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31 December 2014 : Year 2014 Fails To Provide Good Cheer For Glovers Fans
Yeovil Town feature badly in an aggregated league table compiled across the calendar year 2014 to cover all league results for English professional clubs. The statistics, produced by the Sporting Intelligence website cover all Premier League and Football League clubs, including the two sides relegated from the Football League, making up a total of 94 clubs that participated in those two competitions across the year. No cup matches are considered. The end result is that the Glovers are propped up by Blackpool, Hull City and Hartlepool United who all had worse records across the calendar year.

Blackpool just missed out on relegation at the tail end of the 2013-14 season, finishing in 20th place in the Championship table and they have followed that up by sitting nine points adrift of safety at the foot of the same table, making them nailed on to drop into League One at the end of this season.

Hartlepool are in an almost identical position at the foot of League Two. They also have only accrued 14 points this season, and have an eight point gap to make up at the bottom of the Football League if they are to avoid non-league football next season. Last season they finished in 19th place in League Two, just three points above the relegation zone, and so were already struggling to keep their place at that time.

Hull City lie currently in 17th place in the Premier League - kept above the dotted line on goal difference with just 16 points from 19 matches. Last season saw them finish in 16th place and just four points off relegation, getting 37 points from 38 games.

There is of course a slight bit of 'stating the obvious' about the statistics, in that with Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town and Blackpool the three teams are currently at the foot of each of the Football League divisional tables - that rule is broken in the Premier League due to the fact that the teams struggling at the foot of that table are two clubs who were promoted from the Championship at the end of last season who would have accrued far more points during last season. However, it provides a perspective upon why the year 2014 will probably be one to forget in many respects for Glovers fans.

Sporting Intelligence Website Statistics show Yeovil Town's lowly position for the year 2014
Sporting Intelligence Website Statistics show Yeovil Town's lowly position for the year 2014.



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31 December 2014 : Gary Johnson Looks Back At The Year 2014
With today being the final day of 2014, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been looking back upon the calendar year and some of the major aspects that made up 2014. As part of the BBC Somerset Sporting Review Of 2014, he spoke to reporter Dan Albutt about life in the Championship division and the subsequent relegation, the club's start to the 2014-15 season, and what he sees as taking place in January, as well as the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of Their End Of Year Review.


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31 December 2014 : Gillingham Part Company With Taylor
League One side Gillingham have sacked manager Peter Taylor this morning. The 61 year old was 14 months into his second spell at Priestfield, having taken over in October 2013 and spent 67 matches in charge, winning 23 games and drawing 14 of them. Andrew Hessenthaler who was Taylor's assistant and has also had two lengthy spells as Gillingham manager, has been put in Caretaker charge of the team for their weekend match against Port Vale.

Gillingham are currently in 20th position in the League One table and thus are the club Yeovil Town need to overhaul to get out of their own troubles at the foot of the table. Taylor's last game in charge was their 3-1 home defeat against Bristol City. However, prior to that Taylor had won three out of his last four fixtures and had lost just two matches in their last nine games, suggesting that the decision taken isn't just about results on the pitch.


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30 December 2014 : Interview With Marek Stech
Yesterday evening Yeovil Town had a special visitor as former goalkeeper Marek Stech made his first return to Huish Park since leaving the club in the summer. With his current club Sparta Prague on a winter break, he got the chance to take in the League One match against Leyton Orient, which was also an opportunity for him to chat before the game to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset. Marek's thoughts on his return to Somerset can be read via the link below.

Link: Marek Stech Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Leyton Orient.


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30 December 2014 : Notts County vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
On the fourth weekend in November, Yeovil Town travelled to Notts County where they played a League One match at Meadow Lane. The match saw the Glovers come from behind to win the match by a 2-1 scoreline, with two late Jordan Clarke goals securing the points.

Man of the Match voting saw Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey and club captain Joe Edwards pick up a small number of votes, but two other players were head and shoulders above the rest. Sam Foley's improved form during the month was on show once again, but Coventry City full-back Jordan Clarke unsurprisingly picked up the most votes, having effectively won the Glovers the game with his first two goals for the club.

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

1. Jordan Clarke 160 (10)
2. Sam Foley 122 (8)
3. Joe Edwards 28 (1)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 20 (1)
5. Joel Grant 16 (1)
6. Kevin Dawson 14 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 12 (0)
8. James Berrett 12 (0)
9. James Hayter 10 (1)
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 8 (0)
11. Jed Steer 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.3
Performance : 6.96
Entertainment : 7.65
VOTES RECEIVED : 23


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30 December 2014 : Gary Talks About Leyton Orient Home Team Selection
Just before Monday night's home match against Leyton Orient kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on his team selection and the Boxing Day defeat can be read via the link below.

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


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30 December 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
If you watched last night's 0-3 defeat against Leyton Orient 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 Leyton Orient.


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29 December 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Home Game
Following tonight's 0-3 home defeat against Leyton Orient at Huish Park, 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 read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Home Game.


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29 December 2014 : Yeovil 0 Orient 3 : Defeat Leaves Glovers Five Short Of Safety Line
Yeovil Town ended 2014 cut five points adrift of safety at the foot of League One tonight, as they lost 0-3 at home to relegation rivals Leyton Orient. The East Londoners were slow in getting into the game during a first half in which the Glovers spurned plenty of chances, but once the visitors took the lead, they became the stronger team, with Chris Dagnall's 34th minute header from a Bradley Pritchard cross giving them a half time advantage. In the second period, Kevin Lisbie provided the killer goal after he poached a Dean Cox shot that was only parried by Jed Steer and the match was wrapped up by Cox five minutes from time to put the game out of sight and for the Huish Park crowd to respond on the final whistle with a chorus of boos, leaving a very difficult 2015 ahead for the Glovers.

The Glovers went into the match making two tactical changes compared to the line-up that took to the field against Bristol City on Boxing Day. Seth Nana Twumasi had replaced Brendan Moloney at half time in that game, and he continued with that right-back role for this game. Meanwhile AJ Leitch-Smith came in as a wide-left player, with James Berrett dropping out of the team, as Yeovil lined up in what was more or less an ordinary 4-4-2. Calvin Brooks landed a place on the bench after his loan spell with Weymouth ended after their Boxing Day fixture.

They started the first half as the better team, with the first half hour of the match being pretty much devoid of Orient chances. Simon Gillett had a shot saved, and then Stephen Arthurworrey had the ball in the back of the net, with an offside flag having gone up just before he stuck home. James Hayter shot wide, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith had a double effort first blocked by a defender and then saved by visiting keeper Gary Woods for a corner. Woods saved again from a Sam Foley corner as the Glovers clocked up the chances but once again couldn't convert any of them.

Orient took 30 minutes before they had a shot of any kind, with Bradley Pritchard's scuffed effort easily saved by Jed Steer. But with their second attack they took the lead - the Glovers players had argued over a linesman's decision and seemed to be out of position when Pritchard's deep cross went into the box upon the restart. That allowed Chris Dagnall the chance to run in at the far post and convert a close range header, to give his side the lead.

The goal seemed to rattle the Yeovil players, and that was the last of their first half chances - their previously positive play now becoming tentative and wayward, with the crowd also becoming tetchy as they too got frustrated. Half time saw the Glovers team sent out ultra-early to wait on the frosty pitch, whilst they waited for Orient to come out of the warm dressing room. Stephen Arthurworrey struck wide early on but this was a far more impressive Orient side that controlled the second period. Ben Nugent had to clear off his own goal line from a Chris Dagnall effort, whilst shots from Dean Cox and Bradley Pritchard saw Jed Steer rescue his defence with a strong second save.

The second goal came when Yeovil's midfield and defence parted like the red sea to allow Orient danger man Dean Cox room to run on goal and shoot without a challenge going in. On a skiddy hard surface, the bouncing shot was only parried by Jed Steer and Kevin Lisbie was on hand to double Orient's lead. 0-2 down and the atmosphere in the home sections of the crowd turned that little bit colder towards their own players and management - even on a freezing December night.

A raft of substitutions was made in hope rather than in substance, with the game now looking beyond the Glovers. Nathan Ralph came on for AJ Leitch-Smith as a left-winger but never really saw the ball, whilst Ryan Inniss got a second chance to see what he could do as a striker, replacing James Hayter, as James Berrett came on for Sam Foley in midfield. But bar one chance that saw the Sponsors' player of the day Nathan Smith fire a low ball across to the far post that just evaded Inniss, this was a second period devoid of attacking inspiration.

What doesn't help is when you then gift the opposition a third goal. A wayward pass by Joe Edwards in midfield allowed Dean Cox a chance to intercept and with the Orient wide man put clean through, he scored the final goal of the night with comfortable ease to send the home fans streaming for the exits. It may well be the bonanza of Manchester United turning up in the FA Cup on Sunday in front of the BT Sport cameras, but this match was more critical, and if the club are to address a five point margin quickly, they'll need to use some of that money on new recruits early next month. Tonight's result makes that need rather more urgent.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 3.

Scorers: Chris Dagnall (0-1, 34 mins), Kevin Lisbie (0-2, 64 mins), Dean Cox (0-3, 85 mins)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
9. James Hayter 27. Tom Eaves

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett (78 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (58 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 21. Calvin Brooks 24. Ryan Inniss (78 mins for James Hayter) 28. Alex Smith

Leyton Orient:
33. Gary Woods
2. Elliot Omozusi 12. Shane Lowry 5. Scott Cuthbert 3. Gary Sawyer
18. Bradley Pritchard 17. Josh Wright 4. Romain Vincelot 7. Dean Cox
9. Kevin Lisbie 23. Chris Dagnall

Substitutes:
6. Mathieu Baudry 10. Dave Mooney 16. Harry Lee (87 mins for Josh Wright) 21. Charlie Grainger 28. Montel Agyemang (90 mins for Romain Vincelot) 29. Victor Adeboyejo 32. Andrea Dossena

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Leyton Orient Bookings: Romain Vincelot (69 mins, foul).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistant Referees: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 4,132 (with 217 Leyton Orient supporters).


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29 December 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's home League One match against Leyton Orient. Both appear to be tactical, with both James Berrett and Brendan Moloney dropping to the bench. They are replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi and AJ Leitch-Smith in the line-up which appears to point to the restoration of the 4-4-2 formation, although there may be some variations in terms of the wide and forward positions.

Jordan Clarke (hamstring), Joel Grant (knee), Kevin Dawson, Liam Davis (foot), Kieffer Moore (ankle), Chris Weale (ankle) and Sam Hoskins all remain on the treatment table. Striker Adam Morgan is back at the club after his loan at St Johnstone was cut short but he is not eligible to play under Football League loan rules.

Calvin Brooks returns to the first team squad - his loan spell with Weymouth ended after Boxing Day. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
9. James Hayter 27. Tom Eaves

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett 16. Nathan Ralph 21. Calvin Brooks 24. Ryan Inniss 28. Alex Smith


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29 December 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood : Man Of The Match Result
In mid-November, Yeovil Town played host to Fleetwood Town in a League One fixture. The game was a definite smash'n'grab, with the Lancashire visitors gaining an 87th minute winner despite the Glovers dominating much of the match - they ended up with a frustrating 0-1 home defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw three long-serving players given the plaudits on the day for their performances. Captain Joe Edwards and the right-sided Kevin Dawson polled well, but they were comfortably out-voted by Sam Foley, who was winning his second poll in a row by a large margin.

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

1. Sam Foley 296 (25)
2. Kevin Dawson 174 (7)
3. Joe Edwards 98 (6)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 62 (3)
5. Liam Davis 58 (2)
6. Jordan Clarke 52 (1)
7. James Berrett 42 (2)
8. AJ Leitch-Smith 24 (1)
9. Ben Nugent 22 (0)
10. Jed Steer 18 (1)
11. Jordy Hiwula 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.83
Performance : 6.96
Entertainment : 6.71
VOTES RECEIVED : 48


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29 December 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town : FA Cup Man Of The Match Result
Back in November, Yeovil Town played their FA Cup First Round match against Crawley Town at Huish Park. The end result was a single goal victory with Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula netting what was to be the only goal of his loan spell with the club - but was enough to make him the match winner in that game, which finished with a 1-0 scoreline.

Man of the Match voting in that fixture saw midfielders James Berrett and Kevin Dawson pick up plenty of praise for their performances, but Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey finished ahead of them in the runners-up slot. The winner of the poll on the day by a considerable margin was Sam Foley, who was starting his run of games in a more central position than he has tended to play for the Glovers.

The full results of the poll are as follows:

1. Sam Foley 294 (24)
2. Stephen Arthurworrey 102 (4)
3. James Berrett 72 (4)
4. Kevin Dawson 72 (0)
5. Jordan Clarke 56 (3)
6. Jordy Hiwula 48 (2)
7. Joe Edwards 42 (3)
8. Jed Steer 22 (0)
9. Ben Nugent 10 (0)
10. Joel Grant 6 (0)
11. Liam Davis 2 (0)
11. Simon Gillett 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.2
Performance : 7.61
Entertainment : 6.78
VOTES RECEIVED : 41


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29 December 2014 : Matchday Ticket Prices Held Back Until Later
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to see tonight's League One home match against Leyton Orient, who have yet to purchase a match ticket, can still do so at the pre-match price for the next few hours. Supporters who purchase their tickets before 5.00p.m. will get their tickets at the pre-match rate, with the matchday tariff in place after that point. This also applies to fans purchasing via the on-line ticketing page.

For non-Junior tickets, this represents a difference in price of 2.00 for bookings made in person or via phone, or of 5.00 per ticket (with a single 2.50 transaction fee) for those bought over the internet. Tickets will still be available after 5.00p.m. from the Huish Park Ticket Office, but at the higher tariff.

Tonight's match at Huish Park kicks off at 7.45p.m. and with 24th vs 22nd in the League One Table meeting each other, represents a real relegation six-pointer.

For those who may be concerned about the current frost in South Somerset, part of the Huish Park pitch was covered overnight, and daytime temperatures are expected to climb up to around 5 degrees, before dropping again during the evening. There are no current concerns about the game, although wrap up warm!


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28 December 2014 : Relegation Rivals Draws Give Glovers Carrot For Tomorrow's Game
Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient will go into tomorrow night's League One match at Huish Park knowing that whichever side wins the match will finish the year 2014 outside the League One relegation zone. The two clubs meet in a classic relegation six-point - kick-off 7.45p.m. - in what will be only one of two fixtures taking place that evening, with Barnsley's home match against Oldham Athletic also taking place at the same time.

Nine League One matches were played today, with Sheffield United's home match against Scunthorpe United falling foul of some winter weather up in Yorkshire that made the Bramall Lane pathways unsafe in the eyes of the referee. Of the games that did take place, Crawley Town's 0-0 draw with Colchester United was pretty much the perfect scoreline for Glovers fans, whilst Crewe Alexandra's 1-1 draw against Preston North End was not too damaging, particularly as the home side briefly held a one goal advantage deep into the second half.

If the Glovers were to win tomorrow night's match, then they would climb out of the bottom four on goal difference. However, an Orient win would allow them to leapfrog a few clubs - a situation that would then leave Yeovil five points adrift of safety going into the New Year - emphasising both the positive and negative outcomes of Monday night's match. Tickets for the game are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office - either in person, leading right up until kick-off, or over the phone on 01935-847888.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.


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28 December 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Leyton Orient have been published by the Football League. The match will be played on Monday 29th December 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

Our most recent meeting involving him was the October 2013 home match against Leicester City in the Championship. He awarded two penalties during the match - one for each side - and the video footage backed up his decision-making - a trip by Danny Seaborne went against us, whilst James Hayter was brought down inside the box at the other end. Otherwise there was just one booking for timewasting as the Foxes held onto their 2-1 lead. Our recollection was that he did okey, although the Western Gazette were more critical saying he was "certainly not the worst performance from a referee this season, but far from faultless. His decision making was erratic and Richie De Laet deserved a second yellow card" - De Laet's booking came late on during that match and we can't recall what his other offence was on the night.

Earlier that season we had Mr Malone for a pre-season friendly match against Exeter City during which he sent off Grecians midfielder Tommy Doherty. His boss Paul Tisdale had a bit of a post-match grumble about that decision, but the view from those at the game was that it would have been hard for Mr Malone to do otherwise, with the former Glovers loanee having struck Byron Webster in the face in an off-the-ball incident.

He was also present - briefly - for the 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra that represented our final home match of the 2012-13 season proper, before we moved into the play-off matches. We actually only saw him as the match referee for around 30 minutes - he pulled up with a hamstring injury, and had to be replaced by fourth official Adam Bromley. In that brief period we saw him he seemed to be doing okay, but in truth had little in the way of contentious decisions to deal with.

Mr Malone was in charge for the Boxing Day 2011 match against Charlton Athletic - a game we lost 2-3 at Huish Park. On the whole he had a decent game, and in fact called one bit of 'controversy' well - visiting keeper Ben Hamer claimed he'd been fouled for Jonathan Obika's 8th minute opener, but the TV footage later proved that the former Holyrood Community School pupil had in fact slipped in the box under his own steam, with the referee correctly ignoring Charlton's protests. The Western Gazette were less impressed with his handling of the game, saying that he "baffled fans with decisions at throw-ins and corners, while six bookings reflects unfairly on the game" - two of those bookings led to suspensions for Glovers players, so that may have been part of the frustration at his decisions.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Malone will be assisted by John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

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

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

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

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra.

Link: October 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Leicester City 2.


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27 December 2014 : Crawley Boss Steps Down Due To Ill-Health
League One side Crawley Town have announced that their manager John Gregory is to step down from his position, for health-related reasons. The 60 year old is due to have open heart surgery at the beginning of January and will obviously be recuperating for a significant period of time following that operation. The club have indicated that Gregory's current issues are not believed to be stress-related.

As a consequence they have appointed former Wrexham, Doncaster Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Dean Saunders as their interim manager. He has been out of work since being fired by Wolves at the end of the 2012-13 season, when they tumbled into League One, with the former Welsh international having been in charge for their final 20 games. That came just 12 months after he was also the man at the helm when Doncaster lost their 2011-12 Championship status, although he had put them back into a joint-top position in League One by the time he left for Molineux.

Saunders will go into the job needing to deal with another relegation battle. his new club dropped into the relegation zone on Boxing Day, and are currently eight games without a win in the league, with a run of ten matches without a victory on their travels. They lost 4-1 against relegation rivals Leyton Orient on Boxing Day.


