BBC Somerset has got their own programme scheduled for this time, so you will need to make sure that you are tuned to BBC Bristol's 94.9FM frequency to hear the programme again.


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28 December 2009 : Sam Williams Speaks About The Wycombe Game
Having scored the final goal in the 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day, Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams spoke to the BBC about the match. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Sam Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 4-0 Win Over Wycombe.


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27 December 2009 : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
No sooner does everyone put their feet up from one match, then it's time to prepare for another match. Thankfully tomorrow's away trip is a short one, with Swindon Town the opponents at the County Ground. With the season now at the halfway mark, we're now into matches against teams we've already played before this season, and the Robins inflicted a 0-1 defeat at Huish Park back in September on a frustrating afternoon in Somerset. The Glovers even scored Swindon's goal for them - Terrell Forbes heading a Jon-Paul McGovern cross into his own net in his attempts to get the ball away from the danger zone.

Since then, both sides have plotted a fairly consistent path - Yeovil have grabbed 23 points from 17 games, whilst Swindon have managed 24 points from 15 games. The difference between the two clubs is therefore that Swindon started the season more strongly - they lie seven points and six places ahead of Yeovil in 7th place, and are currently kept out of the play-off spots only by an inferior goal difference. On Boxing Day, they had mixed fortunes at Charlton Athletic - gaining a creditable 2-2 draw at The Valley, but conceding during second half injury time whilst Charlton were down to nine men.

At home, Swindon have won their last three league matches, with victories over Huddersfield Town, Leyton Orient and Brighton and Hove Albion. Just before that they suffered their one and only defeat in normal play at the County Ground in all competitions - a 0-2 defeat against Hartlepool United back in mid-October. A Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit on penalties in November provided the only other disappointment for the Robins at home.

Their established goalscoring partnership is a fairly clear one. The bulk of former Port Vale target man Billy Paynter is accompanied by the less experienced name of Charlie Austin, who the Robins grabbed from Poole Town in October. Having hit 46 goals in 46 games for the Dorset side last season, he's made the step up and promptly hit six goals from six starts at League One level, and is a former Reading trainee. Paynter and Austin have netted 17 times between them and seven in Swindon's last three home matches. Swindon did have a scare when Austin limped off after their Boxing Day match, but manager Danny Wilson has said that the injury will not keep him out of tomorrow's match. Former Glover Kevin Amankwaah should also play, despite missing training just before Christmas with a stomach bug.

For the Glovers, Aidan Downes is the only definite absentee from the squad as he continues his training ground recuperation from knee and shoulder injuries. George O'Callaghan has already been told that he does not need to serve his final week at Huish Park and so will not be involved. There has been no team news coming out of the Yeovil camp following the Boxing Day match, however it was noted that all three players substituted on Saturday - Dean Bowditch, Ryan Mason and Gavin Tomlin - had picked up minor knocks during the 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers that were enough to make predicting their withdrawal from the pitch easy enough, but may or may not be significant enough to keep them out of a game 48 hours later. Either way, despite the press association sourced articles predicting that manager Terry Skiverton will change his team, it's hard to see why the Yeovil boss would do so, unless those minor knocks force his hand.

Although Swindon's position in the league and their home form would point to a Robins victory, the Glovers have a cracking recent record at the County Ground. The 3-2 win last December turned into an emotional tribute to Darren Way as goals from Craig Alcock and Lee Peltier were added to by a bit of charity from Swindon's Jerel Ifil, who turned in a Gavin Tomlin shot for the winning goal. Michael Timlin and Jon-Paul McGovern had earlier pulled the scores back to 2-2, before Ifil's misfortune. In the previous season, and live in front of the Sky Sports cameras, a Lloyd Owusu goal had given the Glovers a 1-0 win, meaning that Yeovil are going for a hat-trick of wins at the County Ground tomorrow.

Kick-off is at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day (although watch out for the ludicrous price hike if you're aged 16-20 years old). For full ticket prices, plus directions, and pub guides along with other stuff, see the Ciderspace guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town.


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27 December 2009 : Bridport Glovers Travel To Swindon
The Bridport Glovers have got spaces in their coach for any supporters that want to travel to the away match at Swindon Town tomorrow. They have at least 10 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you've not transport arranged, and want to put your feet up, then they may be able to help.

The fare will be £10.00 and they will be leaving Bridport at 10.00am with the possibility of pickups on the way. To book seats, please contact Tom Burt on 0797-109-6662 any time.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon.


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27 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog: L1: Yeovil 4 Wycombe 0
With yesterday's match against Wycombe Wanderers producing an emphatic 4-0 win, unsurprisingly Taff is in a seasonal mood (or is that an afternoon beer in his hand that's doing that?) Either way, he's on hand to provide another Taff's Gloversblog entry and a look at each player's individual performance and that of the team as a whole.

Read on, and feel free to pass your own views, using the form at the foot of the article, available via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: L1: Yeovil 4 Wycombe 0.


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27 December 2009 : Officials For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow's League One match between Swindon Town and Yeovil Town are now available. The man in charge will be referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years, and to be frank, we haven't always liked what we've seen and we're a little baffled as to why the Referees Association clearly must rate him so highly.

The last time ourselves and Mr Stroud met was one of his better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

If Stroud was poor against Orient, then he was probably worse against Swansea City in November 2005 - like the Leeds game, another Friday night match. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case, and he's been an official that gets noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire).

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.

Link: November 2005: Swansea City 2-0 Yeovil Town.


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27 December 2009 : Boxing Day Bashing Sets Club Divisional Record
The year of 2009 was responsible for setting the club's record Football League defeat. In fact given that the 5-0 drubbing at Brighton and Hove Albion was sandwiched by two 4-0 defeats against Leeds United at Elland Road, the club's three worst Football League results all came during the current calendar year.

Yesterday presented a more welcome record. The 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers set the club's biggest win in League One, surpassing the 4-1 win over Carlisle United in February 2007, which was set by two goals from Leon Best and strikes from Wayne Gray and Chris Cohen.

That Carlisle victory edged out the 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in October 2005 and the same scoreline against Doncaster Rovers in April 2006. If you want to include play-off matches in those statistics, then of course there was the small matter of a 5-2 win at the City Ground in May 2007 to add into the equation.

Yesterday's 4-0 win was the first time Yeovil Town had scored four goals at home since the 4-3 win over Gillingham in April 2006 that saw goals from Phil Jevons, Chris Cohen, Paul Terry and Arron Davies give the Huish Park crowd plenty of joy before the Gills gave Yeovil a couple of late scares.

The last time the Glovers won a game at home by a four goal margin also stands as the club's record Football League victory. The 6-1 win over Oxford United in September 2004 will probably take a while before it is broken, whether at League One or League Two level. A hat-trick for Phil Jevons, plus two for Andrejs Stolcers and another for Kevin Gall ensured the overall record that has now stood for over five years.


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27 December 2009 : Yeovil 4 Wycombe 0 : Wanderers Left Floundering In A Glovers Wonderland
Yeovil Town served up the perfect Boxing Day treat for their supporters yesterday by seeing off relegation-threatened Wycombe Wanderers by a 4-0 scoreline. To be fair to the visitors, the scoreline belied how tight the game had been for 70 minutes, with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy winning the Sponsor's Man of the Match for a string of saves whilst only Keiran Murtagh's strike from the edge of the box in the first half separated the two sides. But when Jean-Paul Kalala tapped in on 71 minutes, the floodgates opened, and Yeovil's counter-attacking saw Jonathan Obika and Sam Williams polishing off the afternoon's work.

With Shaun MacDonald back at Swansea City, manager Terry Skiverton chose to preserve his formation, and slot Keiran Murtagh into the midfield. Gavin Tomlin and Ryan Mason frequently swapped positions throughout the game - whether that was a predefined tactic, or whether it was because both players had their best moments 'in the hole' and their weakest moments in central midfield won't be revealed of course, but it showed a first half, where Yeovil took time to work out their positions in midfield, and it was the visitors, marshalled by former Glover Tommy Doherty, that were bossing the central areas, albeit without creating too much.

Wycombe's early dominance in midfield was partially due to them slotting an extra man in that area, preferring to opt for a 4-4-1-1 formation in the absence of their striker John Akinde, rather than allow Matt Harrold to face his former club. They carved out chances through John Mousinho, who shot into the arms of Alex McCarthy, a scuffed shot from Jon-Paul Pittman that went wide of the target, and an angled drive that McCarthy saved again, after Scott Davies had managed to roll off the shoulder of Steven Caulker. The middle chance was inadvertantly started by referee Roger East, who twice blocked Glovers attempts to clear the ball by the official's dreadful sense of positioning. It was just as well or Mr East's blushes that Pittman's swing with his unfavoured foot was poor.

At the other end, a stunning block by Lewis Hunt prevented Dean Bowditch from getting through on goal, after he outpaced Craig Woodman down the flank. Gavin Tomlin attempted to lob from 40 yards when Scott Shearer's goal clearance landed at his feet with Shearer well out of his goal. Tomlin also looped a header wide of the target that he probably should have done better with, whilst Nathan Smith got up field to push a shot wide of the target. Overall though, this was a fairly even first half, with Yeovil probably edging it in terms of possession.

The first goal finally came 36 minutes into the game, after a Ryan Mason corner was met by a Yeovil head, then a Wycombe head, only for the ball to drop to the edge of the box and to Keiran Murtagh. Those who saw his goal at Huddersfield Town earlier this season knew what was coming - a sweetly struck volley from the edge of the box that crashed into the net, via a Wycombe defender on the goal-line and the woodwork. 1-0 and the Yeovil players began to relax a bit, playing their best football of the half following the goal, with a Ryan Mason long range effort dipping just over the bar.

Early in the second half, Keiran Murtagh should have doubled his tally and Yeovil's tally when Ryan Mason's low cutback from the left ran into the path of the midfielder, but from eight yards out, his shot struck Craig Woodman close to the goal-line rather than the back of the net. Wycombe weren't out of it yet though, and as Yeovil's frustration grew that they couldn't grab the second goal to close the game out, so did the visiting side's own confidence and attacking prowess. Jon-Paul Pittman was denied by an outstanding block from Craig Alcock as he broke past Yeovil's central pairing. Then came the two saves of the match, with former Glover Luke Oliver and his defensive partner Chris Westwood, both producing looping headers that saw Alex McCarthy bend and stretch his body to get fingertip saves over the crossbar. At 1-0, these three incidents were to prove crucial, with the game now on a knife edge.

The fact that Wanderers were bringing their central pairing into attacking positions though, gave a clue as to the risks they were taking, and minutes after Jonathan Obika had been introduced as a substitute for a limping Dean Bowditch, Yeovil's counterattacking play was to rip apart the Wycombe defence. A quick throw-in under the Cowlin Stand saw Ryan Mason and Jonathan Obika combine down the left, and Wycombe's defence were caught napping as a low pass across the box from Obika found Jean-Paul Kalala racing into the box, and not even Scott Shearer's desperate looking dive vaguely in the direction of Kalala was going to deny him his first goal of the season. The relief in the ground went off the scale.

Three minutes later and 2-0 became 3-0. Jean-Paul Kalala produced a low pass through the middle for Jonathan Obika to race onto, and the striker looked cool and composed as he slotted the ball under Scott Shearer's body to leave Wycombe looking stunned at how quickly their grip on the game had been lost.

With Obika having already been introduced as a substitute, Scott Murray and Andy Welsh were also introduced to the field, replacing the tired legs of Gavin Tomlin and Ryan Mason. Welsh has been the 'assist king' since his arrival at Huish Park, and he needed just six minutes of action to prove that point yet again - his run down the left produced a low ball across the face of the box, and with Wycombe's defence now in disarray, and their heads going down, not even Sam Williams treading on the ball and then losing sight of it under his own feet, could deny him the time to eventually work out what he'd done with it, and to toe-poke the ball over the line for the fourth and final goal.

A crazy afternoon of football, and rather like the Norwich game, stopping the clock on the hour mark, nothing would have prepared those present for the final half hour of football. The game was summed up when the sponsors named Alex McCarthy as their Man of the Match - his saves at 1-0 were crucial and pivotal to the course of the game. Had Wycombe equalised at 1-1 then the end result could have been very different. But the more that Wycombe pressed the gamble button by pushing men forward, the more that Yeovil exposed them on the counter-attack. Wycombe may at times have looked like the 23rd-placed side that they currently are, but the Glovers did their job well, and will go into Monday's game at Swindon Town in high spirits.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Scorers: Keiran Murtagh (36 mins, 1-0), Jean-Paul Kalala (71 mins, 2-0), Jonathan Obika (74 mins, 3-0), Sam Williams (87 mins, 4-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 28. Nathan Smith
21. JP Kalala
13. Ryan Mason 8. Keiran Murtagh
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 6. Terrell Forbes 11. Andy Welsh (81 mins for Ryan Mason) 16. Scott Murray (75 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika (67 mins for Dean Bowditch)

Wycombe:
1. Scott Shearer
2. Lewis Hunt 23. Chris Westwood 6. Luke Oliver 3. Craig Woodman
18. Matt Phillips 20. John Mousinho 8. Tommy Doherty 29. Kevin Betsy
22. Scott Davies
16. Jon-Paul Pittman

Substitutes:
12. Jamie Young (GK) 5. Michael Duberry 10. Matt Bloomfield 15. Stuart Green 24. Stuart Beavon (63 mins for Matt Phillips) 30. Kadeem Harris (78 mins for John Mousinho) 9. Matt Harrold (73 mins for Jon-Paul Pittman)

Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (68 mins, foul), Scott Murray (83 mins, taking free kick too quickly)
Wycombe Bookings: Luke Oliver (22 mins, foul)

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Richard Martin (Somerset). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage(Somerset).

Attendance: 5,055 (including approx 300 Wycombe fans).


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27 December 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Wycombe Game
Having watched his side win 4-0 against Wycombe Wanderers during Boxing Day afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Wycombe Game.


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26 December 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
If you were at this afternoon's match at Huish Park, for the home 4-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

Note that with the away trip to Swindon Town coming up in two days time, voting will only be open until 3.00p.m. on the Bank Holiday Monday. Hence get your votes in as quickly as possible.

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


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26 December 2009 : Skiverton Warns Wycombe Will Fight For Their Lives
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has warned that today's opponents Wycombe Wanderers will provide stiff opposition under new management. Even though the Chairboys still lie in the bottom four, and are still losing the odd game, Skiverton points out to BBC Somerset that their current form is somewhat like Yeovil's in that 'patchy form' is stopping them from putting a clear run together:

"It will be a very tough game. They're fighting for their lives at the moment. They've had a new manager (Gary Waddock), who is trying to tweak things, to try and change things. He has found it quite difficult as well, although they've had a few good results. They've had similar form to us, in win one, lose one, draw a couple then maybe get beaten again. It's that little bit of patchy form."

Skiverton believes the problem that clubs like Yeovil and Wycombe face when they try to put together unbeaten runs, is that far too often such runs are being interrupted by matches against some of League One's big guns. As a result, form tends to falter:

"Every time you play, you come up against a big team maybe three or four games into your run. It's always difficult for you to go on a four or five game unbeaten run with a good couple of wins in there."

The Yeovil boss reiterated his love of the Christmas fixture schedule, and said that the players' families should be out in force today, as they pick the holiday fixture to come down to Somerset and watch the game:

"It's a tough game for us, but one that we're really excited about. I always used to love playing on Boxing Day. The players' families will be down - even the loan boys - and everyone will be here wanting to watch the game. Hopefully it will be a really good spectacle and we can put on a really good performance for the supporters."

Incidentally, just for the avoidance of doubt, today's match is currently definitely on. Matches between Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers plus Bristol Rovers and Walsall have fallen victim to the weather in League One. However, there are no known issues with the Huish Park pitch, and the temperature today is expected to be relatively mild in comparison with recent weeks.


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26 December 2009 : Hartlepool Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's last match saw them make a horrendous journey up to the North-East, and come back with a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United. Sam Williams was Yeovil's goalscorer on the day, but the second half saw the Glovers pegged back in their own half, as Hartlepool threatened to grab all three points.

It's probably not too surprising then, to find three defensive-minded players coming out in the top three in the Man of the Match poll. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala and defender Steven Caulker got good marks, but the winner by a small margin was goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who pulled off several brave second half saves to keep Yeovil in the game. Full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Alex McCarthy 32 (2)
2 Steven Caulker 30 (1)
3 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 20 (2)
4 Sam Williams 16 (1)
5 Craig Alcock 10 (1)
6 Stefan Stam 8 (0)
6 Shaun MacDonald 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.29

Performance: 6.29
Entertainment: 6.29

VOTES RECEIVED: 7

Incidentally, if you're going to this afternoon's match against Wycombe Wanderers, be aware that because of the Monday fixture, Man of the Match voting will only be open for 48 hours. Hence as soon as you get home, place your votes, using the form below.

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


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26 December 2009 : Skiverton Bucks Trend Over Christmas Fixture Schedules
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said he welcomes the spell of holiday games that are packed together across the Christmas and New Year period. Around this time of year, football managers trot out their disappointment at fixture congestion or put forward claims for a winter break, saying their squad needs a rest from playing.

This season has seen no exception, with Southampton boss Alan Pardew and Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet speaking out in particular about the need for the middle fixture of the three holiday matches. Despite having a far bigger squad than the Glovers, Pardew says:

"Itís tough for us, especially the Colchester game on the 28th. Thatís the fixture that really bothers me. Itís that game squeezed in there, I canít quite work out why thatís there, because thatís a tough game for everybody."

Skiverton's view is to consider the commercial implications - that football is an entertainment business aimed at the fans, and that whilst most supporters have time off work, they want to see a concentrated period of football whilst they can easily get to games:

"It's just great to be involved in football over that period. People say that perhaps you should have a mid-winter break. No, you shouldn't. Footballers get paid far too much money, and for the fans to come out and watch you over that period is, I think, very special."

Brighton boss Gus Poyet wants to see things go much further, calling for a winter break for his players after the Boxing Day match, rather oddly claiming that there is no tradition behind playing more than one holiday game:

"Iím in favour of changing it, having a break, going to spend Christmas with the family. But I know itís tradition so Iíd like us to go 50/50. Play Boxing Day, not Monday. What I know is that Boxing Day is tradition. The 28th? Is that tradition as well? No! The 2nd of January is tradition as well? No! So letís play Boxing Day, then have a break."

We're not too sure what 'tradition' Poyet is talking about here, or exactly how having a mid-season break would respect 'traditions' either! On this site's statistics section, you'll find results for every Yeovil Town fixture since the end of the Second World War. Making allowances for the odd weather-related postponement, or the odd case of Boxing Day or New Year's Day falling on an odd day of the week, and the general pattern throughout is for a game on both Bank Holidays with a third game in between.

In fact if Poyet wants real 'tradition' then he might flip at the sight of the 1955-56 season that saw Yeovil play on the 19th, 24th, 26th, 27th and 31st of December, or the 1957-58 season that saw matches on the 21st, 25th, 26th and 28th of December. Or perhaps the 1952-53 season when after playing on the 20th of December, they followed up with games on the 25th, 26th and 27th!

Thankfully since around 1959, the idea of playing football matches on Christmas Day has been discontinued in England, and the current pattern of Boxing Day - Second Game - New Year's Day has tended to become more firmly established. In Scotland, the last set of Christmas Day fixtures took place in December 1976, but with a majority of clubs quietly slipping their games to the 24th, 26th or 27th, and bad weather knocking out several more, the Scottish League abandoned the practice as well. Clydebank vs St Mirren and Alloa vs Cowdenbeath along with Montrose vs Dundee were the last three professional football fixtures to be played in Britain on Christmas Day.

Skiverton believes that Christmas holiday fixtures have a special edge to them that makes them different to ordinary fixtures, and so should therefore be preserved, although an off the ball argument with Barry Corr, then playing for Swindon Town, meant that for the Yeovil boss, not quite every memory has been special:

"Always whenever I've played in those games, they've been special games, apart from the last time (in 2007) when I got sent off against Swindon!"

Corr, who is now playing for Exeter City, will sit out Christmas and New Year entirely after being suspended for four matches for kicking out at another player off the ball in their pre-Christmas match against Southend United. Some Christmas 'traditions' never change, it appears.


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25 December 2009 : Skivo Hoping To Get Fans Out For Boxing Day
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he wishes all Glovers fans a good Christmas Day - but hopes that by the end that they are so bored that they want to get out of the house and head to Huish Park. The Glovers will be playing Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that a repeat performance of the 3-3 draw with Norwich City would be what he was after - presumably without the 94th minute equaliser:

"I'm really hoping that they have a good Christmas Day with their families, but that they eat too much turkey and get a little bit bored in the evening and watch the one or two only decent shows that come on the telly. And then on Boxing Day, come down to Huish Park and then hopefully we can entertain you. We'll really give it a go. We'll play some attacking football and we're looking to entertain again. I think the fans that are out there will have been really pleased to have come to the Norwich game and hopefully we can reach the same standards as in that game. If we can, and the fans turn out, then they will be treated to a really good game of football."


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25 December 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow at Huish Park in a League One Boxing Day clash. They come up against a Wycombe side who currently lie in 23rd place in the league table, seven places and seven points behind the Glovers.

Having only returned to League One over the summer, Wycombe have had a slow start to their season, and have already made the decision to change management, with Peter Taylor - the man who got them promoted - lasting until early October before being replaced by Gary Waddock. That decision appears to be slowly vindicating itself though, with 10 points and three wins accrued from their last six games. That's a far cry from one of Waddock's earlier matches that saw them humiliated somewhat on Sky Sports as Huddersfield Town knocked six goals past them.

Wycombe's squad makes for a bit of an old boys reunion, with striker Matt Harrold the obvious one to keep an eye out for this season. 'Prince Harry' has netted seven times so far this season and that makes him their current top scorer. Other names who will be familiar to Glovers fans, are lanky centre-back Luke Oliver, midfielder Tommy Doherty and winger Kevin Betsy, who is on loan from Southend United. Defender Michael Duberry has also played in a Yeovil Town shirt this season - as a guest in Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Match. And of course Skiverton himself is an ex-Wycombe player, although his time with the Chairboys obviously precedes the current playing squad.

