Month: July 2012


Yeovil Town continued their good pre-season form with a 5-2 victory over Welsh Premier League side Llanelli AFC at Stebonheath Park tonight.

An opener from Rohan Ince was cancelled out by the Reds but further first half goals from Sam Foley and James Hayter put the visiting Glovers in command. The hosts then pulled a goal back through a Jason Bowen penalty but Gozie Ugwu and Hayter again made the score 5-2 before Luke Bowen scored a late consolation.

Another good result and performance for Gary Johnson’s men against a side who have already kicked off their season in the lofty heights of the Europa League, having lost to Finnish side KuPS 3-2 on aggregate.

The Yeovil boss was forced into two changes to his starting eleven from Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers. Gavin Williams and Luke Ayling both collected knocks so sat out tonight’s encounter, replaced by Sam Foley and Lewis Young respectively.

And it was Young who nearly opened the scoring on fourteen minutes but at the wrong end. Stretching to head a clearance away, he diverted the ball against his own post in an early Glovers scare.

Three minutes later, the woodwork was struck at the other end when Gozie Ugwu toe poked a pass from Keanu Marsh-Brown against the Llanelli post. 

It didn’t matter though as within ninety seconds, Yeovil had taken the lead. Rohan Ince had hit a beauty against Rovers from long distance at the weekend and he repeated the feat tonight though the home keeper got a touch to it.

Four minutes later, the Welsh side levelled when Geoff Kellaway broke through the heart of Yeovil’s defence and chipped the onrushing keeper Marek Stech to make it 1-1.

By half time though, Johnson’s men had built up a two goal advantage. On 37 minutes, James Hayter ran into the box before his cross was blocked, flapped at by the keeper who was being challenged, and then turned home by Sam Foley.

Then three minutes later, it was 3-1 when Hayter fired home after a great through ball from Rohan Ince, his second strike in four games.

The second period began badly for Yeovil with the award of a soft penalty for a foul by Sam Foley on Jason Bowen. Bowen picked himself up and slotted the spot kick home to make the score 3-2.

Gozie Ugwu then scored the sixth goal of the game with a fine finish on the hour mark, latching on to a Foley pass and rounding the keeper before firing home well.

Manager Johnson made a double substitution on seventy minutes bringing off Ugwu and Foley to give Reuben Reid and Nathan Ralph some legs and Ralph came close to opening his Town account with a shot saved by the home keeper.

Curtis Haynes-Brown replaced Lewis Young on eighty minutes and with three minutes left, Hayter grabbed his second, and Yeovil’s fifth, with a well taken goal after Reid’s shot was blocked.

Ed Upson almost made it six later still with a shot that brushed the post but the last goal in this eight goal entertaining encounter came from Luke Bowen, nephew of QPR assistant manager Mark Bowen, with a good finish from outside the box.

Yeovil team: Marek Stech, Lewis Young, Richard Hinds, Byron Webster, Jamie McAllister, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Ed Upson, Sam Foley, Rohan Ince, James Hayter, Gozie Uguw

Subs: James Clarke (for Webster 45), Reuben Reid (for Foley 70 min), Nathan Ralph (for Ugwu 70 min), Curtis Haynes-Brown (for Young 80 min).


Yeovil Town head off to Wales this afternoon for a two match tour ending on Friday.

Things get warmed up tonight at 7.45 when the Glovers take on Welsh Premier League side Llanelli.

Gary Johnson is taking his full squad who are all expected to get some sort of a run out tonight ,except possibly Dominic Blizzard who is still struggling with a broken bone in his hand.

Llanelli play their football at Stebonheath Park, Penallt Road, Llanelli. The post code is SA15 1EY.

The team then head to their Cardiff base for a training camp and team bonding over the next two days before heading back to Yeovil via a match at Newport on Friday evening.

Newport County play their football in the Blue Square Bet Premier Conference and the match will mark the first return to Rodney Parade for recent signing Sam Foley who will no doubt be out to impress.

The full address for Newport County is Rodney Parade, Newport, South Wales NP19 0UU.