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27 December 2014 : Ben Nugent Talks About The Bristol City Defeat
Following yesterday's 2-1 defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, Yeovil Town centre-back Ben Nugent talked to the BBC. The on-loan Cardiff City player scored his first goal for the club, and he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset - that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Ben Nugent Speaks To The BBC After The 1-2 Defeat Against Bristol City.


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26 December 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Bristol City Away Game
Following this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, 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 views on that match are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bristol City Away Game.


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26 December 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Bristol City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, 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 Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.


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26 December 2014 : Johnson Unhappy With Referee's Double Penalty Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will be delivering his views on referee Kevin Johnson's performance today, after his side conceded two penalties at Ashton Gate - one of which proved to be crucial in a 2-1 defeat. The 37 year old - who used to work for the Bristol Evening Post newspaper who report on City - is in his first season as a Football League referee, and thus was a surprising choice for the local derby given his level of experience in the game.

He awarded City a penalty in each half of the game - the first for Brendan Moloney's challenge on Kieran Agard, that Glovers goalkeeper Jed Steer saved, whilst the second was given when City's Greg Cunningham went down in the box, with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas converting a second crucial goal in the match to give the Robins a cushion. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he acknowledged that City were on top of the League One table for a reason, but that didn't stop him being annoyed at what he had seen after the game on the match video:

"We'll have a couple of complaints. Of course they're top of the league and they're a good side and that's why they are top of the league. Obviously we have to put our little report in (on the officials). We've had a little look at the two penalties neither of them were - I'd be shocked if anyone thinks they were penalties. Anyway that will be in the report, and we'll have to see what the Fourth Official ends up saying. You can't have any complaints about the result - the result is the result and it doesn't change it."

At half time, Bristol City were good value for their 1-0 half time lead, thanks to a 31st minute Matt Smith header, but Yeovil came back into the game to a greater extent, only to find the Emmanuel-Thomas penalty killing off a lot of that endeavour. Defender Ben Nugent's late long range strike gave Yeovil some hope but they could not find a late equaliser. Johnson pointed out that the weather conditions had been a strong factor in the balance of the two halves, and was much happier with what his team served up after the break:

"I was pleased with what we did in the second half. We knew the first half would be difficult with the torrential rain and the wind at their backs. They put a lot of balls into the box and they've obviously got some big lads - Matt Smith came up with a good header and we found ourselves at 1-0 down. But in the second half I thought we used the wind very well, and I thought we played some good football and I was proud of our second half performance."


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26 December 2014 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Slip Bottom As They Pay The Penalty
Yeovil Town slipped to the bottom of the League One table tonight, as table-toppers Bristol City inflicted a 2-1 defeat at Ashton Gate upon them. In a rather one-sided first half, the Glovers played against the wind and went in behind at the break after Matt Smith's header on the half hour mark was powered in from close range. City had already been given a first half penalty after Brendan Moloney was judged to have brought down Kieran Agard, but the former Yeovil striker's penalty was saved. Referee Kevin Johnson then awarded them a second half spot kick after Greg Cunningham went down in the box, and this time substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored past Steer. An improved second half performance from the visiting side gained them a goal in the final couple of minutes, as Cardiff City centre-back Ben Nugent scored a spendid 35 yard strike, giving an exciting climax to the game but on the whole the home side deserved their three points, leaving Yeovil still two points off the escape line and with a huge home match against Leyton Orient to come on Monday night.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up for the fixture with both wide positions being replaced. Seth Nana Twumasi dropped to the bench, whilst Sam Hoskins dropped entirely out of the squad as the latest of a long line of Yeovil Town players sat on the treatment table. In came James Berrett and James Hayter as the wide and front positions rotated somewhat with Tom Eaves moving back into a left flank position as James Hayter took the front line role, whilst Sam Foley moved out onto the right. Joe Edwards played a holding role, attempting to thwart the roaming Luke Freeman - one of four ex-Yeovil Town players in the home side's starting line-up, with Gary Johnson, Brendan Moloney, Simon Gillett and Joe Edwards all making their returns to Ashton Gate.

The first half was pretty much one way traffic, with Bristol City in a clear ascendancy and Yeovil being restricted to half chances as crosses put into the box either only just connected with incoming players, or ended up being cleared before they could meet the man in the box. The clearcut chances came City's way - Kieran Agard's early shot was saved by Jed Steer, before Luke Freeman shot wide. Then Joe Bryan had a pop on goal before Matt Smith missed two excellent chances - the first saw him round Steer before sticking it into the side netting.

Then Bristol City got the first of their two penalties. Kieran Agard was moving away from goal when Brendan Moloney challenged him - a dangerous ploy for the right-back to make at his old club, and Agard fell to the floor, with referee Kevin Johnson immediately blowing for a spot kick. Agard stepped up to take his own penalty, but Jed Steer saved it to keep the game goalless, and for the Yeovil players to feel vindicated at what they saw as a soft decision.

Bristol City striker Matt Smith - on loan from Fulham - set the home fans howling with disgust when he missed his second good chance of the match - skying a ball into the box from Luke Ayling, but barely a few minutes later the home fans were all smiles as a Joe Bryan cross was met by a strong header from Smith to put his side 1-0 up and a lead that one the balance of play they undoubtedly deserved.

The danger at that point was that the home side could have entirely taken control of the match, but instead of that, their threat on goal seemed to evaporate somewhat between Smith's header and the half time whistle. Anyone in the green'n'white section of the Atyeo Stand wouldn't have minded that - a mere 1-0 deficit to take in at the break could be considered as a victory of sorts on the balance of play.

The second period opened with Yeovil attacking that end, and with the wind and rain at their backs, and the difference showed somewhat, albeit with Yeovil's lack of serious attacking prowess still the problem that it has been in recent months. James Hayter's cross into the box was met first time by Sam Foley, but the ball went well over the bar with his shot a little too ambitious to keep down. The Glovers had their own penalty appeal turned down when a cross into the box was blocked by Bristol City defender Mark Little via his outstretched arm, but referee Kevin Johnson either didn't see it or decided that it was ball to hand.

At the other end though, the match referee was more than happy to hand out late Christmas gifts. After initially allowing Simon Gillett to take a free kick, referee Kevin Johnson changed his mind, awarding it to Bristol City and catching the Glovers off-guard with the decision. As play moved into the Yeovil penalty area, Greg Cunningham went down in the box and the match official blew for a second penalty kick. Yeovil's defenders reacted with fury at Cunningham and at the referee - collecting two yellow cards for dissent in the process, thus delaying the taking of the kick. That didn't bother substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who fired the ball home for a 2-0 advantage that was going to be very hard to level from.

To their credit they didn't give up. James Hayter half connected with a cross that if he'd been six inches closer would have turned into a proper chance. Then City defender Aden Flint almost turned a Sam Foley cross into his own net, forcing Frank Fielding to push the ball out for a corner. Then came an glimmer of hope from an unlikely source. Given the end-to-end wind the odd pot shot was always worth a go, but few would have bet on Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent being the man who hammered in an 88th minute 35 yard drive to make matters interesting during the final few minutes of the match.

Suddenly the home crowd were anxious with only a 2-1 advantage, with what had once seemed very comfortable suddenly now rather edgy. But the Glovers couldn't fashion a spot of smash'n'grab - the nearest they came was when substitute Alex Smith set up Tom Eaves, but the angle in a crowded goalmouth defeated him, and not even five minutes of injury time was enough to pull off the unlikely. To make matters worse, Johnson Jnr's Oldham side fell to their third consecutive defeat, allowing basement club Crewe Alexandra to leapfrog over the Glovers. The margin between themselves in 24th and the safety position is still only two points, but it makes Monday night's home match against 20th placed Leyton Orient a huge one - anyone who talks about a certain FA Cup Third Round tie in January ahead of this one needs to get their priorities straight.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Matt Smith (31 mins, 1-0), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (64 mins, 2-0, pen), Ben Nugent (88 mins, 2-1)

Bristol City:
1. Frank Fielding 4. Aden Flint 12. Todd Kane 17. Greg Cunningham 2. Mark Little 22. Luke Ayling 15. Luke Freeman 7. Korey Smith 23. Joe Bryan 9. Matt Smith 19. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
5. Karleigh Osborne 10. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (58 mins for Kieran Agard) 11. Scott Wagstaff (83 mins for Todd Kane) 13. Dave Richards 16. Jordan Wynter 21. Marlon Pack (74 mins for Matt Smith)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
2. Brendan Moloney 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
4. Joe Edwards
11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 23. Simon Gillett 27. Tom Eaves
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (46 mins for Brendan Moloney) 16. Nathan Ralph 24. Ryan Inniss 28. Alex Smith (79 mins for James Berrett)

Bristol City Bookings: Todd Kane (foul, 56 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: James Berrett (foul, 62 mins), Nathan Smith (dissent, 64 mins), Stephen Arthurworrey (dissent, 64 mins), Ben Nugent (foul, 81 mins)

Bristol City Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 5.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 10; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistant Referees: Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Grant Taylor (Warwickshire). Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

Attendance: 13,731 (with 1,121 Yeovil supporters).


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26 December 2014 : Team News For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Both changes come out on the flanks with right-sided Seth Nana Twumasi dropping to the bench and left-sided Sam Hoskins dropping out of the squad.

They are replaced by midfielder James Berrett and striker James Hayter who were substitutes last Saturday but are now starting. The personnel selected points to a potentially flexible formation, but with a calculated assumption that the more recent 4-5-1/4-4-1-1 formation is being maintained. That would then give the following line-up (with the midfield and striking positions possibly needing some tweaking):

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
2. Brendan Moloney 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
8. James Berrett 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 27. Tom Eaves
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 24. Ryan Inniss 28. Alex Smith


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26 December 2014 : Johnson Happy To Return To Old Hunting Ground
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he doesn't have any negative thoughts about returning to his former club, as he heads back to Ashton Gate this afternoon. The Glovers boss will appear in the away dugouts this afternoon for the League One fixture against Bristol City - the first time that he will have managed a club at that ground since he left his post as City manager in March 2010.

That brought to an end a phase in his career that had seen him spend almost five years in BS3, with promotion from League One and a Championship play-off final amongst the highlights. With his old club having gone through a number of personnel changes on and off the field in the four years that have passed, Johnson may not find everyone there is a familiar face, but he told BBC Somerset that those he worked with at that time were good people:

"I enjoyed working with Steve Lansdown and the Board of Directors, and (then Chief Executive) Colin Sexstone. There was a good group of people there. So I've only got fond memories. The supporters were magnificent. We picked it up - they were in the doldrums really when I first went there, and we went from the bottom of League One to the Championship, and it was a nice five years - I enjoyed it."

With the Football League tending to hand-pick Boxing Day fixtures, and Bristol City being the Glovers most local club, seeing the two teams paired up on Boxing Day was no surprise to Johnson. He said that it was one of the first matches he looked out for when the 2014-15 match schedule was published during the summer:

"It was just one that you thought would be your biggest game, on Boxing Day, and for a Boxing Day fixture. I presume it's sold out, so I think there will be plenty of Yeovil fans going down there as well. There's still one side not being used at the moment (due to ground redevelopment). But it was one that I was looking forward to straight away. You always enjoy going back to the clubs that you have fond memories of."

Today's match is a complete SELL OUT - do not travel unless you have a match ticket for this fixture.


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25 December 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Half Term Report
We've (almost) reached the half-way point of the 2014-15 season, and by next Monday evening will have played every side in League One at least once. That seems a good point to take an inward breath and assess how things stand in terms of the playing squad and what we've seen so far. There are some odd patterns in where we've done well and where we've not done so well, and the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers all that as a half-term report. Read it via the link below and feel free to add your own views via the comment feature at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Half Term Report.


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25 December 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol City
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make a short trip up the road where they will take on League One leaders Bristol City at Ashton Gate. The Ciderspace guide to Bristol, the ground and its surrounding areas has been updated to include ticketing, directions, parking, pubs and club statistics as well as other relevant information. Find the guide via the link below - remember this game is a SELL OUT and so you should not travel unless you've got a ticket for the game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol City.

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

Link: Officials For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.


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25 December 2014 : Gary Previews The Bristol City Away Game
As part of the build-up to the Boxing Day trip to Bristol City at Ashton Gate, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Damian Derrick, Gary talks about his opponents and also the confidence levels within his own side that would be increased if they were to able to get a result against the League One table toppers. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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24 December 2014 : Gary Talks About Colchester Home Team Selection
Just before last Saturday's home League One match against Colchester United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary goes into detail on his thoughts on strike trio Sam Hoskins, Kieffer Moore and Bolton Wanderers loanee Tom Eaves as he explained some of the reshuffling he was making on the day of the game. That interview is archived via the link below.

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


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24 December 2014 : Eaves Interest Shown By Hearts
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Tom Eaves is being linked with a move north of the border, when the January transfer window opens next week. According to the Daily Express, the 22 year old Bolton Wanderers player is the subject of interest from Scottish Championship side Hearts, who want to take him to the Tynecastle Stadium on loan.

Hearts are currently 12 points clear at the top of Scotland's second tier, having dropped points in only two matches this season, whilst remaining unbeaten in the league and so are on track to quickly restore the top flight place they lost at the end of last season. So far Eaves has played in four Yeovil Town matches, but has yet to find the back of the net. His current loan spell finishes on January 5th 2015 - one day after the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United.

The Express don't offer up any sources or quotes to back-up their report - loan rules prevent Eaves from switching clubs until the New Year, and so his position at Huish Park is secure for the next two matches at least.


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24 December 2014 : Morgan Loan Spell Cut Short By St Johnstone
Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone have cut short their loan agreement with Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan. The former Liverpool player had been at McDiarmid Park for a half-season spell but they have decided to release him a couple of weeks before that deal was due to end. Unofficial website St Johnstone 1884 has indicated that Morgan's return south happened last week, quoting boss Tommy Wright as saying:

"We sent Adam Morgan back last week. It just hasn't worked out and that's it. I wish him well."

To say Morgan's loan spell up there hasn't worked would be something of an understatement. He has not set foot on the pitch for them for three months, with his last game coming on September 27th. In total he managed just 173 minutes on the pitch for them, across one start and four substitute appearances, with his time on the pitch rapidly being cut short after he was initially chucked in the deep end. A red card whilst playing for their Under-21 side appears to have not helped matters.

That mirrors his experience at Huish Park, where he has not played for the club since March 29th 2014, and despite having 18 months left on his Huish Park contract it's unlikely that he will play for the Glovers again. Loan rules prevent him from being considered for selection until the turn of the year.


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23 December 2014 : Christmas And New Year Opening Hours At Huish Park
With sales for the FA Cup match against Manchester United and the League One match against Bristol City now closed off as sell-out games, it's now possible to confirm the remainder of the Huish Park opening hours over the festive period. The Huish Park Ticket Office and Club Shop will be operating the following hours from tomorrow onwards:

Wed 24th Dec : 9.00a.m. - Midday
Thu 25th Dec : CLOSED
Fri 26th Dec : CLOSED (Bristol City - away)
Sat 27th Dec : CLOSED
Sun 28th Dec : CLOSED
Mon 29th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 7.45p.m. (Leyton Orient - home)
Tue 30th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Wed 31st Dec : 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Thu 1st Jan : CLOSED
Fri 2nd Jan : 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.

It is worth noting that supporters wishing to purchase tickets for the Leyton Orient home fixture at the pre-match rate will need to do so by tomorrow at midday if they plan to do it via telephone or in person. It may be that internet sales stay 'live' throughout the Christmas period, so consider that as an option if you don't manage to book your ticket on Christmas Eve.


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23 December 2014 : Dave Linney Talks About The Manchester United Sell-Out
Yesterday afternoon, the last remaining ticket for the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United was sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office, bringing to an end a day of queuing for tickets. A few hours after that, Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset about the club's reaction to that incredible throughput of ticket sales. With questions from presenter Matt Faulkner, Dave's views on the day can be read via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About The Manchester United Ticket Sell-Out.


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23 December 2014 : Bristol City vs Yeovil Town Is SOLD OUT
Tickets for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Bristol City at Ashton Gate have completely sold out. Glovers fans had been given around 1,000 tickets in the Atyeo Stand, with the reduced allocation being due to ground development work being carried out at Ashton Gate. The last of those tickets disappeared during the past day or two whilst fans were buying up their FA Cup Third Round tickets for the Manchester United match (which is also sold out).

The match against Bristol City will take place on Friday 26th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The home ends of the ground are also sold out for this fixture, and so if you've not got a ticket for this fixture, do not travel to the game.


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23 December 2014 : Ticketing For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League One match against Barnsley are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Oakwell on Saturday 10th January 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: 23.00; Aged 65 and Over: 16.00; Aged 17-21: 16.00; Aged 12-16: 10.00; Under-12s: 5.00

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled pay the relevant age band as above, with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Tickets on the day are cash only but note that the 12-16 and under 12 concessions are not available on the day of the game.

Last season we were moved to the West Stand Upper tier, but as far as we can tell, Barnsley now have away fans back in the North Stand. This is a covered seated area behind the goal with plenty of capacity - usually up to 2,000 is available to away fans, but with smaller batches of tickets sent down to the ticket offices.


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23 December 2014 : Officials For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Bristol City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 26th December 2014 (Boxing Day) at Ashton Gate with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He is a regular at Huish Park, but in terms of competitive fixtures has only been used once for a competitive fixture as a man in the middle. Other occasions involved him turning up for a pre-season friendly, whilst he has also been used in the past as an assistant referee and fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been the man in the middle at Conference level.

He is 37 years old and lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During the 2014-15 pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. He also took charge of our September 2014 Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth which ended in a 1-3 home defeat. Despite the two results, we can't find too much outrage about his performance, apart from a possible penalty shout when a Sam Hoskins cross appeared to be handled inside the box by a Pompey player.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Grant Taylor (Warwickshire). The Fourth Official will be Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.


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23 December 2014 : Johnson Explains Moore Absence
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he expects striker Kieffer Moore to be absent for around ten days, after the former Dorchester Town player missed Saturday's 0-1 defeat against Colchester United. The 22 year old had come on as a substitute during the away match at Oldham Athletic and home replay against Accrington Stanley and had scored goals that suggested he was over a difficult time that had seen him sidelined on a number of occasions with a repetitive hamstring problem that has seen him restricted to 15 appearances and just five league starts this season.

Moore didn't make the squad for Saturday's game and Johnson has told BBC Somerset that a training ground injury involving Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss had caused the problem, and that he will definitely be ruled out of the Boxing Day trip to Bristol City. However, Johnson doesn't think that it is too serious an injury:

"Everybody has probably said oh no, not again. He scored a good goal actually (in training) and Ryan Inniss went to tackle him, was a bit later than he should have been and just caught him. As his foot hit the ground he just turned his ankle. But it wasn't a terrible one - it's not a six week job or anything like that. We think it's around ten days - that sort of thing. Hopefully we can get him back a game or so before the Man United game."

