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31 December 2011 : Skiverton Presents January Recruitment Plan To Board
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has sat down with the club's Board of Directors this week, with the aim of laying out his plans for the January transfer window. The Glovers boss has six immediate concerns, in needing to resolve the future of some of his players, the majority of whom have deals run out after Monday's match against Exeter City.

Left-winger Alan O'Brien was left entirely out of today's squad, which brings into question whether his current deal will be renewed, whilst right-back Kerrea Gilbert is the other permanent squad member who needs a new contract for the New Year if the Glovers are to retain his services.

In addition, Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin's current deal runs out on January 3rd, along with Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford's whose latest extension also ends on the same day. Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika's half-season deal is also expected to run out around the same time, whilst the Glovers have until January 14th to make a decision over Hornets striker Gavin Massey.

The Glovers have already shown the door to winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie and midfielder Flavien Belson, who come off the club's payroll tonight, meaning that Skiverton is looking to rebuilt his squad a touch, particularly with his side stuck in the relegation zone for the turn of the year.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after today's defeat against AFC Bournemouth, Skiverton said that he had put forward to the Board details of what he wanted to do during the coming month:

"We're working as hard as we can. I sat down with the board this week, and I've put across my targets of players that I want to bring in, to help the squad get to where we've got to get to. They've been quite accommodating with that. So we'll see in these next coming weeks who we bring in. There's a couple of positions that I'm really looking for, that will definitely strengthen us in the right areas."

With the club having suffered three defeats in their last four matches, and having returned to the bottom four, Skiverton added that speed was of the essence, but that he wanted to make sure he brought in the right sort of player:

"As quickly as possible, but we need to make sure that the (other) clubs are in agreement. We've been speaking to a couple of people. We just need to make sure that we bring the right ones in. We're open for anything (in terms of a loan or permanent signing). We're open for business. A lot of teams are looking to do a bit of business, and we'll be no difference, because we're not quite getting there (with results) at the moment."


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31 December 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City
No sooner do we play one match, we have another League One game coming up fast on the rails. The Bank Holiday Monday trip to Exeter City will be a chance for supporters to stretch their legs a bit after the New Year celebrations. The Ciderspace guide has had some minor tweaks - we've already played the Grecians at St James Park this season - to include the latest ticketing and travel, plus all the usual advice on directions, parking, pub guides and club statistics. Head via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup - The Return Leg.

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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31 December 2011 : Skiverton Frustrated As Glovers 'Freeze' At Home
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes his players are freezing at home, and says he has a stronger squad than the one he had last season. The Glovers slumped to their eighth home defeat of the 2011-12 season this afternoon, via a 1-3 reverse at the hands of local rivals AFC Bournemouth, to end 2011 on a miserable note.

Having run League One leaders Charlton Athletic so close on Boxing Day, Skiverton said after today's match that he was disappointed with his side's 'flat' performance:

"We are freezing in home games but I truly believe we are going to get what we aim for. What we can't do is follow such a good performance against Charlton, when maybe we should have got something, and then fall flat (against Bournemouth). We gave two goals away and that left us with a mountain to climb. But we are in a better position than this time last season and I believe I have a better group of players this year."

The Glovers boss also admits that his side are far too inconsistent, pointing out the run the Glovers had around November that saw them secure one defeat in eight League One fixtures, before then losing three home matches in a row:

"I look at the goals, and they are terrible goals to concede. We're still in amongst a group of teams that are fighting for their lives, but we've got to give more than that, especially in the first half. I'm mindful of it, because we're capable of it. Before that Charlton defeat we were on a run in the league of something like one defeat in seven or eight. So we're capable of going on those runs. But there just seems to be a pattern where it's all set up for us to really get something, and then we don't deliver on what we're seemingly going to produce."


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31 December 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Bournemouth Interview
Just before kick-off in this afternoon's match against AFC Bournemouth, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's pre-kick-off thoughts are captured via the link below.

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


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31 December 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Bournemouth
If you watched this afternoon's 1-3 home defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Note that with another match taking place on January 2nd, we need all votes to come in as quickly as possible - the deadline will be 3.00p.m. on Monday, when the Exeter City match kicks off.

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


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31 December 2011 : Yeovil 1 Bournemouth 3 : Cherries Cruise To Win Over Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to their eighth home defeat of the 2011-12 season this afternoon, as local rivals AFC Bournemouth gained a comfortable victory at Huish Park. First half goals from Steven Gregory and Wes Fogden made it far too easy for the Cherries, and although a Paul Huntington second half header briefly gave the Glovers some hope, the game was deservedly won through Charlie Daniels just eight minutes later as Yeovil finished 2011 in the bottom four, slipping another place in the League One table.

The Glovers went into the match having to make two changes to their starting line-up, with Ed Upson and Paul Wotton both suspended for two games over the New Year period. In came Kieran Agard and Conor Clifford, with a bit of formation shuffling; the midfield diamond got ditched for a 4-3-3 line-up, with Clifford asked to play the holding role, whilst Jonathan Obika provided the fulcrum of a three man attacking line-up.

The opening 45 minutes were awful from a Glovers point of view. They fell behind with just six minutes gone, as the Cherries dominated proceedings. Steven Gregory picked the ball up in the centre of midfield, and was able to breeze his way through the centre, firing home from 20 yards out to open up the scoring. 0-1 down and the worst possible start.

Things didn't get much better, with Bournemouth well on top during the first half, despite losing captain Adam Barrett to a hamstring injury midway through the half. They duly extended their lead 26 minutes into the half, when they forced a corner, and from Marc Pugh's delivery, Shaun MacDonald headed on, and the Glovers defence seemed to stand and admire Wes Fogden coming in to prod the ball home.

Yeovil's only high point of a poor first half was from a Gavin Williams free kick - his delivery found Bondz N'Gala, whose header struck the woodwork and came flying back out, with Darryl Flahaven perhaps getting a touch. All in all though, the Glovers were guilty of giving the ball away far too cheaply, whilst Bournemouth were over-running them in midfield throughout.

Conor Clifford's role as the holding midfielder just wasn't suiting him, and with him having been booked for a late foul on Marc Pugh after he'd given the ball away to the Cherries winger, he was replaced by Steve MacLean, heading straight down the tunnel five minutes before the break. In fairness to Clifford, he had cleared one effort off the line just before he was replaced - stopping Michael Symes from getting a third goal before the break.

The second period started marginally better, although with Bournemouth looking comfortable in what they were doing. At the other end Rene Gilmartin saved well from Wes Fogden, whilst Michael Symes had a couple of attempts that went wide. The Glovers did get themselves a lifeline though, with 66 minutes gone, as a Paul Huntington header pulled the game back within Yeovil's reach, from a Gavin Williams free kick. 1-2 and although not particularly deserved, it was game on.

For eight minutes, suddenly Bournemouth looked a bit edgy, and Yeovil had some attacking intent. But intent was all that it was, and they were still showing huge holes in midfield, despite switching to a 4-4-2 upon Steve MacLean's arrival. Bournemouth's left-back Charlie Daniels made a forward run, and then cut in from the flank, riding three or four tackles-that-weren't-tackles before firing home and restoring the visitors two goal advantage.

That was it. Game over, and in all honesty, Bournemouth could have created an embarrassing scoreline, with Michael Symes missing another great chance as his downward volley bounced over the crossbar. Then substitute Harry Arter, who replaced Shaun MacDonald to a generous applause, fired just wide of goal. In the final minute, Glovers substitute Gavin Massey almost grabbed a consolation, as he tried his luck from 20 yards, but the ball went just over the bar.

The defeat sees the Glovers slip a place in the League One table, and with eight home defeats in 13 matches this season, it's not too hard to work out where Terry Skiverton's side need to improve. There have been too many poor performances at Huish Park this season. Just as the Glovers were spirited and skillful against Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day, they were poor against the Cherries. But the end result was the same on both occasions, and a few changes need to be made to the current squad if Yeovil are to climb out of this.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Scorers: Steven Gregory (0-1, 6 mins), Wes Fogden (0-2, 26 mins), Paul Huntington (1-2, 66 mins), Charlie Daniels (1-3, 74 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
6. Dominic Blizzard 37. Conor Clifford 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andrew Williams 29. Jonathan Obika 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 9. Steven MacLean (40 mins for Conor Clifford) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey (80 mins for Kieran Agard) 23. Billy Gibson

AFC Bournemouth:
23. Darryl Flahavan
18. Simon Francis 3. Steve Cook 5. Adam Barrett 11. Charlie Daniels
12. Wes Fogden 16. Shaun MacDonald 19. Stephen Purches 15. Steven Gregory 7. Marc Pugh
24. Michael Symes

Substitutes:
1. Shwan Jalal (GK) (46 mins for Darryl Flahaven) 8. Harry Arter (72 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 14. Lyle Taylor 28. Warren Cummings 40. Stephane Zubar (20 mins for Adam Barrett)

Yeovil Bookings: Conor Clifford (21 mins, foul), Dominic Blizzard (67 mins, foul), Max Ehmer (71 mins, foul), Bondz N'Gala (83 mins, foul)

Bournemouth Bookings: None.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Andrew Rodda (Devon) and David Woolford (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Attendance: 5,632 (including 1,943 Bournemouth fans)


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31 December 2011 : Roberts Given 18 Month Stags Deal
Conference National side Mansfield Town have completed the signing of former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts on a free transfer. Despite having been sacked by the Glovers, Rotherham United and Port Vale over the past few years for disciplinary matters, the Stags have given him an 18 month contract, just four days after the Valiants had suspended him for turning up on their training ground in what manager Micky Adams described as 'in a state'.

Whilst Vale never explicitly described what the disciplinary issue was that led to them firing Roberts, his problems with alcohol make it fairly clear what Adams was referring to. Despite the latest incident at Vale Park having only happened on Wednesday, Mansfield have been happy enough to give him a contract until the summer of 2013.

Stags manager Paul Cox has told his club's website he is surprised to get a player of his calibre to sign for a Conference National club:

"I have kept an eye on Gary for some time, but never thought we would be able to bring a player of his quality to this level of football. Technically, he is a very gifted footballer."

Roberts will make his debut for the Stags on New Year's Day against York City, assuming they can get his registration papers through in time.


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31 December 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against AFC Bournemouth. Suspended midfield duo Ed Upson and Paul Wotton are replaced by Conor Clifford and Kieran Agard in the side, which points to a formation change for today's match.

The extra striker on the pitch strongly implies that the Glovers will abandon their diamond formation, with a number of potential options available to the Glovers. On the bench, Curtis Haynes-Brown and Billy Gibson benefit from the absentees as they gain places in the squad, although left-winger Alan O'Brien drops out entirely.

The full line-up (with a formation that may vary) is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
37. Conor Clifford 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 9. Steven MacLean 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey 23. Billy Gibson

AFC Bournemouth
23. Darryl Flahavan
18. Simon Francis 3. Steve Cook 5. Adam Barrett 11. Charlie Daniels
12. Wes Fogden 16. Shaun MacDonald 19. Stephen Purches 15. Steven Gregory
7. Marc Pugh 24. Michael Symes

Substitutes:
1. Shwan Jalal (GK) 8. Harry Arter 14. Lyle Taylor 28. Warren Cummings 40. Stephane Zubar


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31 December 2011 : Skiverton Expecting Cherries To Kick On In New Year
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes his side are coming up against an AFC Bournemouth side who have got ambitious plans after the turn of the year. The Cherries have attracted new investment in the past couple of months from Russian businessman Maxim Demin, who has been the biggest of a number of backroom changes at Dean Court, and made his money in the petrochemical industry.

Demin is now co-owner alongside Cherries Chairman Eddie Mitchell after Directors Jeff Mostyn and Steve Sly sold their shares in the club to the Russian, whilst they have also brought two new directors onto their board - one of whom will represent Demin's interests as the south Dorset side look to change direction.

The Cherries recently had a bid of £500,000 for Swindon Town striker Matt Ritchie turned down, and are aiming to snap up Crawley Town striker Wes Thomas for £170,000 and Wolves midfielder Scott Malone for £150,000, with talks ongoing with Brighton and Hove Albion for their defender Steve Cook. However, they can't complete any of those deals until the New Year sees the January transfer window open.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was aware of Bournemouth's ambitious plans, and believed that even without that incoming investment that the Cherries were on an upward curve:

"Bournemouth beat us quite convincingly in the cup earlier on in the season, and it was a little bit similar to when we played them in the cup the last time before that. But I think they're getting ready to kick on now.

I think there might be investment in their football club that is just around the corner, and they're looking to push on. There's a few things happening in January for them. With us, we're coming up against a decent side that struggled at the start, but have then have picked up a run of form. So it's a tough game for us
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30 December 2011 : Vale Terminate Gary Roberts' Contract
League Two side Port Vale have this afternoon confirmed that they have terminated the contract of former Glovers midfielder Gary Roberts. As reported earlier today, his exit from Vale Park appears to be linked to his ongoing alcohol dependency issues, although the Valiants have not at any stage confirmed this explicitly.

In a statement on their club website, Port Vale manager Micky Adams has indicated that the Valiants had offered him a chance to help him with his personal issues, but that the continuation of the problems meant that he had to terminate the player's contract:

"Clearly, this is the second serious incident within a few months and this behaviour is not acceptable and cannot continue. Although Gary has talent on a football pitch, we have given him numerous second chances off it in addition to offering him help with his personal issues. Footballers are role models and their responsibilities extend far beyond the pitch. Therefore, we have been given no other option but to terminate his contract immediately."

With Roberts now having been sacked by Yeovil Town, Rotherham United and Port Vale, for what appears to be identical reasons, you'd not expect another club to be in a hurry to take him on. However, Adams had indicated in The Sentinel newspaper that Conference National side Mansfield Town were lining up to take him on, presumably as soon as the January transfer window opens. Good luck to the Stags - they'll need it.


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30 December 2011 : Midfield Dilemmas For Cherries Visit
Yeovil Town go into tomorrow's League One home game against AFC Bournemouth with their squad four players light, as they prepare for two fixtures inside three days around the turn of the year. Manager Terry Skiverton will need to make significant adjustments to the centre of midfield with Paul Wotton and Ed Upson starting a two match suspension, whilst Kerrea Gilbert sits out his second match of a three match ban. Finally, striker Oli Johnson has returned to Norwich City, as reported on Boxing Day.

Otherwise the Glovers have no reported injury concerns, meaning that the main question will be how Skiverton restructures his midfield line-up. One possibility is to keep the current diamond formation, by using Dominic Blizzard as a holding midfielder, and bringing in Conor Clifford as one of two central midfielders. However, with Flavien Belson having already been told he can leave the club, that then leaves the question of how the other two positions will be filled, with two from Gavin Williams, Anthony Edgar and Billy Gibson likely to be utilised.

The other alternative is for Skiverton to select a flat 4-4-2, using Blizzard and Clifford as a central pairing, allowing Alan O'Brien to be recalled as a left-winger, and then a variety of options available in the right-wing slot, including Gibson, Williams and Gavin Massey.

Bournemouth have got rather serious injury news, with striker Charlie Sheringham missing tomorrow's match after suffering a foot injury, although despite him leaving their Boxing Day clash against Brentford on crutches, they were happy to report no bones had been broken. Shaun Cooper will be out with a thigh injury suffered two weeks ago, whilst Scott Malone (hamstring), Joe Partington (ankle) and Nathan Byrne (ankle) are all other players who will sit out this game as longer term injuries.

Defender Mathieu Baudry (hamstring) is back in training but they do not expect him to be ready, whilst Mark Molesley has missed all training sessions since Boxing Day and so is a major doubt. Striker Wes Thomas is temporarily back at Crawley Town due their loan agreement with the Sussex club ending, and will only return when the January transfer window opens.

However, the Cherries will see Harry Arter return to their side following suspension, whilst former Glover Shaun MacDonald made his comeback from injury on Boxing Day, getting through 65 minutes without a reaction to his long running toe problem, and so will almost certainly start at Huish Park. They also have Michael Symes and striker Steve Fletcher (hamstring) back in training along with defender Adam Barrett (hamstring).

This is a match that has historically tended to go with the home side, with Bournemouth yet to win at Huish Park in the Football League. In fact you have to go back to the days of the old Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, to find a competitive fixture in Yeovil that the Cherries have won - a February 1968 match that saw them win 2-1 at the old Huish ground.

On the flip side, Bournemouth have won four out of the last five matches between the two clubs, with only a last minute Shaun MacDonald goal stopping the Cherries from gaining all three points when the clubs met in April 2011. This season saw Yeovil well beaten in the Football League Trophy, even if the 3-2 victory implied a tighter contest, with the home side 3-0 up just 30 minutes into the match.

Despite a fairly lengthy injury list, that has dogged them for the majority of the 2011-12 season, Bournemouth have been quietly climbing away from the foot of the table, having started the season in the relegation zone. They've managed four wins in their last seven matches and overall have lost just three times in their last 14 fixtures - a substantial turnaround for a club that lost six out of its opening seven matches. As a result they're now in 15th place in the League One table, and seven points ahead of the Glovers, who dropped back into the relegation zone on Boxing Day.

Saturday's match kicks off at 1.00p.m. with tickets available on the day, from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday tariff. If you can't make it to the game, then be aware that BBC Somerset commence their live commentary at 12.55p.m. tomorrow, so tune in on 95.5FM for that. In addition, you can expect us to be on Twitter throughout the day, so follow us on that, and send us your views.

Link: Cherries Fans Barred From Beer Tent.

Link: MacDonald Times Comeback Ready For Huish Park Return.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.


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30 December 2011 : Gary Roberts Turned Up For Training 'In A State'
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts reported for first team training at Port Vale 'in a state' according to his manager Micky Adams. The Valiants boss doesn't detail exactly what he means by that, but given that the 24 year old has openly admitted alcohol addiction problems it's not hard to imagine what that might entail.

Having been suspended for a second time by Port Vale during 2011, Roberts now seems likely to be sacked by a third club, with the Glovers and Rotherham United both having torn up his contract due to disciplinary issues believed to be related to alcohol. Adams has told their local paper The Sentinel that he had turned a blind eye to certain situations, but felt it had gone too far:

"Unfortunately, Gary's got demons. They surface from time-to-time and if you swallow it and let him get away with things, which I've done at times, then it's not fair on the rest of the group. When you come into a training ground in a state, and he was in a state, he's testing me and the courage of my convictions while the rest of the players are looking at me. It was a bridge too far I'm afraid."

Vale's club statement issued yesterday suggested there was an 'investigation' ongoing into what had happened. Adams said that the issue was more one of due legal process, suggesting that it would be more a matter for discussion between Port Vale's legal representatives and the Professional Footballers Association as to what happens next:

"There's no investigation, it's just a matter of waiting until we can do things correctly. I can't say a great deal yet. But I can say Gary has let himself and everybody else at the football club down. Whether we see him again will be another matter, but I need to go through all the legal processes first. I need to discuss it with the likes of the PFA and certainly from a club perspective."

It would seem likely that Roberts will be fired by Port Vale, provided the offence meets the relevant contractual and employment law criteria. However, Adams reveals that Conference National side Mansfield Town are already looking to take him on, suggesting that this one may be curtailed rather more swiftly.


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30 December 2011 : Cherries Fans Barred From Beer Tent
Tomorrow's League One encounter between Yeovil Town and AFC Bournemouth will see restrictions upon away supporters entering the Hospitality Marquee. As with a small number of the club's higher profile league fixtures, the venue more popularly known as the 'Beer Tent' will be open to those supporters carrying tickets for Home areas of the ground only.

Cherries fans should note this means that this means there will be no alcohol on sale at Huish Park to away fans, whilst the nearest pubs are a reasonable walk away. A set of directions and recommended pubs are linked below. For those arriving by coach, probably The Bell or the Brewsters pub the Airfield Tavern are the two options we'd suggest within walking distance of the ground. Otherwise, there are a number referenced that lie on the edge of town.

A reminder that tomorrow's League One match kicks off at 1.00p.m.

Link: Directions To Huish Park And Pub Guide.


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30 December 2011 : Stech Looking For Route Out Of Hammer Horror
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Marek Stech looks to be trying to find a route out of Upton Park as he searches for more first team football. The West Ham United keeper believes a contractual clause involving his former club Sparta Prague is proving a barrier to his career progressing, with Sky Sports suggesting that this will kick in once he makes his fifth appearance for the Championship side.

Stech has so far played three times for the Hammers - all in the Carling Cup during the 2010-11 season, with his last game coming during October 2010. Since then his five game loan period with Yeovil Town has been his only sight of first team football, and he told Czech Republic sports website isport.blesk.cz that he believed he was being held back to avoid that stage payment kicking in:

"I still can't play because of that money. It is unpleasant and has been going for a year. I'm trapped. (West Ham) don't have a reason to keep me because of the clause. Perhaps they might even be happier if I moved elsewhere. I don't want to mention the figure, but my feeling is it is not a big sum for West Ham. I think the fee is not too big and it makes me feel sorry because I like West Ham. This is my fifth season here and I have always been happy here."

Stech is hopeful of gaining a six month loan deal with another club to resolve his situation, and believes two Championship sides were interested in taking him on. He was asked where the most interest lay, and cited Ipswich Town and Burnley as his most likely destination:

"Ipswich Town, but more clubs have called me. Anyway, Burnley are keen to sign me. I've already played a game in their reserves. Two weeks ago they played at West Ham and I discussed it with their goalkeeper coach. He said there was interest. In January it would most likely be for a six-month loan. Then I would have one year left on my West Ham deal and at such situation you usually open talks over a new contract or move on."


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30 December 2011 : Glovers Fans Group Launch Charity Kit Collection Scheme
Yeovil Town's Away Travel Club collective are looking for Glovers fans to provide old football kit to help charitable causes. With Christmas having seen many fans get new kit as presents, it may be a good time to get rid of the old out of the cupboards, and provide a donation to Kits4Causes - a registered charity set up to recycle wasted, unused and derelict kits and equipment and use them for educational and awareness programmes for children in Africa.

The campaign is being co-ordinated by former Yeovil Town striker Chris Giles, who is now club captain at Salisbury City. Gilesy is working with a British charity called Afrikit, who via the Kits4Causes campaign will unwanted football kits to the most deprived areas in Africa. Along with their partners they try and help as many people in Africa address social issues such as HIV/AIDS, post-war community reconstruction, education and many more social initiatives through the power of football.

The Kits4Causes campaign will accept any of the following in good clean condition:

• Football Shirts - All types (replica, amateur team etc.) regardless of age or size.
• Football Shorts
• Football Socks
• Football Accessories - Shinpads etc.
• Football Boots
• Football equipment - bibs, training jackets etc.

If you think you can help, please bring along old kit to the Beer Tent at Huish Park on matchdays, and ask for Mark Kelly if it's not obvious where to deposit your old kit. Any further enquiries drop Mark or ourselves an email.


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29 December 2011 : Mason Agrees Lions Loan Deal
Championship side Millwall are to take former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason on loan when the January transfer window opens. The Lions are also taking striker Harry Kane from Mason's parent club Tottenham Hotspur - a player Glovers boss Terry Skiverton had been thought to be chasing until he went on loan at League One rivals Leyton Orient in January 2011.

Both players have agreed half-season loans with Millwall, and will sign their deals on January 1st. Lions boss Kenny Jackett believes that Mason's loan experience with Doncaster Rovers, will mean he is already able to drop into their side:

"Both are attacking players. Harry (Kane) is a goalscorer and Ryan (Mason) is a very creative player with experience of playing in the Championship for Doncaster. I do think that our goalscoring options, which do need to improve, will be helped by the acquisition of these two players."

Mason, now 20 years old, totalled 20 appearances and one goal for Doncaster, across three loan spells gained since his 2009-10 stay in South Somerset, punctuated by a couple of injuries.

Meanwhile winger Andros Townsend - another former Glovers loan player from White Hart Lane - agreed a new contract with Spurs just before Christmas. The 20 year old has signed a new deal that will keep him on their payroll until the summer of 2016, suggesting that they see him as a player that is capable of making the grade at first team level.

In addition to his time at Huish Park, Townsend has had loan spells with Millwall, MK Dons, Ipswich Town, Watford and Leyton Orient, and scored his debut Spurs goal in January 2011 when he played in their FA Cup Third Round match against Charlton Athletic. He has also become a regular in Tottenham's Europa League side this season, playing in six matches, scoring against Shamrock Rovers earlier this month.

Townsend is also expected to spend the second half of this season out on loan - Sky Sports claim that Leeds United, Millwall and Leicester City are lining up to take him on in January.


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29 December 2011 : Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup - The Return Leg
With Yeovil Town due to play Exeter City in a League One match next Monday, it is of course time for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy to be contested once again. So far, the Glovers have held the trophy on every occasion, but with the last match earlier this season going to penalties, and the Grecians supporters on home soil, this one is likely to be the hardest one to predict so far.

Supporters Team organiser Chris Burke is on the look-out for any supporters who may be interested in taking part. Drop him a mail at chrisburke_11@hotmail.com with your contact details if you're able to wear a pair of boots for a good cause.

The return fixture this year will be on Monday 2nd January 2012 and will be played at the following address:

Address: Topsham Town FC, Coronation Field, Topsham Road, Topsham, Exeter, EX2 7DT.

Kick off is at 10.30a.m. and obviously spectators are welcome to come along - although bring plenty of loose change (and notes if you're feeling generous) as they will be raising money for charity. They will hopefully have someone selling merchandise at the game. So far the two Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup matches have made in excess of £1,000 in aid of the Adam Stansfield Foundation so any players or spectators turning up for the game will be helping a great cause. One of the Grecians organisers says:

"The ground is on a good bus route being served by the K and T buses which run from Exeter City centre and stop right by the entrance to the ground. The number 57 to Exmouth also servies this stop. Topsham Railway station is about a 15-20 minute walk, just get off the train and walk over the level crossing and down the road to the mini roundabout and turn right and carry on along Topsham road under the M5 and its on the right. There is also some parking available at the ground."


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29 December 2011 : Port Vale Duo Resign Over Blue Sky Affair
League Two side Port Vale have seen both their Chairman and Chief Executive resign in the wake of the ongoing situation at Vale Park. The pair have stepped down within the space of days, following fans protests that stemmed from the club's collapse of their deal with American artificial turf company Blue Sky International. The company also has a commercial agreement with Yeovil Town that was set up in October 2011.

Vale have issued a statement this afternoon indicating that a Board meeting on December 28th saw their other directors vote for Chairman Miller to step down, and for his remuneration package, which included a fixed salary, to be ceased at the end of December. Miller was the party who had introduced Blue Sky International to English football clubs, and had been strongly criticised by supporters groups and local newspaper The Sentinel for accepting a salary package, and for obtaining a board position without having purchased shares at the club. However, he still remains as a Director on the club's board, meaning that Vale fans are unlikely to be wholly satisfied by the outcome of today's news.

Miller's resignation follows Chief Executive Perry Deakin's decision to step down, and is due to leave the club at the end of February 2012, following a three month notice period. Deakin has blamed Miller for getting involved in the Blue Sky deal, claiming that he had no intention of becoming a board member, but felt obliged to accept shares that were apparently to be purchased for him using money obtained as part of financial input from the American company. As he explained to The Sentinel, once the BSI deal collapsed, so did the basis upon which he was elected to the board:

"It was at the chairman's request that I accepted shares purchased by Blue Sky - a condition of the deal was that I joined the board. When it collapsed I was left completely exposed. Blue Sky didn't come through with the money and it looked like the shares were never going to be bought. But they were never going to be issued as nil-paid shares on the basis that Blue Sky were going to pay for them. At the end of the day I'm an employee of Port Vale and all I had was a salary. I don't own any shares. I'm not criticising members of the board because this was a condition for the deal, but this is one of the major issues why I decided to resign. I don't feel I misled the fans because I was told what to do, and it was in the best interests of the club."

Just before Christmas, The Sentinel newspaper exposed the reality of the agreement that Vale had with Blue Sky, indicating that despite the deal having been badged as being worth £5 million in the first 12 months, rising to £8 million overall, the most that Port Vale could hope to receive from BSI was £500,000, with even that only coming in after the League Two side had delivered a profit from the development of other projects, including work on their Lorne Street Stand and Robbie Williams Suite, which was to be funded by other means. Even that 500K investment is now dead in the water, with Blue Sky pulling out of the deal in a public row between their owner Hank Julicher and Vale pair Deakin and Miller.

Unsurprisingly the exposure of the detail of the Blue Sky contract led to various Port Vale supporters groups calling for the heads of Miller, Deakin and Vice-Chairman Mike Lloyd. Speaking at the time, Malcolm Hirst of North London Valiants accused the club of issuing a false statement to pacify fans concerned over Vale's financial position:

"The original presentation from the club said this deal involved an £8m investment with £5m to come in during the first 12 months. Fans will feel let down now it transpires that no up-front money was coming to the club, and even the money Blue Sky was due to invest would only have happened once they had made money from the projects. It feels like the announcement was only made to pacify fans who were concerned about the deal."

