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26 March 2003 : Weale features in England stalemate
The National Game XI drew 0-0 with their Dutch counterparts last night at Sportpark t'Heereind in Beek en Donk (and try saying that when you've had a few). Glovers Terry Skiverton and Darren Way had withdrawn from the squad prior to making the journey to Holland, but team-mates Chris Weale and Lee Johnson both made the trip, despite Johnno suffering from the same stomach bug that had caused Darren Way's withdrawal from the squad.

Both Yeovil players were second half substitutes, Weale replacing Chester's Wayne Brown on 60 minutes and Johnson getting a brief taste of the action 10 minutes from the end.

National Game XI manager Paul Fairclough said: "I am disappointed with the result, but delighted with the performance. Holland had one shot on target all game, and could have won had it not been for a fantastic save by Chris Weale. The only player who struggled was Lee Johnson, and after he had been ill with a stomach complaint for 2 days, we decided to only give him a few minutes late in the game, when we would all have wished for him to have had longer."

No news as yet on whether Kevin Gall has been able to get permission to be released from the Welsh under-21 squad, due to play Azerbaijan on Friday in a European Championship qualifer, the same day the Glovers play Scarborough in a crucial Conference match. "Kevin's going to join up with Wales for their training camp and discuss the situation with their manager, Jimmy Shoulder, and they will see how many of their strikers are fit." Glovers boss Gary Johnson said. "He's going to request that he plays for us on Friday as it looks like the under-21 squad are going to struggle to qualify."

Meanwhile 2nd-placed Doncaster Rovers played their game in hand over the Glovers last night, beating Margate 3-1 at Belle Vue to go 11 points behind Yeovil from 36 games played at the top of the table. The run-in for all the Championship contenders is online here.

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