They go into the match with Bristol City loan striker John Akinde suspended for a red card in last week's home draw with Oldham Athletic. Aside from that, they should be able to name an unchanged squad, with Leon Johnson (hip) and Lewis Montrose (knee) longer term absentees. Akinde's absence almost guarantees that Harrold will start against his old club.

The Glovers have one major headache to deal with for the match, and that is the loss of highly influential midfielder Shaun MacDonald. George O'Callaghan and Louis Lavers remain on the Huish Park payroll for another week, but given the club have already announced their plans to release both, it would be a surprise if either were involved in any shape or form. This leaves manager Terry Skiverton with broadly speaking two options - preserve the current diamond formation and recall Keiran Murtagh, or bring the wingers back into the side, with Andy Welsh and Scott Murray able to benefit. The only other question mark lies over the fitness of Gavin Tomlin, who limped off at Hartlepool United with a groin strain, and so far there hasn't been an indication of how serious that is. If Tomlin doesn't make it, then certainly Welsh would seem a logical inclusion as the other major source of 'assists' this season.

Given the two sides have met so often as non-league sides, it's worth noting that this is only the third meeting since both became Football League sides. The other two came during the 2004-05 season, with the last an April 2005 1-1 draw that saw Lee Johnson cancel out a Clint Easton opener. Prior to that, a single goal from Bartosz Tarachulski gave Yeovil a 1-0 win in November 2004 at Adams Park that saw Tony Adams take charge of his last game for the home side. Other than that you have to go back to Conference and Isthmian League days to find the real glut of meetings between both sides.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. Boxing Day has already seen Oldham Athletic's home match with Tranmere Rovers called off due to dangerous conditions around the ground, whilst Bristol Rovers have announced a pitch inspection for their game against Walsall. The Glovers have adopted a bullish stance to the situation at Huish Park at present, and there are no pitch inspections planned. If that situation changes we'll let you know.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Wanderers Loan Striker Banned For Boxing Day Trip.


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25 December 2009 : It's That Time Of Year Again To Say ...
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! (© Clipart Mountain).

A very Merry Christmas to everyone who has enjoyed reading Ciderspace during 2009. We hope you have a great day of eating, drinking and being merry, as well as preparing yourself to head down to Huish Park tomorrow for a Boxing Day fixture against Wycombe Wanderers. Now if you could be so good as to pass us the last mince pie ...


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24 December 2009 : Sam Wants To Turn Draws Into Wins Over Next Six Games
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams wants to see his club finishing off some of the clubs around and below them in the table in an effort to move up the table. The Glovers have recently drawn matches against Charlton Athletic, Milton Keynes Dons, Norwich City and Hartlepool United, which has certainly been no disgrace, but those statistics mean that they've not won since the November 14th home game against Southend United.

The Glovers now move into a six game phase which includes four sides below them in the table, including Boxing Day's home match against Wycombe Wanderers, and Williams has told BBC Somerset that he hopes that Yeovil can start to turn those draws into wins, starting with Saturday's opponents:

"Yes, they've (Wycombe) been through a bad run. But we need to start beating teams around us and below us. We are better than where we are in the table at the minute. Our performances have shown that. So hopefully we can get a win there. We've looked at the next six games, and they're all teams around us in the table, and in every single game we can win."

The next six games are not entirely plain sailing. Swindon Town, who are Yeovil's opponents on December 28th, have recently sneaked into a play-off place, despite having played a couple of games less than the sides around them. The Wiltshire side currently tops the form table. Meanwhile Colchester United, who visit Huish Park in early January have done well to recover from the loss of manager Paul Lambert to promotion rivals Norwich City. Even Boxing Day's opponents Wycombe and January's opposition Tranmere Rovers could prove tricky opposition, with both having radically improved under new management. Whilst many of the next six matches are winnable matches, the Glovers shouldn't get too carried away with what can be achieved from such fixtures.


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24 December 2009 : Skivo Glad To Tie Up Experienced Duo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that Jean-Paul Kalala and Terrell Forbes will be valuable assets to the club during the second half of the 2009-10 season. The pair yesterday signed half-year deals at Huish Park that will keep them at the club until the end of the season.

With the majority of the Yeovil Town squad having a very youthful outlook to it, having Kalala at 27 years old and Forbes at 28 years old gives the Glovers rare experience, with both having spent plenty of time at Yeovil as well as other League One clubs. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he saw Kalala's strengths as being his ability to break up opposition play, rather than his creative skills:

"With JP (Kalala) he is a very destructive type of player. He gets his foot in. He knows his limitations. He's not somebody who is going to run from his own box and cut people open with passing. But he'll win the ball back, and we call him the 'AA Man' because he gives it to the man who can!"

Forbes has had a career that has taken in first team appearances for AFC Bournemouth, Queens Park Rangers, Grimsby Town and Oldham Athletic, but over the last 3.5 years, Yeovil Town has been his home.

Skivo may be exaggerating a touch with his statistics for his former central-defensive partner who may come close to breaking 400 professional appearances by the end of this season, with 161 of them so far for Yeovil, but there's little doubt his overall assessment of Terrell rings true:

"Terrell brings us that experience as he's got over 500 league games in League One. He's got that pace, that mobility and he's a good character in and around the changing room as well. He's not playing at the moment, but he's put in some fantastic performances for us this year. To have that kind of experience through to the end of the season is vital for everyone at Yeovil Town."

For the statisticians amongst you, using Terrell's own personal yardstick, where he said it took him 368 appearances to score his first goal (at Bristol Rovers) we make it that he has made 374 professional appearances so far.


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24 December 2009 : Away Travel Club Trip To Swindon Town
The Away Travel Club are running transport to the Christmas Holiday match against Swindon Town. The game takes place at the County Ground on Monday 28th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The cost of travel to anyone wanting to go will be £10.00 and they will be leaving from the Away End at Huish Park at 10.30a.m. Call Roger on 07960-687075 if you want to reserve a seat.

Link: GWSC Travel To Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town.


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24 December 2009 : Stadium Development Continues To Be A 'Difficult Issue'
The year of 2009 has certainly been the year where the club's Stadium Redevelopment plans have fallen almost silent. Perhaps sensibly so - as crowds at Huish Park have continued to dip, with numerous gates of under 4,000 over the past 12 months, talk of a 14,000 capacity stadium would appear questionable, and certainly from the point of view of whether it really is the club's number one priority.

Having had a couple of years worth of 'imminent announcements' and such-like concerning the club's stadium enhancements, and two sets of architects plans being submitted to the Council for approval with respect to a supporters bar that has never gone beyond the pencil and paper stage, the last update we can recall was in the February 2009 ABUFP meeting, where the club were hoping that the stadium plans would become known by Easter.

With Christmas, rather than Easter, being now upon us, this week's Western Gazette has popped the question again and there is little information forthcoming as to what the hold-ups are and what fans' expectations should be. Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has told the paper:

"It is a difficult issue and we cannot really go into as much detail as we would like about what is going on, but the chairman is working very hard to move on the process. He remains as determined and the board are as determined as ever to improve the facilities here and to help us to maximise the benefits of this site to the football team."

Many local councils around the country regard their local football club as a community hub encouraging social inclusion and so tend to act in partnership with the relevant club. Generally South Somerset Council have operated at arm's length, however the Gazette have contacted Steve Joel, who is the council's director for Health and Well-Being (an odd spokesman for what is a planning issue for a leisure company). He told the paper:

"The council is continuing to work closely with the club, inputting key advice to assist them in overcoming the challenges they face in delivering their aspiration to develop their stadium and improve their training pitch provision which, if successful, will undoubtedly provide a much-enhanced sports package for the area."

All in all, once the quotes from both parties are picked apart, there is little in the way of concrete change. The Gazette still speaks of a 14,000 capacity stadium, although as GWSC representative Paul Hadlow states: "The capacity of Huish Park at the moment is about right." The club really need to focus in on the smaller things that cause supporters grief - the windy and wet marquee, the puddles and potholes in the car park, and the quality of the teabars - and get those sorted. Whilst continuing to concentrate on large-scale grandoise plans, it's far too easy to forget to improve the facilities that are already there. Whilst crowds at Huish Park show no sign of recovery, anything above the current 9,500 capacity becomes increasingly unnecessary.


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24 December 2009 : Away Day Guides For Swindon Town And Leyton Orient
For those with limited access to computers and printers over the Christmas holidays, a note that the away day guides to our two holiday trips are available. If you're going to the December 28th game at Swindon Town or the January 2nd match at Leyton Orient, then you'll find directions, ticketing information, pub guides, a potted club history and all kinds of other stuff via the links below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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23 December 2009 : Skivo Explains Forbes And Kalala Contract Lengths
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has spoken about today's contract signatures for two of the more senior players on his books. Central defender Terrell Forbes and midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala put pen to paper on deals today that will keep them at Huish Park until the summer of 2010. The duo had been out of contract at the end of this month, but have now had their futures secured.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was glad to get the deals done before Christmas, and admitted that at the time the original deals were struck that the club was unable to offer them 12 month contracts and so agreed four month deals instead:

"I think that the way that football is going in the current climate, with clubs having to cut their cloth accordingly, I think those two players understood that because they came back so late that there weren't any year contracts out there for them. But I stuck to my word and said that if they came in and did a good job, they would be rewarded and get those extended for the end of the season. I'm glad to do it just before Christmas and give them and the supporters a little Christmas present."


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23 December 2009 : Swansea Warn Of Competition For MacDonald Loan
Ah, just when we get a bit of optimistic news concerning Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald, so along comes manager Paulo Sousa to point out things are not as cut and dried as might be thought.

With Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins having suggested that he would be happy to see the Welsh Under 21 captain head back to Yeovil Town for the rest of the season, his first team manager Paulo Sousa is far more cautious in suggesting that Somerset will be his destination.

The Swansea boss admits that he is aware of Yeovil's interest, but has told BBC Sport that the Championship club has had other offers for MacDonald's services and therefore a decision has to be made before any suggestion that he can head back to Huish Park:

"Their manager is looking to bring him in once more but we have other options and other clubs are interested in him. We have to decide what will be the best for Shaun. Shaun did very well with Yeovil, he is keeping a good standard and we are happy with that. It's important for the player to get his development. Sometimes you can't develop more when you are only training or only playing 10 minutes or sometimes you don't play for a month. In the near future, you will see what we decide."

If Swansea have other offers on the table, then it would seem unlikely that there will be a decision before January 1st, simply because it does not favour them to do so. If it comes down to a straight financial decision, then it is likely that most League One and Championship sides would be able to trump any offers coming from the Glovers. Hopefully Huw Jenkins' claims that the player's views would be listened to will hold true here.


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23 December 2009 : Two Sign Up, Two Leave, Three Outstanding
Yeovil Town have agreed new contracts for defender Terrell Forbes and midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala. Both players will be staying with the club until the end of the 2009-10 season.

Meanwhile George O'Callaghan and Louis Lavers will both be leaving the club at the end of December after their contracts expire. We wish both luck in finding new clubs.

Utility player Andy Lindegaard has been offered a new contract at the club, but has yet to sign on the dotted line. Meanwhile the official position on goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and midfielder Shaun MacDonald is undecided, with negotiations with their parent clubs Reading and Swansea City still ongoing.


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23 December 2009 : Skiverton Keeps Christmas Plans Wrapped Up
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he will not be divulging his side's Christmas training plans. The Yeovil boss believes that he will be labelled as a 'Scrooge' if he keeps his players working on Christmas Day, but on the other hand, if he gives them the day off, and they lose at home to Wycombe Wanderers, he risks suggestions of letting his players eat one too many mince pies.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he would be relying upon the schedule that worked best for him as a player, but anyone planning to take their dog for a walk via Huish Park on Christmas Day would be left guessing as to if and when the first team squad would be out there on the day:

"I'll keep my schedule secret. If they're in on Christmas Day, then people will have a go at you. If you give them the day off, then people will say you're not being professional. So, turn up on Christmas Day (at the training ground) and if they're there, they're there, and if they're not, they're not! It's my first Christmas as manager, and I'm going to go with what I thought was the best thing when I was a player. I've done a few, as I've done Christmas morning, Christmas night and I've done a day off. I've done the lot, so I'll tell you after Boxing Day if it worked."

Yeovil Town's Boxing Day record is decidedly atrocious. Since Boxing Day 1987, their only victories on that day have been a 1-0 win over Forest Green Rovers in 2000, a 4-1 win over Cheltenham Town in 2004 and a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in 2006. The weather, and on one occasion a Police request to move the fixture, have put paid to the odd Boxing Day fixture, but overall so have a few rather lacklustre performances. With three victories in the last 21 years, Skiverton's best bet may well be to try and brainwash his players into believing that they've slept for a week, and that it is in fact New Year's Day - where Yeovil's record is decidedly more impressive.


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23 December 2009 : Swansea Open To MacDonald Huish Park Return
Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins has indicated that his club are open to the idea of midfielder Shaun MacDonald returning to Huish Park. Yeovil can apply to the Championship side for a half-season loan from January 1st, which would be non-recallable, and Jenkins has told the South Wales Evening Post that he would be open to such a request:

"I've spoken to Shaun and I know that his ultimate aim is to get back into our squad and to get back playing for our club. He is going to have a chat with Paulo and of course, as always, we have to take the player's feeling into account. But if he goes back to Yeovil on loan for the rest of the season, that definitely does not mean he will not be coming back to Swansea. I have discussed things with Shaun and it could be that he comes back to us after another loan spell away."

MacDonald is out of contract at the Liberty Stadium at the end of this season, giving the Welsh side a dilemma over whether to give him a fresh contract offer, or risk him running out of contract in the summer. A third option is to cash in on him during the January transfer window - something that the rules appear to allow for, even if the Glovers take him on loan again. Thus even if the Glovers can do a deal with the Swans, they will only be certain of keeping MacDonald at Huish Park once the January 31st deadline has passed.

For now though, the situation looks significantly more optimistic, given Swansea's willingness to listen to what MacDonald wants to do once New Year's Day arrives. At present, MacDonald will miss the home match against Wycombe Wanderers and the trip to Swindon Town.

Incidentally, we're aware that there were plans for the club to make an announcement yesterday concerning the list of players who are running out of contract at Huish Park, which includes Andy Lindegaard, George O'Callaghan, Terrell Forbes, Jean-Paul Kalala and Louis Lavers as well as loan keeper Alex McCarthy and MacDonald himself. As yet, there has not been any announcement. As soon as one is made, or any indication of a delay is made, we'll provide an update on these pages. For now, all we can say is that there is no news forthcoming.


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23 December 2009 : Skivo Gives A Sporting Review Of 2009
Last Saturday lunchtime, the BBC broadcasted their Sporting Review of the year 2009. The programme, which went out on BBC Bristol and BBC Somerset, included interviews with various local sporting personnel, including Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton.

The full transcript of Skivo's interview with BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin is now available via the link below, and sees a look at his 10 months in football management so far.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of Their 2009 Sporting Review.


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22 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Draws Are Not Enough
In between Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United and the forthcoming Boxing Day game against Wycombe Wanderers, Taff considers the club's tendency to draw matches this season. Are we three games unbeaten? Or are we six matches without a win?

In addition, with one loan player having returned to his parent club this week, and numerous players about to run out of contract in just nine days time, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry stares into the rumourmill and considers what effect keeping or losing various players could have on our season. Read on, with the latest article available via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Draws Are Not Enough.


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22 December 2009 : Food, Food, Everywhere, Nor Any Crumb To Eat
The nation over, come Christmas Day afternoon, at around 3 p.m. or so, millions will sink into armchairs and sofas swearing a piledriver could not force even a wafer-thin-mint between their lips before January. Yet, such is the greed resilience of the human body, come Boxing Day and football the search for further sustenance is already on.

In the early years of this century Boxing Day meant Forest Green Rovers. Not only was it always brass monkey weather on top of the mountain, but the whole of Gloucestershire seemed to close for the duration. One year, we recall, not only did there not appear to be a single pub in a ten mile radius offering anything other than crisps, but arrival at The Lawn revealed all hot food had sold out fifteen minutes before kick-off and the remaining menu consisted of Kit Kats and er, that was it.

Upon entering the Football League the old certainties vanished: sometimes we're away, sometimes home. Last year Boxing Day saw a return to The Bell, which had been abandoned over a year before as the standard sank and sank, as the only place in the vicinity that seemed to be doing food. It had seen no improvement in the meantime, and the meal and beer were frankly poor. This year, thankfully, The Plucknett has decided to open its kitchens, so the search to fill those little crevices just emerging after the gargantuan excesses of Christmas Day itself is resolved. A merry period of over indulgence to you all, and here's to three points on the 26th.

Link: The Plucknett


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22 December 2009 : Williams Happy To Take Bruises For Goals
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams has admitted that he has not scored as many goals as he would have hoped for, as the club go into the busy Christmas period. The target man has scored twice so far this season, with the second coming during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United.

Prior to that, a second half header during the 2-2 home draw with Stockport County in September, represented Sam's only successful strike, and the former Aston Villa trainee told BBC Somerset that he was disappointed with his current return:

"To be honest, I set myself targets, in terms of how many goals I wanted before Christmas, and I've not reached anywhere near what I wanted to. But hopefully in the second half of the season, the goals will come more fluently."

Sam's manager Terry Skiverton took the pressure off his player earlier this week, describing him as his side's 'battering ram' that was used to break down opposition defences. Sam added that he didn't mind taking that role on, as long as he could get fair exchange for his efforts:

"I am hobbling around a bit after games, but if it was about taking bruises for goals, then I'd definitely take them."


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22 December 2009 : Yeovil Town : The Best Behaved Supporters In The Football League
Yeovil Town supporters can hold their heads high as officially the best behaved supporters in the country. Figures released today by the Government's Home Office reveal that there were zero arrests involving Yeovil Town supporters throughout the 2008-09 season.

That figure is entirely unique - there is no other club in the Premier League or Football League that can boast that statistic. It is not until you drop down to Football Conference level that you can find other clubs who attained a 'zero arrests' record during last season. At Football League level Accrington Stanley and Wycombe Wanderers were the next best behaved clubs with one arrest each. Dagenham and Redbridge, Morecambe and Cheltenham Town had two each, suggesting that it is those who have recently come out of the Conference who have managed to not attach any undesirable elements to them.

At the other end of the scale in League One, Leeds United managed 127 arrests, whilst Millwall had 78 and Huddersfield Town 53. Local sides Bristol City had 66, Bristol Rovers had 21 arrests, Bournemouth had 18 whilst Exeter City had 10.

In terms of banning orders, Yeovil Town continue to have just one spectator listed. This has been a long running ban - by comparison every current League One side implemented a banning order against at least one spectator in the past 12 months with the exception of Yeovil Town and Wycombe Wanderers. In terms of overall statistics, again Yeovil and Wycombe lead the way with just the one ban each. Torquay United are the only club in the whole Football League to have zero banning orders. Bristol City (39) and Bristol Rovers (22) show that Avon and Somerset Police are prepared to apply for such banning orders when required, but thankfully, with the one long-running exception, they have continued to find this an unnecessary recourse with Yeovil Town fans.

Congratulations to all supporters for continuing to hold up the reputation of Yeovil Town. Given the club's unique position over the past 12 months you have a lot to be proud of. Let's keep it that way.


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22 December 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Officials for Boxing Day's match between Yeovil Town and Wycombe Wanderers have been announced. The man in charge will be referee Roger East (Wiltshire). Mr East is a familiar name to Yeovil Town matches, but not so much as a man in the middle. He was promoted to the National referees list for the Football League in 2007 and has covered numerous Glovers matches as an assistant referee and as a fourth official as well as dealing with a few friendlies and Reserve Team matches.

Our experience of him as a referee has been minimal, covering just three Football League matches, but has not been good on the whole. He dealt with the February 2008 match againast Southend United that saw the Essex side kick-started by a poor decision outside the box that won them a free kick and a crucial second goal, with the first goal having also attracted controversy. We didn't play well on the day, but certainly things like that did not help.

More recently he took charge of the 1-0 win over Swindon Town in March 2009. We may have won the game, but we found a lot of his early decision-making antagonised both crowd and players in a tense local derby where a cool head could have been done with instead. His decision to book Chris Weale for timewasting, then 11 minutes later to book David Noble for taking a free kick too quickly was to say the least odd.

Somehow he also managed to wind up Glovers fans during a pre-season friendly against Bristol City, in July 2008. A dodgy penalty and the lack of an offside award for another goal, along with two bookings being dished out in a friendly and he didn't impress too many that night.

Thankfully his most recent visit to Huish Park was a good one. The 2-0 win over Brentford in September saw us not make any significantly critical remarks about his performance. Whilst it's true to say that any green-tinted spectacle-wearing supporter is always going to be less critical of referees after a game is won, we can't recall too much about him on the day, which is probably a good sign, and hopefully he'll repeat that on Boxing Day.

Mr East will be assisted by Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Richard Martin (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Mark Pottage(Somerset).

Link: Feb 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 3.

Link: July 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 0.

Link: September 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.


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21 December 2009 : SPC Quarter-Finals
With just one Second Round tie of the Somerset Premier Cup still remaining to be settled - Chard Town versus Welton Rovers has been postponed three times to date - the Quarter-Finals line up is nearly complete:

Frome Town v Bridgwater Town
Street v Wells City
Wellington v Chard Town or Welton Rovers
YEOVIL TOWN RESERVES v Bishop Sutton

Matches are scheduled to be played across the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March, 2010.


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21 December 2009 : Skiverton Full Of Praise For His 'Battering Ram'
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams has received significant praise from his manager, despite Saturday's game at Hartlepool United seeing only his second goal of the season. Sam has made 22 appearances for the Glovers this season, and so his two goals might not be seen as a good enough haul for a front line striker. However, manager Terry Skiverton has told the Western Morning News that the player's efforts are being noted by opposition managers as well as himself:

"He's a big strong lad and, every time I speak to opposition managers, they always comment on how well he's doing for us as a bit of a battering ram. He holds the ball up very well and creates problems, which helps other players get in dangerous positions and score goals. I think that Dean Bowditch and Gavin Tomlin have both been thriving off knock-downs from Sam and that's been one of our major threats. He showed great technique for his goal Ė with his wrong foot as well. He does that in training so we get to see that all the time."