Both games can be expected to be good run outs for the team with Llanelli having already been involved in the Europa Cup, exiting at the hands of Finnish side KuPS Kuopio, and Newport playing some high profile friendlies including Premier League side Swansea tonight. 

You can keep in touch with activities on the tour by checking in to the Official Club web


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Yeovil Town extended their unbeaten pre-season run to five games with a 1-1 draw against local rivals Bristol Rovers at Huish Park this afternoon

Rohan ince gave the Glovers the lead with twelve minutes remaining but the League Two visitors replied four minutes later with a leveller from sub Oliver Norburn.

It was probably a fair result based on both chances and possession in a friendly that never really got going as a spectacle, occasionally firing into brief passages of decent interplay but often finding a final ball lacking.

Once more, Yeovil manager Gary Johnson began with a strong looking line up that has been a feature of his early season selections. The previous three results had seen his squad score ten times without reply against Poole Town, Plymouth Argyle and Dorchester Town so little need to change the winning formula.

Mark McGhee, on the other hand, had seen his Rovers side suffer three consecutive poor results losing to Frome Town and Newport County while scraping a draw against Weston-super-Mare.

And it was one of his new boys, Fabian Brockhammer, who almost gave Rovers an early lead with a cross shot that Town keeper Marek Stech did well to tip over his own crossbar while backpedalling furiously. The big gloveman then had to dive full length to deny former Glovers trialist Jim Paterson from a header.

Ed Upson was controlling things from his midfield berth but also providing the cutting edge on the end of the chances created. He could have given the Glovers the lead twice in the first half of the first period but curled a shot over then shooting over after a nice one two with Reuben Reid.

Stech then saved well from a Pat Keary header during a spell of pressure from the Pirates when they forced three corners and from another set piece, captain Matt Gill swung a free kick over the crossbar.

The half ended with chances from either side. New Rovers buy David Clarkson, who recently made the short switch from Bristol City, sent an effort whistling just wide and Gas keeper Connor Gough denied Keanu Marsh-Brown and Ed Upson late on too while Joe Anyinsah spurned a good opportunity to send his side in ahead when he sliced his shot wide at the near post.

Boss Johnson made just one change at half time, withdrawing Gavin Williams and throwing Lewis Young on. Upson continued where he had left off, sidefooting into Gough’s arms before seeing the keeper deny him again three minutes later.

James Hayter had his first sniff of goal just after the hour but his effort was deflected for a corner and it was his last contribution, as he was replaced in a double swap by Gozie Ugwu with Sam Foley replacing Richard Hinds in the other switch.

Ugwu headed over from a corner and Upson again had a chance but slipped as he shot meaning an easy gather for keeper Gough. At the other end, Eliot Richards shot wide after Joe Anyinsah’s good work and former Glover Matt Harrold wasted a golden chance to score when he sent his header spinning wide of the far post.

Nathan Ralph came on for Keanu Marsh-Brown with thirteen minutes left and within sixty seconds, the deadlock was broken. Rohan Ince, who retreated to centre half following the departure of Hinds, collected the ball thirty yards out and sent in a blistering drive that nestled in the corner of the net.

Curtis Haynes-Brown was the final sub, coming on for Jamie McAllister, but following a defensive lapse and good approach play from Anyinsah, David Clarkson lobbed the ball over the advancing Stech for the equaliser on 82 minutes.

It was the first goal the Glovers had conceded in almost six hours of pre-season football since the late equaliser at Hereford United two weeks ago and despite some good work down the right by Young, his final shot flew over and the game ended one apiece.

Next up for Johnson’s men is Llanelli AFC on Tuesday evening followed by a return to Newport County on Friday night for a certain Sam Foley as the Glovers continue their build up to their tenth season in the Football League.

Match Report : 28/07/2012

Yeovil Town made it through to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a 3-0 victory over local rivals Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium this evening.

