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31 December 2012 : Mildenhall Switches Scunny For Rovers
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has made a loan switch between two clubs today, as Football League sides have begun to kick in a number of post-dated January transfer window deals. The 33 year old has been on loan with League One side Scunthorpe United for the last nine matches, having been brought in by returning manager Brian Laws at the start of November.

This afternoon saw Mildy firstly recalled early from that loan to return to his parent club Millwall and before he could circle around the M25, he was off again, joining League Two relegation strugglers Bristol Rovers, on a deal that is initially on an 'emergency' basis, but is being lined up as something to last the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Laws has told the Scunthorpe Telegraph that the news took him by surprise, having only found out he was about to lose his keeper 24 hours ago, but said he was aware that Mildenhall would eventually end up at the Memorial Stadium. As such Laws could see where the Swindon-based player was coming from:

"It's knocked the wind out of my sails. He came to my house late last night (Sunday) to tell me the situation and then I got a phone call from Millwall to say they'd had a very good offer from Bristol Rovers to take his contract on for the rest of the season. It's half an hour from where he lives, so logistically it's a no-brainer. We couldn't offer him anything longevity wise either so really it's been taken out of our hands, but the fact it's happened so quickly means it has come as a thunderbolt. It's left us in no man's land, but we can't make him stay and we can't make the club let him stay."

One former Yeovil player's gain is potentially another former Yeovil player's loss, with Rovers already having Sam Walker on loan from Chelsea. His future would appear to now be under threat, although Rovers haven't yet cut short his loan. New boss John Ward said that Walker had impressed him in the one match he'd seen him play, but he felt that Rovers' precarious league position required an experienced head between the sticks:

"His arrival is not, in any way, a reflection on Sam Walker, who did very well for me at Aldershot on Wednesday. However, given our current league position, I felt that we needed some experience in that position. I know Steve and I am grateful to his manager at Millwall, Kenny Jackett, for allowing him to join us."

Mildenhall is out of contract at the New Den at the end of the 2012-13 season and has already been told that he can find a new club, so assuming the half-season deal with Rovers is confirmed, it effectively ends his career at Milwall.

As a footnote, we're not aware of Yeovil Town having brought in the two planned 'emergency loan' deals they'd hoped to complete today. It could be that they're keeping them under wraps until kick-off tomorrow, but of the couple of names that are already known, and a few others on the rumourmill, their parent clubs have yet to provide any strong clues in that direction either.


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31 December 2012 : Webster Gets Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town central defender Byron Webster has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. Byron has been nominated after his performance against Portsmouth on Saturday when the Glovers won 2-1 at Fratton Park. Byron scored the second goal of that game, and that has seen him included in this week's line-up to represent the best of League One.

This is Byron's second nomination of the 2012-13 season, having been included in their team line-up during late October, and is the club's 12th nomination of the season.

The full team selected is as follows:

David James (AFC Bournemouth)
Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers) Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) Zoumana Bakayogo (Tranmere Rovers)
David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) Eunan O'Kane (AFC Bournemouth) Brad Potts (Carlisle United) Ritchie Humphreys (Hartlepool United)
Stephen Elliott (Coventry City) Steve Howard (Hartlepool United)

The full list of 2012-13 nominations for Yeovil Town players are as shown below:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)


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31 December 2012 : Seven Coach Army
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Leyton Orient in just over a week's time should note that spaces on the supporters coaches are filling up at an impressive pace. The match takes place at Brisbane Road on Tuesday 8th January 2013, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off and has seen the club offer up FREE coach places for those purchasing tickets for the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final tie.

The GWSC, who are organising the coach travel, have more or less filled seven coaches so far, which would equate to around 350 supporters. Add in the London and Home Counties exiles, such as the Capital Glovers, who will be travelling under their own steam and the club are well on track to reach their target of having 500 fans in the away section next Tuesday.

With that in mind, we'd strongly encourage those wanting to take advantage of the travel offer to make their decisions as soon as possible, given that at some stage they will close off on the number of coaches being booked. We've been told that supporters buying their match tickets at the Huish Park Ticket Office are being given a paper slip to call the GWSC to book separately, rather than handling the coach booking themselves. Hence to place your coach booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings). If it's match tickets you want then the Huish Park Ticket Office can be reached on 01935-847888.

Note that the Ticket Office will be open only until 4.00p.m. today. It will be open from 10.00a.m. tomorrow, however if you're after JPT tickets, please purchase them early on during the day, as they will reserve the right to only sell matchday tickets from 90 minutes before the New Year's Day League One fixture kicks off. If you want to place your GWSC travel during tomorrow, then Paul will be in the GWSC Programme Shop which is situated on the corner of the Main Stand and Home Terrace area.

Link: Glovers Provide Free Travel Offer For Leyton Orient Trip.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About Free Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing And Date Set For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.


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31 December 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Waiting In The Arrivals Lounge
The turn of the year means that we're likely to see a few comings and goings over the next few days, particularly with Yeovil Town's squad so thin. With that in mind, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers where things are at, and when things are likely to happen. Head via the link below and feel free to post your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Waiting In The Arrivals Lounge.


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31 December 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Portsmouth Interview
Just before Saturday's away match against Portsmouth kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. In an interview with local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his problems with making substitutes at the moment, his January transfer plans, and of course his opponents that afternoon. Read it via the link below.

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


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30 December 2012 : Video : Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive the goals from yesterday's away win against Portsmouth, the Sky Sports website has uploaded video highlights. You can watch two and a half minutes worth of coverage, including the three goals and a couple of good shots of the travelling 785 Yeovil Town supporters. View via the link below, provided you're using a UK-based internet provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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30 December 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Portsmouth Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts, including his latest views on the January transfer window comings and goings, can be read via the link below.

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


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30 December 2012 : The End Of KMB?
Yeovil Town supporters may have seen the last of winger Keanu Marsh-Brown after he was left entirely out of the first team squad for yesterday's trip to Portsmouth. The 20 year old has made 27 appearances for the Glovers since arriving in the summer from Oldham Athletic, but has played a decreasing part in manager Gary Johnson's first team plans, with just two substitute appearances during December.

Despite the Glovers yesterday having to place Under-18s players Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo on the bench for the trip to Portsmouth, Marsh-Brown was absent entirely, leaving just strikers Reuben Reid and Gozie Ugwu as the only two experienced outfield players on the bench. Johnson confirmed to BBC Somerset after the match that the player was fully fit, but that he didn't feel he was performing well enough to justify his selection in the squad, even by default. However, he did not go into specifics:

"That's with us at the minute, but I didn't select him because I didn't select him. He wasn't injured or anything. I just felt that he's not given us enough, so I didn't think that he warranted a place on the bench."

The last time Yeovil Town selected a substitutes bench short of places, but left a player at home was during last season, when Anthony Edgar was dropped from the squad. That turned out to be the last anyone saw of the winger in a first team squad, with the former West Ham United trainee departing for Barnet in the summer. With Johnson looking to refresh his squad during January, his comments about Marsh-Brown would seem to match up well with his view expressed earlier this month that he is having to work too hard with a number of players to get them to perform. It therefore would not be a surprise if Marsh-Brown did not feature in a green-and-white shirt again.


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30 December 2012 : Gary Takes Trialist Duo To Watch Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that he is looking at two players on trial, with a view to bringing them into his squad in early January. As part of his transfer window squad rebuilding plans, the Glovers boss took the pair to Fratton Park on Saturday with the aim of allowing both parties to see each other at close quarters. Following the match, Gary revealed that the players were Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan and former Chelsea midfielder Kaby Djalo, who was most recently on the books of AEL Limassol.

With Saturday's game against Portsmouth being the final match of 2012, attention now turns towards the potential of new arrivals. In addition to Shelbourne midfielder Kevin Dawson, who is expected to sign after the New Year's Day match against Leyton Orient, Johnson told BBC Somerset how he saw the situation with Dolan and Djalo panning out:

"All I can say is that we've got two boys who are with us at the moment. We've got Kevin Dawson anyway, but we've got Matthew Dolan who we think is a very very good midfield player, who is left-footed. We hope to do something with him, but we've got to talk to Middlesbrough. So I can't jump the gun, but he is with us. I wanted him to see us really. We've also got a boy from Chelsea called Kaby Djalo. He's a little boy, and he's like a smaller version of Pele! He's smaller than me! He was at Chelsea and Jose Mourinho brought him in. He's just come back from Cyprus, but he's not got the fitness that Matty Dolan has got. Matty Dolan is captain of the Middlesbrough Under-21s, although he looks a little bit older. He would be a good addition to the squad if we could get it going. Obviously we're in A1 position, because he's with us."

In terms of the timing of the arrivals, Dolan could be available for New Year's Day if the club can initially negotiate an emergency loan deal on December 31st that is post-dated to start the following day. However, with Dawson and Djalo, both the rules on permanent transfers, and also the potential need to obtain international clearance for the pair, are expected to mean that the Glovers will have to wait until after the Bank Holiday.

Matthew Dolan was born on February 11th 1993 in Hartlepool, and is therefore approaching his 20th birthday. Middlesbrough website describe him as "an all-action, energetic, tough and determined left-footed player, who can play in midfield or in defence and is an excellent header of the ball". He has been part of their Academy set-up, but was rewarded with his first professional contract in July 2010 when Boro thought enough of him to award a four year deal.

He has yet to make a first team appearance for them, but is captain of their Under-21 development side. Middlesbrough note that his progress through the youth ranks was thwarted slightly during the 2009-10 season when he had a 'horrific' shoulder injury, but there doesn't appear to have been a repeat of that problem since then. The Glovers appear to have competition for his services from fellow League One side Hartlepool United, with his home town having also previously taken him on trial.

As far as Kaby Djalo is concerned, he was born on February 5th 1990 in Bissau, the capital city of West African country Guinea-Bissau, and thus is 20 years old. His birth name is Aliu Djalo, but is more generally known as Kaby. He worked his way through the academy system at Portuguese side Boavista, before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2007, whilst Jose Mourinho was their manager. Djalo played for Chelsea's Youth Team, eventually playing for their Reserves during the 2011-12 campaign, but left West London to play for AEL Limassol in Cyprus where he was part of their squad who were Cypriot First Division champions and Cypriot Cup runners up.

During this season, he has had a trial spell with Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, although this doesn't appear to have turned into a full contract. As such he is a free agent, although would still need international clearance to sign for the Glovers. In terms of his nationality, he has represented Portugal at junior level, having gained three caps at Under-17 level and eight at Under-18 level. Below, there is a YouTube video compiling some of his appearances to hopefully give a flavour of what he's capable of, although bear in mind that any such videos concentrate on the plus points of a player's profile, rather than any minus points.




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29 December 2012 : Johnson: Pompey Scouting Report Aided By Opposition
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that the opposition had unwittingly helped him in his preparation for today's match against Portsmouth. The Glovers gained all three points in a 2-1 win at Fratton Park, thanks to two Jamie McAllister free kicks that Pompey failed to clear, before Dominic Blizzard and Byron Webster slotted home to put the Glovers 2-0 up at the break.

A Paul Benson goal put Portsmouth back in the match during a tense second half, but speaking after the game, Gary felt that some of the information he pulled from the Hampshire club's media had given him enough hints to see defending set pieces as a possible weakness:

"We knew they kept advertising the fact they've lost games on set plays. They had done a bit of scouting for us and it meant we could get in there and be dangerous. That's what we did. If we'd been a little bit more clinical with a couple of the chances, then you know that third one kills a team off. But we couldn't quite get it, so it made the game very exciting. But it was a great win for us, coming to Portsmouth in what was our first time at Portsmouth. So that was nice for our fans, to come to what is a very big club. At the end of the day, little old Yeovil has come here and turned them over, and that's really nice."

The win sees the Glovers maintain their 12th placed slot in the League One table, but pulls them within three points of the play-off slots. In recent seasons, Yeovil have perhaps struggled to get positive results against the 'bigger' clubs in the division, but Gary has been doing his best to try to get his players to approach such games in a positive way:

"Let's be honest, we're doing all we can to fight above our weight. I give the players some stick and I do it to make sure they keep their standards and ambitions high. We don't want them to be shrinking violets when they come up against Portsmouth. We needed to let them know we were here for a proper game and we out-footballed them in the first half."


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29 December 2012 : Portsmouth 1 Yeovil 2 : Blizzard And Webster End Year On A High
Two first half goals gave Yeovil Town their sixth away win of the 2012-13 season, as they finished 2012 on a high with a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Portsmouth. Strikes from the unlikely sources of Dominic Blizzard and Byron Webster as they capitalised on loose balls following set pieces, were enough to guarantee the points. Pompey fought back in the second half, scoring through Paul Benson and later hitting the woodwork twice, but Yeovil hung in there to claim the win on their first ever visit to Fratton Park.

Team selection saw the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up, with Sam Foley still not having recovered from a hamstring problem that kept him out on Boxing Day. On the bench, Keanu Marsh-Brown was 'not selected' for the match despite boss Gary Johnson indicating that he was not injured - suggesting that his future in a green and white shirt may be limited. Will Agbo made up the numbers as his replacement.

Yeovil have not always been able to grab wins against the 'bigger' clubs in League One, but Pompey are struggling with them going into today's game not having won in 12 matches. Yeovil were better in the opening stages though, with Ed Upson firing narrowly wide, and Gavin Williams cheekily trying to lob goalkeeper Simon Eastwood after he came off his line to clear the ball, but was then caught badly out of position. The returned ball landed on top of the goal frame.

The Glovers took the lead 15 minutes into the match when a Jamie McAllister free kick was taken, with Gavin Williams having been fouled by Liam Walker. Pompey made a hash of clearing their lines from the set piece, with Adam Webster's poor header reaching Dominic Blizzard, and the midfielder deftly fired into the bottom corner to give Yeovil the lead.

Some of Portsmouth's tackling was desperate, as they began to clock up bookings, without really threatening as an attacking force. The nearest they came was from a spot of dithering in the Yeovil defence as Marek Stech and Luke Ayling got in a muddle when a ball drifted into the penalty box, with Stech thumping the ball against the body of Liam Walker's body and fortunately out for a goal kick. Stech then redeemed himself after he produced a terrific punch out to thwart Paul Benson, leaving the striker on the deck in the aftermath. Complaints from Izale McLeod about the challenge ensured he landed in the book.

Yeovil extended their lead further, via another Jamie McAllister free kick, seven minutes before the break. Dominic Blizzard had this time been fouled 30 yards from goal, and when the free kick was swung in, again Yeovil were the quickest to react to the second ball when it dropped, as Byron Webster hooked the ball home from close range for a 2-0 lead that sent the 785 travelling fans into delight.

The half ended with Adam Webster committing a shocking foul on Gavin Williams out on the halfway line, with referee Fred Graham deciding to only brand a yellow card for the offence. The home side were loudly booed off at the break, and it wasn't too surprising to find interim boss Guy Whittingham producing a double substitution at half time to liven things up.

The second period was, as expected, a different prospect. Whilst Pompey weren't exactly rampant at the start, they did look a stronger force. Having moved Liam Walker across to Yeovil's slightly more vulnerable left-flank, and Pompey's right, the winger began to get more space to move, and it was his cross into the box that saw Adam Webster react, playing the ball back across the area for Paul Benson to finish from inside the box.

Now it was game on, and for the first time in the match, we started to hear something approaching a Fratton Park atmosphere. Some serious pressure from the home side threatened a quick equaliser, with Benson again running close from another Walker ball into the box. The danger was that Yeovil would cave in, and it took them 10 minutes or so to regain their composure in the game.

When they did break, they frustratingly couldn't keep possession, with James Hayter twice trying to find Paddy Madden in such moves, only to find both players crowded out by the Pompey back four. As the game ticked into the final ten minutes, Portsmouth began to ramp up the pressure again. Paul Benson forced Marek Stech into a flying save from another Walker cross, as the keeper saved at his near post. Then he had to tip a Lubomir Michalik effort onto the same post as the game ticked into the final minute.

Somehow Yeovil held out, although it was possible to criticise them for going far too deep during the final ten minutes. The effort and workrate was certainly there but they didn't help themselves by at times playing with all eleven players back inside their own box which invited pressure that they couldn't relieve. The late introduction of Gozie Ugwu was used partly to deal with that and partly to waste a little bit of time, and thankfully they held on for all three points.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Portsmouth 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Dominic Blizzard (0-1, 15 mins), Byron Webster (0-2, 38 mins), Paul Benson (1-2, 54 mins)

Portsmouth:
13. Simon Eastwood
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 20. Lubomir Michalik 33. Ricardo Rocha 22. Adam Webster
7. Lee Williamson 19. Darel Russell 8. Brian Howard 6. Liam Walker
14. Paul Benson 9. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
1. Phil Smith 18. Johannes Ertl (65 mins for Ricardo Rocha) 21. Ashley Harris (46 mins for Brian Howard) 23. Scott Allan (46 mins for Izale McLeod) 26. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 35. Jed Wallace

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu (90 mins for Paddy Madden) 23. Will Agbo 24. Mitch Brundle

Portsmouth Bookings: Lubomir Michalik (19 mins, foul), Izale McLeod (33 mins, dissent), Adam Webster (45 mins, foul), Richardo Rocha (51 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: James Hayter (42 mins, foul), Gavin Williams (90 mins, foul)

Portsmouth Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Andrew Turner (Devon) and Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Fourth Official: Paul Kelly (Kent).

Attendance: 12,370 (including 785 Yeovil fans).


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29 December 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Portsmouth vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Portsmouth at Fratton 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 Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.


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29 December 2012 : Portsmouth 1 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Two first half goals gave Yeovil Town their sixth away win of the 2012-13 season, as they finished 2012 on a high with a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Portsmouth. Strikes from the unlikely sources of Dominic Blizzard and Byron Webster as they capitalised on loose balls following set pieces, were enough to guarantee the points. Pompey fought back in the second half, scoring through Paul Benson and later hitting the woodwork twice, but Yeovil hung in there to claim the win on their first ever visit to Fratton Park.

Full match report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Portsmouth 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Dominic Blizzard (0-1, 15 mins), Byron Webster (0-2, 38 mins), Paul Benson (1-2, 54 mins)

Portsmouth:
13. Simon Eastwood
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 20. Lubomir Michalik 33. Ricardo Rocha 22. Adam Webster
7. Lee Williamson 19. Darel Russell 8. Brian Howard 6. Liam Walker
14. Paul Benson 9. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
1. Phil Smith 18. Johannes Ertl (65 mins for Ricardo Rocha) 21. Ashley Harris (46 mins for Brian Howard) 23. Scott Allan (46 mins for Izale McLeod) 26. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 35. Jed Wallace

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu (90 mins for Paddy Madden) 23. Will Agbo 24. Mitch Brundle

Portsmouth Bookings: Lubomir Michalik (19 mins, foul), Izale McLeod (33 mins, dissent), Adam Webster (45 mins, foul), Richardo Rocha (51 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: James Hayter (42 mins, foul), Gavin Williams (90 mins, foul)

Portsmouth Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Andrew Turner (Devon) and Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Fourth Official: Paul Kelly (Kent).

Attendance: 12,370 (including 785 Yeovil fans).


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29 December 2012 : Team News For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Portsmouth. The game at Fratton Park sees the Glovers still without Sam Foley who remains absent for the second match running with a hamstring strain.

On the bench, Keanu Marsh-Brown drops entirely out of the squad and is replaced by Will Agbo. The Glovers line-up is therefore as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stec
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu 23. Will Agbo 24. Mitch Brundle


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29 December 2012 : Upson Hoping To Get Card Amnesty
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson will be able to heave a sigh of relief if he can get through this afternoon's away match against Portsmouth without incurring a yellow card. The tough tackling player has already served two suspensions this season, due to red cards - both obtained in matches against Preston North End.

Upson is currently sat on four yellow cards for the 2012-13 season, which means that if he picks up one more booking today, then he will be in line for another suspension. However, good news is at hand with the Football Association's disciplinary section confirming that December 31st 2012 will be the cut-off point for players who incur five cautions during the season. Any player passing through that barrier on New Year's Day will not face a ban.

The cut-off point for players who reach ten bookings will be the second Sunday in April - players who reach that level of cautions before that date will incur a two match ban. Meanwhile there is a three match ban for players who reach 15 bookings at any stage before the end of the 2012-13 season. Players who reach 20 bookings will get an automatic disciplinary hearing called up by the FA.

The Football Association indicate that Upson is the only Yeovil Town player currently on four yellow cards. Portsmouth striker Izale McLeod is the one player in the opposition line-up who is walking a tightrope, although they have defender Jon Harley banned for one match for today's game.


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29 December 2012 : January Squad Changes Not A Major Overhaul
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he does not need to do a 'major overhaul' of his squad during the January transfer window. As the Glovers make the turn into 2013, just beyond the halfway stage of the season they lie in 12th place in the League One season, but with clear signs from Johnson that he is not happy with the quality of his squad throughout.

Despite aiming to make a number of changes during January, with players likely to leave the club as well as join, Gary doesn't see this as a major exercise. He has also told BBC Somerset that he hopes that some of his younger players will improve as more quality comes into the side:

"They'll get better as we get better players around them. We just need three or four. It's not a wholesale change or a major overhaul. It's making sure that everybody respects everybody else that's on the pitch. But when you see a second half like that (against Bournemouth) you realise that we're not quite there yet. We're probably, as staff, having to work too hard to keep us at the level that we're at already."

Whilst Johnson has made his position clear regarding his wish to bring Joe Edwards and Korey Smith back to Huish Park in the New Year, a decision also needs to be made concerning Fulham defender Dan Burn, whose loan spell at the club runs out early next month. When asked about the future of Burn and striker Paddy Madden, Gary seemed certain that Madden would become a permanent player, but admitted that a full decision had yet to be made concerning Burn:

"We'll look to try - yes. With Paddy Madden, I don't know when it's officially going to come out, but I don't see him as a problem at all. I'm sure he'll be our player. With Danny Burn, he had a very good first half at left back (against Bournemouth), because he had to do that. But he then had a poor game late on as a centre-back."