There's little doubt that this won't end here. Miller, Deakin and Lloyd remain as Board members at Vale Park, and so whilst the first two will shortly come off the payroll, it's unlikely that this will be seen as enough to satisfy Vale fans who believe that Miller and Deakin were elected to the board under false pretences.

Yeovil Town's agreement with Blue Sky International is on a slightly different basis in that there are no plans for the company to take shares in the club. The plan is for the club to be given a new artificial pitch, worth up to £750,000, with a further £500,000 set aside for pre-season tours in North America and the Caribbean over the next ten years. There's been no reaction from Huish Park to the saga that has unravelled at Vale Park.


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29 December 2011 : MacDonald Times Comeback Ready For Huish Park Return
Just as Yeovil Town prepare to face AFC Bournemouth on New Year's Eve without two of their key midfielders in their starting line-up, so they come up against one of their former favourites who used to be tailor-made for slotting into those positions. Welshman Shaun MacDonald, who had five loan spells with the Glovers, but in the summer signed permanently for the Cherries from Swansea City for a fee of £80,000. A revamped Yeovil Town midfield, minus the suspended Paul Wotton and Ed Upson, will have the responsibility of silencing him.

Since his arrival at Dean Court, things haven't gone too well for the Welsh international, with a toe injury keeping him out for three and a half months, and until Boxing Day he had only played four times for his new club. However Shaun has timed his return from injury rather well, playing the opening 65 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Brentford on Monday, and he has told Bournemouth's club site that he was glad to be back on the pitch for the first time since mid-September:

"It has been disappointing to be out for so long, so I was delighted to be back out playing. I have been out for quite a while and I think there is a lot more to come from me. I need to get sharper, and I'll get that by playing, so hopefully in the next few games I can improve. The toe feels fine now, so hopefully it's onwards and upwards for me."

The last time MacDonald scored at League One level, he was busy silencing Cherries supporters, as his 90th minute header grabbed a last gasp 2-2 draw at Huish Park back in April 2011. He said he was looking forward to the match, and hoped to get on the scoresheet again:

"I'm looking forward to going back because I had some good times there, but I'm playing for Bournemouth now and I want to do well for us and get the win. I scored in the last game between the clubs at Huish Park, and it would be nice to get another one this time for Bournemouth."

The match between Yeovil Town and AFC Bournemouth takes place this coming Saturday, 31st December, at Huish Park, and is a 1.00p.m. kick-off.

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Huish Park Christmas Holiday Opening Hours.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.


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29 December 2011 : FA Confirm Midfield Duo Suspensions
The Football Association have now confirmed that Yeovil Town will be without three of their players through suspension for their next two League One matches. The Glovers will have to make do without midfield pair Paul Wotton and Ed Upson for the next two matches, whilst right-back Kerrea Gilbert continues the second and third games of his existing three match ban. They'll miss the home match against AFC Bournemouth on New Year's Eve and the away game against Exeter City on January 2nd.

This news has been expected since Boxing Day when both Upson and Wotton picked up yellow cards in the 2-3 home defeat against Charlton Athletic. Those were their 10th yellow cards of the 2011-12 season and with the FA now confirming that to be the case, they incur an automatic two match ban.

On the plus side, the cut-off point for suspensions for players receiving five yellow cards is fast approaching. Players will only receive a suspension for accumulating that tally up to and including December 31st. This means that as long as Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard avoid a booking on Saturday, they will pass through that point without being hit with a ban - both are currently on four bookings. Players merely receive a written warning from the FA thereafter.

The cut-off point for ten bookings is rather less generous, with all players passing through that barrier up to and including the second Sunday in April incurring an automatic two match ban. There is no cut-off point for any player reaching 15 bookings - an automatic three match ban will be incurred. If any players reach 20 bookings in a single season, they will be required to attend a meeting of an FA Regulatory Commission, who will decide what punishment is necessary on a case-by-case basis.


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29 December 2011 : Football League Show On The Way Out
The BBC's Football League Show appears to be on the way out at the end of this season, according to national newspaper reports. The future of the show has been cast into doubt over the Christmas holidays, when the Beeb failed to schedule a programme for Boxing Day, with a search through the listings showing that it would not return to our screens until Saturday 14th January - thus missing four consecutive sets of scheduled Football League fixtures.

National paper The Mirror says that whilst the show will eventually return, they have been given the nod by an unnamed 'insider' who has claimed that this will be the show's final season:

"This will be the last season the BBC broadcasts the Football League Show. It is coming to the end of a three year contract and it will not be renewed."

Main show host Manish Bhasin tweeted earlier this week that the loss of the programme over the Christmas period was a "budget decision". He responded to rumours that the show had already been canned, and whilst he denied that was the case, he did make clear that the only commitment was until the end of the season:

"Not sure where these rumours have come from but the Football League Show has NOT been scrapped! It's on until May and who knows maybe even longer, but the next FLS is not until January 14th, with a Carling Cup Show on January 10th. I feel your frustration believe me."

Many supporters have complained about the quality of the punditry on the show during the seasons that it has been on, with former Weymouth manager Steve Claridge getting a high proportion of the criticism from fans (and not just Yeovil fans, we might add!) However, the show has been still better than ITV's The Championship, which had a nasty habit of entirely missing out goals and games in League One and League Two. Sky Sports used to do a Monday night Football League Weekend 2 programme to complement their Friday night preview programme, but that has been replaced by a Netbusters programme that sacrifices any commentary or analysis for backing music, making it more of a video montage than a serious highlights programme.

The Mirror goes on to claim that the likely cancellation of the show is caused by the BBC needing to cut their sporting budget by 15 percent, as part of the organisation's austerity measures that were highlighted earlier this month with the BBC Trust review of BBC Local Radio services. There is much speculation of the BBC withdrawing entirely from bidding for TV football packages, leaving ITV and Sky Sports to fight over what is left.


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28 December 2011 : Gary Roberts Lands In Trouble Yet Again
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has fallen foul of a club's disciplinary code yet again. The 24 year old Port Vale player was already on the transfer list at Vale Park following a September 2011 issue that had seen him suspended by the club for 14 days, after he failed to turn up for training, and then reported in unfit to train on the following day.

Vale boss Micky Adams transfer-listed him as part of the outcome of that disciplinary hearing, although the dust had died down enough by the tail end of October for him to make a further two starts and two substitute appearances for the Valiants. His last appearance for the club came on November 22nd, and tonight, their club have put out a statement indicating that another 'serious' issue has materialised, briefly stating:

"The club is currently conducting a full investigation following a serious breach of club discipline by midfielder Gary Roberts. Due to the ongoing and sensitive nature of these enquiries, Port Vale will not be issuing any further statement at this time."

The player has had a series of disciplinary problems with clubs he has been at, and was sacked by Yeovil Town in August 2009. His next club Rotherham United also fired him in April 2010, following similar issues, which have generally revolved around alcohol and gambling dependencies.

Link: 02/10/2011 : Roberts Transfer Listed By Valiants.

Link: 19/09/2011 : Gary Roberts Suspended By Valiants.


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28 December 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against AFC Bournemouth have been published by the Football League. The League One game takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 31st December 2011, with an earlier 1.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of seven Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. We last had Mr Linington for the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about the red card rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Having just gone back into the relegation zone on Boxing Day, those who like omens will enjoy the fact that Mr Linington's last visit to Huish Park was the night the Glovers climbed out of the bottom four, as they gradually found form during the second half of that season. They were never to return to the bottom spots, sticking above the line for the remainder of the campaign.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Just before the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authorative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship.

Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 and consequently Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing. The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Andrew Rodda (Devon) and David Woolford (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.


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28 December 2011 : Cooper Makes Hartlepool Return
League One side Hartlepool United have reappointed Neale Cooper as their manager. This will be Cooper's second spell with Pools, having enjoyed a highly successful first spell between 2003 and 2005, taking them to the League One play-off semi-finals in his first season in charge. He had more or less done the same in his second season in charge before his inexplicable departure from Victoria Park with just one game remaining of the 2004-05 season, and Pools having secured another play-off position.

At the time of Cooper's departure, he was reported as having left by 'mutual consent' with the slant being that he had been asked to step down by the Hartlepool board, with many news sources reporting it as a straight sacking. Pools today state that he left the club back in 2005 'due to personal and family issues which he needed to address at the time'. Just seventeen days after leaving Hartlepool, he became Gillingham's manager, although only lasted a few months there, before resigning. Since then, he has spent five years with Scottish League side Peterhead - two as first team coach and three as manager, leaving them in March 2011, with them bottom of the Second Division.

The 48 year old takes over from Mick Wadsworth, who was fired despite Hartlepool's comfortable mid-table position after his club hit a run of seven consecutive home defeats. As yet, Hartlepool have yet to reveal Cooper's contract length.


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28 December 2011 : GWSC Travel To Sheffield United
Yeovil Town's second away fixture of 2012 sees them make their first ever trip to Sheffield United for a League One match. The game against the Yorkshire club takes place on Tuesday 10th January 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Huish Park at 12.45p.m. There will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station, as this is a midweek match. Cost of travel will be £25.00 with concessions available at £23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Christmas Holiday Opening Hours.

Link: Tranmere Home Game Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.


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27 December 2011 : Tranmere Home Game Gets Kids For A Quid Offer
Yeovil Town have designated another League One match as part of their ongoing 'Kids For A Quid' promotions. The match takes place on Saturday 14th January 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. This is the third time the offer has been used this season, following the October match against Carlisle United and the December game against Notts County.

The rules on this promotion are usually very simple. There are no limitations on the offer (apart from the capacity of the stadium!) There are no adults required as part of the promotion. There are no forms to fill in. Simply take your one pound coin up to the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in advance, or on the day of the game. Call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 for further information.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Christmas Holiday Opening Hours.


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27 December 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Home Game
Following Boxing Day's 2-3 home defeat against League One leaders Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Skivo's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Home Game.


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27 December 2011 : GWSC Travel To Exeter City
Yeovil Town's first away fixture of 2012 sees them make the short trip to Exeter City for a League One match. The game against the Devon club takes place on Monday 2nd January 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 11.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 11.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £10.00. On this occasion there are no concessions available. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Christmas Holiday Opening Hours.


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27 December 2011 : Yeovil 2 Charlton 3 : Green Steals Points For Leaders
Yeovil Town narrowly lost out to League One leaders Charlton Athletic in a pulsating match at Huish Park on Boxing Day afternoon. A last minute Danny Green goal condemned them to defeat, despite having twice shocked their more illustrious visitors. Goals from Jonathan Obika and Paul Huntington gave Yeovil the lead twice, but the Addicks quickly hit back through Danny Hollands and Yann Kermorgant before Green's last gasp winning goal.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. Kieran Agard dropped entirely out of the squad, with his place in the side taken by Andy Williams. Just behind him was Gavin Williams, recalled to the starting line-up in favour of Conor Clifford who sat on the bench. The only other change was enforced as Kerrea Gilbert's suspension meant that the back four had to be reshuffled with Bondz N'Gala's own return from a ban allowing the defence to revert to the line-up they'd chosen in the Fleetwood FA Cup match.

The game opened up with Charlton attacking in numbers down Yeovil's wings, doubling up at times, and putting Luke Ayling and Max Ehmer under immediate pressure. Danny Green shot into the side netting in one of those attempts where if you were on the East Stand side of the ground, you were probably wondering if the ball had landed in the net as it struck the outside of the goal frame.

As it happens, it was Yeovil that took a somewhat against the run of play lead. A high ball into the box from Max Ehmer wasn't particularly well dealt with by the head of Charlton striker Yann Kermorgant. He only moved the ball as far as Jonathan Obika who turned his back to goal before beautifully executing a bicycle kick past former Holyrood Community School pupil Ben Hamer, who is now Charlton's first choice goalkeeper. The Addicks players tried to complain about the goal - presumably for either high feet, or for Hamer being blocked, but there didn't seem to be a lot wrong with Obika's superbly executed goal.

Despite that goal, Charlton continued to apply the pressure, and it took them eight minutes to find an equalising goal - a bit of a soft one scored from a Danny Green corner. Yeovil tend to put their entire team back inside the box when defending corners, but on this occasion it seemed to make no difference to the quality of the marking - Danny Hollands able to make a smart run into the back post, and plant home a header from around six yards out, with something that looked to have come straight from Charlton's training ground.

The visitors were the dominant force throughout the first half, although not quite in the way that their early spell had managed, as Yeovil began to block out their routes down the flanks, and the game dried up a little in terms of chances. Charlton's main avenue was from winger Danny Green - every cross he put into the danger area was curled and whipped with real venom and seemed to have the Glovers back four stretching every time. One of those almost put Charlton in the lead, as defender Michael Morrison's flick off the cross just went wide of the post.

At the other end, Yeovil's main opportunities came through Jonathan Obika. One of those was a real peach of a move, with around a dozen simple midfield passes knocked up, with Gavin Williams moving through as the fulcrum of the side. His ball through to Obika caught the striker off balance a touch, and he fired wide of the target as he shot first time from the through ball. The half ended through, with Bradley Wright-Phillips getting a rare moment of space after Paul Wotton had been dispossessed from a poor Rene Gilmartin goal kick. Bondz N'Gala got the toe-end of a boot on the shot from Wright-Phillips to send the ball skidding wide for a corner and to send Yeovil in level at the break.

Yeovil's best period of the game came at the start of the second period. Andy Williams shot just wide of the target as the team attacked the home terrace end of the ground. Willo's shot had taken a deflection on the way, and when Ed Upson's corner was swung in, Paul Huntington was on hand to plant a superb header home to put Yeovil back in the lead at 2-1. Once again Charlton protested about the goal, with keeper Ben Hamer having slipped as the corner came in, losing his positioning. Presumably they were trying to kid referee Brendan Malone into believing the keeper had been fouled - a clear view from behind the goal showed the only thing that needed to be reviewed was the type of studs Hamer had in his boots - he'd slipped under zero pressure from any other players, including his own.

Charlton are a good enough team to be top of the league without needing to complain to referees about things that didn't happen, and like the first goal, Yeovil held their lead for only a short amount of time. Yann Kermorgant was rather clumsily bundled over by Bondz N'Gala, with the centre-back probably a bit fortunate not to earn himself a card. Kermorgant nudged away some of his teammates who were itching to take the dead ball, as it rested 25 yards out. His direct free kick showed exactly why he was confident enough to do that - curling beautifully over the Yeovil wall, and into the left hand corner of the net, giving Rene Gilmartin utterly no chance of getting across. 2-2 and all to play for again.

Following the fourth goal of the afternoon, Yeovil began to defend deeper, as the two forwards gradually became wingers in much the same way that the Glovers had done in recent matches, leaving the player 'in the hole' - in this case Gavin Williams - as often the most advanced green-and-white player on the pitch. Rene Gilmartin was forced into a stunning save on his back post from Michael Morrison, as he had to readjust from a threat on his near post - rushing across to block the shot and send it spinning out for a corner.

The booking tally began to rapidly increase on both sides, as Ed Upson and Paul Wotton picked up their 10th yellow cards of the season. Rene Gilmartin saved again - this time a flying parry across the face of his goal from a Hogan Ephram shot. This was turning into a significant rearguard action, with often 21 players camped in the final 25 yards of the pitch, and Yeovil leaving no outlet further up to relieve the pressure when they did clear the ball.

Max Ehmer had to clear off his own line, with Gavin Williams having done the same earlier in the game, but as the game closed, it seemed as though Yeovil were making Charlton think a bit - using Andy Williams and Alan O'Brien to break on the visitors - an awful Rhoys Wiggins tackle on Willo to stop him breaking clear of the pack probably fortunate for Wiggins that it was committed inside the Yeovil half - its aim was to stop the Yeovil striker from breaking clean through the back of the high Charlton back line.

Just as it seemed as though Yeovil would come out of all of this with a point, they did what they have done in many matches against the bigger clubs in the division - concede in the final minute of the match. A long ball over the top allowed winger Danny Green the chance to run onto it, and no-one came in to close him down, allowing him the space to shoot across the face of Rene Gilmartin's goal and into the bottom left corner. The excellent home terrace, backing the team in the second period with a 'Green Army' mantra were stunned into silence as the Addicks stole the points at the death.

There was still time for Yeovil to threaten their own late equaliser - Andy Williams saw his shot saved by Ben Hamer, whilst Paul Wotton had a shot blocked by a defender's boot, and even Rene Gilmartin came running up deep into his opponents penalty box to create havoc on a late corner, where both sides pushed and jostled inside the crowded goalmouth, but Charlton held firm and held onto the win.

No disgrace in defeat for the Glovers. They competed far better than they had done in their previous home match against Fleetwood, and showed plenty of determination, contributing to a flowing game of football. The one criticism is their ongoing tendency to play too deep in their final third during the last quarter of games. Whether that's psychological or managerial instruction is harder to tell, but they do need to give themselves more attacking outlets in such circumstances, rather than entirely camp themselves in their own box.

Whilst it's possible to deny teams like Rochdale in such a manner, there is a habit of clubs like Norwich, Charlton and Leeds to grab such last minute winners over the years - they have that quality that can create goals just when it seems as though the result you want is going to happen. The question is whether the Glovers can keep the quality of their game raised during 'six pointers' against Bournemouth and Exeter - that will tell them whether slipping into the bottom four at the end of the Boxing Day game is a problem or not.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (1-0, 8 mins), Danny Hollands (1-1, 16 mins), Paul Huntington (2-1, 50 mins), Yann Kermorgant (2-2, 60 mins), Danny Green (2-3, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
8. Edward Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard
10. Gavin Williams
7. Andrew Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 9. Steven MacLean 17. Alan O'Brien (77 mins for Gavin Williams) 21. Gavin Massey 37. Conor Clifford

Charlton Athletic:
1. Ben Hamer
20. Chris Solly 5. Michael Morrison 6. Matthew Taylor 16. Rhoys Wiggins
7. Danny Green 37. Darel Russell 22. Danny Hollands 39. Hogan Ephraim
10. Bradley Wright-Phillips 36. Yann Kermorgant

Substitutes:
13. John Sullivan (GK) 2. Andy Hughes (90 mins for Bradley Wright-Phillips) 9. Paul Hayes 17. Jason Euell 28. Leon Cort (90 mins for Hogan Ephraim)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (45 mins, foul), Ed Upson (65 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (71 mins, foul)

Charlton Bookings: Danny Green (52 mins, foul), Darrel Russell (67 mins, foul), Rhoys Wiggins (88 mins, foul)

Referee: Brandan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Richard Corp (Somerset) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 4,977 (including 920 Charlton supporters)


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27 December 2011 : Skivo Upbeat Despite Late Home Defeat
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has said that although he was disappointed to come out with zero points from Boxing Day afternoon's League One match, he was far from down at the way his side had played. The 2-3 home defeat at the hands of League One leaders Charlton Athletic probably went via the form book, it took a last minute winner from Danny Green to separate the two sides.

Speaking after the game, he admitted that the Addicks had applied a lot of late pressure, but felt that his side had put on the kind of performance that people would go home happy with:

"I am as pleased as I can be after a defeat. The performance level was what the supporters wanted. Charlton probably thought the goal would come from a few bits of brilliance from Bradley Wright-Phillips but they got two goals from set plays. They were knocking on the door but we thought we had held on until that late goal from Green. At the moment there seems to be a goal between us and the top teams."

The match was the first home game the club had played following the mid-December FA Cup exit against Fleetwood Town. Skiverton added that it was important that his players responded in the right way:

"I'm pleased for the supporters. I'm pleased for the players and for the backroom staff, because we've responded in the right way. I'm not happy with havin gone into the bottom four, but for us it's still tight, but there is still a hell of a lot to fight for."


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26 December 2011 : Au Revoir, Oli
Norwich City striker Oli Johnson returns to his parent club tomorrow, having completed his 93 day loan spell at Huish Park. The 24 year old had a somewhat disappointing second loan spell with Yeovil Town this time around, making just nine appearances and failing to find the net.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton confirmed prior to today's match that the Wakefield-born player would be returning to Carrow Road tomorrow, with him having been left out of today's squad against Charlton Athletic. Oli has not played in a League One match since October 29th, generally becoming the "sixth loan" in the club's side and only turning out in FA Cup matches.

He will be eligible to be loaned or purchased by another club once the January transfer window opens. However, it will not be possible for the Glovers to take out a further 93 day 'emergency' loan spell this season for him - only a standard loan during the window for a half season period would be an option. However, given his lack of impact at Huish Park this time round, that may be a bit too much of a gamble.

Link: Oli Johnson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 December 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Charlton
If you watched this afternoon's 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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26 December 2011 : Midfield Duo Face Double Ban
Yeovil Town suffered a double blow this afternoon, when two of their key midfielders both picked up their 10th bookings of the 2011-12 season. Both Ed Upson and Paul Wotton were given cautions by referee Brendan Malone, who also carded Luke Ayling along with three Charlton players.

The end result is that, subject to confirmation by the Football Association, both players will miss the home match against AFC Bournemouth and the away match at Exeter City. Right back Kerrea Gilbert will also miss the same pair of games, having started his three match suspension today.


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26 December 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town narrowly lost out to League One leaders Charlton Athletic in a pulsating match at Huish Park this afternoon. A last minute Danny Green goal condemned them to defeat, despite having twice shocked their more illustrious visitors. Goals from Jonathan Obika and Paul Huntington gave Yeovil the lead twice, but the Addicks quickly hit back through Danny Hollands and Yann Kermorgant before Green's last gasp winning goal.

Full match report to follow later.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (1-0, 8 mins), Danny Hollands (1-1, 16 mins), Paul Huntington (2-1, 50 mins), Yann Kermorgant (2-2, 60 mins), Danny Green (2-3, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
8. Edward Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard
10. Gavin Williams
7. Andrew Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 9. Steven MacLean 17. Alan O'Brien (77 mins for Gavin Williams) 21. Gavin Massey 37. Conor Clifford

Charlton Athletic:
1. Ben Hamer
20. Chris Solly 5. Michael Morrison 6. Matthew Taylor 16. Rhoys Wiggins
7. Danny Green 37. Darel Russell 22. Danny Hollands 39. Hogan Ephraim
10. Bradley Wright-Phillips 36. Yann Kermorgant

Substitutes:
13. John Sullivan (GK) 2. Andy Hughes (90 mins for Bradley Wright-Phillips) 9. Paul Hayes 17. Jason Euell 28. Leon Cort (90 mins for Hogan Ephraim)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (45 mins, foul), Ed Upson (65 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (71 mins, foul)

Charlton Bookings: Danny Green (52 mins, foul), Darrel Russell (67 mins, foul), Rhoys Wiggins (88 mins, foul)

Referee: Brandan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Richard Corp (Somerset) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 4,977 (including 920 Charlton supporters)


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26 December 2011 : Williams Glad Of Home Comforts On Boxing Day
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams has said that he is looking forward to this afternoon's Boxing Day match, that sees league leaders Charlton Athletic come to Huish Park. The game kicks off a trio of Christmas holiday fixtures with local derbies against AFC Bournemouth (home) and Exeter City (away) to come.

Williams is hoping for a big crowd at Huish Park today, with the Addicks having sold over 700 tickets from their ticket office, and supporters of both teams able to pay on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office. He told BBC Somerset that he is glad not to be the team having to travel just after Christmas Day:

"It will be a good game for us. It's always a big game on Boxing Day. A lot of crowds turn out after Christmas looking for a good performance. It's a big game for us, playing the team that are top of the league. It will be a nice chance for us to put on a performance. It's always nice to be at home for Christmas. I've been fortunate so far in my career that it has always been the case. It's certainly good not to travel away, like they'll probably be staying over on Christmas Day in a hotel somewhere near here, so that won't be the best Christmas for them. It's nice to be at home with your family and then wake up on Boxing Day and prepare for the game."

Charlton are League One's stand-out club and are currently five points clear at the top of the table, having lost just once in 21 matches, with 14 of those games being wins. However Williams added that the Glovers go into the game in good league form and so is still confident the Glovers can get something from the game:

"We've been on a little run ourselves, so we're obviously quite positive at the moment. The FA Cup was the only blemish on the record, so that's been nice. We've shored things up a little bit at the back, and then we've been nicking the odd goal here and there, so that's helped us go on a little run. We want to keep that going, and we'll obviously want and see what they bring to us. But we obviously know with them being top of the league they're going to be decent. We've just got to be as good as we can be to get something from the game."


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25 December 2011 : Notts County Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home League One match was against Notts County earlier this month. With the Magpies pushing for a play-off place at present, the 1-0 win that was gained went a touch against the form book, and was the club's first league win at Huish Park for around three months, thanks to a late Andy Williams header.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Ed Upson and centre-back Paul Huntington continue their consistent showings in such polls this season. However, the winner of this poll was ahead by miles and miles of the rest of the pack, with Luke Ayling putting in a cracking performance in the right-back slot.

Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Luke Ayling 398 (34)
2 Paul Huntington 140 (4)
3 Ed Upson 84 (3)
4 Bondz N'Gala 74 (3)
5 Max Ehmer 36 (0)
6 Andy Williams 32 (2)
7 Gavin Williams 32 (1)
9 Kieran Agard 22 (1)
9 Rene Gilmartin 22 (1)
10 Gavin Massey 8 (0)
10 Jonathan Obika 8 (0)
10 Conor Clifford 8 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.10

Performance: 6.33
Entertainment: 5.88

VOTES RECEIVED: 49


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25 December 2011 : Skivo Reviews The Year 2011
For those of you who fancy sitting down and relaxing over a mince pie, the BBC broadcast their Sporting Review of 2011 yesterday. An annual runaround the region's local sporting clubs and achievements, it's available on iPlayer for another six days, or via the BBC Bristol and BBC Somerset websites. Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was interviewed by Ed Hadwin - the transcript of that chat about the last 12 months can be read via the link below. Links to previous years are also included for those who fancy a nostalgia trip.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of Their 2011 Sports Review Of The Year.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of Their 2010 Sports Review Of The Year.

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


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25 December 2011 : Yeo Ho Ho!
A very Merry Christmas to everyone who has enjoyed reading Ciderspace during 2011. We hope you have an enjoyable day (note to players - not too enjoyable please lads) and that Santa has brought you good things. We'll see you on the other side when there is the small issue of League One leaders Charlton Athletic to deal with tomorrow. Hmmm ... wonder if it would be rude to ask Santa for one more present ...
Yeo Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
Yeo Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! (© Clipart Mountain).



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24 December 2011 : Fleetwood Away Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town had the first of two FA Cup games against Fleetwood Town - the first of which was played up on the Fylde Coast on a Friday night. All seemed to be going to plan, as goals from midfield pair Ed Upson and Conor Clifford set the Glovers on their way. However, the last 10 minutes saw a bit of a collapse, and a 2-2 draw the eventual outcome.

Man of the Match voting, which was also open to those watching the game on the ESPN Sports channel, saw the two goalscorers come way out on top, with both sharing almost all of the outright votes. However, it was Ed Upson who nudged just ahead of Conor Clifford, despite Upson's involvement in the late penalty that denied the Glovers a win.

Full results shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Ed Upson 176 (12)
2 Conor Clifford 144 (11)
3 Luke Ayling 84 (2)
4 Andy Williams 28 (1)
5 Paul Huntington 14 (0)
5 Dominic Blizzard 14 (0)
7 Bondz N'Gala 12 (0)
8 Kieran Agard 10 (1)
9 Paul Wotton 2 (0)
9 Gareth Stewart 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.93

Performance: 7.00
Entertainment: 6.86

VOTES RECEIVED: 27


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24 December 2011 : Skivo Previews The Charlton Home Game
As part of the build-up to Boxing Day's home match against Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Skivo's views on Monday's match are captured via the link below.

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


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23 December 2011 : Public Transport On Boxing Day
Or rather lack of. For the avoidance of doubt, there will be no public transport available in the Yeovil area for Monday's Boxing Day home match against Charlton Athletic. Train operators South West Trains and First Great Western are not operating any services into or out of Yeovil Pen Mill or Yeovil Junction during the day.

In addition, the First Bus Group for Dorset and South Somerset are not running any services on Boxing Day. Hence however you're planning to get to the game, you're on your own. A list of taxis in the town can be found here.

A warning for Capital Glovers and Charlton fans heading down from London for the game - the A4 Hammersmith Flyover that takes you out of the capital down to the West - has been shut today, and is expected to remain shut over the whole of Christmas and New Year.

Thankfully the Glovers do not have any fixtures in London for the immediate future. However, the closure means that Charlton's travelling fans should give that area a wide berth when leaving on Boxing Day. As of the end of Tuesday, Charlton had sold 707 advance tickets for the game.


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23 December 2011 : Skiverton Doing 'Work At Home' Before Looking For Fresh Talent
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton states that he is concentrating upon sorting out the future of his current squad members, rather than looking outside for new players. With the January transfer window opening in just eight days time, there are signs of movement happening around the Football League, with reports of various players being released from their contracts, or pre-contract agreements being drawn up in preparation for when trading does start.

There had been a little bit of speculation that Stuart Campbell's release from Bristol Rovers this week, given that Skiverton had previously admitted that he had enquired about him, saying "he's a player I admire" at the time.

