Month: August 2012

THE LADS KEEP THEIR SHIRTS ON!

Yeovil Town’s first team lined up for their official team group picture this morning after their dalliances without shirts a couple of weeks ago. But today it was all systems go with Tony Knowles and owner Geoff Thompson of W & S Recycling Services on hand to be a part of the photograph.

WEST BROMWICH QUEUES

Thank you to all who did attend what was a very entertaining game in which the team clearly equipped itself very well against Premiership opposition.

This was mainly caused by the pressures caused by the number of supporters arriving at the ground at a particular time . The club responded by delaying the kick off until eight o’clock to enable as many supporters as possible to gain entrance for the game. Discussions have already taken place to seek to put in place procedures to try to ensure the problem doesn’t arise again.

Yeovil Town Football Club would like to apologise to supporters for the queues that built up around the ticket office area on Tuesday evening,causing some supporters to be inconvenienced.

“I WAS VERY PROUD!” SAYS JOHNSON

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson could not hide his satisfaction with a job almost well done last night. Speaking exclusively to Glovers player he said:“I was very proud of them for 80 minutes. I thought the last ten was poor. I’ve used the last ten as a bit of a kick up the backside for our next league game against Doncaster. We weren’t going to win this competition, but West Brom could and what they showed in the last ten when they go two goals up, is that they can keep possession of the football, and I didn’t think we did enough to win it back. So apologies to the crowd for the last ten minutes. Certainly for 80 minutes the lads gave it a good go, and a 2-2 it could have gone either way there at that point."
“When I’ve slept on it, I’ll be the same as you tomorrow morning. When we get a big crowd here, and you think of the days when we had some big games here – and we will get some more big games – I want to keep them here. I want to send them home happy. I don’t want to send them home thinking ‘Oh, that was alright’. So I hope they give us a chance, and that when we come up against our own division, I promise they’ll be ready for the weekend."
You can hear the whole interview on glovers player by clicking on the link at the top of this web site.

Happy Baggie Girl!!

The club received the e mail reproduced below for a Baggies fan last night. So to Vicky many thanks from all of us.

“I’ve just returned home from Yeovil Football Club and would just like to say how very impressed both myself and every Albion fan was with the helpfulness and courtesy shown to us away fans…even flowers in the ladies toilet. We had a fantastic day out and must congratulate every single member of staff. Thank you very much-job well done. Credit to you all. Vicky … happy baggie girl.”

 

GAFFER’S REACTION ON PLAYER

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Gary was full of praise for his players after their valiant attempt to overcome the might of Premier league West Bromwich Albion.

GLOVERS KNOCKED OUT BY THE BAGGIES

Yeovil Town exited the second round of the Capital One Cup losing by four goals to two at the hands of Premier League side West Bromwich Albion at Huish Park tonight.

In a rip roaring game played in a fantastic atmosphere, Reuben Reid gave Yeovil the lead against his old side but Albion hit back with a thirty yard screamer from Chris Brunt and added a second right on half time through Shane Long. Reid then equalised but two late goals from Craig Dawson and Long again saw the Baggies home as the game ended in driving rain.

Gary Johnson unsurprisingly kept the same starting eleven that won 4-0 in the league at Scunthorpe on Saturday but added Rohan Ince to the subs bench after the Chelsea loanee’s return from injury.

The game began in frantic fashion with both sides creating chance after chance in a match that oozed excitement every time either side broke forward. Gabriel Tamas volleyed over from the Baggies first corner and at the other end, Boaz Myhill in the West Brom goal tipped a Byron Webster header away for a corner.

Chris Brunt, the best man on the pitch for either side all game, was worrying the Glovers backline with his inswinging corner deliveries and Zoltan Gera volleyed over from another set piece on eleven minutes.

Three minutes later Yeovil took the lead. Ed Upson swung a free kick in from the left and Reuben Reid met it perfectly with a glancing header into the corner of the net. It was a sweet moment for the 24-year-old striker who played just seven games in eighteen months while at The Hawthorns.

Tamas went down in the penalty box claiming a penalty and was injured in the tackle but ref Darren Sheldrake gave nothing and as Yeovil broke away, Yassine El Ghanassy cynically brought down Keanu Marsh-Brown but escaped punishment.

The Baggies forced three quick corners in succession as they controlled things in the middle of the park through the industry and quality of Brunt. Luke Ayling twice saved Yeovil with flying headers defending his own net brilliantly and denying the Baggies any advantage. But neither Ayling or Marek Stech could do anything on 28 minutes when Markus Rosenberg’s shot took a deflection and rebounded off the post for a corner.

James Hayter then went close with a header and a shot around the half hour mark and his counterpart in the visitors side, Shane Long, also headed over. The pressure was mounting though especially through free kicks and corners but when the goal came, it was from open play and a beauty. Chris Brunt lined up a sight of goal from thirty yards out and let fly with a screamer that Stech did well to get his hands to but couldn’t stop from going in.

Stech denied Rosenberg with a diving save but it was soon 2-1 to Steve Clarke’s men as the game entered first half stoppage time. Brunt’s corner was swung in but Stech dropped the claimed ball and Shane Long stabbed in to give his side the interval advantage.

Yeovil needed to get off to a good start in the second half and they did precisely that. Jamie McAllister set Sam Foley away down the left and his inch perfect centre was met by Reid with a header into the net.

The game stepped up a gear if it was possible and was quickly turning into one of the best cup ties seen at Huish Park in many years with no sign of the two division gap apparent to the 6,000 fans present. Stech denied Brunt while Reid, now on fire, curled a shot that Myhill had to dive to save then headed at the keeper when well placed, Myhill again doing well.

Long then was denied brilliantly by Stech diving to save from the Eire international forward and Richard Hinds blocked on the line from the follow up shot as the Glovers goal began to lead a somewhat charmed life. El Ghanassy headed wide, then crossed across the face of goal but no one could meet the tempting centre.

Foley volleyed wide as the game continued to open up but the decisive third goal that knocked the stuffing out of the home support and team came in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. The ball was cleared out of the box after a corner and Craig Dawson fired in a shot that deflected off someone and shot into the net.

It was harsh on the home side playing some great one touch football and looking dangerous on the attack. Gary Johnson made a triple change bringing on Rohan Ince, Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young for Hayter, Reid and Dominic Blizzard but five minutes later, it was 4-2 to the Baggies. After the first initial shot from a West Brom attacker had been blocked, the ball found Long who fired home his second to cap the victory.

To their credit, it looked like Yeovil were running a little on empty by now and if anyone was likely to score next, it was West Brom who showed their class in the final ten minutes of play. Brunt had the final chance slicing a shot well wide as he attempted to replicate his earlier long range goal.

Match Report : 28/08/2012

Yeovil Town exited the second round of the Capital One Cup losing by four goals to two at the hands of Premier League side West Bromwich Albion at Huish Park tonight.