On Boxing Day, Gary also confirmed his interest in midfielder Kevin Dawson, who is expected to sign a half-season contract at Huish Park when the transfer window opens. He explained what he was hoping to get out of him and others when that deal goes through:

"I'm not saying he's going to be your Roy Keane or your Roy of the Rovers, but he's been with us, and he is going to sign for us, albeit until the end of the season. So there's one. The others I can't really say yet because we're still discussing things. But when you see a second half like that (against Bournemouth) you realise that we're not quite there yet. We're probably, as staff, having to work too hard to keep us at the level that we're at already."


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29 December 2012 : Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town : Match Is Still ON
Yeovil Town's away League One match against Portsmouth remains on following an early morning pitch inspection. The 8.00a.m. close look at the Fratton Park surface has seen match referee Fred Graham deem the pitch to be still playable despite the heavy rain in the area.

It is worth noting that there is still heavy rain forecast in the Portsmouth area, so the situation may change later in the day, but for the moment, we have a match to watch at 3.00p.m. Fingers crossed, and we'll let you know if the situation changes.


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28 December 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bournemouth Interview
Just before Boxing Day's away match against AFC Bournemouth kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about Sam Foley, Gavin Williams and playing on winter pitches. Read it via the link below.

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


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28 December 2012 : Video : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
With no Football League Show this week to cover the Boxing Day games, thankfully the Sky Sports website has covered all of the matches played on Wednesday. Two minutes worth of the 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth can be viewed, if you're using a UK-based internet provider, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website: AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 0.


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28 December 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Portsmouth
Hopefully tomorrow will see Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to Portsmouth's Fratton Park ground. Although there will be a morning pitch inspection, the match is scheduled to take place on Saturday 29th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Accordingly, a Ciderspace to the club, the stadium, and the local sights has been created, including ticketing, pub guides and the usual statistical information. Head via the link below before you travel to the game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Portsmouth.

Link: Pompey Call Pitch Inspection For Tomorrow's Game.

Link: Officials For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Portsmouth.


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28 December 2012 : Pompey Call Pitch Inspection For Tomorrow's Game
Yeovil Town's away League One match against Portsmouth will undergo a pitch inspection to see if tomorrow's match can take place. The Fratton Park pitch has suffered a soaking over the last week or so, and although they were able to stage their Boxing Day home game against Crawley Town successfully, Pompey are concerned enough to call for referee Fred Graham to make an early assessment of the surface.

Portsmouth note that 'heavy rain' has fallen on the surface and that more is forecast over the coming 36 hours or so. There will therefore be a pitch inspection at 8.00a.m. on Saturday morning. Needless to say we'll post the outcome both here and on our Twitter account as soon as we know it.


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28 December 2012 : Officials For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Portsmouth and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Fratton Park on Saturday 29th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Fred Graham (Essex). He's had a few mixed performances, although thankfully the lesser ones are back in the mists of time, and when you've had a referee nine times there's going to be a few occasions where you ended up grumbling about him.

The last four meetings that we've had involving him were fairly anonymous - albeit with two of them being end of season games that didn't mean too much to the Glovers. The most recent was the October 2011 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth that saw us come out with a 3-2 defeat. Not much to complain about there in terms of the officiating as we were too busy grumbling about the defending. He issued just one booking that night, despite a 90th minute spot of handbags sparked by a Glovers penalty appeal that could have seen cards dished out.

Before that, Mr Graham was there for the February 2010 trip to Charlton Athletic - a 2-0 defeat where it was largely poor shooting by the Glovers that cost them. Prior to that was the final match of the 2008-09 season - a home match against Colchester United where Chris Weale didn't have one of his better games, but Mr Graham didn't have too much to do.

Prior to that was the final match of the 2007-08 Season at Nottingham Forest, which we lost 3-2 at the City Ground. Here we weren't too happy with a controversial free kick that brought Forest their third crucial goal, with Terry Skiverton pulled up for a dubious foul. Forest weren't complaining as it brought them the slice of good fortune they needed to gain promotion from League One.

We had Mr Graham twice more during the 2007-08 season. In the December 2007 home game against AFC Bournemouth, his main cardinal sin was to add on five minutes of additional time, with most left scratching their heads as to where it had all come from. Otherwise things weren't too bad - his red card for Nathan Jones for an on-the-line handball was a fairly easy decision to make.

However, in the September 2007 trip to Brighton and Hove Albion he managed to cause significant controversy. A penalty was awarded to Brighton after a supposed handball in the box following a Brighton free kick. The guilty party was believed to be Paul Warne but not even slow motion and freeze-frame on the goal highlights from that weekend could deduce exactly why Mr Graham had awarded the spot kick, with the ball being thumped into the centre of a defensive wall. Ball to hand in pretty much anyone's book. Thankfully the Glovers still won the game 2-1.

He also did the Boxing Day match against Brighton on the previous season where he managed to wind up the home fans a treat by allowing a few thunderous Glovers tackles to go without blowing his whistle. Prior to that he was in charge at the 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall against Southend United, then before that the 5-2 win over Cambridge United during which he failed to see the funny side of Phil Jevons goal celebration that poked fun at Michael Rose's lovelife.

The records show that Mr Graham has mainly been involved in eastern and southern counties away games, but a rare trip to Huish Park was made in August 2004, for the 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds, which was his first Football League match involving the Glovers - way back then, we didn't mention him at all.

Mr Graham will be assisted by Andrew Turner (Devon) and Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Paul Kelly (Kent).

Link: A HREF="http://www.ciderspace.co.uk/ASP/statistics/match_report.asp?MatchId=4826">October 2011 : AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2010 : Charlton Athletic 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 2.

Link: May 2008 : Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 AFC Bournemouth 1.

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

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

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

Link: December 2004 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 5.

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


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27 December 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Bournemouth Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

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


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26 December 2012 : Gary Confirms Dawson Interest
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has gone on the record to confirm the widely expected news that Kevin Dawson is training with the club, and is part of his future plans for 2013. The Irishman's name first popped up in early December after fans of his current club Shelbourne began to link him with the Glovers, followed by it becoming clear that the 22 year old was sharing a house with loan striker Paddy Madden.

Irish newspaper reports have since suggested that Dawson will sign a contract at Huish Park as soon as the January transfer window opens, with a contract on offer until the end of the 2012-13 season. In addition to Madden, Johnson told BBC Somerset after today's match that he will definitely be trying to bring back Norwich City midfielder and Bristol City right-back Joe Edwards to the club, but also sees Dawson as having the same sort of mentality:

"My feelings are that I want them both (Korey Smith and Joe Edwards) back, because they give you that energy and bit of quality. But the chances of that happening for the 1st of January seem pretty slim at the moment. So we'll have to have a look at that. But we've got Kevin Dawson training with us now, and he's looking like he's getting a lot fitter, and he is a very fit lad. At this level you need a quick brain and a physical body and that's what we need to bring in to make sure that we have the players that can sustain 90 minutes worth of top level League One football."

Born in Dublin on June 30th 1990, Dawson is the brother of Barnsley player Stephen Dawson and has been on the books of Shelbourne since February 2011. So far his entire career has been spent in the Republic of Ireland, having started his career with youth sides run by Belvedere and St. Kevins Boys - some sources also suggest he was on the books of Bohemians as well. During this time he also represented the Republic of Ireland international side at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-18 level.

His first professional club was Sporting Finga, who he signed for in 2009, initially as part of their Under-20 development side. He won a FAI Cup winners medal as an unused substitute in a 2009 win over Sligo Rovers, and was on their books when they gained promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division. Kevin was an unused substitute during his club's brief 2010 Europa League qualifying round appearance against Portuguese side CS Maritimo, eventually making 20 appearances for the Irish side.

When The Fingal withdrew from the League of Ireland, due to financial problems, Dawson switched across to Shelbourne, where he has made 34 appearances in each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, scoring five goals in the process. Here his career closely mirrored that of his time with Sporting Fingal - a First Division promotion and a FAI Cup Final appearance against Sligo Rovers, although on this occasion he ended up on the losing side. He is currently out of contract with Shelbourne and their supporters have been sending him good luck messages via Twitter, which he has merely thanked them for.

With Johnson pretty much confirming that four of his 'hit list' involve Paddy Madden, Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards and Korey Smith the obvious question is whether there is still room for any other arrivals and which names would need to make way for any of those players to join on a more long term basis.


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26 December 2012 : Johnson Prepares For January Personnel Changes
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he is waiting for the January transfer window to open - and today's Boxing Day defeat against AFC Bournemouth has not changed his mind on the subject. The 3-0 defeat at Dean Court came via a first half strike from Lewis Grabban was followed by second half goals for Harry Arter and Brett Pitman to leave the Glovers in 12th place in the League One table.

Speaking after the game, Johnson felt that his side competed relatively well during the first half, but that the longer the game went on, the more Bournemouth took control of the match. But he admitted that he was using players that he didn't really have in his long term plans:

"The first half was pretty even-stevens and we had a couple of opportunities. But as the game wore on Bournemouth looked Championship quality. They got more effective and us less so. But I know that, and what we've got to do and what we've got to look at. You're crossing your fingers a little bit at this stage of the season, because you know the ones that are good enough, and you know the ones who are not good enough. Yet you have to keep them involved at the moment, because of our injuries and all of that sort of stuff."

Johnson said only a week ago that he felt that the club was having to work too hard with certain unnamed players. He repeated that after today's match, and said that he would be working off a 'hit list' of targets to refresh his squad with a number of players likely to leave and join the club next month:

"There will be some personnel changes here when the transfer window opens and some of the guys aren't up to it and are going to be shipped out. No names, but they know who they are. I'm playing people who I don't really want to. I've got a hit-list of players I'd like to bring in, but in the meantime, we've got to work very hard in the next couple of days to get things back on keel for our next game against Portsmouth."


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26 December 2012 : Bournemouth 3 Yeovil 0 : Boxing Day Blues Strike Again
Yeovil Town crashed to a 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth this afternoon, as they were comfortably beaten by their in-form hosts. The Cherries haven't lost in the 14 matches they've played since manager Eddie Howe returned to the club, and it never really looked like that record was going to be broken. The pace of Lewis Grabban caused problems throughout and he opened the scoring on the half hour mark, and that was added to by a second half strike from the edge of the box by Harry Arter, and a late penalty from Brett Pitman, with poor defending from the Glovers threatening a wider scoreline. That caused them to slip one place to 12th place, still six points off the play-offs.

The Glovers went into the match making two enforced changes to their starting line-up. Joe Edwards had returned to Bristol City over the Christmas holidays at the end of his 17 match loan, whilst Sam Foley also had to miss the match with a hamstring strain. That saw Yeovil's squad stretched to its limits, despite Dan Burn returning to the starting line-up after his one match ban. Burn slotted in the left-back position, with Jamie McAllister taking up a more advanced position on the same flank to cover for the loss of Foley. Meanwhile Dominic Blizzard got his first start since November 3rd, having been out with his own groin injury problems for much of the last two months. On the bench, there were only three recognised outfield professionals, with the squad now down to its bare bones.

The pattern of the game was shown up right from the start, with Yeovil having problems coping with the pace of Lewis Grabban throughout the whole match. He set up several early chances for the Cherries - one that went through the penalty area , another that saw Dan Burn forced to block a Wes Fogden shot, and then a third that saw Brett Pitman execute a fairly tame effort that Marek Stech comfortably saved.

In rainy, skiddy conditions, both sides struggled to find their feet and get control of the ball, and on the occasions when Yeovil did attack, they had the right idea - fire it low and hard at former England keeper David James, and look for the rebound. Jamie McAllister produced one of the best efforts, with a Cherries defender just about mopping up the spill from the keeper before James Hayter - making his first return to Dean Court since leaving them five years ago - could steal in on the loose ball.

Yeovil were gradually showing better signs of getting into the match just at the point at which they went behind on 32 minutes. A multi-man passing move from the home side saw Marc Pugh released down the left flank, and his cut back into the penalty box saw Lewis Grabban able to react first to fire into the back of the net. 1-0 down and on the balance of play deserved. The same man went close again soon after as Dan Burn and Byron Webster were left chasing him, but the end shot went wide. Defensively Yeovil needed to do something to cut out Grabban's runs at source.

Five minutes after half time, Gavin Williams was replaced by Reuben Reid, with the Welshman not having managed to create the impact he did last Saturday, although the same could be said of most of his team-mates. Reid occupied the right-wing slot, and Yeovil opened by Dominic Blizzard having a deflected shot turned out for a corner, with the Glovers appealing in vain for a handball decision.

Gradually Bournemouth turned the screw again, although some of their attacks were gifts by Yeovil's back line. Richard Hinds delivered a woeful 'backpass' into the path of Lewis Grabban, who thankfully couldn't get past Marek Stech who saved brilliantly from a corner. Stech then saved a Harry Arter attempt from the edge of the box, followed by Dan Burn having to slice the ball out for a corner when Brett Pitman shot on goal from a Grabban attack.

Bournemouth were easily in control, and Yeovil reshuffled again, taking off Richard Hinds and briging on Keanu Marsh-Brown. The winger took up a left-wing position, seeing Jamie McAllister move back to his usual left-back role, whilst Dan Burn moved into the centre. The Glovers attacks were rare, with a Luke Ayling run that set up James Hayter being one of the best of the few as Hayter's cross saw Dominic Blizzard head over the bar.

However, Yeovil's back four had been collectively fragile all game, and so despite the Glovers doing their best to get an equaliser, the inabiity to defend cost them with 17 minutes to go. A ball into the box from Simon Francis saw a number of chances for Yeovil to clear their lines, and when the ball fell loose to Harry Arter on the edge of the box, no-one closed him down, allowing him the space to double Bournemouth's lead by firing into the top corner.

At that point the Glovers pretty much gave up the ghost. Bournemouth looked persistently likely to grab further goals, and their win was confirmed with ease via the penalty spot, five minutes from time. Luke Ayling was judged to have handled a Simon Francis ball into the box, and up stepped Bristol City loan striker Brett Pitman and he fired the ball home for the third and final goal. Not even a late, possibly ambitious substitution that saw Gozie Ugwu brought on for Byron Webster, and another reshuffle throughout the side, could turn the pattern of the game - there was a gulf in class throughout the 90 minutes, and that is the gap that will currently separate genuine play-off contenders like Bournemouth, from realistically mid-table sides like Yeovil.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Lewis Grabban (1-0, 32 mins), Harry Arter (2-0, 73 mins), Brett Pitman (3-0, 86 mins, pen)

AFC Bournemouth:
34. David James 3. Steve Cook 7. Marc Pugh 8. Harry Arter 13. Tommy Elphick 11. Charlie Daniels 2. Simon Francis 12. Wes Fogden 32. Eunan O'Kane 22. Lewis Graban 40. Brett Pitman

Substitutes:
1. Shwan Jalal 18. Matt Tubbs 23. Donal McDermott (88 mins for Brett Pitman) 17. Josh McQuoid (65 mins for Wes Fogden) 33. Steve Fletcher 26. Richard Hughes (88 mins for Lewis Grabban) 6. Joe Partington

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (66 mins for Richard Hinds) 11. Reuben Reid (50 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Gozie Ugwu (86 mins for Byron Webster) 24. Mitch Brundle

AFC Bournemouth Bookings: Harry Arter (foul, 20 mins), Tommy Elphick (foul, 80 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Daniel Burn (foul, 42 mins)

AFC Bournemouth Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Ryan Atkin (London) and Daniel Robathan (Surrey). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).

Attendance: 8,016 (including 665 Yeovil supporters).


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26 December 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Bournemouth vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 away defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, 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 AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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26 December 2012 : Bournemouth 3 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town crashed to a 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth this afternoon, as they were comfortably beaten by their in-form hosts. The Cherries haven't lost in the 14 matches they've played since manager Eddie Howe returned to the club, and it never really looked like that record was going to be broken. The pace of Lewis Grabban caused problems throughout and he opened the scoring on the half hour mark, and that was added to by a second half strike from the edge of the box by Harry Arter, and a late penalty from Brett Pitman, with poor defending from the Glovers threatening a wider scoreline. That caused them to slip one place to 12th place, still six points off the play-offs.

Full match report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Lewis Grabban (1-0, 32 mins), Harry Arter (2-0, 73 mins), Brett Pitman (3-0, 86 mins, pen)

AFC Bournemouth:
34. David James 3. Steve Cook 7. Marc Pugh 8. Harry Arter 13. Tommy Elphick 11. Charlie Daniels 2. Simon Francis 12. Wes Fogden 32. Eunan O'Kane 22. Lewis Graban 40. Brett Pitman

Substitutes:
1. Shwan Jalal 18. Matt Tubbs 23. Donal McDermott (88 mins for Brett Pitman) 17. Josh McQuoid (65 mins for Wes Fogden) 33. Steve Fletcher 26. Richard Hughes (88 mins for Lewis Grabban) 6. Joe Partington

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (66 mins for Richard Hinds) 11. Reuben Reid (50 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Gozie Ugwu (86 mins for Byron Webster) 24. Mitch Brundle

AFC Bournemouth Bookings: Harry Arter (foul, 20 mins), Tommy Elphick (foul, 80 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Daniel Burn (foul, 42 mins)

AFC Bournemouth Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Ryan Atkin (London) and Daniel Robathan (Surrey). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).

Attendance: 8,016 (including 665 Yeovil supporters).


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26 December 2012 : Team News For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for the visit to AFC Bournemouth. Both changes are enforced, with Joe Edwards having returned to Bristol City at the end of his 17 game loan spell. Winger Sam Foley limped off with a first half hamstring injury in the match against Oldham Athletic, and he misses out, and is replaced by Dominic Blizzard in the side.

With Daniel Burn returning from a one match suspension, he also comes back into the side, and that makes for a spot of reshuffling, as Burn occupies a left-back slot for the first time in his loan spell, whilst captain Jamie McAllister pushes forward to cover Foley's position, whilst Dominic Blizzard starts his first match since the November 3rd FA Cup match against Preston North End.

The line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu 24. Mitch Brundle


AFC Bournemouth:
34. David James 3. Steve Cook 7. Marc Pugh 8. Harry Arter 13. Tommy Elphick 11. Charlie Daniels 2. Simon Francis 12. Wes Fogden 32. Eunan O'Kane 22. Lewis Graban 40. Brett Pitman

Substitutes:
1. Shwan Jalal 18. Matt Tubbs 23. Donal McDermott 17. Josh McQuoid 33. Steve Fletcher 26. Richard Hughes 6. Joe Partington


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26 December 2012 : Cherries Confirm Home Sell-Out
Further to our earlier news concerning this afternoon's League One match against AFC Bournemouth, our hosts have now confirmed all home tickets are sold out. After initially stating that a few singular tickets were available this morning, the Cherries have now stated that "no tickets for home supporters remain for today's match. Home supporters without a ticket are advised not to come to the ground."

Again we have not been given any special guidance regarding the availability of away tickets, so assume these still remain. However, as before allow additional time for parking, and note carefully the '2012-13' advice in the Ciderspace guide to avoid any nasty surprises.

The capacity of Dean Court varies around the internet, probably due to the 'temporary' South Stand that used to exist behind one goal. That is now an unused end of the ground, and so our understanding is that the ground can take around 9,600 supporters, although this probably can't be reached today because of segregation between home and away fans in the East Stand.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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26 December 2012 : Cherries Expecting Home End Sell Out
Yeovil Town supporters heading down to Dean Court this afternoon should note that a large crowd is expected to be at the game. Supporters of AFC Bournemouth on Twitter are suggesting that home areas of the ground have sold out for the Boxing Day fixture. Their club website on Christmas Eve stopped short of saying that, but did indicate that "it is likely that all available seats will be issued before match day" meaning that may well be the case by now. They are advising their fans to call 0844 576 1910 to check for availability of tickets.

We've not been given any special instructions for the fixture - our understanding is that tickets are still available on the day of the match for the away end, but needless to say, expect parking to become difficult the closer you get to kick-off. As mentioned before, we'd strongly suggest that you read the additional notes for the 2012-13 fixture in the Ciderspace guide if you're doing anything other than heading down via the Supporters Coaches.

Bournemouth's largest League One crowd of the 2012-13 season is 6,233 for the October visit of Tranmere Rovers. Given the above, we'd say this will comfortably blow that attendance away.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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25 December 2012 : Interview With Gavin Williams
On Saturday, Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams spoke to the BBC, following the two goals he scored that helped the club on their way to a 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gavin's thoughts on that goal, and his fitness problems this season, can be found via the link below.

Link: Gavin Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 4-1 Win Against Oldham Athletic.


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25 December 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Halfway House
The 2012-13 season has a nice symmetrical look about it, separated evenly by Christmas Day. That's a good opportunity for a 'half time report' on the season so far, and where it might lead to. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog there's a look at all of that - feel free to give your own thoughts, predictions and assessments via the comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Halfway House.


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24 December 2012 : Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Boxing Day's League One match between AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The game takes place on Wednesday 26th December at Dean Court, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

We've had Mr Scott for four first team games before as a referee. The earliest was the January 2009 home match against Huddersfield Town, which was Shaun MacDonald's debut for the club - he scored the winning goal that night. Our only grumble with Mr Scott that night was that he allowed Huddersfield's Ian Craney to escape with just a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Luke Rodgers that saw him crocked.

The second match involving Mr Scott was the 2-2 draw with Stockport County during the 2009-10 season. In that match, he showed a red card to Glovers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, after he committed a professional foul on Stockport County striker Nicholas Bignall. We somewhat disputed how much Bignall had played for the penalty, but had no complaints about the decision to dismiss McCarthy once Mr Scott had blown his whistle.