However, speaking to BBC Somerset yesterday, he admitted he didn't even know that the former Rovers player-manager had been released from his contract, and said that he wanted to get the situation surrounding his own players sorted out first. He said that moving for Campbell was not in his immediate plans:

"Not at the moment. I didn't even know that he'd been released. We're not on the look-out at the moment. We're trying to finalise, and there will be some news coming out just after the New Year regarding contracts on people that we might be keeping or letting go. I'm looking to do my work at home, rather than looking elsewhere at the moment."

Skiverton has to discuss extensions to permanent contracts for right-back Kerrea Gilbert and left-winger Alan O'Brien, who are both out of contract at the turn of the year. He also has to resolve the loan situations for strike trio Oli Johnson, Jonathan Obika and Gavin Massey, along with goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin and midfielder Conor Clifford. Midfielder Flavien Belson and winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie have already been told they are free to go, and will come off the club's payroll at the end of the month.


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23 December 2011 : WWOYTB : Update Bulletin No.1
As the year 2011 draws to a close, the WWOYTB supporters collective have provided a brief update on how they see the YTFC-oriented world at present. This will be the first in a regular set of bulletins, to keep those interested informed as to what they are up to. Read on via the link below, and comments/questions are welcomed.

Link: WWOYTB : Update Bulletin No.1.


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23 December 2011 : Hooligan Statistics Show Glovers Fans In Good Light
Annual figures relating to violence and disorder at football matches show a sharp drop, according to figures released by the Home Office today. A total of 3,089 arrests were made in international and domestic matches involving English and Welsh fans during the 2010-11 season - a drop of 302 on the previous season, and the lowest on record since the Government began monitoring the situation during the 1984-85 season.

The number of Football Banning Orders in force also dropped from 3,248 down to 3,173 last season. These are orders given by Courts against individuals deemed to be a persistent risk to safety inside and around football grounds, and normally bar that person from being in the vicinity of a football stadium during the period when a game is taking place.

Despite the 'reputation' that England fans might have, there was only one England fan arrested at the World Cup - a well reported incident after a fan confronted members of the England football team following a match in Cape Town. There were zero arrests at 70 percent of matches during the 2010-11 season.

Yeovil Town have always had a good reputation throughout the country, and this is continued, with no Glovers fans arrested at Huish Park. On their travels, the figures are still good, although there were three people arrested - for pitch incursion, alcohol disorder and a third for a public disorder offence. Of League One's clubs last season, Dagenham and Redbridge and Hartlepool United had zero arrests throughout the season. There is one Yeovil Town supporter who is subject to a Football Banning Order at present. Dagenham and Redbridge again are the best in this regard, being the only club in the country not to have an active Banning Order.

Unsurprisingly the lion's share of Banning Orders exist at the larger clubs, with Cardiff City (143), Leeds United (106), Chelsea (105), Manchester United (101), West Ham United (100) and Newcastle United (98) having the most banning orders.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt, who leads on football policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers said of the figures:

"Over the past two decades the UK has made steady progress in reducing football-related violence and disorder. The service has worked hard with football clubs and football supporters' associations to ensure that genuine fans can attend games without incident and it's reassuring that the figures reflect that a very small minority of fans have come to police notice."

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

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

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

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

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


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23 December 2011 : Club Trio Make Food Store Presentation To Town Council
Three representatives from Yeovil Town Football Club attended a meeting with Yeovil Town Council earlier this month, with respect to their plans for a new Food Store on land to the north of the Huish Park stadium. Chairman John Fry, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and Stadium Manager James Hillier presented their plans to the Council on December 6th 2011, according to minutes issued by the Council.

Whilst this was not as part of the formal submission of plans, the meeting allowed the club time to informally present to Council members what they hope to achieve as part of the project. The majority of the details in the minutes are already out there in the public domain (see the WWOYTB article and residents leaflet) however there were some additional matters of interest provided during the meeting.

On top of the basics outlined in the project, the minutes reference that "an area of public open space would be provided on the site off Western Avenue, and an existing playing field would be relocated within the Brympton Parish area and made available to the wider community." As yet there is no alternative location identified for the playing field. They state that Council members were given a booklet describing the project - almost certainly the information available as part of the exhibition:

"Details of the proposals were set out in a booklet, a copy of which had been circulated to all Members. This indicated that the new food store could create up to 300 new employment opportunities and that it was anticipated that the north stand of the adjoining stadium would be replaced in the near future using funds gained through the sale of the retail site."

Of course the real question is what the Council thought of the proposals; they raised concerns about the loss of the Visiting Supporters car park, situated adjacent to the Top Pitch, which will be consumed by the Food Store project. The club responded by indicating that they are looking at providing new parking facilities and a park and ride scheme at an unspecified location. The minutes state:

"During the ensuing discussion, reference was made to the displacement of parking facilities currently used by visiting supporters. In response, the representatives indicated that a traffic management plan would be drawn up to provide for additional parking facilities for supporters at appropriate locations in the surrounding area along with the introduction of a “park and ride” scheme. It was felt that this would reduce the need for additional parking facilities adjacent to the stadium."

The outline plans indicated that there would be some Public Open Space provided to the east of the Food Store, acting as a buffer between the development and the Abbey Manor Estate. The open space would be adjacent to Western Avenue. The Council asked how this land would be maintained once it was developmed:

"Attention was also drawn to the need for adequate arrangements to be put in place for the future maintenance of the proposed area of public open space, and the representatives indicated that this could be achieved via an agreement with an appropriate organisation with the costs involved being met from a commuted sum."

The meeting also made reference to the need for the plans to satisfy a Sequential Test - under planning regulations this is a principle that seeks to provide clarity regarding whether to accept planning submissions on greenfield or out of town sites, where alternative brownfield or town centre locations may be available:

"The representatives also confirmed that the proposal would need to satisfy a sequential test, which would assess the suitability of the proposed site from a planning policy perspective, and that its impact on the surrounding road network would also be fully considered having regard to future residential development plans for the area and agreed future highway improvements."

Councillor Mike Lock declared a personal interest in the project - something council members are bound to do, in order to declare any possible conflicts of interest. Mr Lock's family hold shares in Yeovil Town.

The club's timetable is for the formal plans to be submitted to South Somerset District Council during the month of December 2011.


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22 December 2011 : Bondz Set For Glovers Return
Yeovil Town centre-back Bondz N'Gala looks set to be recalled to the starting line-up for Boxing Day's visit of Charlton Athletic. The 21 year old missed last weekend's 0-0 draw at Rochdale, after he served a one match suspension for his red card in the club's FA Cup defeat against Fleetwood Town.

As it happened, Kerrea Gilbert, who replaced Bondz in a reshuffled back four last weekend, also got his marching orders up at Spotland, meaning that the back four will need to be changed again for next Monday's match. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that the solution will be to revert back to the line-up he selected prior to N'Gala's suspension:

"Bondz will be back, so there will be no secret about what sort of system and formation that we play with the back four. We've got a fully fit squad to pick from. It's a real good dilemma to have."

Skiverton explained that his main team selection dilemma was in the forward positions, where the Glovers have tended to select an 'FA Cup' line-up, alternating with a 'League One' line-up, with Jonathan Obika and Gavin Massey both barred from playing in the cup competition. With all cup involvements now ended, the Glovers boss said that it was time to determine a stable partnership to work with:

"We've got Steve MacLean chomping at the bit to come back in, along with Kieran Agard and Andy Williams. We have changed the strikers about quite a bit recently, because of the FA Cup. We need to try to find that sort of settled formula going forward."


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22 December 2011 : Huish Park Christmas Holiday Opening Hours
Not too surprisingly, Yeovil Town's Ticket Office and Club Shop will be running against slightly reduced hours over the coming week or so, in line with the Christmas holidays. The key thing to note, as mentioned earlier in the week, is that Glovers fans wanting to purchase tickets for the Boxing Day home game against Charlton Athletic will need to do so by tomorrow at 4.00p.m. if they are to take advantage of the pre-match tariffs. Tickets will still be available on the day of the game, but at the matchday tariff. Call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 if you want to book by credit/debit card.

Opening hours across the holiday period are as follows:

Huish Park Ticket Office:

23/12/2011 : 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
24/12/2011 : CLOSED
25/12/2011 : CLOSED
26/12/2011 : 10.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. kick-off
27/12/2011 : CLOSED
28/12/2011 : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
29/12/2011 : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
30/12/2011 : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
31/12/2011 : 9.00a.m. - 1.00p.m. kick-off
01/01/2012 : CLOSED
02/01/2012 : CLOSED
03/01/2012 : Normal Opening Hours Thereafter

Huish Park Club Shop:

23/12/2011 : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
24/12/2011 : CLOSED
25/12/2011 : CLOSED
26/12/2011 : 10.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. kick-off and after match
27/12/2011 : CLOSED
28/12/2011 : 11.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.
29/12/2011 : 11.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.
30/12/2011 : 11.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.
31/12/2011 : 10.00a.m. - 1.00p.m. kick-off and after match
01/01/2012 : CLOSED
02/01/2012 : CLOSED
03/01/2012 : Normal Opening Hours Thereafter


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22 December 2011 : Gilbert And O'Brien To Hold Contract Talks
Yeovil Town pair Kerrea Gilbert and Alan O'Brien will hold talks with the club about their futures at Huish Park, with a view to extending their stay. The right-back and left-winger are out of contract at the end of this month, meaning that they are free to talk to other clubs. However, in this week's Western Gazette, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has indicated that they will aim to tie both up on extended deals shortly.

There had been some concern that Gilbert might have already played his last game - he starts a three match suspension on Boxing Day for his red card at Rochdale. However, Skiverton told the paper that both players had already done enough for him to make up his mind as to what direction they would prefer to go:

"It is unfortunate for him (with respect to Gilbert's sending off) and the timing is not great with us sitting down with (Chief Executive) Martyn (Starnes) this week and chatting about who we are keeping and who we are not. There are a lot of things up in the air, especially with him, but we will talk about extending him because he has done well. Him and Alan O'Brien have done very well so we will sit down with him and see if we can come to some sort of agreement."

Elsewhere, the paper states that the Glovers are looking at two new players for when the January Transfer Window opens. There's no clues given away as to the identity of these players or what positions they play in, or even whether they are permanent or loan signings. Aside from the future of Gilbert and O'Brien, much will doubtless depend upon which of the club's six loan signings they are able to keep on their books.

Currently goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin, midfielder Conor Clifford and strike trio Jonathan Obika, Oli Johnson and Gavin Massey all have deals that run out during January. Queens Park Rangers defender Max Ehmer is the only one of the six loanees who has tied up his future, agreeing a stay at Huish Park until the end of the season.

Decisions on the remaining five will doubtless also impact upon what sort of players Skiverton chases during January, paricularly given the limit of five loan players in a matchday squad. Winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie and defensive midfielder Flavien Belson have already been told they can leave at the end of the month, having failed to break into the first team squad.


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21 December 2011 : Skiverton Aware Of Fans Criticism
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he is aware of the criticism he receives as first team manager, but considers it largely part of footballing culture. The Glovers boss is now 141 games into his managerial career, but has come under fire at times, most recently following the club's FA Cup exit at the hands of Fleetwood Town earlier this month.

Speaking to BBC Somerset as part of their forthcoming Sports Review Of The Year programme, he points out that he was receiving similar stick this time last year, but finished the season in 14th place in the League One table, sandwiched between Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday, after a much improved second half of the season. Skivo told the BBC:

"It is a radio culture, where you've got phone-ins, you've got internet sites now, where it is far easier to come up with all my negatives than it is to come up with my positives. Last year we finished on the same points as Charlton and above Sheffield Wednesday. But at Christmas, I didn't have a clue. I was somebody who was wasting away the football club, by making poor decisions, and shouldn't be the manager."

Skiverton adds that he accepts that will happen during times when his teams don't perform well, but says that he works with sports psychologist Mark Layder, to ensure he keeps focus, and maintains his view of a 'bigger picture' of where he wants to take the club:

"That's the way it is nowadays, and that's modern football. I've realised that; I work with the psychologist to make sure that I am always in control, and my team is always in control. There's a bigger picture to make sure that this club is safe again."

The BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol Sports Review Of The Year programme goes out this year on Christmas Eve, this coming Saturday, with the one hour programme commencing at 1.00p.m. on all frequencies. The programme usually cycles around the seven or eight major football, rugby and other sporting sides across the hour, giving 5-10 minutes covering the highs and lows of the calendar year.


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21 December 2011 : FIFA Bans Emergency Loan System
Football League clubs have been dealt a blow by news that the Emergency Loan and Youth Loan rules are to be scrapped. The rule change, which is set to come in for the start of the 2014-15 season, will prevent clubs from making any changes to their squad apart from during the summer up until the end of August, and during the January transfer window.

Currently, whilst permanent transfer dealings are barred outside the two transfer windows, clubs below the Premier League, including the Conference National division, are able to register players under the guise of an 'emergency' loan of up to 93 days. In practice the word 'emergency' means nothing - we've never heard of a club being refused a loan by the authorities on the basis of "this isn't an emergency" - they are in reality short term loan agreements of between 28 days and 93 days.

On top of this, over the past three seasons, the Football League have allowed a new Youth Loan system to be implemented. These agreements have allowed clubs to borrow other clubs Academy or Centre of Excellence players, or recent graduates on a basis that is closer to a 'work experience' agreement - the parent club can dictate more about how their player is used, including playing them in Reserve and Youth games at the parent club, whilst continuing their first team matches at the loaning club.

Both of these loan deals are in technical breach of FIFA's Transfer Window system, but have been allowed by the Football League and Football Association as a pragmatic way of ensuring that smaller clubs can avoid having to fill their squads up with large numbers of players that they can't afford, and might never play, on the off-chance that they might have an injury crisis.

The Football League's chief operating officer Andy Williamson and the FA’s director of football services Jonathan Hall were summoned to FIFA's headquarters in Zurich six weeks ago, according to the Daily Telegraph. Williamson has now written to all 72 Football League clubs advising them that the two loan systems will have to be ceased in just over two years time:

"I have to advise you that, despite direct representations from both the Football Association and ourselves, Fifa have concluded that our domestic Emergency Loans (and Youth Loans) are contrary to the international statutes covering the Status and Transfer of Players. The effect of this ruling is that short-term loans will not be allowed during the 'closed’ periods between transfer windows, starting from season 2014/15."

The Football League's argument is that the Transfer Window itself is harmful to its member clubs given that it concentrates revenues into only two parts of the season. Williamson adds that they are discussing with FIFA the overall provisions of the transfer window:

"However, Fifa has indicated that they are prepared to review the current international rules and will undertake research to ascertain whether there is support around the world for any relaxation in the present transfer window restrictions. The League will continue to do everything within its power to retain as much flexibility for clubs as possible in this critical area."

Whilst the ruling will still allow Standard Loans to be negotiated between clubs, these deals - which are usually half season or full season loans - will have to be agreed either prior to August 31st, or during the month of January. If a club gets an injury crisis or needs to reshape its squad at any other time of the season, it would be barred from doing so, and would have to make do with the squad it has at the close of the relevant window.

Such a ruling would significantly affect Yeovil Town, who have made widespread usage of the loan system over the past two or three years, particularly concentrating on the Youth Loan market, and a number of short term loans to cover for missing players. So far this season, the club have brought in nine loan players, whilst last season saw them get through 17 loan players - the vast majority of which would be outlawed under the changes.


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21 December 2011 : Glovers Still Wait On Gilmartin Finger Trouble
Yeovil Town appear to be no closer to knowing whether Watford loan goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin will be fit and able to play for them between the sticks on Boxing Day. The Irishman is in theory borrowed from the Hornets for the trio of Christmas and New Year fixtures, but dislocated a finger in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Rochdale.

That left a question mark over his availability for selection for the holiday period - manager Terry Skiverton has told the Western Gazette that he is none the wiser as to whether the 24 year old will be fit and available for those games. Whilst the Glovers boss tells the paper he is working on the basis of 'no news is good news' he is considering a Plan B just in case, and says that he may need to dip into the loan market again, with the club also having problems with their other alternative keepers:

"We are down to bare bones because Matt Cafer is injured and Gareth Stewart has been struggling with his shoulder and he has got an on-going situation. We may have to look into the loan market and bring someone in even if it is just for a very short time."

Under-18s keeper Matt Cafer has been playing with an ankle injury for the past month, whilst goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart is reported to have aggravated a shoulder injury during the FA Cup defeat against Fleetwood Town. The highlighting of those injuries would suggest that the club are aiming to pave their way for another loan signing.

With the loan transfer window currently closed, the Football League and Football Association rules are that they will only allow a replacement keeper to be signed during December provided there is independent medical evidence that a club has no fit and available goalkeepers. If that claim is supported, then the League will authorise the emergency loan of a keeper on a rolling seven day basis, with each renewal only permitted upon a new medical assessment. The grey area is exactly what constitutes an 'available' keeper and whether that includes goalkeeping coaches and non-professional Under-18 keepers.

The Gazette indicated that the club expected to hear the outcome of x-rays on Gilmartin's hand on Tuesday, so matters should become clearer over the next day or so.

Link: Rene Gilmartin's Verdict On The Rochdale Game.


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20 December 2011 : Betsy Leaves Adams Park
League One side Wycombe Wanderers have released former Yeovil Town loan winger Kevin Betsy. The 33 year old has had three spells at Adams Park, totalling 185 appearances, but has struggled to gain first team opportunities this season, and has left the club by mutual consent.

Betsy's current spell with Wycombe began back in September 2009, when he joined them on loan from Southend United in the middle of the Essex club's financial crisis. He then later made that move permanent, but has gradually disappeared out of contention - his last League One appearance came back in September, when he played 70 minutes in Wycombe's 1-0 defeat against Yeovil Town. Since then, he has clocked up just one Football League Trophy appearance.

The former Bristol City, Oldham Athletic, Hartlepool United, Barnsley, Fulham and Woking player will now be free to sign for another club, once the January transfer window opens next month.


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20 December 2011 : Rene Gilmartin's Verdict On The Rochdale Game
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw at Rochdale, Yeovil Town's on loan Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Reg's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Rene Gilmartin's Verdict On The Rochdale Game.


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19 December 2011 : Gilbert Suspension Confirmed By FA
Yeovil Town right-back Kerrea Gilbert has been given confirmation of his suspension by the Football Association. The former Arsenal academy player has been given a three match ban that will see him unavailable for all three games over the Christmas period. He will miss the home matches against Charlton Athletic and AFC Bournemouth along with the Exeter City away game.

With Gilbert having already been booked during Saturday's match at Rochdale, there had been some questions over what referee Chris Sarginson had dished out. It can now be confirmed that the card was a straight red for serious foul play, following the offence on Dale full-back Joe Widdowson.

Gilbert is Yeovil Town's fifth red card of the season. On top of that, they have had five more occasions when players have suffered suspensions for an accumulation of yellow cards. They have also seen Luke Ayling charged by the FA for foul language following his red card at Stevenage, plus the team as a whole fined £2,500 for their role in an on the pitch melee at Chesterfield.

Another wave of suspensions for the accumulation of yellow cards is also likely to come soon, with Paul Wotton and Ed Upson one card off a two match suspension, plus Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard are one off a single match ban.


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19 December 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Charlton Athletic have been published. The League One match takes place on Boxing Day - Monday 26th December - at Huish Park, and will see the division's leaders come to Somerset. The man in charge of the fixture will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

Mr Malone's name may ring a bell because he was the official in charge of the stormy September 2011 encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. The centre-piece of the game was a controversial Kieran Agard goal, scored after he chased down the Owls defence following an uncontested drop ball. Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of that goal, the Laws of the Game that Mr Malone operates within meant that he could not be blamed for the situation that developed.

He did endure a rather difficult second half, in which Wednesday's players were rather fired up and aggrieved about the incident, and we saw four Glovers go into the book, plus an Owls player. He also ruled out awarding a penalty for a shirt tug on Gavin Massey that could have put Yeovil back in the lead. It wasn't the best 45 minutes of refereeing we've seen, but given the circumstances, probably all bar a few Premier League officials would have struggled to control the situation. He later saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes called up by the Football Association for an incident in the tunnel at half time, so clearly was keeping his eyes on what was going on out there.

Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.

The other game involving him as a referee was the 2011 New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though.

Just to prove we don't always do ref-rants as part of these profiles, Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:

"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."

The only other times we've seen him take charge of a match has been in Reserve Team football - all other first team occasions have involved him waving the flag or as the fourth official.

Mr Malone will be assisted by Richard Corp (Somerset) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2011 : Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.


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19 December 2011 : No Surprises As Reg Grabs Team Of The Week Place
Sometimes the Football League's Team of the Week selections baffle us. Sometimes players are near guaranteed shoe-ins for the nominations. No surprises this week, as Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin has grabbed a Team of the Week slot for his heroics against Rochdale in the 0-0 draw at Spotland. And we do mean heroics. Reg played the final half hour of the match in pain after dislocating his finger, but still made a number of flying saves.

The full team for this week's League One nominations reads as follows:

Rene Gilmartin (Yeovil Town)
Scott Golbourne (Exeter City), Andrew Wright (Scunthorpe United), Lubomur Michalik (Carlisle United), Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient)
Stephen Dawson (Leyton Orient), Anthony Wordsworth (Colchester United), Steven Schumacher (Bury), Chris Taylor (Oldham Athletic)
Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town), Chris O'Grady (Sheffield Wednesday)


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19 December 2011 : Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Exeter City are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The game takes place on Saturday 2nd January 2012 at St James Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for the game are as follows:

Terracing: Adults: £17.00; Concessions: £12.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

Seating: Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £14.00; Under-18s: £6.00.

Concessions are available for those aged Over 60, and for students carrying an NUS card.

Note that seating is only intended to be available to families, seniors and ambulant disabled supporters.

Ambulant disabled supporters are admitted at the above rates. Wheelchair users pay £17.00. Both can admit an assistant admitted free of charge. For reservations and arrangements, call 01392-411243.

There are also Family Tickets available for this fixture. A terrace ticket admits one adult and one Under-14 spectator for £20.00. A similar family ticket for seated areas will cost you £23.00.

The majority of Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated in the St James Road Terrace, which is an uncovered terrace behind the goal, and is very typical of the sort that we used to experience in the Conference - shallow steps and thus not the best of views if you are small and arrive just before kick-off. Those getting the seats will be housed in the Stagecoach Stand (more commonly known as the Grandstand). The usual allocation is for just over 1,000 terrace spaces and around 300 seats to be made available, and so we'd expect the seated area to sell out before the day, whilst there should be enough to go round (although don't hold us to that) for those on the terrace.


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19 December 2011 : Ticket Office And Club Store Extended Lunch Closure
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office and Club Store will be closed for an extended period over lunch this coming Thursday. Both will shut between 1.00p.m. and 2.30p.m. on Thursday 22nd December. This will be for the club's staff Christmas lunch party. We'd therefore advise that you avoid trying to call the Ticket Office during this time.

Whilst we're at it, with the Christmas period approaching, it's worth noting that the deadline for buying tickets at the pre-match rate for the Charlton Athletic home fixture will be much earlier than we're used to, given that Boxing Day falls on a Monday. Tickets will be on sale for this game at the usual matchday rates, but any purchases at the pre-match rate would need to be done by the time the Ticket Office closes on Friday 23rd December.


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19 December 2011 : Fail To Beat Yeovil Town ... And You're Fired!
Not for the first time since we've entered the Football League, an opposition manager has bitten the dust after failing to beat Yeovil Town. This time it's Rochdale's Steve Eyre, who has had his contract terminated this morning, along with his assistant manager Frankie Bunn.

The pair were in charge for Saturday's 0-0 draw against the Glovers at Spotland, and probably can consider themselves a touch unlucky not to come away with three points, having hit the woodwork twice, and having had the lion's share of the attacking play.

Eyre was given just 21 league matches and six cup matches to prove his worth in his first ever front line role, having been formerly Manchester City's Youth Team manager until he agreed his current deal at Spotland. He becomes the third League One manager to get fired from his job, following Mick Wadsworth's departure from Hartlepool United and Phil Brown's sacking at Preston North End. Rochdale lie currently in 22nd place in the League One table and two points behind the Glovers.

Youth Team manager Chris Beech has been given a Caretaker Manager role for the foreseeable future.


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18 December 2011 : Yeovil Town Blog : The Future Of BBC Local Radio
On Wednesday, the BBC Trust will bring to a close a two month consultation period, concerning the future of BBC Local Radio. As a Yeovil Town supporter, unless you attend all 46 home and away matches every season, you've probably tuned into BBC Somerset to listen to Yeovil Town commentary, whether over the traditional radio airwaves, or over the internet. You may also listen into other local radio programmes. If you do, then you'll almost certainly want an input into what the BBC Trust are proposing.

Some background and a link to a BBC Trust survey is described via the link below. We'd recommend all sports fans put their input into the consultation, to influence whatever is decided from 2012 onwards.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : The Future Of BBC Local Radio.


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18 December 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Rochdale Away Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw at Rochdale, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Rochdale Away Game.


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18 December 2011 : Baggridge Joins Dolphins On Loan
Yeovil Town defender Rhys Baggridge has joined Dorset side Poole Town on a short term loan deal. The 19 year old has agreed a deal with the Dolphins for a one month period, and played in their Southern League Division One South and West match against Tiverton Town yesterday, clocking up 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw at Tatnam Farm. Dolphins manager Tom Killick said prior to yesterday's match:

"Rhys is a first-year pro at Yeovil and comes highly recommended. They feel he will do well for us."

Baggridge is the second Yeovil Town player to go out on loan to the South Dorset side, with right-sided Youth Team graduate Lewis Clarke having played there earlier in the season. Lewis had his loan spell with the Dolphins cut short by an ankle injury, although had already missed three games due to a red card sustained in Poole's FA Cup defeat against Salisbury City in October.

Rhys has already had one loan spell this season, playing for Gillingham Town in the Western League First Division. He spent a month playing under former Glover Adrian Foster before getting recalled by the Glovers during mid-October due to the club's injury crisis.

However, despite that recall, he has yet to get further than sitting on the first team bench this season, with his main bit of competitive football coming during the Reserves excursions in the Somerset Premier Cup - last playing in the Second Round win against Shepton Mallet last month.


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18 December 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Much Nothing About Ado
Now the dust has died down from Yeovil Town's FA Cup exit, it's time to turn attention back to matters that concerned us before that television-heightened debacle. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, it's Cruncher back at the controls, considering they silence is not golden when it comes to the Blue Sky International deal, as well as a little look at a few other side issues doing the rounds. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views on the issues raised.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Much Nothing About Ado.


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18 December 2011 : November 2011 Player Of The Month
The month of November was a significant contrast to that experienced by Yeovil Town supporters compared to the month of October. Whilst October didn't give the club a win, November saw them go unbeaten across four matches. Two wins and two draws saw a poor run of form stabilised somewhat as the club moved off the foot of the League One table.

Individual Man of the Match awards saw the unusual sight of two different goalkeepers winning the various polls, with Marek Štěch (Chesterfield), Ed Upson (Hereford United, Exeter City) and Rene Gilmartin (Hartlepool United) the players to win the plaudits.

Obviously with both goalkeepers crossing over midway through the month, and Gareth Stewart deputising in the middle, they weren't going to challenge for the Player of the Month, although Marek Štěch had a good go at it. Centre-back Paul Huntington performed well, whilst Andy Williams made his comeback from injury to great plaudits.

However, overall across the month of November, midfielder Ed Upson was head and shoulders above everyone else by a mile, and is one of the more emphatic winners of the monthly poll that has been seen. Full results including the percentage of the vote cast, can be viewed below:

1 Ed Upson 25.8
2 Andy Williams 12.6
3 Paul Huntington 8.8
4 Marek Štěch 7.8
5 Luke Ayling 7.1
6 Rene Gilmartin 6.7
7 Conor Clifford 6.6
8 Kieran Agard 6.2
9 Darren Purse 4.6
10 Dominic Blizzard 3.5


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18 December 2011 : Skiverton Holds 'Long And Fruitful Meeting' Meeting With Chairman Fry
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that he had a meeting with Chairman John Fry in the wake of the club's shock FA Cup exit. In the fall-out of the defeat against Fleetwood Town, the Glovers first team boss and Chairman sat down to discuss the future direction of the club, including Fry's expectations moving forward.

Not too surprisingly, Skiverton did not reveal to BBC Somerset what sort of things were discussed, but he admitted that he had been told 'in no uncertain terms' the expectations upon him as a manager following the defeat:

"I really want to prove to our home supporters and our home fans that we are a good side. I sat down this week and I had a very long and fruitful meeting with the Chairman. It was a strong meeting, and in no uncertain terms the Chairman has told me the way he wants the club to move forward, and I accept that.