In a rip roaring game played in a fantastic atmosphere, Reuben Reid gave Yeovil the lead against his old side but Albion hit back with a thirty yard screamer from Chris Brunt and added a second right on half time through Shane Long. Reid then equalised but two late goals from Craig Dawson and Long again saw the Baggies home as the game ended in driving rain.

Gary Johnson unsurprisingly kept the same starting eleven that won 4-0 in the league at Scunthorpe on Saturday but added Rohan Ince to the subs bench after the Chelsea loanee’s return from injury.

The game began in frantic fashion with both sides creating chance after chance in a match that oozed excitement every time either side broke forward. Gabriel Tamas volleyed over from the Baggies first corner and at the other end, Boaz Myhill in the West Brom goal tipped a Byron Webster header away for a corner.

Chris Brunt, the best man on the pitch for either side all game, was worrying the Glovers backline with his inswinging corner deliveries and Zoltan Gera volleyed over from another set piece on eleven minutes.

Three minutes later Yeovil took the lead. Ed Upson swung a free kick in from the left and Reuben Reid met it perfectly with a glancing header into the corner of the net. It was a sweet moment for the 24-year-old striker who played just seven games in eighteen months while at The Hawthorns.

Tamas went down in the penalty box claiming a penalty and was injured in the tackle but ref Darren Sheldrake gave nothing and as Yeovil broke away, Yassine El Ghanassy cynically brought down Keanu Marsh-Brown but escaped punishment.

The Baggies forced three quick corners in succession as they controlled things in the middle of the park through the industry and quality of Brunt. Luke Ayling twice saved Yeovil with flying headers defending his own net brilliantly and denying the Baggies any advantage. But neither Ayling or Marek Stech could do anything on 28 minutes when Markus Rosenberg’s shot took a deflection and rebounded off the post for a corner.

James Hayter then went close with a header and a shot around the half hour mark and his counterpart in the visitors side, Shane Long, also headed over. The pressure was mounting though especially through free kicks and corners but when the goal came, it was from open play and a beauty. Chris Brunt lined up a sight of goal from thirty yards out and let fly with a screamer that Stech did well to get his hands to but couldn’t stop from going in.

Stech denied Rosenberg with a diving save but it was soon 2-1 to Steve Clarke’s men as the game entered first half stoppage time. Brunt’s corner was swung in but Stech dropped the claimed ball and Shane Long stabbed in to give his side the interval advantage.

Yeovil needed to get off to a good start in the second half and they did precisely that. Jamie McAllister set Sam Foley away down the left and his inch perfect centre was met by Reid with a header into the net.

The game stepped up a gear if it was possible and was quickly turning into one of the best cup ties seen at Huish Park in many years with no sign of the two division gap apparent to the 6,000 fans present. Stech denied Brunt while Reid, now on fire, curled a shot that Myhill had to dive to save then headed at the keeper when well placed, Myhill again doing well.

Long then was denied brilliantly by Stech diving to save from the Eire international forward and Richard Hinds blocked on the line from the follow up shot as the Glovers goal began to lead a somewhat charmed life. El Ghanassy headed wide, then crossed across the face of goal but no one could meet the tempting centre.

Foley volleyed wide as the game continued to open up but the decisive third goal that knocked the stuffing out of the home support and team came in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. The ball was cleared out of the box after a corner and Craig Dawson fired in a shot that deflected off someone and shot into the net.

It was harsh on the home side playing some great one touch football and looking dangerous on the attack. Gary Johnson made a triple change bringing on Rohan Ince, Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young for Hayter, Reid and Dominic Blizzard but five minutes later, it was 4-2 to the Baggies. After the first initial shot from a West Brom attacker had been blocked, the ball found Long who fired home his second to cap the victory.

To their credit, it looked like Yeovil were running a little on empty by now and if anyone was likely to score next, it was West Brom who showed their class in the final ten minutes of play. Brunt had the final chance slicing a shot well wide as he attempted to replicate his earlier long range goal.

LADIES IN DRAW WITH GILLINGHAM

Gillingham Ladies: 1 Yeovil Town Ladies: 1
 
  

YEOVIL Town Ladies travelled up to Kent at the weekend, and came away with a well-earned point, following a 1-1 draw at hosts Gillingham Ladies. Jodi Cornwall was on target for the Glovers late in the first half, cancelling out an early Gills goal, pushing her team up one place to third in the league.

 

“Having travelled up to Kent the night before, I was proud of the performance against tough opposition to bring home a well-earned point,” joint manager Sarah Lawler said after the game. It was a good performance from the girls, and on another day they could well have come away with all three points.”

 

The home team started a bit quicker than the Glovers, and despite an early attempt on goal from Stacey Pearson, Gillingham took first blood when they broke quickly out of defence, powering down the flank in eighth minute to cross in for left winger Kallie Balfour to slot the ball in the top corner of the net.

 

This gave Yeovil a wakeup call, and the players started to become more confident in their possession, pressing Gillingham for a decent period of the first half, creating a number of close chances. As the Glovers became more confident shots were fired in from Jodi Cornwall and again Pearson, but they could just could not get the ball into the back of the net, despite coming close on a number of occasions. The Gillingham goalkeeper was in good form, saving well from long range efforts from Rosie Williams and Jade Radburn, who had both seen opportunities to shoot as the Gillingham defenders dropped deep.

 

There was some good play from Pearson and Shannon Osman in the wide areas which caused Gillingham some problems, but Yeovil struggled to get on the end of the crosses to punish the opposition. Bethany Howard was making her Premier League debut for Yeovil in goal, and had a fine match. And it was she who kept her team in the game on thirty minutes when she made a vital save from a cross, deflecting the ball to safety, with the defence clearing up and playing out of trouble.

 

The Glovers got reward for their hard work when they levelled the match just before half time. Winning a free kick to the right of the box, Cornwall drove a ball into the near post where the ‘keeper mishandled to allow the ball to slip into the back of the net.

 

Going out into the second half Yeovil knew that they would be able to take a point from the game, but they were still hungry for victory, continuing to play positive football. All the players were seeing plenty of the ball as they dominated possession for long periods of the game, with the midfield and defensive units working extremely hard to win back the ball and maintain possession. Despite this the Glovers struggled to create in the final third after a number of chances went high or wide rather than testing the goalkeeper. In fairness to Gillingham, they defended deep and got bodies behind the ball which made it difficult for Yeovil to break them down. On 65 minutes the Glovers made a double change , with Kayleigh Sage and Kirsty Whitton replacing Cornwall and Osman to play a 4-4-2 formation.

 

Yeovil continued to have chances, with Laura Bray going one on one with the ‘keeper on a number of occasions, but unfortunately the ball went just wide each time. Rachael Edwards also went close when she dribbled through the midfield for a good shot that unfortunately went just over the bar. Sage also did well with a dangerous shot, but her effort fell just short of the target.