The third occasion was the 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. During this match, Mr Scott dished out a red card for Owls defender Jon Otsemobor for a studs-up tackle on Nathan Smith - many in the crowd felt that he should have also done the same to Darren Purse, who landed his studs - intentionally or otherwise - down the back of the legs of Gavin Williams, but Mr Scott either missed it or saw it as an accident. Certainly manager Terry Skiverton felt the referee had got it wrong. In between he gave the Owls a penalty - Otsemobor tripped in the box by Luke Ayling.

Finally, Mr Scott took charge of the August 2011 home game against Milton Keynes Dons. Once again, the opposition were reduced to ten men, with Darren Potter the seventh yellow card of the day as he timewasted whilst on a yellow card. Whilst the card count was a little heavy, the decision itself couldn't be argued with too much. However, again Terry Skiverton felt Mr Scott had a questionable performance, largely centring around three first half penalty appeals. Whilst Skivo was guarded in what he said, the Western Gazette were rather more vocal saying it was "another poor performance from a referee at Huish Park. Waved away appeals for three Yeovil Town penalties but proceeded to award free kicks for lesser infringements elsewhere on the pitch."

Overall, Mr Scott does not fall shy of issuing red cards. Last season he dished out nine of them plus 129 yellows across 38 games. This season he's roughly around that level with 63 yellows and 4 reds across 22 games - slightly down on last season but not by much.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Ryan Atkin (London) and Daniel Robathan (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Michael Webb (Surrey).

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 0.

Link: September 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 2.

Link: October 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2.

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


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24 December 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth
The idea of a classic local derby match on Boxing Day seemed to go out of the window when we entered the Football League. Fixture lists have tended to give us Southern-based clubs the day after Christmas, but rarely anything that would be categoried in such a way. All that changes on Wednesday when we travel to play AFC Bournemouth in a League One fixture down at Dean Court.

As usual the Ciderspace guide gives you directions, parking, ticketing, pub guides and such like. With this being a Boxing Day match, we'd recommend that you draw careful attention to a number of warnings and additional advice for this game if you're making your way to the game under your own steam, in particular regarding parking (and how to avoid getting ticketed), trains (there aren't any), buses and pubs.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.


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24 December 2012 : MK Dons Game Gets New Date
Yeovil Town have rearranged their postponed League One match against Milton Keynes Dons. The originally planned date was called off due to their opponents FA Cup Third Round commitments, meaning that the Glovers will have a blank weekend on January 5th.

The League One match will now be played on Tuesday 29th January 2013 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.


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23 December 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Oldham Interview
Just before Saturday's home match against Oldham Athletic kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's pre-kick-off thoughts are captured via the link below.

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


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23 December 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's home match against Oldham Athletic, the Sky Sports website has been updated to include match highlights. All the goals from the 4-1 win have been included, along with a disallowed goal and of course THAT strike from Gavin Williams. Head via the link below if your internet connection is provided by a UK ISP.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic Video Highlights.


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23 December 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Oldham Home Game
Following yesterday's 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

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


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22 December 2012 : Johnson Lauds 'Goal Of The Season'
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson saluted midfielder Gavin Williams for scoring what he saw as being the best goal he'd seen this season this afternoon at Huish Park. The Welshman netted the opening goal for the Glovers in the club's 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic, but it was his second goal that had those inside the stadium drooling.

The 44th minute strike saw the 32 year old run from inside his own half from a Marek Stech goal kick, and ended up powering the ball into the top corner of the net from 30 yards out. Johnson said after the match that the goal gave everyone a lift inside the ground:

"Gavin (Williams) was playing well even before his second goal, but he went and beat a couple of players and it all opened up like the Red Sea. He hit it with real venom and it went right into the top corner - it was a fantastic goal and something like that lifts players, management, supporters and directors. We all went up as one. It's got to be goal of the season."

Having fallen behind to an early Jose Baxter goal, Johnson's side went on to gain their biggest home win of the season, with James Hayter and Paddy Madden providing late goals. Gary felt that his team deserved a lot of credit considering the way the game had started:

"To score four goals at home after being a goal behind so early is really pleasing. It was a very important victory. There were some quality bits of play and one quality goal - which must be one of the goals of the season. We were disappointed that they scored with their first attack but the good thing about that is we had 87 minutes to get the game back. We probably could have scored one or two more at the end, but it was a great performance and a great game for our supporters."

Gary also revealed that on a day when only four matches survived in League One, that there had been a new arrival at the club recently. A new Head Groundsman has recently been appointed, and the Glovers boss felt that on a day that saw games at Bristol Rovers, Torquay United and Dorchester Town called off, that the new boy had done well to get the game on in the first place:

"I have to credit our new groundsman for getting the game on, which was a credit to the whole football club."


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22 December 2012 : Yeovil 4 Oldham 1 : Super Gav Wonder Strike Sparks Win
Yeovil Town moved back into the top half of the League One table this afternoon with their most emphatic home victory of the 2012-13 season. Despite falling behind to an early Jose Baxter goal, a Gavin Williams penalty was followed by a wonder strike from the Welshman to put the Glovers 2-1 up at the break. James Hayter provided the third and crucial goal, with the match being wrapped up by Paddy Madden taking advantage of some charitable defending to give Yeovil a 4-1 win - a result that lifts them into 11th place in the League One table.

The Glovers went into the match making two enforced changes from last weekend's game at Walsall. Korey Smith had completed his 93 day loan and had returned to Norwich City, whilst Fulham loanee Daniel Burn sat out the match after reaching five bookings during the season. The latter change saw Richard Hinds get his first start since November 3rd, whilst Korey's position was covered by a bit of reshuffling, as Joe "Mr Versatile" Edwards moved into the centre of midfield, Gavin Williams dropped to a right-wing slot, and James Hayter came into the starting line-up.

The game got off to the worst possible start when the Glovers conceded just three minutes into the match. They had been pushing up the field in an early bit of pressure, but when they lost possession, with the ball being thread to Reece Wabara. His cross into the box saw Jose Baxter plant a simple goal past Marek Stech and the visitors had got themselves a third minute shock lead. When Cristian Montano narrowly fired over a minute or two later, there were concerns that this could be one of those days.

Gradually though, Yeovil eased their way into the match, albeit without creating too many cast iron chances. A Gavin Williams free kick whistled across the box, whilst an Ed Upson shot was blocked for a corner. The Glovers were in control, but needed a little more movement to make their possession turn into proper chances. At the other end, Oldham were adopting classic counterattacking measures, soaking it up and using Jose Baxter and wingers Lee Croft and Cristian Montano to surge forward, meaning that Yeovil could never push too many forward themselves to avoid a repeat of that early goal.

They finally got themselves back into the match six minutes before the break, as sustained pressure inside the box got them a penalty. Byron Webster's header was blocked on the line, another chance was again blocked, and when Ed Upson picked up the ball, Jean-Yves Mvoto appeared to panic and hacked the midfielder down for a penalty. Up stepped Gavin Williams to confidently strike home a penalty with only his second goal of the season. 1-1 and justified on the balance of play.

Midfielder Gavin Williams has always been a mercurial talent over his years in football, producing moments of magic that have been punctuated by his injury record. The 2012-13 season has seen frustration as a calf muscle problem has stopped him from producing any of his old magic, but 44 minutes into the match, he became Super Gav in a way not seen by Glovers fans for a few years. Marek Stech's goal kick was touched on by the Welshman in a move that took him past his marker and gave him the acceleration to bomb through the Oldham half. A defender's leg tried to take him out, perhaps realising the danger, but he managed to stay on his feet and continue his run. Then came the finish - a bullet into the top corner from 30 yards out to complete one of the best goals he's scored in a Yeovil shirt, giving Latics keeper Dean Bouzanis not a hope of getting near it. 2-1 up at half time and a real spot of quality to light up a gloomy afternoon.

Inevitably, the second period saw Oldham change tactics, and try to produce a more pressing game to try to work their way back into the match. At times it looked as though Yeovil's resolve might crumble, as a number of corners put them under increasing pressure. But with 13 minutes remaining, the crucial moment in the match came. A spot of pressure from the Latics saw Yeovil break up field, and Ed Upson's excellent weighted pass let in James Hayter, who was calm and collected as he slotted the ball past the advancing keeper for his first goal in a month, and to establish a two goal cushion the Glovers needed.

At that point, Oldham fell apart somewhat. Half time substitute Robbie Simpson had already challenged Marek Stech in a 50-50 ball that appeared to be dubious - a clearance off the line by Jamie McAllister stopping referee Philip Gibbs from having to make a difficult decision when Simpson got the loose ball and aimed it towards the goal. But when Simpson did the same again eight minutes remaining, the match official saw that as a far more rash tackle, and raised a red card to leave Oldham down to ten men, and a mountain to climb.

With the visitors falling apart, so did their composure at the back. With two minutes remaining, an awful backpass by an Oldham defender allowed Paddy Madden to steal in and get possession with keeper Dean Bouzanis making a hash of the situation, and the Irishman got an early Christmas present as he scored the seventh goal of his loan campaign to seal the match for good and to leave Oldham looking a little sorry for themselves. With so few clubs playing on the day, that win was good enough to push them up to 11th in the table, and when you compare that 33 points haul with the 20 points they'd gained at the halfway point last season which saw them occupy a relegation slot, that's a big improvement and hopefully will give plenty of encouragement, with the second half of the season to come.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Oldham Athletic 1.

Scorers: Jose Baxter (0-1, 3 mins), Gavin Williams (1-1, 39 mins), Gavin Williams (2-1, 44 mins), James Hayter (3-1, 77 mins), Paddy Madden (4-1, 88 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 3. Jamie McAllister
10. Gavin Williams 22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Dominic Blizzard (28 mins for Sam Foley) 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 11. Reuben Reid (64 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Gozie Ugwu 24. Mitch Brundle

Oldham Athletic:
13. Dean Bouzanis
23. Reece Wabara 16. Cliff Byrne 5. Jean-Yves Mvoto 3. Jonathan Grounds
11. Cristian Montano 8. Dean Furman 4. James Wesolowski 7. Lee Croft
14. Matt Smith 20. Jose Baxter

Substitutes:
1. Alex Cisak 2. Connor Brown 10. Robbie Simpson (66 mins for James Wesolowski) 19. Dan Taylor 22. Youssouf M'Changama (46 mins for Cristian Montano) 24. Connor Hughes 26. Carl Winchester

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 78 mins), Richard Hinds (kicking ball away, 90 mins).

Oldham Bookings: None. Red Card: Robbie Simpson (serious foul play, 82 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.

Oldham Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,492 (including 95 Oldham supporters).


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22 December 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Oldham
If you watched this afternoon's 4-1 win against Oldham 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 Oldham Athletic.


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22 December 2012 : Yeovil 4 Oldham 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town moved back into the top half of the League One table this afternoon with their most emphatic home victory of the 2012-13 season. Despite falling behind to an early Jose Baxter goal, a Gavin Williams penalty was followed by a wonder strike from the Welshman to put the Glovers 2-1 up at the break. James Hayter provided the third and crucial goal, with the match being wrapped up by Paddy Madden taking advantage of some charitable defending to give Yeovil a 4-1 win - a result that lifts them into 11th place in the League One table.

Full match report to follow later ...

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Oldham Athletic 1.

Scorers: Jose Baxter (0-1, 3 mins), Gavin Williams (1-1, 39 mins), Gavin Williams (2-1, 44 mins), James Hayter (3-1, 77 mins), Paddy Madden (4-1, 88 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 3. Jamie McAllister
10. Gavin Williams 22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Dominic Blizzard (28 mins for Sam Foley) 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 11. Reuben Reid (64 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Gozie Ugwu

Oldham Athletic:
13. Dean Bouzanis
16. Cliff Byrne 23. Reece Wabara 5. Jean-Yves Mvoto 3. Jonathan Grounds
11. Cristian Montano 8. Dean Furman 4. James Wesolowski 7. Lee Croft
14. Matt Smith 20. Jose Baxter

Substitutes:
1. Alex Cisak 2. Connor Brown 10. Robbie Simpson (66 mins for James Wesolowski) 19. Dan Taylor 22. Youssouf M'Changama (46 mins for Cristian Montano) 24. Connor Hughes 26. Carl Winchester

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 78 mins), Richard Hinds (kicking ball away, 90 mins).

Oldham Bookings: None. Red Card: Robbie Simpson (serious foul play, 82 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.

Oldham Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,492 (including 95 Oldham supporters).


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22 December 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Oldham Athletic. Both changes are enforced, with Korey Smith returning to Norwich City at the end of his 93 day loan, whilst Fulham defender Daniel Burn is banned for one game after picking up his fifth booking of the season in last weekend's match at Walsall.

That allows Richard Hinds to get his first bit of football since November 3rd, as he moves into the heart of the defence, whilst the other move sees a bit of a reshuffle as striker James Hayter comes into the line-up, partnering Paddy Madden up front. That means Gavin Williams moves to a right-wing slot, whilst Joe Edwards will operate as a central midfielder alongside Ed Upson. Edwards is playing his final loan game before he returns to Bristol City.

On the bench, Keanu Marsh-Brown returns following an ankle injury which means the line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 3. Jamie McAllister
10. Gavin Williams 22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu 24. Mitch Brundle

Oldham Athletic:
13. Dean Bouzanis
16. Cliff Byrne 23. Reece Wabara 5. Jean-Yves Mvoto 3. Jonathan Grounds
11. Cristian Montano 8. Dean Furman 4. James Wesolowski 7. Lee Croft
14. Matt Smith 20. Jose Baxter

Substitutes:
1. Alex Cisak 2. Connor Brown 10. Robbie Simpson 19. Dan Taylor 22. Youssouf M'Changama 24. Connor Hughes 26. Carl Winchester


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22 December 2012 : Hinds Expecting Physical Battle In The Rain
Yeovil Town central defender Richard Hinds is expecting a tough physical battle in the rainy conditions at Huish Park this afternoon. The 32 year old is expected to return to the side today in the League One game against Oldham Athletic, and predicts that the weather will be a strong factor once the teams get out on the pitch. With the Glovers currently one of only four games in the division to survive the weather, Hinds has told BBC Somerset that he wants to see the team put right a somewhat substandard performance at Walsall last weekend:

"It's going to be a physical battle. When you see the weather conditions now, it's not great. So it's going to be a tough physical game. They're below us and we want to keep them below us. We owe everyone a performance after last week. We were all disappointed with last week's performance. We're at home, and with the crowd before Christmas we want to give them something to cheer about."

Thanks to the suspension of Fulham loanee Daniel Burn, Hinds is in line to play his first game for the club since the Preston North End match on November 3rd. During that time he's been sat on the bench as an unused substitute, and he admits he is looking forward to the prospect of playing again:

"It will be lovely, as I haven't played for a while. There's the chance for me on Saturday to have a game. Everybody knows what I can do, so I don't see that there's anything for me to prove. The two lads at the back have been doing really really well. But the suspension is a chance for me, and an opportunity for me, so let's see what happens. I want to play, and it's frustrating. I think it's more frustrating when you've had a few losses as you feel like you've got something to give."

"I still give a lot off the pitch; I think my experience is invaluable to the side. I just try my best. I work hard. I've got to work harder than the two lads playing and I've got to be better than the two lads playing, because at the moment they're playing well. If they are fit, then they're going to play at the moment. So I've got to put myself in the shop window and show the manager that I've better than those two."


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22 December 2012 : Draw For Christmas Cards In The Beer Tent
There will be a free draw today for all supporters that use the Marquee at Huish Park. A draw ticket will be given to all Yeovil supporters as they go into the marquee (more commonly known as the beer tent) which is open from 12.00p.m. before the League One match against Oldham Athletic. There have been a number of Christmas cards signed by Yeovil Town's players and management and those collecting draw tickets will have a chance of receiving one of those cards. The draw will take place at 2.00p.m. so make sure you've picked up your ticket upon entry by then.


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22 December 2012 : Oldham Weather Watch
Despite the heavy overnight rain, Yeovil Town are not reporting any problems with their Huish Park pitch for this afternoon's game against Oldham Athletic. There are currently no pitch inspections planned. The weather forecast is for there to be heavier rain coming in later in the day so expect plenty during the match itself, and after the game. If the situation changes radically we'll post another update.

At present Hartlepool United vs Portsmouth is the only League One game that is off. However, a lot of local matches at Dorchester Town, Bath City, Weston-super-Mare and Torquay United have all bitten the dust, as have a large number of Conference National fixtures.


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22 December 2012 : Gary Previews The Oldham Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's match against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC this week about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the opposition, former Glover Jonathan Grounds, and the suspension of Daniel Burn can be read via the link below.

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


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21 December 2012 : Early Start For 2013-14 Season
Having had a late start to the 2012-13 season, due to the London 2012 Olympics games, the Football League have agreed to move in the opposite direction for next season. The 2013-14 season will begin on Saturday 3rd August 2013, with each of the 72 member clubs having been balloted on what they would prefer. A 'clear majority' favoured an early start to next season on the basis that it gave them an additional Saturday match in the calendar, rather than the glut of midweekers that this season has suffered.

The 2013-14 season proper will complete on Saturday 3rd May 2014, whilst the three Play-Off Finals will be held on May 24th, 25th and 26th. All wil be held at Wembley Stadium. The League don't say which order the three divisions wil take, although usually League One play-offs are held on the Sunday.

Next Christmas will see fixtures falling on December 21st, December 26th (Boxing Day), December 29th (Sunday) and January 1st (New Year's Day).

The Football League also note that the 2013-14 season will be the competition's 125th anniversary, having been formed in the year 1888. Hence don't be too surprised if they kick off any special events for that season.


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21 December 2012 : Dawson Being Offered Short Term Deal?
Irish paper The Herald is reporting that midfielder Kevin Dawson has been given the offer of a short term contract with Yeovil Town. As reported on December 8th, the 22 year old brother of Barnsley player Stephen Dawson has recently been training at Huish Park, whilst staying with on loan striker Paddy Madden.

The Irish press report that Dawson is being offered a six month contract with the Glovers. He would be unable to sign for the club until January 1st, having played for Republic of Ireland side Shelbourne during their 2012 season, however the Herald say that he is out of contract and therefore free to move as soon as the transfer window opens. Dawson is expected to team up with Madden, once his own contractual situation with Carlisle United is sorted out, with the Glovers hoping to bring him to Huish Park on a permanent basis.

Friends of Dawson have been tweeting him 'good luck' messages over the past week or two, albeit without explicitly mentioning Yeovil Town as his destination, suggesting that this one looks like it will be going through early next month.


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20 December 2012 : Johnson: We're Having To Work Too Hard With Some Players
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will use the turn of the year and the halfway point of the season to review his current squad's contracts, and how he sees each player's future at the club. Saturday's home match against Oldham Athletic is the 23rd match of the 2012-13 season and with Christmas falling after that fixture, provides an even assessment where the club will now have played all of their League One opponents once.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he feels this is a good time to look at his squad and consider where he needs to strengthen it, for when the transfer window opens on January 1st. Despite no permanent squad players being out of contract, Gary strongly implies that he may look to ship out a couple of unnamed players that he is having to concentrate too much of his time on, in order to get them to perform consistently:

"We're reviewing everybody's contracts. We're reviewing whether we think we're having to work too hard with some of them to get them to the level that we think that they should be at. We do feel that we need to improve the squad in quality, slightly, and improve the squad in numbers. We need to get that competition, and that's what helps you get that competitiveness every week."

One player who Johnson should be getting a good look at tomorrow is defender Richard Hinds. After being a regular starter at the beginning of the current season, the 32 year old has struggled to get match time of late, and has not played in a League One fixture since October 13th, with his last time on the field of play coming seven weeks ago in the FA Cup defeat at Preston North End. However, with Fulham loanee Daniel Burn suspended this weekend for picking up five bookings, there is a space in the back four, and Gary makes little attempt to hide who is likely to fill that vacancy:

"He's been waiting in the wings - waiting and raring to go. If he does play, then he gives you that experienced head. Webby (Byron Webster) albeit at 23 or 24, has not had millions of games. So it would be good for him to have an experienced head. Him and Hindsy had a good spell together during the early part of the season. There's a few supporters that always ask me every week 'Is Hindsy playing?' - well I can almost certainly say that he's got every chance this week!"


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20 December 2012 : Departure Time For Leyton Orient Cup Trip
Further to yesterday's news concerning travel to January's Leyton Orient match, a departure time for the coaches has been set. The Green and Whites Supporters Club, who organise the club's away travel plans have confirmed that their coaches will leave Huish Park at 1.00p.m. There will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion.

On this occasion, you need to place your coach bookings via the Huish Park Ticket Office at the same time you purchase your matchday ticket for the game. Tickets will go on sale the day after Boxing Day at 10.00a.m. For further details on this, please read the article below. In addition an interview with Gary Johnson discussing the plans can be read below.

Link: Glovers Provide Free Travel Offer For Leyton Orient Trip.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About Free Travel To Leyton Orient.


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20 December 2012 : Lockwood Gives Shakers Injury Blow
Former Yeovil Town defender Adam Lockwood has been ruled out of action for the rest of the 2012-13 season. The 31 year old is currently on the books of Bury, having signed from Doncaster Rovers over the summer on a free transfer. However, his last match was on November 10th, being replaced late on due to a groin injury.

Having given him time to rest from the injury, the Shakers medical staff have now decided that Locky will need an operation, and that the prognosis is serious enough to rule him out for the remainder of the campaign. That's a blow for boss Kevin Blackwell given that the former Reading Academy player had featured in 19 matches so far this season.

His side are currently in 23rd place in the League One table and under a transfer embargo after they had to seek a PFA loan to cover players wages.