It was just a really good meeting for me to realise that I can't take my foot off the gas, and nights like Tuesday definitely can't happen. I've still got that in my head, and it makes me even more determined now to prove to our supporters that we can climb that table and that we can get to where we want to get to. I definitely know that I'll make it up to them
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18 December 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Rochdale Away Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Rochdale kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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17 December 2011 : Dale Boss Frustrated At Glovers Shut-Out
Rochdale manager Steve Eyre admits he struggled to work out how his side did not gain all three points in this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Yeovil Town at Spotland. Dale twice hit the woodwork through Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, whilst the Glovers were indebted to a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin throughout the afternoon, but particularly after he had dislocated a finger midway through the second period.

Press Association sourced match statistics showed Rochdale having a massive 68 percent possession during the game, managing 15 shots with seven on target, to compare with the nine attempts the Glovers had, most of which were from long range, with just two hitting the target. Eyre was disappointed his side didn't take advantage, although gave credit to Yeovil's rearguard action:

"I don't know how we didn't win the game. We should give some credit to Yeovil. They didn't do too much to try to win the game themselves but it took a massive effort on their part to stop us winning it. They sat in their own half as the game progressed and when they went down to 10 men they sat around their own 18-yard area."

Eyre felt that one of the saves of the game came from the free kick Rochdale took after Kerrea Gilbert had been red-carded for a foul on Joe Widdowson. The dead ball was taken by Nicky Adams, but Harry Bunn's header was denied by Rene Gilmartin's flying save. Eyre recalled:

"Harry Bunn glanced a header goalward from a cross that had pace on it and six or seven times out of 10 those go in, but for Harry it didn't and the goalkeeper has stuck an arm out and pushed it over the bar."

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton acknowledged after the game that his side had to spend most of the game defending, but felt the fact that his side were rarely losing matches was a good sign:

"We were on top defensively but didn't create much at the other end, but if I look at the bigger picture we've been beaten once in 10 league games, kept three clean sheets on the bounce and we're back to being hard to beat."


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17 December 2011 : Gilmartin Confirms Finger Dislocation
Yeovil Town's loan goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin has confirmed that he dislocated his finger during the second half of this afternoon's 0-0 draw at Rochdale. The Watford player suffered the injury trying to claim a ball, and received lengthy treatment from Glovers physio Mike Micciche, whilst striker Steve MacLean warmed up on the sidelines, wondering if he was going to have to take over between the sticks.

The Irishman somehow played through the pain barrier to keep a clean sheet, making a string of saves, despite having his fingers taped up to prevent further damage. Speaking after the game to BBC Somerset, Gilmartin was his typically laidback self about the problem:

"My finger decided to go walkabout. Then the physio put it back in. I couldn't put it back in. Let's just say he took his time doing it! I wasn't going off - it just needed to be put back in. It was a fairly bad one by all accounts. Hopefully it's not going to keep me out, and we can tape it up and just crack on. We'll see what happens now and over the next few days, and hope it settles down."

Skiverton said after the game that the first priority would be to have Gilmartin's hand looked at to see what damage was there, but praised him for keeping Yeovil in the game, despite the injury:

"It's a little bit of a worry for us. We're going to have to wait on x-rays now, just when we're coming into a massive game against Charlton on Boxing Day. He goes and does that - but it still didn't stop him, did it? He then made three or four very good saves for us."


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17 December 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Rochdale vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Rochdale at Spotland, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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17 December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil 0 : Defensive Glovers Block Out Dale
Yeovil Town battled out a 0-0 draw against Rochdale near the foot of League One, as both sides remained where they were in the final match before Christmas. The home side were the ones with the attacking intent, with the Glovers content to block out their hosts for almost the entire game. Predictably Dale were the ones who created the glut of chances, with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro twice hitting the woodwork, whilst Rene Gilmartin had to play out the final 30 minutes after he appeared to dislocate a finger.

Five team changes were made after the direness of Tuesday night's FA Cup defeat against Fleetwood Town. In came the loan trio of Rene Gilmartin, Gavin Massey and Jonathan Obika, whilst Kerrea Gilbert and Dominic Blizzard were also recruited into the starting line-up. Luke Ayling was switched across to the left-back position, allowing Max Ehmer to move into the centre, whilst Gilbert took the right-back slot. Meanwhile Blizzard's return meant Conor Clifford could play at the top of the diamond - all three of Tuesday's strikers were relegated to a bench composed entirely of attacking players.

The Glovers opened relatively well with Jonathan Obika's powerful break up the field seeing a ball coming in square for Conor Clifford to meet, much in the same way that he had done at Fleetwood in the away FA Cup match. On this occasion, Rochdale keeper Matthew Edwards was able to save with his legs to prevent the opening goal. Largely though, the first half belonged to Rochdale, with the Glovers relying upon Gavin Massey and Jonathan Obika playing as wide forwards - virtually as wingers, with the ball being put up to them on the flanks to run onto, but with the obvious problem being that they had few people around them to make any break count.

In the Rochdale line-up, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Nicky Adams were the two danger men, with Akpa Akpro getting three excellent chances to open the scoring as the Glovers struggled to defend down their flanks. Adams had a shot that deflected for a corner early on, but their best attempt of the half came through Akpa Akpro, whose blistering shot came off the crossbar, much in the same way that Notts County had a similar attempt from Alan Judge denied on the previous week. Adams and Akpa Akpro then combined with the latter putting his chance wide, whilst a great defensive block from Kerrea Gilbert stopped another similar attempt.

The gameplan for Yeovil as the half progressed was to stick all ten outfield players behind the ball, and try to block out Rochdale's attempts to get in the ball past Rene Gilmartin. They achieved that task relatively well leading up to the break, although at the cost that the longer the half went on, the more the attacking intent reduced.

The second period opened up with more of the same, with it pretty much becoming a training match of Attackers vs Defenders. However, the situation became all the more complicated when Rene Gilmartin suffered a hand injury during the second half that saw him receive lengthy treatment for what appeared to be a dislocated finger. Fairly incredibly the Watford loan man chose to continue, and immediately was tested through a 20 yard Harry Bunn shot, with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro firing the loose ball wide.

Rene Gilmartin then had to continue to work through the pain barrier, as he saved from a Nicky Adams free kick that was curled around the corner of the wall, then forced an Akpa Akrpo shot onto the post as Rochdale's striker struck the woodwork for the second time during the game. However things got that little bit tougher, when Kerrea Gilbert - already on a booking - put in a poor tackle on Rochdale full-back Joe Widdowson. Referee Chris Sarginson appeared to bring out a straight red card which would mean a three match ban for the former Arsenal player - regardless, Yeovil were down to ten men and with no defenders on the bench, Andy Williams had to fill in as a right-back as the Glovers played out with a 4-4-1 formation.

The remainder of the game was unsurprisingly played out with an extreme rearguard action - made even more so when Jonathan Obika was withdrawn for Alan O'Brien in the dying minutes - technically leaving the Glovers with no strikers up front, although the objective was for the left-winger to provide that outlet. Somehow they survived the pressure and five minutes injury time. It was a worthy away point and one that they would have taken before the game, but to get it they certainly had to sacrifice their footballing principles to get it in the bag.

Final Score: Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Rochdale:
21. Matthew Edwards
17. Dean Holden 22. Stephen Jordan 4. Marcus Holness 3. Joe Widdowson
11. Nicky Adams 8. Gary Jones 7. Jason Kennedy 26. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro
9. Harry Bunn 39. David Ball

Substitutes:
32. Danny Taberner (GK) 2. Stephen Darby 6. Brian Barry-Murphy 10. Ashley Grimes (71 mins for David Ball) 16. Andrew Tutte (90 mins for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Rene Gilmartin
15. Kerrea Gilbert 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 2. Luke Ayling
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
21. Gavin Massey 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
7. Andrew Williams (67 mins for Gavin Massey) 9. Steve MacLean 10. Gavin Williams (59 mins for Conor Clifford) 17. Alan O'Brien (87 mins for Jonathan Obika) 18. Kieran Agard

Rochdale Bookings: Harry Bunn (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Kerrea Gilbert (42 mins, foul). Red Card: Kerrea Gilbert (77 mins, serious foul play)

Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Ian Hussin (Liverpool) and Paul Marsden (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire).

Attendance: 2,692.


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17 December 2011 : Team News For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
With attention switching from the FA Cup and back to the Football League, the club's three loan players that were blocked from playing by their parent clubs all return to the starting line-up. Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin and strike pair Gavin Massey and Jonathan Obika are all available to join the team. Gareth Stewart, Kieran Agard and Steve MacLean all miss out with the latter two dropping to the bench. Andy Williams is a third striker to miss out.

The suspension of Bondz N'Gala meant that a change was needed to the back four - the man to benefit is Kerrea Gilbert, who comes into the side as a right-back. Midfielder Dominic Blizzard also returns to the side following a groin injury, meaning that Conor Clifford is likely to push further forward at the top of the diamond.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Rene Gilmartin
15. Kerrea Gilbert 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 2. Luke Ayling
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
21. Gavin Massey 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
7. Andrew Williams 9. Steve MacLean 10. Gavin Williams 17. Alan O'Brien 18. Kieran Agard

Rochdale:
21. Matthew Edwards
17. Dean Holden 22. Stephen Jordan 4. Marcus Holness 3. Joe Widdowson
11. Nicky Adams 8. Gary Jones 7. Jason Kennedy 9. Harry Bunn
26. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 39. David Ball

Substitutes:
32. Danny Taberner (GK) 2. Stephen Darby 6. Brian Barry-Murphy 10. Ashley Grimes 16. Andrew Tutte


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17 December 2011 : Skiverton Hoping For Action Replay At Spotland
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton wants to see an action replay of the club's previous visit to Spotland, when his side and Rochdale do battle this afternoon. The clubs meet in a relegation six-pointer with Dale knowing that they can leapfrog their opponents with a win.

However, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he has high hopes of a repeat of the last time the club visited Spotland, with a 1-0 win being secured thanks to a goal from loan striker Luke Freeman, who scored the winner four minutes after coming on as a substitute:

"I think it's really nice. We got a great result here last year. We won 1-0 and Luke Freeman scored. I think that might have been the catalyst for one of our runs. For me it had good memories last year. We need to go up there, and Rochdale have been struggling for a little bit of home form, as I think a lot of clubs in League One have done this year. They've got to come out and come at us. For us, it's about making sure we go up there and we're solid, and we don't give anything away. If we do that, then I think we'll be okay."


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17 December 2011 : Hartlepool Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of November saw them travel to play Hartlepool United for a League One fixture. The end result was the club's first away win of the 2011-12 season, with a Bondz N'Gala header giving the Glovers a 1-0 away win at Victoria Park.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, this was a close run affair, with a cluster of players picking up votes on the day. Midfielder Conor Clifford came in third, with centre-back Paul Huntington nudging ahead of him. However, the winner of the poll was goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin, who impressed on his debut with a clean sheet.

Full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Rene Gilmartin 38 (2)
2 Paul Huntington 32 (3)
3 Conor Clifford 24 (2)
4 Kieran Agard 18 (1)
5 Andy Williams 18 (0)
6 Bondz N'Gala 8 (0)
7 Luke Ayling 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.13

Performance: 7.50
Entertainment: 6.75

VOTES RECEIVED: 8


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17 December 2011 : Snowfall At Rochdale
This afternoon's League One opponents Rochdale are reporting that there has been some significant snowfall at Spotland overnight. However they are still confident that the game will go ahead, given that they still have covers on their pitch. They have inspected the pitch underneath and believe it is playable.

Rochdale have put a call-out for their supporters to turn up early this morning to help sweep the snow off the covers before they remove the covers from the pitch.


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16 December 2011 : Four Back, One Out For Dale Trip
Yeovil Town will be able to welcome back all four of the players who missed Tuesday night's FA Cup horror show against Fleetwood Town for their trip to Rochdale. The trio of loan players who were blocked by their parent clubs from playing against the Lancashire side in the competition will now be eligible for League One action, meaning that goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin, and strikers Gavin Massey and Jonathan Obika will be added to the squad that turn out for the match at Spotland.

Gilmartin will undoubtedly replace Gareth Stewart, however with the strikers it's a case of toss a coin, with Massey, Obika, Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard likely to be competing for two places, although the top of the midfield diamond does give a third option, with Gavin Williams another interested party in that area of the park.

Aside from the three loanees coming back into contention, the fourth player who will be available tomorrow is midfielder Dominic Blizzard. He suffered a groin strain leading into last weekend's home game against Notts County and so has missed the last two games. Manager Terry Skiverton indicated on Tuesday that Blizzard was on the edge of being selected for the FA Cup match, but just missed out. A further five days should mean he is fit and able to take to the field.

The one known absentee is centre-back Bondz N'Gala. His absence is likely to mean that Skiverton will have to reshuffle his back four, with one of Luke Ayling or Max Ehmer able to move into a central position. Depending on which one he chooses, one of Kerrea Gilbert, Curtis Haynes-Brown or Nathan Jones would profit by coming in as a full-back.

Rochdale go into tomorrow's match also planning to change goalkeepers from the one they used in their last fixture. First choice keeper David Lucas suffered a rather nasty injury last weekend when he was knocked unconscious in a collision with a Sheffield United player, that led to a ten minute delay in the match, and Lucas heading off to hospital. He is thankfully okay, but having suffered concussion, their Reserve keeper Matt Edwards will be deputising tomorrow.

On top of that, Rochdale will be missing Joe Thompson (thigh), Simon Hackney (abdominal) and Marc Twaddle (back) whilst defender Marcus Holness was absent for their trip to Sheffield United with a groin strain, and so is another doubt for them.

Rochdale lie in 22nd place in the League One table going into tomorrow's game, and with the Glovers just two points above them in 19th place, they have the opportunity to leapfrog Yeovil with a win. There's a fair chance that whoever loses tomorrow's match will land in the relegation zone by 5.00p.m.

If Dale are to climb above Yeovil tomorrow, there's a fair chance they'll need to keep a clean sheet to do so. They've not scored more than once in a first team match since October 15th, and leaving aside Football League Trophy penalty shoot-out win, they've recorded a victory just once in 12 matches, and have not won at home since October 1st. Their leading goalscorer is Ashley Grimes with eight goals, but again he's not netted in the past 2.5 months.

Former Glovers loan midfielder Andrew Tutte will doubtless be worth keeping an eye on. He's been a regular in their side since joining them on a two year deal over the summer, making 24 appearances for them already. However, in the last three matches, he's been relegated to the bench, and didn't even get on the pitch last weekend, suggesting that he's lost a bit of form of late.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. Tickets are available on the day of the match from Spotland. However if you're not going, you'll find BBC Somerset covering the match on 95.5FM, whilst we'll be tweeting during the game for those of you struggling with your last minute Christmas shopping.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale.

Link: Officials For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Bondz Ban Confirmed.


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16 December 2011 : Rochdale Weather And Pitch Watch
Tomorrow's opponents Rochdale have posted an update concerning their League One match against Yeovil Town. With snow falling at various locations around the country, their groundsman Phil Collinson has told their club's website that he is confident that the game will take place, pointing out that the Spotland pitch has been covered, recognising that bad weather was forecast for today:

"The pitch covers are on, and the ground underneath is soft and playable. There was a heavy snow shower earlier this afternoon but the covers were down. The overnight forecast is minus one so I can't see there being any problems, and if the prediction of rain tomorrow is correct then there is nothing to worry about. The covers will stay down overnight and will be removed tomorrow morning."

Rochdale are building up for tomorrow's match by having a festive theme to the game, with a six piece local brass band taking to the pitch from 1.45p.m. with a mix of popular tunes and Christmas carols, as well as a variety of other 'seasonal' entertainments. They will therefore be keen for the game to go ahead, given their organisation prior to the match.

For what it's worth, the Metcheck website reports fairly minimal rain/snow over the next 24 hours, whilst the daytime temperature will be one degree above freezing. There will be a big wind chill though, coming in from the North-West, so wrap up for this one!

Link: Metcheck Website : Rochdale Local Forecast.


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16 December 2011 : Skivo Previews The Rochdale Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away match at Rochdale, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from reporter Dan Albutt, the transcript of the BBC Bristol interview can be found via the link below.

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


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16 December 2011 : Skivo Defends Bondz Record After Red Card
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has defended centre-back Bondz N'Gala, although admits that he did not have a good game against Fleetwood Town in Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round replay. The 21 year old received his marching orders for two bookable offences in the defeat, and his dismissal midway through the second period left the Glovers with an upfield battle.

Skiverton has pointed out to BBC Somerset that leading up to the match, Bondz had been in good form, but said that he needed to work on his overall consistency:

"For the four or five games leading up to that, I think Bondz had been absolutely unbelievable. I think his form has been excellent. But he's still a young boy, and he seems to have these spells where it breaks his form up and he'll have five good games and then one not so good game. We need to make sure that we're trying to get him into the tens and fifteens. He'll get that."

Skiverton himself came under fire from supporters in the wake of Tuesday's match, with many believing that N'Gala should have been taken off, after referee James Adcock issued him with a clear final warning just before the half time break. N'Gala lasted another 25 minutes before committing another foul and getting an early bath.

The Glovers boss acknowledged that he was aware of the views of supporters on the subject, but said that there were other issues on the field that he needed to deal with in terms of the first half performance:

"I've had people come up and say perhaps you should have brought Bondz off, because he was on a yellow card. Yes, but you can't bring everybody off."

As a result of his red card, Bondz will be sat at home this weekend - he will serve a one match suspension as part of Saturday's match against Rochdale.

Link: Bondz N'Gala : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 December 2011 : Ehmer Extends Glovers Loan Deal
Yeovil Town have agreed to extend the current loan deal with Max Ehmer until the end of the 2011-12 season. His parent club Queens Park Rangers have stated that their Academy graduate will now stay at Huish Park until Thursday 31st May 2012.

Ehmer made his 50th appearance for Yeovil Town on Tuesday night, after joining the club on loan on New Year's Day. He is now in his second spell with the Glovers where he has clocked up 23 appearances.

Link: Max Ehmer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 December 2011 : Youth Match Falls Foul Of Weather
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their final match of the 2011 calendar year called off. They were due to play Exeter City Under-18s in a Youth Alliance League match. However, the Alvington pitch is waterlogged and the match will now have to be rearranged.

The Youth Team are now not scheduled to play a fixture until January 7th 2012, when they travel to play Bristol Rovers Under-18s.


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16 December 2011 : Skivo: Cup Performance Worst Of My Management Career
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Fleetwood Town was the worst performance he'd seen from his side since taking over as manager. The Glovers have endured a few horror shows over the past couple of years, notably a 5-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion shortly after Skiverton took over, along with a 4-0 thrashing at Notts County just over a year later.

With Tuesday's match live on ESPN Sports as well as on home turf at Huish Park, there were plenty more witnesses to the club's FA Cup exit, and speaking to BBC Somerset two days after that horror show, Skiverton felt that it was the worst he'd seen:

"On reflection since I've taken over, that's the worst we've played. That's even from when I first took over. These things do happen, and again I'll apologise to the supporters. We'll put it into the archives and we have to learn from it, and that's one thing that we need to do as a team."

After meeting the press on Tuesday night, Skiverton returned to the dressing room, and held a 10.00p.m. inquest with his team to discuss the game. He explained that this was an attempt to get the game out of their systems:

"It wasn't a shouting and bawling match. It was just something where we needed to sit down and make sure that we cleared it there and then, rather than wait until the next day. We dealt with it on the night. We gave them a day off (on Wednesday) to relax and recover, and then this morning (Thursday) we've come in like it didn't even happen. I think that's the way that we've got to look at it."

Tomorrow sees the club play in a six-pointer against bottom four side Rochdale, who lie just two points behind the Glovers in the League One table. Skiverton said that even though his players got flak for the midweek performance, he would rather have been facing another game at Huish Park:

"We've got to meet it, and I'd rather have had a home game and met it head on. That's why I made sure that we walked round and took the little bit of abuse that we did take. But everything is positive now. We pick ourselves up, and now it's back to the ultimate goal, which is making sure that we are safe in League One."


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16 December 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale
Yeovil Town's last pre-Christmas game is a trip to Spotland, home of Rochdale football club. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide to the ground, the town and the surrounding area has been dusted off and given a mini make-over. The usual diet of ground directions, tickets, travel and a pub guide plus many more can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale.

Link: Officials For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Bondz Ban Confirmed.


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15 December 2011 : Skiverton Supporting Curbs On Over-Spending Clubs
Glovers boss Terry Skiverton believes that clubs like Yeovil Town are having to deal with an unlevel playing field as part of their quest to stay in League One. As one of the smaller clubs in the division, it's inevitable that their natural revenues will fall into the lower region of what other clubs are spending. However, Skiverton believes that even then there are unnamed clubs living beyond their means.

This season, only one club has had one of its associated companies fall into administration, with Portsmouth's Holding Company under scrutiny by the Football League. However, the likes of Plymouth Argyle, Rotherham United, Luton Town and Stockport County have all fallen foul of their finances, generally resulting in relegation due to the League's 'Sporting Sanction' rule that sees clubs deducted ten points or more for incurring an insolvency event. Skiverton believes such rules provide a deterrent against overspending:

"It may have been a bit easy in the past for clubs to overspend then to write off all their debt and start again. Think of all the people who get cheated out of the money they may have worked for or the money that they have owed and the services that they provide. Then all of a sudden they chop it all down, they start again and they overspend again. There are rules and regulations put in place now so that that doesn't happen. For us it's not fair, when we're trying to compete and other clubs are doing that."

Current changes within Football League rules will shortly take further measures against over-spending clubs. League Two sides in the Football League are already working to a salary capping scheme, known as the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP). This season League One clubs have adopted the measures, but only on an advisory basis - there are no penalties in place if clubs fail to adhere to the regulations. They simply receive notification from the Football League warning them where they have exceeded the quotas. From next season, penalties will be kicking in, and are expected to be in line with League Two rules where member clubs are placed under a transfer embargo until they can bring their wage bill back inside the limits.

Link: League Set Salary Cap Thresholds.


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15 December 2011 : Yeovil Express Set To Close?
The town of Yeovil looks set to lose one of its local newspapers, according to reports coming out of an independent media commentator's website. The Hold The Front Page website, which concentrates on news affecting regional print and online media institutions claims that the Yeovil Express newspaper will be closing, with its last edition set for next week.

Publishers Newsquest are claimed to be planning the final issue of the paper on December 20th. The HTFP website also suggests that the Yeovil Times - a 'freebie' paper produced by Northcliffe Media who also own the Western Gazette - ceased production on November 6th. That would leave the Gazette as only remaining newspaper based in the town.

Express Chief Reporter Steve Sowden covered a lot of Yeovil Town's 'glory years' of the last decade, becoming legendary amongst supporters for his 'Keep the faith bruvvers' catchphrase, used in many of his articles during Gary Johnson's time at the club.

In 2007, Steve moved into a dual role working for the Chard and Ilminster News, which is continuing to trade as a paid-for publication. Steve said that he couldn't comment on the claims made by HTFP but speaking about that era covering Yeovil Town he said that he was proud of what he had achieved during his time as the paper's dedicated sports reporter:

"I feel privileged and honoured to have covered Yeovil Town’s fortunes during that golden period when we won the FA Trophy, Nationwide Conference and League Two. I’ve got so many great memories from those years which I, and I’m sure many fans do, look back on with great affection.

"For me the biggest moments came at Doncaster in the FA Trophy when we were 3-0 down and came back to win – that was the moment when I thought we would go on and win the Trophy that year; and then at Halifax in the Conference-winning season when we were 2-0 down at half-time and Kevin Gall scored a hat-trick to win the game with virtually the last kick of the match – that was the moment when I thought we would go on and win the Conference that year.

"I can look back at being in that privileged position of being in the Press Pack which started as just a couple of hacks into a swarm of newsmen, TV crews and radio presenters as Yeovil’s success grew and grew. Getting the opportunity to visit Villa Park with the team a few days ahead of the FA Trophy and listen to confidence coach Mark Layder talk to the players was a defining moment for me where I coined the phrase “keep the faith” ... and I suppose that message is apt for what is happening at Yeovil Town now
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15 December 2011 : Officials For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One clash between Rochdale and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place on Saturday 17th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Spotland and is the Glovers final match before Christmas. The man in charge will be referee Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson is relatively new to Football League refereeing, having been promoted in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during the 2008-09 season with the first being November 2008's 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United. We were a little unimpressed by Mr Sarginson's handling of the game, where six players got booked, but where a firmer grip on some of the earlier action might have stopped the game from boiling over at various points. In the end the only surprise was that both sides kept 11 players on the pitch.

Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009. Perhaps our attention was swayed a little with three new loan signings in the side on that day, but the match referee doesn't get a mention in our match report, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it.

More recently, we had him for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

Our latest match involving him came earlier this season with the 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game:

"Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didn’t see anything wrong with that."

The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

As an assistant referee, he has waved the flag at an FA Vase Final, a Football League Play-Off Final and a UEFA Cup tie. As a referee, his biggest game was to take charge of the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie between Torquay United and Exeter City.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Ian Hussin (Liverpool) and Paul Marsden (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire).

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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14 December 2011 : Bondz Ban Confirmed
The Football Association have confirmed that Yeovil Town centre-back Bondz N'Gala will serve a one match suspension for his red card against Fleetwood Town. Bondz was dismissed for two yellow cards last night in the FA Cup Second Round replay, and so will miss the away match against Rochdale as a consequence, returning on Boxing Day for the home game against Charlton Athletic.

There had been some confusion over exactly who was booked in another second half yellow card relating to an off-the-ball incident. Referee James Adcock certainly showed a yellow card, with the question mark being over who out of Paul Huntington and Paul Wotton got the card.

If it had been Wotton, that would have been his 10th booking of the season. However, the FA do not list the midfielder in their list of banned players for Saturday, suggesting that Huntington received the caution, with Wotton's involvement with referee Adcock probably due to his captaincy of the side. Thus unless the FA make a belated change to their lists, it would appear Wotton will be available for Saturday's match at Spotland.

The problem Yeovil Town will be facing going into the Christmas period is that by our records, Paul Wotton and Ed Upson are just one booking away from a two match suspension, whilst Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard are one caution away from a single match suspension. The Glovers therefore need to hope that all four do not happen across the same period of time.

Link: 2011-12 Yeovil Town First Team Bookings.


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14 December 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Fleetwood Home Game
Following last night's 0-2 home defeat against Fleetwood Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's post-match views are captured via the link below.

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


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14 December 2011 : Ridsdale Rids Preston Of Brown
When Peter Ridsdale came in as Preston North End's new Chairman on December 6th, numerous football fans on Twitter suggested that their manager Phil Brown should fear for his future. After all, Ridsdale had already been employed as a 'hit man' for Plymouth Argyle, deposing of Peter Reid during September in what many Pilgrims fans saw as harsh circumstances.

And so it proved. Phil Brown has left Deepdale after less than a year in charge, lasting just eight days under the Ridsdale regime. They are in 10th place in the League One table, and five points off the play-offs, but are on a poor run of form, with just one win in eleven matches, including eight defeats.

Assistant Brian Horton has also been shown the door. Graham Alexander and David Unsworth have been given caretaker roles in the meantime.


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14 December 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 0 Fleetwood 2 : The Morning After The Night Before
Ever woken up after a heavy night out wondering if it was all a dream? Saying that you'll never do that again? Last night's 0-2 home defeat against Fleetwood Town left a few Yeovil Town supporters like bears with a sore head. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, the post-mortem on our FA Cup run is duly opened. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add in your own views on what went on.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 0 Fleetwood 2 : The Morning After The Night Before.


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14 December 2011 : Belson Goes For A Burton
Yeovil Town midfielder Flavien Belson looks to be trying to line himself up with a new club when the January transfer window opens. The Frenchman played for League Two side Burton Albion's Reserve Team yesterday in a Central League match against Port Vale Reserves.

Burton lost the match 2-1 and although Burton's club site do not name Belson in the line-up, the Burton Mail newspaper states that he played in the match.

Belson's contract at Huish Park ends at the end of the year, and manager Terry Skiverton has already gone on the record to say that he will not be offering him a new deal.


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14 December 2011 : Football League Trophy Gets Three More Coats Of Paint
The Football League Trophy has had its sponsorship agreement extended through to the summer of 2015. The Johnstone's Paint Trophy as it is currently known, will carry its sponsors name for a further three seasons, after Johnstone's agreed a new deal with the Football League.

The new deal means that the paint company's involvement in the competition will now be extended out to nine seasons - the longest sponsorship agreement in the competition's 29 year history, which has included other brands such as LDV and Freight Rover.

Recent competition changes have included slimming the competition down by scrapping extra time, and increasing regionalisation during the earlier rounds, as well as stronger rules on the number of first teamers that must be played in the competition. In today's new agreement, there's no indication of any tangible changes being made to the knock-out cup at this stage.


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14 December 2011 : Yeovil Town's Bramall Lane Trip Is Rearranged
Yeovil Town's trip to play Sheffield United in League One now has a new date. The match was due to be played on Saturday 7th January, but with the Blades in FA Cup Third Round action on that day, the fixture was called off around ten days ago.