But they had to do it the hard way playing the final fifteen minutes with ten men after Jamie McAllister was shown a straight red card for raising a hand to Rovers striker David Clarkson. Ed Upson had already given the Glovers the lead four minutes earlier with a fabulous free kick before then producing an even better effort with five minutes to go. Sam Foley then netted a fantastic third in stoppage time to instigate an exodus by the Rovers fans.

Manager Gary Johnson sprang a surprise in his choice of starting eleven. Expected to “rest” some of his players after a hectic first three weeks, he opted to remain unchanged again. It meant that Dominic Blizzard lined up against the side he played 45 times for. In the Rovers eleven was Adam Virgo plus loanees Sam Walker, Tom Parkes and trialist Jim Paterson, all who had played at one time or another in the Yeovil hoops.

After Virgo and Wayne Brown had missed chances for Rovers early on, Luke Ayling came even closer to that elusive first Yeovil goal when his left foot volley hit the bar from Jamie McAllister’s free kick on ten minutes. Upson shot wide after good work from McAllister and James Hayter. David Clarkson smashed a free kick over the bar as Yeovil continually gave away silly free kicks in the final third of the pitch.

Young Gas striker Eliot Richards robbed Richard Hinds thirty yards out and tried his luck beating Stech but seeing his shot flash wide of the left hand post. Rovers ended the first half on top and had the ball in the net on forty minutes after Stech had saved a header but referee Michael Naylor had whistled for a foul in the build up.

They then had another “goal” ruled out two minutes into the second half when Clarkson was in an offside position as he beat Stech and the incident lifted both the Gas players and crowd, as Rovers enjoyed good spells of possession yet no real clear sights of goal. Clarkson hit a shot well wide on 55 minutes but Rovers had no more efforts on goal to trouble the giant Czech keeper.

Johnson introduced Gozie Ugwu for Hayter and Rohan Ince for Webster around the hour mark but the game finally flared into action with twenty minutes remaining. Ugwu was taken out by a Rovers defender twenty five yards out and after four men had dummied taking the set piece, Ed Upson curled an absolute peach of a free kick into the top corner.

Ugwu then blasted a shot just over from outside the box but the next action took place near the Glovers penalty area. The ball went out for a Rovers throw in and McAllister clashed with Clarkson near the touchline, raising his hand to his former colleague. Referee Naylor showed an immediate red card and Johnson then threw Nathan Ralph on at left back, replacing attacker Keanu Marsh-Brown in the process.

For the final fifteen minutes, Town would have to hold on with ten men but they did more than hold on, pressing forward and attacking, always looking to finish the game. Upson’s next free kick was cleared as far as Reuben Reid and the Bristol-born star crashed a shot against the post before he then hit another free kick over the bar.

If Upson’s first goal was good then his second was even better. Four minutes were left when the midfield maestro found himself twenty five yards out, wide on the left. Urged to shoot by the Glovers fans behind his run up, Upson hit a brilliant free kick into the top corner, Sam Walker’s near post. It was a wonderful effort from a man brimming in confidence.

With two minutes of the three of stoppage time played, Yeovil counter attacked after a Rovers corner and the ball found Sam Foley on the left flank. Many teams would have taken the ball into the top corner but Foley saw Walker off his line and superbly chipped him into the corner of the net for a fabulous third strike.

Within a minute, the game was over and Rovers, without a win in five games this season, exit the Trophy while the Glovers march into the second round.


Despite some demon fielding Yeovil Town came unstuck in their friendly cricket match at North Perrott last night.

Perrott batted first but England (5) and Josh Marshall-James (8) soon feel victim to some smart bowling from Nathan Ralph who had the two openers caught by Curtis Haynes-Brown and Terry Skiverton.

Worse was to follow for Perrott when Sam Foley had Jason Bond caught and bowled for only 3.

Dom Barnes and Peter Ireland then set about putting some respectability to the Perrott score and took the score to 86 before Barnes was caught by Byron Webster for 26.

Pete Ireland pressed on to 42 with new partner Ben Dickinson before he went, caught Foley bowled Skiverton.

Jonny Hopper came and went having holed out to Curtis Haynes-Brown off the bowling of Keanu Marsh-Brown, to what he called the only decent ball he bowled!!