In short spells Gillingham would attack, but the efforts from Yeovil’s defensive unit kept them quiet, and Howard’s distribution from the back and handling was fantastic. Gillingham did have a free kick on 80 minutes after Edwards was punished for a handball 25 yards out, but this was comfortably kept out by Howard.

 

“There were lots of positives to take from our performance today,” Lawler said. “When you travel as far as Kent at this level you know it is not going to be an easy place to travel to and get points from, so the girls deserve credit for the way they played today, and for the character they showed to come back from 1-0 down.

 

“I think that today all the players realised that they really do have the ability to compete at this level, and if I was being really critical we probably had the opportunities to have taken three points home. I think that it is important that we remember that although we had our chances to win the game we also defended very well as a team, which secured this important point earned today.

“Pleasingly our possession and distribution of the ball was probably the best we have seen this year, and this has been a real focus in training, so the girls hard work is paying off. Chris (White) and I were proud of the girls today as they looked like a strong team who belong at this level.”

 

Yeovil Town Ladies:Howard, Brazell, Edwards, Williams, Trowbridge, Osman (Whitton – 65), Wensley, Radburn, Pearson, Bray, Cornwall (Sage – 65)

 

Goals:Jodi Cornwall (44)

 

Players Player of the Match:Bethany Howard – An impressive league debut in goal for the Glovers

 

Referee: Tunde Adebayo (Kent)

 

Next Match– Home to Cardiff City Ladies (League Cup). Sunday 02 September – Athletics Ground, Wells

 

Report by Sarah Lawler and Ali King

MARQUEE

Would all supporters please note that only home fans will be allowed into the Marquee for tonight’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

WEST BROM TICKETS

Tickets for tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion will be on sale at Huish Park untill kick-off (7.45pm).

Fans are asked to arrive as early as possible with a sizeable crowd expected.
Where possible fans are also asked to pay by cash to speed up the ticket selling process.

GLOVERS HIT FOUR AND GO TOP

Yeovil Town climbed to the top of the npower League One table with an impressive 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park this afternoon.

Keanu Marsh-Brown had given the Glovers a first half lead before Reuben Reid added a second. Then, substitute Gozie Ugwu weighed in with a late double in the torrential rain to cap an emphatic victory over the side that lay bottom of the division at start of play.

The result extends the unbeaten competitive record of Gary Johnson’s men to four games, great preparation for a run of three successive home games starting with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday.

It was one in, one out at Huish Park this week with defender Curtis Haynes-Brown joining AFC Wimbledon on loan while coming in was Chelsea starlet Archange Nkumu to provide cover in defence and midfield. The Stamford Bridge player joined the Glovers bench at Glanford Park with Johnson keeping the same starting eleven again.

The long-travelling visitors had the better of the first quarter of the game which was at times untidy but consisted mainly of Yeovil pressing constantly. Reid hit an effort that struck Iron defender David Mirfin on the hand but was adjudged by ref James Adcock to be accidental. Adcock then booked Yeovil’s Byron Webster and home defender Callum Kennedy for fouls.

Reid was looking sharp and curled one just wide halfway through the half but it certainly wasn’t all one way traffic. Bobby Grant saw his long range deflected for a corner and Ed Upson had to head a clearance over his bar after Mirfin’s header at goal looked set for the top corner. The big, no-nonsense defender was a threat at all set pieces and headed wide from another corner shortly after.

With ten minutes of the half remaining, Yeovil deservedly took the lead. Keanu Marsh-Brown struck for the second time this season when his low shot to the near post appeared to squirm under home gloveman Sam Slocombe. As the half closed, Town’s keeper Marek Stech saved well from Josh Walker’s free kick but the half ended in controversial circumstances. The ball had been knocked out to allow treatment to Iron defender Niall Canavan but instead of knocking the ball back to Stech, Walker tried his luck at goal and the big Czech keeper had to scramble back quickly to prevent a goal. Walker was then cautioned for his part in the farce.

The Glovers got off to a flyer in the second half when Richard Hinds found Ed Upson with a pass despite being fouled as he did so. Referee Adcock played the advantage rule well and Upson set up Reid for his first goal in Yeovil colours on fifty minutes.

On the hour mark, Stech proved once more just how good a keeper he really was with an amazing double save followed up with a third block. Grant was denied at point blank range before Stech got up to deny a follow up from Mark Duffy with another fantastic save. He then stopped another shot from Jimmy Ryan; three great stops in less than half a minute.

Johnson shuffled his pack by bringing on Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young for Reid and Marsh-Brown respectively but it was another player, Upson, who almost scored when he robbed Robbie Gibbons and cleverly rounded the keeper but couldn’t get any pace on his shot, Slocombe saving.

Nathan Ralph came on for Nathan Foley with seven minutes left and he was heavily involved in Yeovil’s third goal. Canavan played the ball needlessly across his own goal area and James Hayter intercepted before laying the ball to Ralph. His shot was saved by Slocombe with Ugwu followed up and hammered the ball in for his first senior goal.

He didn’t have to wait for his second, and Yeovil’s fourth. Just four minutes in fact after more good work from Hayter. The experienced frontman flicked on well for Ugwu to meet it with a great finish to put a nice gloss on the final score. 

 

Match Report : 25/08/2012

Yeovil Town climbed to the top of the npower League One table with an impressive 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park this afternoon.

Keanu Marsh-Brown had given the Glovers a first half lead before Reuben Reid added a second. Then, substitute Gozie Ugwu weighed in with a late double in the torrential rain to cap an emphatic victory over the side that lay bottom of the division at start of play.

The result extends the unbeaten competitive record of Gary Johnson’s men to four games, great preparation for a run of three successive home games starting with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday.

It was one in, one out at Huish Park this week with defender Curtis Haynes-Brown joining AFC Wimbledon on loan while coming in was Chelsea starlet Archange Nkumu to provide cover in defence and midfield. The Stamford Bridge player joined the Glovers bench at Glanford Park with Johnson keeping the same starting eleven again.

The long-travelling visitors had the better of the first quarter of the game which was at times untidy but consisted mainly of Yeovil pressing constantly. Reid hit an effort that struck Iron defender David Mirfin on the hand but was adjudged by ref James Adcock to be accidental. Adcock then booked Yeovil’s Byron Webster and home defender Callum Kennedy for fouls.

Reid was looking sharp and curled one just wide halfway through the half but it certainly wasn’t all one way traffic. Bobby Grant saw his long range deflected for a corner and Ed Upson had to head a clearance over his bar after Mirfin’s header at goal looked set for the top corner. The big, no-nonsense defender was a threat at all set pieces and headed wide from another corner shortly after.

With ten minutes of the half remaining, Yeovil deservedly took the lead. Keanu Marsh-Brown struck for the second time this season when his low shot to the near post appeared to squirm under home gloveman Sam Slocombe. As the half closed, Town’s keeper Marek Stech saved well from Josh Walker’s free kick but the half ended in controversial circumstances. The ball had been knocked out to allow treatment to Iron defender Niall Canavan but instead of knocking the ball back to Stech, Walker tried his luck at goal and the big Czech keeper had to scramble back quickly to prevent a goal. Walker was then cautioned for his part in the farce.