Skiverton believes that changing from the previous 4-4-1-1 formation to the current 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation has taken some pressure off Williams, who had previously been Yeovil's sole attacking outlet in games. Having a striking partner has allowed Dean Bowditch to take some of the responsibility for winning the ball, and Skiverton said he felt that had helped him:

"Earlier in the season he was playing as a lone striker, which was really hard for him, but now he's got a partner up there and they're sharing the workload and the goals. Sam's work-rate and the way he puts himself about means that he is always a handful."


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21 December 2009 : Christmas Soccer Schools Get Wiped Out
Yeovil Town have been forced to call off this week's Christmas Soccer Schools. Bad weather has forced the cancellation of both today's and tomorrow's events. It is hoped that the events will be rearranged for Tuesday and Wednesday next week, on the 29th and 30th December, again subject to suitable weather conditions.

If you can't make those rearranged dates, and have already paid for the Soccer School placement, we'd suggest that you contact the club for further advice.


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21 December 2009 : Interview With Sam Williams
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United, striker Sam Williams reflected upon his second goal of the season with the BBC. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Sam's interview is recorded via the link below.

Link: Interview With Sam Williams.


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21 December 2009 : Huish Park Christmas Opening Hours
With Christmas fast approaching, Yeovil Town Football Club will have special opening hours you should note over the coming week. Standard opening hours should be in place for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. However, on Christmas Eve the club will be open in the morning only.

They are then open on Boxing Day for normal matchday opening hours for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers but then close again for the Sunday and Monday. Normal opening hours then resume on December 29th. Full opening hours are as follows:

Huish Park Club Shop:

24/12/2009 : 9.00a.m. - 12.00 noon
25/12/2009 : CLOSED
26/12/2009 : 10.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. and circa 4.45p.m. - 5.15p.m.
27/12/2009 : CLOSED
28/12/2009 : CLOSED

Huish Park Ticket Office:

24/12/2009 : 9.00a.m. - 12.00 noon
25/12/2009 : CLOSED
26/12/2009 : 10.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.
27/12/2009 : CLOSED
28/12/2009 : CLOSED


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20 December 2009 : McCollin and Lavers No Longer Magpies
Slightly old news, but the re-emergence of Louis Lavers and Andre McCollin into Wednesday night's County Cup side, has formally signalled their return to the Yeovil Town senior squad. Dorchester Town have had both players on loan at the Jewson Stadium, but when Roy O'Brien was given the chop as their First Team Manager, Dorchester decided not to renew the loan deals for the pair.

Caretaker manager Ashley Vickers stated a couple of weeks ago that he would not be expecting them to return to the Magpies at any stage:

"The lads from Yeovil wonít be coming back anymore. Iím on the lookout for one or two new faces and I want to make sure we get players we can rely on and who want to wear the shirt."

McCollin was transfer-listed by the club over the summer, but there have not been any takers. Lavers is on a short-term deal at Huish Park that expires in January, but has yet to make the first team bench, and was almost immediately sent to play for the Magpies after Yeovil Town signed him up.


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20 December 2009 : Norwich City Man of the Match Result
Eight days ago, Yeovil Town were involved in a 3-3 home draw against Norwich City, with the Glovers inches away from snatching victory over the high-flying Canaries. Jonathan Obika, Dean Bowditch and Shaun MacDonald were the three scorers on the day, and it was one of those players who went on to win the Man of the Match voting by a small margin.

Whilst Ryan Mason won plaudits for his performance in the centre of midfield, and Craig Alcock's peach of a near post cross produced the moment that put Yeovil 3-2 up, it was Shaun MacDonald who won the poll, having scored the middle of Yeovil's three goals, and his second in two weeks.

Unfortunately, the Glovers will have to live without Shaun now, with him due to return to Swansea City until the New Year at least. However, there's little doubt that Yeovil Town got their money's worth out of him, with the Welshman scoring twice in 13 appearances across his 93 days at Huish Park.

Full results from the Man of the Match are shown below with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Shaun MacDonald 264 (19)
2 Craig Alcock 236 (17)
3 Ryan Mason 208 (11)
4 Steven Caulker 142 (7)
5 Dean Bowditch 116 (4)
6 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 74 (3)
7 Gavin Tomlin 72 (4)
8 Sam Williams 34 (0)
9 Alex McCarthy 14 (0)
10 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 9.18

Performance: 8.68
Entertainment: 9.69

VOTES RECEIVED: 65

Meanwhile, if you were one of the 85 fans present in the away end at Victoria Park yesterday, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United, plus performance and entertainment ratings, along with any other comments you wish to make on the game, using the voting form below.

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


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20 December 2009 : Wanderers Loan Striker Banned For Boxing Day Trip
Boxing Day's opponents Wycombe Wanderers will have to live without striker John Akinde, after the Bristol City loanee was given his marching orders in yesterday's 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic. Akinde was given a straight red for violent conduct towards Oldham skipper Sean Gregan midway through the first half.

Akinde will miss Wycombe's trip to Huish Park along with their home games against Brighton and Hove Albion and Norwich City. It was bad timing to say the least, with the 20 year old having earlier netted his first goal of the season, having arrived at Adams Park in mid-November for his second loan spell with the Wanderers.

Whilst on the subject of suspensions, Yeovil Town now have six players walking a tightrope following yesterday's 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United. Nathan Jones, George O'Callaghan, Gavin Tomlin, Nathan Smith, Sam Williams and Terrell Forbes are all one booking away from a single match suspension, with four other players sat on three bookings at present. The wrong combination of bookings over the Christmas period could therefore cause a problem or two, particularly if any kick in over the Christmas period when the slightest injury niggle could cause changes to be made to the playing squad.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings.


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19 December 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the 85 fans present in the away end at Victoria Park today, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes for today's game. Choose your top three players from the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United, plus performance and entertainment ratings, along with any other comments you wish to make on the game, using the voting form below. Obviously with so few fans present, all votes cast will be highly influential towards the final outcome of this one, so your vote will certainly count.

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


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19 December 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game
Following this afternoon's 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions coming from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.


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19 December 2009 : Travelling Glovers Fans Get An Early Christmas Present
The Yeovil Town supporters who braved the weather conditions at Victoria Park this afternoon, were given an early Christmas present from the club at half time. The 85 fans in the away stand who witnessed the 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United were all given an away replica shirt as a thank you from the Football Club for their efforts in getting up to the game.

Clearly Hartlepool in December is the place to be for such gifts - the 83 spectators who travelled last December were rewarded with a club shop voucher for their efforts. A big 'well done' to the club for having the foresight to recognise such efforts.


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19 December 2009 : Hartlepool 1 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Remain December Draw Kings
Yeovil Town gained their third successive draw in League One this afternoon and once again they found themselves pegged back after taking the lead, after Hartlepool United gained a 1-1 draw at Victoria Park. The Glovers took a first half lead when Sam Williams struck home a Gavin Tomlin chest down. But midway through the second period, Andy Monkhouse levelled the scores, and the home side had chances to grab all three points when Alex McCarthy was twice forced to save in goalmouth scrambles.

Both sides went into the match largely uncharged with Yeovil Town making the one and only starting line-up switch, as Stefan Stam came in for Terrell Forbes, with manager Terry Skiverton pointing out that the aerial dominance of Hartlepool's front duo needed some extra height to deal with. The game saw a relatively quiet start, with a shot wide of the target by Ritchie Humphreys and an Adam Boyd header that went over the bar for the home side.

The Glovers were doing relatively well to snuff out the Hartlepool attack, but scored with their first significant shot on target - a Craig Alcock ball into the box was chested down by Gavin Tomlin and Sam Williams was on hand to produce a sweet strike from the edge of the box and put the Glovers a goal to the good.

That put Yeovil's tails up, although without too much else being created, and there was little else happening from Hartlepool as an attacking outlet in a game of few chances, but certainly at half time, it was so far, so good.

The second period started off with more of the same, but Yeovil began to go off the boil a touch, when Gavin Tomlin was replaced by Jonathan Obika, and Dean Bowditch moved into midfield to retain the diamond shape. That change didn't really seem to work, with Hartlepool beginning to dominate midfield, and Bowditch becoming fairly anonymous. More acutely, Leon McSweeney and Antony Sweeney began to dominate Yeovil's left flank, doubling up to expose Nathan Smith, and with none of Yeovil's midfielders really giving the left-back enough support.

The equalising goal came from that route, with Adam Boyd slipping the ball through to Leon McSweeney, and past Smith, and as the ball went across the face of Yeovil's box, Alex McCarthy was stranded, and Andy Monkhouse slid in at the back post to level the scores, and based upon the preceding 15 minutes, probably a deserved equaliser.

The Glovers were twice indebted to Alex McCarthy during the second period, with the Reading keeper twice diving on loose balls inside his own penalty box, on occasions where Hartlepool threatened to grab the winner. He dived on the feet of Andy Monkhouse twice, with Hartlepool's goalscorer getting booked on one occasion for his over-enthusiasm in trying to get his boot in on a ball that McCarthy had already got to first. Then McCarthy brilliantly tipped away an Adam Boyd shot as Hartlepool forced the second half pressure, with only a rare second half Sam Williams shot and a Dean Bowditch curler when he was finally moved back up front again threatening a quiet second half for Scott Flinders.

As such, a point from such a long away trip was not to be sniffed at come the final whistle, with full time giving Yeovil their 10th draw in 22 league matches this season. The end result is that the Glovers slip to equal 16th place in the table (precisely level with Gillingham, though conversely extend the gap between them and the bottom four by a point. However, Yeovil are now without a win in six matches, and with just one win in nine games. There is little doubt that they need to start holding onto leads to stop further points being dropped over Christmas.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Sam Williams (0-1, 33 mins), Andy Monkhouse (1-1, 67 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 28. Nathan Smith
21. JP Kalala
25. Shaun MacDonald 13. Ryan Mason
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
6. Terrell Forbes 7. George O'Callaghan 11. Andy Welsh 16. Scott Murray (82 mins for Ryan Mason) 15. Richard Martin (GK) 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika (55 mins for Gavin Tomlin)

Hartlepool:
1. Scott Flinders
15. Antony Sweeney 5. Sam Collins 4. Gary Liddle 29. Peter Hartley
7. Leon McSweeney 8. Ritchie Jones 3. Ritchie Humphreys 11. Andy Monkhouse
26. Armann Bjornsson 10. Adam Boyd

Substitutes: 21. Mark Cook (GK) 14. Jonny Rowell (78 mins for Leon McSweeney) 19. Jon-Andre Fredriksen 20. Alan Power 24. Billy Greulich 27. Julian Cherel 22. Matty Tymon


Hartlepool Bookings: Andy Monkhouse (58 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Tomlin (31 mins, foul), Craig Alcock (55 mins, foul)

Attendance: 2,778 (including 85 Yeovil fans).


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19 December 2009 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Kick-Off Hartlepool Interview
Just before kick-off this afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. His pre-match views on the game against Hartlepool United are now recorded, with questions asked by BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, via the link below.

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


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19 December 2009 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Team News
Yeovil Town have made just one change to last weekend's line-up with a like-for-like swap. Terrell Forbes drops to the bench, with Stefan Stam being preferred, as the remainder of the eighteen players stay as per the home game against Norwich City.

Hosts Hartlepool United have been able to name an unchanged starting eleven, despite having seven players missing from their first team squad. The teams line-up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 28. Nathan Smith
21. JP Kalala
25. Shaun MacDonald 13. Ryan Mason
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
6. Terrell Forbes 7. George O'Callaghan 11. Andy Welsh 16. Scott Murray 15. Richard Martin (GK) 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika

Hartlepool: Flinders, Sweeney, Collins, Liddle, Hartley, McSweeney, Humphreys, Jones, Monkhouse, Bjornsson, Boyd.

Substitutes: Cook, Cherel, Power, Rowell, Fredriksen, Tymon, Greulich.


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19 December 2009 : Hartlepool Match Ref Explains Pitch Decision
This afternoon's referee Russell Booth has explained the process he went through towards deciding whether the match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town could take place. The 1.00p.m. pitch inspection has given the match the green light, subject to a number of minor things being completed by kick-off.

Booth told BBC Somerset that he began making his own plans yesterday, when he sorted out with Hartlepool groundstaff what he wanted them to do, and that he made sure he arrived at Victoria Park with plenty of time to assess things this morning:

"I rang the club yesterday afternoon and they were quite confident at that stage that the game would go ahead today. I rang them again this morning and I arrived here by 10.00am. The pitch was totally covered in snow, with all the covers. I looked at certain areas, and the pitch was pretty soft, and so I assured them that if bu 1.00pm they'd got rid of 90 percent of the snow, then I'd give the game every chance. But the pitch is perfectly playable, so there should be no problems. The pitch is pretty soft all round, so it was a case of getting rid of the snow, making sure I could see the lines. It was mainly the surrounding areas this morning when I got here that looked pretty bad, but the sun has got out and the temperature has risen to about 2 degrees, so hopefully we should get a game."

Booth said his priority was to ensure that Yeovil Town fans had the option to turn back if they knew a pitch inspection was taking place, although we suspect that you'd have to be a rather Northern Green for that to make a significant event, with most Glovers fans probably timing their journeys to arrive before the pitch inspection. Booth explained his thinking:

"What my main concern was, when I told them to get on the websites and television straight away, was the travelling fans from Yeovil. It's not very nice to travel all this way. The team had already travelled yesterday, so that wasn't a problem, but for travelling fans it's always a concern, so if they knew there was going to be an inspection at 1.00pm they could make their own decisions on whether they wanted to turn out. But we've got a game on, so there's no problem there."

The referee added praise for the Hartlepool groundstaff, saying that they had done everything they could to help his pitch inspection go to plan:

"They've done a brilliant job, and they've communicated with me from yesterday until today. They've done everything they can to get the game played today, so all credit to them."


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19 December 2009 : Pitch Inspection Outcome : Hartlepool vs Yeovil Is ON
This afternoon's match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town is ON. A pitch inspection today at 1.00p.m. deemed that the pitch is playable, subject to some work being done around the stadium prior to the 3.00p.m. kick-off.


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19 December 2009 : MacDonald Unconcerned At Away Form
Yeovil Town midfielder Shaun MacDonald says that he sees few causes for concerns at the club's away form as they attempt to add to their one win in 10 months on their travels. Across two loan spells, MacDonald has seen the majority of those matches, and completes his loan spell this weekend, but has told BBC Somerset that he can't see any obvious patterns that point to a flaw in the way the team approach such games:

"I think it's just one of those things. I think we can always score goals, and we scored two against MK Dons, but it's just little defensive errors again that have made us come away with a point. But we've got to go away to Hartlepool and keep creating chances and keep scoring goals, but stay strong defensively."


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19 December 2009 : Hartlepool Need More Volunteers As Pitch Inspection Is Set
Hartlepool United have indicated that they are currently short of volunteers to help get today's game on against Yeovil Town. They have had more snow than they expected at Victoria Park, and temperatures have dropped below freezing and have remained that way.

Added to that, refereee Russell Booth has said that he wants to make a pitch inspection at 1.00p.m. having raised concerns about Hartlepool's abilities to clear the pitch in time. Booth has also asked Hartlepool to deal with some of the surrounding areas which could be deemed as unsafe to spectators and those visiting Victoria Park.

Currently the snow and the pitch covers are insulating the pitch but clearly all of the snow has to be removed by kick-off. It's highly unlikely that any travelling Yeovil fans will be able to help, but any Pools fans are being asked on their official site by Head Groundsman Dave Brown to take their shovels down to Victoria Park as quickly as possible:

"We simply need more people - we can only do so much with the numbers we have at the moment. We're working as hard as we possibly can but it will certainly make things that little easier if more fans could come and give us a hand."

Perhaps also concerning is that a revised weather forecast is for more snow to arrive this afternoon, and for a northerly wind to introduce windchill to bring the temperature down from an air temperature of 1C to a temperature that feels like -8C. Brrrrrr!


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18 December 2009 : Skivo Previews The Hartlepool Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's League One match against Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Fielding questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, a transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

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


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18 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Hartlepool Preview
As Taff Towers tries not to bury itself in a sea of mistletoe, sellotape and mince pies, Taff somehow manages not to accidentally wrap his keyboard up and deposit it under the tree. That means he's looking ahead to tomorrow's trip to Hartlepool United whilst pondering the future of the only person in the Yeovil squad other than Nathan Jones who might understand what the final line of his latest Taff Gloversblog entry might mean.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Hartlepool Preview.


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18 December 2009 : Pools Have Got The Weather Covered
Tomorrow's opponents Hartlepool United are covering their Victoria Park pitch tonight in an effort to beat the weather. This morning there was a light covering of snow on their pitch, although still thin enough to be able to see the colour of the grass beneath.

Hartlepool groundstaff are currently working on clearing the snow, and once that is done, pitch covers will be used to protect the pitch against both further snowfall and overnight freezing temperatures. They will be reliant upon there being no heavy snowfall tomorrow once the covers come off.

Hartlepool report that they have not had a home match postponed since January 2004. Current weather forecasts should give them optimism of extending that record. Although the windchill from the north will make the temperature feel sub-zero, the actual air temperature should remain above freezing throughout the next 24 hours, whilst only a minor amount of precipitation is expected during Saturday. With pitch covers being used as well, there aren't any pitch inspections expected or planned at this stage.

Not so lucky are Colchester United and Carlisle United. Their game in Essex has already bitten the dust due to snowfall.


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18 December 2009 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
It's nearly Christmas, and the final Saturday for shopping, the weather forecast looks horrendous, and half of Eastern England is covered in snow. So, where are Yeovil Town heading to this weekend? The second longest away trip of their whole season, and a long haul up to the North-East and Hartlepool United. Thank you, fixture computer!

Unsurprisingly the team are setting off today, hoping that they don't have to put up with a repeat of the 10.5 hour trip they experienced going up to Huddersfield Town earlier this season. They do so with a near full squad of players, with only Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) left at home as he continues his rehabilitation. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald will start the last game of his loan spell with the club, and there are expected to be very few changes to the recent 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation that has been in place for the last two matches.

The Glovers go into the match on the back of just one win in their last eight matches, and winless in their last five games. Although three of those have been highly creditable draws against Charlton Athletic, MK Dons and Norwich City, they could do with a win or two over Christmas to avoid the gap between them and the bottom four sides narrowing.

Yeovil's 15th place is currently two points behind Hartlepool in 12th, who have lost a bit of form as well lately. They've lost four out of their last five league matches, with some concern being raised over their second half performances in such matches. Those five games accrued nine goals, but with only one of them scored during the first half. Conversely of the 11 goals conceded during those five games, nine of them have come after the break, leaving many at Victoria Park wondering what goes in the half time cuppa. If the Glovers are a goal down at the break, clearly they should not see this as cause for alarm, with Pools having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on a number of occasions lately.

The home side go into the game with seven players reported as missing, as Ben Clark (suspension), James Brown (knee), Steve Haslam (hernia), Denis Behan (ankle), Colin Larkin (hamstring), Neil Austin (hamstring), David Foley (leg) and Dylan Purvis (calf) are all expected to be sat in the stands.

Despite that glut of injuries, that should still allow them to field an unchanged starting line-up, with the majority of the above being long term injuries, or fringe players. Scott Flinders has been nursing a shoulder complaint lately but should be fit to start, whilst Ritchie Jones should play against the Glovers, despite having had an up'n'down season that saw him dropped earlier in the campaign. Their main danger man is Adam Boyd, who has netted eight times so far this season.

The last meeting between the two clubs took place in April at Huish Park and saw a 2-3 defeat for the Glovers, with goals for Gavin Tomlin and Andros Townsend wiped out by two strikes for Joel Porter and one for Daniel Nardiello. Prior to that, the December 2008 meeting at Victoria Park that saw a 0-0 draw was the last meeting in the North-East.

Tickets for the match will be available on the day from Victoria Park. For full ticketing details and everything else you need for a day out in Hartlepool, see the Ciderspace guide below. Needless to say, given the weather conditions, pack a blanket, a fully charged mobile phone and allow a bit of extra time for travelling if you're heading by car tomorrow. At present, we're not aware of any pitch inspections, however if there are any positive or negative updates on Hartlepool's pitch, then we'll provide rolling updates on the situation. For those who are not travelling, BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM.

Link: Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Pools Running Thin On Options For Saturday.


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18 December 2009 : Tuesday Announcement For Out Of Contract Players
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that the club should be able to make an official statement on Tuesday about the future of a large number of their first team squad. Senior quartet Terrell Forbes, Jean-Paul Kalala, Andy Lindegaard and George O'Callaghan all have contracts that expire on December 31st, whilst loanees Alex McCarthy and Shaun MacDonald are due to go back to their parent clubs shortly. Youngster Louis Lavers, who is with the club on a short term deal, but has yet to feature for the first team, is another with a deal due to expire, although this has tended to be overlooked.

Skiverton has told the Western Daily Press that the club are likely to make a statement on all affected players next Tuesday, although not everything has been resolved. One significance of the day of the week could be that the Board of Directors tend to meet on Monday nights, and thus would provide the final rubber-stamping of any decisions being made by Skiverton and Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, who has tended to act as the club's Director of Football in recent seasons. Skiverton explained the situation:

"I do not want to say too much yet because there are still one or two bits and pieces that need to be sorted out with contracts. We are very close to doing it, and I know that I have said that for the past couple of weeks, but by Tuesday I will be able to come out with an official statement on everyone. But it is really, really close to everyone being done. It is not just the lads who are out of contract, but the loanees as well."

The only fly in the ointment could be Reading's decision to dismiss Brendan Rogers from his job as manager at the Madejski Stadium yesterday. This won't affect the club's negotiations over goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, as the Championship side have used Director of Football Nicky Hammond as the club's contact, but it could cause issues if Rogers' replacement decides he wants to have a fresh look at his entire first team squad. Skiverton explained:

"The dialogue will continue, but you just do not know who the new manager will be and whether or not he will want to call everyone back. For us in the short term we are still in dialogue with Reading."