Dickinson and Baggs took the score to 162 from the twenty overs, leaving the Yeovil boys a pretty demanding total to reach.

The Yeovil innings couldn’t have started any worse. Foley and Hayter were both out for ducks off the bowling of Rowsell.

Ed Upson offered some resistance with a lively 20 including 3 fours and a six but Luke Ayling was unable to stay as he too saw his woodwork sent cart wheeling behind him for another duck.

Terry Skiverton managed one brave four before he was caught in the deep by Will Ireland.

Byron Webster went for three, caught by Jonny Hopper and then Jonny boy got his revenge on Keanu March-Brown when he caught the Yeovil newcomer off his own bowling for a duck.

By now Yeovil were in a desperate state with only Lewis Young (19 NO) and Sam Foley, batting in disguise for Gary Johnson, with another 23 offering late resistance.

But when Curtis Haynes-Brown was bowled for four it was all over with Yeovil reaching a total of 91.

Talk of a football match was circulating after the match as the Yeovil town players plan their revenge!!



So football is set to return to Huish Park this coming Saturday as the Glovers entertain Bristol Rovers in their first home friendly, this time with a noon kick off.

There were also second half sub appearances from Will Agbo, Mitch Brundle and Charlie Ware as Johnson elected to give youth a chance as the game wore on.

Hayter set up Young who blazed over and the Glovers continued to enjoy the bulk of possession and chances. But it took until the 84th minute before the result was sealed when Lewis Young beat the keeper at his near post from a tight angle.

Ten minutes into the second period, Ugwu confirmed his arrival at the club with a second goal. Ince’s driven cross was turned in at the far post by the Reading striker to make it 2-0.

At half time, the Glovers made four changes bringing on Richard Hinds, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Rohan Ince and James Hayter for Byron Webster, Jamie McAllister, Ed Upson and Williams.

But it wasn’t long before the exciting teenager got his Yeovil career off to a successful start. Gavin Williams played a ball into Ugwu who turned his marker and shot left footed into the corner of the net.

And after Lewis Young had shot wide early on, it was Yeovil’s latest signing that went close with a flicked header in the first half.

After beginning the last two matches with a strong looking line up, the manager elected to change his starting eleven tonight. Goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart began between the sticks and there were starts for Nathan Ralph and new Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu.

As Johnson’s squad develops and nurtures, the boss will be pleased with the result that means his side have netted eleven times and only conceded once so far with all the strikers having scored at last one.

Two goals from Gozie Ugwu and a third from Lewis Young, their first goals of the season, ensured Gary Johnson’s men made it four games without defeat in their second Avenue fixture inside four days following Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.

Yeovil Town continued their impressive pre-season form with a 3-0 victory over Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium.


Yeovil Town have agreed to play a pre-season friendly against Crediton on Tuesday night with a 7.30 pm kick off.

Crediton are managed by former Glovers legend Warren Patmore who has been their manager since the 2010-11 season.

With the first team also in action against Dorchester on that evening the squad for the match can be expected to be mainly Youth team players and will be managed by Scott Green.

The address of Crediton FC is: Lords Meadow Sports Centre, Crediton, Devon, EX17 1ER. 