The Bury Times reports that they are in conversation with the Football League over whether the embargo will allow them to extend loan deals for existing players, or whether Leicester striker Tom Hopper, Leeds midfielder Zac Thompson, Wolves defenders Matt Doherty and Ethan Ebanks-Landell, QPR forward Troy Hewitt and Bolton Wanderers winger Gregg Wylde will have to return to their parent clubs when their current deals expire in the New Year. Bury are not expected to repay the PFA loan until mid-January, and so this could present a major problem for Blackwell's team selection if the League say no.


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19 December 2012 : Gary Johnson Talks About Free Coach Travel Plans
Further to our earlier news item concerning free transport plans to watch the Glovers play Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road next month, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been speaking to the BBC about it. Gary appeared live on BBC Somerset's Drive programme, and presenter Les Sheehan was there to greet him. Read Gary's views on that and the Christmas fixtures, via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About Free Travel To Leyton Orient.


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19 December 2012 : Glovers Provide Free Travel Offer For Leyton Orient Trip
Yeovil Town are planning to offer FREE travel to those supporters who make the January 2013 trip to Leyton Orient. The Glovers plan to allow up to 500 supporters the chance to support the team in their Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final match at Brisbane Road, which takes place on Tuesday 8th January 2013, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

Various key people within the club are offering sponsorship for the buses, with manager Gary Johnson, Chairman John Fry and Deputy Chairman Norman Hayward having pledged to provide the funding for the first three coaches. Further coaches are planned to be sponsored by Directors and/or Players as required.

To place your booking, you'll need to purchase a match ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office and ask for coach travel to be added to that. Coaches will leave Huish Park at 1.00p.m. There will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion.

Tickets go on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office on December 27th 2012 from 10.00a.m. For pricing details on that and other matches, follow the links below.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Portsmouth.

Link: Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.

Update: 20/12/2012: Article updated with the confirmed departure time.


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19 December 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Officials for Saturday's League One home match between Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd December 2012, at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Philip Gibbs (West Midlands).

An Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School in Birmingham, Mr Gibbs qualified as a referee in 1993 and was promoted to the National List in 2008. We last saw him in March 2012, when he took charge of the home match against Hartlepool United. This was actually a booking-free game, which normally we'd give the thumbs up to, but we felt that led to some 'odd' decisions being made, where most referees would have brought out their cards. But on the plus side, a referee who didn't want to take centre-stage.

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

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

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

Mr Gibbs will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

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

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

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

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


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19 December 2012 : Club Offices Closed During Tomorrow
Yeovil Town's offices will be closing for an extended lunch break tomorrow lunchtime. Supporters wishing to visit the Huish Park Club Shop or the Ticket Office should avoid visiting/calling between 1.00p.m. and 2.30p.m. on Thursday 20th December. This will be to allow for the annual club Christmas lunch, and so during that period these areas will be unmanned.

A reminder also that Huish Park will have reduced opening times over the Christmas period. For the full set of opening dates/times, see the earlier news item.

Link: Huish Park Christmas and New Year Opening Hours.


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18 December 2012 : Interview With Sam Foley
Saturday saw Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley hit his sixth goal of the 2012-13 season, as he netted in the 2-2 draw against Walsall. His last minute strike and an earlier assist rescued a point for the Glovers and after the game he spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden. Sam's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

Link: Sam Foley Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Walsall.


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17 December 2012 : Top Notch Ladies Hoop The Rangers
Yeovil Town Ladies turned on the style to beat strugglers Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Wells on Sunday. The Premier League, Southern Division’s bottom placed side are fighting for their lives at the moment but have a habit of starting to grind out the results at this time of the season, so this was a fine victory for the Glovers. This was their third straight league win for the girls, and was gained as a result of goals from Justine Lorton and Laura Bray, seeing the team strengthen their hold on third place in the table.

"We put a fine performance this afternoon, and it was another three valuable points on the board," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the match. "Today we set out to attack QPR. I have seen our team in many games this season allowing others too much respect in the first period of games. Today we were in control from the start, and set about our business from the first whistle. And although losing the toss put pressure on us, with QPR pushing us back into own half, we were winning the ball back very quickly."

"That set the standard and wave after wave of attacking play came our way. Justine Lorton used all her experience to control the game, sitting off the front two and playing some great balls around, stretching the opposition with passing that was showing a full range of her ability. QPR tried to give us problems down the right, but Mitch (Michelle Keehan) was up to all that they could throw at her and deservedly won the Player of the game trophy (unsponsored at this time by the way)."

Nigel talked proudly of the team today: "We had something to prove today. QPR are a great team and this season has seen us draw with them at their place twice, once in the league and once in the league cup. On both occasions we should have taken the points, and today we deserved the points. I cannot speak highly enough of the performance. We controlled the game with confidence today, and that is how we need to continue this season."

"Our first goal came from a brilliant run in from captain Rach Edwards. Picking up the ball on the edge of her own area she drove right at the QPR defence. Coming to an end when QPR managed to hold her up on the edge of their penalty area she delivered the ball to Justine Lorton who spun and struck the ball wide of the keeper into the bottom left hand corner. We never were rarely under pressure, and played the game out to half time and could have had another couple of goals but for a good period by QPR's ‘keeper."

"We came out for the second half and continued where we had left off. More attacking play saw QPR penned back into their half, with us entering into all-out attack. Our second goal came from a delivery from the right into a crowded area. A flick from cookie (Katie Cooke) then saw the ball fall nicely for Laura Bray, who continued her good scoring this season with a spin and toe poke into the net. This settled us into some fine passing moves, keeping possession of the ball when needed, and from then on the game never looked in doubt."

Nigel continued: "It is always a nervous time when you are only 1–0, with a good break from the opposition potentially cancelling it out,” he said. “The second goal today gave us the platform we needed to see out the game and allowed us to rest players and have a look at others. We saw some good football today on a pitch that was cut up from the weather, and previously played on this weekend. From the back to our front players everyone deserves credit for this result. We have the points we wanted, and the girls played the game that we asked them to. A good day at the office!"

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Queens Park Rangers Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Brazell, Edwards, Williams, Keehan, Radburn, Wensley, Pearson, Lorton (Whitton – 68), Cook, (Sage – 75), Bray

Goals: Lorton (42), Bray (79)

Referee: Robin Connolly (Somerset)

Next Match: Away to Colne Valley Ladies in the second round proper of the FA Women's Cup - 6th January 2013, 1.00pm kick off. The Broadway, Laleham, Staines.

[Nigel Williams was talking to Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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17 December 2012 : Youth Grecians Trip Goes For Third Time Lucky
Yeovil Town's Under-18s will have their latest attempt to complete their Football League Youth Alliance fixture against Exeter City tomorrow. Having initially had the League match make way for a League Cup game against the same opposition (which itself was the rearrangement of a postponed fixture), they were due to play the Grecians last Friday. That game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, and so has now been rearranged for Tuesday afternoon, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Hopefully the weather Gods will be kind this time around.

The venue will be the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground and will be the final match of 2012 for Scott Green's side before they go into their Christmas fixtures break. The ground is situated in Sidmouth Road in Clyst St Mary around 3 or 4 miles east of the city, close to M5 Junction 30 on the A3052.

Your tastes for motorway driving or A-roads as well as where you're coming from will no doubt dictate what route to take so have a look at the more detailed map below. The relevant postcode for those with Sat Nav is EX5 1DP.

Link: Multimap.com : Cat and Fiddle Training Ground, Clyst St Mary.


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17 December 2012 : MacDonald Boxing Day Reunion On Ice
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Shaun MacDonald will miss out on a reunion with his old team-mates on Boxing Day. The 24 year old was stretchered off during AFC Bournemouth's 1-0 win over Colchester United on Saturday, and initial worries were that he had broken his ankle. Thankfully that has not been the case, but the Welshman, who managed five loan spells at Huish Park will definitely be out for the Glovers trip down to Dean Court on Boxing Day.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe told BBC Radio Solent the situation, and admits that he will be a big loss to their side:

"Initially we thought he had broken his ankle, now we're hopeful he has just badly sprained it. But either way it looks like it will be a minimum of a couple of months. We've said how pivotal he is and what a great job he has done since I've come in. He is an unsung hero, he makes us tick and we missed him."


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17 December 2012 : League Plan Fans Panel For Changing Times
The Football League are planning to launch an online consumer research group early next year, aimed at canvassing supporters opinions on certain key subjects. Dubbed the Changing Room, they say that up to 15,000 supporters will be recruited to act as one of the voices of their clubs that will participate in regular discussion groups, forums and surveys that may affect their position as supporters, either from a local club perspective, or from a wider national Football League point of view.

The League plan to use its own membership databases for anyone who has registered to receive their weekly newsletter, or individual clubs own newsletters as driven by the PTV club website network. They will send subscribers invites, which will then be followed up by a profiling questionnaire to make sure that there is a balanced membership across the 72 Football League clubs. Any supporters who are initially unsuccessful will be held on a waiting list and recruited as and when drop-outs from the initial Fans Panel occur.

The League's goal is to provide feedback to the Football League's senior management, as well as the League's commercial partners, in terms of what supporters are thinking, and so to base the forward direction of the league on those viewpoints. As a carrot for those fans who participate, they promise "competitions to win match tickets, club vouchers and much more".

Richard Heaselgrave, Chief Commercial Officer at The Football League has explained what he believes the Changing Room fans panel will achieve:

"Fans are at the very heart of football, which is why we are always looking into effective ways of hearing their collective voice. The introduction of The Changing Room offers supporters the chance to have their say on topics affecting them, their club and The Football League as a whole. This gives them the opportunity to help shape how we approach important issues within The Football League, and the feedback we receive will be invaluable."

Inevitably, the success of such a venture will depend upon how much the League and their member clubs are prepared to listen and act upon supporters views and ideas. There is a tendency for such things to turn into soft-soaping exercises. Hopefully if the fans panel does uncover concerns, then the League can turn that into a positive by showing the direction that they'll take forward to improve a situation.


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17 December 2012 : Foley Given Sky Nomination
Yeovil Town's attacking midfielder Sam Foley has been included in the Team of the Week compiled by Sky Sports. The League One nominations, on the back of the weekend's fixtures, see the former Newport County player named after his cross set up Reuben Reid's 78th minute goal. That was then followed by Sam's last minute equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Walsall which gives him a deserved inclusion in their side. They say of Sam's performance:

"Midfielder Sam Foley set up a goal and scored a late equaliser as Yeovil came from two goals down to grab a point at struggling Walsall. He played in Reuben Reid to start the comeback before firing in a low drive in the 90th minute to earn a 2-2 draw."

The full team is as listed below:

Thorsten Stuckmann - Preston North End
Tony McMahon - Sheffield United
Matthew Hill - Sheffield United
Ian Goodison - Tranmere Rovers
Christian Ribeiro - Scunthorpe United
Lewis Grabban - Bournemouth
Sam Foley - Yeovil Town
Bradden Inman - Crewe
Jon Taylor - Shrewsbury Town
Ryan Lowe - MK Dons
David McGoldrick - Coventry City


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17 December 2012 : FA Confirm Burn Ban
The Football Association have this morning confirmed an expected suspension for on loan Fulham defender Daniel Burn. Having been given his fifth yellow card of the season in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Walsall, he will now serve a one match suspension. That will take place on this coming Saturday, when the Glovers play host to Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. Fellow defender Richard Hinds is the most likely replacement for Burn.

Burn's fifth booking came on his 17th appearance for the club, having been a regular in the starting line-up since his arrival from Craven Cottage since the end of September. Speaking after Saturday's match, manager Gary Johnson refused to condemn his player, saying that the problem lay more with the way that the suspension rules are structured at present:

"Bookings seem to be a part of the game at the moment. That's another thing that I've got a problem with, because if somebody only gets five bookings from August through to February, then they should get a medal and not a ban, in my opinion, with the way that yellow cards are handed out. So, five bookings in that space of time? Nobody should be getting banned - they should be saying well done, you've only had five bookings in all those months."

Having lost Keanu Marsh-Brown ten days ago to a similar suspension, the next player to end up on a tightrope is midfielder Ed Upson, who picked up his fourth booking of the season on Saturday, and so is expected to receive a ban when he picks up his next yellow card.

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


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16 December 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Walsall Interview
Just before yesterday's match against Walsall kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about his pre-match thoughts. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, Gary's views on team selection, his squad over the Christmas period, and why he wasn't involved too heavily in the week's training sessions, can be found via the link below.

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


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16 December 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Walsall Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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15 December 2012 : Johnson: Saddlers Draw Was Still Two Points Lost
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson considered this afternoon's away draw at Walsall to be a case of 'two points dropped' rather than a point gained, despite his side fighting back from a two goal deficit. At 2-0 down through goals from Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg, it appeared that the Glovers were heading home pointless, until a goal from substitute Reuben Reid and then a 90th minute strike from Sam Foley gave them a 2-2 draw their play scarcely deserved.

Despite that late Foley goal rescuing a point, Johnson was blunt in his assessment of his side's performance, telling BBC Somerset after the match that at the start of the match it had been three points he had been targeting, given the Saddlers' current poor form. He therefore didn't see it as a good result:

"It's still two points lost. They haven't won for a long time. It's another part of their long losing run, so at least we've stopped them catching us, if you like. But I want to move up the table, and not down it. To move up the table we've got to win these types of games. We've got to try to be a team that can win three or four games on the trot to get ourselves into that play-off position. With all due respect to Walsall, today we've come here to win the game. So we're two points short."

Johnson felt his side had failed to show what they were capable of until the final ten minutes of the match, sparked by Reid's close range finish putting them back into a match they appeared to have lost. Despite the elation at getting the draw, he said that there had been a few things said in the dressing room after the game about the overall performance:

"The last ten minutes was (a resilient display), but we didn't get going for the first eighty minutes, and that was disappointing. The lads know that we're disappointed with that. But we've given them a few little home truths individually and collectively. They gave it a go towards the end, and we had to make a few substitutions to get us going a little bit, because not enough of them had got their mental toughness into the game, and they were playing poorly as well."


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15 December 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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15 December 2012 : Walsall 2 Yeovil 2 : Late Foley Strike Gets Glovers Out Of Jail
Yeovil Town gained a rather improbable away point this afternoon, after they came from two goals down to snatch a point against struggling Walsall. The Saddlers had gone 15 matches without a win, but looked to be breaking that duck when goals in each half from Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg put them into a 2-0 lead their play wholly deserved. But Gary Johnson sides tend to do the impossible when they need to, and when substitute Reuben Reid pulled a goal back, nerves crept in amongst the home side's defence, and Sam Foley's sixth goal of the season in the 90th minute gave them a point they probably didn't deserve, but one that they gladly took.

On the back of an impressive performance last weekend against Notts County, the same squad was chosen for the match at the Bescot Stadium - a decision made easier when Keanu Marsh-Brown pulled out of the travelling team with an ankle injury, thus making himself unavailable after his return from suspension. The unchanged starting line-up should have allowed Yeovil to start where they left off last season, but inconsistencies have plagued them this season, and instead they put on a stuttering first half performance.

The opening goal of the game came after just 13 minutes, thanks to both Walsall wingers combining well to put the home side ahead. Febian Brandy delivered a cross in from the right flank and a rather static Yeovil defence watched the ball reach Jamie Paterson, who had the space to fire into the bottom right hand corner to give the Saddlers a lead that they just about deserved.

Midway through the first half, the Glovers had the ball in the back of the net when Jamie McAllister's free kick saw Dan Burn challenge for the ball with Walsall keeper Aaron McCarey. The keeper never looked close to getting control of the ball, but referee Tony Bates judged that there had been a foul in the box, and blew up late to disallow the goal, and award a free kick to the Saddlers. Yeovil created little during the opening 45 minutes - the best being a Joe Edwards cross that went across the face of the box, but failed to meet a target in the box.

The disallowed goal was the cue for the home side to go on to dominate the first half - not by an emphatic distance, but more because Yeovil really weren't creating anything. More worrying was that Dan Burn picked up another yellow card and then ended up walking a tightrope after he fouled Febian Brandy, earning a lengthy finger-wag that appeared to be a last warning from referee Tony Bates. The longer the half went on, the more the home side grew in confidence, and it was a small mercy that the Glovers went in just a goal down at the break.

The second half saw an initial flurry from the Glovers - doubtless on the back of a half time rocket in the dressing room for a 45 minute period that had seen them muster just one shot on goal. The game looked to be all over with 18 minutes remaining, when Byron Webster's slip on the halfway line allowed Febian Brandy to break through on a strong run. As the last man and on a last warning, the best Dan Burn could do was to try to shepherd the winger away, but when Brandy slipped the ball through to Will Grigg the Walsall striker had the chance of an easy finish.

Game over ... or so you would have thought. Reuben Reid seems to like playing against his former clubs, having bagged a brace against West Bromwich Albion earlier in the season. On as a double substitution, with James Hayter joining him up front, as Gavin Williams dropped into the right wing position, the striker bagged his sixth goal of the campaign with 12 minutes remaining to give his side a lifeline. Sam Foley was the creator, with his low cross being put across the six yard line, and Reid was on hand to tap in from close range.

At 2-1 suddenly Yeovil looked interested and Walsall looked nervous, with their manager making two late substitutions in an attempt to take the sting out of the game. But just as the clock ticked over into injury time, a Jamie McAllister free kick did the business, with an equalising goal. Walsall failed to clear their lines, with Byron Webster winning a ball in the box, and when it dropped to Sam Foley, he drilled the loose ball into the back of the net to wipe out the Saddlers advantage, and give Yeovil a point that only their final 15 minutes of play really could attempt to justify. On the plus side, the players dug in deep and didn't give up, but those problems of inconsistency threatened to send them home pointless - that until Foley's late Get Out Of Jail card was played. In the end, a point very much gained.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Jamie Paterson (13 mins, 1-0), Will Grigg (72 mins, 2-0), Reuben Reid (78 mins, 2-1), Sam Foley (90 mins, 2-2).

Walsall:
32. Aaron McCarey
14. Ben Purkiss 22. Paul Downing 5. Dean Holden 26. Andy Taylor
10. Jamie Paterson 27. Sam Mantom 7. Adam Chambers 12. Febian Brandy
9. Will Grigg 29. Craig Westcarr

Substitutes:
1. David Grof 6. Nicky Featherstone 11. Ashley Hemmings 17. George Bowerman (82 mins for Febian Brandy) 20. Malvind Benning (87 mins for Jamie Paterson) 24. James Baxendale 25. James Chambers

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
17. Paddy Madden 10. Gavin Williams

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 9. James Hayter (61 mins for Ed Upson) 11. Reuben Reid (61 mins for Paddy Madden) 19. Gozie Ugwu (80 mins for Korey Smith)

Walsall Bookings: Adam Chambers (foul, 89 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Daniel Burn (foul, 17 mins), Jamie McAllister (foul, 54 mins), Ed Upson (foul, 58 mins)

Walsall Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 1; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire). Assistants: Joe Hull (Cheshire) and Ken Haycock (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Mark Howes (Birmingham).

Attendance: 3,160 (including 231 Yeovil fans).


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15 December 2012 : Nkumu's Colchester Loan Cut Short
Former Yeovil Town loanee Archange Nkumu has had his loan spell with Colchester United cut short. The 19 year old has returned to Chelsea a month short of a loan that had been due to run until January 14th. Although the Tottenham-born defender was expected to be initially used in manager Joe Dunne's Under-21 side, he leaves Essex having failed to make a single first team appearance.

Dunne has explained that injuries did not help Nkumu's availability, but he has decided to send him back early, rather than try to persevere with him over the Christmas period:

"Archie struggled with injuries during his time here. He's technically a good player, given his Chelsea background, but he found it difficult here. He's been a good lad, who was willing to do well, but it's not kicked off with us and I need to move on. I made the decision that he goes back to Chelsea and I will now look to recruit elsewhere."

Nkumu's loan spell at Huish Park was not much more productive - turning out for just eight minutes during his time with the Glovers.


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15 December 2012 : Team News For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged line-up for this afternoon's away match against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. Midfielder Korey Smith plays the final match of his 93 game loan spell at Huish Park before making his return to Norwich City. Theoretically, the Glovers could have welcomed back Keanu Marsh-Brown to the squad, having served a one match suspension, but he has an ankle injury meaning that he is sitting this one out. Thus starting line-up and bench places remain entirely unchanged.

The line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
17. Paddy Madden 10. Gavin Williams

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu

Walsall:
32. Aaron McCarey
14. Ben Purkiss 22. Paul Downing 5. Dean Holden 26. Andy Taylor
10. Jamie Paterson 27. Sam Mantom 7. Adam Chambers 12. Febian Brandy
9. Will Grigg 29. Craig Westcarr

Substitutes:
1. David Grof 6. Nicky Featherstone 11. Ashley Hemmings 17. George Bowerman 20. Malvind Benning 24. James Baxendale 25. James Chambers


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15 December 2012 : Carlisle Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match in the month of November was the home game against Carlisle United. It's safe to say that this was not the best performance of the season, with the Cumbrians gaining a deserved 3-1 away win with only a Reuben Reid goal giving a bit of second half joy.

The Man of the Match polling saw midfielder Ed Upson pick up a number of votes on his return from suspension, whilst Sam Foley also got some plaudits for his work on the left wing. However there was a runaway winner on the day, as Joe Edwards switched positions on the pitch yet again, taking up a left-back role, but still managing to look head and shoulders above everyone else.

The full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Joe Edwards 240 (22)
2 Sam Foley 70 (3)
3 Ed Upson 56 (3)
4 Reuben Reid 36 (0)
6 Marek Stech 28 (0)
6 Luke Ayling 28 (0)
7 Byron Webster 16 (1)
8 Korey Smith 10 (0)
9 James Hayter 6 (0)
9 Daniel Burn 6 (0)
11 Gavin Williams 2 (0)
11 Gozie Ugwu 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.31

Performance: 4.00
Entertainment: 4.62

VOTES RECEIVED: 29


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15 December 2012 : Crawley Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's penultimate match of November was an away trip to Crawley Town, and our first visit to their Broadfield Stadium. The match itself was won in a slightly unorthodox manner - a 90th minute own goal sealing a 1-0 win. At the other end of the pitch, the Glovers had to put in a dogged defensive performance to keep a clean sheet until that late late goal.