Talking of Reading, another former Glover will be getting his hands briefly on the managerial reins. Brian McDermott, who is Chief Scout at the Berkshire club, has been appointed as Caretaker Manager, whilst they search for a replacement for Rogers. Brian scored 19 times in 85 appearances for Yeovil during the early 1990s at the back end of an illustrious playing career.

Link: Brian McDermott : Yeovil Town Playing Statistics.


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18 December 2009 : MacDonald Looking For A Decision To Be Made
On loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has said that he will use his time back in Wales to 'sort out everything' about his future with his hometown club. MacDonald plays his last match for the Glovers tomorrow before his return to Swansea City for Christmas, but admits that after having experienced regular first team football, that he wants to continue that.

The Welsh Under-21 international captain has repeated that he has had no contact from those at the Liberty Stadium about his future at the club and once he returns to Wales, he will look for that conversation to happen:

"Obviously Yeovil are trying to get me back, but I haven't spoken to anyone back home in Swansea. When I go back home for a week or so, I'll sort out everything then. Obviously if I'm not going to be playing at Swansea then I need to be playing football. I've got a taste of things now, so obviously I want to carry on playing week-in, week-out."

With one game to go, Shaun's concentration levels could be affected as he prepares to travel up to the match against Hartlepool United. However, he insisted that Saturday's game would be the only thing on his mind on the journey up to County Durham:

"I've just got to be as professional as I can and go into the next game and try to win the game. The aim is to try to win every game. I've just got to get on with the game, and then go back to Swansea and sort things out from there."


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17 December 2009 : Obika Stays Patient For Starting Spot
Yeovil Town striker Jonathan Obika says that he is trying to remain patient whilst he warms the bench for the Glovers. Despite being Yeovil's top scorer this season, with six goals so far, he has had to be content with a couple of late substitution appearances in the last two matches.

In the second of those matches, Obika came on and scored Yeovil's third against Norwich City, and he hopes that will count towards grabbing a bigger role in Saturday's match at Hartlepool United. In the meantime, he told BBC Somerset he would be biding his time:

"You have to knuckle down, and when you get the chance you have to go out and take it. Every time I come onto the pitch, I try to do my best, so hopefully I could get the nod (at Hartlepool). But they've (Bowditch and Williams) been playing very well, and that's been the key to our success. We've performed well in the last two games, so we're definitely in high spirits."

Hopefully no-one on the Yeovil team bus will be giving Obika the road atlas to navigate their way up to County Durham when they set off on their overnight stop tomorrow. Having never played at Hartlepool's Victoria Park ground before, Jon remarked: "I know it's near Manchester" ...


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17 December 2009 : Skivo - How Things Looked 12 Months Ago
With BBC Bristol/Somerset planning their Sporting Review of 2009 this weekend, this seemed appropriate timing for a bit of a blast from the past. During the Boxing Day 2008 programme, the BBC broadcasted an interview with Club Captain Terry Skiverton (as he was then) regarding how he felt 2008 had gone, and also his hopes for the future. The answer to the final question may cause you to raise an eyebrow or two!

With questions from Richard Hoskin, Skivo's view of the world from 12 months ago, has been archived via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC During Their 2008 Sporting Review Programme.


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17 December 2009 : Final Late Night Opening For Club Shop Tonight
A reminder that tonight is the club's third and final late night opening sessions to help you with your Christmas shopping. The Huish Park Club Shop will be open until 7.00p.m. tonight for anyone wanting to buy Christmas presents.

Fear not if you can't get down there tonight. They are also opening this coming Saturday, 19th December, from 10.00a.m. until 1.00p.m. and are obviously open during normal hours (10.00a.m. until 4.00p.m.) on other weekdays.


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17 December 2009 : MacDonald And Others Continue Their Contract Waiting Game
There are still no significant changes in the contract situation concerning six of Yeovil Town's first team squad. Five of the six see their loan or permanent contracts expire by December 31st, whilst midfielder Shaun MacDonald will be forced into returning to parent club Swansea City after this weekend.

The situation concerning MacDonald is somewhat out of the Glovers' hands for the next two weeks, in that Football League rules prevent him from turning out for Yeovil during their Christmas matches against Wycombe Wanderers and Swindon Town. In this week's Western Gazette, manager Terry Skiverton indicates that he wants to get MacDonald at Huish Park on loan for the rest of the season once the January transfer window opens. The Yeovil boss admits that it probably doesn't help that the Welsh Under-21 Captain's name has been in the headlines lately:

"It is always the way that they hit form just before they are to go back and I think we had a little bit of that with Asmir Begovic. We are in dialogue with Swansea all the time and they have been brilliant with us. I have spoken to Paulo (Sousa) and Huw (Jenkins) so negotiations continue and we are just trying to make something a bit more permanent. I hope to get him for the rest of the season on loan."

As we understand it, bar the Glovers coming up with a significant transfer fee to make such a move permanent, a half season loan actually is the only option available to Skiverton. Unless emergency loan rules have changed, it is not possible for Yeovil to take out a second 93 day spell for MacDonald, and therefore a long term loan becomes the only possibility for them.

The player himself may have some influence on the situation. Unsurprisingly, MacDonald is cautious in what he says to the South Wales Evening Post, but he does suggest that what he doesn't want to do is to end up sat in the stands in the Liberty Stadium:

"I have been at Swansea since I was nine. It's my hometown team and the club means a lot to me. I have always loved playing for Swansea and I always will. But on the other hand I have had a taste of playing regular football for Yeovil and I've really enjoyed it. Every player wants to be playing games and I don't want to go back to being sat in the stands or on the bench every week."

Perhaps the biggest clue as to MacDonald's future at the Liberty Stadium is that manager Paulo Sousa and his backroom staff have had little contact with their player in recent weeks - something you'd expect to happen if their intentions were to slot him back into their first team squad upon his return. MacDonald therefore looks likely to have a quiet Christmas, and plans to use his time back home to try and force the issue one way or another:

"I am back this weekend because my loan spell has to end after 93 days. I think Yeovil are trying to keep me, but I haven't spoken to anyone at Swansea recently and I'm not really sure what they are thinking. The manager at Yeovil has made me feel wanted and hopefully I have paid him back with some good performances. I have just been doing my best like I always do, but what happens next is up to the gaffer at Swansea. I will definitely be home for a week or so and I will have to talk to him about it then."

In terms of the four permanent signings, whose contracts all run out on December 31st, last week's Western Gazette and Western Daily Press were given hints that matters would be sorted within a week. A week later, nothing material has changed, and the Gazette are now being told that Terrell Forbes, George O'Callaghan, Andy Lindegaard and Jean-Paul Kalala will know their fate next Monday or Tuesday. There's no word on loan keeper Alex McCarthy either way.


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17 December 2009 : Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town have been selected. The man in charge of the game will be Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire) and if that name sends a shudder down your spine, but you're not quite sure why, then your instincts serve you well.

Using a search on this site for the name of Russell Booth, the top matches brought back are as follows: "Referee Russell Booth was having an awful match, and really got this decision wrong" ... "With eight minutes left, the erratic Russell Booth awarded Yeovil a controversial free kick" ... "Lambert was sent to the stands after his reaction to a decision made late in the game by match referee Russell Booth after he failed to award the home side a penalty" ... "Referee Russell Booth was making some particularly bizarre early decisions" ... "They weren't getting it despite referee Russell Booth awarding an inexplicable five minutes injury time" ... "The flow of the game was not being helped by some awful decisions by referee Russell Booth - not that the Glovers could complain because for every gaffe he made that went against them, there was another one that inexplicably went in their favour".

To put a bit of context around some of those excerpts from our match reports and news items, Mr Booth was last seen at Colchester United in August in a game we lost 2-1. Poor decisions went against both sides - Gavin Tomlin should have had a penalty, the free kick that led to Ryan Mason's goal was questionable, whilst a disallowed goal from Scott Vernon caused Colchester manager Paul Lambert (now at Norwich City) to lose the plot entirely and get himself sent off and an FA call-up. Trying to stick on our neutral hats, Lambert had a bit of a point, although Booth's awfulness extended to both teams.

Over the years, a fairly consistent pattern of performance has been maintained, even if on many occasions it's been obvious that he did not directly affect the outcome of the games involved. We can but hope that we catch him on one of his good days - at some point he must have had one.

Mr Booth will be assisted by Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Keith Lawson (Lincolnshire). The Fourth Official will be Billy Khatib (Tyne and Wear).

Link: August 2009 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Crewe Alexandra 3.

Link: August 2006 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: January 2006 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2004 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 1.


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16 December 2009 : Yeovil 2 Brislington 0 : Murray Double Sees Reserves Through
Yeovil Town Reserves managed a comfortable 2-0 victory at Huish Park tonight, to ease their way past Brislington and into the Third Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. Two goals from Scott Murray were all it took, with the right-winger netting from a free kick and a long-ranger in each half, to set up a home tie against Bishop Sutton.

In a fairly one-sided contest, the Glovers included non-league midfielder Sam Lechmere in their squad, who has generally played as a left-winger during his career, turning out for Thurrock and more recently Aveley. He is currently enrolled at the Nike Academy. Talking of such academies, there was also a rare chance to see former Watford defender Louis Lavers, who is enrolled at the same place as Lechmere, and has been on loan with Dorchester Town along with Andre McCollin. The side included eight players with first team experience, with Lavers, Lechmere and youth team striker Rob Clowes the three exceptions.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Brislington 0.

Scorers: Scott Murray (1-0, 33 mins), Scott Murray (2-0, 50 mins).

Yeovil Town: Richard Martin, Andy Lindegaard, Stefan Stam, Louis Lavers, Danny Hutchins, Sam Lechmere, Keiran Murtagh, Scott Murray, Andy Welsh, Andre McCollin, Rob Clowes.

Subs: Ben Roberts, Rhys Baggridge, Sam Ford, Tyler Sheppard, Lloyd Matthews.


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16 December 2009 : Skiverton Had Second Thoughts Over Management Position
As Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton begins to reflect upon the end of the year 2009, and his first year in charge of the Glovers, he has admitted his own off-the-field circumstances did give him second thoughts about where his priorities lay. Skiverton said there were a lot of early pressures that he was experiencing as he went through a baptism of fire during the start of his reign as Yeovil manager.

Early results saw a 4-0 and 5-0 reverses at Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion, leaving both management and players shellshocked, until a run of five matches without conceding a goal sparked a return to form, allowing Skiverton to pull his side away from the increasing danger, and to secure their League One status. Speaking as part of an interview conducted for BBC Bristol/Somerset's Sports Review of the Year programme, Skiverton said that it was a tough period, because he had a lot on his plate at the time:

"I did have second thoughts, because I had a lot of stuff personally that was going on. I was getting married in the summer and there was also my testimonial. It could have been my last year as a player. There was a lot of stuff going on and a lot of pressure. You've got to stand strong in these things and I've never walked away from a challenge in my life. I always stay strong. I always take responsibility. I look back on that (run of bad results) and that was probably better than doing any coaching qualification or any sort of course or seminar. That little spell I had in the beginning - you can't teach that."

For those who aren't travelling to Hartlepool United on Saturday, BBC radio's Sports Review of the Year commences at 12.00 noon as part of the build-up to their afternoon commentary matches on both the BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol frequencies.


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16 December 2009 : Sponge Man Parry Gets The Nod At Tranmere
He has been caretaker manager of Tranmere Rovers for just over two months, but club physio Les Parry is now officially 'First Team Manager Les Parry' at Prenton Park. With the Wirral club having fired Ronnie Moore over the summer, aiming to boost crowds at their stadium with the appointment of former England star John Barnes, they discovered that big name players don't always make good managers, and so went from one extreme to another - bringing in the bloke who carries the magic sponge when Barnes lasted just 11 league games.

Parry's 10 games in charge have brought just 10 points, although at least that was better than the seven in 11 games that Barnes had managed. More crucially to their finances, he has helped them reach the Third Round of the FA Cup, and a live broadcast appearance. He is now in charge for the remainder of the season, with Shaun Garnett and Wayne Allison getting similar deals as his assistant coaches. The club are now advertising for a new physio, with Parry now planning to give up his sponge bag.

He takes permanent control of the managerial hotseat, with Rovers lying in 23rd place in the table, still five points from safety. Doubtless Rovers will hope that he emulates the last physio to get given a front line job in League One - Scunthorpe United's Nigel Adkins.


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16 December 2009 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Leyton
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for Yeovil Town's away match against Leyton Orient. Any supporters are welcome to join them. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd January 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

A full bus will result in a charge of £12.00 for travel, with actual cost dependent upon numbers booking up. They are leaving Huish Park at 8.15a.m. and will be having a full breakfast stop along with other breaks as required.

To book, either email Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk or phone on 07840-787-287 (mobile) any time.

Note that the Devon and Dorset Greens have already filled their transport for the trip to Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.


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16 December 2009 : Final Day For Boxing Day Programme Messages
A reminder that today is your final day for getting any Christmas Messages into the club's Matchday Programme. Pat Custard, who is organising the collation of those into the Boxing Day programme for the match against Wycombe Wanderers, would like all remaining requests to be received by 10.00p.m. tonight.

She will be present at tonight's County Cup match against Brislington, hence if you want to sort out your message and hand over your money at the game itself, then you can do so.

For full details, see the original news item linked below.

Link: Get A Christmas Message In The Matchday Programme.


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16 December 2009 : Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's Friday night trip to Tranmere Rovers are now available. The game takes place on Saturday 16th January 2010, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets can generally be purchased on the day through the turnstiles (note exceptions below) with pricing as follow:

Adults: £17.50; Over 60s and 17-21yrs: £9.50; U16s: £1.00; Disabled: £5.00.

For the various concessionary rates, Over 60s and 17-21yrs must buy their tickets from the ticket office and not from the turnstiles.

Wheelchair users must book places via 0871 221 2001. If you don't like national rate numbers, the geographic number Tranmere used to quote was 0151 6090137. Ambulant disabled spectators must carry proof of the middle/higher rate of disability allowance. Both wheelchair and ambulant disabled can include an assistant free of charge. Note that Tranmere's disabled facilities are at the Kop End of the stadium - exactly opposite the away section.

All other Yeovil Town fans are housed in the Cowshed Stand holding 2,500 spectators. Don't all rush at once.

Update: 08/01/2000: The date/time for this match has been altered back to the Saturday, and so this article has been updated to reflect that change. In addition, note that Under-16s prices have been changed by Tranmere to give a 'Kids for a Quid' offer.


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15 December 2009 : Hatters Getting Mad
In administration since April 2009, with speculation that the bill of administrators Leonard Curtis is now up to around £400,000, bottom of League One, and having to play their F.A. Cup fixture against Torquay United at Moss Rose because of the state of their own ground, some Stockport County fans have had enough and are trying to arrange a protest march. Set for 23rd December, the proposal is to start out from Edgeley Park, take in Stockport Town Hall, the PFA Headquarters in Manchester, and finish in Deansgate, Manchester, where Leonard Curtis have their offices.

The list of targets the protesting fans have in their sights for the seemingly endless shambles their club has become is lengthy, though for once that all too easy option to blame it directly on, the Football League / Football Association, appears to have been (sensibly) avoided:
David Farms Ltd., who allegedly pushed them into administration; Brian Kennedy, owner of Edgeley Park; Stockport Council; the previous Board; the now defunct Trust Board; the current Directors; and "Potless chancers seeking a property deal".

When one looks around football and sees the procession of incompetents, rip-off merchants, bull-shitters, fantasists, leeches, charlatans, liars, and downright verminous crooks that pop up at club after club one can but feel for and sympathise with the frustration and anger of decent fans seeing their club toyed with and shredded. Stockport is not the worst case we've seen in recent years, but they are being sorely put upon. We wish them luck in this particular fight to recover their club, but until the authorities do take some pro-active action and have something seriously funded, with teeth, in the way of a Compliance Unit and a rigorous "fit and proper" system, more clubs will continue to fall into the clutches of the undesirable who should not be allowed within a mile of our game.

Link: Stockport Suffer Takeover Rejection


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15 December 2009 : County Cup Tie Takes Place Tomorrow
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves are playing their Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie tomorrow evening. The home game against Brislington will be played on Wednesday 16th December at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Prices are £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for Under 16s and Seniors. Only the Main Stand will be open that evening.

We'd expect the line-up to be composed of players like Richard Martin, Stefan Stam, Andy Welsh, Scott Murray, Keiran Murtagh and Andy Lindegaard, with any extras made up from the scholars in the club's Youth Team. Hence this should be a rare opportunity to see some of the talent just outside the first eleven players.


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15 December 2009 : Skiverton Proud To Provide 'Value For Money'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is happy to be giving 'value for money' on the pitch at Huish Park this season, even if he would like to be higher up the league. The Glovers are currently in 15th place in the League One Table and four points clear of the drop zone, but after the club claimed their second 3-3 draw of the season, Skiverton said that he was proud that the team were putting on a show for spectators, even if not all the goals were going in the right net:

"Of course I want results and I want to be at the top of the league and I want to be the manager that everybody talks about. You want this and that, but at the moment we're giving value for money for supporters. Our supporters come out and they pay a lot of money which is quite a high percentage of their wages and I think we're entertaining them. That's the most important thing for me at the moment; to entertain the fans. We might be naive at times, but we're playing attractive football that I feel that I can put my name to and be proud of, and we're doing that at the moment."


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15 December 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool
If you're wanting to avoid the high streets on the final Saturday before Christmas, what better a place to head to than the North-East for the day and a match against Hartlepool United. The Ciderspace guide includes directions, ticket prices, pub guides and everything else you need to enjoy your day at Victoria Park - available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool.


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15 December 2009 : Another Interview With Dean Bowditch
You can never have enough Dean Bowditch interviews. Having already carried the striker's post-match interview, we're now able to carry one he did last Thursday as part of the build-up to the game. Most of the content has Dean talking about the training methods he uses away from Huish Park, including his usage in the summer of an athletics coach, and his ongoing use of a mind coach, which he believes is improving his game.

The full transcript of the interview with Geoff Twentyman, broadcast on BBC Bristol, can be found via the link immediately below. If you missed Dean's post-match interview, then follow the second of the two links.

Link: Dean Bowditch Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Norwich Game.

Link: Dean Bowditch Speaks To The BBC After The 3-3 Draw Against Norwich.


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14 December 2009 : MK Dons Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's last away match at Milton Keynes Dons saw them claim a 2-2 draw after a flying start put them 1-0 up and then 2-1 up inside the first 17 minutes. Striker Dean Bowditch got a quickfire first on 33 seconds, with Shaun MacDonald grabbing the second Yeovil goal.

It's therefore unsurprising to find both players featuring highly on the Man of the Match voting on that day. However, they were both beaten in the end, with the eagle-eyed amongst you perhaps spotting which player had laid on both goals. Gavin Tomlin was the one to come out with a pair of assists and he won the Man of the Match award by the slenderest of margins - level on points with MacDonald edged out by virtue of Tomlin claiming one more outright MOTM vote. Full results are shown below:

1 Gavin Tomlin 54 (5)
2 Shaun MacDonald 54 (4)
3 Dean Bowditch 34 (0)
4 Craig Alcock 28 (2)
5 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 18 (1)
6 Steven Caulker 16 (0)
7 Sam Williams 8 (0)
8 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.33

Performance: 7.00
Entertainment: 7.67

VOTES RECEIVED: 12


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14 December 2009 : Bowditch Frustrated At Key Decisions
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch admits that he is frustrated after seeing two decisions go strongly against him during the last two matches. Given his opening day misdemeanour against Tranmere Rovers that saw his shoulder dislocated after he was hacked down on the edge of the box, it's not too surprising that further incidents in the away match at MK Dons and Saturday's home game against Norwich City have riled him somewhat.

Saturday's incident saw referee Craig Pawson refusing to award the Glovers a penalty after Bowditch was put clean through on goal. Canaries centre-back Gary Doherty squared up to the Yeovil player in the aftermath, with Doherty looking at a clear red card if referee Pawson had blown his whistle. However, Bowditch told BBC Somerset that any accusations of diving aimed at him by Norwich players were wide of the mark:

"That's twice that I've been clean through on goal, and twice I've been clipped. The one at MK Dons was more blatant in the way that he kicked out at me. But then again if I'm clipped, then I'm clipped and if I can't stay on my feet then I can't stay on my feet. I'm not a cheat. I'm not like some players who will go down whenever they can. I try and stay on my feet, but two (fouls) in two (games) now where I could have a couple of extra goals through penalties or whatever. It doesn't help when they have eleven men on the pitch, when for two in two games they probably shouldn't have eleven players on the pitch."


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14 December 2009 : Pools Running Thin On Options For Saturday
This Saturday's opponents Hartlepool United appear to have a spot of bother concerning their team selection for the game. Substitute Ben Clark was a man in a big hurry. On as a substitute on 61 minutes, booked within 2 minutes of his arrival on the pitch and back inside the dressing room 23 minutes after his arrival after a second late tackle got him an early bath. He will now be suspended for the match at Victoria Park on December 19th.

That is not likely to help a Hartlepool side who are also expected to be without Denis Behan, James Brown, Stevie Haslam and Colin Larkin, and expect Neil Austin's hamstring strain to keep him on the sidelines during next Saturday's game.

The Glovers will be coming up against two former loan players, with midfielder Ritchie Jones probably wanting to impress against a club where he faded badly during a loan spell two years ago, making just six league starts across a half-season period at the club. Meanwhile goalkeeper Scott Flinders will have more fond memories of his nine matches played during early 2008. Flinders himself is likely to need treatment in order to play against the Glovers - he missed a week's worth of training last week with a shoulder injury, and played through the pain barrier during Saturday's match at Southend United.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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14 December 2009 : GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient
For those wanting to attend the New Year's trip to Leyton Orient, the Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the game. The match takes place at the Matchroom Stadium (aka Brisbane Road), with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 2nd January 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 8.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £18.00 for adults, with concessions available at £16.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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14 December 2009 : McCarthy Final Match Set
Having established that midfielder Shaun MacDonald will return to Swansea City after next weekend's match at Hartlepool United, clarification of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy's position is also available.