The Glovers got off to a flyer in the second half when Richard Hinds found Ed Upson with a pass despite being fouled as he did so. Referee Adcock played the advantage rule well and Upson set up Reid for his first goal in Yeovil colours on fifty minutes.

On the hour mark, Stech proved once more just how good a keeper he really was with an amazing double save followed up with a third block. Grant was denied at point blank range before Stech got up to deny a follow up from Mark Duffy with another fantastic save. He then stopped another shot from Jimmy Ryan; three great stops in less than half a minute.

Johnson shuffled his pack by bringing on Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young for Reid and Marsh-Brown respectively but it was another player, Upson, who almost scored when he robbed Robbie Gibbons and cleverly rounded the keeper but couldn’t get any pace on his shot, Slocombe saving.

Nathan Ralph came on for Nathan Foley with seven minutes left and he was heavily involved in Yeovil’s third goal. Canavan played the ball needlessly across his own goal area and James Hayter intercepted before laying the ball to Ralph. His shot was saved by Slocombe with Ugwu followed up and hammered the ball in for his first senior goal.

He didn’t have to wait for his second, and Yeovil’s fourth. Just four minutes in fact after more good work from Hayter. The experienced frontman flicked on well for Ugwu to meet it with a great finish to but a nice gloss on the final score. 

 

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CURTIS GOES OUT ON LOAN

Gary Johnson has agreed a one month loan deal with AFC Wimbledon for Curtis Haynes-Brown. Commenting on the agreement the Gaffer told www.ytfc.net: "When the call came in late Thursday afternoon we had to move quickly as both clubs had long away trips to undertake on the Friday. I feel the move will give Curtis the opportunity to sharpen up his game and we will be watching every game he plays for Wimbledon. It’s a good opportunity for the boy!"

GAFFER, HINDS AND REID ALL ON PLAYER

Have you subscribed to Glovers Player yet?? If not you are missing the chance to hear the latest interviews with the Gaffer, Richard Hinds and Reuben Reid ahead of the vital games against Scunthorpe and West Brom.

Just click on the link at the top of the web site to find out all the latest from Huish Park and information on how to start your subscription.

ARCHANGE SIGNS ON FROM CHELSEA

Yeovil Town Football are pleased to announce they have signed Archange Nkumu from Chelsea on a one month loan deal.

18 year old Archange, who is 6’2”, can play in either midfield or central defence and has been at Chelsea since he was eight years old.

He made his reserve debut in the 2010/11 season and scored his first goal against Manchester United.

He made 24 reserve appearances in the 2011/12 season and started the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final for Chelsea last year.

Speaking of his new signing Manager Gary Johnson said: “I’m really pleased to have signed Archange. Chelsea have given us the chance to have a look at him and he will definitely be on the bench on Saturday at Scunthorpe.

“He’s a versatile young man and can play in midfield or central defence  and i am looking forward to seeing him play.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town wish Archange a successful stay at Yeovil Town.

DATE SET FOR JOHNSTONE PAINT TROPHY

Yeovil Town have announced that their Johnstone Paint Trophy match against Bristol Rovers has been set for Tuesday September 4th. at The Memorial Ground Bristol with a 7.45 kick off.

Ticket Prices for both the away terrace section and the away seating area will be : Adults- £10, Concessions – £5, Under 16’s-£1 
Pay on the day

JAMES HAYTER ON PLAYER

The only place you can hear James Hayter’s thoughts on his two goals last night is Glovers Player! The Club’s official video channel has a full interview with James after his brace at Brentford last night.

You can also hear the thoughts of Manager Gary Johnson straight after the Glover’s 3-1 victory.

Go to the link at the top of the web site to watch the interview or subscribe to Glovers Player where full details are obtainable.

MATCH REPORT – BRENTFORD v YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town recorded their first win of the new npower League One season when they beat Brentford by three goals to one at Griffin Park tonight.


Striker James Hayter scored twice, one either side of a Clayton Donaldson equaliser, but the Glovers were indebted to giant Czech keeper Marek Stech who saved a Paul Hayes penalty when the score was one apiece. Within fifteen minutes of the save, Town had scored twice more to win the game.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson made one change to the side that had contested both previous matches in League One and the Capital One Cup. Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu, who limped off on Saturday against Coventry City was replaced by Keanu Marsh-Brown for his first Glovers start.

Yeovil started really brightly and could have gone a couple of goals ahead early on. Reuben Reid flashed a shot just wide after Richard Hinds had played him in with a long through ball; James Hayter also missed the target and Keanu Marsh-Brown saw his shot blocked by a defender, all in the first twelve minutes.

Marek Stech produced the first of several great saves on fourteen minutes when he produced a full length dive to deny Adam Forshaw’s long range shot before saving from Bees’ striker Farid El Alagui’s header. The Moroccan then headed wide from the subsequent corner.

The Glovers took the lead halfway through the half but it was down to some poor defending from the home defence. Tony Craig, who didn’t have the best of games full stop, played a sloppy pass across his defensive line which Sam Foley intercepted. The attacker then crossed left footed to the back post where James Hayter slid in to score his first goal in Yeovil colours.

Brentford fought back forcing two quick corners and Clayton Donaldson curled a shot just wide of the far post before Forshaw then shot straight at Stech’s midriff. Yeovil then had three corners of their own that produced nothing but Keanu Marsh-Brown and Dominic Blizzard created a chance for Reid but he headed over. Right at the end of time added on, Donaldson shot just wide of Stech’s goal.

The first twenty minutes of the second half saw the Bees stung into action by the half time blasting from manager Uwe Rosler. They looked ready, up for it and attacked with verve and when they levelled ten minutes into the second period, it was no surprise. El Alagui and Legge both saw efforts blocked but Donaldson finally found the target when he curled a right foot shot in off the post.

Sam Saunders shot wide for the Bees while Ed Upson, Marsh-Brown and Foley had opportunities for the recovering Glovers but after Forshaw and Legge had also missed chances for Rosler’s side, the turning period in the match arrived at the halfway mark.

Both sides made a double change on 67 minutes. Rosler swapped Saunders and Toumani Diagouraga for new debutant signing Paul Hayes and Harry Forrester. The Glovers made two attacking changes of their won with Lewis Young and Nathan Ralph replacing Marsh-Brown and Foley but the Bees looked to have received the ideal opportunity to grab a 2-1 lead when Byron Webster handled on the edge of the area. But Hayes, with his first touch for his new club, hit a poor penalty which Stech still did fantastically well to save and keep the scores level.