The amount of defending that they had to do across the evening probably shows where people were coming from when they voted for their Man of the Match. Three out of the top four were part of the defensive line, with the other being a player who was acting as a defensive midfielder. Thus left-back Jamie McAllister and centre-back Byron Webster got credit for their performances, whilst Joe Edwards played out of position in midfield, and he came in second place. However, the winner of the poll was right-back Luke Ayling, who at one point cleared the ball off the line in a crucial clearance.

The full Man of the Match result reads as follows:

1 Luke Ayling 42 (2)
2 Joe Edwards 40 (4)
3 Byron Webster 32 (2)
4 Jamie McAllister 20 (1)
5 Keanu Marsh-Brown 14 (0)
6 Paddy Madden 10 (1)
6 Daniel Burn 10 (1)
8 Marek Stech 8 (0)
9 Sam Foley 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.82
Performance: 6.36
Entertainment: 7.27
VOTES RECEIVED: 11


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15 December 2012 : Gary Previews The Walsall Game
Just before yesterday's match against Walsall kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about his pre-match thoughts. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, Gary's views on team selection, his squad over the Christmas period, and why he wasn't involved too heavily in the week's training sessions, can be found via the link below.

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


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14 December 2012 : Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow's League One match between Walsall and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Bescot Stadium on Saturday 15th December 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Tony Bates (Staffordshire). Mr Bates is the infamous official that took charge of Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton at St Mary's back in September 2009 that saw the home side triumph thanks to two Richard Lambert penalties.

Whilst the first penalty was one of those ones where if you're an away supporter you'll claim that Marek Saganowski dived, and if you're a home supporter you'll claim it was nailed on, it was the second spot kick that left both home and away fans utterly bemused. A supposed handball against Nathan Jones wouldn't have raised a cry from even the most optimistic Saints fan. Mr Bates and his assistant saw it differently, and gifted the Saints with a decisive second goal. Speaking after the game manager Terry Skiverton said that he was "disgusted" with the decision, whilst even goalscorer Lambert said after the game that the decision was "harsh", admitting that his initial reaction had been to abuse the linesman for what the Saints striker had assumed was an infringement against his own side.

Whilst that match will no doubt mean that the name of Tony Bates will live long in Yeovil Town fans' memories, up until that match, our matches involving him had been pretty uncontroversial. Prior to the Saints match, we met twice during the 2006-07 season, with him taking charge of a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Huish Park and the 1-1 at Sixfields in September 2006. Prior to that he was at Huish Park for the 3-0 over Doncaster Rovers in April 2006, and twice in 2004-05 - away to Swansea City (2-0 victory) and away to Rushden & Diamonds (0-2 loss).

Since that Saints stinker, we've had him just the once - a March 2010 away match at Carlisle United. In what was a low key, low quality match, the referee was barely noticed, which is the way all supporters like it. On this occasion, no controversies over penalties, and just the one booking. We were meant to have him for last season's trip to Hartlepoool United, but after being listed as the chosen referee, he was replaced on the day of the game.

Mr Bates will be assisted by Joe Hull (Cheshire) and Ken Haycock (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Howes (Birmingham).

Link: March 2010 : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Sept 2009 : Southampton 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Feb 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 0.

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

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 3 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Link: Jan 2005 : Swansea City 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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14 December 2012 : Johnson Waits On Parent Clubs Over Loan Duo Futures
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the parent clubs of Korey Smith and Joe Edwards will have the main say in determining what the future holds with both players. The loan duo's spells at Huish Park expire shortly, with Smith returning to Norwich City after tomorrow's match at Walsall, whilst Edwards heads back to Bristol City after the pre-Christmas game against Oldham Athletic. Neither loan deal can be extended, with both players reaching the maximum 93 days allowable under the Emergency Loan rules.

With midfielder Smith the first to exit the camp tomorrow, the focus has been on those players, and the chances of them making a return of some kind when the transfer window opens in January. Gary told BBC Somerset that he would be happy to see him back, but that at present he had no idea what Norwich's thinking was regarding their player:

"Korey is a super player and we like him a lot. He's a good lad and we have Yeovilified him, and he's happy with us. He's got to go back and talk about his future at Norwich. They've got to work out what they're going to do with him. So until then, we won't really know what the options are. I know that he would certainly be happy to come back to us on January 1st, and we'd be very happy to have him."

A similar story is to be told, concerning 22 year old Edwards. His contract at Ashton Gate expires in the summer of 2013, and he has not played for City since April, leaving open the question of where they see his future. Johnson said that wasn't really a question he could answer at this stage:

"That's down to Joe and Bristol City really. He's still under contract at the club until the end of the season. Again he's done very very well, and if Bristol City decide that they're not going to use him, then we'd be very happy to use him. He's done well for us. He's another great lad to have around. He's localish, so it's convenient for everyone. But I would have thought there's got to be some talks between Joe and Bristol City before any major decisions like that are made."

In terms of what options the club has, Football League loan rules have been tweaked on a season-by-season basis, and it has often been hard to keep track of them. However, past seasons have shown that it is not possible to take out a second 93 day Emergency Loan rule for the same player at the same club during a single season.

Assuming that Emergency Loan rule still holds, the Glovers will have two potential options. The first is to take out a Standard Loan agreement, for a half season period, that would commit that player to the club until the end of the 2012-13 season. The second is to negotiate a permanent transfer with the parent club, which would obviously mean the loan rules would become irrelevant. The snag with both is that the level of commitment required often means that clubs, players and agents are often unwilling to commit themselves to such things until they've done a bit of window-shopping to see what other options they have out there, meaning that the Glovers may have to be patient.


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14 December 2012 : Free Admission For Youngsters For Sunday's Ladies Match
Yeovil Town Ladies play their final match before Christmas on Sunday, when they will take on Queens Park Rangers Ladies. As a festive present to young supporters attending the match, all spectators aged Under-18 can gain FREE admission for the fixture, simply by quoting 'Girl's Football Offer' on the turnstile.

The match takes place on Sunday 16th December 2012, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off at the Athletic Ground, home of Wells City FC. Other admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £3.00; Concessions (OAPs/children): £1.00

Directions To Wells City:
The Athletic Ground
Rowdens Road
Wells
Somerset. BA5 ITU

From the North & Southwest - Follow the A39 to Strawberry Way to roundabout. Follow A371 East Somerset Way, and take right turn into Rowdens Road. The ground is on the left.

From the East - Follow A371 from Shepton Mallet. After approximately five miles on East Somerset Way take left turn into Rowdens Road. Ground is on left.


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14 December 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Walsall
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town head up the M5 (and a tiny bit of the M6) to play Walsall in a League One match. For those heading to the Bescot Stadium, the Ciderspace guide has been given a tweak or two to include the latest ticketing and travelling, and to allow you to amuse yourselves over the 101 times that the Saddlers have changed the names of their stands! Access the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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13 December 2012 : Another 24 Hours Of Pompey Plot Twists
League One side Portsmouth's future took another twist today when their High Court hearing was adjourned almost as soon as it had started. News of the plan to adjourn their case came out late last night, but without any clear explanation as to why that was being requested.

It now appears that administrators PKF requested that the case should be put on hold, indicating that they had received a late change in the terms relating to plans for Robinson Estates Limited (REL) to purchase the Fratton Park ground on behalf of the Pompey Supporters' Trust. REL owner Stuart Robinson, a property developer, plans to purchase the stadium, then lease it back to the PST, thus giving them a secure leasehold agreement that would satisfy Football League rules.

Although it appears that the various parties involved will return for the second day court session tomorrow, PKF were this morning asking for a 28 day period to allow themselves, REL and current ground owners Portpin to resolve any issues concerning REL's proposed changes. If that does turn out to be tomorrow's outcome then it means that yet another deadline from the administrators will have passed, and Pompey's uncertain position will creep into 2013. The PST need to regain control of the Fratton Park stadium from former owners Portpin, with their application to the Football League dependent on that succeeding.

There is also another fly in the ointment from Portpin, who last night appeared to be trying to get administrators PKF, including front man Trevor Birch, replaced. Despite their own bid for the club collapsing, Portpin's interests still remain in terms of money they have lost from the previous financial collapse, and their wish to get a slice of that back.

In return for providing Pompey with enough funding to last until the end of the 2012-13 season, Portpin are reported to have requested that Brendan Guilfoyle of P&A Partnership takes over as administrator, and that the club should be put out onto the market again. Guilfoyle has recently handled administration periods for Plymouth Argyle, Crystal Palace and Rugby League side Bradford Bulls, although not without criticism from certain quarters. Portpin and Guilfoyle's moves are unlikely to be welcomed by Pompey fans, who are anxious to return to normality after ten months worth of financial turmoil.

Meanwhile it appears that in addition to Nene Park, former home of Rushden and Diamonds, fellow League One 'fallen giants' Coventry City have also been talking to Conference North side Hinckley United about ground-sharing. The Sky Blues are considering quitting the Ricoh Arena, and Hinckley have told BBC local radio that they have been in talks over such a move. The probable snag to this is that their Greene King Stadium only holds 4,329 spectators - commercially unviable for Coventry, and below that required for Football League ground regulations.


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13 December 2012 : Interview With Daniel Burn
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town's on loan defender Daniel Burn played his part in helping the Glovers keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Notts County. He was also the player who came closest to breaking the deadlock after his header was blocked by a flying save. After the game he spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, and the Fulham loanee's thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Dan Burn Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw With Notts County.


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13 December 2012 : Trial For Irish Midfielder Confirmed
Further to last Saturday's news, Yeovil Town are giving a trial to Republic of Ireland midfielder Kevin Dawson. The 22 year old arrived at Huish Park last week, and has been staying with Glovers loan striker Paddy Madden whilst training with the Glovers.

This week's Western Gazette describe Dawson as a prospect for a January transfer, with him having played for Shelbourne during 2012. As such the earliest the club could conclude a deal with him would be January 1st when the transfer window opens. Rumours elsewhere suggest that the Dubliner is being lined up along with Padden as two permanent transfers that the club will make as part of manager Gary Johnson's plans to reshuffle, although it should be stressed that the club have yet to directly comment on their plans in that area.

Link: Bye-Bye Bennett - Loanee Makes Hornets Return.


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12 December 2012 : Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to play Sheffield United is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 12th January 2013 at Bramall Lane with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The good news is that the Blades have designated this match as a Family Day and have radically reduced prices for this fixture. Their website states that the prices will be applicable "in all areas of the ground" and are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: £1.00

Concessions are available to supporters aged over-60, aged 16 or 17 years old, full time students carrying an NUS Card or Disabled Supporters.

Away supporters at Bramall Lane are allocated the lower tier of the Bramall Lane Stand (currently dubbed the 188Bet Stand), which houses around 3,000 spectators.

Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge. They are are accommodated in the Westfield Corner of the Bramall Lane Stand. Tickets for disabled fans are made available to opposition clubs, but for any further arrangements, email melvin.jackson@sufc.co.uk or call their Ticket Office on 0871 995 1889.

There are no matchday surcharges in place for this fixture. However, given the likely demand for tickets from home fans, you may want to purchase in advance in case our allocation is restricted in any way.

Sheffield United's policy is to provide tickets to the opposition clubs, so these should be made available to the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, with the match not due to take place for another month, check first as they may not have received their batch at this stage.

Link: GWSC Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Portsmouth.

Link: Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing And Date Set For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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12 December 2012 : GWSC Travel To Portsmouth
Over the Christmas holidays, Yeovil Town make make two journeys down to the South Coast. The second of these sees them play Portsmouth in a League One match. The game at Fratton Park takes place on Saturday 29th December, 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 Huish Park at 10.30a.m. with no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station for this trip. Cost of travel will be £15.00 with concessions available at £13.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

There's a huge amount of Ticketing and Travel information for forthcoming home and away matches on the site at present - for details on other games follow the links below.

Link: GWSC Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing And Date Set For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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12 December 2012 : White Rose Date For Ladies In League Cup
The FA Women's Premier League have this afternoon announced that Yeovil Town Ladies have qualified for the knock out stages of this season's Premier League Cup as one of the best third placed teams from the group stages.

The draw for the ‘Round of Sixteen’ took place at Wembley Stadium today, and the Glovers have been drawn at home to National League side Leeds United. The tie will take place at the Athletic Ground, Wells on Sunday 13th January 2013. The kick off time is yet to be announced.

FA Women’s Premier League Cup Round of Sixteen – Full Draw
Cardiff City LFC v Brighton & Hove Albion WFC
Portsmouth FC Ladies v Manchester City LFC
Yeovil Town LFC v Leeds United LFC
Coventry City LFC v Aston Villa LFC
Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC v Blackburn Rovers LFC
Watford LFC v Charlton Athletic WFC
Barnet FC Ladies v Lewes LFC
Sunderland WFC v Sheffield FC Ladies

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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12 December 2012 : Ticketing And Date Set For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy tie againt Leyton Orient has now had a date set by both clubs. The match will take place on Tuesday 8th January 2013 at Brisbane Road. The kick-off time will be the earlier-than-usual time of 7.00p.m.

Admission prices for this match will be as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under18s: £1.00

This Area Semi-Final tie will be settled on the night of the match, with the match being played over 90 minutes. If the scores are level at that stage, the match will go to penalties.


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12 December 2012 : Sky Choose JPT Live Match
The Sky Sports television channel has selected its live match for the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final stages. They have opted for Coventry City's home match against the winners of the postponed Bury vs Preston North End tie that is due to be settled next Tuesday at Gigg Lane.

The match at the Ricoh Arena (assuming Coventry are still at the Ricoh Arena!) will take place on Thursday 10th January 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

As yet we've not got a firm date for Yeovil Town's trip to Leyton Orient in the same competition. The most likely date is Tuesday 8th January, although Orient played their last round match on a Wednesday, due to their FA Cup commitments on the preceding weekend.

Whilst we're on the subject of televised matches, the following represents a list of all known live games involving Football League and non-league sides over the coming months, with those involving League One clubs highlighted in bold:

12/12/12 19:45 : Mansfield Town vs Lincoln City (FA Cup Second Round Replay, ESPN)
13/12/12 19:45 : Hastings Town vs Harrogate Town (FA Cup Second Round Replay, ESPN)
15/12/12 17:20 : Barnsley vs Sheffield Wednesday (Championship, Sky Sports)
19/12/12 19:45 : Leeds United vs Chelsea (League Cup, Sky Sports)
21/12/12 19:45 : Blackpool vs Wolves (Championship, Sky Sports)
22/12/12 17:20 : Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town (Championship, Sky Sports)
26/12/12 12:15 : Nottingham Forest vs Leeds United (Championship, Sky Sports)
29/12/12 17:20 : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Watford (Championship, Sky Sports)

04/01/13 19:45 : Walsall vs Portsmouth (League One, Sky Sports)
06/01/13 16:00 : Lincoln City or Mansfield Town vs Liverpool (FA Cup Third Round, ESPN)
07/01/13 19:45 : Cheltenham Town vs Everton (FA Cup Third Round, ESPN)
10/01/13 19:45 : Coventry City vs Bury or Preston North End
11/01/13 19:45 : Wolves vs Blackburn Rovers (Championship, Sky Sports)
12/01/13 17:20 : Hull City vs Sheffield Wednesday (Championship, Sky Sports)
18/01/13 19:45 : Leicester City vs Middlesbrough (Championship, Sky Sports)
19/01/13 17:20 : Blackpool vs Cardiff City (Championship, Sky Sports)
24/01/13 19:45 : AFC Wimbledon vs Port Vale (League Two, Sky Sports)
31/01/13 19:45 : Leicester City vs Wolves (Championship, Sky Sports)

02/02/13 19:45 : Crawley Town vs Swindon Town (League One, Sky Sports)
04/02/13 19:45 : Gillingham vs Wycombe Wanderers (League Two, Sky Sports)
08/02/13 19:45 : Watford vs Crystal Palace (Championship, Sky Sports)
09/02/13 17:20 : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Hull City (Championship, Sky Sports)
23/02/13 17:20 : Middlesbrough vs Millwall (Championship, Sky Sports)


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11 December 2012 : Thirteen Clubs Back Safe Standing Campaign
The Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) and thirteen English professional clubs are campaigning to reintroduce terraces in higher division stadiums. Standing areas in football stadiums have been barred at Premier League level, and in the main at Championship level since 1994, after Lord Justice Taylor's report into the Hillsborough disaster was published. Although terracing itself was never highlighted as a specific cause of the disaster, the Government's implementation of the recommendations included in the report included turning all grounds into all-seater stadiums - this was later revised to be relevant only to the top two divisions.

The FSF have enlisted the support of 'up to' 50 Members Of Parliament in an Early Day Motion that they hope can set the wheels in motion for a pilot scheme to be introduced by a number of clubs, to prove to the police and safety authorities that terraced areas at football grounds can be a safe area for spectators. The teams that are backing the campaign are mainly Championship clubs, but also include Premier League Aston Villa, League One sides Brentford and Doncaster Rovers plus League Two sides Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon. The remaining sides are Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Hull City, Peterborough United and Watford. They are also being backed by the Scottish Premier League.

The main crux of the argument is that opinion over what caused the Hillsborough disaster has gradually changed from allegations regarding behaviour of supporters towards other factors that are irrelevant to terracing. Secondly stadium safety and organisation has naturally evolved over the years. Thirdly the German Bundesliga has gone down another track, maintaining terracing, but with a different design to those terraces.

As yet, there's no agreement or schedule for any pilot to be put into place. However, the plans do have strong relevance to Yeovil Town on two fronts. Back in March 2011, the Glovers announced plans to build a 3,500 stand at the Copse Road End of the ground. Although those plans have never been submitted to South Somerset District Council, any grants the club might for from bodies such as the Football Foundation would not allow any terracing.

Similarly, if the club have ambitions to eventually reach the Championship, then regardless of any plans for a new stand, both currently terraced ends would have to be converted into all-seater stands by the end of the club's third season at that level. As such, with terracing at Huish Park being safe, even at capacity, the club should be supporting his campaign to avoid unnecessary costs.


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11 December 2012 : Revised Date For Grecians Youth Trip
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have been given a new date for their Football League Youth Alliance fixture against Exeter City that was moved on the weekend. The Youth Team had been due to travel to the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground last Saturday, but that made way for a home League Cup Group match against the same opposition. Having lost the League Cup match 0-5 at home on Saturday, this is a quick opportunity for the Glovers to put the record straight.

The League match will now be played on Friday 14th December 2012, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off in Devon. Unless something else gets rearranged, this will be the final match of 2012 for Scott Green's side before they go into their usual Christmas fixtures break.

Exeter's home games are played at their Cat and Fiddle Training Ground. This is situated in Sidmouth Road in Clyst St Mary around 3 or 4 miles east of the city, close to M5 Junction 30 on the A3052.

Your tastes for motorway driving or A-roads as well as where you're coming from will no doubt dictate what route to take so have a look at the more detailed map below. The relevant postcode for those with Sat Nav is EX5 1DP.

Link: Multimap.com : Cat and Fiddle Training Ground, Clyst St Mary.


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11 December 2012 : Coventry Consider Ricoh Exit Plan
League One side Coventry City have admitted that they are exploring contingency plans in the event of them being turfed out of their current Ricoh Arena stadium. The Sky Blues have been given a 21 day deadline which expires on Boxing Day, to cough up the £1.1 million worth of rent arrears that they owe landlords Arena Coventry Limited (ACL). If they fail to pay, then ACL are within their rights to issue a winding-up order and/or padlock the stadium, although such a move would leave them with what would be at risk of becoming a white elephant.

Whilst Coventry are attempting to renegotiate their rental agreement, it appears that they have been looking elsewhere, with one option being Nene Park, the former home of the now defunct Rushden and Diamonds. The reformed AFC Rushden and Diamonds club has taken up home at Wellingborough Town's Dog & Duck ground, having moved away from the stadium that was built by former benefactor Max Griggs.

Local rivals Kettering Town - themselves evicted from Rockingham Road after a row over their leasehold agreement - moved into Nene Park in June 2011, but were unable to afford the running costs of the stadium, and last month moved out when the electricity was cut off. They are now on a short term agreement with Corby Town to play at their Steel Park ground, leaving Nene Park unoccupied. At 45 miles away, such a move for the Sky Blues is both financially unsustainable, as well as something the Football League would be unlikely to entertain for more than a short term period. However, in a statement issued today, Coventry weren't denying that things like that were a possibility:

"Following the issuing of a statutory demand by ACL last week the board of directors of CCFC will, first and foremost, continue to work hard at bringing about a resolution regarding the rent dispute with ACL that will enable the football club to remain at the Ricoh Arena."

"However, in the interim period, they must consider other alternative and appropriate venues which are affordable for a football club to ensure CCFC fulfil their future fixtures. The club has therefore commenced the sensible process of making contact with other football clubs to evaluate if their stadiums meet our requirements should negotiations with ACL fail to reach a mutually agreed position on the rent with the result that CCFC is forced to move away from the Ricoh to a new venue."

With Portsmouth due in the High Court on Thursday and Friday, one common factor ties together all of the above clubs. Coventry City, Rushden and Diamonds, Kettering Town and Portsmouth all took out company restructuring or investment deals that saw their main property assets separated out from the operational running of the football club itself. With their stadiums now no longer under their own control, all four clubs have been impacted in their own individual way.