The Glovers currently have a number of players on the treatment table at present, with Jordan Clarke (hamstring), Joel Grant (knee), Kevin Dawson, Liam Davis and Nathan Ralph having all missed recent matches, leaving the club a player short on the substitutes bench during the last two games.


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22 December 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Is SOLD OUT
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United is now a complete SELL OUT. The last tickets at the Huish Park Ticket Office were sold just before 3.00p.m. today, guaranteeing a capacity crowd of around 9,500 when the BT Sport cameras arrive in town on Sunday 4th January 2015.

There will be no further tickets on sale for this match. If you've not got your hands on a ticket then unfortunately you'll have to settle for an afternoon in front of the TV for the 3.30p.m. kick-off.


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22 December 2014 : Manchester United Tie On Edge Of A Sell Out
Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United look as though they will sell out within one working day, following an unprecedented throughput of ticket sales. As of 1.15p.m. today, all seated areas of the ground had sold out, leaving just home terracing left on sale. Supporters holding ticket tokens for the home matches against Accrington Stanley and Colchester United have queued for typically four or five hours for their tickets, with some of those who queued overnight having to wait 17 hours to pick up theirs as they stood at the front of the queue for the whole night.

If you're not already at the ground, it's highly likely that you will be disappointed. Stewards have been counting down the line over the last hour to work out whether they can fulfill orders for those stood in the queue and so are preparing to draw a line against those queuing for what's left on the Thatchers Gold home terrace.


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22 December 2014 : Dave Linney Talks About Manchester United Ticket Sales
This morning the Yeovil Town Ticket Office opened up to sell FA Cup Third Round tickets for the home match against Manchester United. This was the first chance for non-season ticket holders to get their hands on a ticket, provided they held ticket tokens from the home matches against Accrington Stanley and Colchester United. Just before the Ticket Office opened, Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton and his thoughts on the queues and ticket sales can be read via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About Manchester United Ticket Sales.


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22 December 2014 : Queues For FA Cup Tickets Stretching Around Huish Park
Overnight at Huish Park, Yeovil Town supporters have gradually began to appear as the queue for tickets for the club's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United has grown. Tickets go on sale at 9.30a.m. this morning to those who hold ticket tokens from the home matches against Accrington Stanley and Colchester United, with in the region of 4,000 tickets reported as being available for those waiting for the office to open.

Below is the situation around 7.00a.m. this morning - a queue of around 400-500 people that runs from the ticket office, around the away end, and along the Screwfix Stand to the home terrace. During that hour a significant number were arriving, with a much smaller number taking the decision to queue overnight. Expect things to be very busy today - for full arrangements on the tie, follow the links below.

The scene at Huish Park at around 7.00a.m. today with queues circling around the ground via the Screwfix Stand to the home terrace
The scene at Huish Park at around 7.00a.m. today with queues circling around the ground via the Screwfix Stand to the home terrace.
Photo by Alex Coates.


Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office Christmas Opening Hours.

Link: FAQ For FA Cup Sales To Double Token Holders.


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21 December 2014 : Early Queues Start For Manchester United Tickets
It may well be early Sunday evening and a whole 15 hours before the Huish Park Ticket Office opens for trading tomorrow morning, but for some Yeovil Town fans, it's not a quiet night in. Around 6.30p.m. tonight, a small group of supporters began to queue next to the Ticket Office barriers to ensure they are at the front of the queue when they open up at 9.30a.m. on Monday 22nd December to sell FA Cup Third Round tickets for the home match against Manchester United on January 4th.

All applicants queuing must hold a pair of ticket Tokens from the recent Accrington Stanley and Colchester United home matches, matching the type of ticket (adult, senior, junior) that they wish to purchase for the Manchester United game. For further information on Ticket Prices, advice on ticket tokens and opening hours, follow the links below.

Half a dozen supporters brace the night air in preparation for tomorrow morning's ticket scramble
Half a dozen supporters brace the night air in preparation for tomorrow morning's ticket scramble


Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office Christmas Opening Hours.

Link: FAQ For FA Cup Sales To Double Token Holders.


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21 December 2014 : FAQ For FA Cup Sales To Double Token Holders
Priority sales for Season Ticket Holders and Half-Season Ticket Holders for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United have now ended. In addition the club have suspended Half-Season Ticket applications today to enable them to concentrate upon those supporters holding two Tokens from the Accrington Stanley and Colchester United home games, where sales will begin tomorrow (Monday) morning.

The Ticket Office is expected to open at 9.30a.m. tomorrow morning - a slight adjustment on normal Ticket Office opening hours to give staff an extra 30 minutes to organise and prepare for what is likely to be a very busy day. Note that they will be allowing sales to be made in person only - you will not be able to purchase tickets over the phone. If you phone the Ticket Office there is a high probability that they will be too busy at the counters to answer the phone on Monday.

You can expect plenty of queuing tomorrow, particularly once the office opens. For those planning to arrive earlier than the opening times, there will be a Burger Van on site, that will be offering burgers, hot dogs, bacon rolls and hot drinks - obviously bring your own supplies of food and drink.

There will also be barriers erected by the Ticket Office and some stewarding to help organise some of the queues. Please remain polite and respectful to all club staff, and to your fellow supporters, and just brace yourself for a bit of a wait on the day. If you can bring the exact cash for your ticket, then you'll be speeding up your own order and those of supporters behind you in the queue, as credit/debit card transactions take a little longer to process.

There have been a number of Frequently Asked Questions raised regarding the handling of the Tokens for tomorrow's ticket sales. Below are six of the more commonly asked ones that we've seen that will hopefully help you on the day.

1. I live/work a distance from Huish Park and can't get to the ground to present my Tokens. Can I purchase over the phone?

No, all applications for supporters holding ticket stubs will need to be made in person so the Tokens cannot be reused. If you can't get to the ticket office during the opening hours, please arrange for a friend or family member to purchase your tickets.

2. I am purchasing for myself and for multiple friends/family as we all have the relevant Tokens. Is there a limit of how many tickets you'll allow me to buy?

Supporters can purchase one ticket per pair of Tokens. If you are purchasing on behalf of friends/family and hold the appropriate number of Tokens for everyone, you can buy one ticket for each pair of tokens. There is no limit on the numbers you can purchase, provided you have the correct number of Tokens.

3. I have a pair of Young Persons tokens, but there is no Young Persons ticket rate. What do I qualify for?

Supporters holding a pair of Young Persons tokens can purchase an Adult ticket.

4. I hold a pair of Junior Tokens. Can I buy an Adult ticket?

No - with the exception of Young Persons Tokens (as above) the ticket you are purchasing must match the Tokens you are holding.

5. I hold a pair of Tokens relating to one part of the ground but want to purchase tickets for another part of the ground. Can I do this?

Tokens are not tied to a particular area of the ground, so you can do this (subject to availability). This is with the exception of Tokens from tickets purchased by away supporters - these are not valid.

6. I hold a pair of Colchester Tokens (or a pair of Accrington Tokens). Does that count as two Tokens?

No - supporters applying for tickets must hold one Accrington token and one Colchester token. You'll not be able to make your purchase (subject to availability) until December 27th.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office Christmas Opening Hours.


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21 December 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Colchester Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Colchester United at Huish Park, 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 read via the link below.

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


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21 December 2014 : Final Day For Season Ticket Priority On Cup Tickets
Yeovil Town Season Ticket Holders should note that today is their final day to purchase their allocated ticket for the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United. The Ticket Office will be open today from 10.00a.m. until 2.00p.m. where you can make your final purchase decision - you can also do it via the online ticket portal.

All seats/places for Season Ticket Holders that are unsold after 2.00p.m. will be released back into the 'pool' and will then be included in the available places for supporters holding two ticket tokens, with sales to those supporters starting tomorrow morning.

It should also be noted that the club will be suspending the Half Season Ticket sales at 12.00 noon today, so this is your last chance to gain any priority using that method. Again this application can be done in person or online. For full details see the articles or links below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office Christmas Opening Hours.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticket Portal.


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20 December 2014 : Home Potency A Problem For Gary Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that his side's inability to score goals at home is seriously hampering their League One form this season. The Glovers have netted just five times in eleven League One home matches compared to the thirteen they've scored on their travels giving a curious lop-sided balance to their results so far this season. Colchester United continued that pattern today as they inflicted a 0-1 home defeat upon the Glovers, with Craig Eastmond's 72nd minute goal settling the result and seeing the two sides swap places in the League One Table.

Having one only once on home turf in the League during this campaign - the club's other victories have come in the FA Cup - Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that his side's lack of potency in front of goal was of concern to him, with the overall attacking at Huish Park not good enough for his liking:

"That's why we are where we are because certainly at home we haven't scored enough goals. It's just the quality that is not quite there as a group. We're not potent enough. We don't get enough crosses, enough shots, enough one-v-ones at home, so therefore it must be down to the individuals, and so we're going to have to have a look at that."

Many of the chances fell to Bolton Wanderers loanee Tom Eaves, who has on the whole done well during his loan spell with the club so far, but has yet to find the back of the net. Having planted two good second half opportunities at visiting keeper Sam Walker, to add to other good chances he spurned during the second half at Oldham Athletic last weekend, Johnson admitted that Eaves was a player who needed a goal to get a confidence boost:

"It looks like it's very important because it looks like he is losing confidence by the minute. He needs to get a goal, because I thought he had two or three opportunities today. One left foot, one right foot and a couple of headers. He works hard and he's always giving his all by the end of the game but I thought he was out-experienced by the two centre-halves that Colchester had and we didn't really lose them or get a free header as such. We are a young group anyway, as Colchester are - I don't know who is the youngest but there's a lot of learning to be had and we need to do it quick."


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20 December 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
If you watched this afternoon's against Colchester United 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 Colchester United.


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20 December 2014 : Yeovil 0 Colchester 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town suffered their sixth home defeat of the 2014-15 season, as their poor showings at Huish Park in League One matches continued to keep them in the relegation zone. In a relegation six-pointer, Colchester United grabbed the only goal of the match, during the second half when Craig Eastmond finished a low shot into the far corner. Yeovil huffed'n'puffed throughout the match, but showed little creativity or attacking threat on the day, thus ending the week on a low note following recent wins over Oldham Athletic and Accrington Stanley.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.

Scorers: Craig Eastmond (72 mins, 0-1).

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
2. Brendan Moloney 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins
23. Simon Gillett
27. Tom Eaves

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (68 mins for Brendan Moloney) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (68 mins for Sam Hoskins) 24. Ryan Inniss (85 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi) 28. Alex Smith 9. James Hayter

Colchester United:
1. Sam Walker
20. Sean Clohessy 6. Craig Eastmond 13. Kaspars Gorkss 3. Ben Gordon
18. Tom Eastman 24. George Moncur 38. David Fox 21. Gavin Massey
11. Freddie Sears 41. Elliott Hewitt

Substitutes:
12. Chris Lewington 19. Rhys Healey 27. Macauley Bonne 28. Sammie Szmodics 37. Dion Sembie-Ferris 42. Cole Kpekawa 23. Kane Vincent-Young

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Colchester Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Colchester Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 6,837 (with 120 Colchester supporters).


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20 December 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Yeovil Town have made one team change for this afternoon's home League One side against Colchester United.

Striker Sam Hoskins who had been cup-tied on Tuesday night, is restored to the squad and he comes in on the left with Tom Eaves moving to the top as James Hayter goes onto the bench. Kieffer Moore is injured and is out for around ten days.

Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke had already dropped out of the line-up prior to Tuesday night's match, and he continues to be out with a hamstring injury. The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
2. Brendan Moloney 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins
23. Simon Gillett
27. Tom Eaves

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 19. Liam Davis 28. Alex Smith 9. James Hayter


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20 December 2014 : Christmas Prize Draw In The Beer Tent
Saturday's home match against Colchester United will see the Away Travel Club Christmas draw take place in the Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent). They are hoping to persuade someone who is not part of the day's teamsheet to come along and help with the draw - last season Nathan Ralph and Sam Hoskins were joined by former players Dean Birkby and Martyn Grimshaw.

Tickets for the draw can still be purchased on the day at 2.00 a strip - ask for Mark Kelly in the Beer Tent before the game. Pictured below are some of the great prizes available. The Away Travel Club have issued thanks to Fudges of Stalbridge, Autotechnics Ltd of Gillingham, Yeovil Town FC, The Co-ops of Yeovil and Weymouth and Jones Building Group for their prize donations as well as several personal donators who also deserve thanks.

The draw will be made at around 2.15p.m. on the day, so there is a chance to take home a prize on the spot. Profits from the draw are donated back to the club, usually in the form of equipment or facilities that have been provided over the years by the Away Travel Club (and by YTISA before that).

2014 Away Travel Club Christmas Draw Prizes - Get Your Ticket Today!
2014 Away Travel Club Christmas Draw Prizes - Get Your Ticket Today!



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19 December 2014 : Gary Previews The Colchester Home Game
As part of the build-up to the home League One match against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about the midweek FA Cup win over Accrington Stanley, the prospect of playing Manchester United and of course plenty on Saturday's opponents and the general mood around the club. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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19 December 2014 : Coventry Boss Waiting On Clarke Assessment
League One side Coventry City have indicated that they will check the results of an MRI scan that Yeovil Town's on-loan right-back Jordan Clarke has had this week, before making any determination about his short term future. The 23 year old dropped out of Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley, after getting injured during the warm-ups, with a hamstring problem meaning that he will definitely be absent for tomorrow's League One home match against Colchester United.

That has brought into question whether Clarke will play for Yeovil again during his current spell with the club, with Glovers boss Gary Johnson giving an initial assessment that pointed to a three or four week lay-off. Clarke's current deal with the club runs until January 5th 2015, meaning that could easily take in his final matches for the club.

Sky Blues boss Stephen Pressley has indicated that he will wait to see what the results are, before deciding where Clarke's rehabiliation should be spent. Although Gary Johnson indicated that he wanted the loan player to stay involved at Huish Park, Pressley's words to the Coventry Telegraph suggest that his parent club will have the final say in the matter. Pressley explained:

"I havent had the results yet. Gary Johnson sent me a text on Wednesday saying Jordan was getting a scan and that he would inform me once the results were through. Our physio has also phoned Jordan who has a concern about his hamstring, so were still waiting on the results and hoping it's not too serious. But it would appear it will keep him out for several weeks. Ill have a discussion with Gary as to how we want to rehab him but hes due back after the (Coventry vs ) Walsall game on January 3rd anyway."

For tomorrow's fixture against Colchester United, the Glovers will welcome back Ryan Inniss after he completed his three match suspension. However, winger Joel Grant is currently out with a knee problem, whilst right-sided midfielder Kevin Dawson has missed the last two fixtures and is being assessed daily to determine when he is ready to come back into the side.


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19 December 2014 : Gary Talks About Accrington Home Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match at Accrington Stanley kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary spoke about the importance of the game and the challenge he expected the opposition to show. That interview is now archived via the link below.

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


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19 December 2014 : Huish Park Ticket Office Christmas Opening Hours
Yeovil Town supporters looking to purchase and collect tickets for forthcoming fixtures should note the following arrangements with respect to Ticket Office Opening Hours across the Christmas period. The basic hours are as follows (although take note of the detail that follows it):

Fri 19th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Sat 20th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (Colchester United - home)
Sun 21st Dec : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m. (last day of season ticket holder priority)
Mon 22nd Dec : 9.30a.m. - 5.00p.m. (first day of double token holders)
Tue 23rd Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Wed 24th Dec : 9.00a.m. - Midday (last day of double token holders)
Thu 25th Dec : CLOSED
Fri 26th Dec : CLOSED (Bristol City - away)
Sat 27th Dec : TBA - provisionally 10.00a.m. opening

Please note the following carefully:

1. On Saturday, priority will be given to those purchasing Colchester United ticket during the 90 minutes leading up to kick-off. If you're a Season Ticket Holder looking to purchase Manchester United tickets in person on the day, please try to complete your purchase before then. Supporters can collect pre-purchased tickets (although bear in mind that there is a turnaround time on how quickly they're available for collection). For all supporters you are strongly advised to make ticket purchases/collections as early as possible as the lead-up to kick-off will be very busy.

2. The deadline for Season Ticket Holders to purchase Manchester United tickets is 2.00p.m. on Sunday. If you have problems gaining access to the Ticket Office in person/phone, note that you can make your purchase online - see here for more details. You can do the same for most other home matches as well, including Colchester United and Leyton Orient.

3. Applications for Manchester United tickets for those holding Accrington Stanley and Colchester United ticket stubs must be done in person. If you can't get to the Ticket Office, make plans to get a friend to buy on your behalf. We'll try to provide an FAQ on ticket stubs nearer the time.

4. The opening hours for Saturday 27th December onwards will be determined nearer the time once the club have a better idea of availability/demand.

NOTE: The club have suspended the answer machine for the moment, as the backlog of messages was causing problems, with duplicate messages also slowing down the return of those calls.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticket Portal.


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18 December 2014 : Johnson Still Wanting To Keep Clarke Involved Despite Injury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is still hoping to keep Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke mixing with the squad over the Christmas period, even though it is rather unlikely that he will feature in any further games during his current loan spell with the club. The 23 year old was injured during the warm-ups just prior to the FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley and had to be replaced on the teamsheet by Brendan Moloney in the starting line-up.

Having netted three times in seven matches as well as being part of an increasingly successful back line, the loss of Clarke was a significant blow, and on Wednesday morning, Johnson said his initial assessment was that the player would be out for three or four weeks, effectively taking him to the end of his current loan spell with the club. However, speaking to BBC Somerset today, Gary said that he was sending the defender for an MRI scan to get a more exact diagnosis, and in the meantime the plan was to keep him still involved with the squad:

"It was a big blow because he'd done well, and he was a goalscoring right-back and he'd got three goals, albeit from set plays. Hopefully we'll keep him around. He's having an MRI scan to see how big the problem is with his hamstring and once we know that we'll know how long it will be before he gets back. But Brendan Moloney came in at very short notice at half-past-seven for a quarter-to-eight kick-off and he kept his shape well. It was important that we kept our shape as it wasn't so good at Accrington and they had a lot more play up there than they did this time. But it would be nice to get Jordan back as quick as we can so that we've got that extra competition. Credit to Moloney though, as he came in there and he was a part of that shape."