The let off inspired Yeovil and the rest of the game saw them in the ascendancy. Upson’s shot was parried by keeper Moore and after Gozie Ugwu had replaced Reid, Yeovil made it 2-1 soon after. Ugwu made a nuisance of himself in the Brentford penalty box and amid the indecision, striker Hayter lashed home a brilliant second of the game, leaving him just two short of 150 career goals.

If that was enough to send the 218 travelling Yeovil fans home happy, what happened next was exceptional. The two young subs, Young and Ralph, combined well; the latter swinging a beautiful cross field ball to the former who then squared the ball into the danger zone. Craig, already at fault with the first goal, slid in but could only deflect the ball into his own net to make it 3-1.

The game’s final chance fell to the Moroccan striker El Alagui but he headed over when he should really have done better as the game entered five minutes of stoppage time. The result lifts Yeovil into the playoff places at this embryonic stage of the season, Glovers fans will wish the season would end now!

Match Report : 21/08/2012

Yeovil Town recorded their first win of the new npower League One season when they beat Brentford by three goals to one at Griffin Park tonight.

Striker James Hayter scored twice, one either side of a Clayton Donaldson equaliser, but the Glovers were indebted to giant Czech keeper Marek Stech who saved a Paul Hayes penalty when the score was one apiece. Within fifteen minutes of the save, Town had scored twice more to win the game.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson made one change to the side that had contested both previous matches in League One and the Capital One Cup. Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu, who limped off on Saturday against Coventry City was replaced by Keanu Marsh-Brown for his first Glovers start.

Yeovil started really brightly and could have gone a couple of goals ahead early on. Reuben Reid flashed a shot just wide after Richard Hinds had played him in with a long through ball; James Hayter also missed the target and Keanu Marsh-Brown saw his shot blocked by a defender, all in the first twelve minutes.

Marek Stech produced the first of several great saves on fourteen minutes when he produced a full length dive to deny Adam Forshaw’s long range shot before saving from Bees’ striker Farid El Alagui’s header. The Moroccan then headed wide from the subsequent corner.

The Glovers took the lead halfway through the half but it was down to some poor defending from the home defence. Tony Craig, who didn’t have the best of games full stop, played a sloppy pass across his defensive line which Sam Foley intercepted. The attacker then crossed left footed to the back post where James Hayter slid in to score his first goal in Yeovil colours.

Brentford fought back forcing two quick corners and Clayton Donaldson curled a shot just wide of the far post before Forshaw then shot straight at Stech’s midriff. Yeovil then had three corners of their own that produced nothing but Keanu Marsh-Brown and Dominic Blizzard created a chance for Reid but he headed over. Right at the end of time added on, Donaldson shot just wide of Stech’s goal.

The first twenty minutes of the second half saw the Bees stung into action by the half time blasting from manager Uwe Rosler. They looked ready, up for it and attacked with verve and when they levelled ten minutes into the second period, it was no surprise. El Alagui and Legge both saw efforts blocked but Donaldson finally found the target when he curled a right foot shot in off the post.

Sam Saunders shot wide for the Bees while Ed Upson, Marsh-Brown and Foley had opportunities for the recovering Glovers but after Forshaw and Legge had also missed chances for Rosler’s side, the turning period in the match arrived at the halfway mark.

Both sides made a double change on 67 minutes. Rosler swapped Saunders and Toumani Diagouraga for new debutant signing Paul Hayes and Harry Forrester. The Glovers made two attacking changes of their won with Lewis Young and Nathan Ralph replacing Marsh-Brown and Foley but the Bees looked to have received the ideal opportunity to grab a 2-1 lead when Byron Webster handled on the edge of the area. But Hayes, with his first touch for his new club, hit a poor penalty which Stech still did fantastically well to save and keep the scores level.

The let off inspired Yeovil and the rest of the game saw them in the ascendancy. Upson’s shot was parried by keeper Moore and after Gozie Ugwu had replaced Reid, Yeovil made it 2-1 soon after. Ugwu made a nuisance of himself in the Brentford penalty box and amid the indecision, striker Hayter lashed home a brilliant second of the game, leaving him just two short of 150 career goals.

If that was enough to send the 218 travelling Yeovil fans home happy, what happened next was exceptional. The two young subs, Young and Ralph, combined well; the latter swinging a beautiful cross field ball to the former who then squared the ball into the danger zone. Craig, already at fault with the first goal, slid in but could only deflect the ball into his own net to make it 3-1.

The game’s final chance fell to the Moroccan striker El Alagui but he headed over when he should really have done better as the game entered five minutes of stoppage time. The result lifts Yeovil into the playoff places at this embryonic stage of the season, Glovers fans will wish the season would end now!

GLOVERS GO DOWN TO GULLS HAMMERING

Torquay United Under-18s 4 Yeovil Town Under-18s 1.
After the joy of an opening day victory Yeovil Town 18’s team slumped to a 4-1 hammering at Plainmoor to Torquay United Under 18’s. The Yeovil goal was scored by Melchi Emmanuel-Williamson just before half time from the penalty spot.

LADIES START WITH WIN

YEOVIL Town Ladies made the perfect return to the FA Women’s Premier League with a well won 3-1 victory over Lewes Ladies at Wells on Sunday. It was a good performance from the female Glovers, and one that saw Laura Bray continue her impressive goal scoring from last season with a brace, following an early debut goal from new signing Grace Rapp.
 

Yeovil Town Ladies: 3 Lewes Ladies: 1 

 

The three points have catapulted the Ladies to fourth place in the inaugural Premier League table, and have left joint managers Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler delighted with a job well done from their team. Both felt that this fine start should bode well for the season ahead, but as Williams explained they and their players are keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground.

 

“It was a pleasing result,” he said after the match. “But it is only the first day in a new league, so we are not getting carried away, but we have belief in our own ability to perform, so are confident we can succeed. Sarah and I felt that we had done our homework and preparation in close season, and it was now down to team selection and the performance of the players.

 

“Lewes have come into the Premier league in similar form to ourselves, having been unbeaten in the South East Combination over the last season, so we knew we had to give a good performance to get something from the game. It was a good test for the girls, and they did well.”

 

Lawler said that she was pleased that the girls had listened to what she and Williams had said in the dressing room before the game, and they started the game at a high tempo. The passing was good, with the ball getting out well to the wide players to deliver into the danger area.

 

Yeovil were the early dominant force, and deservedly look the lead on six minutes when the lively Grace Rapp got on the end of a superbly delivered Emma Brazell comer, rising high to flick the ball into the back of the net with her head.

 

“Grace had a great game today, and she was given the players player of the game,” Williams said. “She is a player that we had been tracking for some time, and when she was out of contract from her previous club this summer we made an approach. She is improving with every game she plays, and when you consider her young age we need to work with her to develop her into the ladies game and this league. It was a great goal she scored today, and one that got us off to a great start.”

 

The game continued, and the Glovers continued to pressure the Lewes midfield. It was good play from Yeovil, with them closing down the opposition at every opportunity, constantly winning the ball back, and using it well in possession.