When Alex's loan deal was agreed at the start of the season, the loan contract was specified as running "until January". It would now appear that the more precise date is the turn of the year, with this morning's Western Morning News indicating that Alex's last match will be the December 28th game at Swindon Town.

Unlike MacDonald, our understanding is that the Glovers could sort out a straight-forward extension to his loan deal so he doesn't miss any games - provided they don't fall foul of any Football League office closures over the festive period. With the Glovers due to play Leyton Orient on January 2nd, any nod from Reading would probably have to be given before the New Year Bank Holiday. Second choice keeper Richard Martin would obviously stand by if the situation gets complicated.

In terms of Yeovil's chances of getting MacDonald back to Huish Park, manager Terry Skiverton has understandably been cautious, but he told BBC Somerset that he wasn't going to rule anything out:

"He's got one more match at the moment, and then he's got to go back for 10 days and then we'll see what happens after that. But I don't like to say anything until paperwork is signed for anybody."


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13 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 3 Norwich 3
Twenty-four hours after the final whistle blew in the 3-3 draw against Norwich City, Taff has added his usual views on the match to Taff's Gloversblog. A blow-by-blow analysis of each player, along with an overall team assessment can be found on his latest blog entry, which can be read via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 3 Norwich 3.


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13 December 2009 : GWSC Travel To Swindon Town
For those wanting to attend the Christmas Holiday trip to Swindon Town, the Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the game. The match takes place at the County Ground, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 28th December.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 10.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 10.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £12.00 for adults, with concessions available at £10.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.


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13 December 2009 : Interview With Dean Bowditch
Following yesterday's 3-3 draw with Norwich City, Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch spoke to the BBC about the game. Fielding questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Dean's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Dean Bowditch Speaks To The BBC After The 3-3 Draw Against Norwich.


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13 December 2009 : GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United
For those wanting to attend next Saturday's trip to Hartlepool United, the Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the game. The match takes place at Victoria Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 19th December.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 5.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £28.00 for adults, with concessions available at £26.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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12 December 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Norwich Game
Following this afternoon's 3-3 draw with Norwich City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Fielding questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Norwich Game.


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12 December 2009 : One More Match For MacDonald
As covered on this site at the start of this month, manager Terry Skiverton has now confirmed that midfielder Shaun MacDonald's loan spell at Huish Park is almost up. Skiverton has said that the Swansea City player will return to his parent club after next week's away match at Hartlepool United, with December 22nd believed to be his final day with the club.

As we understand it, the Glovers will not be able to take out another loan deal with MacDonald until the January transfer window opens meaning that they will lose him for the home game against Wycombe Wanderers and the away match at Swindon Town at the very least. However, it remains to be seen whether the Championship side would be willing to allow him to return to Huish Park immediately, or whether they'd prefer to keep their options open during January given the Welsh Under-21 Captain's contract expires at the end of this season.


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12 December 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City
If you were at this afternoon's match against Norwich City and have calmed down after a pulsating 3-3 draw, don't forget to place your Man of the Match vote. Choose your top three players, including performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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12 December 2009 : Yeovil 3 Norwich 3 : Six Goal Thriller At Huish Park
A crazy final 30 minutes at Huish Park saw Yeovil Town share six goals with Norwich City this afternoon, as a 3-3 draw saw the Glovers put on an energetic performance against the promotion chasing Canaries. After a first half of few chances, but one where Dean Bowditch put the Glovers 1-0 up, two quick goals from Chris Martin and Gary Doherty turned the match on its head. Shaun MacDonald immediately equalised, and the Glovers thought they had the points in the bag when Jonathan Obika's 91st minute header apparently gave them the winning goal. But Gary Doherty deflected Russell Martin's long range strike to give the Canaries the last laugh after a pulsating finale to the game and leave everyone departing the ground dizzy with the way the match had spun out.

With both sides naming the same sides as they'd played on the previous weekend, the first half was one of scarce chances, with the play dominated by long periods of passing and possession for both sides, but without any serious goalmouth action. In fact when Yeovil took the lead on 21 minutes, it was the first shot of any kind during the game - Ryan Mason's corner was headed towards goal by Steven Caulker, and not for the first time this season, Dean Bowditch was goalpoacher extraordinaire - deflecting the ball onwards and doing enough to send the ball past Canaries keeper Fraser Forster, and ensure that Bowditch's own personal 'East Anglian Derby' got off to a flyer right in front of the Norwich fans.

As the half went on, the visitors began to get more of a stranglehold on the game - in terms of possession anyway. Their one and only shot of the whole 45 minutes came when Simon Lappin skewed the ball horribly wide of the target. Otherwise, Norwich's main frustration was falling foul of one of the assistant referees - continually getting flagged offside, leading to Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt having to be pulled aside by referee Craig Pawson and told to calm down on the dissent they were showing to the assistant. But half time arrived, with Norwich increasingly frustrated, and Yeovil snuffing them out entirely.

The second half opened up with more of the same, although Norwich's frustration appeared to be boiling over with an awful tackle by Adam Drury on Gavin Tomlin leaving Yeovil's attacker with studmarks at chest height. Drury was lucky that referee Craig Pawson merely produced a yellow card.

Ryan Mason had a great chance to put Yeovil further ahead when Fraser Forster saved a shot on goal. But Norwich got themselves a lifeline on the hour mark, when Nathan Smith slipped on the flank, allowing Grant Holt the chance to put in a cross into the box, and for Chris Martin to convert from close range. It's worth noting for what was to follow, that this was Norwich's first shot on target of the whole game, whilst Yeovil had also only managed one shot on target. Would anyone have predicted at this point in the game what was going to happen during the final 30 minutes?

Yeovil battled back, with Gary Doherty tackled Dean Bowditch inside the box as the Glovers striker headed in on goal, and as Doherty put his hand on Bowditch's shoulder, the striker went down, but referee Craig Pawson decided after glancing at his linesman not to award what would have been a spot kick, and a professional foul - without a doubt a match-changing incident. Doherty squared up to Bowditch and accused him of diving, whilst Bowditch squared up accusing Doherty of the foul. Thankfully the two players stayed just about on the right side of the law, but the game was boiling up significantly with both teams fired up.

If that decision could be magnified any further than it was just two minutes later - Gary Doherty himself rising to a header from a Darel Russell free kick with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy having slightly overcommitted himself, giving Norwich a turnaround on the game inside four minutes. 1-2 and real disappointment for the Glovers.

That disappointment only lasted two minutes as the game swung in another direction as Shaun MacDonald provided the quickest of quickfire responses - firing home into the bottom corner to produce the biggest roar of the afternoon. 2-2 and game back on. Best hope that no supporters decided to visit the teabars on the hour mark as they would have returned wondering how such a game had been transformed.

It was the signal for the game to go from end to end - Yeovil breaking through Dean Bowditch and seeing Fraser Forster save with his legs, leaving Shaun MacDonald with a chance to score his second inside five minutes, but the ricochet came back a little too quickly and he couldn't get his boot properly on the rebound. Having had 60 minutes of few chances for either side the goalmouth action continued apace, as Grant Holt headed wide of the target at one end. Then Gavin Tomlin put Bowditch in at the other end, and the striker was inches away from sliding in to convert his chance.

Not too surprisingly with the game closing out, nerves crept in from both sides, and matters got a little bit on the feisty side. However, there were further twists to the game to be had as the game reached injury time, with four minutes being signalled to play. Jonathan Obika had come on as a late substitute for Dean Bowditch and he made a quick impact - running to the near post to convert a peach of a Craig Alcock cross and lift the roof of Huish Park with what they thought was the winning goal.

But there was to be a further twist to the game, with 94 minutes on the clock and Norwich piling men forward including goalkeeper Fraser Forster. In a game of pinball, the ball fell loose to Russell Martin on the edge of the box, and his shot was launched through a crowd of players with Gary Doherty claiming the final touch to silence the home end and leave the away terrace on a high.

Any Yeovilian would have probably snapped your arm off for a draw against a free-scoring Norwich side at the start of the match today. But having held the lead twice, including crucially in the final minute, it was a slightly flat Huish Park on the final whistle, with those there wondering what could have been. Did anyone make the mistake of leaving for the car parks before the referee finally wrapped things up?

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Norwich City 3.

Scorer: Dean Bowditch (1-0, 21 mins), Chris Martin (1-1, 60 mins), Gary Doherty (1-2, 65 mins), Shaun MacDonald (2-2, 67 mins) Jonathan Obika (3-2, 90 mins), Gary Doherty (3-3, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
21. JP Kalala
25. Shaun MacDonald 13. Ryan Mason
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 7. George O'Callaghan 11. Andy Welsh 16. Scott Murray 15. Richard Martin (GK) 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika (81 mins for Dean Bowditch)

Norwich City:
21. Fraser Forster
6. Russell Martin 33. Jens Berthel Askou 12. Gary Doherty 3. Adam Drury
30. Korey Smith 20. Darel Russell 19. Simon Lappin
14. Wesley Hoolahan
16. Chris Martin 9. Grant Holt

Substitutes:
34. Jed Steer (GK) 2. Jon Otsemobor 5. Michael Nelson 8. Stephen Hughes (81 mins for Korey Smith) 17. Tom Adeyemi 24. Anthony McNamee 27. Cody McDonald (80 mins for Wesley Hoolahan)

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Tomlin (68 mins, foul), Jonathan Obika (84 mins, foul), Ryan Mason (89 mins, foul), Terrell Forbes (90 mins, foul).
Norwich Bookings: Adam Drury (54 mins, foul), Fraser Forster (79 mins, time-wasting), Gary Doherty (90 mins, excessive celebration).

Referee: Craig Pawson (Yorkshire). Assistants: John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Stephen Child (Kent). Fourth Official: Adam Watts (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 4,964 (including 1,013 Norwich fans)


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12 December 2009 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Kick-Off Norwich Interview
Just before this afternoon's kick-off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game against Norwich City. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Skivo's pre-kick-off interview can be found via the link below.

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


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12 December 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Norwich City Team News
Yeovil Town have selected an unchanged line-up and formation for this afternoon's match against Norwich City. That means the diamond formation that was employed at Milton Keynes Dons will be repeated for a second occasion.

Norwich are unchanged as well and this means the line-ups will be as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
21. JP Kalala
25. Shaun MacDonald 13. Ryan Mason
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 7. George O'Callaghan 11. Andy Welsh 16. Scott Murray 15. Richard Martin (GK) 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika

Norwich City:
21. Fraser Forster
6. Russell Martin 33. Jens Berthel Askou 12. Gary Doherty 3. Adam Drury
30. Korey Smith 20. Darel Russell 19. Simon Lappin
14. Wesley Hoolahan
16. Chris Martin 9. Grant Holt

Substitutes:
34. Jed Steer (GK) 2. Jon Otsemobor 5. Michael Nelson 8. Stephen Hughes 17. Tom Adeyemi 24. Anthony McNamee 27. Cody McDonald


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12 December 2009 : Stockport Suffer Takeover Rejection
League One side Stockport County are believed to have suffered a blow in their plans to complete their long-running takeover saga that would take them out of administration. The Hatters went into administration almost eight months ago and during the majority of that time, a consortium headed by former Manchester City player Jim Melrose has been battling to take control of the club.

Time has continued to tick slowly on without any firm outcome, with administrators Leonard Curtis at times expressing their own concerns over the speed of the takeover. Now into the eighth month, rumours are circulating based upon radio reports, that the Melrose Consortium bid has fallen through. At present neither Stockport County nor Leonard Curtis have provided any official statement. The rumourmill suggests that the Melrose Consortium are disputing the legal fees that Leonard Curtis have racked up over the period, and that there are also issues with the footballing authorities not happy with the lack of cashflow forecasts that are required to prove that they can operate the club on an ongoing concern.

There are also suggestions that the Hatters have downgraded plans to returf their pitch, after a series of postponements over the past few weeks that have seen three County games and one Sales Sharks rugby match being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Their game against Charlton Athletic is expected to survive the weather this afternoon, but they've had to suffer the embarrassment of conceding home advantage by switching their FA Cup Second Round tie against Torquay United to Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose ground this coming Tuesday on the basis that there is doubt that their pitch can survive two matches in three days. Current rumours are that rather than returf the affected area of Stockport's pitch, it will merely receive a spot of patching up on a far more minor level during the seven days that the Hatters and Sale Sharks are not using the pitch.

Speculation is that if Stockport have not exited administration by the end of this season, they stand to be expelled from the Football League. It should be stressed that there is no official confirmation of this deadline.


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12 December 2009 : Skivo Previews The Norwich Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's match against Norwich City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Fielding questions from BBC Bristol reporter Geoff Twentyman, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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11 December 2009 : Under 18s Get Late Switch
Further to our earlier article, tomorrow's game against Plymouth Argyle is back on. The game will now be a home fixture played at Carey's Field, Sherborne. Kick off is 11.00a.m.

Update: Confusion reigns. The official site is now suggesting that Argyle aren't involved at all and that it's now merely a trial match between two mixed Yeovil sides. Game still on and being played same venue, same time.


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11 December 2009 : CoE Venue Change For U15s/U16s
If you're involved in the Yeovil Town Under 15s/16s combined team that is due to play Exeter City tomorrow morning, be warned that there is a late change of venue.

The match will not be played in Sherborne and will instead be played at Exeter's Cat and Fiddle Training Ground in Clyst St Mary, EX5 1DP.

Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. - those involved directly in the game should either get to Huish Park by 8.30a.m. or to Clyst St Mary by 9.45a.m.


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11 December 2009 : Five Alive For FA Cup Coverage
Five FA Cup Third Round matches will now be broadcast live, as the Football Association ups its own internet coverage of such matches. League One side Tranmere Rovers are the main new beneficiary in our division, with their home match against Wolverhampton Wanderers being added to the growing schedules. This game will be shown on the FA's website on Sunday 3rd January 2010, with a 6.15p.m. kick-off.

ITV have already selected Reading vs Liverpool for Saturday 2nd January 2010, along with with West Ham United vs Arsenal plus Manchester United vs Leeds United on the Sunday.

A fifth broadcast fixture sees Bristol City vs Cardiff City switched to the Saturday lunchtime for live coverage on the FA's website.

For FA Cup ties, clubs being broadcast live over the internet will receive £72,000 each, whilst those broadcast on mainstream television will receive £144,000 each.

Upcoming Live Broadcasts For League One/Two Clubs:
03/01/2010 : Manchester United vs Leeds United (1.00p.m., ITV1, FAC3)
03/01/2010 : Tranmere Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (6.15p.m., FA Website, FAC3)
25/01/2010 : Charlton Athletic vs Leyton Orient (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL1)
01/02/2010 : Bury vs Rochdale (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL2)
08/02/2010 : Colchester United vs Southend United (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL1)


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11 December 2009 : Bowditch Relishing His Own 'East Anglian Derby'
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch admits that he is probably looking forward to tomorrow's match more than any of his current team-mates. The 23 year old made his debut for Ipswich Town against Norwich City all the way back in March 2003 when he was just 16 years old, playing at Carrow Road in his first professional game.

Dean spent 12 years at Portman Road, including seven as a professional, with Ipswich his one and only permanent club before last summer's move to Huish Park, and so grew up with the East Anglian derby game as being the highlight of his season, no matter what level he was playing at. With that firmly in his blood, Bowditch told BBC Somerset that the game tomorrow means that little bit extra to him:

"I've always loved playing against Norwich, throughout the youth team (at Ipswich Town) and then into the first team. I remember making my debut against Norwich and things set off from there. I can't wait to play against them as it's an extra little bit for me. They're flying as well and they're one of the top teams in the league but hopefully we can get a result against them. I can't see why not."


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11 December 2009 : Plymouth Argyle vs Youth Team is OFF
Yeovil Town's Youth Team were due to play Plymouth Argyle tomorrow in a Youth Alliance League match. That match has been postponed, although no reason has been stated.

The Glovers aren't having much luck in playing Argyle this season, with the Youth Alliance Cup game against Argyle having already been called off twice. That game is currently Yeovil's next scheduled fixture, with the Youth Team now taking a break from competitive games until January 2nd. If anything changes to that effect, we'll give publicity to any games inserted during the Christmas period.


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11 December 2009 : Capital Glovers Pre-Christmas Meet-Up Tonight
A reminder to any of you who may be living, working or just passing through London and the South-East tonight, that the Capital Glovers are having their pre-Christmas get together tonight. Choose from any or all of the six pubs on show in the London Bridge area to help them get into the Christmas spirit, before you meander your way to your last train home singing a medley of 'Jingle Bells' and 'Yeovil True'. Full details, via the link below, and everyone is welcome to come along.

Link: Capital Glovers Christmas Pub Crawl.


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11 December 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Norwich City Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their final home league match before Christmas tomorrow when Norwich City are the visitors to Huish Park. This is the second time that the Canaries have come down to Somerset this season, having already knocked Yeovil out of the Carling Cup back in August.

It's odd to think that Norwich's 4-0 win over the Glovers cost former Canaries manager Bryan Gunn his job! OK, so the 7-1 defeat against Colchester United three days previously may have had more significance, but that was Gunn's last game, and he was replaced by Paul Lambert, who defected from Colchester, much to the Essex side's public displeasure.

Whatever compensation the Canaries end up having to pay for Lambert - the matter is still under dispute - they will consider it to be money well spent if Norwich can gain promotion. Having not won in their opening three matches, including that 7-1 defeat, the only two sides to have beaten Norwich since then are Milton Keynes Dons and Leeds United and they are currently on a run of nine wins in their last 11 matches, including 4-0, 5-1 and 4-1 results that have now wiped out that ugly looking goal difference, replacing it with a positive one of 18, with 42 goals scored in the league already.

A total of 19 goals for Grant Holt, 11 for Wes Hoolahan and 10 for Chris Martin in all competitions make it clear where their danger men are, and there will be few Glovers fans who will need explaining the sort of danger Holt poses, with the former Rochdale and Nottingham Forest target man having been a bit of a nemesis over the years. His hat-trick in August in the Carling Cup added to that reputation.

The Canaries go into the match with a number of long term absentees, with Michael Spillane (hamstring), Owain Tudur Jones (groin), Declan Rudd (knee) all missing, whilst Luke Daley has suffered a thigh injury in training this week and has joined them on the treatment table. Matt Gill and George Francomb are both back in training following their recent injuries, although are not expected to feature tomorrow.

For the Glovers, only Aidan Downes is listed as a known absentee for tomorrow's match, although he too has confirmed he is back in training, albeit with a significant rehabilitation time required. Both substitutions in last weekend's match at Milton Keynes Dons were tactical, as Dean Bowditch managed to get through 70 minutes of football, and he would be expected to start against a club who he saw as his 'local rivals' for many years as an Ipswich Town player.

Assuming no niggles being kept quiet by manager Terry Skiverton, the only dilemma for the Yeovil boss is whether he continues the diamond formation (4-1-2-1-2) he successfully adopted at Milton Keynes or whether he reverts back to the 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 formation that has been largely successful in home matches. With the last home match against Walsall having been a bit of a miserable experience, the diamond formation would seem the more obvious choice, particularly with Bowditch proving that he is capable of starting matches, as he recovers his match fitness.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow with tickets available on the day of the game. If you want to avoid the matchday surcharge, then purchase your tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or in person before 6.00p.m. tonight.

Link: Skiverton Confident Of Glovers Improvement.

Link: Officials for Yeovil Town vs Norwich City.


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11 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Bah, Humbug!
The final home match before Christmas, and Taff is here to give you seasonal cheer in his own unique way. Aside from considering the terrors and pitfalls of Christmas shopping, the Norwich City game is previewed, including what Taff would do for tomorrow's team selection and tactics. Read on, via the latest Taff's Gloversblog article, captured via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Bah, Humbug!


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11 December 2009 : Future Of Quartet To Be Known 'Within A Week'
The future of Yeovil Town's quartet of players whose contracts expire at the end of the month will be known soon. The Western Daily Press indicates that decisions relating to Jean-Paul Kalala, Andy Lindegaard, Terrell Forbes and George O'Callaghan "should be decided within a week".

All four were placed on half season deals, with those contracts due to expire on or around December 31st, meaning that the club have the right to release them, and conversely the players have the right to choose to sign for other clubs. At present, talks with all four are ongoing, but with just three weeks to go, no firm news has been forthcoming.

The future of loan pair Alex McCarthy and Shaun MacDonald is also far from certain. Reports suggest that December 22nd will be MacDonald's last day at the club, having used up the maximum 93 days allowable for his 'emergency loan'. McCarthy's loan expires in January, although no precise date for the expiry has been made public to our knowledge. Skiverton suggested to the WDP that he was going to have to bide his time over the future of both players:

"Shaun goes back in two weeks and there are ongoing discussions about trying to extend it. But nothing can be done yet because you do not know what is around the corner. Swansea have been fantastic so far and fingers crossed we can extend with him and Alex."

MacDonald would appear likely to miss the home match against Wycombe Wanderers and the away game at Swindon Town at the very least, assuming the loan rules have not changed this season in that respect. Yeovil's main hope would be to try and negotiate a half-season loan with Swansea City, but it is possible that the Championship side may want to keep their options open until the back end of January.

Skiverton admitted that there could be other clubs willing to take on MacDonald or McCarthy in January, adding:

"There have been lots of people coming down to watch us with our loanees, lots of players have been enhancing their reputation and we are working as hard as we can and diligently as we can to keep these players on longer-term loans."


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11 December 2009 : Downes Hopeful Of January Return
Yeovil Town winger Aidan Downes is hoping to return to the first team squad around the end of January, assuming all goes to plan. The former Everton player has been out since pre-season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, compounded by a shoulder dislocation, but he now believes he can see the light at the end of the tunnel after completing a couple of weeks training with the Glovers.

Downes had originally been expected to return sometime around February, with most cruciate knee ligament injuries putting players out for six to eight months, but he has told the Western Daily Press that considering all that he's gone through that things are going well:

"I am ahead of schedule, as I am four months in and it normally takes six to eight months to recover. I am delighted with the way it is going. Obviously it happened to me with the other knee before, so I had been through the process already and I knew how to cope with it."