Johnson also said that he was impressed enough with Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer to be thinking further ahead as to the former Norwich City goalkeeper's future with the club. The 22 year old currently has a 93 day loan agreement with the club that runs until January 31st, at which point the two clubs could negotiate a half-season loan extension if the player was happy to stay with the club. The Glovers boss said that he was in conversation with Villa, but with plenty of games of his currently spell left to play, that would be taken on a week-by-week basis:

"We've got him anyway and he's contracted until the end of January, so that's good as that gives us four weeks (in the New Year). I'm sure that Jed is enjoying playing. He's played in seven games and I think he's let in three. So that's good. He's enjoying himself, he's looking comfortable and he's looking confident and hopefully we can keep him for longer. We are talking to Villa but we're just taking it week-by-week."

With Clarke, Steer and Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey having all arrived during the same week, at the back end of October, that has coincided in an upturn in both results and performances during the months of November and December. Johnson has referred to that squad change, which started life with the 0-0 draw at Chesterfield as a 'new regime' in recent interviews, and he pointed out that the eight games that had passed were now starting to show some promise:

"It's a good time for us to kick on, as quickly as we can. We've had a good run since Chesterfield. If you include the cup games I think it's four wins, two draws and two defeats, which is not a bad record over eight games since that day that we brought in Jed (Steer) and (Stephen) Arthurworrey. We've had to teach people our tactics and get them into our Yeovil way, and we think that the penny is just starting to drop - we hope so."


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18 December 2014 : Manchester United's Away Ticket Allocation
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round opponents Manchester United have been given their ticket allocation for their visit to Huish Park on January 4th 2015. The Premier League side heads down to Somerset for a Sunday televised fixture, and a 3.30p.m. kick-off and they have been given a similar allocation to that given for the larger Championship clubs that visited during the club's 2013-14 season.

Their supporters have been allocated 1,500 terrace spaces at the Copse Road Terrace end of the ground along with 536 seats in the Screwfix East Stand, providing them with 2,036 places for the match. Given the capacity of the ground is in the region of 9,600, then once segregation is taken into account that allows for around 7,500 spaces for home supporters - much the same that was available for games against Queens Park Rangers and Reading last season.

Manchester United fans will also have to factor in a significant overhead on the cost of the tickets, with 6.15 being levied against all purchased tickets to enable them to be sent out via Royal Mail Special Delivery for the fixture. Applications have only been invited to their Season Ticket holders and Executive Club Members.


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18 December 2014 : Manchester United Tickets Available Online To Season Ticket Holders
Yeovil Town Season Ticket Holders wanting to purchase tickets for the club's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United can now take the stress out of the situation by purchasing their ticket online. At present, Season Ticket Holders can claim their existing seat/place at Huish Park up until Sunday 21st December at 2.00p.m. to guarantee themselves a ticket for the January 4th fixture.

That purchase can now be made online via the link below. Note that this option will only be available to Season Ticket Holders, and only after you have signed into the portal. If you've not used the portal before, you'll need your Season Ticket number and your home postcode to gain access. It is provided as an alternative method for Season Ticket Holders to claim their current seat/space, and not to provide any additional tickets for the fixture - you can purchase one ticket per Season Ticket Holder.

If you're not a Season Ticket Holder, then you cannot purchase tickets for the match yet. Follow the original instructions linked below to find out how to claim your ticket. Do not call or visit the Ticket Office at this stage (unless it's to make other purchases) as you will not get a ticket.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticket Portal.


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18 December 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Colchester United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 20th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually about once a season. This will actually he his first visit to Huish Park as a referee, with all past meetings coming on our travels, and doubtless a bit closer to his home.

The earliest occasion we've got on record was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

We were also not particularly impressed with Mr Boyeson on another occasion - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.

However, in our last four meetings involving Mr Boyeson, we've found little to complain about. The first of the came in the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign! The same is true of the February 2009 match at Gresty Road, where the 2-0 defeat was rather self inflicted, with goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar making the biggest error on the night, when he turned a cross into his own net, dwarfing anything the referee may or may not have been doing.

Then we had the September 2011 thriller at Deepdale, where Yeovil Town went down by a 4-3 scoreline. He gave us a penalty after Clarke Carlisle handled in the box for Preston, but the Lancashire press didn't make too much of that, preferring to concentrate on the seven goals scored. The Western Gazette says of his performance that he "was sensible and kept a lid on the game when tempers threatened to boil over when Yeovil battled back" from 4-1 down. Most recently he was present for our 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons in September 2012 - on that occasion we can't recall him doing too much wrong across the 90 minutes, although the Gazette weren't happy weren't happy with him saying he had "an afternoon to forget, contributing to both teams' frustrations by awarding free kicks for very little" although it didn't seem to have any influence upon the actual result.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2005 : Chester City 0 - 2 Yeovil Town

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2006 : Rotherham United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : March 2008 : Hartlepool United 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2009 : Crewe Alexandra 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2011 : Preston North End 4 - 3 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2012 : Milton Keynes Dons 1 - 0 Yeovil Town.


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17 December 2014 : Gary Talks About The Third Round Prize
The morning after the night before, a bleary-eyed Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was put live on air by BBC Somerset this morning to talk about his more considered reaction to beating Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup. With the club now able to put Third Round opponents Manchester United firmly in their sights, Gary spoke to presenter Emma Britton about last night's match and the prospect of facing Premier League opposition on January 4th. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC The Day After The Accrington Win.


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17 December 2014 : Clarke Injury Threatens End Of Current Loan Deal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained why Coventry City loanee Jordan Clarke was a late withdrawal from yesterday evening's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. The right-back was named on the teamsheet for the club, but was taken out of the side just before kick-off with Brendan Moloney getting a rare start for the club in his place.

Clarke suffered a hamstring injury during the pre-match warm-up session, and Johnson fears that the 23 year old will now also miss the entire Christmas schedule, including the Third Round tie against Manchester United - something that if confirmed will effectively end his current loan spell at Huish Park, which is due to finish after that match.

Having been such a star performer for the club, scoring three times in his seven appearances for the Glovers, Johnson told BBC Somerset that Clarke was 'gutted' to miss out on the fixture, knowing full well what his injury was likely to mean. The Glovers boss explained the situation that had developed just before kick-off:

"Disappointingly he pulled his hamstring in the warm-up just before the game, and we had to pull him out and make a little readjustment, which we did. He was absolutely gutted because he knows that he is probably going to be out for three or four weeks. He'll miss the game of his dreams (against Manchester United) which is a shame because he is playing very well, and he is one of our defending goalscorers. That's football and we'll have to adjust, and that was probably the negative of the night for us. But everything else was a big positive."

Moloney's appearance in Clarke's place was only his fifth appearance since signing on a free transfer from Bristol City over the summer, and his first time on the pitch since the mid-October 4-1 defeat against Port Vale. His return to the side gives the club possible options in terms of cover over the Christmas period, although Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss now returns from his three match suspension, assuming his parent club are happy to rollover his current loan agreement into the New Year - with Clarke likely to be absent for the rest of 2014, the problem of only being able to select five loan players in any matchday squad goes away for the immediate future.


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17 December 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights
For those who want to relive highlights of last night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley, the BBC Sport website has match highlights available. You can view three minutes worth of action from the game, including the key moments when Accrington's Tom Aldred almost headed into his own net, whilst Shay McCartan hit the crossbar - along with the two late goals from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore that ultimately secured the tie. The clip is available to those who use a UK Internet Provider - watch it via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights.


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17 December 2014 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United will go on sale this morning to Season Ticket Holders ONLY. This includes anyone who has purchased a Half Season Ticket. If you are not a Season Ticket Holder do not expect to be able to purchase a ticket until next week. The match takes place on Sunday 4th January 2015 with a 3.30p.m. kick-off and will be screened live on BT Sport. Ticket prices are as follows:

Seating: (both Tamburino Stand and Screwfix Stand) : Adults: 35.00; Over-65s: 30.00; Under-16s: 10.00

Terracing: (Thatchers Gold Stand) : Adults: 30.00; Over-65s: 25.00; Under-16s: 10.00

Those who sit in the Main Stand Premium Seats (season ticket holders only) will be charged 50.00 for all ages.

1. Season Ticket Holders and Half Season Ticket Holders can purchase one ticket per person from Wednesday 17th December at 9.30a.m. and will have until Sunday 21st December at 2.00p.m. to claim their seat.

2. Holders of Ticket Tokens for both of the Accrington Stanley Replay (16th) and Colchester United (20th) matches will have from Monday 22nd December until Wednesday 24th December at midday to purchase a ticket (subject to availability).

3. Holders of one of the Ticket Tokens from the Accrington Stanley Replay (16th) and Colchester United (20th) matches will have from Saturday 27th December until Tuesday 30th December to purchase a ticket (subject to availability).

4. On Wednesday 31st December, anything left will go on General Sale.

NOTE: For those using ticket tokens, the tariff on the token must match the tariff of the ticket you are purchasing for the Manchester United game - i.e. two Under-16s tokens entitles you to purchase one Under-16 Manchester United ticket.


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17 December 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Home Game
Following last night's 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's views on that game and the prospect of facing Manchester United in the Third Round can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Home Game.


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17 December 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Accrington Stanley 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 Accrington Stanley.


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16 December 2014 : Johnson Now Able To Enjoy Prospect Of Man United Visit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his side's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United will be a moment to enjoy, after suffering the tension of tonight's Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. The Glovers enjoyed a safe passage through to the next round thanks to a Simon Gillett shot from the edge of the box, and a Kieffer Moore header from a Sam Foley left wing cross, but with both goals being scored in the final six minutes of the match, the 2-0 scoreline perhaps belied how tight and tense the game had been during the preceding 84 minutes.

Gary was met off the pitch on the final whistle by the BT Sport cameras who will televise the club's Third Round tie against Manchester United on Sunday 4th January, and was asked what he thought of the prospect of the Premier League side's first team players coming down to Huish Park to play against his side:

"Well we're going to enjoy this, with all the effort that was put in today for that game obviously. It would be fantastic if (all the Manchester United first teamers) turn up and there will be a welcome. Now we can really look forward to it. They are almost the best institution in the world, and they are coming to Yeovil. That's what we tried for. Both teams looked a bit nervous out there - they both wanted to play Man United, but we came up trumps. Congratulations to our boys and commiserations to them. But we're really really looking forward to it now and we'll look forward to entertaining them."

Johnson said in the build-up to the match that he saw the Accrington Second Round tie as being bigger than the Third Round tie could be, because of the stakes that were there for both clubs. He reiterated that even with the result in the bag he still saw it that way:

"This was the game of a lifetime because the prize was Man United. Now that's the next game, as far as the FA Cup is concerned. We've got Man United at Huish Park and that's what we wanted. Everybody is happy and you can hear that everyone will be going home happy. This game was about that game, but this was the biggest game, and now it's the Man United game. We're really looking forward to it, and if they all watch us on BT Sport we'll try to stay in the game!."

Speaking later to the BBC, Johnson admitted that it had been a difficult game to watch, with the tension from both clubs and the wet weather conditions contributing to a match in which both sides struggled to hit the target. Accrington went closest when Shay McCartan hit the crossbar deep into the second half, but then came Gillett's edge-of-area strike, and then Moore's 88th minute header. He said it was that second goal that changed the feeling at Huish Park, when everyone associated with the club could rest assured that the Third Round place had been secured:

"Today you saw the tension in both teams. It wasn't a great game and the weather didn't help with the quality. But we came up trumps. Sometimes you've got to wait for the last few minutes. But we saw it through and when the second goal went in, I think all of our supporters and directors felt that's Man United now coming to town, and that proved to be the case. I suppose we really started to think about that game in the 88th minute when we got that second goal."


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16 December 2014 : Yeovil 2 : Accrington 0 : Late Double Secures Third Round Dream Tie
Yeovil Town secured a route through to the FA Cup Third Round against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park tonight, but needed two late goals to force their way past their Lancashire opponents, and to seal a lucrative tie against Premier League side Manchester United. On a rainy night, where nerves and a slippery surface seemed to dominate proceedings, the Glovers scored twice in the final six minutes, shortly after Shay McCartan had hit the crossbar for the visitors. Midfielder Simon Gillett finally broke the deadlock as he fired home from the edge of the box, after he picked up goalkeeper Jack Rose's clearance for an 84th minute goal to lift the roof at Huish Park. Four minutes later the tie was settled when Sam Foley's ball into the box was met by the head of substitute Kieffer Moore and a tie that had hung in the balance throughout the 90 minutes was heading the Glovers way.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, of which only one was listed on the teamsheet. Striker Sam Hoskins was cup-tied, following his loan spell with Barnet and his place was taken on the left-flank by Bolton Wanderers. On the opposite side there was a late surprise - right-back Jordan Clarke was on the teamsheet and participated in the warm-ups but a hamstring injury sustained on the greasy surface saw him replaced by Brendan Moloney before the first whistle had even blown.

The first half opened with Yeovil slightly dominating proceedings, albeit without testing goalkeeper Jack Rose too much. Tom Eaves made a strong move down the flank but fired over the bar for the home side's opening chance. However, they could have easily gone ahead just 11 minutes into the tie when Accrington defender Tom Aldred suffered a horror moment - a long ball up field found the defender trying to head back to his own goalkeeper, whilst James Hayter pressed him. But Rose had moved way out of his area, giving him a heart-in-mouth moment as the ball bounced past his own keeper and slowly slowly rolled past the outside of the goalpost, with both players stranded.

Gradually as the half wore on, matters began to get more tense and more scrappy as both sides began to size up the huge task that they had ahead of them. Luke Joyce fired over the bar for Accrington, whilst Tom Eaves twisted and turned inside the box before his shot went just wide of the post. Then Joe Edwards found his attempt inside the area accidentally blocked by one of his own team-mates. A poor backpass by Brendan Moloney reminded those present that mistakes could be crucial on a difficult surface, but Jed Steer bailed him out by pushing a Marcus Carver attempt for a corner. Edwards again tried his luck, forcing goalkeeper Jack Rose into his first meaningful save of the match. But as half time drew, the tension increased and the crowd began to take it out on referee James Linington - unimpressed by his tendency to blow up for small fouls, and mostly against the Glovers.

The second half started off with Yeovil Town looking like the nearly men. Simon Gillett and two chances for Stephen Arthurworrey could have broken the deadlock but every chance on the goal seemed to be about a foot wide of the frame. Gary Johnson tried mixing it up - firstly by moving Sam Foley out wide, and repositioning Tom Eaves as the striker at the top of the formation as James Hayter dropped deep. Then Kieffer Moore came on as a substitute, with the change to a 4-4-2 both giving Yeovil more attacking options as well as giving Accrington more holes to work the ball through.

It looked as though the visitors were going to take advantage of that, as they enjoyed their best spell of the match. Ben Nugent had picked up a heavy knock midway through the second period, and his hobbling made him less mobile, allowing Shay McCartan room to attack the Glovers back line, as he ran through on goal, forcing Jed Steer to palm the ball out for another corner. Michael Liddle's deflected shot again acted as another warning with Accrington in the ascendancy, and the alarm bells were definitely winning when with eleven minutes remaining McCartan's shot from distance crashed off the underside of the crossbar and somehow Matt Crooks missed a gaping glaring goal from six yards out as his header went wide of the post.

That was to prove costly - very costly. From a move following a throw-in, a deep ball into the box saw goalkeeper Jack Rose misdirect his punch out of his area whilst under pressure from Kieffer Moore. Simon Gillett brought the ball down, and returned the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards out, with Rose caught badly out of position, and no-one guarding his goal. With just six minutes remaining, Yeovil were finally a goal ahead, and were on the edge of that Third Round place.

Four minutes later, they even had a cushion to play with - Sam Foley's intelligent running down the left wing looked at first to be an attempt to run the clock down by heading to the corner flag, but he had other ideas - swinging in a cross that found substitute Kieffer Moore, whose well planted 88th minute header killed any hopes Accrington might have had of creating late pressure. Game over, and after two difficult 90 minute games, the League Two side were finally sunk, and a jubilant home crowd could finally drop the 'IF' part from any of their conversations involving Manchester United.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Accrington Stanley 0.

Scorers: Simon Gillett (1-0, 84 mins), Kieffer Moore (2-0, 88 mins)

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
2. Brendan Moloney 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 27. Tom Eaves
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (90 mins for Tom Eaves) 13. Kieffer Moore (69 mins for James Hayter) 19. Liam Davis 28. Alex Smith

Accrington Stanley:
26. Jack Rose
6. Dean Winnard 25. Rob Atkinson 5. Tom Aldred 3. Michael Liddle
7. Shay McCartan 4. Luke Joyce 24. Andrew Procter 15. Piero Mingoia
14. Marcus Carver 33. Matt Crooks

Substitutes:
8. Josh Windass (46 mins for Marcus Carver) 9. James Gray 11. Kal Naismith 12. Luke Simpson 16. Nicky Hunt 21. Lee Molyneux (67 mins for Piero Mingoia) 23. Anthony Barry

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Accrington Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 17.

Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistant Referees: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Attendance: 6,373 (with 167 Accrington supporters).


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16 December 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's FA Cup Second Round Replay match against Accrington Stanley. Striker Sam Hoskins, who is cup-tied due to his loan spell with Barnet has to drop out of the side, with Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves replacing him, with theoretically Eaves operating in a slightly withdrawn role on the left with James Hayter acting as the main striker.

On the bench with Tom Eaves being promoted to the starting line-up there's one new addition with Liam Davis recovering from injury to take his place back in the squad. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 27. Tom Eaves
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore 19. Liam Davis 28. Alex Smith


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16 December 2014 : BBC Local Radio Online Commentaries For The Accrington Replay
Whilst the BBC are unable to broadcast live match commentary online for Football League matches, due to contractual reasons, they are able to provide this for FA Cup matches. Tonight's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley can therefore be listened to online, provided you are using a UK-based Internet Provider. Linked below are the standard internet page links for both BBC Somerset and BBC Lancashire's variants, whilst a Windows Media audio link can be found here if you have problems playing Flash audio/video.

Link: BBC Somerset : Live Audio Commentary For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley.

Link: BBC Lancashire : Live Audio Commentary For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley.


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16 December 2014 : TalkSport Johnson vs Johnson Interview
On Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson and Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson met head-to-head for the second time as managers. Before the match kicked off at Boundary Park, national radio station TalkSport ran a feature where presenter Geoff Peters put both on the end of a phone and talked about their relationship, including a look back at the time when Lee worked under Gary as a midfielder at both Yeovil Town and at Bristol City. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson and Lee Johnson Speak To TalkSport About Their Meeting.