 

“We asked the girls to put plenty of pressure in the middle of the park,” Williams said. “And we were not disappointed. The second goal came from our midfield winning the ball from a slide tackle from Jade Radburn, and the ball broke through the channel to Laura Bray, who looked up and seeing an advancing ‘keeper calmly slotted the ball in the bottom left hand corner.”

 

“It was a really good finish, “Sarah Lawler said. “Laws (Bray) was our leading goal scorer last season, and she has risen to the challenge presented to her with other strikers coming into the club during the summer. She had a good game today.”

 

The Glovers were hungry for more, and added to their tally on 38 minutes when Bray grabbed her second of the game after receiving a fine through ball from Rosie Williams.

 

“It was a well worked goal, and was built well from the back,” Nigel Williams said. “After winning the ball well in defence, it was played into Rosie Williams, and again we found the channels between the centre backs and left back for Laura to receive the ball in a good position. She took the ball in her stride, and rounded the ‘keeper to provide a great finish from an angle.”

 

The Glovers always looked the likely winners after that point, and despite Adrea Veiga getting a goal back for the Rookettes late in the second half, the game was well won.

 

“Everyone is a bit nervous at the first game of the season, as you want a good start,” Williams said. “But we settled well today, and got that good start. I think we were the better team, but in the second half we saw a different Lewes team from that of the first period. They passed the ball around better, and had some good passages of play, but we dealt with it well. We matched them in every area, and were unfortunate to have lost a goal towards the end of the game from a free kick on the edge of our area.

 

“If you had said to me at midday that we were going to run out 3-1 winners I would have accepted this result. I was really pleased with the whole set up today. It has been a great start to the campaign, but it is early days yet. However, we are happy to have the early points in the bag.”

 

Yeovil Town Ladies:Simkin, Brazell. Edwards, Williams, Trowbridge (Grogen – 78), Osman (Whitton – 55), Wensley, Radburn, Pearson (Cornwall – 75), Rapp, Bray

 

Goals:Grace Rapp (6), Laura Bray (25, 38)

 

Players Player of the Match:Grace Rapp

 

Referee:Mike Hall (Wellington)

 

Report by Nigel Williams and Ali King

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GLOVERS SUPPORT PROSTATE UK

Yeovil Townhas pledged to help make 2012/13 a season saving men’s lives in support of The Football League’s new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.

has vowed to play its part.Yeovil TownPlayers, staff and fans of the 72 Football League clubs will undertake a range of activities to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life, and

said: “We are proud to be playing our part in The Football League’s new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, and we look forward to working closely with both organisations to make the year ahead a season saving men’s lives.Manager Gary Johnson 

“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, killing more than 10,000 in the UK every year. It’s so important that all men know about the disease, which is why are delighted to play our part in getting the message out there as far and wide as possible – throughout the football community and beyond.”

Former England, Watford and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett launched the partnership today alongside David Annand, a Prostate Cancer UK supporter who has pledged to walk 500 miles around football grounds over 12 months after being diagnosed with prostate cancer last year aged just 49.

are joining forces to spread the word about prostate cancer this season and help raise funds for the range of support services Prostate Cancer UK has to offer men affected by the disease.” Yeovil Town Luther Blissett said: “Prostate Cancer UK’s groundbreaking partnership with The Football League is a fantastic way to raise awareness of the most common cancer in men. It’s brilliant that all 72 Football League clubs including

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer, but still all too few men talk about their health as much as they should. Prostate Cancer UK’s partnership with The Football League will play an invaluable role in breaking down some of the taboos that still exist, which is vital in encouraging men to be more open and to think and talk about prostate cancer. 

will get behind the partnership to raise as much as possible and make an even bigger difference to the 250,000 men affected by the disease throughout the UK.” Yeovil Town “We hope that everyone who comes through the turnstiles this season at

 

Greg Clarke Chairman of The Football League said: “Prostate Cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK every single day and I’m proud that all 72 Football League clubs will unite behind a season saving men’s lives.  I would encourage fans up and down the country to get involved with fundraising at their local League club to help fight this disease.

 

“With the help of The Football League and supporters, we can make more men, and their families, aware of their health and help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK’s vital support services. By working with The Football League, our clubs and their local communities this partnership will play its part in helping Prostate Cancer UK make a difference to the lives of thousands of men across the country.”

March to coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.th to 16ndProstate Cancer UK is hoping to raise funds through a range of activity throughout the season, including dedicated weeks of support from 2

More than 65,000 Football League fans, club Chief Executives and Football League staff took part in the vote to choose Prostate Cancer UK as their charity partner for this season from a shortlist of six charities.

 

HINDS ON TARGET AGAIN


Yeovil Town kicked off their eighth successive season in League One with a battling 1-1 draw against Coventry City at a sweltering Huish Park this afternoon.

 

Cody McDonald gave the Sky Blues the lead with a bullet header on nine minutes but a fantastic header from defender Richard Hinds, his third already this season, grabbed a deserved point against Andy Thorn’s men who were relegated from the Championship last season.

 

Manager Gary Johnson will be pleased with the point gained against what may well be one of the promotion candidates from League One this season although it could have been all three late on as Hinds volleyed home from a set piece but referee David Phillips ruled the goal out for a handball.

 

Johnson kept faith with the same starting eleven he has been utilising in the bus pre-season schedule meaning that six players made their Yeovil league debut and two more made their second debut (Hinds and Stech, previously with the Glovers). Lining up for the opposition was quality in the shape of Irish international Kevin Kilbane, Gary McSheffrey and Cody McDonald.

 

Hinds went close on six minutes when he shot over from a Jamie McAllister free kick and James Hayter volleyed well over a minute later after Reece Brown, brother of Manchester United’s Wes, headed out of the box.

 

On nine minutes, Coventry took the lead. McDonald was fouled 25 yards out by Byron Webster and from John Fleck’s set piece, McDonald produced a firm header into the corner of the net. It gave City the confidence to push forward and at this point, they looked quicker and stronger both defending and attacking.

 

The leveller wasn’t long in coming and from the Glovers latest scoring sensation Richard Hinds. Webster saw his header tipped over by City keeper Joe Murphy and from Ed Upson’s corner, Hinds met the ball perfectly to thump a header home for his third goal of the season, his second best return of his career already!!

 

Upson took a quick free kick and set up Hayter who found Reid but the big striker lashed his shot just wide but Yeovil almost fell behind on the half hour when City had a double chance to score. Home keeper Marek Stech saved well from McDonald and Fleck’s effort on the rebound was cleared from danger by the rapidly retreating Hinds.

 

Hayter then looked set to get a shot in on goal but Brown took the ball off his foot and cleared for a corner and two minutes later, Reid went even closer, controlling a long ball from Luke Ayling before beating his defender but seeing Murphy parry his effort behind for another flag kick.