Downes said that he had used his experience of recovering from a cruciate injury in his other knee to keep his spirits up, although matters were complicated by an infection in his knee following his initial operation that stopped him going in for a second operation to get his shoulder fixed. The 21 year old Dubliner admitted it had been tough going, but that the past fortnight has been a welcome surprise for him:

"After all the months out it has been terrible, but I have been back a few weeks, kicking balls and doing cardiovascular work. It was a surprise to be back as I was not supposed to be and it was meant to be in training with no contact. But when Jonesy invited me in, I was pleased and the gaffer thought it went well, which is the main thing. I want to get a good few weeks under my belt before I get into any first team action, so that will be the main thing."


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10 December 2009 : Skiverton Confident Of Glovers Improvement
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton hopes his side have progressed and learned a lot since they last played Norwich City. The Glovers suffered their heaviest home defeat for eight years when the Canaries knocked them out of the Carling Cup in August by a 4-0 scoreline.

The Canaries are the visitors to Huish Park on Saturday in a League One fixture and will be hoping to repeat their early season result that saw a Wes Hoolahan penalty and a Grant Holt hat-trick seal victory for the Norfolk side.

Since then, they have climbed the League One table, and lie in third spot on 38 points - an impressive achievement considering they lost their opening fixture by a 7-1 scoreline, just before the trip to Huish Park. Skiverton recognises that the Canaries have improved since August, but considers that his own side have upped their game as well:

"You have got to respect Norwich. They are on a fantastic run of form at the moment and you only have to look at the table to see just how well they are doing. Hopefully we have learned a lot since the last time we played them. I would like to think I have and I would like to think the players have. Hopefully we can give them a good game and erase the memory of our home defeat against Walsall. Hopefully the weather and conditions will be better and we can get the ball down and play football the way we like to play."


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10 December 2009 : Caulker Stars In Spurs Cup Victory
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Steven Caulker featured for Tottenham Hotspur's Under 18s side on Wednesday night as they beat Wigan Athletic 1-0 in the FA Youth Cup. The Third Round match saw Harry Kane hit the only goal of the night.

Caulker was back with Spurs under the terms of his Youth Loan agreement and he partnered Nathan Byrne at the back with the Spurs official site describing Caulker and Byrne as "majestic at the heart of our defence". Brentford's John Bostock was another loan player co-opted into the Spurs side for the game that was played at Wigan's DW Stadium.

Spurs dominated possession throughout the game, and with Caulker and Byrne in fine form throughout, the home side's few chances to break through and force an equaliser proved fruitless, in what was described as a "composed, professional display" and a "comfortable victory".

Caulker's appearance in Spurs colours was the second instance of a Yeovil Town loan player returning to his parent club this week, with striker Jonathan Obika also spending midweek with the Premier League club.

Link: Obika Scores For Spurs Reserves.


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10 December 2009 : BBC To Launch Midweek Football Show
The BBC are launching a new weekday night football programme aimed at featuring clubs in the Football League. Entitled Late Kick Off, the show will launch on Monday January 18th starting at 11.15p.m.

The show will be regionalised across seven different areas of England to allow the BBC to focus in on their local clubs, and for those who live outside the regions or miss the show, the BBC iPlayer will come to your rescue.

The designated regions for the show will be North West; North East and Cumbria; Yorkshire and Lincolnshire; West and East Midlands; the East; London and South East and finally South, West and South-West. Obviously Yeovil Town will fall into the South, West and South-West region.

BBC Regional Controller David Holdsworth has said of the programme:

"Late Kick Off is good news for Football League fans who'll get to see more of their local teams on television but in a way they may not have seen before. They'll get to see the goal action but we'll also examine stories and issues of the day from a different perspective, providing high quality sports journalism. Added to that we will be going behind the scenes at the clubs giving an insight in to what really goes on, with access to players, managers and backroom staff."


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10 December 2009 : Club Shop Stays Open Late Tonight
A reminder for those planning their Christmas shopping, that the Huish Park Club Shop is staying open for additional hours tonight. The store will stay open until 7.00p.m. tonight and also next Thursday.


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9 December 2009 : Bircham In Temporary Charge At QPR
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Bircham has been placed in joint temporary charge of Championship side Queens Park Rangers. Along with Steve Gallen, Bircham will be in charge of first team affairs for the immediate future, following manager Jim Magilton's suspension today at Loftus Road for an alleged incident involving one of his players after Monday night's defeat against Watford.

Whilst the incident involving Magilton is being investigated, backroom staff John Gorman and Keith Ryan appear to have backed Magilton over the allegations, centring around midfielder Akos Buzsaky. As a result, Gallen and Bircham, who currently head up Rangers' Academy, have been placed in charge of first team affairs.

Bircham returned to Loftus Road over the summer, following his retirement from football, due to his ankle injuries, aggravated whilst he was with Yeovil Town. He is their Assistant Academy Manager, with Gallen his senior, and was recently interviewed by the Football League, making the headlines for introducing a rule that barred the club's Academy players from wearing coloured boots, in part because it allowed the opposition the chance to pick a particular player out more easily.

Those who recall Bircham's blue and white mohican at Loftus Road, or his infamous black tights at Huish Park may roll their eyes at the idea of Bircham telling junior players to be more anonymous and less flashy. At the time he spoke to the Football League, he explained that he wanted to see a return to a few old-fashioned principles:

"The players (in the academy) have to do jobs like clean the senior prosí boots Ė things that I had to do when I started as a youth player here, back in 1994. Academies have stopped doing that sort of thing, but we think it gives players a sense of discipline. We have some old-school ideas Ė like punishments for lateness and insisting they do jobs like cleaning Ė backed up with state of the art coaching techniques."

Unless QPR sort out their problems with Magilton, or Gorman and Ryan back down, it is likely that Gallen and Bircham will get their baptism of fire next Monday night, when they will be attempting to thwart the might of West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns in a match that is live on Sky Sports.


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9 December 2009 : FA Agree New Four-Year Broadcast Deal
The Football Association have announced a four year broadcasting deal with Satellite and Cable channel ESPN. The deal replaces the now defunct agreement with Setanta Sports and will start for the 2010-11 season and continue through until the 2013-14 season.

From the start of the 2010-11 season, ESPN will show up to 25 FA Cup matches per season, including one Semi-Final match and a shared broadcast of The FA Cup Final (on both ESPN and ITV). ESPN will televise two matches in The FA Cup First and Second Rounds (plus up to two replays per round), three matches from the Third to Fifth Rounds (plus up to one replay), two Quarter-Finals (plus up to one replay) and one Semi-Final for each of the next four seasons.

The deal is in addition to ITV's current broadcasting deal, which runs until the summer of 2012. The ESPN deal also includes the rights to England Under-21s home fixtures as well as the Womenís Super League, which is due to launch in 2011.

The Football Association themselves still plan to continue broadcasting games live over the internet, after they stepped in to fill the gap caused by the collapse of Setanta. The FA state that they "will continue to broadcast one or two games per round up to the Fifth Round via TheFA.com and will continue to host games online in the future as the project expands".

ITV will continue to have the broadcasting rights for all England home qualifying matches through until the end of the 2011-12 season as well as home and away friendly internationals. Sky Sports has the rights to broadcast The FA Community Shield and The FA Womenís Cup Final until 2012. Away qualifying matches continue to be bid for with the hosting country FA on a match-by-match basis.

Whilst on the subject of live broadcasts, ITV have sorted out the full set of matches they plan to screen for the Third Round games in the FA Cup. They've been granted three live transmissions, having already selected Reading vs Liverpool for Saturday 2nd January 2010, and have followed that up with West Ham United vs Arsenal on the Sunday.

But surprise, surprise. With Leeds United having featured already in the First Round against Oldham Athletic (on the FA Website) and in two second round matches against Kettering Town, in a stunning bit of originality, ITV have decided following last night's replay against the Poppies to show them live in the Third Round as well, with Manchester United the opposition at Old Trafford on the Sunday. Add in Carling Cup, JPT and League One screenings of Leeds this season and we're in danger of reaching the point where we know the Leeds first team better than our own. The obvious implication given this morning's announcement is that if Kettering had got through, then ITV would have picked another match to broadcast.

Upcoming Live Broadcasts For League One/Two Clubs:
09/12/2009 : Millwall vs Staines Town (7.45p.m. FA Website, FAC2R)
03/01/2010 : Manchester United vs Leeds United (1.00p.m., ITV1)
25/01/2010 : Charlton Athletic vs Leyton Orient (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL1)
01/02/2010 : Bury vs Rochdale (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL2)
08/02/2010 : Colchester United vs Southend United (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL1)


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9 December 2009 : Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Tickets prices for the Leyton Orient away match are now available. The game takes place on January 2nd 2010, at the 'Matchroom Stadium' aka Brisbane Road. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20; Concessions: £13

Concessions are defined as Over 65s, Under 18s, Students with valid ID, Unemployed with proof of benefit receipt, current serving members of the armed forces with proof of affiliation and wheelchair and ambulant disabled.

Assistants for disabled supporters are admitted free of charge. However, all disabled supporters' tickets must be booked in advance from Leyton Orient Ticket Office on 0871 310 1883.

The away support is accommodated in the south end of the East (Main) Stand at Matchroom Stadium, with 1,459 places available. There are no matchday surcharges and in fact it's not 100 percent clear if the Huish Park Ticket Office are doing any advance sales at all. The only definite requirement is for advance disabled bookings.

Link: Ticketing for Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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8 December 2009 : Obika Nets Another For Spurs Reserves
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Jonathan Obika netted for Tottenham Hotspur Reserves this afternoon in a friendly match. The match at Spurs Lodge saw the home side beat Grays Athletic 5-2.

The non-league side led 2-1 at the break, with Giovani dos Santos having netted Spurs' opening goal. The same player got a second in the following 45 minutes, with another from Roman Pavlyuchenko to put Spurs in front.

Obika then "powered home" Tottenham's fourth, according to their official site, followed by a penalty from Anton Blackwood. There's no mention of his teammates Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker featuring in the match. The tendency has been for Yeovil's loan trio to return to London when they have gaps in their first team playing duties, and Mason and Caulker started Saturday's match at Milton Keynes Dons, whilst Obika came on as a substitute at stadium:mk.


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8 December 2009 : Tomlin Happy To Take On Deeper Role
Yeovil Town striker Gavin Tomlin has said that he was more than happy to play the role he took on during Saturday's match against Milton Keynes Dons. The Londoner was placed 'in the hole' in a diamond formation as the link-up between the Glovers midfield and striking pair - a position that Ryan Mason has tended to hold for much of this season.

Tomlin paid back the faith in his selection in that position by laying on assists for Dean Bowditch and Shaun MacDonald, and did enough to land himself in the Team of the Day in the News of the World. Tomlin told BBC Somerset that it was a position he'd occupied when he first arrived at the club:

"It's a role that I played when I was first signed by Russell (Slade). He brought me in to play just behind the strikers. I can do both roles, because when I do play up front, I often drop into the deeper positions anyway. So I can play both roles."

Tomlin admitted he was bemused over the failure of referee Paul Tierney to give Dons central defender David McCracken a red card for his first half foul on Dean Bowditch and felt that the referee's explanation of why he didn't send McCracken off was rather vague:

"Dean has got played through again. The first guy has challenged him and he's jumped that one and then the second guy (David McCracken) has just taken him out. He hasn't got the ball. I thought it was just inside the area and he was the last man, but then the referee turned around and said that the 'last man' rule doesn't count anymore or something like that. I'm not quite sure on that. It must be a new rule, and maybe I need to read the FA manual! But yes, I thought it was a definite sending off."

Tierney is correct (in a ham-fisted way) that there is no such thing as the 'last man' rule in place. The actual rule is "denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the playerís goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick". The 'last man' rule has tended to become one adopted by the likes of Sky Sports as a more simplistic explanation or interpretation of the rule. We covered the rule in detail on this site after the Southend United match - see here. Even though Tierney is right in that there is no 'last man' rule, there is a 'denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity' rule and really his explanation to the players should have covered why he felt the tackle on Bowditch did not meet that criteria, rather than using pedantry to respond to the players. It's a shame that neither the BBC Sport website nor the Glovers Player package include this key incident in their highlights package to enable Glovers fans to cast their judgement via a side-on view and the use of slow motion replays, rather than the view behind the goal that those travelling had.

Whilst on the subject of David McCracken, the central defender has actually been banned for Milton Keynes Dons' next match. The yellow card that referee Tierney actually did wave at him was his fifth of the season, and so he has landed himself a suspension for one match anyway.


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8 December 2009 : Roberts Gets Millers Extension
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has impressed his new club enough to win a contract until the end of this season. Roberts had effectively been on trial at the Don Valley Stadium whilst on a month's contract, but after five appearances, League Two side Rotherham United have extended his deal to run until next summer. The Millers are currently third in the League Two table and therefore in one of the automatic promotion slots.


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7 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: MK Dons 2 Yeovil 2
Following a fairly dramatic 2-2 draw at Milton Keynes Dons, Taff provides another blog entry reviewing the weekend just gone. Unsurprisingly he considers the topics of new formations, and managers ranting about referees amongst other issues.

Read on, and feel free to give your own views on the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: MK Dons 2 Yeovil 2.


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7 December 2009 : Capital Glovers Christmas Pub Crawl
The Capital Glovers have finalised their pre-Christmas drinks plans for those in the South-East or London who want to help celebrate the time of the season with a mini pub-crawl.

This year the London Bridge area has been chosen for the event, with Friday 11th December the night in question.

They will be in the first pub for half-seven and on the go until the last Capital Glover is left standing and no doubt singing renditions of 'Yeovil True.' Join them for all, most, or just part of the evening. All are welcome - even if you are not a Capital Glover and just happen to be passing.

The route plan is as follows, with links to the pubs in question:

1. Royal Oak Ė Tabard Steet
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/2814/Royal_Oak/Borough

2. Lord Clyde Ė Clenham Street
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/53/5373/Lord_Clyde/Borough

3. Charles Dickens Ė Union Street
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/70/7025/Charles_Dickens/Southwark

4. The Rake Ė Winchester Walk
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/30/30491/Rake/London_Bridge

5. Market Porter Ė Stoney Street
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/43/433/Market_Porter/London_Bridge

6. Shipwrights Arms Ė Tooley Street
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/36/3657/Shipwrights_Arms/London_Bridge

Hope you can make it! There's an event on facebook in case you want to join the Capital Glovers on there:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216640473145&index=1


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7 December 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Norwich City have been announced. The Glovers play the Canaries for the second time this season on Saturday 12th December at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The man in charge for this fixture will be referee Craig Pawson (Yorkshire). The one and only occasion that we've experienced Mr Pawson was the February 2009 fixture against Peterborough United - Russell Slade's last game in charge and a 3-1 win.

Apart from being on a high after that result which may have affected our mood, our view of Mr Pawson was a positive one, even going so far as to recognise his performance later on in the week on this news page as "excellent". Given our Ref Rants are even more common than Terry Skiverton's own displeasure at match officials he clearly stood out on the day.

Mr Pawson's career high so far was refereeing the Conference National Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium in May 2008 between Cambridge United and Exeter City. He is a relatively new official at this level, having only been promoted during the summer of 2008, hence why our paths have not crossed too often. Given the performance of referee Paul Tierney at Milton Keynes Dons last Saturday, fingers crossed Mr Pawson receives more kind remarks from us after the Norwich game.

Mr Pawson will be assisted by John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Stephen Child (Kent). The Fourth Official Adam Watts (Worcestershire).

Link: February 2009 : Peterborough United 1 Yeovil Town 3.


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7 December 2009 : Ince Slams 'Diabolical' Defending
Milton Keynes Dons manager Paul Ince felt his side's second half performance on Saturday could have won them the game, but slammed their first half defending, describing it as 'diabolical'. The Dons drew 2-2 against Yeovil Town, but conceded within 33 seconds of the game started and let in another later in the half, as Dean Bowditch and Shaun MacDonald netted for the Glovers.

Ince told BBC 3 Counties Radio that he had a problem with the gaps Yeovil were able to expose through the middle of his defence, and the way his team started the match:

"I felt that in the second half we should have won the game, because we had more than enough chances. But I'm more disappointed with the things that we've worked on this week. You just can't throw them away after 30-34 seconds. Letting people get in between the two centre-halves - and we're talking about two experienced players here - the defending today was diabolical."

Ince also admitted that central defender David McCracken could have seen red midway through the half when he upended Bowditch just on the edge of the box, only for referee Paul Tierney to dish out a yellow. Ince felt that was another instance where his side had been carved open:

"It happened twice because there was the one where Cracks (David McCracken) could have got sent off. And they scored another goal. So I'm disappointed with that. I felt that we defended too deep in the first half which allowed them to get in behind our lines. After the first half, I gave them a rollicking and told them to defend higher up the park. We did that in the second half and we looked a better side. we got real close to each other and pressed and packed them. We won out headers at the back apart from a couple of skirmishes in the last seconds, but in the second half it was all about us."


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6 December 2009 : The Fastest Glovers In The West
Yesterday, hopefully any of the 341 spectators who travelled to the match against Milton Keynes Dons managed to make it to their seats before Dean Bowditch netted Yeovil Town's opening goal. The match ended in a 2-2 draw and led to the question of whether that was the fastest goal the Glovers had scored since entering the Football League.

The answer to that question, can be found via the link below, with a summary of the fastest eight goals scored since the summer of 2003.

Link: The Fastest Glovers In The West.


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5 December 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game
Following this afternoon's match against Milton Keynes Dons, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions coming from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview, including his full thoughts on referee Paul Tierney, can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game.


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5 December 2009 : Youths 0 Swansea 1 : A Bridge Too Far For Glovers
Yeovil Town's Under-18s lost by a single goal this morning to a Swansea City side that took full advantage of a gruelling fortnight for the Youth Team, who were playing their fourth match in just over a week, including a long away trip to Llanelli. They weren't helped by a pre-match injury to Rob Clowes, who had been selected as a centre-back in a 3-5-2 formation for the game, but retired before kick-off due to an ankle problem. The end result was that 3-5-2 became a 4-3-3 with plenty of unexpected shuffling of players, notably Adam Wakley and Tyler Sheppard playing as full-backs and Steve Harris in as a striker, and just three left on the bench.

The game was decided with just 15 minutes left of the game, when Yeovil conceded a corner and Swansea converted from the set piece. Defending set pieces is a problem area at present and something the young Glovers will be working on in the weeks to come.

Yeovil Town should have got themselves a penalty following Swansea's strike when Johnny Oliver went weaving in and out of the area, only to be cynically brought down inside the box. The match referee chose to play advantage - a decision that even Swansea Head of Youth Tony Pennock admitted was highly suspect - but no real advantage came of the situation and the chance for an equaliser was lost.

Despite the 1-0 defeat, the recent trio of friendlies seemed to represent a bridge too far for many of the players who looked a touch jaded on the day. They weren't helped by the lack of experience in the team - Clowes' injury meant that only Rhys Baggridge and Tyler Sheppard were left of the club's set of apprentices, with the majority of the team made up of part time second year players, Under 16s, plus Under 15s player Aidan Chainey and trialist Adam Cleary. Given the unexpected personnel change and formation change just before kick-off, the performance was pleasing, even if the end result wasn't.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 0 Swansea City U18s 1.

Yeovil Town: (4-3-3)
Ryan Peacock
Adam Wakley, Rhys Baggridge, Sam Ford, Tyler Sheppard
Tom Gallagher, Tom Hopkins Aidan Chainey
Corey Lewis, Steve Harris, Adam Cleary

Substitutes: Johnny Oliver, Sam Lanahan, Lloyd Matthews.


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5 December 2009 : Skiverton Lets Rip At Dons Referee
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has ripped into this afternoon's referee Paul Tierney after his performance in the 2-2 draw against Milton Keynes Dons. Skiverton was left fuming after the Lancashire official failed to give Dons defender David McCracken a red card after a cynical challenge on striker Dean Bowditch right on the edge of the box.

Referee Tierney invoked fury amongst the Yeovil players and on the bench by raising a yellow card at a time during the game when the Glovers were well on top at 2-1 up. A running theme of Skiverton's post-match interviews this season have been that referees are getting swayed by bigger clubs and bigger grounds and told BBC Somerset that he felt let down by the referee:

"I'm sick of talking about referees. I think I've got to go back and understand the rules. Dean Bowditch was clear, he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper and he was about to score. He gets brought down and their man should be sent off. Everyone in the stadium was laughing and they were laughing at Yeovil Town, because it keeps happening to us as a club. Every time we come to a big place like this, we seem to keep being let down by officials. I feel we are being let down as a club - a small club in League One - we are being let down by people not brave enough to make decisions."

Skiverton even remarked that perhaps he himself was the problem in that the club had chosen not to appoint a high profile name as manager. The Yeovil boss suggested that perhaps the club would be better off firing him and replacing him with name the referees would respect:

"He (referee Paul Tierney) was giving them absolutely everything today. I don't know - maybe Yeovil should get rid of me and bring in a big high profile name, so that referees can come to these places and start giving us some decisions. I think maybe I'm too small. I don't mind playing against another team and I don't mind playing against a crowd. But when you're playing against the referee as well, that's too much against us as a small club. We're trying to compete against sides like MK Dons, who have got a magnificent stadium and have got a lot of money to spend on their team and I felt we matched them today and we should have had the advantage and we didn't."


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5 December 2009 : Youths To Catch Up Fixture On 2nd
The much delayed, and long irrelevant, Youth Alliance Cup Group Stage match against Plymouth Argyle U18 has now been rearranged for Saturday 2nd January, 2010. Originally scheduled for 26th September, and then for 28th November, Yeovil Town are already out of the competition, beaten at the first knock-out stage 6-0 by Swindon Town. Argyle are still in it, but struggling to get their second round match against Millwall played. Whoever gets through that tie will then be away to Gillingham in the third round.

The Glovers are at home, but neither venue nor kick-off time has been announced yet.


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5 December 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
For those of you who were at the away match against Milton Keynes Dons this afternoon, a reminder that your Man of the Match votes are required. Choose the three players who you felt performed best on the day, along with entertainment and performance ratings along with any comments that you wish to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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5 December 2009 : Centre of Excellence Weather Wipe-Out
For those involved in the Centre of Excellence fixtures against Swindon Town tomorrow, please do not set your alarm clocks for tomorrow morning - all matches have been postponed. The bad weather has affected all home and away fixtures for all age groups, and there will be no meet-up for the games.