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11 December 2012 : Ladies Hopeful Of Progression Despite Pompey Defeat
Yeovil Town Ladies finished their FA Women's League Cup group matches with a disappointing 3-2 defeat at National League Portsmouth on Sunday. Stacey Pearson and Laura Bray grabbed the Glovers goals, both coming late on with the team already 3-0 down. This gave the girls hope of a late equaliser, but in the end they had to settle for defeat, although they could still progress to the knock out stages of the competition as one of four best third placed teams. The Premier League are yet to confirm who these teams are.

"The first half was all about Portsmouth, and we were happy to come in 2-0 down," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the match. "The home team who play in the national league, showed all their quality and ability to put attack after attack together. Their movement off the ball gave options all over the pitch and we, although going two down, showed great courage, with our back four throwing everything into defending our goal. In goal Player of the game, Rach Simkin (Dodge) made some good saves and showed her quality in between the posts."

"Portsmouth’s first goal came from a cross into the box going over a number of players, and then came back in at the far post. This gave them a cushion and they moved the ball around and drew us into a foul just on the edge of the box. Up steps ex-Yeovil Town Player Jemma Tewkesbury who always could strike a dead ball well, to make it 2-0 with a well-placed drive into the bottom right corner of the net."

"We continued to play our kind of football, and we will not change our focus. We want a footballing side, we want the players to get the ball down and play a passing possession game. Some of what we did in the first half showed signs of us being able to compete at an even higher level than we are at the moment, but I think the girls needed to believe in themselves more."

"When we did play quickly we made some good attacking opportunities, but in the first half it was not enough. We needed to work harder and close down quicker so not giving opponents the chance to play. In the final third we did not get in behind the defence and gave the ‘keeper a very boring first half."

"What is great about our side is the response they give Sarah (Lawler) and I. At half time we did not need to tell them they had not played well; You don't batter players when they have their own understanding that on the pitch they had not done themselves any justice. You work as a partnership and give instructions to make a difference to the way they play. We are all in this together and therefore Sarah and I made a change at half time to strengthen us at the back. This started allowing us to win the ball a lot more, but we were holding possession and played out from the back."

"Portsmouth’s third goal came against the run of play and actually they did not deserve that one, but it kicked us to step up again. We made a further change in midfield, bringing on Stacey Pearson. Taking up the right wing spot she worked well with Manners (Emma Brazell), thus giving us more width, helping to combine and release Manners from the right back area with some overlaps."

"We were playing some good football, with play from the left almost mirroring the right side. This saw Mitch (Keehan) deliver into the box for Stace to come in off the wing almost into the centre forward area and finish with her head to make it 3-1. We made another change to put even more pressure on the back four, and a brilliant through ball had the Portsmouth defence stretched. Laura's speed up front took her beyond the defence and she calmly took the ball around the ‘keeper to slot it home."

"We continued to push them right up until the end. Portsmouth were also making some good plays down the right, but were not able to gain momentum again and we were on top. Unfortunately they knew this and for the last part of the game they just played into the corners. Strength kept it there, and I think it ended with them having six or seven throw ins where we were trying to win the ball back."

"In all honesty Portsmouth deserved the win. It might have been different if we had not given them the head start that we did by not turning up for the first half. However, we take encouragement from the game and that is that when we could have rolled over and given up we fought hard to get back into the game and proved ourselves in the second half. We take that performance into next week’s game against QPR at Wells City's Ground."

"At this point in time we have to wait and see if we have qualified for the national knock round of the league cup, but we have put ourselves in a good position with the second half performance. What we did during this league Cup league format has been impressive with some great performances at home and away. Hopefully by the time this interview goes to print I might be smiling a lot more if we have qualified."

"When you look back and analyse performances where we should have taken points we will learn and come back stronger in the next game. We have made two good signings this week and when clearances come through this week on them; we will make the announcement hopefully by Thursday when we have tied up the business side of the club. These are exciting times."

Final Score: Portsmouth Ladies 3 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Brazell, Edwards, Keehan, Grogen (Hannam - 45) Bray, Radburn, Wensley, Cornwall (Pearson - 70) Lorton, Rapp, (Locke - 70)

Goals: Stacey Pearson (80), Laura Bray (83)

Referee: Colin Hopkins (Hampshire)

Next Match: Home to Queens Park Rangers Ladies - 16th December 2012, 2.00p.m. kick off. Wells City FC

[Nigel Williams was talking to Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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10 December 2012 : Huish Park Stadium Partnership 2011-12 Accounts
The Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited (HPSPL) company has published its accounts for 2011-12. Covering the 12 months ending on February 29th 2012, they have recorded an operating loss of £1,794 for the year, and £1,814 once interest charges are factored in.

This company is the vehicle used to manage the majority shareholding controlled by Chairman John Fry and Deputy Chairman Norman Hayward. To quote from the published accounts:

"It (Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited) is the holding company of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, which owns 100% of the shares of Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (aka Yeovil Town Football Club) which in turn owns 100% of the shares in Yeovil Town FC Centre of Excellence Limited."

All operating losses are listed as 'administrative expenses', which is not too surprising given that this is largely a non-trading company. The company's main asset remains the 92% shareholding it has in the club (via Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd). This shareholding is given a book value of £1,012,889 for the 1,575,379 ordinary shares owned in the club, and this is unchanged from last year's accounts.

Since it's formation, HPSPL has listed a Directors' Loan Account as part of the creditors. The amount owed has now risen to £1,076,056 - a rise in that debt of £6,274 across the year. The assumption is that this is a paper debt of which the majority relates to the funds used to purchase the shares, although the running costs of HPSPL mean that it is gradually growing in size.

The bit in the accounts that will be of particular interest to most supporters is that the club's debts due to Norman Hayward have grown since the last set of accounts. This has been a gradually growing amount that commenced during the 2008-09 season, when Mr Hayward loaned £58,000, and this was increased during the 2009-10 season to £278,000. In April 2011, this debt was secured against the freehold land at Huish Park.

The latest HPSPL accounts indicate that on October 6th 2011, Mr Hayward provided a further £50,000 loan to Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd, and that as of the end of the accounting year (February 29th 2012) the total debt to him was £328,000. There's no mention of whether this additional debt is also secured against the land assets.

The accounts also indicate that there was a further loan provided by Mr Hayward on May 13th 2011. On this occasion, the sum of £56,000 was provided to Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (more commonly known as Yeovil Town Football Club). This debt was repaid on June 16th 2011.

Whilst these level of debts are relatively small, when compared to other League One clubs, the latter in particular points to a temporary cashflow problem. The May/June 2011 situation could be explained by the lack of turnstile income at the end of the 2010-11 season, later rectified by the 'Early Bird' Season Ticket income that summer. The more long term £50,000 loan was registered on the same day that Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd reported losses of £50,391 for the year ending December 31st 2010, suggesting that those debts were taken on by Mr Hayward.

Link: Huish Park Stadium Partnership 2010-11 Accounts.

Link: Huish Park Stadium Partnership 2009-10 Accounts.


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10 December 2012 : Football League Reaffirm Pompey Points Deduction Plan
The Football League have given a cautious welcome to proposals submitted by Pompey Supporters Trust to take on the running of League One side Portsmouth. The Hampshire club have been in administration since February 17th 2012, passing numerous deadlines that could have seen them fall into liquidation. Following the collapse of Balram Chainrai's Portpin bid, the PST have become Pompey's one and only hope of exiting administration in the right direction, although a number of things still need to happen first before that can be a foregone conclusion.

The first and most crucial is a High Court appearance on Thursday and Friday that will see them attempt to agree a price for the repurchase of Fratton Park, with former owner Chainrai currently having legal ownership of the ground. With his company owed millions of pounds from their previous administration, this is a complex legal matter, and PST are aiming to force the sale through the courts. If they do not succeed, then administrator Trevor Birch has claimed that liquidation would on the cards again, although Portsmouth are looking into alternative provisions.

The second issue is that the PST need to raise enough capital through supporters and investment partners to purchase the club from the administrator. How much capital is needed may well depend on the outcome of the court case, meaning that they should have a better grip on their position by the end of the week.

In a statement issued today, the Football League have identified these two issues as being the main blockages to Pompey securing the 'golden share' they need for the new company to assume membership of the League. They have also reaffirmed that they will exercise a 10 point deduction when the Hampshire side exit administration - a penalty for failing to fulfil the terms of the CVA under their June 2010 administration, with that agreement due to be torn up. Pompey will also be placed under strict financial controls by the League to prevent a second administration becoming a third.

The Football League's full statement reads as follows:

"The Football League Board has received details of a proposal by Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) and its partner investors, to acquire the assets and certain liabilities of Portsmouth Football Club.

Having considered the proposal in detail, the Board concluded that it had significant merit. However, two outstanding points will have to be resolved before the Board can fully consider PST's application to become the new owners of Portsmouth Football Club.

They are the outcome of the current High Court proceedings relating to the ownership of Fratton Park and PST raising the remaining funding from supporters that is anticipated in its business plan.

The Board also confirmed that on-going membership of The League would be subject to a number of conditions that seek to ensure the sporting integrity of league football and the financial viability of the Club going forward.

It therefore re-affirmed its earlier decision that these conditions would include a deduction of 10 points (applicable at the point of transfer of share) and a range of other restrictions on playing budgets and future borrowing for the next four seasons
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10 December 2012 : Shakers Under Transfer Embargo
League One side Bury have been placed under a transfer embargo by the Football League. The Shakers have confirmed rumours circulating over the weekend sparked by news that they had been blocked from registering former Leeds United defender Ben Parker last Thursday. Parker's 'signing' was announced, and then withdrawn without explanation, with boss Kevin Blackwell denying they had signed the 25 year old, despite it briefly being displayed on their club's website.

Bury have this morning admitted that they are under an embargo. The reason given is they have taken out a short term loan from the Professional Footballers Association until mid-January 2013. The broad implication of this is that they were unable to pay their players wages, and so asked the PFA to step in. As yet, the Shakers haven't explained what circumstances have led to this shortfall.

Whilst the impact upon Blackwell's side may not be too great in the short term, today's news may come and bite them in early January. They have six loan players on their books, with Matt Doherty, Tom Hopper, Zac Thompson, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Troy Hewitt and Gregg Wylde currently registered. With most clubs generally taking their loan commitments up to early January, Bury may struggle to extend those deals if the Football League do not consider the issue to be under control. With Bury still in the relegation zone despite recent improved form, that isn't likely to help their cause.


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9 December 2012 : Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Portsmouth is now available. The match takes place at Fratton Park on Saturday 29th December 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This is the Glovers first visit to this ground, and ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s and Aged 17-22: £15.00; Aged 16 and Under: £10.00.

There are five Wheelchair spaces available, with admission available for £10.00, including an assistant. Portsmouth's Disabled Liaison Officer is Allison McNeil, who can be reached at their Ticket Office on 023-9277-8559.

There are no matchday surcharges for this game. Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Milton Road end of the ground, with space allocated for around 2,000 supporters. This is a covered seated area situated behind the goal. However, you should note that this is not purpose-built seating, but a conversion job from the original terraced end, and so general opinion is that the seating can be a bit cramped, and you may have to be a bit choosy about seats that have poor views.

Tickets are usually provided to opposition ticket office - we're not sure at this stage if they've reached the Huish Park Ticket Office. You can pay on the day of the match at no extra charge, however be warned that if you purchase at Fratton Park then you must do so at the Frogmore Road Ticket Office which is situated in entirely the opposite side of the ground. The Milton Road turnstiles are unmanned, with entrance via the barcode on your ticket, so keep your ticket in good condition for easy admission.

Link: GWSC Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park.


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9 December 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Notts County Match Highlights
The Sky Sports website is now carrying highlights of Saturday's 0-0 draw with Notts County. They've changed the layout of their video pages in the past fortnight, and at present there isn't a direct link through to the Yeovil highlights, with the one below taking you to a 'League One' page. To see the Yeovil-specific clip, head to Page 2 of the video set and you should spot it there, with just over two minutes worth from the game.

Oh, and for those who were at Huish Park on Saturday, you may or may not appreciate the commentators final sentence that wraps up his assessment of the game!

Link: Sky Sports Website : League One Video Highlights Page.


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9 December 2012 : GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth
Just after Christmas, Yeovil Town make the short trip down to the Dorset coast, as they travel to play AFC Bournemouth in a League One match. The game at Dean Court takes place on Wednesday 26th December, Boxing Day, 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 Huish Park at 11.30a.m. with no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station for this trip. Cost of travel will be £10.00. On this occasion there will be no concessions available. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park.


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9 December 2012 : Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming trip to AFC Bournemouth is now available. The match takes place on Wednesday 26th December, on Boxing Day, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Dean Court, which is currently badged as the Goldsands Stadium.

Admission prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £11.00.

Concessions apply to those who are Under-16 or Over-65 years old. They also apply to Full Time Students carrying valid photo ID, and to ambulant disabled supporters on the lower/middle rate of Disabled Living Allowance. As usual proof of entitlement may be asked for.

Disabled supporters on Higher Rate Disabled Living Allowance can apply for a pair of tickets free of charge. Applications must be made in advance from Serena Stone, on 01202 726331 or 0844 576 1910, or you can email tickets@afcb.co.uk or disability@afcb.co.uk. Any requests for Disabled Parking or other requirements should be made via the above contacts.

Away fans are housed in a section of the East Stand, which is a covered seated stand facing sideways onto the pitch. The amount of space allocated is flexible, but usually comprises of 1,200 seats across Blocks 21-24.

There is no matchday surcharge for this game, but Bournemouth's policy in the past has been to only accept cash on the turnstiles. They usually make advance tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office so you may prefer to contact them for availability.

Link: GWSC Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.

Link: Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park.


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9 December 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Notts County Interview
Just before yesterday's match against Notts County kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary discusses the Football League Trophy draw against Leyton Orient, plus the selection of his attacking trio of James Hayter, Paddy Madden and Gavin Williams and why he chose the pair that he did. The interview can be accessed via the link below.

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


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9 December 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

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


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8 December 2012 : Johnson Delighted At Desire And Passion
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that he witnessed today one of the best 0-0 draws he had taken part in during his time in football. Huish Park saw a goalless game for the first time in nearly three years this afternoon, as the Glovers shared the points with Notts County in a game in which both sides had chances to win the match.

Whilst some games that lack goals can be ranked as 'bore draws', Gary felt that this wasn't a description that could be attached to this match, and told BBC Somerset after the game that he was particularly pleased to see a reaction to some of the comments that he has made during the week about the club needing to have more passion and drive out there:

"Certainly it was one of the best 0-0 games I've been involved in. But that desire and passion that I was looking for and have been asking for, during the last few days now, was there. They're the types of games where performance matters so much. Then the results will come at the end of that. They needed to feel that workrate and that energy throughout the game. Notts County are a good side and they're going to be there or thereabouts. They've got a lot of experience, and that've had a big budget for a little while now, in the last two or three seasons and we've more than matched them."

The game's best chance came when a Jamie McAllister free kick found Fulham loanee Daniel Burn, whose header appeared to be goalbound. But visiting keeper Bartosz Bialkowski was in superb form throughout the afternoon and clawed it away from goal. Despite that save, Johnson said his players believed that the goal should have been given:

"The lads think it was over the line. Gavin (Williams) is the one who definitely thinks that it was over the line. But it was one of them where the goalkeeper got down to it, and probably the linesman couldn't get up there. We knew they are an experienced side and have players who show a lot of passion, and we had to match that. It was a great game for a 0-0, and made for a good atmosphere. It felt like a Championship match. It could have gone either way. They created some chances, as did we. I think their goalkeeper was probably man of the match for me. I was pleased with our performance and if we can continue to perform like that then we continue to get results. I felt our performance was good enough to win that game - and that was what I was most pleased at."


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8 December 2012 : Haynes-Brown Makes Cambridge Debut
Yeovil Town defender Curtis Haynes-Brown finally made his loan debut for Cambridge United today. The 23 year old actually commenced his loan spell with the Conference National side on November 22nd but has had to be patient, as an unused substitute in their two matches against Billericay and Ebbsfleet United.

Today, he came on as an 82nd minute substitute against Gateshead, in a came where the home side were already 3-0 up at the Abbey Stadium. He is scheduled to remain at Cambridge until January 2nd, at which point the non-leaguers are believed to have an option to turn it into a permanent transfer, if the former Lowestoft Town player impresses during his time there.


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8 December 2012 : Yeovil 0 Notts County 0 : Huish Park Draws Rare Blank
Yeovil Town managed their first goalless home match for nearly three years this afternoon, as they struck a 0-0 draw against top six side Notts County. The last time a Huish Park crowd witnessed a game without goals came back in February 2010, when both they and Gillingham drew a blank, but this was not a bore-draw, with the home fans kept entertained by a committed performance, and by Magpies keeper Bartosz Bialkowski ensuring nothing hit the back of the net, most notably when he clawed away a Dan Burn header during the second half. But ultimately the two teams couldn't be divided, and instead had to settle for a point each.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up with striker Paddy Madden recalled to the team following an enforced two game break. Dale Bennett was left out of the side as the club's sixth loanee, although with it transpiring that he has a back injury that will not see him return to action at the club. On the bench, there was some good news with Dominic Blizzard making his return after a month out with a groin injury - James Hayter joined him there after making way for Madden.

The game nearly got off to a horror start as Luke Ayling brought down Jeff Hughes on the edge of the box with the first tackle of the game. The right-back got a yellow card that could have with the wrong referee seen a red, and there was a let-off when Alan Sheehan's free kick struck the wall, and the loose ball fell to Neal Bishop whose shot was well saved by Marek Stech. The home side wobbled and it took them around five minutes or so to compose themselves.

Gradually though, the game began to swing to a more even pattern, and the longer the half went on, the more chances started to head in Yeovil's direction. Perhaps the problem was that they were falling to the wrong people - Byron Webster headed over the bar, whilst Luke Ayling, who has never scored a professional first team goal, found his attempt blocked by Bartosz Bialkowski. A obvious goalscorer Sam Foley fired just wide of the target, as did Joe Edwards. At the other end, County's chances were rarer, but they still looked well organised and dangerous, with Yoann Arquin in particular forcing Stech to parry one attempt before the break.

Whilst the Glovers had perhaps edged the first half, there was little doubt about which side dominated the second. Yeovil started off well as Gavin Williams had a shot blocked for a corner, then visiting keeper Bartosz Bialkowski punched away an Ed Upson attempt. There was also a bizarre moment from referee Andrew Madley as he waved away an apparent foul on Sam Foley, allowing play to continue, but then returned to show him a yellow card - apparently for "diving" - with the home crowd reacting with fury at the West Yorkshire referee's decision-making.

The card count was a concern for both sides - whilst Luke Ayling had to deal with playing for 89 minutes on a yellow, the Magpies managed to clock up five yellows despite the game never being anything other than 'competitive' in the way that it was played. Then came the save of the match - Jamie McAllister's free kick was met perfectly by the head of Dan Burn, diverting the ball towards goal, but Bartosz Bialkowski flung himself across to palm the ball away, with the Glovers players appealing that it had crossed the line - referee Madley and his linesman decided otherwise, or couldn't be sure.

With all the Yeovil Town pressure, the worry was that they could get a sucker punch - with ten minutes remaining that almost came, as a slip by Dan Burn let in Alan Judge as Yoann Arquin slipped the ball through. That was Notts County's big chance to steal the points, but Judge dragged his shot wide of the target to keep it 0-0. More Yeovil pressure followed in the closing stages, but they couldn't get that killer goal they needed and the end result was a rare shut-out - a Huish Park match without a goal. That sees Yeovil drop one place in the table to 13th, although with them now 10 points off the relegation spots, and seven points off the play-offs, this is a solid mid-table position for them as they approach the mid-season stage of the season.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Notts County 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
17. Paddy Madden 10. Gavin Williams

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 9. James Hayter (77 mins for Gavin Williams) 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu

Notts County:
1. Bartosz Bialkowski
27. Carl Regan 8. Gary Liddle 6. Dean Leacock 3. Alan Sheehan
11. Jeff Hughes 14. Gavin Mahon 10. Alan Judge 4. Neal Bishop 15. Yoann Arquin
34. Chris Iwelumo

Substitutes:
12. Liam Mitchell 2. Julian Kelly 9. Enoch Showunmi (82 mins for Yoann Arquin) 13. Francois Zoko (71 mins for Gavin Mahon) 16. Joss Labadie (90 mins for Alan Judge) 18. Hamza Bencherif 26. Haydn Hollis

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (foul, 1 min), Sam Foley (diving, 63 mins)

Notts County Bookings: Gavin Mahon (foul, 29 mins), Neal Bishop (foul, 41 mins), Dean Leacock (foul, 44 mins), Alan Judge (foul, 65 mins), Yoann Arquin (foul, 82 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 10; Fouls: 13.

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 6; Fouls: 19.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Marc Perry (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,355 (including 235 Notts County supporters).


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8 December 2012 : Bye-Bye Bennett - Loanee Makes Hornets Return
Yeovil Town's on loan defender Dale Bennett has returned to Watford after making just one appearance for the club. The 22 year old has returned to Vicarage Road for treatment on a back injury and was not part of the squad during today's 0-0 draw against Notts County, although rules on loan players made it unlikely that he would be involved. He is not expected to return, leaving the Glovers a man short for the month of December.

Bennett had only arrived at the club at the end of last month. His one and only appearance came in the home game against Carlisle United a fortnight ago, making a ten minute substitute appearance.

As reported just before Bennett's arrival, the Glovers will be losing two more loan players over the next two weeks, with Korey Smith due to return to Norwich City after next weekend's trip to Walsall, whilst Joe Edwards will head back to Bristol City after the Oldham Athletic game. Johnson can obviously attempt to sign both players on a permanent basis in January, or negotiate a standard half-season loan with their parent clubs, but unless there's been a rule change he would not be able to take out a new emergency loan deal for the pair.