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16 December 2014 : Serious Knee Injury Ends Sokolik's Loan Spell
Yeovil Town centre-back Jakub Sokolik has returned to Huish Park, after a serious knee injury ended his loan spell with Southend United. The Czech Republic player has damaged his posterior cruciate ligaments and will be out of action for around three months, thus making it likely that he will not be seen again until around mid-March.

The 21 year old had made just two appearances for the Shrimpers, with a one game ban for picking up five bookings seeing him sit out a match, but then lose his place in the League Two club's side as a consequence. However, he is now injured and Shrimpers boss Phil Brown told the Southend Echo that because of the Emergency Loan rules, they are sending him straight back to Somerset to avoid clocking up any further days with them:

"Unfortunately we've had to end Jakub's loan with us because of how serious the knee injury is but he could yet be coming back later in the season. We've had to cancel the loan because otherwise we would just have an injured player on our hands. But we can have Jakub for 93 days and, depending on when the loan cancellation goes through, we could get him back for another 45 to 53 days which would work our much better. However, it's now all about how Jakub recovers from the injury and we wish him all the very best with his rehabilitation."

Sokolik's injury happened during the FA Cup Second Round weekend, when he returned to his home country, with a treadmill in a gym being the source of the problem. Brown described it as a freak accident:

"Jakub was running on a treadmill when he stopped after feeling something in his knee. He went back home to the Czech Republic on the weekend of the second round of the FA Cup when we didn't have a game and it should probably be considered as something of a freak injury to be honest. He's damaged his posterior cruciate ligaments and it's obviously a blow for him and ourselves."

Sokolik is the second Yeovil Town player to cut short a loan spell elsewhere, with goalkeeper Chris Weale returning from his spell with Burton Albion due to an ankle injury.


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16 December 2014 : Ticketing Update For Tonight's Accrington Cup Clash
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has confirmed that there will still be tickets available on the night for those who want to make a late decision on tonight's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. The match kicks off at Huish Park at 7.45p.m. with the prize on offer for the victors being a Third Round home match against Manchester United. That has created significant interest in the tie at both a local and national level, with the Ticket Office particularly busy during that time.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this morning, Dave projected around a 6,000 crowd, which once the away sections of the ground were factored in, would leave around 1,500 home spaces available for latecomers to buy tickets for. Thus tickets would remain on sale, although he strongly advised fans to collect their tickets as early as possible given the likely queuing:

"We're looking at around a 6,000 gate this evening, bearing in mind that's around 6,000 Yeovil supporters, as I don't think Accrington are bringing too mny people down. The ground holds around 9,500 and around two thousand of that is for away supporters, we we've got room for 7,500 home fans. So we've got about 1,500 tickets available for this evening. If you haven't already got a ticket then give the Ticket Office a ring, or pop down to the Ticket Office as you're not too late. I don't think it will be a sell-out, so there will be room. But we advise you to come and get your tickets well before the game tonight, to avoid any congestion this evening."

Admission prices are at a flat rate throughout the ground and can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or via 01935-847888 at any time up until kick-off:

Adults: 15.00; Over-65s and Under-21s: 10.00; Under-16s: 5.00.


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16 December 2014 : Accrington Stanley Are Bigger Than Manchester United (Sort Of)
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that supporters and players should regard the club's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley as being a bigger game than anything that may follow it. Whilst the winners of tonight's tie at Huish Park will face a lucrative home game against Manchester United that could be worth in the region of 250,000 to the club that gets there, Johnson has pointed out that the stakes are higher for tonight's game than they ever would be for what might take place in the next round.

Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of the match, he said that the opportunity to play one of the world's biggest football clubs was a rare one, but that when it came down to what would be at stake in each game, the Second Round match had to be the bigger of the two:

"The Accrington game is a lot bigger - you never thought you'd hear me say that! Playing Accrington Stanley is bigger than playing Manchester United! But of course that is because of that prize. It's just a great opportunity for our club. It's one of those opportunities that doesn't come around too often."

The club gained the perfect preparation for the match on Saturday as they saw off League One side Oldham Athletic by a 4-0 scoreline at Boundary Park, giving some much needed confidence to the side. Johnson warned against complacency and of the need to treat Accrington as serious opposition, but admitted that the boost from that weekend result against the Latics would be huge:

"Supporters seeing that result, players feeling that result, staff looking at the team that was out there and who has come back into the fray. We'll be going into Tuesday, with all of us knowing that we can't be feeling any better. But we mustn't be complacent. You can't disrespect any team and Accrington are not many places below us. They're young, enthusiastic and work very hard."

There had been suggestions that the result gained at Boundary Park had been partly due to the feeling the club got when they and Accrington were paired with Manchester United in the Third Round draw. However, Johnson said that if there was any truth in that, then tonight's game and any potential Third Round tie were a lesson to his players as to why they needed to stay on top of their game at all times:

"The game itself - the Man United game - should be motivation in itself for these players. That's because the ones who miss out are going to be really disappointed that they've missed out, either through lack of form or if they've missed out through injury. They're going to be gutted but there's going to be a reason why they've missed out. That will be a big lesson for them in their professional careers. They've got to be available every week and they've got to give their all every week because you never know when that Man United game comes around."

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off (assuming availability). However, given the large crowd that is expected, and with many season ticket holders needing to pick up their own tickets for the game, we'd expect there to be significant queuing at the Ticket Office. With that in mind, you are strongly advised to arrive early and allow additional time to get into the ground tonight.

The game itself will be settled on the night. If scores are level after 90 minutes, then the game will go into 30 minutes of extra time. If the scores are still level then the game will be settled by five penalty kicks each, with sudden death penalties to follow after that if matters are still undecided.


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15 December 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Waiting For The Big One
Tomorrow evening sees a bit of classic FA Cup drama being line-up at Huish Park, as Accrington Stanley come to town for a Second Round Replay. With that and the Third Round draw having given tomorrow night's winners a home draw against Manchester United there has been a been a mild dose of 'cup fever' that will doubtless turn into fully blown fever for whoever takes the spoils. The latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at that match, as well as a few other games back in time that have resulted in high demand for tickets. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Waiting For The Big One.


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15 December 2014 : Championship Trio Hit By FFP Transfer Embargo
The Football League have stated that they have issued transfer embargoes against three Championship clubs due to their failure to adhere to Financial Fair Play rules. The trio of Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest have been penalised for exceeding the allowable losses for clubs playing in the 2013-14 season Championship division, which included Yeovil Town as one of those 24 clubs. The rules allowed a maximum of 8 million losses, made up of a maximum of 3 million operational losses but with owners/benefactors able to invest up to 5 million in new shareholdings to act as a cash injection.

All three clubs will be banned from signing new players - subject to a few caveats - from January 1st 2015, and this ban will remain in place until the end of the 2014-15 season. The Football League will then ask to see those clubs 2014-15 balance sheet and will seek reassurance that they have not exceeded the 2014-15 season rules, which allow for up to 6 million losses, made up of 3 million operational losses and 3 million shareholder cash injection.

The Football League have indicated that this list of three clubs may not be their final determination, saying that they are still seeking clarification on a number of other clubs' submitted accounts. They have also yet to consider the submissions from the three clubs promoted to the Premier League, and the three clubs relegated to League One - with the latter including Yeovil Town, although it is highly unlikely that the Glovers will be worrying the Football League's accountants. It is much more likely that high-spending Queens Park Rangers will be the centre of their attentions, with them having recorded a 65.4 million loss during their 2012-13 season that predated the new FFP rules, leaving them running accrued debts of 177 million. The expectation was that the West London side were heading for similar losses for the 2013-14 season, although that has not been confirmed.

The Football League have also confirmed the finer details of the embargo, where the above three clubs may be given special dispensation to sign players. If a club has 24 or fewer established players (aged 21 or over that have made at least five starting positions) they will be allowed to sign a new player provided the costs are less than 600,000 per year (calculated on a per month basis in the case of short term contracts). They will also be able to trade on a 'one in, one out' basis provided that the incoming player either falls below the 600,000 rule or is on wages less than 75% of the outgoing player, whichever is the lower. The affected clubs will not be allowed to pay transfer, compensation or loan fees, whilst agent fees will be considered to be as part of the overall player costs defined above. One special exception will be the 'emergency' rule on goalkeepers where a club is left without a registered and fit keeper for a given match.


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15 December 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th December 2014 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of ten Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. The most recent of those was the Championship home fixture against Wigan Athletic that saw us go down by a 0-1 scoreline. Speaking after the game, Gary Johnson had a bit of a mini-rant relating to the amount of timewasting that Wigan had been able to get away with and a feeling that any fifty-fifty decisions were going against them:

"We don't get the fifty-fifty decisions ... Not only were Wigan stopping our momentum, when the momentum was really good at times, the officials were stopping our momentum. They allowed them to take their time over everything when we were in the ascendancy. You can't work out at the end when they're saying "yeah, yeah, yeah they are wasting time" - then their lad dives for the fifth time, and nothing happens, and you're thinking well what's going on? ... Four minutes - six substitutions at thirty seconds each, which is three minutes - so they (Wigan) wasted just one minute in that game?"

Prior to that, Mr Linington took charge of the April 2013 away match at Stevenage. We thought he had a good game that day, even though he sent off Dan Burn in the closing minutes. He'd taken the attitude of adding on additional time for some fairly blatant timewasting for Boro in the first half as they tried to slow the pace of the game down, and even a Glovers fan would have had sympathy over the comical way that Burn was dismissed - taking an age over a throw-in that would have tried the patience of a saint.

Two months previously, he took charge of the February 2013 home win over Brentford that saw us triumph by a 3-0 scoreline. A few of his first half decisions were somewhat irritating, and we felt that he was rather lenient in allowing Bees defender Shaleum Logan to stay on the pitch when he continued to foul whilst on a yellow card to a point at which any player not already sat on a card would surely have been booked. Brentford's own match report cited four penalty appeals that they were unhappy with - we can't recall the validities of those claims either way.

We also had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about it rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

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

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

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

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

Mr Linington will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

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

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

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

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

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

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

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

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Link: April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Wigan Athletic 1.


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15 December 2014 : Channel 5 Being Lined Up To Poach BBC Football Coverage
National newspaper reports suggest that the Football League are on the edge of making a new rights announcement with respect to their highlights packages. The BBC have broadcast The Football League Show since the start of the 2009-10 season, when they took over an ITV production that had run for the five previous seasons and have run a schedule headed by Manish Bhasin throughout that time, just after Match of the Day.

Several papers, incluing the Daily Express, claim that the League have provisionally agreed a three year deal with Channel 5 that will start for the 2015-16 season and will see the BBC lose rights to that show. The main switch - and part of the reason for the change - is that Channel 5 are proposing to broadcast their show in a primetime TV slot from 9.00p.m. running for around 90 minutes, thus preceding the BBC's Match of the Day show.

They will continue to show all three divisions - ITV's coverage of lower leagues was patchy and erratic - but it's not clear what Channel 5's proposals will be during International Break weekends, when the BBC would drop the show entirely, with 'contractual restrictions' being blamed rather than the assumption that the Beeb were not interested in screening a programme that lacked Championship clubs.

Channel 5 will also provide a Sunday morning 'repeat version of the show for those fans who are still stuck on motorways for the earlier Saturday night slot. There is no suggestion that they will take any live match coverage, whilst the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy do not get a mention. The BBC usually provide special highlights packages for the final stages of those two cup competitions. The claim is that Channel 5 financially matched other interested bidders, but were preferred because of their willingness to provide a Saturday night 'prime time' slot for their main coverage.

The expectation is that the Football League will make a formal announcement once contracts are signed. The BBC's coverage will continue to run as normal until the end of the current 2014-15 season.


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14 December 2014 : Interview With Kieffer Moore
Following Saturday's 4-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Kieffer talks about his comeback from injury and his goal in the game, as well as the impending FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Kieffer Moore Speaks To The BBC After The 4-0 Win Against Oldham.


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14 December 2014 : Gary Talks About Oldham Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic kicked off at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary talks about the team changes he made for the fixture and also his general views on where the team had been coming up short in some recent matches. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 December 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Away Game
Following this afternoon's 4-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Away Game.


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13 December 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 4-0 win against Oldham Athletic at Boundary 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 Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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13 December 2014 : Johnson Pleased With 'Super Performance' After Four Goal Victory
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson labelled this afternoon's 4-0 win over Oldham Athletic as a 'super performance' as his side notched up their biggest win of the season, and their biggest away win in the league for two-and-a-half years. The Glovers won their match against the high-flying Latics thanks to goals from Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey, midfielder Simon Gillett, striker Sam Hoskins and substitute Kieffer Moore as they stunned a side that had started the day sat in a play-off position.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that part of his side's tactics were to press Oldham's players and stop them from getting room on the pitch. That bore fruition particularly with the second and third goals as Gillett and Hoskins took advantage of defensive indecision, gaining possession from Oldham defenders before scoring the vital goals that gave them a score margin to play with. The Glovers boss felt that worked well on the day:

"It was a super performance. They haven't lost too many games here at Boundary Park and we knew that if we let them play (they'd cause problems) - they've outplayed a few teams here - so we knew that we had to be very strong and aggressive in our pressing. We did that, and we probably got the first three goals in the first half because of that. We put them under pressure straight away and I'm really pleased that the lads have put into practice our gameplan, especially as we know we can open teams up."

Having struggled to score goals in recent matches, with just six goals in their last twelve fixtures, the Glovers have hardly looked like a team that was likely to net four times during a single fixture. Today that all changed, and Gary said that he felt that his team had proved what they were capable of doing, given the opportunity:

"They were very clinical. It was nice to have created six or seven chances. It's a nice three points going into these big games that we've got coming up. We want to try to get this team, which has sort of been threatening a little bit - but we haven't had everybody available. I'm just really pleased that they've proved themselves a little bit, as they've proved what they can do. That's good as they've set a standard now of being in possession and being out of possession, and that's very important in this very important period."

Although the four goalscorers will grab the headlines - with three of those coming into the side today after time on the sidelines, Johnson was reluctant to single players out. Feeling that all of his players had made an impact on the day, he said that was one of the questions he had given to his players in the past week or so, as they look for players who can stand up to some big upcoming fixtures:

"I thought everybody on the pitch made a big impact. That was the thing. We did have a meeting to say 'who are the ones that are going to stand up and effect the game and what you bring to the table, and what you bring into our squad?' - particularly if you haven't effected previous games as much as we would have thought. But they certainly effected it today, and to a man they did very very well against a team that didn't look great on the day because of the way that we played. When Oldham play, they play - and that's why they're up there in that sixth spot. Even now they've still got the same number of points as some of the other play-off teams."


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13 December 2014 : Oldham 0 Yeovil 4 : Four Goal Haul Provides A Tonic For Tuesday
Yeovil Town gained their biggest away win for nearly four years this afternoon, as they produced a shock 4-0 victory over promotion-chasing Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. The four goals scored were the first time the Glovers had hit that number since another December fixture against the same opposition two years ago, as they stunned a team that started the day 17 places above them in the division. Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworry opened the scoring when he was the first to react to his own header coming off the post, and that was quickly followed by Simon Gillett who converted a Jordan Clarke long ball into the box. Striker Sam Hoskins grabbed his first professional goal for the club just before the break after he capitalised on defensive dithering, whilst the game was wrapped up in the 90th minute as substitute Kieffer Moore's fine finish lifted Yeovil into 21st place and to give them a big confidence boost ahead of Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes, as Kevin Dawson dropped out of the squad, and was replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi, who occupied an unexpected right-wing position. The other two changes saw Simon Gillett return from his recent injury problems to displace James Berrett, whilst Sam Hoskins got his first start for seven months as he replaced AJ Leitch-Smith, with the formation being tweaked again into a 4-4-1-1 as Gillett took the supporting role. Kieffer Moore's hamstring injury had cleared up enough for him to sit on the bench.

The game opened in pouring rain, and in a fairly quiet manner as both sides sized each other up. Daniel Johnson and Danny Philliskirk threatened to impose the home side's advantage with half chances, but Simon Gillett's deflected shot that went into keeper Paddy Kenny's arms, and a Stephen Arthurworry header that went over the bar showed Yeovil were creating chances themselves.

The breakthrough came halfway through the first half when a Sam Foley corner was swung in, and once again the former Newport County man could claim an assist, as Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey's free header came off the woodwork, and the centre-back was the first man to react as he prodded home from close range for his first goal for the club and to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

That goal gave the Glovers the confidence they needed to wrestle full control of the game, and they were good value for their 2-0 lead just seven minutes later as Jordan Clarke's long ball into the box saw Oldham centre-back Genseric Kusunga miscontrol the ball, and that was enough for Simon Gillett to steal possession and fire the ball home for his second goal for the club and to double Yeovil's lead.

Genseric Kusunga was the villain for the home side for a second time just five minutes from the break when he was caught in possession close to his own goal for a second occasion. Striker Sam Hoskins, who scored twice for Barnet during his recent loan spell with the club had never scored a professional first team goal for the Glovers, but he broke clear and confidently slotted the ball home for an amazing 3-0 half time scoreline.

A fairly inevitable half time substitution saw Oldham withdraw the beleagured Kusunga as well as Timothee Dieng as they made a double substitution and a tactical reshuffle, in an attempt to rescue something from the game. The end result was a much more measured second half with Oldham getting more territory, but with the Glovers getting their own tactics spot on as they stretched the Latics defence as they pushed more men up and took more risks. If anything it was the away side that had the better chances to extend their lead - Sam Foley forced Paddy Kenny into a parried save for a corner, whilst James Hayter slices over the bar just before he made way for Tom Eaves.

The Bolton loanee could have got himself a goal as his run through on goal saw Paddy Kenny have a rush of blood, with Eaves easily beating him to the ball outside the box, but the striker's angle on goal ultimately stopped him from getting his shot on target, with Kenny stranded. Eaves had a further attempt which he put well over the bar, after being clean through, with Oldham gradually fading from the game - a rare Brian Wilson shot on goal being one of their better second half efforts, but with Jed Steer having a calm largely anonymous afternoon.

Matters were wrapped up via another substitute striker, as Kieffer Moore joined in with the fun during the final ten minutes. He netted a 90th minute goal, as Oldham's defence failed to clear their lines and the former Dorchester Town player fired home from the edge of the box with an excellent low drive for his third of the season and to provide some beaming faces at the end of the match. An unexpected, but excellent result, and the biggest away win in the league for the Glovers since the August 2012 match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park which produced a similar scoreline. With Accrington Stanley also gaining a fine 3-2 victory over Portsmouth today, both teams will be going into Tuesday night's huge FA Cup Second Round Replay with their tails well up.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 4.