The match has now been rearranged for the following Tuesday night and so will be played on January 10th 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Bramall Lane.

Yeovil Town will have a blank Saturday on January 7th as a result of the fixture change.


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14 December 2011 : Skiverton Holds Late Night Inquest Into Fleetwood Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton held a late night inquest with his team into yesterday's FA Cup exit. Following the 0-2 home defeat against Fleetwood Town in an FA Cup Second Round Replay, the Glovers boss held a 10.00p.m. meeting with his players once he'd dealt with his press duties after the game.

Speaking to BBC Somerset prior to that meeting, he admitted his team looked like a relegation side, and that the players would be asked some searching questions both on the night, and in a second meeting today:

"We played like a team that's looking to get relegated. That's just not acceptable. I'm very disappointed tonight. We're going to go over it now. I've got a meeting booked in with them for ten o'clock, and we need to put a few things right, because I can't let this sit on my chest tonight. We're going to deal with it tomorrow as we're going to have to have another meeting tomorrow. I've got to get in there and find out how badly we really did play."

Skiverton added that although his side could have equalised against the Fylde Coast side, the non-leaguers had plenty more chances to extend their lead during the second half:

"Credit to Fleetwood. They deserved it tonight. They could have had two or three more to be honest with you. It's disappointing for us. It's one of those games where you don't score. We had two or three chances ourselves where we should have put the ball in. We didn't, and it's one of those nights that we'll have to chalk off, and I'll calm down tomorrow. The emotions are running quite high, because I love the FA Cup so much."

Link: Skiverton Threatens January Ship-Out After Cup Exit.


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13 December 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Fleetwood Replay
If you watched this evening's 0-2 home defeat against Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Note that with this game being shown live on the ESPN Sports channel, you can vote for this one whether you were at Huish Park, or whether you chose to stay dry and warm for the night.

And yes, we're aware that choosing a Top Three from tonight's match may be a touch difficult - hopefully you can pick out three players whose performances were at least 'adequate' on the night!

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


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13 December 2011 : Skiverton Threatens January Ship-Out After Cup Exit
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton accused his side of not 'wanting' the tie enough, as they crashed out of the FA Cup to non-league side Fleetwood Town. In front of the ESPN Sports cameras, the Glovers went down to a shocking 0-2 home defeat against the Conference side, with goals from Jamie McGuire and Jamie Vardy setting the Cod Army up for their dream tie against Blackpool in the Third Round.

Speaking immediately after the match, Skiverton felt that a 'dreadful' first half performance was responsible for their failure and told ESPN that his side lacked passion on the night:

"I think that one team really wanted it. They had a little more incentive and they seemed to hammer that home to us tonight. As poor as we were, I think Fleetwood played very well. You've got to give them all the credit. I've been on the other side of the fence and the other changing room with Yeovil in the past. I've really got to apologise to my supporters for that first half performance. We were dreadful. For how well we've done in recent league form, we turn up tonight and we don't show our home fans that passion, that commitment and that determination."

With the January transfer window opening up in three weeks time, and a number of players at the club on loan or on short term deals, Skiverton added that some of his players futures would be on the line:

"One thing as manager of this football club is that I will not accept it. There will be a few home truths, and there will be people who are maybe looking elsewhere in January on the back of that, because that's just not on for players of this football club. We need to make sure that we're fighting in League One now. We've got that to concentrate on, but for me personally it's just a case of having to pick up the pieces and make sure that we turn it around in the league."

Until Fleetwood netted their second goal, the Glovers had a number of chances to get back into the tie, with two attempts by Kieran Agard going wide, whilst Bondz N'Gala saw a header saved. Then in the 90th minute, a Gavin Williams header went narrowly over the bar before Vardy's weaving run secured the win at the other end. Skiverton said the Glovers didn't deserve to get back into the game:

"The word is 'nearly'. We didn't take any of our chances. That's why Fleetwood deserved to go through to the next round. We don't. We had our chance in the first game. We blew it. Then we came here tonight and we were passed off the pitch."

Finally Skiverton said that he had no complaints about the red card shown to Bondz N'Gala, who got his marching orders for two cautions after he bundled over Jamie Vardy in the second half. Skiverton admitted that N'Gala could easily have walked before the half time interval for another incident:

You were out there and you saw it. He could have been sent off even before that. If I'm being perfectly honest, he was lucky to be on the pitch even at that stage."


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13 December 2011 : Yeovil 0 Fleetwood 2 : Glovers Battered By Cod Army
The Glovers went into the match making three expected changes, with Rene Gilmartin, Gavin Massey and Jonathan Obika all blocked from playing in the FA Cup by their parent clubs. The incoming trio of Gareth Stewart, Steve MacLean and Andy Williams were equally no surprise. On the bench, Anthony Edgar, Oli Johnson, Curtis Haynes Brown and Billy Gibson benefited from the ability to select seven substitutes.

The game opened with Yeovil looking bright, and Kieran Agard served up the first chance of the night, as his left wing cross was met at the near post by Steve MacLean, but his attempt to flick the ball into the net with his first touch didn't quite connect properly and Scott Davies was able to easily save. Gradually though, Fleetwood began to find their feet with Jamie Vardy getting room down Yeovil's left flank, putting in a cross that Andy Mangan wasted by heading over the bar.

Gradually though, it was Fleetwood who took the advantage. In the second half of the tie at their Highbury Stadium they targeted Yeovil's left flank and particularly Max Ehmer, with the stand-in left-back looking uncomfortable as the Fylde Coast side doubled up on him. They got the opening goal in that area of the park as well - although this was down to collectively poor marking, rather than any sort of running at full-backs. Peter Till received the ball on the corner of the area, and his pass to Jamie McGuire was passed into the corner of the net for what was a deserved lead for the visitors.

Yeovil's game went to pot at this point. Forced into putting a second player onto the left flank to cover Ehmer's channel, Conor Clifford's central midfield creativity and bite was sacrificed , meaning that whilst they closed up that flank, they in turn lost control of the centre. Matters were made all the more complicated as Bondz N'Gala was booked for a foul on Jamie Vardy, and then followed up with a far more aggressive challenge on Jamie McGuire just two minutes later, with referee James Adcock giving the centre-back a firm final warning, using captain Paul Wotton as a witness to his firm statement.

All in all, a poor first half, and one that deteriorated badly and it was no surprise to find Terry Skiverton making a half time change with Gavin Williams being introduced to the fold - although perhaps Conor Clifford was a little unlucky to be sacrificed. Fleetwood opened up by forcing Gareth Stewart into two parried saves from Fleetwood front pair Andy Mangan and Jamie Vardy, with the goalkeeping coach beating the ball out well away from his goal.

At the other end, Bondz N'Gala almost atoned for his first half discipline as he forced Scott Davies into a save, having nodded at goal from a Gavin Williams free kick. In the crowded goalmouth, Yeovil had a couple of other attempts to bundle the ball home, with Paul Huntington almost getting in, only to find the ball deflecting out for a corner.

The game was getting somewhat fractious, with Paul Huntington lucky to escape with a yellow when his boot landed on Jamie Vardy off the ball, whilst Ed Upson picked up his customary booking. So perhaps it was a little unlikely that the game would end with 22 men on the field. And so it proved - Bondz N'Gala bumped into Jamie Vardy - the striker went down like a sack of spuds, and referee James Adcock kept to the promise that he had made just before the half time break. The centre-back was off the field, in one of the easiest to predict sendings off of the season - there was no way N'Gala was going to survive a whole 45 minutes without a foul.

Yeovil tried a succession of formation changes - 4-4-1, 3-4-2 but never quite looked comfortable with trying to push forward in numbers whilst having a man short at the back. Alan O'Brien came on and briefly livened matters up with his pace but the game was becoming incredibly stretched, with Jamie Vardy almost putting the ball on a plate for an incoming Fleetwood striker as he zipped the ball across the face of the box, only for everyone to miss the ball.

There was a chance for one more twist to the tie, as the game became 10 vs 10, with Steve McNulty getting his marching orders after he bundled over Andy Williams who was on a break up field, with the slow centre-back having been booked 15 minutes earlier. That livened the Huish Park crowd up for the final fling, and the golden chance came when Alan O'Brien put in a great left-wing cross allowing Gavin Williams to fling himself at the ball, just failing to keep his header down, as it lifted over the bar.

As the game tipped over into five minutes additional time, Fleetwood polished off the tie, as danger man Jamie Vardy got the ball into space inside the Yeovil half with the Glovers having pushed numbers up. Able to run at sole defender Paul Huntington, who didn't dare tackle in case he reached the same fate as his defensive partner, Vardy weaved his way in and out and finally shot through Gareth Stewart and into the back of the net. 91 minutes. 0-2. Game over. A good few hundred Yeovil supporters chose to leave their seats and head for the car park with the tie well and truly over.

In the end Yeovil got what they deserved, and Fleetwood got what they deserved - a home tie against Fylde coast neighbours Blackpool. This wasn't a non-league side playing backs-to-the-wall football to scrape out a jammy win. This was a side who outclassed a team two leagues above them, and turned them into a petulant and often disorganised side who were outplayed in midfield. The big question will be why Bondz N'Gala wasn't substituted to save himself, but that was only part of the problem, with the Cod Army well on top even before the Glovers ended up with 10 men on the field. A poor showing tonight, and made all the worse by it being witnessed by the television cameras.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 2.

Scorers: Jamie McGuire (28 mins, 0-1), Jamie Vardy (90 mins, 0-2)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
24. Gareth Stewart
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
37. Conor Clifford 8. Edward Upson
9. Steve MacLean
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
10. Gavin Williams (46 mins for Conor Clifford) 11. Anthony Edgar 15. Kerrea Gilbert 16. Oli Johnson 17. Alan O'Brien (73 mins for Steve MacLean) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 23. Billy Gibson (83 mins for Paul Wotton)

Fleetwood Town:
1. Scott Davies
2. Shaun Beeley 5. Steve McNulty 6. Nathan Pond 13. Alan Goodall
15. Keith Briggs 18. Jamie McGuire 26. Peter Cavanagh 11. Peter Till
14. Andy Mangan 33. Jamie Vardy

Substitutes:
28. David Stevenson (GK) 12. Junior Brown 7. Sean Clancy 10. Magno Vieira 9. Richard Brodie 23. Kieran Charnock (86 mins for Peter Till) 32. Charlie Wassmer

Yeovil Bookings: Bondz N'Gala (foul, 43 mins), Paul Huntington (off the ball incident, 52 mins), Ed Upson (foul, 62 mins). Red Card: Bondz N'Gala (second bookable offence, 70 mins)

Fleetwood Bookings: Richard Brodie (kicking ball away, 34 mins), Steve McNulty (foul, 68 mins). Red Card: Steve McNulty (second bookable offence, 85 mins)

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). Fourth Official: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Attendance: 3,276 (including 290 Fleetwood fans)


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13 December 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for tonight's FA Cup Second Round Replay. The trio of absentees come as no surprise, with goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin and striker Gavin Massey blocked by Watford from playing in the cup, whilst striker Jonathan Obika is similarly stopped by Tottenham Hotspur.

Goalkeeper Gareth Stewart and strike pair Andrew Williams and Steve MacLean are the equally unsurprising players to benefit.

On the bench, Anthony Edgar, Oli Johnson, Curtis Haynes Brown and Billy Gibson are included as additional substitutes tonight.

The formation will doubtless be a continuation of the midfield diamond - which of Steve MacLean or Andrew Williams occupies the top of the diamond is not clear at this stage.

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
24. Gareth Stewart
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
37. Conor Clifford 8. Edward Upson
9. Steve MacLean
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
10. Gavin Williams 11. Anthony Edgar 15. Kerrea Gilbert 16. Oli Johnson 17. Alan O'Brien 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 23. Billy Gibson

Fleetwood Town:
1. Scott Davies
2. Shaun Beeley 5. Steve McNulty 6. Nathan Pond 13. Alan Goodall
15. Keith Briggs 18. Jamie McGuire 26. Peter Cavanagh 11. Peter Till
14. Andy Mangan 33. Jamie Vardy

Substitutes:
28. David Stevenson (GK) 12. Junior Brown 7. Sean Clancy 10. Magno Vieira 9. Richard Brodie 23. Kieran Charnock 32. Charlie Wassmer


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13 December 2011 : Interview With Rene Gilmartin
Following Saturday's 1-0 win against Notts County, Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Reg's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Rene Gilmartin Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Notts County.

As a special bonus, there is a second interview with the same player that was conducted just after he signed on loan for the Glovers, in the lead-up to the trip to Hartlepool United.

Link: Rene Gilmartin Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Hartlepool.


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13 December 2011 : Fleetwood Fans Barred From Beer Tent
Visiting Fleetwood Town supporters will not be able to gain access to Yeovil Town's Hospitality Marquee. The venue more commonly known as the Beer Tent will be open to those carrying tickets for home areas of the ground only. We'd therefore recommend that visiting fans head for one of the walkable pubs in the area, such as The Bell in Preston Road, or pick one of the pubs on your way into the town.

Directions and pub information are provided via the link below. Fleetwood are bringing six supporters coaches to tonight's match, with their fans given free transport to the FA Cup Second Round Replay.

Link: Directions and Pub Information Around Huish Park.


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13 December 2011 : BBC Local Radio Commentary For Tonight's Game
With tonight's Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town match being an FA Cup tie, BBC Somerset are able to broadcast their live commentary over the internet. For those who can't reach their usual coverage on 95.5FM, the BBC have provided a web link for tonight's match where they will provide their usual coverage.

The broadcast is limited to those with internet access through a United Kingdom internet provider, so expect problems if you live overseas. They kicked in the commentary around five minutes before kick-off for the original tie - the actual show on 95.5FM commences just after the 7.00p.m. news.

And if you can't reach that, or ESPN Sports tonight, then follow us on Twitter for thoughts about the game.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town Live Commentary.


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13 December 2011 : Seddon Out For Fleetwood
Tonight's FA Cup Second Round Replay opponents Fleetwood Town have revealed that they will be missing experienced attacker Gareth Seddon for the game at Huish Park. The 31 year old former Bury player is one of the more recognisable names on Fleetwood's teamsheet, having had a lengthy career in non-league football, and played a full 90 minutes in the original tie.

He was one of the few Fleetwood first teamers to appear in their 3-1 defeat against Northwich Victoria on Saturday, and that backfired a touch as he picked up his fifth booking of the 2011-12 season. He therefore sits out a one match suspension tonight.

Fleetwood remain tight-lipped over whether dead ball specialist Jamie Milligan (knee) will be in tonight's line-up, having suffered injuries in the original tie, and therefore having been left out of the squad that travelled to the Vics. Full-back Shaun Beeley (dead leg) has been confirmed as fit for the game.

The visitors travelled down yesterday, staying overnight in a hotel to ensure that they do not suffer any problems on the M6 or M5. They will be followed today by six coach loads of Cod Army fans, given free travel by the club to visit Huish Park, rather than stay at home for the evening.

Whilst a Third Round tie against neighbours Blackpool looms large for the Conference National side manager Micky Mellon is perhaps doing a bit of kidology in telling the Blackpool Gazette that the pressure is on the Glovers rather than his own side tonight:

"Our preparation has been thorough and I have total belief that the team we put out is capable of getting the job done as long as they follow their instructions and perform as well as we know they can The pressure is still on Yeovil. They are the League One side who are expected to win, and they will be keen to have a crack at a Championship club on their own ground as well."

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.30p.m. and is live on ESPN Sports. Fleetwood have stated that Yeovil Town have used pitch covers at Huish Park in order to deal with the heavy rain and wind that has been reaching the South of England overnight. The rain is expected to clear for early afternoon, but may return closer to kick-off. We're not aware of any pitch problems, but for those who are travelling a long distance, keep an eye on our Twitter account where any known issues will be reported.


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13 December 2011 : Gloucester 0 Yeovil 2 : Ladies Go Top After Massive Victory
Yeovil Town Ladies rifled their way to the summit of the South West Women's Combination Football League on Sunday following a massive win over second place Gloucester City. City have been in great form this season, but they were swept aside by the Glovers in a superb second half performance, goals from Justine Lorton and Kirsty Whitton keeping them on course for promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League.

"This was always going to be a tough game for us," joint manager Nigel Williams said. "The girls worked hard throughout, and in the end got their just rewards with superb victory. Gloucester are no pushovers, and we had to be in top form to get the win. We fully deserved the points, and we were delighted with all the players."

Yeovil started brightly with some great one and two touch football to create a number of openings in the opening ten minutes. The game was being played in very difficult conditions, and rain set in hard, and Yeovil lost their grip of the game to let Gloucester get back into the play. The Glovers had to defend patiently as a midfield and defensive unit, and soaked up the Gloucester pressure, with them dominating the game for a period.

"Although we lost our way we still has some chances," Williams said. "We had a goal disallowed that Jodi Cornwall struck, but it was not given as the referee had not seen the ball cross the line. There were some great recovery runs from Stacey Pearson to come back and help down the left, and Laura Wensley had another great day with her break up play. Laura Bray, Cornwall and Kirsty Whitton all had opportunities to put us in front, but they were unable to punish the home team. But we went in at half time 0-0 knowing this was a team that we could beat, so were determined to get things right for the second."

Jade Hatton came on for Nadine Grogan at the start of the second period. The Glovers continued to attack, and could have taken the lead on 50 minutes when Laura Bray and Cornwall both broke clear of the opposition defence in quick succession, but with an ever declining pitch they both missed out as the ball bobbled about.

"Gloucester started to lose discipline and foul our players to try and gain possession as we mounted attack after attack," Williams said. "We combated this well, but Sarah and I made another change on 61 minutes, bringing on Justine Lorton for Jodi (Cornwall)."

This had an almost immediate affect on the game, with Justine Lorton giving Yeovil the lead five minutes later as Pearson set a ball into her path to take it to the edge of the box where she beat two players, before striking the ball high into the net. It was a great goal, and well celebrated by the former England international as she slid on her front in the mud.

The game was still far from won, and Yeovil had to be on their toes to cope with some fine Gloucester attacks, as Terri Trowbridge, Emma Brazell, Rachael Edwards, Jade Hatton, and goalkeeper Dodge swept up wonderfully, working well as a unit at the back. Gloucester’s best chance came minutes after the Yeovil goal with a powerful shot heading straight for goal, but Dodge was equal to it, as she brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar.

"It was a lovely save," Williams said. "She made a great performance today, and concentrated throughout. It was a very good performance all round from the defence today, and they were delighted to have a clean sheet for the second game running. Fully deserved."

The Glovers were still on top, and really got in Gloucester’s faces with some great midfield performances, and on 66 minutes Kirsty Whitton and Lorton combined well to send and intelligent ball to Shannon Osman, who ran superbly down the wing to deliver a thunderbolt cross to Whitton who smashed the ball in with her head at near post.

"It was a well worked goal," Williams said. "And it came at the perfect time for us, with us going on to take the game. Kirsty (Whitton) is in great form at the moment, and is scoring well too. I thought we lacked a goal scoring midfielder last season, but with both Kirsty and Stacey Pearson regularly getting on the score sheet this year we are giving ourselves more options."

Yeovil were in control now, and played out the game with some great possession for the final twenty minutes, the whole team digging deep on a very hard pitch. Dawna Dennett came on for Bray on 71 minutes, but was soon fouled and injured, but she bravely played out the game.

"Credit to Gloucester's goalkeeper who played injured, and kept a few of our opportunities out of the net to keep at it 2-0," Williams said. "Today we were so pleased to see the reaction in the second half of every player on the pitch. From ‘keeper to midfield and centre forwards we have players in form, and hard work from each squad member made for a great win. Today was a great Christmas present for all. Sarah and I asked for a top performance from the girls, and this is what they gave. We would like to thank our players for believing in us and themselves to put us here."

Final Score: Gloucester City Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Edwards, Brazell, Trowbridge, Grogan (Hatton – 45), Whitton, Wensley, Osman, Pearson, Bray (Dennett – 71), Cornwall (Lorton – 61).

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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12 December 2011 : Cod Army Bring In New Goalkeeper For Tomorrow
Tomorrow night's opponents Fleetwood Town have brought in a new goalkeeper to bolster their first team squad ahead of the FA Cup Second Round replay. The man in question is 26 year old former Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Dave Stevenson who joins as a free agent having spent the past two years playing for Maine and also for a team in the United Soccer Leagues (USL), a feeder to the MLS structure.

Stevenson was most recently on the books of AFC Fylde and has also played for Bamber Bridge. He has been training with Leicester City this season, as well as having trials with Plymouth Argyle.

Fleetwood had the gloriously named Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton - a former Bristol Rovers and Stoke City goalkeeper - on their bench for the original tie, but their club site implies that Stevenson will be performing those duties tomorrow night, despite St Louis-Hamilton having played in Fleetwood's weekend defeat against Northwich Victoria. Assuming nothing has happened that we're unaware of, first choice keeper Scott Davies should return for them for the Second Round Replay at Huish Park.


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12 December 2011 : Quartet Set To Be Absent For Cup Replay
Yeovil Town are expected to be without four of their first team players for tomorrow night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Fleetwood Town. The match at Huish Park kicks off on Tuesday 13th December, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off, and is live on the ESPN Sports channel.

The Glovers will go into the game with three of their players expected to be absent due to their parent clubs blocking them from appearing in the FA Cup. Watford pair Rene Gilmartin and Gavin Massey and Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika all missed the original tie for that reason, and so unless there are any surprise u-turns, they will sit in the stand for the game. In addition, midfielder Dominic Blizzard is reported to be missing for tomorrow's game; he missed Saturday's match against Notts County with a groin strain and the Press Association believe he is out of tomorrow's game as well.

The enforced changes should mean that Kieran Agard and Andy Williams partner each other up front tomorrow night - manager Terry Skiverton hinted in his Saturday pre-match interview that this would be the case, although he does now have Gavin Williams as a potential option to start the game as a replacement for Gavin Massey, who occupied the top of the midfield diamond on the weekend. Gareth Stewart will be between the sticks, whilst Massey and Gilmartin's absence should allow Oli Johnson to be included in the squad again, most likely on the bench.

Fleetwood suffered a somewhat embarrassing cup defeat on Saturday, with a team wearing green and white hoops knocking them out. Northwich Victoria, who now play two divisions lower, won the game 3-1 although before anyone assumes that the Cod Army are coming off the rails it's worth noting that Fleetwood selected a near Reserve side for the FA Trophy tie, with just three of those who turned out against Yeovil starting against the Vics.

They do go into the match with a couple of injury concerns, both sustained in the original FA Cup tie. Full-back Shaun Beeley suffered a dead leg and was subbed in the Highbury Stadium tie whilst goalscorer Jamie Milligan suffered a knee injury when celebrating his late penalty. Manager Micky Mellon identified both players as being two who would not have featured against Northwich, even if he had not chosen to heavily rotate his squad, and he will be desperate to ensure that Milligan - Fleetwood's best player in the original match against the Glovers - is able to take to the field of play.

The winners of the game tomorrow night will face Blackpool in the Third Round - a fact that is likely to ensure that their Fylde Coast neighbours Fleetwood Town are both fired up for the replay, but also perhaps a touch nervous for what would be the biggest match in the current incarnation of the Lancashire side's history.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 7.30p.m. and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off with no matchday surcharge on this occasion. Be aware that as this is an 'all pay' game, and because there were no advance tickets on sale at the Fleetwood end, we'd expect the Ticket Office to be rather busier than usual, and so try to allow a bit of extra time if you're coming to buy or pick up a ticket before the game starts.

If you're unable to make the game, of course there will be live coverage on the ESPN Sports channel. However, for those who can't get that, BBC Somerset will be in full effect on 95.5FM from just after the 7.00p.m. news, whilst we'll be providing Tweets during the game as usual. Allow for the potential of a late finish, given this game will go to Extra Time and Penalties if it is not settled within the normal 90 minutes.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town.


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12 December 2011 : Interview With Andy Williams
Following Saturday's 1-0 win against Notts County, goalscorer and match-winner Andy Williams spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Willo's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Andy Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Notts County.


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12 December 2011 : Glovers 2 Cherries 2 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s gained a home draw on Saturday morning, as they came from behind twice to draw with AFC Bournemouth in a Youth Alliance League match. Second half strikes from Aidan Chainey and Melchi Emanuel-Williamson saw the Glovers draw 2-2, and were perhaps a touch unlucky not to come away with the win, having created numerous other chances on the day.

The Glovers went into the match without the injured Will Gordon, but were able to welcome back Josh Doyle into the back four, after he served his one match suspension. They fell behind during the opening quarter hour when a defence-splitting pass allowed the Cherries to get in behind the back four with rather too much ease, and there was little Matt Cafer could do to prevent the visitors opening up their account.

The remainder of the first period saw the Glovers create a raft of good chances, but they were unable to get the equaliser their play deserved. Mitch Brundle shot just wide from 20 yards out, whilst an Adam Cleary cross-cum-shot struck the top of the goalframe, as it went over for a goal kick. Then a Jonny Kaye cross saw Brundle force a good save out of the Cherries keeper, before a well struck low drive from Aidan Chainey hit the base of the post from the edge of the box.

The second period opened in much the same way, with Lloyd Matthews getting in two good efforts; a half volley from the edge of the box that went wide, followed by another attempt that produced another save from the visitors keeper. But at last perseverance paid off as Melchi Emanuel-Williamson made a great run into the Bournemouth half, shrugged off a challenge, and passed the ball across the face of the penalty box where Aidan Chainey stretched out a boot and poked the ball into the back of the net.

That should have been the cue for Yeovil to go on and win the game, but instead they fell behind again within five minutes of the restart. A goal kick from Matt Cafer was quickly won and intercepted by a Bournemouth central midfielder, and when the ball was slipped through to a Cherries striker, they were able to get in behind the Glovers defence and retake the lead.

Fortunately, it didn't take them quite so long to fashion a second equaliser. A long ball out of the Yeovil defence was perfect for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson to run onto. He lifted the ball over the advancing keeper, for the match's fourth and final goal and to secure a draw that was at the very least what the Glovers deserved out of the game.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 AFC Bournemouth Under-18s 2.

Yeovil Scorers: Aidan Chainey (55 mins, 1-1), Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (75 mins, 2-2)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Elliot Nelson, Josh Doyle, Lee Sweet, Adam Cleary, Mitch Brundle, Aidan Chainey, Will Agbo, Jonny Kaye, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Lloyd Matthews

Substitutes: Sol Carney (for Will Agbo), Tobias Iriah, J Childs (for Jonny Kaye), Corey King.


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11 December 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Fleetwood Town have been published. The match takes place on Tuesday 13th December 2011 at Huish Park, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off and is live on ESPN Sports. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Mr Adock is a newbie on the circuit as far as Football League refereeing goes, having been promoted to the National List over the summer, hence it's perhaps a surprise that he's been selected for a televised match this early in his career. We've had him a few times as an assistant referee - most recently the 3-2 defeat at Milton Keynes Dons that saw the game settled by a dodgy 87th minute penalty, after Luke Chadwick took a tumble in the box, although as far as we can recall, referee Michael Naylor made the decision there.

His record so far as a Football League referee has been relatively anonymous, with 37 bookings, and just one red card across 15 matches this season - most recently Colchester United's 4-1 win over Bury on Saturday.

He is a PE teacher at Sutton Centre Community College, and lives in Long Eaton, just outside Nottingham, and is 27 years old. He took his first refereeing course at the age of 16, and his father David was an assistant referee at Football League level who usually comes to watch his son's games.

Mr Adock will be assisted by Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). The Fourth Official is listed as Darren Sheldrake (Surrey) - who was a late replacement referee for our 1-0 win over Notts County on Saturday, so we presume he's still down to return here again - if so this will be his third match inside eight days, having also refereed a midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final game between Southend United and Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town.


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11 December 2011 : Ladies Reach Top Spot For Christmas
Yeovil Town Ladies have won their big clash against Gloucester City Ladies this afternoon. Goals from Kirsty Whitton and Justine Lorton saw the Glovers triumph in the big 2nd vs 3rd clash played at Henbury FC in Bristol.

Going into the game, the Glovers were just a point behind the Gloucestershire side, and so leapfrog them in the table, and with leaders Havant and Waterlooville playing Ebbsfleet United in an FA Women's Cup match this afternoon, the result has put them on top of the South West Women's Combination League for the first time since the opening day of the season, leading Havant on goal difference.

With two games in hand over Havant and Gloucester, the result puts the Glovers in a strong position at the turn of the year, with them now not due to resume League action now until January 8th 2012 because of a planned Christmas break in the fixture list. Unless one of their rivals sneaks in an unplanned fixture, they should be guaranteed to stay there for the holidays. Congratulations to them, and a nice way for them to close off at the halfway stage of the Combination fixtures.


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11 December 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Notts County Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win against Notts County, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Skivo's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Notts County Game


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10 December 2011 : Skiverton Glad To Have Options To Win Game
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that being able to select from quality substitutes this afternoon helped his side edge out Notts County at Huish Park this afternoon. The Glovers won 1-0 thanks to an 88th minute Andy Williams header, scored just six minutes after he and goal creator Steve MacLean had been introduced to the game.