That may bring questions over whether Gary can cope with his current squad size over the Christmas schedule. As yet there's been no word over whether former Ipswich Town right-sided player Jaime Peters is still on trial at the club - as a free agent he would be an option for the club. Another name to keep an eye on is Shelbourne midfielder Kevin Dawson, who is brother of Barnsley player Stephen Dawson. He is a friend of Paddy Madden and the 22 year old is understood to have been training with the Glovers recently whilst staying with Madden. However, given he has just completed 34 matches this season for the Republic of Ireland side, any interest there might be in the Dublin-born player may not materialise until January, due to the transfer window rules.

Other concerns for Johnson to ponder as he reaches the festive period, lie in terms of possible suspensions, with one notable issue being that Dan Burn is one yellow card away from a suspension. Richard Hinds is his obvious replacement, but there is currently little other defensive cover, particularly once Edwards returns to Ashton Gate.


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8 December 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Notts County
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw 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.

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


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8 December 2012 : Swindon Away Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town travelled to the County Ground to take on localish rivals Swindon Town. The end result was a nasty 4-1 defeat where lapses in defensive concentration saw the Glovers shoot themselves in the foot, with a James Hayter goal providing the only bright spark.

Man of the Match voting saw Jamie McAllister well rated by those at the game, whilst his opposite full-back Luke Ayling also scored well. The outright winner though was Norwich City loanee Korey Smith, who put in a decent game in the centre of the park. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Korey Smith 42 (3)
2 Luke Ayling 28 (2)
3 Jamie McAllister 22 (2)
4 Marek Stech 10 (0)
5 Joe Edwards 8 (0)
6 Sam Foley 6 (0)
6 Daniel Burn 6 (0)
8 Byron Webster 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.00

Performance: 4.86
Entertainment: 5.14

VOTES RECEIVED: 7


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8 December 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home League One match against Notts County. Striker Paddy Madden has missed the last two games - one due to being cup-tied, whilst the other was due to his parent club Carlisle United preventing him from playing against the Cumbrians. He now comes in for James Hayter, and will partner Gavin Williams up front.

Right-winger Keanu Marsh-Brown is suspended, meaning that he drops out of the squad for one game, whilst Nathan Ralph (knee surgery) and Lewis Young (ankle ligaments) remain as long term absentees. However, Dominic Blizzard returns to the squad, having been out with a groin injury since the start of November. Loanee Dale Bennett sits in the stand however, due to Football League rules on loan players.

The team today is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
17. Paddy Madden 10. Gavin Williams

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu

Notts County:
1. Bartosz Bialkowski
27. Carl Regan 8. Gary Liddle 6. Dean Leacock 3. Alan Sheehan
11. Jeff Hughes 14. Gavin Mahon 10. Alan Judge 4. Neal Bishop 15. Yoann Arquin
34. Chris Iwelumo

Substitutes:
12. Liam Mitchell 2. Julian Kelly 9. Enoch Showunmi 13. Francois Zoko 16. Joss Labadie 18. Hamza Bencherif 26. Haydn Hollis


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8 December 2012 : Hartlepool Home Man Of The Match Result
The middle of November saw Yeovil Town grab three points against a struggling Hartlepool United. The 1-0 win wasn't pretty to watch, but the all important points were gained through an early Joe Edwards goal. After that, the most diplomatic assessment of the game would be that the Glovers were very good at 'grinding out' the result.

Man of the Match voting saw Sam Foley once again well up there, but the top two places were taken by loan signings. Bristol City's right-sided player Joe Edwards got the winning goal, and that was doubtless a factor in him coming second, but out in front was Fulham centre-back Daniel Burn, who helped his side keep a clean sheet on the day.

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

1 Daniel Burn 194 (13)
2 Joe Edwards 152 (9)
3 Sam Foley 88 (5)
4 Daniel Johnson 82 (6)
5 Byron Webster 68 (2)
6 Korey Smith 46 (3)
7 Luke Ayling 46 (2)
8 Paddy Madden 34 (0)
9 Jamie McAllister 14 (0)
10 Marek Stech 12 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 5.10

Performance: 5.51
Entertainment: 4.68

VOTES RECEIVED 41


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8 December 2012 : JPT Area Semi-Final Draw : Glovers Get Orient Trip
The draw for the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final has been made this morning. The draw was broadcast live on Sky's Soccer AM show and has pitched Yeovil Town with a trip to Brisbane Road, where they will play Leyton Orient, who managed by former Glovers boss Russell Slade.

The draw has guaranteed at one League Two side in the Southern Area Final, as the fourth tier and third tier clubs were paired up, meaning that whoever wins the tie in East London will be given a two legged Area Final against a team in the division below them.

The full draw is as follows:

Coventry City vs Bury or Preston North End
Crewe Alexandra vs Bradford City
Oxford United vs Southend United
Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town

All Area Semi-Final matches are due to be played during the week commencing January 7th 2013. The most likely date is Tuesday 8th January, although this will need to be confirmed. The draw means that the Glovers and Orient will see plenty of each other in the early part of 2013 - the two clubs meet at Huish Park on New Year's Day in a League One fixture.


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8 December 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Officials for this afternoon's home League One match between Yeovil Town and Notts County have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at 3.00p.m. today at Huish Park, and sees the Glovers come up against a Magpies side that currently occupy a play-off position. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

Not to be confused with the similarly named Robert Madley, Andrew is a relatively new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees lists over the summer of 2011. As such we've only had him twice - both during the 2011-12 season.

Our last meeting with Mr Madley was coincidentally for a match against Notts County - on this occasion at Meadow Lane in April 2012. We didn't think he had a particularly good match. Magpies striker Lee Hughes took a fairly obvious dive whilst already on a yellow card, but with the incident occurring right in front of the home support, it appeared the referee didn't fancy it. He also allowed County's second and crucial goal to stand, despite the ball appearing to be knocked out of Sam Walker's hands. In general, this was a bit of a messy performance, and manager Gary Johnson wasn't impressed after the match saying:

"It was a young referee, or an inexperienced referee, and I thought he got conned a little bit by some of the things we're unhappy with. Credit to Notts County; they were a very clever experienced team, and we needed a clever experienced referee, from my point of view. There were two experienced linesman who could have helped a little more maybe."

Our other meeting with the West Yorkshire official was for the November 2011 away game at Chesterfield, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Overall, we thought he had a good game, albeit that we had our hearts in our mouths when we thought he'd given the Spireites a penalty, when he theatrically pointed for what turned out to be a goal kick. The questionable bit of his officiating came in the final minute of the match, when a melee broke out amongst the players as Mark Allott decided to go in for a spot of WWF on Ed Upson.

At the time we thought Mr Madley's response was fairly sensible for a situation that developed during second half injury time - a yellow card for Allott and a general calming down of the situation. After all, nobody likes red cards being shown when they're going to have sod all effect upon the match.

It was therefore a touch surprising when both clubs were charged by the FA for failing to control their players. The end result was that both clubs were fined £2,500 for their part in the handbags - somewhat out of proportion to Mr Madley's reaction to the incident given that he only saw the whole thing as being worthy of the single yellow.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Marc Perry (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: April 2012 : Notts County 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2011 : Chesterfield 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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7 December 2012 : Gary: I'm Going To Push Until I'm In My Grave
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson conduct is usual Thursday press interview with the BBC, ahead of Saturday's match against Notts County. In a slight break from the norm, Gary talked mainly about his own passion, aspirations and frustrations about the general state of play as we approach the midway point of the 2012-13 season. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts can be read via the link below.

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


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7 December 2012 : Upson Prepared For Magpies Test
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson says that Tuesday night's Football League Trophy win over Wycombe Wanderers will act as good preparation for their return to League One football after a fortnight's break. The 23 year old has seen little of League football in recent times, having played in only one match in the competition since the end of October, due to a mix of suspension and cup competition commitments, but will almost certainly be in the starting line-up for tomorrow's game against Notts County at Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this week, Upson said that he expecting a tough match against the Magpies, who have not lost away from home during the 2012-13 season, but felt that playing in the Trophy and having a good variety of training during that period would act as good preparation for the team:

"Tuesday was a good game to prepare for Notts County. They are a good team. It will be a tough game but it was good to get out there and get playing after 10 days or so without a game and it was definitely a good warm-up for that. We were in most days (during the ten day break) and we did a bit of karate and a few different things, a bit of team-bonding. But it was all hard work and hopefully it will all pay off."

Upson returned from a four match suspension two weeks ago, having missed most of of the month of November, but scored his third goal of the season during the midweek win. That was a rarity for him - a goal from close range scored with his head. He had already noted that milestone himself:

"I am really enjoying being back in the team and it was nice to get a goal on Tuesday. But we won and that is the main thing for me. My aim is to get more goals now and kick on. I have set myself a goalscoring target but I'll keep that to myself. Things are going well though. I was delighted - that was actually my first goal from inside the area, so that was a bit of a milestone for me. It was nice to get a headed goal, as that was my first headed goal as well - obviously I haven't scored any headed goals outside the area. That would be something! So I'm really pleased with that."

Tuesday night's fixture degenerated during the second half, seeing the game fizzle out with Wycombe having lost midfielder Matthew Spring to a red card during the first half. Upson explained that the man advantage didn't really help his side's cause as much as perhaps it should have done:

"It's just one of these things where they get the ten that they've got behind the ball and just sit in. Sometimes that makes it a little bit more harder, because you've got to try to break that down, whereas if they had eleven men then they'd be going forward and there would be gaps. It's a little bit more difficult, as it's a different situation to be in."


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7 December 2012 : Kick-Off Time And Venue Change For Grecians Match
Yeovil Town Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning against Exeter City in a Football League Youth Alliance League Cup fixture. The match has had its kick-off time put back by one hour to 12.00 noon due to an expected overnight frost. The extra hour will hopefully give the pitch a better chance to thaw out.

Note that this fixture against the Grecians is now a HOME game. The originally scheduled fixture was for the Youth Alliance League fixture to be played in Devon. The Football League's website though indicates that this is now a Football League Youth Alliance League Cup Group fixture that will be played in Yeovil at the club's Alvington Venue.

The reasoning here is doubtless that the Glovers have had to twice postpone their League Cup match against the Grecians but as it's their last fixture in the Group stages, it's holding up the next stage of the competition. Yeovil need a draw to guarantee qualification to the next stages.



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7 December 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Wycombe Interview
Just before kick-off on Tuesday night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match against Wycombe Wanderers. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts as they were just before the game started, are archived via the link below.

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


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6 December 2012 : Johnson: JPT Cup Run Could Act As Catalyst For Club
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson hopes that the club's current Football League Trophy run can turn into a catalyst to spark the club into progressing again. During Johnson's first reign as Glovers boss, his side claimed the FA Trophy at Villa Park at the end of the 2001-02 and that turned into the launchpad that saw them rise two divisions in the following three seasons.

Having seen off Wycombe Wanderers in midweek, the Glovers will now face one of Southend United, Oxford United or Leyton Orient in the Area Semi-Final stages. The draw itself will be made on Saturday morning, but speaking to BBC Somerset earlier today, Gary believes his side can approach the next round with a sense of enjoyment about the situation:

"Whoever you play now, we've got a semi-final and an Area Final. We should have a bit of fun and enjoy them. Then obviously the pinnacle is trying to get this club back at Wembley, whatever the trophy is. As you say it might just be the catalyst again to kick on for the next season."

Gary believes that success in the Football League Trophy would give the club additional momentum that could even include the current season if they could stay within touching distance of the current play-off group in League One:

"Yes, 100 percent it will, because if we can still be competing for a play-off place, or near the play-off places come the last ten games of the season, then if we can get ourselves to a Wembley final, as long as we've put the roots in place now and before that happens, then that's when all of a sudden it will pick up and people will realise what you've tried to do all along. I'm telling you now, this early, what I'm trying to do. Now I'm going to push for that, and if it doesn't come, then it doesn't come. But if it comes then it will be well worth it."


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6 December 2012 : Huish Park Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
Yeovil Town have issued their Christmas and New Year opening hours for the Huish Park Club Shop and Ticket Office. These are as follows:

24/12/2012 : Christmas Eve : 9.00a.m. - noon.
25/12/2012 : Christmas Day : CLOSED
26/12/2012 : Boxing Day : CLOSED
27/12/2012 : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
28/12/2012 : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
29/12/2012 : Saturday : CLOSED
30/12/2012 : Sunday : CLOSED
31/12/2012 : 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
01/01/2012 : Leyton Orient (Home) : 10.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (with shop open after the match).


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5 December 2012 : Coventry Given Three Week Deadline Over Stadium Rent Payments
League One side Coventry City are facing a crisis after their stadium owners demanded payment for rent arrears on their ground. The Sky Blues are currently £1.1 million behind in rent payments, but their landlords Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) have given them 21 days to cough up, having got almost a year in arrears with their payments. According to the BBC Sport website this has seen a total accumulation of £1.6 million worth of debts that are owed to ACL. Coventry therefore have until Boxing Day to answer the demand, or risk that their landlords may either issue a winding up order or padlock the stadium.

Coventry have already been taken to court by ACL, who are jointly owned by Coventry City Council and the Alan Edwards Higgs Trust charity, and so control the ownership of the Ricoh Arena, which the Sky Blues moved into in 2005. Coventry's somewhat weak argument appears to be that because they believe the rent demanded is too high, that they don't want to pay it - presumably they operate under a pre-arranged leasehold agreement for the stadium. The court session in August told Coventry to start depositing funds to cover the unpaid invoices, but this has not happened, resulting in ACL's latest demand.

The Sky Blues have put out their own counter-statement claiming that the average rent paid by Championship sides per year is £290,000 whilst in League One it is £170,000, and so believe the £1.28 million they pay per year is in excess of the market levels. It's not clear whether their 'averages' include those clubs who directly own their own stadiums (and thus pay zero rent) or those where the ownership of the stadium is through a related group company that may only charge a nominal amount. But regardless, Coventry's problem is that their agreement with ACL will be contractual, whether it's fair or unfair, and they will need to either pay up, or negotiate a new leasehold agreement. A third alternative is for Coventry to buy a share in the stadium company, but that may not be possible if they are struggling to pay the rent itself.

Talking of clearly unsustainable business models, our friends up the road, Bristol City, have announced their 2011-12 company accounts this morning. For the year ending May 2012, they have incurred losses of £14.4 million, up from last season's eye-watering losses of £11.45 million. In total across the last four seasons, they've suffered losses of £44.15 million.

You don't have to be a qualified accountant work out what the problem is - against a turnover of £11.8 million, they've got wages of £18.6 million coming out of the club - that's before running costs of their day-to-day operations are considered. All of this puts them a mile away from being able to satisfy the forthcoming Championship level Financial Fair Play regulations that require them to have no more than £5 million losses by the 2015-16 season. This of course assumes that City are still at second tier level by that date - they are currently in 22nd place and thus in the relegation zone. Meanwhile their plans to build a new stadium at Ashton Vale are still suffering delays - a public inquiry into the usage of the land is not expected to be held until October 2013 - four years after planning permission was in theory granted for the stadium to be built.


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5 December 2012 : Ladies Rapp The Gills In Fine Victory
Young striker Grace Rapp grabbed two wonderfully taken goals as Yeovil Town Ladies grabbed a superb 3-0 victory over Gillingham Ladies at Wells on Sunday. Laura Bray also scored a cracker with her tenth strike of the season, as the Glovers rose to third in the FA Women's Premier League, Southern Division table.

"It was an excellent result," joint Glovers boss Nigel Williams said after the game. "Sarah (Lawler) and I are delighted to have got three more points on the board, with the team playing well, having kept to the game plan. We were confident of this one. However, we knew Gillingham were a strong side and the formation that they play could catch us out if we were not on top of our game. As expected Gillingham came out all guns blazing and they were putting a lot of pressure on us for a good ten minutes."

"I wanted the players to get hold of the ball and settle by keeping possession and start playing to their strengths. As the first half went on we became stronger, and as we had asked the girls to do they were getting in around the back of the full back. Both right and left wings were playing as we wanted, and some great deliveries saw us come close a couple of times."

"Gillingham did not give up on the pressure they had started, and were spreading the ball around well. They were playing three up front and their forwards were using their speed to stretch us. However, our left and right backs were having good games and managed to delay the attacks with some great defending."

"We went a goal up on 17 minutes following some good some great interplay between Stacey Pearson and Justine Lorton that drew the Gillingham defence into giving away a free kick. Justine put the ball down and delivered a ball into the box. Laura Bray, coming in from the right wing connected with the ball and cracked it into the back of the net."

"The goal came at the right time as it settled us as a team and we showed some good play, making sure that we kept possession, playing simple football, not doing anything difficult and gradually building play. Again, this time from the right, we saw a ball delivered from the right and Grace (Rapp), who showed her ever growing confidence in the team by connecting with the cross and directing a header into the net. We have been working a lot over the last few weeks on delivery of crosses and connecting appropriately. Two goals with headers in the first half of this game shows something is working in training."

"You can easily rest on being 2-0 up. However, we knew that Gillingham had nothing to lose and would come out attacking at all costs. I was very pleased today with our back four and Beth (Goalkeeper Beth Howard) in between the posts, with some really good defending and some great saves in the first ten minutes of the second half. It was one of those ‘heart in your mouth’ times, but again we stood up to the test and made sure that we kept them at bay. A couple of changes early in the second half put more pressure on Gillingham, and a delivery from the right saw Grace claim her second goal of the game to take it 3-0."

"I think I have said in previous reports that in games in this league you may only get a few chances to win. Today we took our chances. We played as a team, we worked as a unit to control where Gillingham should play the ball. But the most pleasing part of our game for me today was the way in which we played the game out. This result has seen us climb the league, but we still want more, and will aim high. We have the ability and the squad is talented."

This week our Reserves won away at Reading, and with strength in depth we have a great future. Again I would encourage fans in the area to come across and support us in our next home game, against QPR Ladies, which is on the 16th December, with a 2.00 pm kick off.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Gillingham Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Brazell, Edwards, Hannam, Grogan (Keehan – 35), Radburn, Wensley, Pearson, Bray, Lorton (Tibbs – 80), Rapp (Sage – 65)

Referee: Declan O'Shea (Somerset)

Next Match: Away to Portsmouth Ladies (League Cup, Moneyfields) - 9th December 2012

[Nigel Williams was talking to Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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5 December 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Wycombe Home Game
Following last night's 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in the Football League Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

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


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5 December 2012 : Marsh-Brown Hit By Suspension
Yeovil Town right-winger Keanu Marsh-Brown will serve a one match suspension on Saturday. The Football Association have now confirmed that he picked up his fifth yellow card of the 2012-13 season, after being deemed guilty of simulation by referee Gavin Ward during last night's 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in the Football League Trophy.

The 20 year old was given an 88th minute booking last night, for taking a dive, and so will miss the home League One match against Notts County. Speaking after the match to BBC Somerset, his boss Gary Johnson was unsympathetic, and felt referee Ward had got the decision spot on:

"I thought it was a yellow card. He did dive, and if you dive then you've got to get a yellow card. That's how it was, but the less I say about that, the better."

Marsh-Brown will return on Saturday 15th December when the club travel to Walsall.

Opponents Notts County will have their own double suspension to deal with on Saturday. Striker Lee Hughes and winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce are both due to serve the final matches in three match bans they picked up last month.


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5 December 2012 : Johnson Unconvinced By Performance Despite Cup Win
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he was happy to reach the Area Semi-Finals of the Football League Trophy last night, but was not so impressed with everything about his side's performance. Having taken control of the match in last night's 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers, thanks to goals from Ed Upson and Sam Foley, the Glovers boss felt that some of his players were guilty of taking their foot off the pedal during the match.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Gary's opinion was that a number of unnamed players were not coming up to scratch in terms of what he expected, saying that they needed to see the games out across the whole 90 minutes:

"It was a professional job, although I don't know about well done. We started off alright, and I thought that in the first half we had a good tempo. We created chances in both halves (of the game) to be fair. But the game died a death, didn't it? I didn't want it to die a death, and unfortunately a couple of our lads have not quite got what we're after at the moment, and we're going to have to have a look at that. But most of the lads worked hard and we looked like we fancied it at the start. We had a couple of good goals and a couple of good chances. But we've got to see the games out a lot longer."

Gary added that he didn't think that the red card shown to Wanderers midfielder Matthew Spring helped the tempo of the match in that it meant that the visitors were concentrating on stopping play, and ensuring they didn't fall further behind in the match. The Glovers boss felt that was a factor in how the game panned out:

"I'll be honest with you, if you'd if the referee had asked me "do you want me to send him (Matthew Spring) off?" I'd have said no, please keep him on, because we needed the game nice and lively, and we wanted it to be competitive. It ceased to become a competitive game until probably the last ten minutes, when Wycombe gave it a bit of a go. Our lads switched off a little bit, which was a bit disappointing. Not all of them, but anyway I'll deal with that, as and when I need to. At the moment I'm really pleased that our club is through to the next round - of course I am - getting to the Area Semi-Final is great. Some of the lads that are in that dressing room deserve to be there, but one or two don't."


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5 December 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Wycombe
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 home win against Wycombe Wanderers 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 Wycombe Wanderers.


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4 December 2012 : JPT Semi-Final Draw Info
Yeovil Town's passage tonight into the Area Semi-Finals of the Football League Trophy is the furthest the Glovers have gone in the competition, having only previously reached tonight's stage on one occasion. That takes them into unknown territory, where they will now play one of Oxford United, Southend United or the winners of Northampton Town or Leyton Orient, who play their Third Round tie at Sixfields tomorrow evening.

The Semi-Final draw will be made live on the Soccer AM programme this coming Saturday 8th December, which will be screened from 10.00a.m. on the Sky Sports 2 channel. The draw will continue to be split into North/South sections, meaning clubs will be grouped as follows:

Southern Section:
Northampton Town or Leyton Orient (playing Wednesday night)
Oxford United (beat Plymouth Argyle on penalties)
Southend United (beat Brentford 2-1)
Yeovil Town

Northern Section:
Bradford City (beat Port Vale 2-0)
Bury or Preston North End (Match postponed - waterlogged pitch)
Crewe Alexandra (beat Doncaster Rovers on penalties)
Coventry City (beat Sheffield United on penalties)

All Area Semi-Final matches are due to be played during the week commencing January 7th 2013.