 

If truth be known, the first half of the second period wasn’t overflowing with chances for either side as both sides took time to readjust to the pace of the game and the heat. Ayling had two opportunities within a matter of seconds with either foot but couldn’t quite finish while Upson volleyed well over from distance.

 

Gozie Ugwu was clattered by a poor challenge from Chris Hussey on the hour and went off without further ado, replaced by Keanu Marsh-Brown. The next chance came for City when McDonald curled wide of the far post when well placed while Upson then blazed over after a Marsh-Brown centre was cleared.

 

Adam Barton must have thought he’d given his side the lead on 76 minutes when his shot looked destined for the top corner but cannoned off the angle of the post and crossbar with Jordan Clarke firing the rebound high, wide and handsome.

 

If that was close then Yeovil went even closer to grabbing the win four minutes later. McAllister swung in a free kick and after controlling and swivelling, Hinds slammed the ball home but ref David Phillips disallowed for handball by the big Yorkshire defender.

Marsh-Brown was then thwarted by Murphy’s low save and Yeovil had one final scare in stoppage time when Hinds was barged off the ball by McDonald and with the goal gaping and only Stech to protect it, McDonald fluffed his lines and screwed his shot wide.

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Yeovil Town v Coventry City

Yeovil Town kicked off their eighth successive season in League One with a battling 1-1 draw against Coventry City at a sweltering Huish Park this afternoon.

 

Cody McDonald gave the Sky Blues the lead with a bullet header on nine minutes but a fantastic header from defender Richard Hinds, his third already this season, grabbed a deserved point against Andy Thorn’s men who were relegated from the Championship last season.

 

Manager Gary Johnson will be pleased with the point gained against what may well be one of the promotion candidates from League One this season although it could have been all three late on as Hinds volleyed home from a set piece but referee David Phillips ruled the goal out for a handball.

 

Johnson kept faith with the same starting eleven he has been utilising in the bus pre-season schedule meaning that six players made their Yeovil league debut and two more made their second debut (Hinds and Stech, previously with the Glovers). Lining up for the opposition was quality in the shape of Irish international Kevin Kilbane, Gary McSheffrey and Cody McDonald.

 

Hinds went close on six minutes when he shot over from a Jamie McAllister free kick and James Hayter volleyed well over a minute later after Reece Brown, brother of Manchester United’s Wes, headed out of the box.

 

On nine minutes, Coventry took the lead. McDonald was fouled 25 yards out by Byron Webster and from John Fleck’s set piece, McDonald produced a firm header into the corner of the net. It gave City the confidence to push forward and at this point, they looked quicker and stronger both defending and attacking.

 

The leveller wasn’t long in coming and from the Glovers latest scoring sensation Richard Hinds. Webster saw his header tipped over by City keeper Joe Murphy and from Ed Upson’s corner, Hinds met the ball perfectly to thump a header home for his third goal of the season, his second best return of his career already!!

 

Upson took a quick free kick and set up Hayter who found Reid but the big striker lashed his shot just wide but Yeovil almost fell behind on the half hour when City had a double chance to score. Home keeper Marek Stech saved well from McDonald and Fleck’s effort on the rebound was cleared from danger by the rapidly retreating Hinds.

 

Hayter then looked set to get a shot in on goal but Brown took the ball off his foot and cleared for a corner and two minutes later, Reid went even closer, controlling a long ball from Luke Ayling before beating his defender but seeing Murphy parry his effort behind for another flag kick.

 

If truth be known, the first half of the second period wasn’t overflowing with chances for either side as both sides took time to readjust to the pace of the game and the heat. Ayling had two opportunities within a matter of seconds with either foot but couldn’t quite finish while Upson volleyed well over from distance.

 

Gozie Ugwu was clattered by a poor challenge from Chris Hussey on the hour and went off without further ado, replaced by Keanu Marsh-Brown. The next chance came for City when McDonald curled wide of the far post when well placed while Upson then blazed over after a Marsh-Brown centre was cleared.

 

Adam Barton must have thought he’d given his side the lead on 76 minutes when his shot looked destined for the top corner but cannoned off the angle of the post and crossbar with Jordan Clarke firing the rebound high, wide and handsome.

 

If that was close then Yeovil went even closer to grabbing the win four minutes later. McAllister swung in a free kick and after controlling and swivelling, Hinds slammed the ball home but ref David Phillips disallowed for handball by the big Yorkshire defender.

Marsh-Brown was then thwarted by Murphy’s low save and Yeovil had one final scare in stoppage time when Hinds was barged off the ball by McDonald and with the goal gaping and only Stech to protect it, McDonald fluffed his lines and screwed his shot wide.

GLOVERS GIVEN ROVERS TIE

Yeovil Town have been drawn away to Bristol Rovers in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The tie is due to be played week commencing 3rd September 2012.
The full draw is as follows:

Southern Section

Oxford United v Swindon Town

Bristol Rovers v Yeovil Town

Portsmouth v AFC Bournemouth

Exeter City v Aldershot Town

Southend United v AFC Wimbledon

Dagenham & Redbridge v Stevenage

Northampton Town v Milton Keynes Dons

Crawley Town v Gillingham

Northern Section

Rochdale v Fleetwood Town

Carlisle United v Preston North End

Accrington Stanley v Morecambe

Port Vale v Tranmere Rovers

Rotherham United v York City

Chesterfield v Oldham Athletic

Coventry City v Burton Albion

Scunthorpe United v Notts County

The following 16 clubs that have been given a bye for Round 1:-

Northern Section

Bradford City

Bury

Crewe Alexandra

Doncaster Rovers

Hartlepool United

Sheffield United

Shrewsbury Town

Walsall

Southern Section

Barnet

Brentford

Cheltenham Town

Colchester United

Leyton Orient

Plymouth Argyle

Torquay United

Wycombe Wanderers

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Yeovil Town v West Bromwich Albion Ticket News


Capital One Cup 2nd Round

28th August 2012

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NEW SEASON-NEW PROGRAMME!

The new league season kicks off at Huish Park tomorrow and as part of your matchday experience ‘Green&White’ – the official matchday magazine of Yeovil Town FC – returns with a fresh new-look for the season’s curtain raiser against Coventry City.

As ever, we have got tons of news, features and stats for you to get your teeth in to. For our main feature we talks to new Glovers captain Jamie McAllister who is looking forward to a successful spell at Huish Park after leaving Bristol City to join forces with manager Gary Johnson again.

We talk to midweek goal hero Richard Hinds, who admits he wants more goals after seeing off Colchester in such convincing fashion last Tuesday night.

New striker Gozie Ugwu is the subject of our ‘Spotlight On’ feature and there is a poster of fellow forward Keanu Marsh-Brown.

We also have a new regular columnists in the shape of midfield maestro Ed Upson! In an entertaining read, Ed tells us how he is sufferingwithdrawal symptoms from the Olympics, as well as his thoughts on the last two games for the Glovers.

As usual we’ve got tons of info on our visitors Coventry City including an interview with former Sky Blues player and now assistant manager Richard Shaw.