With the Glovers having had many of their strikers out injured during the early part of the season, Skiverton has had several matches where making attacking changes have been hard. He felt that having those options won him the match this afternoon:

"Earlier in the season I didn't have substitutes like this to send on, so it was a real bonus. I said before the game that I really respect Martin Allen as a manager and as a person. I have taken one or two of my traits from him. For me to get one over on someone I admire is a real achievement."

The 3,663 spectators at the game certainly didn't see a classic out there, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut chances, and Skiverton admitted that it was an edgy game to watch:

"It was important for me that the fans stayed with us, and they did. It was edgy but we didn't concede goals and we finished up with the winner after bringing on the substitutes. Now we have got a full squad I have options to keep us in the game, and to win games as well. It is now a case of pushing on with confidence to get where we want to get to."


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10 December 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Notts County
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Notts County at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Note that with a Tuesday night match coming up, please get your votes through before the midweek game kicks off.

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


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10 December 2011 : Yeovil 1 Notts County 0 : Super Sub Willo Steals Points From Mapgies
Yeovil Town climbed out of the relegation zone this afternoon, as a late goal from substitute Andy Williams grabbed all three points against promotion-chasing Notts County. In a scrappy low quality match, Williams converted a close-range header on 88 minutes to see the Glovers head up to 19th in the League One table and out of the bottom four for the first time in over two months.

Team selection saw three changes made to the Glovers side, with all three incoming players having been blocked from playing in last week's FA Cup match. Rene Gilmartin, Gavin Massey and Jonathan Obika were unable to play at Fleetwood, but they were included in the starting line-up with Gareth Stewart and Andy Williams being dropped, and Dominic Blizzard being left out due to a groin injury. Gavin Williams and Alan O'Brien were included on the bench following their comebacks from injury.

The game got off to an ultra-slow start, with just a Ben Burgess header going wide for the visitors. It took 25 minutes for anything worthy to happen in terms of anything endangering either goal, although when it happened it was a real ripper, with County midfielder Alan Judge's dipping volley crashing off the underside of the crossbar, and straight out. Rene Gilmartin, who was well-beaten from the initial shot was grateful to smother Neal Bishop's attempt to convert the rebound.

This was not a good half for the footballing purist, with Yeovil lacking movement up front - something of a surprise given the team that was selected, and bar a Paul Huntington slice wide of the target, it took until the final five minutes of the half before they started to look seriously dangerous, with Jonathan Obika's shot across the face of the box perhaps misguidedly finding Kieran Agard, whose close range shot was deflected out for a corner. All in all though it was poor fodder, and 0-0 firmly summed up the opening 45 minutes, with most of the match being played in or around the centre of the park.

The second period opened up with more of the same - a messy half, and it wasn't too surprising when substitutions had to be made - County's was forced with Neal Bishop coming off with a knee injury, seeing erratic winger Ishmel Demontagnac introduced to the fold. Yeovil's was designed to liven up their play, with Gavin Williams coming on for Conor Clifford to a huge roar of approval from the home crowd.

Williams created Yeovil's first attack of note, with his ball into the box seeing Jonathan Obika's close range shot cleared off the line by a combination of goalkeeper and defender. But again there was a lack of quality in the game, and the ability to build up momentum thwarted by referee Darren Sheldrake, who seemed to see things that players and supporters couldn't see - one ball-winning Max Ehmer sliding tackle particularly bemusing for the whistle it provoked. That said, Paul Wotton was lucky to stay on the pitch following a wild tackle, as Yeovil picked up four bookings in sixteen minutes as frustration began to show.

Steve MacLean and Andy Williams were introduced as late substitutions, and that was to prove to be a good pair of introductions to the field of play as the duo combined to set up a priceless late winner. A deep ball into the box took deflections and flick-ons, after a touch from MacLean, coming in at close range was Williams to head the ball home, colliding with the post as he won the match with just two minutes of time remaining. Four minutes of injury time saw Andy Williams almost grab a second, but that perhaps would have been flattering in a match where both sides struggled to create chances.

The result lifts Yeovil out of the relegation zone for the first time since October 1st, finishing the day in 19th place, with Scunthorpe United just below them, and pushing Rochdale into the bottom four along with Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers and Chesterfield. There's still plenty of work to do, with next week at Spotland a real six-pointer, but certainly the momentum is with the Glovers now at last.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.

Scorers: Andy Williams (1-0, 88 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
37. Conor Clifford 8. Edward Upson
21. Gavin Massey
29. Jonathan Obika 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
7. Andrew Williams (82 mins for Jonathan Obika) 9. Steve MacLean (83 mins for Kieran Agard) 10. Gavin Williams (58 mins for Conor Clifford) 15. Kerrea Gilbert 17. Alan O'Brien

Notts County:
17. Stuart Nelson
2. Julian Kelly 5. Krystian Pearce 18. Sam Sodje 3. Alan Sheehan
14. Alan Judge 10. Neal Bishop 31. Gavin Mahon 11. Jeff Hughes
22. Ben Burgess 8. Karl Hawley

Substitutes:
21. Liam Mitchell (GK) 4. Mike Edwards 6. Hamza Bencherif 7. Ishmel Demontagnac (53 mins for Neal Bishop) 19. Charlie Allen (79 mins for Alan Judge)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (60 mins, foul), Kieran Agard (65 mins, dissent), Ed Upson (68 mins, foul), Paul Huntington (74 mins, dissent)

Notts County Bookings: Alan Judge (28 mins, foul), Krystian Pearce (40 mins, foul)

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Michael Webb (Surrey). Fourth Official: Paul Rees (Bristol).

Attendance: 3,663 (including 287 Notts County fans)


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10 December 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Notts County Interview
Just before kick-off in today's home match against Notts County, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Skivo's pre-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

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


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10 December 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up from last Friday night's FA Cup Second Round trip at Fleetwood Town as they return to League One action against Notts County at Huish Park.

The first change is no surprise, with Watford loanee Rene Gilmartin coming back into the starting line-up now we're back to League One football. His Hornets team-mate Gavin Massey also returns, relegating Andy Williams to the bench, with manager Terry Skiverton having one eye on Tuesday night's FA Cup match. Jonathan Obika was also prevented from playing in the FA Cup but is able to return to the starting line-up for today's game.

The big surprise is that midfielder Dominic Blizzard drops entirely out of the squad, through a groin injury, and that will require a bit of midfield shuffling, with Conor Clifford dropping deeper, and probably Gavin Massey as the man in the hole, although this could easily be a straight-forward 4-3-3 formation.

On the bench, Gavin Williams and Alan O'Brien make their return to the squad, landing on the bench, and that means that Oli Johnson, Billy Gibson, Alistair Slowe and Rhys Baggridge have to sit in the stand today.

The full line-up, with a possible variation on formation, reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2 or 4-3-3)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
37. Conor Clifford 8. Edward Upson
21. Gavin Massey
29. Jonathan Obika 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
7. Andrew Williams 9. Steve MacLean 10. Gavin Williams 15. Kerrea Gilbert 17. Alan O'Brien

Notts County:
17. Stuart Nelson
2. Julian Kelly 5. Krystian Pearce 18. Sam Sodje 3. Alan Sheehan
14. Alan Judge 10. Neal Bishop 31. Gavin Mahon 11. Jeff Hughes
22. Ben Burgess 8. Karl Hawley

Substitutes:
21. Liam Mitchell (GK) 4. Mike Edwards 6. Hamza Bencherif 7. Ishmel Demontagnac 19. Charlie Allen


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10 December 2011 : Williams Looking Forward To Glovers Comeback
Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams is looking forward to making his return to the playing field this afternoon, after a three month lay-off with a knee injury. The Welshman will be in this afternoon's squad against Notts County, and is expected to get his first match play for over three months, since limping off in the September away match at Preston North End after damaging ligaments in a block tackle.

The Glovers have adopted a wide number of formations and tactics under manager Terry Skiverton, and are currently playing with a diamond formation of four nested central midfielders. Whilst Williams would need to dislodge Chelsea loanee Conor Clifford in order to grab his favoured position at the top of the diamond, he has told BBC Somerset that the tactic would suit him:

"That formation does suit the way that I like to play football. We've got midfielders scoring goals, so it takes a little bit of pressure off the front men. The midfielders have certainly scored some good goals in the last couple of weeks, and I'm pleased to be back with the lads and getting involved in things. I'm certainly looking forward to playing."

Williams had a small taste of competitive football during midweek when he took part in an internal training match between fringe players and the club's Centre of Excellence youngsters. He told this morning's Western Daily Press that he's had to be patient in his rehabilitation, but now is keen to get match time to help improve his match fitness:

"The physios have been good, giving me weekends and days off when I have needed it. From what I understand, whether I had the op or not I would have been out for the same amount of time. We had a game behind closed doors last Tuesday, so now it is up to the gaffer and the coaching staff whether I can be involved. Obviously, the game was tough as I have not played in 13 weeks, but the only way I will get that sharpness back is by playing. I am just really looking forward to playing more games."


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10 December 2011 : Skiverton Determined To Avoid The Drop
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has stated his determination to help the Glovers climb out of the League One relegation zone during the second half of the 2011-12 season. The Glovers go into this afternoon's home match against Notts County in 22nd place in the League One table, having occupied a bottom four place since the start of October.

Skiverton has been part of the Yeovil Town set-up since the summer of 1999, and during that time has yet to see the Glovers suffer a relegation. He has told PA Sport that he does not want to end up with that on his footballing CV:

"I've been part of the whole journey and one thing I'm not prepared to do is rest on my laurels and let us get relegated. That's not in my plan and I will always make sure this club is trying to compete at this level because I was part of the foundations that got us here. I don't want it to be on my record as the one who got us here and then to have dropped off. I won't walk away from this challenge, I don't see myself as the type of person to do that. I'm willing to make sure we're always fighting and always willing to show the supporters we'll go to that 94th or 95th minute to get that result."

Two and a half months in the relegation zone would ring alarm bells in most football clubs, but Skiverton adds that last season's escape from the bottom four shows that moving upwards is still possible. The Glovers spent the month of December 2010 on the foot of the table, but eventually climbed upwards to end the 2010-11 season in a 14th placed position. He is targeting that sort of a run for the second half of the season:

"We were on 15 points on New Year's Day, and we ended up getting to 59 points. We look at everything - we look at what months are tough, what months are decent, and you've got to remember that first month we had some horrific games really. We played both Sheffields and MK Dons and we had a really tough month. We seemed to have a really hard start to the season. Then when it started to pan out we started to get those results and now I'm pleased we can go into the second half of the season with a fully-fit squad, with people who are rested."


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9 December 2011 : Vale Board Hit Back At Blue Sky Claims
League Two side Port Vale's Board of Directors have today hit back at some of the claims made yesterday by Blue Sky International, the American artificial pitch provider that had plans to invest in both the Valiants and Yeovil Town. Following yesterday's news that BSI were pulling out of the deal with the Potteries club and the accusations made by their CEO Hank Julicher, in the past 24 hours, Vale have retorted with their own counter-claims, including publishing the cover pages of various documents which they say BSI signed.

Julicher is quoted in this morning's Stoke Sentinel newspaper indicating that the between Vale and BSI broke down over a dispute over when and where the planned input of £5 million, rising to £8 million was going to come from. On September 13th, Vale's official site published that there would be:

"a strategic alliance with American sports construction firm, Blue Sky International, which will facilitate an initial £5-million pound investment into the club over the next 12 months. The partnership will see investment into the running of the club, as well as Vale Park and a training facility, with an expected additional commitment of £2.5 million over the next five years for significant community outreach facilities, throughout the Stoke-on-Trent area. A further £500,000 will be spent on pre-season tours over the next 10 years, taking the total investment into the club to approximately £8-million."

As part of the statement, Mr Julicher was quoted as saying:

"It is our hope that the investment being made is seen to benefit the club in the short, medium and long term, assure financial security while providing top class first team training and community outreach facilities. As such, we look forward to building a long and successful relationship with Port Vale Football Club."

The statement was echoed on Blue Sky's own website - a screen grab by Port Vale showed the same opening paragraph above replicated on their website. Today that article has been removed with BSI's website now just saying "New Articles Coming Soon. In the meantime check out the current articles below."

Despite the tone of what was on both websites, Mr Julicher told the Sentinel paper that he thought the 'investment' into Port Vale Football Club could be done without him putting any money into their club:

"The agreement had completely changed. I wasn't expecting to pay anything up front."

Port Vale's response has been to publish images of signed copies of various legal documents including a Share Application Form, signed by Margit Julicher, wife of Mr Julicher, providing an application for 30,000 shares in the club at £5.00 each, totalling a £150,000 share investment, contradicting Mr Julicher's claim yesterday that he knew nothing of any issuing of shares:

"I know nothing about them and Margit tells me neither does she. In my opinion, they are 'ghost stock' - 'phantom shares'"

Other documents published by Port Vale include a Directors' Fit And Proper Persons Test form - one of the Julichers was to become a Director of the club - plus two signed documents voting for businessmen Peter Miller and Perry Deakin to be voted onto the board - certainly unusual things to sign unless you were convinced at the time that you were a current shareholder in Port Vale Football Club.

Mr Miller and Mr Deakin are under fire from Port Vale fans for both their role in this, and relating to other matters, including how they were elected to the Board of Directors. They have given sight of a number of unspecified additional documents to BBC Radio Stoke and The Sentinel in defence of their position, and appeared on BBC radio this morning in a half hour slot across two segments. Mr Deakin told the BBC:

"The comment from Mr Julicher that the deal had been dead for months is utter nonsense. Fortunately we were able to provide documents yesterday to the BBC and to the Sentinel newspaper that absolutely refutes that beyond doubt. That documentation included emails from Mr Julicher regarding the Port Vale deal. I think we have to accept that the deal is dead (as of today). As a football club, we certainly don't want to be dealing with Blue Sky."

Mr Julicher has accused Port Vale of attaching a 'phantom addendum' to their contractual agreement with Blue Sky that 'turned the agreement around 180 degrees'. Mr Deakin has retorted:

"It's absolute nonsense. You're talking about a guy who is allegedly a very successful rich businessman, and he's asking everybody to believe that he signed a contract to purchase shares in Port Vale Football Club, with very specific payment dates upon those purchases that he's signed for, and that we somehow slipped that piece of paper into a contract, which he signed without realising he was signing - it's absolute nonsense. The bottom line is that Blue Sky defaulted on those payments, and now he's looking for ways to discredit us. Fortunately, we have absolute documentation that proves that Mr Julicher is a liar. We can absolutely prove it beyond question."

The Port Vale pair of directors endured an uncomfortable question and answer session with the BBC over other issues specific to their club, and some of this is covered on the rather excellent Two Hundred Percent blog, hence if you want to read more about that, head via the link below. There's no direct suggestion in any of this that Yeovil Town's £1.25 million deal with Blue Sky International is going to meet a similar fate to that which Port Vale have experienced, but certainly the way the Valiants involvement has collapsed is a point of concern - Deakin's final barbed comment of "We absolutely do not want to deal with that company" suggests they will not be exchanging Christmas cards - more likely solicitors letters.

Link: Twohundredpercent Blog : Port Vale: Blue Skies Or Grey Clouds Ahead?.


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9 December 2011 : Clifford Glad To Extend After Debut Goal
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Conor Clifford has said that he is delighted to extend his stay at Huish Park for another month. The 20 year old Chelsea academy graduate has agreed a second spell with the club that will take him through until after the busy Christmas schedule, and he has told BBC Somerset that he is glad to get it sorted whilst he is getting regular games in the Glovers side:

"I'm delighted to be staying here. I'm here until January 3rd now, which is what I've wanted, and what Chelsea wanted. So yes, I'm delighted to be staying and be playing more games. I've really enjoyed it here with the lads; there's great banter here and the gaffer has been really good to me, so I'm really enjoying my time."

Conor scored Yeovil's second goal in their 2-2 draw against Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup last Friday night, and he explained that despite having had other loan spells with Plymouth Argyle and tomorrow's visitors Notts County that he has never scored at first team level before:

"It was my first ever senior goal. I've come close but I've never scored, so I was delighted. I was buzzing through scoring in front of all of the Yeovil fans, so that was really good."

Link: Conor Clifford : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 December 2011 : Skivo Previews The Notts County Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Notts County, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC yesterday. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the output of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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9 December 2011 : Skiverton Holds Big Respect For Magpies Boss
Yeovil Town manger Terry Skiverton says that he holds his Notts County counterpart in the highest regard, as the pair prepare to do battle in a League One match tomorrow afternoon. Magpies manager Martin Allen is a colourful character - literally given he once turned up at Huish Park as Barnet manager in hunting pinks, telling his players to bite on green apples in order to impress upon them that anything with the colour green needed to be attacked - at least we think that was what he was trying to suggest!

Known popularly as 'Mad Dog', although he reportedly doesn't appreciate the nickname, he has rubbed shoulders with the Glovers on numerous occasions as manager of Barnet and Brentford amongst others, and took charge of County at the tail end of the 2010-11 season, with his first game in charge coming in the April 2011 match at Huish Park.

Allen brings his side down to Somerset in a play-off position in the League One table. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Glovers boss Skiverton says he recalls Allen going out of his way to call first team coach Darren Way in hospital, shortly after his road traffic accident in December 2008:

"I've got nothing but positive comments about Martin Allen, because when Darren (Way) was in his hospital bed, Martin rang him up and just said I remember you as a player, and playing against me you always seemed to get the better of us. He had a real good morale-boosting conversation with Darren. For somebody like that to do that, I've only got 100 percent respect for."

With Allen having generally managed clubs around the League One and League Two level, including spells with Milton Keynes Dons and Cheltenham Town, Skiverton adds that he has often bumped into him at games in person, and says that he has got a lot of respect for him as a manager:

"I see him up and down the motorways when we're around watching games and he always stops to give me the time of day, and always has a chat. I've got a hell of a lot of respect for him and what he's done in the game and as a manager and as a player."


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8 December 2011 : Super Gav To Get Back On Pitch At Last
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that midfield playmaker Gavin Williams will get onto the pitch at some stage on Saturday against Notts County, as he aims to make his comeback at last. The Welshman resumed full training last week, and was named as having had a chance of being included in the FA Cup squad that travelled to Fleetwood Town, but in the end was left in Somerset, with Skiverton feeling that the match might have come a bit too soon for his talisman.

Whilst Gavin's participation in the match on the Fylde Coast hung in the balance last weekend, this time around, his first team manager is more emphatic about the 30 year old's chances of getting on the pitch, although he stops short of saying whether he will start or be on the bench. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton said that he had already made his decision to include him in the squad that would face the Magpies:

"I'm not going to lie - he'll be definitely involved on Saturday in some capacity. He'll be coming onto the pitch to give the supporters a little bit of a lift, and to see Super Gav. For me, it's just really good to have him back. He brings that little bit of something different to the team. He's quite similar to Conor (Clifford) but he can come up with the goal, or that flying pass or that little bit of brilliance that really does put someone else into a goalscoring opportunity. For me it's all positives at the moment."

Gavin's last appearance came for the club on September 9th against Preston North End - a match he lasted just 15 minutes in, after damaging knee ligaments in a block tackle early on in the match. He played in a practice match at Sherborne during midweek, in a game between fringe players and the club's Centre of Excellence players.


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8 December 2011 : WWOYTB : Food Store Exhibition Feedback
Just under two weeks ago, the WWOYTB supporters collective looked into Yeovil Town's plans for a Food Store and the three day exhibition that took place. A review of a visit to the exhibition at Huish Park, plus an attempt to answer all of the questions that were supplied to them before that weekend can be read via the link below.

If you attended the exhibition yourself, or have further views on the development, feel free to add them to the foot of the article using the Comments facility.

Link: WWOYTB : Food Store Exhibition Feedback.


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8 December 2011 : ESPN Set Next Week's Broadcast Schedule
Sports channel broadcaster ESPN have published their programme schedule for next week's live coverage of Yeovil Town's FA Cup match against Fleetwood Town. The Second Round Replay takes place on Tuesday 13th December 2011 with a 7.30p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and will be broadcast live on the ESPN Sports Channel.

As with last Friday's coverage, ESPN are broadcasting a 'main' programme on the night of the match, followed by a 'condensed live' broadcast the next morning that skips a lot of the pre-match and half-time punditry, and the odd time during the game when there's an injury.

The two scheduled programmes are as follows:

13/12/2011 : 19:15hrs : Main Live Broadcast (2hrs 45mins, ESPN Sports)
14/12/2011 : 08:30hrs : 'Condensed Live' Rebroadcast (1hr 45mins, ESPN Sports)

For those setting their video/DVD/hard drive recorders, note carefully that next Tuesday's match could go into extra time and penalties. Hence if you're recording the live programme, we'd suggest that you don't use the 'one touch' programme record tools supplied by set top boxes, as the programme could easily over-run by half an hour or more.


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8 December 2011 : Blue Sky Comes Crashing Down On Port Vale
Artificial pitch construction company Blue Sky International have pulled out of their investment in League Two side Port Vale. The Philadephia-based company have gone public in today's Stoke Sentinel newspaper saying that as far as they are concerned, the 'deal is dead' and suggesting that they never had an intention to invest in the Valiants football club.

A huge row has broken out at Vale Park between supporters groups and the Port Vale board over Blue Sky's involvement in the club, as well as the circumstances that led Perry Deakin and Peter Miller to be voted onto their Board of Directors. The three parties are alleged to have received shares in Port Vale, but without paying for them at the time that Deakin and Miller were voted onto the board, and it is claimed that 30,000 shares registered in the name of Margit Julicher - the wife of Blue Sky's CEO Hank Julicher, were used as part of a block vote to enable Deakin and Miller to join their board.

In this morning's press, Hank Julicher is quoted as saying that he would have to be 'crazy or on drugs' to agree to the sort of deal that Vale had been trumpeting back in October. He makes it clear to the paper that he is not investing in the club and feels the Valiants supporters have been misled over the deal:

"I can tell you categorically that Blue Sky will not be investing in Port Vale Football Club. The deal is dead and has been, in my eyes, for a long time. I simply don't know where these figures of £5 million and £8 million came from. It was never our intention to invest that kind of money into Port Vale. I'd have to be crazy or on drugs to agree to such a thing. By my estimation, the maximum outlay for Blue Sky would have been in the region of 850,000 US Dollars. The partnership won't be happening. I'm angry. Really angry. Blue Sky hasn't put any money into Port Vale and won't be doing so. End of story."

Miller, who is now Port Vale's Chairman, has claimed that Julicher is not telling the truth, and believes he has the documentation that will support that an agreement had been reached with Blue Sky International:

"The comments made by Hank Julicher are incorrect and a blatant misrepresentation of the facts and documented evidence will substantiate this position."

According to an interview with Mr Julicher conducted around the time that Yeovil Town announced their plans to go into partnership with Blue Sky International, Mr Miller acted as an introducer to Blue Sky International, that resulted in Julicher taking an interest in English League football.

There is no mention in the article as to whether this announcement affects Yeovil Town's involvement with Blue Sky International, but it would appear that Port Vale's interest in BSI is rapidly unravelling.


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8 December 2011 : GWSC Travel To Rochdale
A week on Saturday, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Rochdale to travel to. The match against the Lancashire club takes place on Saturday 17th December 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £25.00 with concessions available at £23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.


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7 December 2011 : Cornish Cream Inspires Crushing Win Over Chesham
Jodi Cornwall scored an inspirational brace as Yeovil Town Ladies hammered a strong Chesham United side 5-0 at Raleigh Grove on Sunday. Kirsty Whitton, Stacey Pearson and Laura Bray also got on the score sheet as the Glovers continue unbeaten in the league this season, keeping up the pressure on the leaders at the top of the Combination.

"It was a great performance and deserved victory," joint manager Sarah Lawler said after the game. "The team went out and put into practice what we have been doing at the training ground, and despite the poor conditions they kept the ball down and played some good football. We were absolutely delighted with the whole team."

"We conducted a pitch inspection at the start of the game, and thought that it would tough, but we rose above it," fellow manager Nigel Williams said. "We played intelligent football, and with the opportunities we had we kept the ball down, and played some good football, making the most of what came our way."

The game started a scrappy affair, with both teams taking time a adapt to a heavy pitch. However, the Glovers were well on top, with Shannon Osman, Laura Bray, Jodi Cornwall and Stacey Pearson all seeing plenty of the ball. Their possession was good, and with it Yeovil steadily took a grip on the game, and took a deserved lead on eleven minutes when Whitton sent a fine ball to Bray to have a shot from the edge of the box. The ‘keeper made the save, but the ball came back out to Jodi Cornwall to belt the ball home.

"It is great when the team can get ahead nice and early," Lawler said. "It creates a bit of a buffer zone, but the girls were not happy with having a single goal lead, and went for more. That was the pattern of the game, playing dangerously, getting in behind people and creating goal scoring opportunities."

Yeovil continued to dominate the game with chances coming to Bray, Cornwall and Osman, the latter unfortunate not to score with a neat half volley from ten yards going inches over the bar. On 22 minutes the Glovers could well have doubled their lead when Cornwall curled a lovely free kick round the defensive wall, but Katie McGloin in the United goal made a fine save. However, five minutes later she was powerless to stop the onslaught as Bray skipped her way down the right side to cross in for Jodi Cornwall to fire home from 15 yards.

"Jodi Cornwall’s all round play today with superb," Lawler said. "She has upped her work rate since the start of the season, and it was good to see her start in the side today. We have a really good selection of centre forwards at the club. Laura Bray did brilliantly today as well, creating a goal and scoring one too. We have quality all round in that area, which is a real luxury."

"Jodi is a developing player," Williams said. "She is still learning her game, and today she showed good maturity in the way she played. She was desperate to start. We gave her that opportunity, and she certainly proved herself."

The Glovers were hungry for more, and on 33 minutes made it three when Pearson sent in a powerful shot from 20-yards. The ‘keeper got her fingertips to it, but the ball parried to Kirsty Whitton who slotted home her third goal of the season.
The Glovers domination of the game was a joy to watch, especially bearing in mind the tough conditions and the quality of the opposition. The defence were solid throughout, and with the midfield winning every ball and orchestrating attack after attack, Chesham were hardly getting a look in.

"I thought that Laura Wensley and Kirsty Whitton had great games in the centre of midfield," Williams said. "It was a new partnership at the start if the season. Kirsty came to us from Frome Town, and we knew that she had been playing under her level there. She came to us and has really settled in, and she has now struck up a great partnership with Gobby (Wensley). They are a great combination, with match winning tackles and both getting forward to support the attackers with great effect."

If the game had not been won by half time, Yeovil killed it off with two early goals in the second period, and as ever Cornwall was in the thick of things, firstly crossing the ball in for Stacey Pearson to score with a pin point 12-yard header on 47 minutes, and then getting on the end of an Emma Brazell corner with a powerful header nine minutes later, the ball coming to Laura Bray to bang home her fifteenth goal over the season.

"Chesham are a good passing side," Lawler said. "But is was testament to our performance that we did nor allow them to play football today. When we played them earlier in the season they were more physical and muscled us out of the game, so it was good that we were able to combat that and dominate the game ourselves today."

"It was great to see a clean sheet today," Williams said. "Our back five always look to achieve this, and are delighted when it happens. They really deserved it today. They worked well as a team, and when one came forward someone else dropped back to compensate, really working for each other. They were absolutely superb.

"Both Rach (Edwards) and Manners (Emma Brazell) were first class today. Manners was really getting in there. Sometimes she does not trust her own ability, but she should, as she is a quality player. Her passing was excellent today, not much got past her either, and in terms of what she did with the ball, it was the best I have seen from her."

A number of changes were made to the Glovers line-up in the second half, but the team remained focussed and dominant, with attacks coming from all quarters. On 61 minutes the impressive Teri Trowbridge made a great run down the right flank to shoot from 20 yards. The goalkeeper failed to hold the ball, and Bray was unlucky not to score her second of the game. Five minutes later Jade Hatton got the ball to Cornwall who sent a cracker from 20 yards only to be denied her hat trick to the post.

Justine Lorton was on the pitch now, and was causing no end of problems with a superb range of passing in and around the box, but on 75 minutes she nearly got in on the act as she turned on a sixpence in the box to send in a wonderful shot that the ‘keeper just got her hands to. And with Whitton going close with a sweetly taken shot from 25-yards in the last ten minutes, the Glovers could well have had six.

"It was the best home win of the season," Lawler said. "We said to the girls before the game that we really want to make Raleigh Grove a fortress. No matter what the surface is like we will play our game and look to get results. This is just what the girls did today, with a great team performance."