Yeovil Town extended their unbeaten pre-season run to three games with a comprehensive 5-0 demolition of League Two side Plymouth Argyle at Dorchester this afternoon.
A superb hat trick from Reuben Reid, against one of his old clubs, was supplemented by goals from Keanu Marsh-Brown and James Hayter as the Glovers took apart their opponents with some style.
Although Argyle recovered a little early in the second period despite being down to ten men following Nick Chadwick’s dismissal, it was the "home" side that came out of the match with all the plaudits following a display of pace in attack combined with a solid defence.
Manager Gary Johnson went with a strong looking starting line up for the second game running after the 2-0 win over Poole Town on Tuesday evening. This meant there were no starting berths for Sam Foley, Lewis Young or new Reading loan youngster Gozie Ugwu.
Yeovil came out of the blocks the quicker and took the lead through Reuben Reid after ten minutes. Strike partner James Hayter flicked on for Reid to outpace the Argyle defence and tuck home against the side he played a dozen games for after coming through their youth system.
After Marek Stech had saved well from Robbie Williams, Yeovil pushed the pedal down and both Ed Upson and Rohan Ince spurned chances before the Glovers doubled their lead after 22 minutes. Keanu Marsh-Brown burst through and his shot had too much pace for keeper Jake Cole.
If 2-0 was good, then 3-0 was even better. Former Yeovil loan defender Darren Purse slipped and was robbed by Reid who then beat Cole with ease slotting home into the corner.
Plymouth’s Nick Chadwick then lost his cool and was given a straight red for what appeared to be a elbow to the head of Byron Webster with eight minutes of the half remaining.
At half time, Johnson made five changes incuding the awaited introduction of Gozie Ugwu, signed this week from Reading, and initially the chance tally for Plymouth then increased despite being a man short. Jared Sims and Matt Lecointe both were denied by good saves from Stech before Curtis Nelson skirted the post with his shot.
But normal service was soon resumed when James Hayter scored his first goal in a Yeovil shirt with a stooping header from a great cross by Lewis Young.
Hayter then headed just wide before the goal of the game arrived. Reid, on fire all afternoon, curled a beauty into the corner of the net leaving keeper Cole helpless as he completed his first treble since a 2008/09 trio for Rotherham against Chester.
Ugwu had one chance to mark his debut with a goal but got under a header and boss Johnson was able to draft in youth teamers Mitch Brundle and Tommy Smith late on resting his big guns.
Yeovil team: Marek Stech, Luke Ayling, Richard Hinds, Byron Webster, Jamie McAllister, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Rohan Ince, Ed Upson, Gavin Williams, Reuben Reid, James Hayter.
Subs: Lewis Young (for Ayling 45), Nathan Ralph (for McAllister 45),  Aaron Downes (for Webster 45), Sam Foley (for Upson 45), Gozie Ugwu (for Ince 45), Will Agbo (for Williams), Charlie Ware (for Marsh-Brown), Mitch Brundle (for Hinds), Tommy Smith (for Reid)


Yeovil Town’s Huish Park stadium played host to hundreds of primary school children earlier this week as more than twenty schools sent pupils on a cross country run around the site.

The move, designed to give the youngsters a new and interesting variance on their physical education module, saw more than three hundred 7-11 year olds run the entire perimeter of the site over the course of several races.

Twenty schools in the area, headed up by Ash primary school headteacher Adam Hawkins, thoroughly enjoyed their session at the stadium which follows similar exercises at the rugby club and Ham Hill Country Park near Stoke-sub-Hamdon.


Yeovil Town can confirm that they have completed the signing of Reading striker Gozie Ugwu on a six month loan deal.

Gozie, 19, joins the Glovers from his Premier League parent club after an impressive rise through the Berkshire side’s Academy system.

Scouted at the age of fourteen playing in Sunday League football near his native Oxford, Gozie has clocked up five years at the Madejski Stadium.

Although yet to make his first team bow at Reading, the teenager went out on loan to Blue Square Premier side Ebbsfleet last season where he scored four times in eight starts plus a sub appearance.

Clearly Reading can see his potential as they have just signed the striker on a new deal as our picture shows. 

He is of course a team mate of previous Huish Park loanee Lawson D’Ath and comes to Somerset with the blessing of former Yeovil Town winger Brian McDermott, manager of the newly promoted top flight outfit.

Welcome to Yeovil, Gozie, and we hope you enjoy your stay with us.

Poole Town Away

Yeovil Town recorded their first pre-season victory when a Keanu Marsh-Brown brace gave them a 2-0 victory over Poole Town tonight.

Marsh-Brown’s goals, both fine finishes in the second half, eased the Glovers past their non-league hosts after a first period where many chances produced nothing but frustration.