Scorers: Stephen Arthurworrey (0-1, 21 mins), Simon Gillett (0-2, 28 mins), Sam Hoskins (0-3, 40 mins), Kieffer Moore (0-4, 90 mins)

Oldham Athletic:
25. Paddy Kenny
16. James Wilson 21. Genseric Kusunga 5. George Elokobi 20. Brian Wilson
8. Mike Jones 4. Timothee Dieng 3. Joseph Mills 14. Daniel Johnson
10. Danny Philliskirk 19. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
1. Paul Rachubka 7. James Dayton 9. Dominic Poleon (46 mins for Timothee Dieng) 12. David Mellor 15. Carl Winchester (46 mins for Genseric Kusunga) 17. Michael Tidser 27. Amari Morgan-Smith

Yeovil Town:
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (72 mins for Sam Hoskins) 13. Kieffer Moore (80 mins for Simon Gillett) 27. Tom Eaves (68 mins for James Hayter) 28. Alex Smith

Oldham Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (22 mins, handball), Seth Nana Twumasi (51 mins, foul)

Oldham Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham). Assistant Referees: Paul Cook (East Yorkshire) and Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Gary Hilton (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,706 (with 111 Yeovil supporters).


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13 December 2014 : Team News For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. The right-sided Seth Nana Twumasi comes into the starting line-up with Kevin Dawson dropping entirely out of the squad for this fixture.

Striker Sam Hoskins gets his first League start for the club since last season's Championship match against Brighton and Hove Albion and the first time he's been on the pitch since returning from his loan spell with Barnet. Midfielder Simon Gillett is a straight swap for James Berrett in the centre of midfield.

Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss serves the second match of his three match suspension, and so sits the game out again. Striker Kieffer Moore returns to the bench following his recent injury, but Liam Davis and Joel Grant remain absent with unspecified injuries.

The line-up, which is expected to be a 4-5-1/4-4-1-1 formation, is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore 27. Tom Eaves 28. Alex Smith


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13 December 2014 : Points West Interview With Gary Johnson
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was interviewed by BBC Points West as part of their reaction to the FA Cup Third Round draw. Covering the Second Round replay against Accrington Stanley as well as the prospect of a home match against Manchester United for the winners of that tie, Gary answers questions from Alistair Durden and that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Points West About The FA Cup Third Round Draw.


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13 December 2014 : Accrington Ticket Sales Now Online
Yeovil Town supporters who have yet to purchase their FA Cup Second Round Replay tickets can now do so online. The match against Accrington Stanley takes place at Huish Park next Tuesday 16th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off with the winners facing Manchester United in the Third Round of the competition - a situation which has created significant interest in the fixture.

For those who may have been put off by how busy ticket sales have been, you can now purchase tickets for that game (and others) via the club's online ticketing facility, and pick up your tickets on the night of the game from the Ticket Office. Note that you can also purchase tickets for other games at the same time.

The Ticket Office is being manned across Saturday and Sunday this weekend, although it's worth noting that this will be on much lower staffing levels, and so they advise personal callers only, as they may not get near the phones unless it's quiet. If you do need to call and you reach the answer phone service, then leave only ONE message and they will work through the calls as and when possible. They will be open from 10.00a.m. until 2.00p.m. on both days, and then back to normal office hours on the Monday.

Link: Ticket Office Opening Hours Prior To Accrington Replay.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Accrington Replay And Third Round Outline Schedule.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing System.


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12 December 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic
For those travelling up to Boundary Park tomorrow afternoon, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide to Oldham Athletic is available. Featuring directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and a pub guide, you'll find hopefully everything you need to know on one handy page via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.


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12 December 2014 : Gary Previews The Oldham Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's match against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary talks in detail about his opponents, the opposition boss Lee Johnson and inevitably touches on the subjects of Accrington Stanley and Manchester United. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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12 December 2014 : FA Cup Second Round Replay Ticketing Update
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round Replay ticket sales continue to be strong, as they prepare for next Tuesday's match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th December 2014 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and will decide who goes through to face Manchester United in the Third Round.

As of lunchtime on Friday, there had been 4,400 tickets sold for the tie, meaning that the club have now shifted just under 60 percent of the normally available capacity of the ground made available to home supporters. They have also shifted 1,400 tickets for other fixtures, with the Colchester United match taking the lion's share of those sales. The ticket office remains open until 5.00p.m. tonight, with special opening hours across the weekend. For full ticketing details and opening hours, follow the links below.

Remember that the phone lines at Huish Park are still very busy - please be patient if calling them as it may take you a number of attempts to get through. If you reach the answer phone service, then leave only ONE message and they will work through the calls.

Link: Ticket Office Opening Hours Prior To Accrington Replay.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Accrington Replay And Third Round Outline Schedule.


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12 December 2014 : Winners Of Accrington Replay To Be Televised In Third Round
Yeovil Town's prospective FA Cup Third Round tie will be screened live, if they progress past Accrington Stanley in their Second Round Replay. The winner of that tie will face Manchester United at home on Sunday 4th January 2015, with a 3.30p.m. kick-off and will be screened live on television by BT Sport. The decision to televise the match also firms up the date for that fixture.

There are five ties selected for live coverage across the weekend, and these are as follows:

Sun 04/01/2015 : Dover Athletic vs Crystal Palace (1.00p.m. on BT Sport 1)
Sun 04/01/2015 : Accrington Stanley or Yeovil Town v Manchester United (3.30p.m. on BT Sport 1)
Sun 04/01/2015 : Arsenal v Hull City (5.30p.m. on BBC1)
Mon 05/01/2015 : AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool (7.55p.m. on BBC1)
Tue 06/01/2015 : Everton v West Ham United (7.45p.m. on BT Sport 1)

The BBC are also offering a multitude of other areas for coverage, providing behind the scenes coverage at one of the clubs involved in Third Round weekend on Football Focus whilst The FA Cup special Final Score will bring all the results and drama from the afternoons fixtures. Five Match of the Day Cup highlights shows are also planned for January, whilst Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will also have live commentary from at least nine games in the Third Round.

For the ten clubs that are involved in full televised programmes as listed above, they will receive an FA TV fee of 144,000 with the winning club picking up 67,500 from The FA Prize Fund.

Yeovil Town's Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley takes place on Tuesday 16th December at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.


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11 December 2014 : Glovers Office Duo Talk About FA Cup Third Round Draw
On Tuesday morning, Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney and Club Secretary Jean Cotton spoke to the BBC about the FA Cup Third Round draw. After the draw paired the winners of the Second Round Replay between Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town with a home match against Manchester United, the back office duo spoke live on BBC Somerset to talk to Emma Britton about ticketing arrangements and what the draw might mean for the club if they can get past next Tuesday's replay at Huish Park. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney and Jean Cotton Speak To The BBC About The FA Cup Third Round Draw.


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10 December 2014 : Hereford Suspended From All Football
Southern League Premier Division side Hereford United have been suspended from all football activities by the Football Association. The extraordinary move relates to the club's failure to comply with the FA's Owners' and Directors' Test (ODT) Regulations (more commonly known as the Fit and Proper Person Test).

Specifically the suspension relates to Hereford shareholder Alan McCarthy, who the FA had also charged with failure to comply with the regulations. The FA ordered Mr McCarthy and the club to either provide the relevant paperwork to meet the ODT Regulations, or for McCarthy to have sold his shares in the club, such that the ODT Regulations would not be relevant to him.

The deadline set for Hereford was 4.00p.m. on Thursday 4th December. They failed to meet that target, but the FA granted a short extension until Monday 8th December, after some initial documents had been received. However, the FA note that their secondary request was not responded to and so they have taken the unprecedented step of suspending both the club and the individual from football until they can prove that they have complied with the regulations. They will not be allowed to play in any matches during this time.

The situation is the latest in an embarrassing soap opera for the Bulls, whose previous owner Tommy Agombar also failed the ODT. Bulls Chairman Andy Lonsdale has claimed that the current situation results from delays in the transfer of paperwork that will see him become club owner, having already verbally announced himself as the new majority shareholder at the club. It would seem that whatever was provided to the FA late last week wasn't enough to convince them that Hereford were no longer in McCarthy's hands. They will remain in that state until they can prove compiliance with the ODT.

Lonsdale is hardly Hereford's shining white knight, coming to the rescue. He is formerly of Bedfont & Feltham FC, and is reported as having held 21 appointments at 17 previously dissolved businesses over the years, and had been disqualified as a Director for six years between 2006 and 2012. In 2008, he was convicted for the dumping of 600 tonnes of contaminated waste on green belt land at Pyebush Roundabout in South Buckinghamshire, and was also at the centre of controversy at Feltham Arena, where Hounslow Council launched an investigation into the use of the stadium land as a means to dump rubble.

The club are currently the subject of a rolling winding up order in the High Court, with eight adjournments held in a case dating back to the summer. They are next due back in court on December 15th, where Lonsdale is meant to prove that he has 1 million in funds that he can invest in the club to address claims made by HMRC (aka the Taxman) with other creditors piggy-backing onto the court order.


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10 December 2014 : Ticket Office Opening Hours Prior To Accrington Replay
Yeovil Town have posted their planned opening hours for the coming few days, in the light of increased recent ticket sales. With tickets for the Accrington Stanley Second Round Replay having gone on general sale today, and forthcoming fixtures against Oldham Athletic, Colchester United and Bristol City to wade through, the Ticket Office is currently very busy, and you may find it hard to get through. Please stay patient and polite as they are dealing with a lot of calls.

They will be open for the following hours over the next five days:

Thursday 11/12/2014 : 09:00hrs - 19:00hrs
Friday 12/12/2014 : 09:00hrs - 17:00hrs
Saturday 13/12/2014 : 10:00hrs - 14:00hrs
Sunday 14/12/2014 : 10:00hrs - 14:00hrs
Monday 15/12/2014 : 09:00hrs - 17:00hrs

Note that on the Saturday and the Sunday, they will only have minimal staff available and so personal callers are preferred and recommended as they will only get to the phones in quieter periods.


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10 December 2014 : Gary Talks About The FA Cup Third Round Draw
Yesterday morning, BBC Somerset sent a car down to Huish Park to interview a few people about their views on the FA Cup Third Round draw. This had picked out a home tie against Manchester United for the winners of the Second Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley creating plenty of anticipation ahead of next Tuesday's replay at Huish Park. As part of their coverage, BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail caught up with Glovers boss Gary Johnson who gave his reaction to the draw, and what it would mean to the club if they got through to the next round. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Somerset About The FA Cup Third Round Draw.


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10 December 2014 : Officials for Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Boundary Park on Saturday 13th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Peter Bankes (Merseyside).

We've never had Mr Bankes before as a referee, with him only having been promoted to League level earlier this year, albeit with a single 'trial' game last season to test the waters. So far he's taken charge of 12 matches, with 43 yellow cards and three red cards dished out - slightly above average but nothing to get too worried about.

He's not taken charge of any Oldham Athletic matches before either, so this is a clean slate for both clubs. Before that he was a regular at Conference level, with his biggest achievement so far being the Conference National Division play-off final between Cambridge United and Gateshead at Wembley Stadium - his final game before being promoted to the new level.

Mr Bankes will be assisted by Paul Cook (East Yorkshire) and Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Gary Hilton (Lancashire).


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10 December 2014 : John Fry: FA Cup Draw Creating A Buzz Around The Town
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that the prospect of an FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United has created a 'buzz' around the town, even though the club still need to get past Accrington Stanley in a Second Round Replay. Fry was reacting to Monday night's draw that paired the winners of next Tuesday's replay against a club that have won the trophy 11 times during their history.

Recognising that it had been a difficult season so far, Fry described the FA Cup as a welcome break, and told BBC Somerset that if the club won their Second Round Replay that it would give the Glovers a chance of regaining some of the momentum that had been lost so far this season:

"The buzz is automatically back into the town and into the stadium, which is what you need in a football club - it's a momentum. When you've lost so many matches, like we have this season, and because we've come down from a higher league that's always the case that it will take a long time to build a squad up to compete at League One level. So the situation is very welcome - it's a welcome break, especially from the finances point of view."

Fry said that with the club having to regularly submit financial information to the Football League for their Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) regulations, that any variance in those figures would make a big diference for the club. However, he found it hard to put a figure on what the Second Round Replay and Third Round match could be worth, given things like television coverage and the capacity of Huish Park would influence that:

"Quite clearly there's going to be a lot of supporters not able to get in to see the match, and it's also a lot to do with TV money and media exposure and everything else that goes with it, like merchandise. So you can try to put a figure on it, but does it matter? What it does matter is that we would get a bigger turnover for the business this year, because we are just filling in the financial fair play figures for the Football League, and it would be nice to put in a big bonus in on that to enable Gary to get the right sort of squad for next season."

Fry admitted that with the club currently occupying a 23rd place position in the League One table that preserving their third tier status was the club's main priority. However, any continuation of their current FA Cup run would help that situation significantly:

"Things are really tight in football and it's really hard with all these rules and regulations. Our ambition this season now is to stay in League One. We've got to do that, so yes this would help towards that no end. It's like winning the lottery, isn't it?"


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9 December 2014 : A Token Warning
Further to the earlier news concerning the match tokens that would be utilised if Yeovil Town win their Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley, the club have clarified one important aspect about the collection of such tokens. Fans who want to put themselves into a position for potential Third Round tickets need to keep the Token part of the matchday tickets from that Second Round Replay as well as the December 20th game against Colchester United.

However, it is worth noting that the tokens collected must match the relevant age band for the ticket you would want to purchase for any Third Round tie - i.e. if you collected Under-16s tokens from the Accrington and Colchester matches, you would only be eligible to purchase an Under-16s ticket for a Third Round match.

Tickets go on general sale for the Second Round Replay tomorrow morning at 10.00a.m. from the Huish Park Ticket Office - bear the above in mind when purchasing your tickets for that match.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Accrington Replay And Third Round Outline Schedule.


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9 December 2014 : Ticketing Arrangements For Accrington Replay And Third Round Outline Schedule
Ticketing Arrangements for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley are now available. The match will take place on Tuesday 16th December at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are at a flat rate throughout the ground and are as follows:

Adults: 15.00; Over-65s and Under-21s: 10.00; Under-16s: 5.00.

Those who are Season Ticket Holders will have their usual seat/space reserved until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 11th December. At that point onwards those seats/spaces will be released into the General Sale pool.

Season Ticket Holders can purchase their tickets now. All other supporters can purchase tickets from 10.00a.m. on Wednesday 10th December (tomorrow) by calling the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or by visiting them in person. Note carefully that if you are not a Season Ticket Holder, you are strongly advised to retain the token on the ticket.

The club have also released a rough outline of the ticketing procedures that will be in place IF the club progress beyond the Second Round stages. Note that there are no prices available for this fixture - only an outline schedule. These are as follows:

1. Season Ticket Holders and Half Season Ticket Holders can purchase one ticket per person from Wednesday 17th December at 9.30a.m. and will have until Sunday 21st December to claim their seat.

2. Holders of Ticket Tokens for both of the Accrington Stanley Replay (16th) and Colchester United (20th) matches will have from Monday 22nd December until Wednesday 24th December at midday to purchase a ticket (subject to availability).

3. Holders of one of the Ticket Tokens from the Accrington Stanley Replay (16th) and Colchester United (20th) matches will have from Saturday 27th December until Tuesday 30th December to purchase a ticket (subject to availability).

4. On Wednesday 31st December, anything left will go on General Sale.

With all of the above, we'd recommend that you keep a look out nearer the time for any variations or further detail on the above.


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9 December 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Can Good Things Come To Those Who Wait?
The FA Cup has always brought many highs and many lows in Yeovil Town's long history. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry assembles together the last few days at the club, involving the weekend Second Round fixture against Accrington Stanley, and Monday night's Third Round draw that offered up the carrot of Manchester United at home as a reward for the eventual winners. Read views on both via the link below, and as usual provide your own comments at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Can Good Things Come To Those Who Wait?.


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9 December 2014 : Not Just One Manager Getting Stick At The Crown Ground
It appears that Gary Johnson wasn't the only manager to come in for some stern criticism, during Saturday's 1-1 draw between Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town. Whilst the Glovers boss explained that he had a number of words with one fan after the match, home boss John Coleman had his own issues during the match. Coleman has explained that at half time, whilst his club were 1-0 down, a number of his folk were unimpressed at his team's performance at the Crown Ground, during a match in which they were trailing by a goal from Jordan Clarke at the break.

Although Coleman's side equalised during the second half, thanks to defender Tom Aldred's shot inside the box, the Accrington boss told BBC Radio Lancashire that his side's fans were less than impressed earlier on in the match - and he wasn't too happy with what they had to say to him:

"A couple of people were shouting at half-time and I don't know what makes them better qualified to pick a side than me. There must be a lot of Pro License holders in the main stand that I don't know have got their badges. Maybe they want to come down and take a couple of sessions? Anyone who can complain about how we played today should be going to watch a different sport."

Coleman's own assessment of the match was rather different, believing that his side had dominated the whole game, bar a 15 minute period during the latter stages of the first half. He came out of the match feeling pleased with the performance his team had shown during the match:

"I thought we were fantastic. Yeovil had a 15-minute spell where they scored and we had the other 75 minutes. But we could only get one goal. How we didn't score more than one I will never know. It was a smashing cup-tie though and the players were tremendous and, while we are disappointed we didn't win, you have got to be pleased with the performance. We showed a great appetite and I would obviously prefer going to Yeovil than not being in the cup at all, so I will take that. Yeovil are a good side, but we were magnificent."


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8 December 2014 : FA Cup Second Round Replay Televised Matches
The Football Association have now confirmed the two ties that will be televised as part of the FA Cup Second Round coverage. It won't come as too much of a shock to find that BT Sport have selected the ties involving non-league sides Chester and Worcester City as their televised games, as they gain home advantage against Barnsley and Scunthorpe United respectively. The two ties will be screened on BT Sport as follows:

Tue 16/12/2014 : Chester vs Barnsley (7.45p.m. live on BT Sport)
Wed 17/12/2014 : Worcester City vs Scunthorpe United (7.45p.m. live on BT Sport)

Given that the BBC do not plan to televise any replay ties, we'd therefore say it's 99.9% certain that the Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley would be played on Tuesday 16th December at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off - we'd expect confirmation from the club very soon.

If you missed tonight's Third Round draw, there's a small prize for the winners of that match - you'll find details listed via the link below.

Link: FA Cup Third Round Draw : Full Details.


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8 December 2014 : FA Cup Third Round Draw : Second Round Winners To Be Given Manchester United Draw
The draw for the FA Cup Third Round tonight has given the winners of the tie between Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town a home match. The team that triumphs in next weeks Second Round replay will face a game against Premier League side Manchester United on home turf.