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5 December 2009 : MK Dons 2 Yeovil 2 : Glovers Pegged Back After Lightning Start
Yeovil Town gained a valuable away draw at Milton Keynes Dons today as a quickfire start threatened to send them away with all three points. The Glovers netted within a minute of play starting as Dean Bowditch netted his third of the season, but Sam Baldock was equally quick off the mark giving the game two goals in four minutes. Shaun MacDonald restored Yeovil's advantage midway through the first half as the Glovers dominated, but the second period saw them pegged back, and a Peter Leven penalty tied the game at 2-2 and in the end Yeovil had to settle for a point.

Manager Terry Skiverton threatened wholesale changes, and implied he wasn't convinced about his team's ability to play with wingers away from home and he did just that, changing formation and personnel to produce a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation that at times through the movement of players tended to merge into a 4-3-3 formation, with Jean-Paul Kalala as the deepest midfielder and Gavin Tomlin often dropping deep to link between the midfield and the forward line.

Another thing that Skiverton promised to "eradicate" was Yeovil's slow starts to recent games. It's doubtful though whether he quite preplanned the kind of response that he got - Dean Bowditch netting just 33 seconds into the match from just inside the box, after a long Alex McCarthy kick was chested down by Sam Williams into the path of Gavin Tomlin, who instantly thread Bowditch with devastating results.

An equaliser wasn't far behind though, and the Dons found it just four minutes into a crazy start to the game. Threading the ball down Yeovil's left side, Aaron Wilbraham cut the ball through to Sam Baldock and he shot an angled drive home past Alex McCarthy to level the scores.

Overall though, the Glovers were firmly on top, and they took the lead with a superb piece of counter-attacking 17 minutes into the match. Gavin Tomlin's run up the centre, saw him slot the ball wide to Shaun MacDonald, and the midfielder struck a similar shot to Baldock's goal, firing across Willy Gueret to give Yeovil back the lead.

It was a lead that they certainly deserved on the first half play, with the Dons back line looking nervous and finding it hard to pick up what was pretty much four Yeovil strikers on the field of play. Centre-back David McCracken was extraordinarily lucky to stay on the field when he felled Dean Bowditch who was through on goal. One certainly for the video replays, but after the Yeovil players surrounded the referee, Paul Tierney only produced a yellow card. Had the Dons gone down to 10 men at that stage, they would have been in real problems. It was only as the half closed out that it appeared that the home side were getting to grips with the Yeovil forward line, and the Glovers definitely deserved their lead.

No big surprises that home manager Paul Ince would be reacting to Yeovil's new formation and dishing out his own instructions. Thus the second half opened with Yeovil increasingly under the cosh, and the Dons forward line threatening from a series of corners - forcing 15 of them throughout the match, but with the head of Wilbraham often failing to find direction from those set pieces.

With the Glovers struggling to get out of their own half, George O'Callaghan was introduced for Ryan Mason, giving a slightly more defensive and combative look to Yeovil's midfield, but still the Dons pressed. They got their reward that their pressure deserved on 66 minutes, although the equaliser when it came looked harsh - Terrell Forbes penalised for a foul on Aaron Wilbraham that looked from initial impressions to be a little bit of a soft decision. One for the Match of the Day coverage. Peter Leven who had crashed a header against the underside of the crossbar earlier in the second period, got the job of taking the spot kick, and as the instigator of the Dons' Armed Forces Day, it was probably appropriate that he got the reward, blasting his penalty past Alex McCarthy to level it out at 2-2.

At that stage, MK Dons could have gone on the rampage against a Yeovil side that looked to be clinging on a touch, but instead they took their foot off the gas a bit - and it was Yeovil who could have struck the winner, as a rare second half attack saw Sam Williams break behind the Dons back line and see his shot saved, and as the ball ran loose, Gavin Tomlin's shot was blocked by a defender. Right at the death, the Dons had a series of injury time corners to sneak a win themselves, but couldn't carve out the direct chances to deserve a fifth and final goal. In the end a draw was probably a fair result, with each side having dominated 45 minutes of the match, and at the start of the game, there wouldn't be too many people from Yeovil who wouldn't have taken a 2-2 draw away to a promotion-chasing side.

Link: 2009-10 League One Latest League Table.

Final Score: Milton Keynes Dons 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (0-1, 1 min), Sam Baldock (1-1, 4 mins), Shaun MacDonald (1-2, 17 mins), Peter Leven (2-2, pen, 66 mins)

Milton Keynes Dons:
12. Willy Gueret
21. Luke Howell 23. Darren Powell 5. David McCracken 3. Dean Lewington
26. Luke Chadwick 22. Peter Leven 29. Nigel Quashie 16. Jason Puncheon
9. Aaron Wilbraham 11. Sam Baldock

Substitutes:
7. Stephen Gleeson (89 mins for Nigel Quashie) 13. Mark Carrington 14. Lewis Gobern 17. Stuart Searle (GK) 24. Dean Morgan 28. Adam Chicksen 35. Martin Devaney (74 mins for Luke Chadwick)

Yeovil Town:
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
21. JP Kalala
25. Shaun MacDonald 13. Ryan Mason
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 7. George O'Callaghan (62 mins for Ryan Mason) 11. Andy Welsh 16. Scott Murray 15. Richard Martin (GK) 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika (73 mins for Dean Bowditch)

MK Dons Bookings: David McCracken (22 mins, foul), Jason Puncheon (49 mins, foul), Peter Leven (67 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (56 mins, foul), Jean-Paul Kalala (79 mins, foul)

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Assistants: Lee Collins (Surrey) and Marvin Thompson (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Gary Young (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 8,965 (including 341 Yeovil fans).


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5 December 2009 : Youth Team vs Swansea City Result
Yeovil Town's Youth Team lost 0-1 at home this morning in a Youth Alliance League match. There was a late change to the published line-up with Rob Clowes pulling out with an ankle injury and being replaced by Steve Harris who played as a centre forward in a revised 4-3-3 formation. More to follow later.


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5 December 2009 : Youth Team vs Swansea City Team News
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side are in action this morning against Swansea City in a Youth Alliance League fixture. The Glovers have opted for a 3-5-2 formation for today's game and line up as follows:

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Ryan Peacock
Sam Ford, Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes
Adam Wakeley, Aidan Chainey, Johnny Oliver, Tom Hopkins, Tyler Sheppard
Adam Cleary, Corey Lewis

Subs: Sam Lanahan, Lloyd Matthews, Tom Gallagher, Steve Harris.


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5 December 2009 : Walsall Man of the Match Result
Tuesday night's home match against Walsall was another rain and windswept night at Huish Park, and ultimately a disappointing one. A 1-3 defeat and some surprisingly fragile defending allowed the visitors to pretty much wrap the game up inside 20 minutes.

In terms of the Man of the Man voting, right-back Craig Alcock and midfielder/striker Ryan Mason didn't fare too badly. But Swansea City loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald ended up out in the lead on his own by a fair margin. Full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Shaun MacDonald 160 (11)
2 Ryan Mason 118 (5)
3 Craig Alcock 78 (6)
4 Jonathan Obika 36 (3)
5 Andy Welsh 36 (2)
6 Steven Caulker 34 (2)
7 Danny Hutchins 18 (1)
8 Terrell Forbes 14 (0)
9 George O'Callaghan 10 (0)
10 Scott Murray 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.70

Performance: 3.40
Entertainment: 4.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 30

If you're going to the Milton Keynes Dons match, the Man of the Match voting form is automatically available straight after the final whistle, so don't forget to vote when you get home.

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


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4 December 2009 : Skivo Previews The MK Dons Game
With the trip to Milton Keynes Dons taking place tomorrow, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Skivo also gave further reflection upon the midweek defeat against Walsall, whilst answering questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson.

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


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4 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Franchise Preview
All aboard for a trip to Buckinghamshire tomorrow. The Glovers face a Milton Keynes Dons side where only the last four letters betray the story that lies behind their roots. Taff picks that one apart in terms of what that means today for England's only 'franchised' club, whilst looking ahead towards tomorrow's game. Read on, in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Franchise Preview.


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4 December 2009 : Youth Team Venue Change
For those of you planning to watch the Youth Team play tomorrow, there has been a change of venue. Their match against Swansea City will take place at Somerton's ground in Gassons Lane, TA11 6HG. Kick-off remains at 10.30a.m. and all are welcome to attend.


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4 December 2009 : Sky Pick Two More League One Live Games
Two more League One matches have been selected for live TV transmission over the coming months. Charlton Athletic's home match against Leyton Orient and Colchester United's home game against Southend United have been selected to give a pair of Eastern Counties local derbies during early 2010.

In a rare drop into League Two, Sky Sports have also selected a third local derby, with Bury's home game against Rochdale selected for February 1st 2010.

In the FA Cup Third Round, Reading vs Liverpool will be on ITV1 at 5.15p.m. on Saturday 2nd January 2010. However, as yet they have not indicated who the FA's internet broadcast will feature, and the Sunday lunchtime live game remains outstanding, suggesting that ITV and the FA may be waiting on the result of a replay or two. Third Round clubs selected for live FA Cup broadcasts receive £144,000 each.

08/12/2009 : Leeds United vs Kettering Town (8.00p.m. ITV4, FAC2R)
09/12/2009 : Millwall vs Staines Town (7.45p.m. FA Website, FAC2R)
25/01/2010 : Charlton Athletic vs Leyton Orient (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL1)
01/02/2010 : Bury vs Rochdale (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL2)
08/02/2010 : Colchester United vs Southend United (7.45p.m. Sky Sports, CCL1)


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4 December 2009 : Stam Frustrated At Lack Of Lack Of Playing Time
Yeovil Town centre-back Stefan Stam admits that he has had a frustrating season so far at Huish Park. The Glovers' Team Captain has been in and out of the side so far this season, and has made just nine appearances for the Glovers, featuring in just seven out of Yeovil's 19 league fixtures this season.

Stefan has returned to fitness after a six week layoff with a knee injury, but told BBC Somerset that his frustration would remain until he got a good run in the side and could build up some better form and match fitness:

"It's just so frustrating because I hate being injured. I'd been out for about six weeks with my knee until about three weeks ago. I just hated it. I came here to Yeovil to play football and that's all I want to do. It's quite annoying, especially if you're in and out of the team, because all you want to do is to get a decent run of games. But obviously that's not going to work when you're injured. I can't stand the sight of the gym anymore, so I'm glad I'm not there. I just want to play football again."


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4 December 2009 : Skivo: Ahead Of Schedule So No Cause For Panic
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that despite two recent poor results, that he still considers that the Glovers are ahead of their targets, as they go into this weekend's match against Milton Keynes Dons. Currently the Glovers have collected 22 points from 19 games, which if projected across a whole season would give them 53 points - usually enough to guarantee League One survival.

Most importantly, a five point cushion separates them and the bottom four clubs, with the basement trio of Wycombe Wanderers, Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers currently eight points behind the Glovers and five points away from safety.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he was happy with the club's current league position, and that that there would be no panicking in reaction to the recent results:

"I think we're in front of where we thought we were going to be at the beginning of this season. We've got quite a decent points tally so far and we want to add to that. We still want to keep playing our brand of football. We're not going to all of a sudden change our way of playing and start kicking it long and panicking. We're going to stick to our principles of passing the ball and trying to create opportunities. That's all I know, and that might be a little bit naive, but that's the way that I'm going to keep moving forward and keep trying to play football, especially in front of our home fans."


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4 December 2009 : MK Dons vs Yeovil Town Match Preview : Dons Missing Top Scorer
Yeovil Town travel to Buckinghamshire on Saturday, for another League One match, with Milton Keynes Dons providing the opposition. The game will see the Glovers aiming to come back with some sort of a result, having lost their last two matches with surprisingly poor performances.

Both Yeovil and MK Dons are currently in poor form, having swapped strong October results for poor November results. In the League, the Dons are on a run of five defeats in their last six games that has seen them gradually slip out of the play-off slots. They've had no problems in scoring - it's been their defence that has suddenly let loose one massive leak, conceding 17 times in their past five matches.

The fact that they've scored 11 goals during that period as well gives an idea as to how potent they can be as a team, but until they block a hole in their back line, the best they appear to be able to hope for lately is a Kevin Keeganesque "we'll score more than you" attitude to their matches. On Tuesday they didn't, losing 3-2 at Millwall, but last Saturday they did, claiming a 4-3 victory over Exeter City in the FA Cup. Given the way the Glovers have tended to attack in games during this season, Saturday's match could easily turn into a high scoring match if an early spark sets the game off in that direction.

This season, they have largely been inspired by the firepower of striker Jermaine Easter - 13 goals in all competitions, including two on Tuesday night and another last Saturday. But 13 is an unlucky number for some, and it's definitely unlucky for Jermaine - he is suspended for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season and will sit out this match. That means they'll be relying upon Sam Baldock (6 goals), Jason Puncheon (3 goals) and Aaron Wilbraham (3 goals) for their fire power. Two that will be sat in the stands with Easter are Jude Stirling (groin) and Sean O'Hanlon (knee).

The home side have three players who they will give assessments to prior to naming their team. Defender Mathias Doumbe has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain, but was on the edge of a recall in midweek. Meanwhile wing pair Luke Chadwick and Martin Devaney were subbed in midweek due to illness but will hope to have recovered in time for the game. Devaney was once inches away from signing for Yeovil back in March 2005 only to do a last minute u-turn that left the Glovers in the lurch on transfer deadline day.

The Dons' recent poor form has even led to a couple of the national newspapers speculating that manager Paul Ince could be on his last legs, with The Times and The Mirror both highlighting their current form and drawing comparisons with Ince's ill-fated spell with Premier League side Blackburn Rovers and his sacking on December 16th last season. Neither paper provides any compelling evidence other than the Mirror's claims that Ince's relationship with Chairman Pete Winkelman "is turning sour". Whether this is some sort of informed insider knowledge, or whether it's a red-top trying to fit the story they would like to see of history repeating itself 12 months down the line, we will have to wait and see.

There's little doubt that, despite being on a similar run of form, Glovers manager Terry Skiverton won't be under the same sort of pressure to deliver, even if he will want to stop a mini-slump of four defeats in six games from turning into something more unpleasant. Given that it was only just over a week ago that the media were referencing "one defeat in nine league matches", it's extraordinary that we are now talking a run of form that reads LLWDLL and with only three goals scored during that period.

They go into the game with just the one definite absentee, with Aidan Downes continuing his recovery from knee and shoulder injuries. Jean-Paul Kalala will be a welcome return from his one match suspension for a red card. Full-back Danny Hutchins disappeared down the tunnel carrying an icebag when he was subbed on Tuesday night, although there's no mention of how serious a problem he might have. Left-winger Andy Welsh also has a slight knee injury but has been playing through it. Otherwise, there is largely the question of how much manager Terry Skiverton will choose to revamp his side to try and get them out of their current rut, with him having said earlier this week that it was open season for players to claim a place in his side, and also hints that his overall away match tactics may change.

Past meetings between the two sides do not create too much optimism for the Glovers in that they've never beaten MK Dons. That said, three draws in four matches suggest that a point from the game is a reasonable target to aim at. The one defeat was Yeovil's one and only visit to the pretentiously named 'stadium:mk' with a 3-0 defeat in September 2008 about as emphatic as you could get - Sam Baldock and two goals from Peter Leven made it a fairly miserable experience. More recently a 0-0 draw at Huish Park in March 2009 with both keepers in superb form and Gavin Tomlin having a penalty saved.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets for the match available on the day of the game. For full ticketing and travel details use the Ciderspace guide below or the associated travel links. Once inside the stadium, expect a military-themed afternoon, with MK Dons designating the fixture as Armed Forces Day as midfielder Peter Leven continues his personal crusade to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. For those not travelling, BBC Somerset will be providing their usual live match commentary on 95.5FM.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To MK Dons.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To MK Dons.

Link: GWSC Travel for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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3 December 2009 : Youth Team Injury News
The eagle-eyed may have noticed that three of Yeovil Town's Under-18s have been missing from recent matches. Goalkeeper Steve Boore, Lewis Clarke and winger Ciaran Levet are all currently sidelined due to injuries.

Steve Boore has been diagnosed with a broken thumb, having picked up the injury during the recent friendly against Bristol Rovers. He has had his thumb operated on at Yeovil Hospital and is expected to be missing for around six weeks.

Lewis Clarke is three weeks away from a return, meaning that with the Christmas break, he should be available once the league programme restarts in January. He is recovering from a stress fracture.

Finally, Ciaran Levet will shortly be travelling to Leicester for an operation that will require keyhole surgery. He is currently suffering from the Gilmore's Groin condition. Once he is operated on, he will require around three weeks rehabilitation, prior to his return, hopefully sometime in January.


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3 December 2009 : Llanelli Snatch Last-Gasp Draw Against Youths
Yeovil Town's Youth Team drew 2-2 in Wales tonight in the third of a set of friendlies arranged during a mini-break from league business. They came up against Llanelli Under 19s, and scored two goals through Corrie Lewis before the home side pulled two back. Trialist Adam Cleary, who scored against Bristol Rovers, netted twice on the night but found the offside flag denying him.

The midfield trio of Tom Gallagher, Aidan Chainey and Tom Hopkins dominated the first half, which given that Chainey still qualifies for the Under-15s side, suggests he could be a great prospect for the Youth Team, with time definitely on his side.

Llanelli dominated the second half, bombing high balls into the box and coming back into the match 20 minutes from time when an own goal saw a Yeovil defender head past his own keeper. Then in the final minute Ryan Batley's shot from 20 yards out looped over Yeovil's keeper to snatch a draw at the death, and send the majority of those at Stebonheath Park home happy. But despite the last minute equaliser, the Glovers showed up well against a side three years older than most of the Yeovil players.

Final Score: Llanelli Under 19s 2 Yeovil Town Youth Team 2.

Scorers: Corrie Lewis (0-1), Corrie Lewis (0-2), Own Goal (1-2), Ryan Batley (2-2)

Yeovil Town: Ryan Peacock, Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes, Sam Ford, Adam Wakley, Tom Gallagher, Aidan Chainey, Tom Hopkins, Tyler Sheppard, Corrie Lewis, Adam Cleary.

Subs: Conner Adams (GK), Lloyd Matthews, Lewis Morgan, Steve Harris.


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3 December 2009 : Skivo: Slow Starts Will Be Eradicated
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has insisted that his team will aim to "eradicate" the slow starts his team have been making in recent matches. Nightmarish opening periods against Gillingham and Walsall saw games ultimately lost by what the Glovers did during the opening 20-25 minutes of the game.

So far this season, the Glovers have conceded nine times during the opening 20 minutes of matches, whilst scoring just three during that period and with the large majority of football matches being decided by who scores the first goal, there are obvious concerns at such statistics. Skiverton told the Western Morning News that he wanted to see a reaction to that from his players, and that he would seek to cut it out of their games:

"It's becoming a bit of a theme and I will eradicate that. We will work on it and it won't happen again, I can assure you of that. It was a disappointing night (against Walsall) and in the end we were a bit toothless going forward as well when we were chasing the game. I thought we should have created more in the second half with the wind in our favour. At times our passing was very good but I don't want us to play attractive football and lose games. I don't want to be that sort of team."

The Yeovil boss added that he felt that some of his players were not hitting the heights that they had from earlier in the season, and again reiterated that he would seek to change the team, suggesting it was time for those players sat on the bench to get their chance to impress:

"Our start killed us, you can't give any team a two-goal cushion. You gift Walsall that sort of lead and it's very difficult to claw back. Our start has destroyed us again and there are a few players now that are not quite hitting the form that they did earlier in the season. Perhaps it's time I start looking at other players, players who are chomping at the bit to get on, and give them a chance now."


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3 December 2009 : Interview With Craig Alcock
As part of the build-up to Tuesday night's home match against Walsall, right-back and current team captain Craig Alcock was interviewed by the BBC. Taking questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Craig's pre-match interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC During The Build-Up To The Walsall Match.


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3 December 2009 : Advance Tickets For Swindon - Important Clarification
Those thinking of travelling to the away match against Swindon Town on December 28th, should note carefully some additional information concerning matchday ticketing. Supporters aged 16-20 years old will only be able to gain the concessionary admission rate of £15.00 if they purchase their tickets in advance through the Huish Park Ticket Office.

For those who do not purchase advance tickets, you will be treated as an adult and charged £22.00 - i.e. a seven pound matchday surcharge. Hence if anyone in your party falls into the "16-20 yrs" bracket, we'd recommend strongly that you buy your tickets in advance. Full pricing can be found via the link below.

Link: Ticketing for Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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3 December 2009 : Club Shop Extended Hours Tonight
A reminder for those planning their Christmas shopping, that the Huish Park Club Shop is staying open for additional hours tonight. The store will stay open until 7.00p.m. tonight and also across the following two Thursday nights. Hence if you're wanting to buy something from the club, a diversion via Huish Park on your way home tonight should give you plenty of time to sort out a few Christmas presents.


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3 December 2009 : Skivo: Players Must Earn Their Shirt Now
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has warned his players that they can not sit on their laurels, after a dip in form that has suggested a change in fortunes for the Glovers. After managing a run of just one defeat in nine league fixtures, the Glovers have found recent games less productive and have lost four of their last six games. With Milton Keynes Dons coming up on Saturday and Norwich City on the following weekend things aren't likely to get easier.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he is now having to treat team selection for Saturday's match in Buckinghamshire with a "clean slate", suggesting that any player out of form or not training well will risk losing their place in the team. The Yeovil boss insisted it was a case of doing things from scratch:

"There's no tough decisions. It's people putting themselves in the frame so that I will pick them. If you train poorly all week, then there's no decision to be made. People have got to fight for their place. We've got a good squad of players now. I'm not pushing the panic button, but people have got to come in and earn their shirt now. It's not going to be given out just because of what's happened in the past. It's a clean slate for everyone now."