First team manager Gary Johnson was true to his word from Saturday where he promised a strong lineup for the visit to Tatnam Farm. A side resembling his foremost team began the game and although Poole had the first chance, the visitors produced more of the first half entertainment.

The goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Hereford was scored by Ed Upson and the midfield maestro was almost at it again but shot wide after Lewis Young had set him up.

Then defender Byron Webster and Sam Foley both shot wide before at the other end, Marek Stech gathered at the second attempt after he had saved the initial shot with his legs.

Upson then headed over the last chance of the first half as the interval came with the two sides level at 0-0.

Webster then turned saviour at the other end when his challenge thwarted a Poole attacker early in the second period and sub Reuben Reid saw a header blocked at close range from a Young cross.

Rohan Ince also had a shot blocked even closer to the goal following good work from Reid but the Glovers were soon in front when Keanu Marsh-Brown, another second half sub, slotted home after a ball through from midfield.

And the former Oldham star then made it two minites later when he turned inside and lashed home from twenty yards leaving the Poole keeper helpless.

Reid then almost made it three late on when Marsh-Brown set him up but manager Johnson had to be satisfied with two goals, a clean sheet and the unbeaten pre-season record maintained.

Yeovil team – first half…

Marek Stech, Luke Ayling, Byron Webster, Richard Hinds, Jamie McAllister, Lewis Young, Rohan Ince, Ed Upson, Gavin Williams, Sam Foley, James Hayter.


Keanu Marsh-Brown, Reuben Reid, Aaron Racine, Nathan Ralph, Salifa Cisse, Will Agbo, Mitch Brundle plus two trialists.

Hereford United Away

Yeovil Town and Hereford United played out a 1-1 stalemate as the Glovers kicked off their 2012/13 pre-season schedule at Edgar Street this afternoon.

Ed Upson put Yeovil ahead with a deflected effort just before half time and Bulls trialist Lloyd Macklin took advantage of a defensive lapse four minutes from time to earn the hosts a draw.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson began the match with six of his new signings in the starting eleven. Keeper Marek Stech; defenders Jamie McAllister and Byron Webster; midfielders Lewis Young and Rohan Ince (loan) plus striker James Hayter started with the plan being to make a multitude of changes at half time.

Gavin Williams hit a tame shot at the keeper on ten minutes before Hayter then blasted over after clever work from Young on the right flank.

Ed Upson then also tested home keeper Dan Hanford before Hayter then chipped narrowly over the crossbar as the Glovers had the best of the chances.

However Marek Stech was called into action late in the first half when he tipped over a thunderbolt free kick from Harry Pell, thirty five yards out.

Four minutes remained before half time when Salika Cisse, a trialist from the French academy, tricked his way into the box and laid the ball back for Ed Upson to finish neatly with a sidefooted effort from twenty yards out.

Gary Johnson made nine changes at half time including the introduction of new buys Keanu Marsh-Brown, Sam Foley, Reuben Reid and Nathan Ralph and it was Foley who looked to have doubled the Glovers advantage on 48 minutes.

Played through from midfield, the ex-Newport County star ran on and chipped a lovely effort into the net but the goal was ruled out for an offisde against a team mate running back from an offisde position but not interfering with play.

Hereford definitely had the bulk of the second half possession and missed two golden chances to equalise but following a defensive mix-up with four minutes left, trialist Lloyd Macklin curled the ball home past a helpless Gareth Stewart.

Yeovil had created some chances in the second period through Ralph, trial player Casey Thomas and Reid but none troubled keeper Hanford and a draw was probably a fair result on the balance of possession.

Yeovil (first half).

Marek Stech, James Clarke, Aaron Racine, Byron Webster, Jamie McAllister, Lewis Young, Ed Upson, Rohan Ince, Salika Cisse, Gavin Williams, James Hayter.

Yeovil (second half)

Gareth Stewart, Luke Ayling, Richard Hinds, Joe Walsh, Aaron Raccine, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Sam Foley, Rohan Ince, Nathan Ralph, Reuben Reid, Casey Thomas.

Second half subs: Clarke for Ince 76 min, Young for Raccine 76 min.