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4 December 2012 : Yeovil 2 Wycombe 0 : Upson And Foley Send Glovers To Semis
Yeovil Town progressed to the Area Semi-Final stages of the Football League Trophy for the first time in the club's history, as a strong first half performance swept aside League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. An Ed Upson header and a close range conversion from Sam Foley put them in the driving seat at the break, made even more one-sided by the dismissal of Chairboys midfielder Matthew Spring, who was red-carded for a foul on Gavin Williams. The second half was a far more even affair, but the visitors couldn't recover from that deficit, taking Yeovil into the final eight of the competition.

The Glovers went into the game making two changes to their starting line-up from the team that took to the field against Carlisle United. Jamie McAllister returned from suspension to captain the side, allowing Joe Edwards to switch across to the right flank, displacing Keanu Marsh-Brown who dropped to the bench. Up front Gavin Williams partnered James Hayter, as Gozie Ugwu also dropped to the bench. Paddy Madden and Dale Bennett were cup-tied, having played for Carlisle and AFC Wimbledon respectively in earlier rounds.

Yeovil dominated the early stages, with perhaps the main criticism being that their crosses failed to find their targets. The best were a Korey Smith cross that just evaded James Hayter, whilst a Joe Edwards cross was deflected by Hayter but just over the bar. Wycombe were doing very little at the other end of the park although their cause wasn't helped by a hamstring injury suffered by striker Adebayo Azeez, and then an incident that left them down to ten men. Matthew Spring, who had been dismissed in the 2011 match at Brisbane Road that saw Yeovil thrash Leyton Orient 5-1, went into a challenge on Gavin Williams. With his boot raised, referee Gavin Ward decided it fell into the sort of 'studs up' tackle that these days results in a straight red, and so off went Spring, leaving Wanderers playing for an hour with ten men.

The scoring was finally opened half an hour into the match, and five minutes after that red card. Korey Smith's cross into the box was excellently placed, and Ed Upson was able to plant a header from six yards out to put the Glovers 1-0 up and deservedly so. Although not too many bets would have been put on it being a close range header from a man more used to long distance crackers with his feet.

A goal up and a man up, the Glovers began to turn the screw even further. Dominant against eleven men, they had almost exclusive possession of the ball against ten, and there were no surprises when they doubled the lead just before the break. Jamie McAllister's cross into the box was headed back across the area by Joe Edwards, and Sam Foley was on hand to finish easily from close range. 2-0 up, and the second crucial goal scored just at the right time.

The second period saw Yeovil forced into a change, with Korey Smith coming off with a knock, having gone down right on the half time whistle. He was replaced by Reuben Reid, meaning that Gavin Williams dropped into midfield, whilst Reid reunited his start-of-season partnership with James Hayter. This was a much more even half, that eventually saw Keanu Marsh-Brown introduced for Luke Ayling, allowing Joe Edwards to drop to the right-back position, as Marsh-Brown took the more forward position.

To their credit, Wycombe made a bit of a fight of it, and Dean Morgan forced Marek Stech into a strong save as the Czech Republic keeper threw himmself to his left-hand side to stop what would be the Chairboys only on target shot of the game. They also had shouts for a penalty when Bruno Andrade tangled with Dan Burn when the winger went on a strong run. A little bit of nerves crept in, not helped when substitute Matt McClure rattled the woodwork with six minutes to go. Yeovil had their own chances at the other end, but it never quite ended up turning into the rout their first half play suggested it would.

No matter, 2-0 turned out to be good enough, and the Glovers will now face one of Oxford United, Southend United, or the winners of tomorrow evening's game between Northampton Town and Leyton Orient, in the Area Semi-Finals. Having yet to play a League One side in this competition, they now find Orient are the only other third tier club left in the Southern half of the draw - they'll never have a better incentive for them to take the competition by the scruff of the neck.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Scorers: Ed Upson (1-0, 32 mins), Sam Foley (2-0, 45 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 10. Gavin Williams

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (69 mins for Luke Ayling) 11. Reuben Reid (46 mins for Korey Smith) 19. Gozie Ugwu

Wycombe Wanderers:
36. Jordan Archer
19. Marvin McCoy 18. Charles Dunne 5. Dave Winfield 11. Sam Wood
32. Junior Morias 26. Jesse Kewley-Graham 9. Matthew Spring 12. Bruno Andrade
20. Dean Morgan 38. Adebayo Azeez

Substitutes:
7. Gareth Ainsworth 22. Jo Kuffour 29. Matt McClure (24 mins for Adebayo Azeez) 34. Kortney Hause (46 mins for Junior Morias) 35. Georges Ehui (77 mins for Sam Wood).

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 79 mins), Keanu Marsh-Brown (diving, 88 mins)

Wycombe Bookings: Bruno Andrade (foul, 54 mins). Red Card: Matthew Spring (serious foul play, 27 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 8; Fouls: 5.

Wycombe Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 1,771 (including 94 Wycombe supporters).


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4 December 2012 : Four Archived Interviews
Having not had a match for ten days, there's been a bit of time to fill in a few gaps following a hectic match schedule so far this season. As a result, four interviews from the month of November have been loaded up onto the site. As well as one with Gary Johnson, there are BBC interviews with right-back Joe Edwards, centre-back Byron Webster and midfielder Ed Upson which can all be read via the links below.

Link: 10/11/2012 : Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Hartlepool.

Link: 15/11/2012 : Byron Webster Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Swindon.

Link: 20/11/2012 : Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Crawley.

Link: 22/11/2012 : Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Carlisle Game.


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4 December 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this evening's Football League Trophy home tie against Wycombe Wanderers. As expected, the cup-tied pair of striker Paddy Madden and Dale Bennett are unavailable, having already played in the competition for Carlisle United and AFC Wimbledon respectively, although of that pair only Bennett was on the bench ten days ago when Carlisle visited Huish Park.

The return of captain Jamie McAllister from suspension after he served a one match ban for picking up five bookings means that he slots into his usual left-back slot. That allows Joe Edwards to shift around to a more orthodox position on the right-flank, displacing Keanu Marsh-Brown. The other change comes with Gavin Williams replacing Gozie Ugwu in the starting line-up - in theory to partner James Hayter, although Gavin's style of play may make this a little bit more of a 4-4-1-1 in practice.

Only five substitutes are allowed to sit on the bench as part of the competition rules, meaning that the full line-up for tonight is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 10. Gavin Williams

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 11. Reuben Reid 19. Gozie Ugwu

Wycombe Wanderers:
36. Jordan Archer
19. Marvin McCoy 18. Charles Dunne 5. Dave Winfield 11. Sam Wood
32. Junior Morias 26. Jesse Kewley-Graham 9. Matthew Spring 12. Bruno Andrade
20. Dean Morgan 38. Adebayo Azeez

Substitutes:
7. Gareth Ainsworth 22. Jo Kuffour 29. Matt McClure 34. Kortney Hause 35. Georges Ehui

Speaking ahead of tonight's match against the Chairboys, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has warned of the danger of assuming that his team's opponents will be a pushover. Wycombe currently occupy a 19th place slot in League Two, but Gary has told BBC Somerset that he expects the standard of those clubs left to be of a similar level:

"In the one-off games where there's Wembley at stake in a final, with League Two and League One clubs, there's not a great deal of difference between them. There's still a couple of decent teams, in Leyton Orient and Brentford. So we've got to take each game as it comes. Wycombe is not going to be easy, as they've got nothing to lose. They'll come here and try to win, as this is their competition, and there's a couple of teams as well that if you get them in the next round, they won't be easy. So if you get there, you'll always deserve to have got there. But you've got to be careful when you're believing that you should win these games, before you've actually won them."

A reminder that tonight's match will run over a 90 minute period only, with no extra time. If the game is tied at that point, the match goes straight to penalties, meaning that a winner will be known tonight.


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4 December 2012 : Gary Previews The Wycombe Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's home match against Wycombe Wanderers in the Football League Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. Gary spoke live on the BBC Somerset breakfast show to presenter Matt Faulkner early this morning - his thoughts on the match and the recent ten day break from football, can be found via the link below.

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


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4 December 2012 : Johnson In It To Win It
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson insists that he sees tonight's Football League Trophy match as a big match in his side's fixture calendar. In the two matches played so far in this season's competition, the Glovers boss has resisted any temptation to employ 'squad rotation', despite many other clubs putting out reduced strength teams for their matches.

Thus apart from a number of players ruled out through injury or being cup-tied, the team put out for the Third Round fixture against the Chairboys should be his full strength side. Gary has told BBC Somerset that despite it being dismissed by many as a 'lesser' competition, he doesn't see it that way:

"It's a big deal. We'd like to win it and we'd like to go to Wembley and then you'd like to win it. Then the clubs that are still in the competition are getting a bit twitchy, because they all want to be in it now. You can get knocked out in the first or second round and not treat it as so important once you've got knocked out. But when you've got through a couple of rounds, and you've worked very hard - and we haven't had a home draw; we've just had a couple of difficult away draws, but managed to get through them - then we'd like to take our club all the way. Sometimes that's the little spur that a club needs to get itself going again."

Regardless of whether the Glovers do get as far as Johnson hopes they will, tonight's match represents an opportunity to go further in the competition than the club have gone before. The only occasion they've got as far as the current Third Round stage was during the 2007-08 season, when they lost 1-0 to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Matches taking place in this week's competition are as follows:

Port Vale V Bradford (7.15p.m. kick-off)
Crewe V Doncaster
Bury V Preston
Coventry V Sheff Utd
Plymouth V Oxford Utd (7.00p.m. kick-off)
Southend V Brentford
Yeovil Town V Wycombe Wanderers
Northampton V Leyton Orient (playing Wednesday)

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Chairboys Get A Second Suspension.

Link: Tuesday Night Opponents Left With Doubts Over Duo.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ten Day Break Gives Glovers Chance To Patch Up Troops.


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3 December 2012 : Money Hoping Home Comforts Are A Match For Curtis
Cambridge United boss Richard Money is hoping that his club will give Yeovil Town defender Curtis Haynes-Brown familiar surroundings during his time out on loan. The 23 year old has just started his second loan spell of the 2012-13 season, having also had a short spell with League Two side AFC Wimbledon earlier in the campaign. The plan is for him to stay until January 2nd, at which point there is a clear inference that a permanent transfer could be on the cards.

Money, who was born in Lowestoft, and managed Luton Town between 2009 and 2011, before becoming Head Coach at the Abbey Stadium in October of this year, has told Cambridge News that having his knowledge of the local football scene meant that although Curtis was down in Somerset, he was well aware of him as a player:

"Curtis is here until January and he’s an interesting one. I think quite a number of us who have been involved at this level for three or four years have known about him. I was born in Lowestoft, which is where he’s also from, and I was aware of him when I was at Luton. I went to see him play and he looked a good player, but we felt we had enough at the time. He has gone to Yeovil, which might be a step too far for him too soon from Lowestoft because that’s a big jump, and we just got the opportunity to bring him in. He wanted to come here and that’s the thing, hence he’ll do the best he can. He was with Ipswich and Colchester as a kid, so this is almost like coming home."

As yet Curtis has not made his debut, having sat as an unused substitute in Cambridge's FA Trophy win over Billericay on the weekend. However, he is expected to be in the squad for their Tuesday night trip to play Ebbsfleet United. Money believes that the player's versatility will give him a good chance of breaking into their side but he hasn't made up his mind where on the pitch it will be:

"What he does give us is competition in a number of positions down the left and he can play in any of them equally as well, so we’ll give him every chance between now and January to show what he can do. We’ve almost got three players in one with Haynes-Brown and that’s clever organisation. It’s the sort of thing we have to do and come up with these sorts of solutions (of picking teams)."


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3 December 2012 : Ticketing Offer For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Yeovil Town are planning another ticketing initiative for this Saturday's home League One match against Notts County. The match takes place on Saturday 8th December 2012 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and will see the Glovers take on a team currently occupying a play-off place, six points ahead of Yeovil.

In Thursday's edition of the Western Gazette newspaper, there will be two vouchers inside the sports pages, that fans can use to obtain discounted admission to the game against the Magpies, who last week celebrated their 150th anniversary as a club. Supporters who cut out, fill in and present the two vouchers can obtain tickets with the reductions on the standard price. Adult tickets will be reduced by £5.00, whilst Concessions, Young Persons and Juniors can all get £3.00 off tickets for the match.

In addition, supporters who take advantage of the offer will be able to get a 20 percent discount at the Huish Park Club Shop - good timing for any Christmas shopping you might be thinking of doing.

The offer is the latest in the club's 'Target 5' initiative, aimed at pushing the average crowd at Huish Park to above 5,000 supporters. For other games with ticketing offers, follow the list of news items below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.

Link: Half Season Ticket Goes On Sale At Huish Park.


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3 December 2012 : Chairboys Get A Second Suspension
Tomorrow evening's opponents Wycombe Wanderers have had a second suspension confirmed by the Football Association for the Football League Trophy at Huish Park. In addition to their loss of midfielder Joshua Scowen, which we reported yesterday, they will also lose a second midfielder in Stuart Lewis.

Both players have been lost due to picking up their fifth bookings of the 2012-13 season, and thus will serve a one match suspension. With winger and top scorer Joel Grant suffering double vision during their 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers on Saturday and having to be substituted, there is a doubt over his participation in tomorrow night's cup match, meaning that the Chairboys could be forced to replaced up to three of their first choice midfield quartet for the game tomorrow.

For the Glovers, they will need to replace striker Paddy Madden and defender Dale Bennett in their squad, given both are cup-tied, having played for Carlisle United and AFC Wimbledon respectively. However, last week's news suggested that apart from a trio of known long-term injuries that the Glovers should have all other players available for the tie.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Tuesday Night Opponents Left With Doubts Over Duo.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ten Day Break Gives Glovers Chance To Patch Up Troops.


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3 December 2012 : Stevenage Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil's second game in November came through a midweek home match against Stevenage. Watched by the club's lowest ever Football League crowd of 2,900, those who did turn up witnessed a good start to the match as Paddy Madden equalised an early goal from the visitors. However, a poor second half saw them come out with a 1-3 home defeat and questions being asked of the defending.

Man of the Match voting saw Aston Villa loanee Daniel Johnson poll fairly well, even though he has since returned to Villa Park. He was one of three loan players to top the vote, with Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith picking up plenty of praise. Out on top though, for the second game running, was goalscorer Paddy Madden.

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

1 Paddy Madden 166 (11)
2 Korey Smith 124 (9)
3 Daniel Johnson 106 (6)
4 Sam Foley 80 (3)
5 Jamie McAllister 28 (1)
6 Marek Stech 16 (0)
7 Daniel Burn 4 (0)
8 James Hayter 2 (0)
8 Joe Edwards 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.57

Performance: 5.53
Entertainment: 5.60

VOTES RECEIVED: 30


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3 December 2012 : Preston FA Cup Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's opening match in November was their second trip to Preston North End of the season, having already played at Deepdale in the League. On this occasion, it was an FA Cup First Round tie, which didn't go to plan as the Glovers went out at the first hurdle, and on the end of a 3-0 scoreline.

A number of defensive errors probably give an indication of why the Man of the Match voting mainly centred around attacking players, with only Daniel Burn picking up a decent number of votes amongst the back five players. Gavin Williams and Sam Foley scored well as attacking midfielders, whilst striker Paddy Madden came out on top amongst those who travelled to the game.

Full results with outright MOTM votes are as follows:

1 Paddy Madden 38 (3)
2 Sam Foley 22 (1)
3 Gavin Williams 18 (1)
3 Daniel Burn 18 (1)
5 Keanu Marsh-Brown 10 (1)
6 James Hayter 6 (0)
7 Marek Stech 2 (0)
7 Jamie McAllister 2 (0)
7 Reuben Reid 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.57

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 5.14

VOTES RECEIVED: 7


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2 December 2012 : October 2012 Player of the Month
October 2012 was a month that started off badly, but in the end turned out quite well. Two defeats in the first three fixtures were a continuation of September's poor run of form, but on a penalty shoot-out win over Torquay United, results turned around, and the month was completed by three straight wins in League One.

As far as the individual Man of the Match awards were concerned, the match winners were Korey Smith (Portsmouth, Bury), Paddy Madden (Colchester United, Tranmere Rovers, Shrewsbury Town) and Marek Stech (Crewe Alexandra).

With just three players having dominated the voting, it wasn't too much of a surprise to find them also occupying the top three slots at the end of the month, although Sam Foley deserves a mention for grabbing a fair chunk of the month's voting. Striker Paddy Madden scored five times across the month, and came in third. Runner up was Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith, who has impressed many during his loan spell at the club. However, out in front once again was goalkeeper Marek Stech, who was your top player for October 2012 - the third month in a row he's win the vote!

The top ten players, including the percentage of the vote cast across the month, can be viewed below:

1 Marek Stech 17.7
2 Korey Smith 14.9
3 Paddy Madden 14.4
4 Sam Foley 10.2
5 Ed Upson 9.4
6 James Hayter 8.9
7 Keanu Marsh-Brown 7.7
8 Byron Webster 4.3
9 Daniel Burn 3.8
10 Joe Edwards 2.5


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2 December 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Wycombe Wanderers have been published by the Football League. The Football League Trophy Third Round match against the League Two side takes place at Huish Park on Tuesday 4th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches. Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and no real complaints about Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.

Probably one of our most critical notes about Mr Ward came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!

Last season we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."

Mr Ward will be assisted by Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: March 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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2 December 2012 : FA Cup Third Round Causes Fixture Postponement For Glovers
Yeovil Town seem set to have another blank Saturday early in the New Year, due to the FA Cup Third Round. This afternoon, Milton Keynes Dons narrowly scraped their way past AFC Wimbledon in their Second Round televised clash with a 2-1 victory - that will see them competing in the competition on the weekend of January 5th 2013.

As a result, the League One clash between Yeovil Town and Milton Keynes Dons that was due to take place at Huish Park on Saturday 5th January 2013, will now require a new date, probably as a midweek fixture. The Glovers will probably be left without a fixture on that date unless a bit of clever fixture-swapping can take place.


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1 December 2012 : Tuesday Night Opponents Left With Doubts Over Duo
Tuesday night's opponents Wycombe Wanderers look likely to go into their Football League Trophy tie at Huish Park without two of their first team regulars following today's football. Whilst the Glovers were without a match, the Chairboys were hosting Bristol Rovers at Adams Park, picking up a 2-0 win over their relegation rivals that pushes them up to 19th in the League Two table.

When they head down to Yeovil on Tuesday night though, it is almost certain that they will be missing midfielder Josh Scowen, whilst there are significant doubts over the fitness of top goalscorer Joel Grant. Unless there's an error in the Press Association data, Scowen picked up his fifth booking of the 2012-13 season in today's match, and so will serve a one match ban on Tuesday.

He could be joined on the sidelines by 25 year old winger Grant, who scored his seventh goal of the season against the Gas. The former Watford Academy player suffered a clash of heads during the first half and was withdrawn at half time, suffering double vision. There's a slight variation in opinion in their local press as to what his chances are of a recovery - the Buckinghamshire Advertiser say that he is now "set to miss the game and will be "in the stands", whilst the Bucks Free Press say that he is "now a doubt" for the fixture.

Grant had previous good form in the competition - his Second Round strike against Portsmouth had been given the 'Goal of the Round' by sponsors Johnstone's Paint - if he does play then the Glovers full-back who ends up marking him is likely to have a big job on his hands as a player possessing plenty of pace.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Ten Day Break Gives Glovers Chance To Patch Up Troops.


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1 December 2012 : Crewe Away Man Of The Match Result
The final match of the month of October took place at Gresty Road, and saw the Glovers gain their third win in a row, with a Byron Webster goal deciding matters in a 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra.

This wasn't the best of matches to watch, and was a fairly tight affair. Goalscorer Byron Webster was one of two players to pick up a large proportion of votes, and he came second in the Man of the Match poll. The winner though was goalkeeper Marek Stech, showing how Yeovil's Cheshire hosts might feel themselves a little unlucky not to get something out of the match. Results were as follows:

1 Marek Stech 80 (7)
2 Byron Webster 72 (5)
3 Sam Foley 36 (1)
4 Ed Upson 34 (2)
5 Daniel Burn 30 (1)
6 Joe Edwards 24 (1)
7 Keanu Marsh-Brown 20 (0)
8 Paddy Madden 8 (0)
9 Jamie McAllister 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.41

Performance: 6.94
Entertainment: 5.88

VOTES RECEIVED: 17


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1 December 2012 : Shrewsbury Away Man Of The Match Result
The final pair of October matches were two away games in the same part of the country, separated by five days. The first was a trip to Shrewsbury Town's New Meadow, which saw a 3-1 win in possibly the team's most complete performance of the 2012-13 season.

Two goals for Paddy Madden and one for James Hayter made for a comfortable win, with the Shrews only getting their goal through a late penalty. Man of the Match voting saw Sam Foley and Ed Upson again feature strongly, but with Paddy Madden having scored two goals once again, he was always likely to be a strong contender for your top vote. Results as follows:

1 Paddy Madden 112 (8)
2 Ed Upson 82 (6)
3 Sam Foley 40 (3)
4 James Hayter 28 (1)
5 Joe Edwards 26 (0)
6 Daniel Burn 18 (1)
7 Keanu Marsh-Brown 18 (0)
8 Korey Smith 6 (0)
9 Marek Stech 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.74

Performance: 8.21
Entertainment: 7.26

VOTES RECEIVED: 19


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