"Today was a very pleasing result and performance, and has set us up well for the game with Gloucester next weekend," Williams said. "We have to go out next Sunday and do another job. We have said to the girls that every game is a cup match, with us the team that people want to beat. What we are showing this season is that we can go along and play to any standard. We can up our game when we need to, we can challenge when we need to, and most of all our character is coming through time and time again. We really want this league and I think that we are proving that."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 5 Chesham United Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Grogen (Hatton – 57), Trowbridge, Brazell, Edwards, Whitton. Wensley, Osman (Jennings – 66), Pearson, Bray (Lorton – 66), Cornwall

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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7 December 2011 : Pools Struggling To Attract Visiting Fans
League One side Hartlepool United have published their AGM statement today, as part of the process for publishing their accounts for the calendar year ending 2010. Coming just 24 hours after they fired Head Coach Mick Wadsworth, Pools continue to be heavily underwritten by their owners Increased Oil Recovery (IOR), with operating losses of £1.4 million, compared to another £1.1 million loss in 2009. All in all, their Aberdeen-based owners have contributed £13.3 million over the past 14 years, meaning that the money advanced during 2010 is fairly typical.

Hartlepool's business turnover decreased to £2.64 million, down by 11.8% which the club identify as being due mainly to lost sponsorship income, although Gate Receipts were also down by £171,000 during the year. One of their bugbears continues to be that they do not own their ground, with a previous regime having sold the assets to the local council - IOR are attempting to buy the land and ground back, but have been negotiating with the council for a number of years.

Pools also admit that they are technically in breach of the Football League's Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP aka Salary Capping) which has been introduced at an advisory level for the 2011-12 season. The Durham county side state that they are currently spending 85 percent of their turnover on player wages, which is above League One's advisory limit of 75% and well above next season's hard limit of 65%. In League Two, the Football League impose transfer embargos on clubs that are above their limits, and so all clubs will need to bring themselves within those limits for League One by the start of the 2012-13 season. At present, the League merely provide clubs with advisory information indicating how the salary cap has been exceeded.

The League One side introduced an innovative Season Ticket scheme for the 2011-12 season, that saw prices reduced on a sliding scale depending upon the take-up of pledges by supporters. By the time they'd sold 5,500 season tickets, the prices had been reduced to just £100.

Whilst that has guaranteed good crowds at Victoria Park, the club's AGM report does note that they are disappointed by the levels of ticket sales on the day saying: "actual gate receipts on match days are much lower than predicted as fewer away fans come to Victoria Park, which is in part due to the current recession."

Blaming the 'recession' appears to be in vogue for football clubs. Hartlepool might also want to look at their decision to increase the admission prices for away supporters to an eye-watering £25.00 for this season - an increase of 25 percent on last season's prices. To our knowledge that makes them the most expensive ground in League One (excepting executive boxes and such like) to visit.

If they are bemoaning that away fans are not turning up to Victoria Park in numbers, then it's worth noting that ticket prices for the (now postponed) trip to see Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground would cost just £14.00. Visiting (and home) supporters will pick and choose their games, and with no disrespect to the away facilities at Hartlepool, they are not worth the price that is put on them, when League One fans can get to Bramall Lane for £11.00 less! The grand total of 55 Yeovil supporters who travelled to last month's match in the North East, albeit with it being the club's fourth journey there in 12 months, might be down to factors within Hartlepool's control.


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7 December 2011 : Massey Extends Loan Deal Once Again
Yeovil Town striker Gavin Massey has extended his current loan deal for a fourth month. The Watford teenager has been with the club since mid-September and will now extend his stay at Huish Park until January 14th 2012.

Gavin has made 13 appearances for the club, scoring three goals which includes a brace at Colchester United and another at Chesterfield. He is currently blocked from playing in the FA Cup by the Hornets; we presume that policy will continue into his fourth month with the club.


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7 December 2011 : FA Cup Third Round Live Matches Selected
The Football Association have confirmed all live games that will be broadcast during the FA Cup Third Round. The ties, which will be played between Saturday 7th and Monday 9th January 2012 have seen broadcasters ITV1 and ESPN Sports opt for mainly Premier League and Championship level clubs, with only Bristol Rovers getting coverage outside the top two tiers.

All ten clubs will be given a broadcast fee of £123,500, whilst all Third Round winners, regardless of whether they are televised, will get £67,500 from the FA's prize fund if they make it into the Fourth Round.

Games chosen are as follows:

Saturday 7th January 2012

Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers (12.30pm) – Live on ESPN
Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa (5.30pm) – Live on ESPN

Sunday 8th January 2012

Manchester City v Manchester United (1.00pm) – Live on ITV1
Peterborough United v Sunderland (3.30pm) – Live on ITV1

Monday 9th January 2012

Arsenal v Leeds United (7.45pm) – Live on ESPN

The draw for the Fourth Round Proper will be on Sunday 8th January, once the second live match on that day has been run to completion. It will be broadcast at approximately 5.30p.m. on the ITV1 Channel.


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6 December 2011 : Skiverton Plays A Game Of Patience
As attention turns back to the Football League programme this weekend, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has reiterated his views that too many clubs opt for knee jerk reactions to bad results in the quest to bring glory to their clubs. Although the Glovers boss's words to PA Sport came before Hartlepool United dismissed their Head Coach Mick Wadsworth today, that exit is a good example of what he is talking about with respect to his own club:

"It's a case of being patient and making sure that we don't get overly frustrated and don't get caught up in the whole Premier League way of looking at things where, if you go on a run of defeats, the manager has got to go, the board has got to go and then you've got to get a big name in that doesn't care for the club. All of a sudden you turn into that topsy-turvy world where you end up getting relegated, then you end up with the club getting in trouble and then you end up with supporters not having a club to support. One thing that we do here is that we're very strong, we stick together and we compete well and we do it in a fair way."

After 19 games played, Yeovil are 22nd in the League One table, with 16 points gained, as they go into Saturday's home game against Notts County. The points tally is identical to their situation last season, although at that time they sat on the bottom of the table, six points adrift of safety. Skiverton believes that coming into the halfway point of the season that his team are capable of achieving the same again:

"We were there last year and everybody was saying the same thing and we ended up finishing 14th and we finished above Sheffield Wednesday and on the same points as Charlton. So do I think we can finish 14th again? Of course I do. But we have to make sure we do it at the right time. I know where we're going to get to and the difference between seeing the big picture and being worried about ourselves is that we've got to enjoy every day without worrying about what's going to happen in the future."

Skiverton believes that taking players like midfielder Ed Upson from other teams Reserve and Youth sides, and turning them into Football League players is the way that his club has to get by in League One, but recognises that when they do hit form that they will eventually depart back to the level that they came from:

"We take players who have maybe been released by other clubs - people like Ed Upson, who I think has been outstanding this season - and we've been able to change a couple of people's strengths and weaknesses. That's what we look to do. We look for the type of people with real natural ability and who are willing to work hard. We take them in, they do well for us and then they go on and get the bigger contracts and go to bigger clubs. We know where we are in the pecking order, we accept that but we look for the next players who are out there who can go on and move into the Championship - if not with us, with another club."

In terms of Skiverton's current crop of players, a number of them got in some training this afternoon in a match environment, as the Glovers played a practice match against a Centre of Excellence side at Sherborne. Amongst those stretching their legs on the day were Gavin Williams, Steve MacLean, Oli Johnson and Jonathan Obika, who have all either had recent injuries or struggled for game time. Having been left at home before last Friday's match at Fleetwood Town, Super Gav completed the 80 minute match without any issues, putting him into the frame for Saturday's League One fixture.


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6 December 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match against Notts County have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 10th December 2011 at Huish Park and is a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2008, and we've had him five times as the man in the middle.

The earliest occasion was October 2008, when a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient saw him a little too trigger-happy in terms of stopping the game and failing to play advantage for both teams. We also weren't too happy about him missing a fairly blatant penalty shout for an off the ball foul on striker Scott Rendell. That was his first match at League One level, so some allowances should be made for his lack of experience at that time.

Next up was the August 2009 trip to play Huddersfield Town, where he was a late replacement as referee. He awarded us a penalty that day, and although we went on to lose the game, anyone who awards a spot kick to an away team at a stadium the size of the Galpharm deserves credit for a brave decision.

The third encounter with Mr Hooper was the November 2009 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic. In a game played in atrocious weather conditions, Mr Hooper sent off Charlton's Sam Sodje half an hour into the game for a professional foul. Another brave decision, but to our (biased) eyes, the correct one. We had no other comments about his handling of the match.

He was then at Huish Park for the September 2010 game against Southampton and we were a little less enthused about his brave decision-making. To be fair he had a decent game overall, and did give us one penalty for a trip on Gavin Williams, but it was his earlier decision to not award a spot kick for a foul on Andy Williams in the box that had us grumbling during the game.

Mr Hooper's most recent match involving Yeovil Town was for the January 2011 home match against Milton Keynes Dons. In this match we felt that the match referee could have been more authorative in his control of the game in the lead-up to a red card for Jean-Paul Kalala. No complaints about the red card itself, although Michael McIndoe's poor tackle and subsequent squaring up to Kalala should have seen him walk too. However, the game had been getting increasingly bad tempered in the lead-up to that incident, and the officials did little to calm things down and take control of the game.

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Michael Webb (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Paul Rees (Bristol).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: August 2009 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1.

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.


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6 December 2011 : Wadsworth No Longer At Home At Hartlepool
Hartlepool United have become the first League One club to press the panic button this season, firing Head Coach Mick Wadsworth today. The 61 year old has been dismissed following a record-breaking sequence of seven consecutive home defeats, including Yeovil Town's one and only away league win of the 2011-12 season.

Wadsworth's record in charge is in fact not too bad. Pools are currently in 13th place in the League One table, and last season they finished a healthy 16th - not bad considering his predecessor Chris Turner had resigned openly stating he couldn't see the Durham side staying in League One. He leaves with a record of 26 wins and 17 draws in 74 matches.

It is the home form though that has brought Hartlepool to make their move, and a club statement said that "although the away performances have yielded some results, regrettably the last seven home defeats have been of concern and it was felt that a fresh direction was required."

There's little doubt that if Wadsworth had managed to swap around his club's home and away records this season, his job would be as safe as houses - they have lost only once on their travels this season, and their five wins are bettered only by runaway leaders Charlton Athletic.

Hartlepool have given Micky Barron the Caretaker Manager position, pending their search for a permanent replacement.


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6 December 2011 : Magpies Striker Hughes Arrested Over Weekend
Saturday's opponents Notts County have suffered disruption ahead of their League One fixture, with the arrest of the club's leading striker. Last weekend, 35 year old Lee Hughes was taken into custody by police in Croydon following an allegation of sexual assault at the hotel the Magpies were staying in prior to their FA Cup match against Sutton United.

Hughes was released on bail, and so is free to play in this weekend's match at Huish Park. He did not play in the FA Cup match at Gander Green Lane as he was spended by the Football Association for picking up five yellow cards, although it would appear he was still given an overnight room at the team hotel. A police statement issued confirms:

"Police were called at approximately 11.10pm on Saturday December 3 to a hotel in Purley Way, Croydon, following an allegation of sexual assault. A man, aged 35, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and taken into custody at a south London police station. He was subsequently bailed to a date in late January pending further investigation by officers from Croydon borough."

Notts County have today confirmed overnight newspaper reports regarding Hughes, and issued their own brief reaction to that:

"Notts County can confirm that the club are aware of an alleged incident involving one of our players at the team's hotel on Saturday, December 3. As this is a police matter, the club will be making no further comment on this incident."

Given the police statement indicates that Hughes is likely to not hear back from them until next month, it would seem likely that he will be included in their squad that will travel down to Somerset. However, his previous 2004 conviction for causing death by dangerous driving could create some unwanted media attention around the game.


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6 December 2011 : Financial Fair Play Framework To Go To Vote Next Year
The Football League's Championship clubs have agreed 'in principle' to support a new Financial Fair Play framework of rules that will be introduced for second tier football. Representatives from clubs recently met at Coventry City's Ricoh Arena and have given the nod to support a set of rules that will be based upon the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules that are designed to be brought in for the start of the 2013-14 season - the Football League hopes to start introducing these rules to Championship sides a year earlier.

Clubs will be able to review the draft proposals, but will return to Derby County's Pride Park ground in February 2012, when the issue will be put to a formal vote. A spokesman for the Football League has outlined their own position:

"At today's meeting, owners and executives of Championship clubs re-affirmed their commitment to the principles of Financial Fair Play as a means for encouraging financial sustainability at club level. After further discussions about the practical implementation of Financial Fair Play, clubs agreed that the proposals should be finalised and taken forward to the next meeting of Championship clubs at Derby in February for final ratification. If approved, the new rules would take effect from the start of the 2012-13 season."

It is expected that Championship clubs will adopt the framework on a sliding scale - i.e. that the initial season will allow a slightly more relaxed version of the UEFA Framework, before adopting the full scheme in later seasons. This is to allow clubs with players on lengthy contracts more time to readjust their spending levels. Premier League clubs will be expected to fully adhere to the framework for the 2013-14 season, with threats of transfer embargos and withholding of UEFA competition prize money for those who fail to meet criteria. The ultimate threat would be a ban from European club competitions although that is being held back at present.

League One and League Two clubs already operate under the Football League's Salary Cost Management Protocol, although for the 2011-12 season in League One, this is merely an 'advisory limit' with actual penalties being introduced for the start of next season.

Link: League Set Salary Cap Thresholds.


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6 December 2011 : Fleetwood Chief Hoping For Ultimate Cup Derby
Fleetwood Town Chairman Andy Pilley believes that his club have got the 'ultimate cup derby' if his side can win through next week's Second Round Replay and play an FA Cup Third Round tie against Blackpool. The two clubs on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire are separated by by just seven miles, but standing in their way of meeting in a January Third Round clash are the Glovers, with another ESPN Sports live match in a week's time.

Pilley is historically a Tangerines supporter, and once tried to invest in the Championship side, so has a great deal of personal interest in the potential tie, and has told the Blackpool Gazette that despite the Bloomfield Road side now being at second tier level, that this is a bigger tie for his club than drawing one of the big Premier League sides:

"It’s a huge incentive and Blackpool is the best tie for us from every possible scenario. Had we drawn Manchester City, United or Liverpool, it would have been a bit of a circus for one day, but they would have brought a fringe team and we’d probably have lost. This is the ultimate cup derby between Championship and non-league and possibly the biggest tie on the Fylde coast for decades."

Fleetwood are even accepting provisional hospitality enquiries about a 'future' games - just about avoiding the 'Nottingham Forest Wembley T-Shirt and Coach Travel' faux pas of the 2006-07 season by not naming what people are welcome to enquire about. Pilley does remind himself that Yeovil Town may have something to say about their plans:

"First we have a hugely difficult task at Yeovil but not an impossible one. Our away form is better than our home form and we can’t possibly play as badly there as we did last Friday. We are fully focused on Yeovil but such is human nature that you can’t help but get excited about the possibility of Fleetwood v Blackpool."

For the record, Fleetwood's away form has seen them win eight matches out of eleven on their travels, with one draw and two defeats in their other two games. Both of their away defeats happened in August meaning that they are currently on a run of seven wins and one draw in their last eight matches away from their Highbury Stadium.


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5 December 2011 : FA Cup Ticketing Deadline For Season Ticket Holders
Yeovil Town season ticket holders wishing to keep their usual seats for next Tuesday's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Fleetwood Town must purchase their tickets in advance. The arrangements obviously apply to those who hold Season Tickets in the Main Stand or East Stand at Huish Park.

The replay, takes place on Tuesday 13th December, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off, and will be live on the ESPN Sports channel. The game will be an 'All Pay' game, meaning that season ticket holders will need to purchase a ticket if they are attending the game.

Whilst tickets will be available for everyone right up until kick-off, those wishing to retain their usual seat in the ground must make their purchase by Friday 9th December, 6.00p.m. - at that point all seats will be released and put on general sale. Theoretically the same applies to Home Terrace season ticket holders, but as the game won't be a sell-out crowd, that shouldn't be an issue for you.

The Second Round Replay admission prices will be a flat value across Huish Park and will be as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s/16-21yo/Disabled: £5.00; Under-16s: £3.00.

Tickets are on sale to all supporters from the Huish Park Ticket Office with immediate effect. Visit them in person, or pay by credit/debit card over the phone on 01935-847888. Tickets will be available on the night of the game at the same prices, although allow a little extra time for queuing if you chose to do this.


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5 December 2011 : Clifford Extends Yeovil Town Stay
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Conor Clifford has agreed another month extension to his existing deal at Huish Park. The Chelsea and Republic of Ireland Under-21 international will stay with the Glovers until January 3rd 2012, with the final game of that extension being the trip to Exeter City on the previous day.

Clifford has so far made four appearances for the club, and scored his debut goal on Friday night in the FA Cup Second Round match against Fleetwood Town.


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5 December 2011 : A Nice Little Earner!
Yeovil Town's current FA Cup run has brought in a six figure sum so far, in terms of additional revenue coming into the club. With the Glovers being chosen at lunchtime today for another televised tie against Fleetwood Town, they will pocket a further £36,000 to add to their earnings so far.

The initially televised tie gained both clubs £72,000 each, whilst as First Round winners, they both gained to the tune of £18,500 from the Football Association's prize fund. Hence just in competition prize money alone, the FA Cup has brought in a total of £126,500 so far.

The club will also benefit from shared gate receipts from the 2,469 spectators that attended the First Round tie at Edgar Street, along with the Second Round match against Fleetwood Town that gave the Cod Army their highest attendance of the season of 3,319. In addition, there should be a similarly sized crowd at Huish Park for the replay, bringing in revenue from around 9,000 spectators once the three ties are completed.

The method of distribution of gate receipts varies depending on the round of the competition. For First and Second Round initial ties, both sides split out the receipts, following the deduction of expenses relating to the staging of the tie. For a Second Round Replay, a total of 5 percent of the net gate receipts are sent to the Football Association prior to the split of the remaining money.

For those who are interested, the Football Association declare match expenses as being the following:

"the travelling (and possibly accommodation) expenses of the Visiting Club, the fees and expenses of the Match Officials, and other match expenses allowed under the Competition Rules (which include costs relating to gate attendants, turnstile operators, stewards, police charges, floodlighting in accordance with the Competition Rules, contributions to the costs of First Aid Helpers and any costs relating to clearing the ground of snow and water provided the Visiting Club is consulted beforehand on the approximate costs)"

All in all, once the guaranteed figure of £126,500 is added to the share of the net gate receipts, the club should have unbudgeted income of around £150,000. There is a further £27,000 in prize fund money on offer to the Second Round Replay winners. That match will take place on Tuesday 13th December with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

The Second Round Replay admission prices will be a flat value across Huish Park and will be as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s/16-21yo/Disabled: £5.00; Under-16s: £3.00.


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5 December 2011 : We're On The Telly Again!
Yeovil Town will play Fleetwood Town live on ESPN Sports after their tie was chosen for a Second Round Replay. The match will take place on Tuesday 13th December with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

The satellite broadcaster has also chosen Macclesfield Town vs Chelmsford City as their other choice - on Wednesday 14 December, kick off 8.05p.m.

All four clubs receive The FA live TV broadcast fee of £36,000 per club.


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5 December 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Fleetwood Away Interview
Just before kick-off in Friday night's trip to Fleetwood Town, Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo explains why the quartet of Gavin Williams, Anthony Edgar, Flavien Belson and Abdulai Bell-Baggie were not on board the coach to Lancashire. The interview is archived via the link below.

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


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5 December 2011 : Fleetwood Fans Get Freebies For Replay
FA Cup opponents Fleetwood Town are offering their supporters free coach travel to their FA Cup Second Round Replay against Yeovil Town. Their fans will travel down to Huish Park for a match that is provisionally set for Tuesday 13th December, and will only have to pay for their match admission as they head down the M6 on their 276 mile trip.

Fleetwood also comment on the possibility of the replay being televised by ESPN. They state that the satellite/cable broadcaster have pencilled in two Second Road Replay slots for the Tuesday and the Wednesday. As yet the matches concerned have not been chosen, but they note that Wednesday 14th December is therefore an alternative date for the fixture.

They expect to hear from the Football Association by "close of business" today as to the identity of the matches chosen. There are five possible replay ties for ESPN to choose, thus statistically this tie has a 40 percent chance of being chosen. As soon as the identity of those two matches are revealed by either club or the FA, then we'll post a news item here.


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4 December 2011 : All About Blackpool
Championship side Blackpool will need very little introduction to Yeovil Town or Fleetwood Town ahead of any potential Third Round tie. For the Cod Army, this is probably the ultimate tie for them - assuming their Highbury Stadium can cope with the likely demand of tickets.

Sunday afternoon's Third Round draw therefore puts a big twist on the Second Round Replay for Yeovil's Conference National opponents with the draw adding both a huge incentive, as well as huge pressure on the replay for the Cod Army at Huish Park. Fleetwood is just seven miles from the centre of Blackpool, and the club openly admit that they have a significant number of 'dual' supporters who turn up to both sides games when they play at home.

For the Glovers, the incentive to win their Second Round Replay is the potential for revenge. Last time Yeovil Town played Blackpool was at Wembley Stadium on May 27th 2007, as the Tangerines deservedly won their League One play-off final by a 2-0 scoreline, as Robbie Williams and Keigan Parker destroyed Yeovil's hopes of pushing on into the Championship division.

What Blackpool have done since that day has been nothing short of outstanding. They may have been one of the smaller sides in the Championship division, and certainly started like they were going to struggle, finishing 19th and 16th in their first two seasons at the second tier level, but that all changed with the arrival of Ian Holloway as manager. The agreement by club president Valeri Belokon to support Holloway via a transfer fund also helped, and as with their League One success, they secured promotion to the Premier League in May 2010, thanks to a 3-2 victory over Cardiff City.

Their time at top flight level only lasted 12 months, but their style of play certainly brightened up the Premier League, winning a lot of neutrals over, and taking their stay until the final day. Holloway has remained in charge despite the relegation, and at present they are doing a worthy job of making a swift return - in 7th place in the division and with 30 points from their 20 games so far.

Yeovil's record against Blackpool is not too clever. Aside from the Play-Off Final defeat, the Glovers failed to record a win against the seasiders during their four games in the Football League - two draws and two defeats across the 2005-06 and 2006-07 season. However, there was that last time the two teams met in the FA Cup - a Nick Crittenden strike in December 2000 proving to be the difference between the two sides, as a team managed by Colin Addison added another Football League scalp to Yeovil's giantkilling record.

Before any of that becomes wholly relevant, there's still the small matter of a Second Round Replay - currently pencilled in for Tuesday 13th December at Huish Park, provided the television companies don't ask for it to be moved. There is no doubt that Fleetwood Town will need no motivation to win the tie - for Yeovil Town, they will aim to be party-poopers to stop what would be a dream tie for the Cod Army.

Link: FA Cup Third Round : Full Draw Details.

Link: Provisional Second Round Replay Information.


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4 December 2011 : FA Cup Third Round : Full Draw Details
The winners of the Second Round Replay tie between Fleetwood Town and Yeovil Town have been drawn at home in the FA Cup. They will play Blackpool after the draw was made on the ITV1 channel this afternoon.

The draw was made by former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola and ex-Everton and Sheffield United midfielder Li Tie. The balls came out to produce the following draw:

Middlesbrough vs Shrewsbury Town
Nottingham Forest vs Leicester City
Manchester City vs Manchester United
Dagenham and Redbridge or Walsall vs Millwall
Crawley Town vs Bristol City
Doncaster Rovers vs Sutton United or Notts County
Bristol Rovers vs Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur vs Cheltenham Town
Sheffield Wednesday vs West Ham United
Milton Keynes Dons vs Queens Park Rangers
Hull City vs Ipswich Town
Coventry City vs Southampton
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Wrexham
Fulham vs Charlton Athletic
Birmingham City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Norwich City vs Burnley
Arsenal vs Leeds United
Derby County vs Crystal Palace
Fleetwood Town or Yeovil Town vs Blackpool
Swindon Town vs Wigan Athletic
Barnsley vs Swansea City
Chelmsford City or Macclesfield Town vs Bolton Wanderers
Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers
Everton vs Tamworth
Sheffield United vs Salisbury City or Grimsby Town
Liverpool vs Southend United or Oldham Athletic
Gillingham vs Stoke City
Chelsea vs Portsmouth
Watford vs Bradford City
Peterborough United vs Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion vs Cardiff City
Reading vs Stevenage

All ties are scheduled to be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 7th January 2012.


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4 December 2011 : FA Cup Third Round Draw : Fleetwood/Yeovil Drawn At Home
The winners of the Second Round Replay tie between Fleetwood Town and Yeovil Town have been drawn at home in the FA Cup. They will play Blackpool after the draw was made on the ITV1 channel this afternoon.

Full draw details will be available shortly.

All ties are scheduled to be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 7th January 2012.


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3 December 2011 : Ladies Reserves vs Plymouth Postponed
Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves have had tomorrow's match against Plymouth Argyle Ladies Reserves called off. The two sides were due to meet at Somerton on Sunday, but the match has now been postponed - this appears to be at Argyle's request.

The First Team are in action at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, on Sunday. Their opponents are Chesham Town Ladies in a 2.00p.m. kick-off. As always, the ground will be open well in advance for you to use Sherborne's social club. There is a small fee for admission with adults charged £2.00 whilst there are concessions available at £1.00.


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3 December 2011 : FA Cup Third Round Revised Ball Numbers
This afternoon, seventeen FA Cup Second Round ties were played, simplifying down the possibilities for tomorrow's Third Round draw. There were a number of shocks during the afternoon, with Conference National side Wrexham's 1-0 win over League One side Brentford at Griffin Park being the undoubted highlight. More minor shocks included Leyton Orient losing at home to Gillingham, whilst Colchester United went out to Swindon Town.

The balls for the Third Round of the FA Cup will be drawn at around 2.40p.m. on Sunday 4th December 2011 and will be broadcast live on the ITV1 Channel once the Second Round tie between AFC Totton and Bristol Rovers has concluded.

The winners for the Second Round tie between Fleetwood Town and Yeovil Town have been given Ball Number 53 on the day. The full set of ball numbers are as shown below:

1 Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 3 Barnsley 4 Birmingham City 5 Blackburn Rovers 6 Blackpool 7 Bolton Wanderers 8 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 Bristol City 10 Burnley 11 Cardiff City 12 Chelsea 13 Coventry City 14 Crystal Palace 15 Derby County 16 Doncaster Rovers 17 Everton 18 Fulham 19 Hull City 20 Ipswich Town 21 Leeds United 22 Leicester City 23 Liverpool 24 Manchester City 25 Manchester United 26 Middlesbrough 27 Millwall 28 Newcastle United 29 Norwich City 30 Nottingham Forest 31 Peterborough United 32 Portsmouth 33 Queens Park Rangers 34 Reading 35 Southampton 36 Stoke City 37 Sunderland 38 Swansea City 39 Tottenham Hotspur 40 Watford 41 West Bromwich Albion 42 West Ham United 43 Wigan Athletic 44 Wolverhampton Wanderers

45 Salisbury City or Grimsby Town
46 Stevenage
47 Sheffield United
48 Swindon Town
49 Chelmsford City or Macclesfield Town
50 Gillingham
51 Crawley Town
52 Cheltenham Town
53 Fleetwood Town or Yeovil Town
54 Wrexham
55 Bradford City
56 Shrewsbury Town
57 Dagenham & Redbridge or Walsall
58 Milton Keynes Dons
59 Tamworth
60 Sheffield Wednesday
61 Sutton United or Notts County (playing Sunday)
62 Southend United or Oldham Athletic
63 AFC Totton or Bristol Rovers (playing Sunday)
64 Charlton Athletic

All ties are scheduled to be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 7th January 2012.

As an aside in terms of FA Cup Second Round replays, there will be a minimum of five matches that require replays, with two more games planned to be televised tomorrow on ITV1 and ESPN Sports. With ESPN picking out two matches for live transmission for their First Round replays, if that happens again, the odds of persuading the TV companies to get interested in a game against Fleetwood that still hangs in the balance must be fairly reasonable.


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3 December 2011 : Bramall Lane January Trip Gets Calls Off
Yeovil Town's planned January trip to Bramall Lane will be postponed regardless of how the Glovers progress in their FA Cup Second Round replay against Fleetwood Town. The fixture lists had pulled out a January 7th 2012 trip to play Sheffield United on the first Saturday in the new year, but that is also FA Cup Third Round day, and the game will need to be rearranged.

The Blades won their Second Round tie against Torquay United this afternoon, although for a long period of the game it looked as though the Gulls might be going through via a Rene Howe third minute goal. But a 68th minute own goal from Mark Ellis proved the turning point, and Ched Evans scored two more to put the game out of sight. Danny Stevens provided a late consolation to give Sheffield United a 3-2 win.

Sheffield United will now go into the hat for the Third Round. Their League One home match against Yeovil Town on January 7th will therefore be postponed, and will almost certainly become a midweek fixture.


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3 December 2011 : Yeovil 1 Cheltenham 2 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s went out of the Youth Alliance League Cup, as a Cheltenham Town team narrowly won through to the Third Round stage at Alvington this morning. Two second half goals from the Robins was enough to see the win through, despite Tommy Smith grabbing a goal that threatened a late comeback for the Glovers.