The draw was made tonight at Hull Aquarium (known as 'The Deep') with Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer and local grassroots volunteer Paul Adamson pulling out the balls. They drew the following ties tonight:

Arsenal vs Hull City
Southampton vs Ipswich Town
Stoke City vs Wrexham
Charlton Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers
Dover Athletic vs Crystal Palace
AFC Wimbledon vs Liverpool
Manchester City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Aldershot or Rochdale vs Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion vs Gateshead
Blyth Spartans vs Birmingham City
Aston Villa vs Blackpool
Rotherham United vs AFC Bournemouth
Huddersfield Town vs Reading
Oxford United or Tranmere Rovers vs Swansea City
Cardiff City vs Colchester United
Bolton Wanderers vs Wigan Athletic
Sunderland vs Leeds United
Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur
Millwall vs Bradford City
Derby County vs Southport
Brentford vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leicester City vs Newcastle United
Scunthorpe United or Worcester City vs Chesterfield
Everton vs West Ham United
Cambridge United or Mansfield Town vs Bury or Luton Town
Chelsea vs Watford
Barnsley or Chester vs Middlesbrough
Queens Park Rangers vs Sheffield United
Accrington Stanley or Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Preston North End vs Norwich City
Doncaster Rover vs Bristol City

All ties will be played across the weekend of January 3rd/4th/5th 2015, with the default date being Saturday 3rd January 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As yet, there is no current date for the Second Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley, however given that there are other replay ties involving Chester City and Worcester City that would tend to fit the profile of game the TV companies would go for, it would seem highly likely that our fixture will be played on Tuesday 16th December at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. We'll confirm this as soon as arrangements are firmed up.


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8 December 2014 : Leyton Orient Appoint Fourth Manager Of The Season
League One side Leyton Orient are now on their fourth manager of the 2014-15 season, as the soap opera at Brisbane Road continues in full effect. Mauro Milanese, who had been manager up until today, will take back his role as Sporting Director, having been in charge only since October 26th - a run of eight matches as first team manager.

The latest person to take the Orient hotseat is former Italy international Fabio Liverani who has been given a two-and-a-half year contract with the club. They have also recruited Marcello Donatelli (assistant manager) and Maurizio Cantarelli (fitness coach) to their ranks as part of the same announcement, but claim that all other existing backroom staff will remain at the club, with the exception of Chief Scout and Goalkeeper Coach Kevin Dearden who stepped down this morning.

Orient started the season with former Glovers manager Russell Slade in charge, but shortly after Milanese had entered Slade's dressing room to issue him with a 'win your next game or you're fired' ultimatum, he jumped ship to Cardiff City, with his former assistant manager Kevin Nugent being left in charge, initially on a caretaker basis. Nugent was given the position of Interim Manager during mid-October, in theory until the end of the 2014-15 season, but in practice an appointment that lasted barely a fortnight before Milanese changed from his Director role to a front line management role. But that run of eight matches has seen five games lost, and so the revolving door has spun again.

Leyton Orient's Managers : 2014-15 Season
1. Russell Slade (12 games)
2. Kevin Nugent (7 games)
3. Mauro Milanese (8 games)
4. Fabio Liverani (appointed today).


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8 December 2014 : Home Sections For Bristol City Match Sell Out
Yeovil Town's Boxing Day opponents Bristol City have announced that they have sold out all home sections of their ground for their match against the Glovers. The League One fixture takes place on Friday 26th December at Ashton Gate, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets for the away section of the ground are still available, and have gone on full General Sale this week, with no restriction (apart from the capacity) on sales - previously fans had been limited to two tickets per purchase. You can buy your tickets either in person or by calling the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888, however we'd strongly advice that you have your Ticket Office Customer Number to hand when booking, given that they will be strongly policing remaining purchases, given home fans are unable to buy any further tickets.

For pricing for this match, and other forthcoming fixtures, follow the links below.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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8 December 2014 : James Hayter Talks About His Career Milestone
On Saturday, Yeovil Town striker James Hayter celebrated a career milestone as he made his 700th career professional appearance. Having spent much of his career with AFC Bournemouth, before a five year spell with Doncaster Rovers, he has been on Yeovil's books since the summer of 2012, with Saturday being his 114th for the club. Speaking to local journalist Chris Spittles after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley, James gave his views on the game to BBC Somerset and of breaking through the 700 barrier. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Accrington.


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8 December 2014 : Glovers Trip To Preston To Be Rearranged
Yeovil Town's League One visit to Preston North End will need to be rearranged to a midweek date, regardless of whether the club progress through to the FA Cup Third Round. The Glovers are listed as travelling to Deepdale on Saturday 3rd January 2015, but the Lilywhites won their Second Round tie at home to Shrewsbury Town, thanks to a single goal from former Glover Paul Huntington. With the Third Round of the FA Cup being scheduled to take place across that weekend, any League One and League Two sides still involved in the competition will see their Football League fixtures called off, with the FA Cup taking priority.

If the Glovers beat Accrington Stanley in their Second Round Replay then of course they will also be busy on that weekend, but regardless of the outcome of the replay at Huish Park, we will not be playing a League One fixture on that date.

The following League One fixtures will not be played on January 3rd - all because of FA Cup commitments:

Bristol City v Peterborough United
Chesterfield v Crawley Town
Colchester United v Milton Keynes Dons
Doncaster Rovers v Crewe Alexandra
Leyton Orient v Bradford City
Notts County v Sheffield United
Preston North End v Yeovil Town


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8 December 2014 : FA Cup Third Round Revised Ball Number List
Following this weekend's FA Cup Second Round matches, the ball numbers that will be used for the Third Round draw can be simplified somewhat. The draw will be made tonight from 7.00p.m. live on BBC2 from Hull Aquarium (known as 'The Deep') - expect plenty of remarks about 'big fish' and 'minnows' on the night as a result. Match of the Day regular Alan Shearer and Humberside grassroots volunteer Paul Adamson will be making the draw.

The ball numbers for the Third Round are as follows, with the winners of Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town given Ball No. 51 for the draw:

Premier League and Championship Teams:
1 AFC Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 4 Birmingham City 5 Blackburn Rovers 6 Blackpool 7 Bolton Wanderers 8 Brentford 9 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 Burnley 11 Cardiff City 12 Charlton Athletic 13 Chelsea 14 Crystal Palace 15 Derby County 16 Everton 17 Fulham 18 Huddersfield Town 19 Hull City 20 Ipswich Town 21 Leeds United 22 Leicester City 23 Liverpool 24 Manchester City 25 Manchester United 26 Middlesbrough 27 Millwall 28 Newcastle United 29 Norwich City 30 Nottingham Forest 31 Queens Park Ranges 32 Reading 33 Rotherham United 34 Sheffield Wednesday 35 Southampton 36 Stoke City 37 Sunderland 38 Swansea City 39 Tottenham Hotspur 40 Watford 41 West Bromwich Albion 42 West Ham United 43 Wigan Athletic 44 Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Second Round Winners/Competitors:
45 Oxford United or Tranmere Rovers 46 Bury or Luton Town 47 Wrexham 48 Scunthorpe United or Worcester City 49 Colchester United 50 AFC Wimbledon 51 Accrington Stanley or Yeovil Town 52 Blyth Spartans 53 Chesterfield 54 Southport 55 Gateshead 56 Doncaster Rovers 57 Preston North End 58 Barnsley or Chester 59 Bradford City 60 Sheffield United 61 Dover Athletic 62 Cambridge United or Mansfield Town 63 Bristol City OR AFC Telford United 64 Aldershot Town or Rochdale

All ties are due to be played over the weekend of January 3rd/4th 2015.

A date for Yeovil Town's Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley will be announced in due course. However, Chester and Worcester City's surprise draws against Barnsley and Scunthorpe United would see them as being nailed on for BT Sport to pick them up for televised replays. Therefore we'd strongly expect Yeovil's replay to take place on Tuesday 16th December at Huish Park - but will confirm that as soon as the two clubs firm that one up.


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8 December 2014 : Gary Talks About Accrington Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Accrington Stanley kicked off at the Crown Ground, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC, Gary explains why Tom Eaves wasn't in the team on the weekend, and also pays tribute to James Hayter who was making his 700th career appearance. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 December 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Away Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup Second Round, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on the game, as well as his views on a post-match incident involving a fan at the end of the game, can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Away Game.


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7 December 2014 : Video : Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those two want to relive the action from yesterday's FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley, the highlights of the game are now available, via the BBC Sport website. They have compiled together just under three minutes worth of highlights, including Yeovil's opener from Jordan Clarke and the equalising goal from Tom Aldred - watch that and the other major bits via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport : Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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6 December 2014 : Johnson Disappointed With Accrington Issues
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was disappointed with his team's second half performance against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup today, but also explained why he reacted to an incident at half time involving a couple of supporters. The Glovers drew the match 1-1 thanks to a goal from Jordan Clarke that was wiped out by an equaliser from Tom Aldred during the second half, with the home side richly deserving their equalising goal after dominating possession and territory after the break.

Johnson said after the match that with his side leading 1-0 at half time, he was relatively content at the break, although admitted his side had capitalised on one of their few chances. However, he felt that Accrington's high tempo pressing game had stopped the Glovers in their tracks and he was disappointed in that:

"The second half was really poor, it was a really poor performance. They shut us down, they played some decent football and we had to throw ourselves in front of shots to keep them out. It was a good job the first half was pretty even although they had chances, but we took our one chance. The lads know that is disappointing. The only one positive is that we are still in the cup. It was a disappointing day all round."

Johnson was involved in a heated discussion with a number of fans on the final whistle, as he and his team made his way off the field, which involved them walking past the 306 travelling supporters. With some dissent from Glovers fans audible as the team walked off the field, the Glovers boss felt that one or two fans had overstepped the mark and that caused his own reaction:

"You can understand fans being disappointed - of course they are. They'll have felt exactly as I did in the dressing room there, for the after-match review. You let people know exactly how you feel, and I know supporters don't get that opportunity. But they'll just have to trust me that in the end we'll get a group that is competitive. It happens everywhere, where you come over and you want to thank them, but then you get abuse from one person who wants to be the star of the show, and they start swearing. You don't like that really because there's a lot of kids around, and then people ask you to move away. Some people wanted to clap, and some people wanted to say well done, we're still in the cup, but one or two wanted to be a little bit more aggressive."


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6 December 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, 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 Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.


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6 December 2014 : Accrington 1 Yeovil 1 : Draw Grabbed As Stanley Worry Glovers
Yeovil Town forced a replay in the FA Cup Second Round against League Two side Accrington Stanley this afternoon, despite the home side dominating possession and territory in a hard-fought match at the Crown Ground. The Glovers had to settle for the draw despite taking the lead when Sam Foley's 30th minute free kick was turned in by Jordan Clarke for the Coventry City loanee's third goal of his spell with the club. But Stanley were more than worthy of a second bite of the cherry as their strong home performance saw Tom Aldred force home a 64th minute equaliser to force the two sides to meet again at Huish Park in around ten days time.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up with Jed Steer returning from the illness that kept him out of the team last weekend, as Artur Krysiak dropped to the bench. Up front Tom Eaves had a thigh injury, whilst left-winger Liam Davis was also suffering from a knock and that was an excuse to change formations, with a 4-4-2 being restored as AJ Leitch-Smith and James Hayter formed the front partnership. The other change saw the suspended Ryan Inniss drop out as Ben Nugent returned from his own suspension.

Accrington showed immediately why their side have clocked up seven home wins in their last nine matches, including the dumping of Notts County out of the competition in the previous round. Their gambit was to constantly press every Yeovil player from the defence to attack, rarely allowing them time on the ball, with only an early Joe Edwards chance that was easily saved showing they could get any room to shoot on goal. At the other end, Accrington should have taken an early lead when Matt Crooks burst through on goal, but the striker's final shot with a good sight of goal went wide of the far post - a real let off as Stanley dominated the opening 20-25 minutes.

Matters all changed on the half hour mark. Sam Foley has been establishing himself as a first team regular again, as well as a good goal creator and it was his free kick on the angle that was glanced home by Jordan Clarke for the opening goal, and for the third of his loan spell with the club. That also changed the pattern of the half with the Glovers enjoying their best spell of the match, whilst Accrington's persistent fouling meant that their players were gradually clocking up the bookings. Joe Edwards had a long range effort that went just wide before the break.

A half time team talk from home boss John Coleman seemed to put them back on track and where they had been at the start of the game. As the gloomy light turned into darkness, Stephen Arthurworrey's excellent defending saw him clear a Piero Mingoia effort close to his own goal line, whilst Matt Crooks forced Jed Steer into a difficult save inside a crowded goalmouth.

The big problem for the Glovers was that they were getting sucked into their final third as the half progressed, with all eleven players sat behind the ball at times, meaning that there was little outlet for them to release the pressure. Their inability to string together more than two or three passes at the same time didn't help matters as they gifted Stanley back the ball on numerous occasions.

Thus it was little surprise when the home side bagged a deserved equaliser. Rob Akinson's 64th minute ball into the box found defender Tom Aldred and he showed a striker's finish as he made room for himself and finished into the far corner, for a 1-1 scoreline they richly deserved on the balance of play.

The Glovers managed to rally, and relieve the pressure somewhat after that goal, and in the closing stages both sides could have easily won the game. Shay McCartan struck the upright from a Luke Joyce cross, with Jed Steer well beaten. Meanwhile in the 90th minute a Stephen Arthurworrey header was tipped over by home goalkeeper Jack Rose for what would have probably been a bit of daylight robbery - Accrington were the better side on the day, and the Glovers should be thankful to get a draw and take the Lancashire side back for a replay in around ten days time. It wasn't pretty at all, but on the plus side they will remain in the FA Cup Third Round draw for Monday.

Final Score: Accrington Stanley 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jordan Clarke (0-1, 30 mins), Tom Aldred (1-1, 64 mins)

Accrington Stanley:
26. Jack Rose
6. Dean Winnard 25. Rob Atkinson 5. Tom Aldred 3. Michael Liddle
4. Luke Joyce 24. Andrew Procter 15. Piero Mingoia 7. Shay McCartan
11. Kal Naismith 33. Matt Crooks

Substitutes:
8. Josh Windass (43 mins for Andrew Proctor) 9. James Gray 12. Luke Simpson 14. Marcus Carver (75 mins for Matt Crooks) 16. Nicky Hunt 21. Lee Molyneux (79 mins for Kal Naismith) 23. Anthony Barry

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 16. Nathan Ralph 23. Simon Gillett (78 mins for James Berrett) 24. Seth Nana Twumasi (89 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 28. Alex Smith

Accrington Bookings: Luke Joyce (39 mins, foul), Piero Mingoia (40 mins, foul), Matt Crooks (55 mins, foul), Tom Aldred (88 mins, foul).

Yeovil Bookings: James Berrett (74 mins, foul)

Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear). Assistant Referees: Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Ross Joyce (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Tony Peart (North Yorkshire).

Attendance: 1,440 (with 306 Yeovil supporters).


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6 December 2014 : Team News For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for their FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley. One of those changes is enforced, as Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss begins a three match suspension. Fortunately he is replaced by Cardiff City centre-back Ben Nugent who has just returned from his own one match suspension.

In goal, Aston Villa keeper Jed Steer has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the side last week, and he takes Artur Krysiak's position, with the Polish keeper dropping to the bench, allowing Gareth Stewart to just concentrate on his coaching duties.

On the bench, striker Sam Hoskins is cup-tied, having already played for Barnet in the FA Cup, and so he drops out of the squad. Striker Kieffer Moore (hamstring) and left-back Liam Davis remain out through injury whilst Tom Eaves has picked up a thigh strain and the duo of James Hayter and AJ Leitch-Smith see Yeovil switch formations with Hayter making his 700th senior appearance during his career.

The team this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 16. Nathan Ralph 23. Simon Gillett 24. Seth Nana Twumasi XX. Alex Smith


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6 December 2014 : Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Results
At the start of November, Yeovil Town travelled to Chesterfield, with a new look squad dominating proceedings in the build-up to the game as the club made three new signings. The 0-0 draw wasn't pretty on the eye at times, but ensured the club gained its first clean sheet on their travels of the 2014-15 season.

The verdict on the three new signings was significantly positive, with all three given top three positions. Right-back Jordan Clarke was quiet, but effective as he came in third place, whilst Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey picked up a large number of plaudits on his debut on his debut. However, fans were particularly impressed by goalkeeper Jed Steer, who won the poll by a small margin as he began his second spell with the club.

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

1. Jed Steer 128 (10)
2. Stephen Arthurworrey 116 (5)
3. Jordan Clarke 58 (2)
4. Sam Foley 52 (4)
5. Liam Davis 14 (1)
6. Ben Nugent 10 (0)
7. Calvin Brooks 6 (0)
8. Joel Grant 6 (0)
9. Kevin Dawson 2 (0)
10. Joe Edwards 2 (0)
11. Jordy Hiwula 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.45
Performance : 6.73
Entertainment : 6.18
VOTES RECEIVED : 22


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6 December 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Rochdale : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match in October was a home League One fixture against Rochdale. The less said about the game, the better - the Glovers lost it by a 0-3 scoreline, with two early goals conceded that killed the game right from the start.

In terms of Man of the Match voting, three players heavily dominated supporters thoughts. Midfielder Simon Gillett continued his strong showing so far this season, and he was joined by the equally consistent Kevin Dawson. The winner of the poll by a small margin was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak - the verdict being that few fans blamed him for the ultimate result.

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

1. Artur Krysiak 164 (13)
2. Kevin Dawson 158 (9)
3. Simon Gillett 156 (13)
4. Liam Davis 58 (3)
5. James Hayter 56 (3)
6. Joe Edwards 54 (0)
7. Sam Foley 54 (2)
8. Ryan Inniss 50 (3)
9. Jordy Hiwula 16 (0)
10. Ben Nugent 4 (0)
11. AJ Leitch-Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.08
Performance : 2.79
Entertainment : 3.38
VOTES RECEIVED : 48


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6 December 2014 : Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
At the tail end of October, Yeovil Town made the trip to Bramall Lane, where they faced a Sheffield United side. The end 2-0 defeat was probably a fair reflection in a game in which the Glovers struggled to gain a foothold in the match throughout the night.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Ryan Inniss and right-sided midfielder Kevin Dawson pick up a number of votes on the night, but the winner of the poll was midfielder Joe Edwards, played his usual spot in the centre of the park, captaining the side.

