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12 June 2003 : In out in out, shake it all about
Just as we thought they were definitely out it seems that they may be back in after all, or are they? Confused? So are we!

We're talking about the status of the Glovers application to join the Football Combination reserve team league, in case you were wondering. The Football League yesterday released the names of the teams playing in the new Wales & West Division on their website and Yeovil Town were not amongst the competing clubs. However, Glovers boss Gary Johnson speaking in today's Western Gazette has said that the club has applied to join the new league:

"We told the Football Combination that we would be interested in joining a Western Division if one was formed and they were supposed to get back to us but they have not as yet," Johnson said. "If that does go ahead then we would play in the Combination against clubs like Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City. It would not ony give all the players in the squad more competitive football but it would also allow us to play our local teams."

The teams due to compete in the new league, due to be sponsored by Pontins after previous sponsors Avon dropped out, are, according to the Football League, as follows: Bournemouth, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Cheltenham, Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle, Reading, Swansea City and Swindon Town.

Meanwhile Johnson has confirmed yesterday's news that he's interested in bringing former Dagenham forward Junior McDougald to Huish Park, and has added another well-known Conference player to the list of players he's tracking. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Johnson said: "I'm always following up good players and people like Junior McDougald and [Hereford winger] Paul Parry, along with several others, fall into that. I am meeting three players when we go on our pre-season tour - two Belgian lads and a German boy - so I am always looking. One is a defender, one is a midfielder and one is a forward. I am hoping that they will be able to play in some of the friendlies when we are over in Belgium."

Johnson told the Gazette that additionally he intends to take 20 players on the short European tour so that all will play at least two full games. "The reason I do these tours and organise these games against big teams is to ensure the boys look after themselves over the summer," Johnson explained. "They know that when they come back on 1 July they will have to be fit because we will be up against three big teams who all play in Belgium's top division and one German Bundesliga 2nd Division team. All four games are great fixtures against teams who are above our standard in league status but that is what we want to do. I want the players to believe in themselves quickly. It is a good chance to pit our game and our team against very strong opposition. Lockeren's team has 11 internationals so it is going to be a good test."

The full set of tour matches is as follows:

Fri 4th July: Sporting Lokeren v Yeovil Town. Lebbeke Stadium, Belgium, 7.30pm
Sun 6th July: Oberhausen Kick v Yeovil Town, Venue to be confirmed, Germany, 3.00pm
Mon 7th July: Royal Antwerp v Yeovil Town, Wuzwzell Stadium, Belgium, 7.00pm
Wed 9th July: Geminal Beerschot v Yeovil Town, Wijnegem Stadium, Belgium, 6.00pm

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