In losing to Gillingham and Walsall in recent matches, the assumption may well be that an away match at promotion-chasing pair MK Dons followed by a home game against Norwich will prove fruitless. However, Skiverton pointed out that often results in football didn't go how you expected them to:

"The ones you think you're going to win, you don't win, but then the ones where you think you've got no chance you end up getting a result from. We know that they are two difficult games but we are going to go into them and be positive. We're going to pick ourselves up and we're going to go to MK Dons and give it a right good go."

Skiverton had already been suggesting that he would look to make changes due to his side's poor away form. He has again said that his side need to perform better defensively as a team:

"We'll be looking at a few things. We need to reassess a bit and make ourselves a little bit stronger defensively when we haven't got the ball. So we'll look at that but we'll look at a lot of things. As I've said before, there's a lot of places up for grabs now and there's a few clean slates for a few players."


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2 December 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog: L1: Yeovil 1 Walsall 3
Last time we spoke, poor old Taff was facing a dilemma. To indulge in a spot of midweek Walsall at Huish Park, or to put his feet up and watch the television? So did he stay, or did he go? Who made his final decision for him? And is he regretting his decision right now? Find out all the answers to that and more, via the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, available via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: L1: Yeovil 1 Walsall 3.


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2 December 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Following last night's 1-3 home defeat against Walsall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views to the BBC. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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2 December 2009 : Walsall Boss Pleased With Perfect Start
Walsall manager Chris Hutchins has praised his side for mastering difficult conditions last night, after they came away with a 3-1 win at Huish Park against the Glovers.

Two goals in the first 20 minutes threatened to kill the game off early and with the Midlands side having the wind at their backs that advantage was crucial. Hutchins told his club's official site that his side's strong start ensured they could counter-attack in the second period:

"We came out of the blocks and got two early goals and that was what we were looking for. It was a good all-round battling performance. Conditions were very difficult. We had the advantage of the wind in the first half and they had it in the second, so it was always going to be difficult but we tried to counter-attack."

With 17 minutes to go, Hutchins admitted that he made a tactical substitution to try and nullify Yeovil's attempts to get back into the game at 2-1, bringing on midfielder Josh O'Keefe in the process and he felt that change worked well for them and helped them see the game out:

"I thought we coped quite well and I'm delighted with three points because Yeovil is a difficult place to come. We changed our shape a little bit because they were causing us problems and we put Josh (O'Keefe) on and that worked quite well."


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2 December 2009 : Davies Returns To City Ground
Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Arron Davies has left his loan club Brighton and Hove Albion. The player was due to remain at the Withdean Stadium until the turn of the year, but has returned to the City Ground, having made eight appearances for the Seagulls.

Davies had been signed by former manager Russell Slade, but will now have to fight for a place in Nottingham Forest's side. Since Slade's departure from the Withdean, Arron has not played at all, with his last league game coming on the final day of October. New boss Gus Poyet has not even given the Welshman a place on the bench throughout the whole of November, and so a return to Nottingham seemed fairly academic.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton admitted that he tried to bring in Davies on loan only to find his old boss muscling in and taking him to Brighton. Since then, the Glovers have taken Swansea City's Shaun MacDonald on loan to cover a midfield position. However, MacDonald's loan deal is up later this month, with last night's BBC Somerset coverage identifying December 22nd as the Welshman's last day at the club. Yeovil won't be able to make any further loan signings until January 1st, but if MacDonald proves to be unavailable in January, then one option Skiverton would have would be a second attempt at recruiting in Davies.


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2 December 2009 : Stolcers Gets In On The Rebound For Romans
Further to our news yesterday, concerning former Yeovil Town midfielder/striker Andrejs Stolcers, the Latvian international made his debut for Bath City last night, scoring in their 5-0 thrashing of Woking, in a Conference South match.

The Bath Chronicle states that Stolcers has signed for the Romans on a non-contract basis "with a view to signing until the end of the campaign" and the game saw him coming off the bench and netting a 74th minute goal, ten minutes after he had got on the field of play, charging down a clearance from the Woking keeper and seeing the rebound hit the back of the net.

Bath manager Adie Britton has indicated that the agreement with Stolcers may not turn into a long term arrangement, but that he can see the quality that the Latvian can bring to a team at Bath's level:

"He trained with us last week and quality oozes out of him. I became aware of him through talking to an agent about available players. He is training full-time with Yeovil at the moment and wants to play and coach in this country. He's a good lad, intelligent, and can play in a number of attacking positions but we'll have to see where we go with it long-term. With a small squad, I have to be extra vigilant that anybody who comes in is going to do a job for me."


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2 December 2009 : Officials For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Milton Keynes Dons have been announced. The man in charge will be referee Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

To our knowledge, this is the first time we've had Mr Tierney as the man in the middle. Our paths crossed when he was an assistant for the April 2006 away game at Huddersfield Town that kept us in League One, whilst more recently he was the Fourth Official for the 5-0 defeat at Stockport County in the FA Cup during November 2008.

And that's basically yer lot. The reason is that he was only promoted to the Football League's referees list during the summer of 2009 and is just 8 games into his League career at that level, plus two cup matches. That's seen a fairly modest looking 21 yellows and 2 reds dished out. Most recently he took charge of Rotherham United's FA Cup Second Round match with Luton Town which ended in a 2-2 draw, and zero bookings for either side.

Last season he bowed out at Conference National level by taking charge of the Football Conference Play-off Semi-final Second Leg between Cambridge United and Stevenage Borough.

Mr Tierney will be assisted by Lee Collins (Surrey) and Marvin Thompson (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Gary Young (Bedfordshire).


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2 December 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To MK Dons
For those making the trip to Buckinghamshire on Saturday, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide to our opponents Milton Keynes Dons is available. Featuring ticketing information, directions, local facilities (or lack of) and everything else you need to know, but didn't dare to ask, the guide can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To MK Dons.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To MK Dons.

Link: GWSC Travel for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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2 December 2009 : Skiverton Bemoans Repeat Performance
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has blamed another poor start for Yeovil's 1-3 home defeat against Walsall last night. Like last Tuesday's game against Gillingham, the damage was done during the first 20 minutes of the match - this time Darren Byfield and Steve Jones were able to take advantage of charitable defending in the Yeovil penalty area to put the Midlands side 2-0 up, and Yeovil were thereafter facing an upward climb.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton said after the game that he didn't feel his side deserved anything out of the game, but that he regarded that opening period as crucial:

"I think I'm going to be saying exactly the same things as I said after the Gillingham game. If you get off to a bad start, you can't claw it back. That was the problem tonight. They had two crosses into the box early on and we didn't defend the properly. We didn't defend the crosses and stop them at source and then they weren't marked inside the box, although I'd like to see it again. I don't think we deserved anything out of the game - again. That was our most disappointing performance at home so far this season and where we should have gone on in the game and become stronger in the game, we ended up being beaten 1-0 in the second half."


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1 December 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Walsall
For those of you who had the misfortune to witness tonight's 1-3 home defeat at the hands of Walsall, your Man of the Match votes are required. Choose the three players who you felt performed best on the night, along with entertainment and performance ratings along with any comments (no bad language please!) that you wish to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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1 December 2009 : Yeovil 1 Walsall 3 : Another Slow Start Condemns Glovers
Yeovil Town crashed to their second home league defeat of the season, as clinical finishing by Walsall saw them go down by a 1-3 scoreline. In another match played in poor weather and driving rain, another poor start saw Darren Byfield and Steve Jones grab a two goal lead. Jonathan Obika pulled one back before the break, in theory setting up a grandstand second half, but Yeovil huffed'n'puffed and never really got anywhere, with Sam Parkin killing the game off a minute from time.

Two changes were made to the side that lost at Gillingham a week ago, with Jean-Paul Kalala suspended and replaced by George O'Callaghan and a tactical switch as Stefan Stam dropped to the bench for Terrell Forbes. The Glovers got off to a fairly horrendous start - with Walsall twice threatening Yeovil's goal in the opening couple of minutes, but with less than five minutes on the clock, the visitors were deservedly ahead, when a right-wing cross from Steve Jones was met by the head of Darren Byfield who had all the time and space he needed to head home, with the Glovers back line left looking at each other.

Walsall looked far more confident than their hosts, dipping chipped balls over the top of the Glovers back line and attempting to use the conditions to their advantage by running onto the loose ball. Scott Murray on his 500th career appearance threatened briefly at the other end when Clayton Ince smothered his shot, but the Midlands side only needed 20 minutes on the clock before they repeated their opening goal. Another ball in from the right flank - this time from Troy Deeney, saw Steve Jones arrive late and plant a second header past Alex McCarthy, despite the keeper this time getting a hand to the ball.

Scott Murray had another good chance to score on his milestone game, as he put an Andy Welsh crossfield pass across the face of goal. But 10 minutes after Walsall scored, Yeovil finally came to life, with a bursting run from Craig Alcock, whose inside pass to Jonathan Obika was perfect for the striker. His shot on target was saved by goalkeeper Clayton Ince but Obika was alert enough to bundle the rebound and put Yeovil firmly back into the game.

The goal put Yeovil's tails up and they finally began to play the football they had been lacking up until Obika's strike. Ryan Mason curled a shot just wide of the target as the Glovers finished the half looking far more promising. That said, Yeovil still looked wobbly at the back, giving away a few too many free kicks in their defensive third, but at least kept the gap down to a single goal, with the promise of the wind at their backs in the second period.

That second half saw Yeovil in the ascendancy albeit without creating a huge glut of chances. Walsall were living on the edge of whatever they could get away with in terms of slowing the game down, swapping players taking throw-ins and free-kicks whenever they could, with referee James Linington doing little to persuade them to speed up play, and this took away a lot of Yeovil's momentum. The lack of an electronic substitution board wasn't exactly helping the speed of the substitutions either.

Bringing Dean Bowditch and Sam Williams into play, with Andy Welsh and Jonathan Obika making way, they preserved their starting formation, albeit with an additional striker on the pitch. But the substitutions didn't really have their desired outcome, with the Glovers struggling to build up a head of steam. With five minutes left, a Ryan Mason free kick was flicked on by a Walsall head and out for a corner, and from the resultant Scott Murray corner, Shaun MacDonald couldn't get past Clayton Ince. That was to be Yeovil's best second half chance, aside from a penalty appeal after Ryan Mason appeared to be tripped inside the box.

With just a minute left of the ninety, it was two of Walsall's substitutes who proved the more effective, with Alex Nicholls outpacing Yeovil's final change in Nathan Smith and for the third time in the match, a cross in from the right found Walsall substitute Sam Parkin sliding in to finish from close range, with Yeovil's defence all at sea in the rapidly decaying weather conditions. Game over at 1-3.

The result sees Yeovil slip down to 14th in the League One table in front of their third lowest Football League crowd. Those that didn't show up didn't miss too much - the second half saw barely any chances from either side, whilst another slow start from the Glovers ultimately condemned them to their fourth defeat in their last six games. Slowly but surely Yeovil have got themselves into a bit of a rut, and with MK Dons and Norwich City the next two opponents, they will have to play well to drag themselves back into the form that they had a few weeks ago.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Scorers: Darren Byfield (0-1, 5 mins), Steve Jones (0-2, 20 mins), Jonathan Obika (1-2, 30 mins), Sam Parkin (1-3, 89 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Danny Hutchins
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 8. Keiran Murtagh 9. Sam Williams (70 mins for Jonathan Obika) 10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch (61 mins for Andy Welsh) 28. Nathan Smith (77 mins for Danny Hutchins)

Walsall: (4-4-2)
1. Clayton Ince
2. Rhys Weston 6. Emmanuele Smith 5. Mark Hughes 3. Netan Sansara
7. Steve Jones 12. Mark Bradley 8. Dwayne Mattis 20. Matthew Richards
10. Troy Deeney 27. Darren Byfield

Substitutes:
21. Rene Gilmartin (GK) 9. Sam Parkin (84 mins for Darren Byfield) 11. Alex Nicholls (88 mins for Troy Deeney) 15. Josh O'Keefe (73 mins for Matthew Richards) 16. Darryl Westlake 18. Peter Till 28. Clayton McDonald

Yeovil Bookings: Danny Hutchins (37 mins, foul)

Walsall Bookings: None.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Mark Philpott (Cornwall) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 3,508 (including 122 Walsall fans).


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1 December 2009 : Murray Clocks Up 500th Career Appearance
Yeovil Town right-winger Scott Murray is making his 500th career appearance as part of tonight's match against Walsall. The former Bristol City player has already celebrated one milestone earlier this season, having scored his 100th and 101st career goals, but tonight in what is his 13th Yeovil Town appearance he will celebrate the 500th senior match of his career.

In a career that started at Scottish side Fraserburgh, four appearances for Aston Villa were followed by two spells with Bristol City, plus games for Reading and Cheltenham Town, until he joined the Glovers in the summer. Scott made his league debut for Aston Villa back in March 1996, and is still going nearly 14 years later.

Congratulations to Scott on such a significant achievement.


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1 December 2009 : Skivo Previews The Walsall Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's match against Walsall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions asked by BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found below.

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


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1 December 2009 : Skiverton Praises Bucklers Mead Pitch
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has praised local school Bucklers Mead for helping him host training sessions on their new 3G artificial pitch. The Yeovil school only had the new surface opened last month by former Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier, and with Skiverton also in attendance at the opening ceremony, he was able to feel the quality of the surface.

With heavy rain in Somerset over the past fortnight, the club's own training pitches have been left saturated, as have many of the other local grass pitches the club have used in the past. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was grateful of the opportunity to take his squad back to Bucklers Mead School so soon after the pitch had been opened:

"It's been very difficult with this rainfall that has come down. We're struggling to get facilities at the moment, but kindly enough Bucklers Mead School have been helping us out with their 3G pitch, which is a fantastic surface, and if it wasn't for them we would be having trouble, so I would like to thank them and everybody who is helping us out. We're lucky to have such a good facility on our doorstep. It's just the pitches that are up and around that can't cope with that much rain water. But our first team pitch is fine."


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1 December 2009 : Brislington Cup Tie Gets New Date
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their Somerset Premier Cup match rearranged. The Second Round tie at home to Brislington will now be played on Wednesday 16th December at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Prices remain at £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for Under 16s and Seniors. Only the Main Stand will be open that evening.


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1 December 2009 : Get A Christmas Message In The Matchday Programme
Yeovil Town supporters can send other supporters or people at the club a seasonal message through the Matchday Programme. Once again supporter Pat Custard is organising the idea and Pat writes:

"This Christmas there is again the opportunity to send someone an extra special message, by having it printed in the match day programme against Wycombe Wanderers on the 26th of December. It can be to anyone - your friends, family or maybe the players and staff. The message will cost just £3.00.

If any exiles would like to have a message printed and also have a copy of the programme sent to them, I would be delighted to do that for them with postage at cost. Just email me at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk and we can make all the necessary arrangements. Deadline is Wednesday 16 December.

There is also a draw for a signed Yeovil Town shirt. £1.00 per entry. Again if an exile would like to take part I would forward the shirt to them if they are the lucky winner
."

For all requests and for further information, contact Pat via her email address above.


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1 December 2009 : Glovers Youth Defeat Royal Navy
Yeovil Town's Youth Team defeated RNAS Yeovilton last night in a friendly match played at Yeovilton. The Glovers got their goals through Adam Wakley and Johnny Oliver in a team made up of a mix of U18s, U16s and U15s.

The Youth Team now move on to play Llanelli Under 19s on Thursday, but they will be without goalkeeper Steve Boore. He has suffered a hand injury sustained during Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers and is expected to be out until the New Year.

Final Score: RNAS Yeovilton 1 Yeovil Town Youth Team 2.

Scorers: Adam Wakley (25 mins), Johnny Oliver (80 mins).

Yeovil Town Youth Team: Ryan Peacock, Danny Rosser, Adam Wakley, Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes (capt), Steve Harris, Tom Hopkins, Aidan Chainey, Sam Lanahan, Lloyd Matthews, Johnny Oliver, Henry Bond, Conner Adams, Andy Baker, Tyler Sheppard.


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1 December 2009 : Latvian Becomes A Roman
Former Yeovil Town midfielder/striker Andrejs Stolcers has signed a contract with Conference South side Bath City. The former Latvian international had been training at Huish Park in an attempt to earn a contract with another club, and has signed on the dotted line for the Romans, who currently lie in 14th place in their league table.


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1 December 2009 : O'Callaghan To Get The Nod Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed the earlier news that midfielder George O'Callaghan will step in for the suspended Jean-Paul Kalala tonight. The Irishman has been involved in 13 matches so far this season, but has tended to play second fiddle lately to Kalala and Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald.

Tonight, O'Callaghan will start for the Glovers, allowing Keiran Murtagh to be restored to the bench. Skiverton explained to BBC Somerset his thinking on the subject:

"I'm not going to keep it a secret. George (O'Callaghan) will come in for JP (Kalala). Keiran (Murtagh) will drop in onto the bench. There's no secrets there. George has done fantastically well and he was unfortunate to be left out of the team. But that's the way that I'm looking to do things and to pick my strongest team and my strongest midfield pairing and George has just fallen outside that bracket, but he's been knocking on the door and he's shown great attitude in the way that he's trained."

Despite O'Callaghan doing plenty of bench-warming so far this season, Skiverton felt that he had shown a patient attitude and that along with players like Stefan Stam, he was pleased that those fringe players had bided their time without showing petulance:

"They're doing it the right way. They're very professional in their attitudes. For me it's vitally important to have people like that. I think in the past we've been quite lucky in that we've had players like Scotty Guyett or Scott Murray earlier on in the season where he was a little bit in and out. So you need that. Just because you might not be playing for one month, in the next month you could be playing for the rest of the season. So that's the way we've got the squad looking at it. People are going to get frustrated, but as long as they vent it in the right way, which is to perform in training and to do all the right things, then they'll have no problems with me and I'll have no problems with them."

Skiverton added that over the coming five or six weeks, that such players would become gold dust, with the glut of Christmas holiday fixtures and the number of players stuck on four yellow cards likely to force changes in the side. The Yeovil boss also felt that some unnamed players were proving to be less effective when they played two games in quick succession and explained that he may indulge in some squad rotation to try and deal with that:

"We're going to need every single one of our players over this Christmas period, because it seems like we've got certain players in our squad that can't play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday. If you've got a home game sandwiched in between two away games, then we've not really been as fruitful in the way that we've played. Our performances have been disappointing in that second game. So I'll be using the squad a lot more now and there will be people who will play in certain games, but not in others. That's the way that we've got to try and nick a few more points away from home. I normally like to leave people in the team if the team is doing well, but whether we are doing well or not, the team need to pick up more points away from home."


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1 December 2009 : FA Cup Second Round Replay Live Matches
Live matches for the FA Cup Second Round replays have been selected for transmission. Having selected Kettering Town vs Leeds United as their live match on Sunday, ITV have decided to go for a fresh outlook to their transmissions by selecting ... Leeds United's home game against Kettering Town. Having already selected Leeds United for their First Round match against Oldham Athletic and with live matches in the JPT, Carling Cup and League One, it's good to see the live broadcast payments being spread around the Football League's member clubs evenly.

The other match, which will be streamed on the FA's website, is Millwall's home replay against Staines Town. The two match schedules are as follows:

08/12/2009 : Leeds United vs Kettering Town (8.00p.m. ITV4)
09/12/2009 : Millwall vs Staines Town (7.45p.m. FA Website)

The live FA broadcast fee is £36,000 per club and winning clubs will also receive £27,000 from The FA's Prize Fund.


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1 December 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Walsall Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Walsall in League One at Huish Park tonight, with both sides coming into the game in relatively good form. On a night where there is a full league programme, Yeovil's opponents lie in 9th place in the League One table, and theoretically could end the night in a play-off spot if they were to win in Somerset and have a few more results go their way.

They lie four places and five points above Yeovil, and are in steadily improving form, with four wins and a draw in their last six league matches. The fly in the ointment for them was Saturday's FA Cup Second Round exit at the hands of Brentford - a 1-0 defeat at Griffin Park that represented the first time they'd failed to score a goal in a game since October 10th. With firepower from the likes of Darren Byfield and Sam Parkin it's not too surprising that Walsall are scoring plenty of goals recently, although it's actually the lesser known names of Steve Jones and Troy Deeney who are currently topping their scoring charts with eight and six goals to their name respectively. Jones in particular has netted five times in their last six league matches and is another striker with bags of experience.

In terms of availability, the only two players missing for the visitors are midfielder Richard Taundry (hamstring) and full-back Jamie Vincent (calf). The idea of Vincent going missing won't surprise too many Glovers fans who remember him. He notched up a grand total of zero appearances for Yeovil Town's first team during the second half of the 2005-06 season - if you happened to see either of his Reserve Team appearances then consider us impressed. The other player with Glovers connections is Rhys Weston - another full-back. He was subbed due to cramp in Saturday's FA Cup defeat, but is expected to recover. Weston was a trialist during the 2006-07 season but in the end wasn't offered a deal.

For the Glovers, they go into the game just missing long term injury victim Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) and the suspended Jean-Paul Kalala. The latter's midfield place will be taken by George O'Callaghan, but otherwise manager Terry Skiverton has a full squad to select from. His only dilemma comes with a fairly unimpressive first half performance against Gillingham that saw Yeovil's midfield badly over-run. The post-match views from Skiverton implied that he saw it as a problem specific to away days, suggesting that he will largely keep faith with the formation and personnel that started that game.

The press have been highly positive in emphasising that up until last Tuesday's defeat at the Priestfield Stadium, that Yeovil were on a run of one defeat in nine league games. However, the Glovers have just wobbled a touch in the past five matches - three defeats in the last five in all competitions and just two goals. With the likes of Milton Keynes Dons, Norwich City and Swindon Town coming up during December, as well as a gruelling trip up to Hartlepool United coming up, Yeovil could do with a win before the media start emphasising the other side of the coin.

The game kicks off at 7.45p.m. tonight, and tickets are available right up until kick-off from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. Don't forget to head via the Huish Park Club Shop before heading into the ground to take advantage of their one day sale. If you can't make the game, then BBC Somerset will have live commentary broadcast on 95.5FM with coverage due to start just after the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Walsall.

Link: Skivo Warns Of Hard Games To Come.


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