They went into the game missing the injured trio of Jonny Kaye, Taran Singh Jheeta and Will Gordon, plus Josh Doyle was serving a suspension on his birthday following his red card in the FA Youth Cup match at Farnborough from a couple of weeks ago. It was a goalless first half with the Glovers playing a high pressure, high tempo game, with players clearly up for the battle, but they struggled to create the final ball that would seriously threaten the Cheltenham goal.

The second period continued in much the same way, with Adam Cleary landing in the book for dissent, whilst Mitch Brundle took the same route via a two footed tackle that thankfully didn't connect with his opponent. Sandwiched between a series of second half substitutions, Cheltenham grabbed the lead in controversial circumstances - their opening goal looking distinctly offside, but with the officials making the decision to not intervene. They then doubled their lead shortly afterwards, as the Yeovil defence lost their markers, with the Robins converting at the back post to make it 2-0.

One of Yeovil's substitutes to enter the field was Under-16s player Tommy Smith, who recently scored for the Reserves in their win at Shepton Mallet, and he continued to show his promise at this level. Whilst Smith's goal at Shepton was a long range blaster, this time he used his head, nodding in from six yards to set up a late finale. George Russell was introduced as a final substitution in an attempt to pull the game level, but Cheltenham hung on, and found their way into the Third Round, via a 2-1 scoreline.

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

Yeovil Scorer: Tommy Smith.

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Elliot Nelson, Mitch Brundle, Lee Sweet, Adam Cleary, Will Agbo, Josh Anderson, Aidan Chainey, Lloyd Matthews, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Corey King

Substitutes:
Tobias Iriah (for Corey King), George Russell (for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson), Jovi Rainford, Tommy Smith (for Will Agbo).


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3 December 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Fleetwood Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Fleetwood Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to ESPN Sports about the game. With questions from ESPN reporter Kelly Cates, Skivo's post-match views are captured via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Fleetwood Away Game.


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3 December 2011 : Mellon Delighted To Still Be In Cup Tie
Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon said that he was delighted to remain in the hat for tomorrow's FA Cup Third Round draw, after he saw his side come back from the dead to snatch a replay last night. The Conference side's 2-2 draw against Yeovil Town was achieved through two goals in the last eight minutes of the game, and speaking after the game, the Cod Army boss felt his side deserved a lot of credit to achieve that:

"I am absolutely delighted to still be in the tie, and with 20 minutes to go if someone had said to me we would still be in the hat I would have snatched your hand off. A lot of people forget that these lads that I have got are playing at the highest level they have ever played, and we are two levels below Yeovil. Not a lot of teams will do what we have done here and come back from two goals down against Yeovil, so I am delighted."

Mellon thought his side's failing was to not put enough pressure on the Yeovil back four during the opening 45 minutes. He told his team at half time to get more balls into the opposition box, and had praise for Jamie Milligan's 89th minute spot kick that took the game to a replay:

"I thought that in the first half we didn't make them defend enough and I said to the lads at half-time that I have no idea if their two centre-halves are any good or not because they haven't had to do anything. But in the second half we managed to put them under much more pressure and I lost count at how many corners we had and I thought we deserved to still be in the tie. And what a penalty at the end there! Jamie (Milligan) is a fantastic player and he kept his cool when it mattered and I am delighted."

Link: FA Cup Third Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers.


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3 December 2011 : Skiverton Rues Missed Chances In Cup Draw
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton rued missed chances for not putting Friday night's FA Cup First Round match against Fleetwood Town out of sight. The Glovers were leading 2-0 with eight minutes to go, thanks to goals from Ed Upson and Conor Clifford before a frantic finale produced a 2-2 draw.

During the gap between Yeovil's two goals, they spurned a number of chances to go further ahead, with striker Kieran Agard seeing two great opportunities fail to hit the back of the net, as Fleetwood's defenders put bodies on the line. Skiverton admitted after the game that his side should have sealed the win, but added that he could see the 89th minute equaliser from Jamie Milligan coming after the home side forced their way back into the tie through Kieran Charnock's diving header:

"We had four or five decent chances that we would have normally put away to win this game but we didn't do it, so in that respect it is disappointing. We left ourselves too open at the back and gave away too much possession, and they put some decent pressure on us and came back, and I thought the equaliser was inevitable really. I thought it was a fantastic cup tie as the league side looked they would run away with it at first, and they pulled it back, so hopefully the game at our place will be another entertaining one for the fans."

Skiverton said that he was still going to stay positive about the outcome, given that fellow League One side Wycombe Wanderers had lost 2-0 to the Conference National side in the previous round at Fleetwood's Highbury Stadium:

"There are positives to take away still as Wycombe came here and got beaten 2-0 so we will take that away and we are still confident of getting the job done at our place. We respected Fleetwood as we knew they were a decent footballing side and they definitely gave us a test and put us under a lot of pressure. But our name is still in the hat so that is exciting for our fans and hopefully we can get the job done in the replay at Huish Park."


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2 December 2011 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow (Saturday) morning when they play their Youth Alliance League Cup Second Round match at Alvington. They will be taking on Cheltenham Town Under-18s with an 11.00a.m. kick-off at their usual home venue which is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern off Bunford Lane.

All supporters are welcome to attend, with hot drinks and food on sale to keep you going during the game. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to come along and support the lads. Other Second Round fixtures being played tomorrow include:

AFC Bournemouth v Millwall
AFC Wimbledon v Crawley Town
Bradford City v Rochdale
Burnley v Rotherham United
Bury v Doncaster Rovers
Colchester United v Bristol Rovers
Hull City v Morecambe (12:00pm)
Luton Town v Leyton Orient
Queens Park Rangers v Wycombe Wanderers (10:45am)
Stockport County v Tranmere Rovers
Swindon Town v Stevenage (12.00pm)
Hartlepool United v Scunthorpe United
Yeovil Town v Cheltenham Town


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2 December 2011 : Belson Bell-Baggie Bye Bye
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he will be letting two of his players leave the club at the end of the month. Despite them being fit and able to play, midfielder Flavien Belson and winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie did not travel for the FA Cup Second Round match tonight, leaving the Glovers with six players on the bench.

With a spare place on the bench, Skiverton was asked by BBC Somerset why he had left his bench a player light. He explained that there were three players who had been left in Somerset for varying reasons, and confirmed that Belson and Bell-Baggie would be leaving the club:

"No Anthony Edgar or (Flavien) Belson or (Abdulai) Bell-Baggie (in the squad that travelled to Fleetwood tonight). I've had a bit of a chat with Belson and Bell-Baggie and I've told them they are free to leave after this month."

Both Belson and Bell-Baggie have contracts that run until December 31st, and so will come off the payroll at the turn of the year, but Skiverton's words suggest that they will not be considered for selection during that time. Belson made just one appearance for the Glovers during his time with the club - lasting just 45 minutes, as a red card on his debut against Carlisle United saw his Yeovil career start and end in quick succession. Meanwhile Bell-Baggie had already announced his own departure via Twitter earlier this week.

Attacker Anthony Edgar was the third player also left out of tonight's squad. He has a contract that runs until the summer of 2013. He has played in 12 matches so far, scoring his debut goal against Preston North End in September. However, the 21 year old has not stepped onto the pitch since the Carlisle defeat either. Skiverton says he feels the player has 'gone off the boil' and wants him to rediscover his form before he considers him for selection again:

"With Anthony Edgar, I've been having a few chats with him and we've just got to make sure that we're getting him in the right frame of mind, because he's done okay for a little spell, but then he's gone off the boil, and I just want him to come strong again. He knows what he's got to do to get back into my squad and my plans and I'm sure he will do it."


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2 December 2011 : Provisional Second Round Replay Date
The Football Association have publicised a provisional date for Yeovil Town's Second Round Replay against Fleetwood Town. The match will be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 13th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

This date is subject to any television companies wanting to get interested in showing the replay - we'll obviously only know what the odds on that are once Saturday's and Sunday's ties are out of the way. For the first round games, televised replay matches were announced by ESPN on the Monday following the weekend matches.

The Second Round Replay admission prices will be a flat value across Huish Park and will be as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s/16-21yo/Disabled: £5.00; Under-16s: £3.00.


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2 December 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Fleetwood vs Yeovil
If you watched this evening's 2-2 draw against Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Note that you can vote if you were one of the travelling supporters up in Lancashire tonight, but you can also cast your vote if you were watching the game on ESPN Sports from the comfort of your own armchair. Hopefully this will give a chance for a few more people to give their views on tonight's match.

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


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2 December 2011 : Fleetwood 2 Yeovil 2 : Trawlermen Haul In Glovers From Two Down
Two goals in the last ten minutes saw Yeovil Town forced to a Second Round Replay at the Highbury Stadium, as they let a 2-0 lead slip against the Cod Army. Another long-range strike from Ed Upson had been added to by an excellent Conor Clifford goal early in the second period, but home side Fleetwood Town roared back during the final eight minutes, with Kieran Charnock and a Jamie Milligan penalty ensuring the two sides will meet again at Huish Park in around ten days time.

Yeovil made just one change to their starting line-up with Gareth Stewart coming in for Rene Gilmartin who was denied permission to play by his parent club Watford. The Hornets did the same with striker Gavin Massey, whilst there was a surprise as Tottenham Hotspur also blocked Jonathan Obika from playing in the tie. The end result was that Yeovil could only field a six man bench, with Alistair Slowe included on that bench, and no substitute goalkeeper.

The game took a long time to warm up, with both sides failing to keep the ball on the deck in blustery conditions. Fleetwood controlled the midfield though, and in doing so looked marginally the better side, albeit without creating too much. A Jamie Milligan free kick was deflected off the wall for a corner for the first chance of the match that took 16 minutes to come.

It took Yeovil Town 32 minutes to even remotely threaten the Fleetwood goal, and when they did it was incisive. Ed Upson received the ball on the edge of the box, and fired in yet another beauty from the edge of the box, and into the far corner, giving goalkeeper Scott Davies no chance whatsoever. 1-0 up, and probably not deserved on the balance of play, but certainly deserved for the quality of the strike. Anyone putting Ed Upson on a new contract yet?

The Glovers should have been another goal to the good minutes later, when Luke Ayling made a surging run in from the flank, firing a shot that Scott Davies could only parry directly into the path of Kieran Agard, whose hesitance was costly, letting the ball come onto him, and allowing right-back Shaun Beeley to block out his attempt. Shortly after that, Agard again was wasteful, as he took too many touches, allowing defenders to close him down inside the box, with his eventual shot deflecting just wide of the right-hand upright for another corner. In the end, it was Yeovil who finished as the stronger team, with the goal allowing them to find their feet against the home side as the went in for the break.

A perfect start to the second period saw Yeovil increase their grip on the match when a great spot of counter-attacking gave them a second goal. Andy Williams bombed up the right flank, and running level with him was Conor Clifford who received a perfect inside pass into a centre-forward's position, and the Chelsea midfielder fired home into the roof of the net. 2-0 up and a buffer to cope with during the second period.

Fleetwood tried to battle back, with Jamie Vardy getting the ball in the net, albeit long after a linesman's flag had stopped play. A series of corners put pressure on the goal in swirling conditions, whilst a Jamie Vardy shot across the face of goal could have been converted at the far post were it not for a Fleetwood player spooning the ball as he tried to break the net. They had plenty of pressure, but didn't seem to know how to carve out the chances that they needed to get back into the game.

At the other end, Conor Clifford had a couple of long range chances, as he shot just wide of the target following a Kieran Agard pass, whilst another attempt went over the bar. But with eight minutes remaining, matters became rather dicey when Peter Till's left wing cross finally struck gold for Fleetwood, as Kieran Charnock's diving header saw him ghost in from the full-back position to pull them back to 2-1.

Suddenly the home side believed in themselves, and big target man Richard Brodie seemed to cause the Glovers defence plenty of problems in the closing stages, along with the swirling wind and the rain. With two minutes remaining, Kieran Charnock was judged to be fouled inside the box, with referee Robert Madley pointing to the spot for what appeared to be a fairly generous decision. Up stepped Jamie Milligan, who fired into the top left, with Gareth Stewart's dive not quite good enough to get a hand on it.

Four minutes of injury time saw the home side hoping for a winning goal as they seized the momentum, but that five and final strike never came. For the Glovers, they will need to take the positive that they are in the hat for the Third Round, but in truth, they invited far too much pressure during the closing stages of the match, with often eleven men behind the ball. They will have to pick themselves up for the long journey home, and see who comes out of the hat for tomorrow afternoon's draw.

Final Score: Fleetwood Town 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Ed Upson (0-1, 32 mins), Conor Clifford (0-2, 49 mins), Kieran Charnock (1-2, 82 mins), Jamie Milligan (2-2, pen, 89 mins)

Fleetwood Town:
1. Scott Davies
2. Shaun Beeley 6. Nathan Pond 23. Kieran Charnock 13. Alan Goodall
19. Gareth Seddon 7. Sean Clancy 8. Jamie Milligan 18. Jamie McGuire
33. Jamie Vardy 14. Andy Mangan

Substitutes:
16. Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton (GK) 5. Steve McNulty (46 mins for Steve McNulty) 9. Richard Brodie (73 mins for Sean Clancy) 10. Magno Vieira 11. Peter Till (57 mins for Sean Clancy) 15. Keith Briggs 17. Stefan Cox

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
24. Gareth Stewart
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
9. Steve MacLean (86 mins for Conor Clifford) 15. Kerrea Gilbert 16. Oli Johnson (79 mins for Andy Williams) 23. Billy Gibson 31. Alistair Slowe 40. Rhys Baggridge

Fleetwood Bookings: Steve McNulty (52 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Darren England (South Yorkshire) and Adrian Holmes (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Dean Mohareb.

Attendance: 3,319


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2 December 2011 : Team News For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made just one change to their starting line-up for their first ever match against Fleetwood Town, in the Second Round of the FA Cup. Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin is blocked from playing by his parent club, and so goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart reprises the role he played in the First Round tie at Hereford United. Striker Gavin Massey who was on the bench last weekend is similarly blocked.

The one mystery regarding the availability of loan players was whether Chelsea would allow midfielder Conor Clifford to play in tonight's match - the answer is yes, and he keeps his place in the starting line-up. However, Jonathan Obika is not in the squad - we're not sure as yet whether that's at Tottenham Hotspur's request at present.

The bench only includes six players, one of which is Alistair Slowe, making his first team squad debut. There is no substitute goalkeeper on show tonight. The Glovers will line up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
24. Gareth Stewart
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
37. Conor Clifford
7. Andrew Williams 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
9. Steve MacLean 15. Kerrea Gilbert 16. Oli Johnson 23. Billy Gibson 31. Alistair Slowe 40. Rhys Baggridge

Fleetwood Town:
1. Scott Davies
2. Shaun Beeley 6. Nathan Pond 23. Kieran Charnock 13. Alan Goodall
7. Sean Clancy 8. Jamie Milligan 18. Jamie McGuire
33. Jamie Vardy 19. Gareth Seddon 14. Andy Mangan

Substitutes:
16. Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton (GK) 5. Steve McNulty 9. Richard Brodie 10. Magno Vieira 11. Peter Till 15. Keith Briggs 17. Stefan Cox


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2 December 2011 : Exeter City Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match was a League One game against Exeter City, that saw a 2-2 draw shared between the two West Country sides. Two of Yeovil Town's midfielders scored the goals for the home side, as yet another Ed Upson long-ranger was added to in the second half by a Dominic Blizzard header.

The Man of the Match voting saw a wide range of players pick up votes, but two players in particular pulled out in front. Right-back Luke Ayling grabbed a sizeable number of votes, but the eventual winner by a large margin was midfielder Ed Upson, who once again finished on top of the pile. Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Ed Upson 472 (41)
2 Luke Ayling 232 (12)
3 Dominic Blizzard 76 (2)
4 Conor Clifford 72 (2)
5 Darren Purse 58 (1)
6 Kieran Agard 56 (3)
7 Andy Williams 56 (0)
8 Paul Wotton 36 (0)
9 Max Ehmer 34 (1)
10 Paul Huntington 18 (1)
11 Gavin Massey 8 (0)
12 Gareth Stewart 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.35

Performance: 6.89
Entertainment: 7.81

VOTES RECEIVED: 63

NOTE: With tonight's match against Fleetwood Town live on ESPN Sports, the Man of the Match voting will be open to both those at Highbury Stadium, as well as those who are watching the game from their sofas. Hence get your votes in as soon as the final whistle is blown, via the form below.

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


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2 December 2011 : Skivo Previews The Fleetwood Away Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's FA Cup Second Round match against Fleetwood Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Somerset about the match. With questions from reporter Dan Albutt, Skivo's thoughts from yesterday are captured via the link below.

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


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2 December 2011 : BBC Radio Commentary Goes National Tonight
If you can't reach BBC Somerset via the conventional route tonight, and you haven't got access to the ESPN Sports channel, there are a couple of alternatives available to listen to Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round tie. The game against Fleetwood Town will also be covered in full by digital station BBC 5 Live Sports Extra tonight.

The BBC's match commentary team for the national station will be Alastair Yeomans, Adam Pope and Craig Hignett. You should be able to pick up the station through most DAB Radios, or through the various set-top boxes and satellite/cable providers.

The more local BBC Somerset coverage will be in place for those who want the regulars - Chris Spittles and Chris Sweet are providing the commentary of the game. The BBC have provided online links to both commentaries which are linked below.

Link: BBC Somerset: Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra : Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Meanwhile BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail will be warming up tonight's game with his show from 4.00p.m. onwards. He is keen to hear from any Yeovil Town supporters who are travelling up to Fleetwood. If you fancy going on air and chatting to Ben, give him a call on 0845 303 1566 or drop an email to our site address or a tweet/direct message to @ytfcciderspace and we'll forward your details.


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2 December 2011 : Cod Army Heading For Top Crowd Tonight
Tonight's opponents Fleetwood Town look to be heading towards their biggest crowd of the season, for their FA Cup Second Round tie against Yeovil Town. The Cod Army report that they have sold over 2,700 advance tickets for the game, and with walk-up sales allowed at the turnstiles tonight at the same prices, they should beat their previous seasonal best by the time that we reach the 7.30p.m. kick-off.

Despite the match being live on ESPN Sports tonight, the Lancashire side have already matched in pre-match sales the 2,711 crowd that turned up for their FA Cup First Round match against Wycombe Wanderers. Meanwhile their top crowd of the season of 3,021, which was gained a few weeks ago for the league visit of Stockport County looks set to be eclipsed.

The reformed Fleetwood Town club's record attendance at their Highbury Stadium is the 4,112 who turned up for their Conference National Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg tie against AFC Wimbledon in May 2011, at the end of last season.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Fleetwood Town.


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2 December 2011 : Stewart To Return Between The Sticks
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that his goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart will be between the sticks for tonight's match. Current first team goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin has been refused permission by Watford to play in the FA Cup Second Round tie - he is the Hornets' second choice keeper and the Championship side do not enter the competition until January, hence their wish for him to not become cup-tied.

Stewart played for the Glovers during their FA Cup First Round match at Hereford United, keeping a clean sheet in the process, and Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he will be happy to rely upon him again:

"There's no secret there - yes, he'll be coming back into goal. I've got no problems with him whatsoever, and he did well in the two games when he came in. It will be same squad that played against Hereford."

As for midfield playmaker Gavin Williams, Skiverton said that his first week back in training following a knee ligament injury had gone well with no reaction. However, he was deliberating over whether Friday night's game would be too early to chuck him in the deep end:

"He trained today (Thursday), and he got through training great, but it's one of those where do I take him, or do I not? I've still not made my mind up yet. He got through training okay today, but is it too early just to throw him in on three days training? I will sit down with my physios before we go. Gav has got his tracksuit, and we'll let you know."


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1 December 2011 : Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match Preview
Yeovil Town go before the television cameras tomorrow evening, as they take on Conference National side Fleetwood Town in the Second Round of the FA Cup. The Glovers are hoping to make the Third Round stage for the first time since the 2004-05 season when they reached the Fourth Round stage. Meanwhile their hosts are aiming to reach the Third Round for the first time in their club's history - their best record stands as a 2008-09 Second Round appearance that saw them lose 2-3 at home to Hartlepool United, meaning that even a replay would take them further than their club has been before.

Fleetwood are currently in a two-horse race with Wrexham for the Conference title; level on points and six points clear of their rivals. The Lancashire side would surely be well ahead of their rivals were it not for a mediocre start to their season that saw them in 11th place at the end of August. Since then, they've recorded 12 wins in their last 16 matches, and are currently the bookies favourites to take the title.

For Friday night's game, they welcome back striker Richard Brodie, who is on loan from Crawley Town. Brodie received a straight red during Fleetwood's first round victory against Wycombe Wanderers but has now served his time. They also have defender Steve McNulty available again following an ankle injury, and these two are likely to be the only possible changes to the squad that briefly put them on top of the league during their midweek 3-0 win over Kettering Town.

The Glovers go into the cup tie in good health, with theoretically everyone fit and available. That's with the exception of the loanees, with Watford duo Gavin Massey and goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin expected to be missing at the Hornets' request. There's a bit of a question mark over midfielder Conor Clifford and whether Chelsea will allow him to play, although it would be a bit of a surprise if the Premier League side were wanting to stop him from becoming cup-tied. Goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart will take over Gilmartin's role.

Midfielder Gavin Williams is back in contention, having been in full training for three days this week. The question there will be whether manager Terry Skiverton feels that he's had enough time to get back into the swing of things following a three month layoff with a knee injury. At best, he'll be one of the seven choices on the Yeovil bench. Left-winger Alan O'Brien is another one who was due to return to training this week; we're unsure how well that has gone. Otherwise all other players are reported as ready to travel.

The two sides have never met before in any shape or form, whilst the only connection between the two sides is midfielder Anthony Barry, who will not feature due to a long term knee injury. Barry left the Glovers in the summer of 2008 and his knowledge of the Glovers won't help the Cod Army too much, given that outside the management team there are no survivors from the 2007-08 squad that the Liverpudlian played alongside. Skiverton says that he will be treating Fleetwood as a Football League club but says he wants his side to impose themselves on the home side:

"Our mentality is to make sure we are the league team and we play them like a league team. That's what the FA Cup is all about and that's why they've put it on the TV - because they're hoping for an upset. We've got to make sure we don't provide that for them."

Kick-off tomorrow is at 7.30p.m. and of course the game is live on ESPN Sports, with coverage starting from 7.00p.m. There should also be live BBC Somerset commentary on the radio as well. You can also follow us on Twitter throughout the evening as well - feel free to provide your own views on the match. If the match finishes level after 90 minutes, it will go to a replay at Huish Park. Details on that as well as some more reading material is available below, including the Ciderspace guide for those travelling to the match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Fleetwood Town.

Link: Officials For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: ESPN FA Cup TV Coverage.

Link: Fleetwood Pair Pick Up Monthly Awards.

Link: Incredible Momentum Drives Fleetwood Chief.

Link: FA Cup Third Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers.

Link: In The Event Of A Replay ....


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1 December 2011 : Final Call For WWOYTB Supporters Survey No.1
The WWOYTB Yeovil Town supporters' collective are putting in a final call for anyone who has not completed their first Supporters Survey. The survey had been kept open for a couple of extra weeks to give people more time, but it will be closed off at the end of this week to enable them to have an initial look at the results over the weekend.

If you've not filled in your views on the club yet, please do via the link below. Please try to get all submissions through by the end of tomorrow night's FA Cup match, as the first browsing and collation of the submitted entries will probably begin over Saturday and Sunday.

Link: WWOYTB : Supporters Survey No.1.


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1 December 2011 : Fleetwood Pair Pick Up Monthly Awards
Tomorrow's opponents Fleetwood Town have picked up a pair of awards for their current form that has put them into the Second Round of the FA Cup, as well as challenging for promotion from the Conference National division. Manager Micky Mellon and top scorer Jamie Vardy have been named as the Manager and Player Of The Month for November 2011 by sponsors Blue Square.

Fleetwood went through the month of November unbeaten, which included their First Round giant-killing of Wycombe Wanderers that set up tomorrow's televised tie. Five wins and one draw make Mellon's side worthy winners of the monthly award.

Despite being born in Paisley, Scotland, the name of Mellon may ring a bell or two with West Country football fans. he was part of the Bristol City side that gained promotion to the First Division under Joe Jordan and spent four years there between 1989 and 1993, with the Robins being his first experience of professional football. He then built up a lengthy career which included spells with Blackpool, Tranmere Rovers and Burnley. He has been Fleetwood's manager since September 2008.

Mellon is joined by Jamie Vardy, who has netted 14 times this season, including four goals during the month of November. He will undoubtedly be Fleetwood's "one to watch" tomorrow, although with Andy Mangan having netted nine times this season, they are in no way a one man team. Both Vardy and Mangan are fairly young strikers, with 25 year old Mangan having played for the likes of Wrexham and Accrington Stanley, whilst 24 year old Vardy has played for Stocksbridge Park Steels and FC Halifax Town.

Now about that tradition that is always believed to accompany winning the Manager Of The Month Award ......


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1 December 2011 : ESPN FA Cup TV Coverage
Tomorrow night's FA Cup Second Round tie between Fleetwood Town and Yeovil Town is being televised live on the ESPN Sports Channel. As before with previous televised matches that have featured the Glovers, there is both a main programme and a highlights programme scheduled for you to set your recorders against if you are at the match, or down the pub watching the game.

ESPN's main coverage of the 7.30p.m. kick-off match commences at 7.00p.m. and lasts for three hours until 10.00p.m. However, they are also showing a 1hr 45mins repeat showing of the match at 8.15a.m. on the Saturday morning for those of you who want to see the game a second time. Usually the repeat showings are more or less the complete match but with a little bit of cosmetic slicing to take out periods of play where nothing is happening, such as an injury, or a ball being kicked out of the ground.

Your two viewing/recording choices are therefore as follows:

02/12/2011 : 19:00hrs : Three hours live coverage (ESPN Sports - Friday night)
03/12/2011 : 08:15hrs : 1hr 45mins 'condensed' rerun of the game (ESPN Sports - Saturday morning)

It is worth noting that ESPN are running a 30 minute programme called The FA Cup Preview Show over the next day or so. Whilst that will look at all of the Second Round ties, there will doubtless be a mini-feature on the Fleetwood vs Yeovil game embedded into that programme. That has three showings at 1.00p.m. and 11.00p.m. today, or at 4.30p.m. on Friday.


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1 December 2011 : Bell-Baggie Bye Bye?
Yeovil Town winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie looks to be on the way out of Huish Park. The former Reading academy player has not played a single minute for the first team since he arrived at the club over the summer, and in a large squad appears to be a long way down the pecking order.

The 19 year old agreed a four month contract with the Glovers, having spent much of pre-season at the club on trial. However on his Twitter account the former England Under-16 and Under-17 international has indicated that Forest Green Rovers and Plymouth Argyle are possible future destinations for him, tweeting that he is "going to Forest Green on Monday looking to start enjoying my football again" and that "I'm leaving. Plymouth are keen on me coming down there."

This week's Western Gazette mentioned Bell-Baggie's future as being up in the air, along with left-winger Alan O'Brien, defensive midfielder Flavien Belson and right-back Kerrea Gilbert. All four are on short term deals until January, and all four have struggled to get games in the first team. O'Brien is the only one of the four to be used on a sustained basis, although a succession of injuries have interrupted his runs in the side. Skiverton has told the paper that he is not in a hurry to make up his mind on them:

"Decisions will run right to the wire. We need to make sure they are fighting every day and I will sit down with them in due course. Nothing will be said to anyone until we are very close."

Skiverton has indicated he will also need to make a decision shortly on the future of loan signing Conor Clifford, although all the signs are that he would like to extend the Chelsea midfielder's loan. As yet the club have not got a firm response from Chelsea as to whether he will be allowed to play against Fleetwood Town tomorrow night - Clifford missed the first round clash due to international duty.

Striker Gavin Massey will be unavailable for tomorrow's televised FA Cup match, whilst goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin was reported by last week's Gazette as unable to play - both players are sourced from Watford so the Hornets' policy isn't too much of a surprise. Striker Oli Johnson and defender Max Ehmer played in the last round at Hereford United and so will be available, whilst striker Jonathan Obika ought to be given permission by Tottenham Hotspur.


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1 December 2011 : Super Gav Set For Glovers Return
Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Gavin Williams is on the edge of a timely comeback after a three month lay-off. The Welshman has been out with knee ligament damage since September when he came off during the Glovers' 4-3 defeat against Preston North End after come out the worse from a block tackle.

This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reports that the 30 year old is now back in full training at Huish Park and that he is available for selection for tomorrow night's trip to Fleetwood Town. Whether he would be chucked in the deep end without full match fitness is somewhat doubtful; more likely that he'd be considered for the substitutes bench.

Separate reports indicate that left-winger Alan O'Brien was due to return to training this week, following his groin injury. Williams and O'Brien were the club's last two long term injuries, and thus barring any minor knocks would give them a full squad to chose from going into December's busy schedule of matches.

Link: Gavin Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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