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

1. Joe Edwards 30 (3)
2. Kevin Dawson 20 (1)
3. Ryan Inniss 18 (0)
4. Sam Foley 10 (1)
4. Simon Gillett 10 (1)
6. James Hayter 6 (0)
6. Liam Davis 6 (0)
8. Jordy Hiwula 4 (0)
9. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 2 (0)
10. Ben Nugent 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4
Performance : 4.33
Entertainment : 3.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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5 December 2014 : Gary Previews The Accrington Stanley Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's FA Cup match against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about his problems in finalising a deal for an unnamed trialist, as well as his thoughts on tomorrow's opponents and the importance of the FA Cup to the club. He also gives the lowdown on the availability of Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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5 December 2014 : Glovers Given Larks Draw In County Cup
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the Quarter-Finals of the 2014-15 Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers will face a trip to Larkhall Athletic next February, in a match that will be played at their Plain Ham Ground, which is situated on the north-east side of Bath. Larkhall have recently joined the Southern Football League Division One South & West, having been crowned as Western Football League
Premier Division champions last season.

Ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing February 23rd 2015, with Tuesday 24th February the most likely date for clubs to pick. However, that date is unconfirmed at present. The draw reads as follows:

Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Bath City vs Paulton Rovers
Taunton Town vs Frome Town
Weston Super Mare OR Bridgwater Town vs Odd Down.


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5 December 2014 : FA Cup Third Round Ball Numbers And Draw Schedule
For the optimists amongst you, the Football Association have published the ball numbers for the FA Cup Third Round draw. The draw itself will be broadcast on Monday evening live on BBC2 from 7.00p.m. following the same format as with previous rounds. This will see Premier League and Championship clubs join the draw for the first time, giving those that win their Second Round ties (or at least draw them) an opportunity to pull a big name out of the hat.

The draw will be made by former England captain and Match of the Day regular Alan Shearer and Humberside grassroots volunteer Paul Adamson who will be providing the 'local' representation, with Hull Aquarium (known as 'The Deep') being used to draw out some 'big fish' against some 'small tiddlers' on the night.

The ball numbers for the Third Round are as follows, with the winners of Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town given Ball No. 51 for the draw:

Premier League and Championship Teams:
1 AFC Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 4 Birmingham City 5 Blackburn Rovers 6 Blackpool 7 Bolton Wanderers 8 Brentford 9 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 Burnley 11 Cardiff City 12 Charlton Athletic 13 Chelsea 14 Crystal Palace 15 Derby County 16 Everton 17 Fulham 18 Huddersfield Town 19 Hull City 20 Ipswich Town 21 Leeds United 22 Leicester City 23 Liverpool 24 Manchester City 25 Manchester United 26 Middlesbrough 27 Millwall 28 Newcastle United 29 Norwich City 30 Nottingham Forest 31 Queens Park Ranges 32 Reading 33 Rotherham United 34 Sheffield Wednesday 35 Southampton 36 Stoke City 37 Sunderland 38 Swansea City 39 Tottenham Hotspur 40 Watford 41 West Bromwich Albion 42 West Ham United 43 Wigan Athletic 44 Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Second Round Competitors:
45 Oxford United or Tranmere Rovers
46 Bury or Luton Town
47 Wrexham or Maidstone United
48 Scunthorpe United or Worcester City
49 Colchester United or Peterborough United
50 Wycombe Wanderers or AFC Wimbledon
51 Accrington Stanley or Yeovil Town
52 Hartlepool United or Blyth Spartans
53 Milton Keynes Dons or Chesterfield
54 Southport or Eastleigh
55 Gateshead or Warrington Town
56 Oldham Athletic or Doncaster Rovers
57 Preston North End or Shrewsbury Town
58 Barnsley or Chester
59 Bradford City or Dartford
60 Sheffield United or Plymouth Argyle
61 Cheltenham Town or Dover Athletic
62 Cambridge United or Mansfield Town
63 Bristol City OR AFC Telford United
64 Aldershot Town or Rochdale

All ties are due to be played over the weekend of January 3rd/4th 2015. Note that if Yeovil Town beat Accrington Stanley, or if Preston North End beat Shrewsbury Town then our trip to Deepdale which is scheduled for January 3rd would be postponed.


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5 December 2014 : Burton Send Weale Back To Huish Park
League Two side Burton Albion have indicated that goalkeeper Chris Weale is now back at Huish Park, with no realistic prospect of him returning to the Pirelli Stadium. The 32 year old suffered an ankle injury last week that saw the Brewers move into the loan market for another goalkeeper, leaving a big question mark over Weale's future with his temporary club.

With Jon McLaughlin currently between the sticks for Burton, and Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews being the new boy drafted in following Weale's injury, first team manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told the Burton Mail that he wants to see those two keepers compete with each other, and therefore with the Yeovil player's ankle injury not having cleared up, he has been sent back to Somerset instead:

"I want and expect Remi to challenge Jon McLaughlin in goal. He hasn't just been brought in as back-up and I don't want anybody comfortable in saying 'I'm second' here. I've sent Chris Weale back to Yeovil to receive treatment and his loan will be finished in about a week, so we now have Remi until January 4th."

That would appear to end Weale's stay in Burton for good - he managed two unused substitute appearances on the teamsheet, but did not enter the field of play, with his injury sustained on the Brewers' training ground.


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5 December 2014 : Gary Explains Trialist Rejection
Further to yesterday's news concerning Yeovil Town's decision not to proceed with the decision not to sign an unnamed trialist who has been training with them, manager Gary Johnson has given his views on the subject. With the club having already made the decision to sign up left-back Alex Smith on a short term contract, the club had also been sat on another unnamed player, who had taken part in a behind-closed-doors match against Reading ten days ago and scored in that fixture.

The player concerned was understood to be a French or French-speaking striker who required international clearance to be able to play in this country, and requiring the club to work with the local Football Association associated with his last club. With that having taken so long to come through, Gary told BBC Somerset the club had an extended period of time to see him in a second match, and that led to them reversing their original decision to offer him a short term contract:

"We decided not to go ahead with it. There were a couple of little problems with his international clearance anyway. But while we were waiting for it, it gave us another chance to have him in for a week, playing in another game that we played. We just decided that he wouldn't be the 'Roy of the Rovers' that we needed. We didn't really want to put him under pressure to be that player that suddenly everybody expects to score 30 goals during the rest of the season. So we ended up saying that we wouldn't be going ahead with it."

With a few other Football League clubs signing up free agents this week, in an attempt to bolster their squad during the December period, Johnson was asked whether that meant he would now look to make a move for another player. He explained that was unlikely, given the amount of time it takes to bring players who have been out of football for a couple of months up to a suitable level of fitness:

"There's one or two free agents out there but for the moment we've now got to concentrate on our group for the next three or four games, because when you bring in free agents, they're free agents because they've not been with a club for some time. Often they haven't got that fitness and we haven't got that time to help them with that fitness, and certainly not to get to League One levels. It sounds easy, but it's very difficult to get the right player in the right condition that is a free agent at this time."


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4 December 2014 : Coventry Boss Willing To Talk About Clarke And Martin Futures
Coventry City manager Stephen Pressley admits that he is open to discussions on the longer term future of both Aaron Martin and Jordan Clarke, and hints that he would be willing to bring up the subject of permanent moves for the pair. Yeovil Town centre-back Martin and Coventry City right-back Clarke have temporarily swapped clubs, as part of loan deals that last until January 5th 2015, and some early soundings on their future in a month's time have been made this week, albeit with none of the relevant parties likely to show their hand this early in the month.

Like Clarke, Martin has settled in well at the Ricoh Arena, making five appearances for the Sky Blues. Pressley has told the Coventry Telegraph that if Martin did become available on a permanent basis in the New Year, then he would be interested in talking about the possibility of the 25 year old signing for his team. But he stresses that he has not talked to either player about their long term futures:

"I am still to talk to Jordan about his thoughts and what he wants to do, and Im still to speak to Aaron in full, but I have been really pleased with him. Ive always really liked Aaron and been a big admirer of him and think hes the type of character this club requires, but nothing has been done on that yet. If things progress and Yeovil didnt see his future being there then, of course, wed be very interested come January on the situation."

Just prior to his move to Huish Park, Clarke had dropped out of Coventry's first team plans, with the general vibe being that he was struggling to fit into Coventry's formation and style of play. Pressley gave a strong hint that when he did sit down and talk with the 23 year old about his future at the club that one option was for him to seek a fresh start at a club away from Coventry:

"Well have a chat with Jordan in the next couple of weeks about what hes thinking about his future. I felt a new start would bring a freshness to Jordan and I think he needs that at this moment in time. I think for both players it was the right move at the right time. I think hes reached the stage of his career which is a pivotal moment where he has to decide if hes going to stay and fight for his place, and really ensure that Coventry is the team hes going to play for or, that he needs to take a fresh challenge. If he gets interest from other clubs that could change everything for him because hes got the opportunity and platform now to impress other teams. And then January, I would imagine, hell assess his options."


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4 December 2014 : No Deal For Glovers Trialist
Yeovil Town have ruled out a deal for an unnamed trialist that had been earmarked as one of two players to sign as free agents for the club. Whilst former Fulham and Swindon Town left-sided player Alex Smith signed up on a short term deal that keeps him at the club until the turn of the year, they were due to sign up an unnamed attacking player, who was understood to be either French or French-speaking. He had scored in a behind closed doors friendly against Reading but was believed to be a low-key inexperienced player, rather than a well known player in this country.

Manager Gary Johnson has today confirmed that the club will not be proceeding with a deal for the second player, partly due to problems in getting international clearance for him, but also because of him having seen the player take part in a second friendly match against Exeter City this week, which led the coaching staff to believe that the player concerned would not benefit the squad as much as they'd hoped. Hence they have made the decision to withdraw the offer of a short term deal to the player concerned.

Meanwhile Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves has been confirmed as eligible to play for the Glovers in their FA Cup Second Round match against Accrington Stanley. Eaves was the only Glovers loan player who was not on their books at the First Round stage - all other players were given permission to play before the First Round win over Crawley Town. Central defender Ryan Inniss will be suspended for that tie, meaning that he will drop out as the 'sixth loanee', whilst Ben Nugent will return to the squad this weekend.


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4 December 2014 : Johnson Not Worried About Clarke Speculation
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is not bothered about speculation surrounding Coventry City defender Jordan Clarke's future in the New Year at this stage. Last week saw a highly speculative article appear on the Sky Sports website claiming that "a number of clubs are keeping tabs on the 23 year old, although Sky did not attempt to state which clubs those were. With their website often publishing what are often 'leaks' from players' agents, attempting to drum up interest in those they have on their books, the story pointed to Clarke's representative attempting to put him into the spotlight following his brace of goals at Notts County on the previous weekend.

Clarke has so far made five appearances for the Glovers in a right-back position and has generally impressed throughout that time. He has a loan agreement with Yeovil until January 5th 2015, meaning that such agent talk is irrelevant for another month. Aaron Martin's deal with Coventry City that saw both players 'swap' on the same day also lasts for the same duration. That means that Clarke currently has six scheduled matches still to run on his current deal - too early for either manager Johnson or his Coventry counterpart Stephen Pressley to discuss what might happen to Clarke or Martin.

Johnson has told this week's Western Gazette that he is talking to Pressley on a regular basis because of the dual interest, but has said that they will wait until the right moment before they come onto the subject of what happens beyond January 5th:

"At the right time we will talk. You cant stop speculation, you cant stop agents doing their job and their work, but he seems to be enjoying himself here at the moment and hopefully we can keep him for a little bit longer. We will be speaking to Coventry and we have done regularly. I speak to Stephen Pressley quite a lot. Hes got one of our players so were always talking about how each others player has done for us."

In terms of the options open to both clubs, January obviously allows them to entertain the possibility of a permanent transfer for one or both players - Martin has been a regular in the Coventry line-up since his arrival, making five appearances, each lasting the full 90 minutes, with the Sky Blues keeping a clean sheet in their last two matches. The other option is to allow a half-season loan to be agreed, which would be non-recallable under Football League rules.

The last option is for each club to allow Clarke and Martin to continue on their existing Emergency Loan agreements. However, this is the least desirable given that both players can only be loaned out on that basis for a maximum of 93 days in a given season, meaning that both would be forced to return to their parent clubs around the end of January, unless either a half-season or permanent deal could be thrashed out before the January transfer window closed.


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3 December 2014 : Glovers See Off Grecians In Midweek Friendly
Yeovil Town played in a behind closed door friendly against Exeter City this afternoon at Huish Park. The low key affair saw fringe players from both sides get a chance to stretch their legs, with no midweek fixture in place for the Glovers.

The game ended in a 5-2 win for the Glovers. Scorers on the day were Simon Gillett, Sam Hoskins and James Hayter, who gave Yeovil a 3-1 half time lead. Sam Hoskins got his second and Yeovil's fourth, and the game was wrapped up late on with former Fulham and Swindon Town left-sided player Alex Smith netting for the club.

Final Score: Yeovil Town XI 5 Exeter City XI 2.

Scorers: Simon Gillett, Sam Hoskins, James Hayter, Sam Hoskins, Alex Smith.


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3 December 2014 : Officials For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round match between Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place at the Crown Ground on Saturday 6th December 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

From our point of view this is our first meeting involving him as a man in the middle. He is in his second season as a Football League referee, having been promoted in the summer of 2013, and that meant that we didn't see him at all, as in his rookie season he was mainly given League One and League Two fixtures, with just one Championship match included. He worked his way through 24 matches, producing 83 yellow cards and seven red cards.

For those who like omens, Mr Stockbridge was in charge of Accrington Stanley's 2013-14 FA Cup First Round match last year, on November 9th 2013 in a home match against Tranmere Rovers. Stanley lost that match 0-1 on their home patch.

This season has seen him take charge of 13 matches, showing 46 yellow cards. He has yet to show a red card. He's already visited the Crown Ground this season - a 2-2 draw between Accrington and Luton Town that saw a singular booking.

Mr Stockbridge will be assisted by Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Ross Joyce (Cleveland). The Fourth Official will be Tony Peart (North Yorkshire).


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3 December 2014 : Ladies Put 2015 Season Tickets On Sale
Yeovil Town Ladies have put their Season Tickets for the 2015 Season on sale this week. They will be competing in the FA Women's Super League for the second season, and have put their tickets on a special 'early bird' rate for those who want to get their plans for next year sorted quickly, or perhaps want to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a Christmas present for someone.

From now until December 10th, Season Ticket Prices will be as follows:

Adult Tickets: 25.00; Concessions: 10.00

Tickets purchased after December 10th will cost the following:

Adult Tickets: 30.00; Concessions: 15.00

The first 25 season tickets purchased will receive a FREE Yeovil Town Ladies FC Merchandise Pack.

All season tickets purchased will cover:
All home FA Women's Super League fixtures
Any FA Cup home matches
Any Continental Cup home matches

You can purchase your ticket online using this page and once you've filled in the form, you will have your ticket posted out to you in around 3-5 working days. Their advice is to place your order by the above December 10th early bird cut-off period to make sure that any tickets intended to be Christmas presents are sent and received in time.

Yeovil Town Ladies 2015 Season Tickets On Sale
Yeovil Town Ladies 2015 Season Tickets On Sale.



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2 December 2014 : Last Few Places Left For Away Travel Club Accrington Trip
The Away Travel Club have indicated that spaces on their coach to Accrington Stanley are now starting to fill up, hence if you haven't booked your travel yet for this trip, please do so as soon as possible. The trip to the Crown Ground takes place on Saturday 6th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and will see the two clubs contest an FA Cup Second Round match.

To book a seat with the Away Travel Club, please call Roger on Yeovil 01935-475384. They will be leaving from the away end at Huish Park at 7.30a.m. and the cost for the trip will be 25.00 a seat. Note that they are also providing transport to the Boxing Day match against Bristol City - for details on that follow the link below.

All other active ticketing and travel offers/options and information can also be found via the links below.

Link: 2014-15 Half-Season Ticket Prices.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Two.


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2 December 2014 : Inniss FA Ban Allowed To Stand
Yeovil Town will not be appealing against the red card issued to Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss last Saturday. The centre-back was dismissed by referee Darren Deadman in the 0-2 defeat against Preston North End winger Kyel Reid - a decision that allowed the visitors a more comfortable second period than they perhaps might have enjoyed if the sides had stayed at eleven vs eleven.

Manager Gary Johnson has told the Western Gazette that he will let the decision stand, to avoid any chance of the Football Association tagging on additional games, should the Appeals Panel rule their claim as being frivelous. As a result, Inniss will be banned for three matches, which would currently see him miss out on the FA Cup Second Round trip to Accrington Stanley, the away League One clash against Oldham Athletic and the home match against Colchester United. If the Accrington cup tie goes to a replay, then the third match of his ban would be served by that match.

Inniss currently has a loan deal that runs out in mid-December, so as things stand, decisions would have to be made if he is to pull on a Yeovil Town shirt again. For the moment, Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent will take his place, with him having sat out a one match ban last Saturday, after accruing five yellow cards. If the Glovers suffer any further injuries or suspensions during December, whilst Inniss is out, then Jordan Clarke is capable of being moved to a more central role, whilst Nathan Smith took up that position on Saturday on a temporary basis.


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2 December 2014 : Sokolik Paperwork Completed For Loan Extension
Paperwork for Jakub Sokolik's loan extension has now been completed by League Two side Southend United, taking his spell with the Glovers into the New Year. Last week, Shrimpers assistant manager Dave Penney confirmed he had an agreement with Yeovil Town and with the player himself for his stay in Essex to be extended.

That has now been confirmed, with Sokolik staying with Southend until January 3rd 2015, including their match on that day against Northampton Town. As part of the deal, the Glovers are understood to have inserted a 24 hour call-back clause into the agreement. He has so far made two appearances for the Roots Hall club, but sat out one game due to a one match suspension, after he accrued his fifth yellow card of the season, and since then he has only been an unused substitute in their last two fixtures.


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2 December 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to Accrington Stanley's Crown Ground, for an FA Cup Second Round tie. With that in mind, there's a brand new Ciderspace guide available, detailing all you hopefully need to know about the trip up to Lancashire - directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and various club statistics. Find all that and more via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley.


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1 December 2014 : Interview With Ben Nugent
Just before Saturday's home game against Preston North End kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's central defender Ben Nugent spoke to the BBC. The Cardiff City loanee was sitting out the match, via a one-match suspension due to picking up his fifth booking of the 2014-15 season, and he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset about the role of his father Richard Nugent, his fifth booking at Notts County, and his thoughts on Ryan Inniss and Tom Eaves as well as recent form. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Ben Nugent Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Preston.


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