If that wasn’t enough there’s also columns from our very own Martin McConachie and Chris Dunlavy of The Football League Paper, Gary Johnson’s notes, an away days diary from the tour to Wales, all the latest from the club and stats, stats and more stats!

Your new-look, 72-page issue of ‘Green&White’ will set you back just £3, and is available at several programme huts located around the ground. Be sure to get your copy at tomorrow’s game.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

The world’s original league football competition –the npower Football League– returns this weekend for its 114th season and is set to deliver 1,671 matches and ten months of competitive league football in towns and cities throughout the country.

 

“Following a truly memorable summer of sport, I’m sure football supporters are now keenly anticipating the start of a new league season.  Once again, it’s going to be a fascinating campaign with no shortage of thrilling matches, great goals and all the usual debate and controversy.In welcoming the start of the new league season, Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke, said:

 

“It is particularly encouraging that the new season begins with our clubs having made a new commitment to fair play both on and off the field.  I believe our new Financial Fair Play regulations will be a significant step towards creating a sustainable financial future for our clubs.  I am also delighted that clubs have made a new commitment to playing matches in a sporting manner.  Professional football should be tough and competitive, but it should also be played with respect for your opponent, the game itself and, most importantly, the fans that have paid to watch.”

 

The new season will see a number of changes on and off the pitch following a number of recent decisions by clubs:

 

      1.Financial Fair Play

The Football League has introduced Financial Fair Play regulations in all three of its divisions from the beginning of the 2012/13 season. The new rules are intended to exert greater control over club expenditure and each division has been given the flexibility to determine its own specific approach.

 

  • Championship:

 

Financial Fair Play (FFP) in the Championship will require clubs to stay within defined limits on losses and shareholder equity investment that will reduce significantly across five seasons.

 

This will reduce to £5m by 2015/16, £3m of which can be funded by shareholders. Sanctions will take effect from the 2013/14 reporting period. 
 

The 2012/13 season will be a transition period with no sanctions being applicable but with clubs aiming to keep their losses to within £12m (excluding certain areas of club infrastructure such as community and youth development programmes) of which £8m can be funded through shareholder equity investment.

Going forward, each club will be required to provide annual accounts to The Football League by December 1, covering the previous playing season.  Failure to stay within the defined limits will lead to the imposition of sanctions, depending on whether the club was ultimately promoted to the Premier League, remained in the Championship or was relegated to League 1.

 

  oClubs promoted to the Premier League will have to pay a ‘Fair Play Tax’ on the excess by which they failed to fulfil the Fair Play requirement ranging from 1% on the first £100,000 to 100% on anything over £10m.  Any proceeds will be distributed equally amongst those clubs that complied with the FFP regulations for the season in question. 

  oClubs remaining in the Championship will be subject to a transfer embargo until they are able to lodge financial information to demonstrate they comply with the FFP regulations (either for the previous reporting period or a future reporting period).

  oClubs relegated to League 1 will not be entitled to any payout derived from the Fair Play Tax and will be required to comply with the FFP rules in operation in that division.

 

Clubs relegated from the Premier League will not be subject to sanctions in their first season in the Championship, as long as they have met their financial obligations under Premier League regulations.  They would, however, be subject to the potential of a Fair Play Tax if they achieved promotion in the first season in the Championship whilst not complying with the FFP regulations.

 

  • Leagues 1 and 2:

 

League 1 and League 2, clubs have chosen to implement the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) that limits spending on total player wages to a proportion of each club’s turnover, with clubs providing budgetary information to The League at the beginning of the season that is updated as the campaign progresses.

 

Any club that is deemed to have breached the permitted spending threshold will be subject to a transfer embargo.  Wherever possible, The League will seek to tackle the issue ‘at source’ by refusing player registrations that take clubs beyond the threshold.

 

In League 1 the SCMP threshold will operate at 65% of turnover and in League 2, where it has operated since 2004/05, it will be 55%.

 

      2.Sporting Conduct

 

At their Summer Conference in June, Football League clubs voted unanimously to support proposals aimed at encouraging sportsmanship and curbing gamesmanship in matches.

 

The proposals, which were put forward by Exeter City Chairman, Edward Chorlton, had three central themes: 

 

        ·Gamesmanship has no place in our game. Football League matches should be played within a culture of sportsmanship not gamesmanship.

 

        ·Clubs will undertake to instruct managers, coaches and players accordingly – in particular to discourage actions which bring the game’s reputation into disrepute, such as:

 

  oshowing disrespect to match officials; and/or

 

  othose actions that undermine a sporting culture including diving/simulation, time wasting and feigning injury.

 

        ·In the first year of this initiative, The League will request that referees support this initiative by taking more robust action, particularly in the following situations:

 

  oobstructing the quick taking of free-kicks

 

  ostealing ground at throw-ins.   

 

      3.Managers’ qualifications

 

League clubs have agreed to the introduction of compulsory coaching qualifications for all Football League managers.

 

Managers in the Championship must hold a minimum of the UEFA ‘A Licence’ and be working towards completing the UEFA ‘Pro-Licence’ within three years of appointment.

 

Managers in League 1 and League 2 must hold a minimum of the UEFA ‘B Licence’ and be working towards completing the UEFA ‘A Licence’ within three years of appointment.

 

      4.New Matchball

 

All Football League matches will feature a new matchball this season after Mitre, official football suppliers of The Football League, unveiled its latest professional matchball – the Delta V12.

The most accurate ball ever designed by Mitre, the Delta V12 comprises identical panels made of micro fibre material to guarantee unrivalled symmetry.  The exclusive 12 panel construction offers enhanced aerodynamics to optimise shot accuracy, without sacrificing speed or power.

Launched exclusively across all 2012/13 npower Football League and Capital One Cup fixtures, each ball’s graphic design is unique; with every one of the 72 Football League clubs having their own customised match balls printed with club colours and badge.

 

      5.Substitutes

 

Clubs will be permitted to name 7 substitutes, of which 3 may enter the field of play.

 

      6.Official Charity Partnership – Prostate Cancer UK

 

Prostate Cancer UK has been selected as the Official Charity Partner of The Football League for the 2012/13 season. 

 

Chosen by fans, clubs and Football League staff following a vote on The Football League website, Prostate Cancer UK will benefit from unrivalled exposure across The League’s 72 member clubs throughout the season, with a wide range of fundraising activity and awareness building initiatives.

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GARY AND THE BOYS AT ASDA

Yeovil Town players will be at a supermarket in the town on Thursday afternoon, signing copies of the Western Gazette season preview for fans.

This Thursday’s newspaper contains a 16-page pull-out, giving Yeovil Town supporters the inside track on their club’s hopes ahead of the npower League One season. A 16-page Yeovil Town season preview pull-out will be included in this week’s Western Gazette

Some of Gary Johnson’s star men will be at Asda on Preston Road from 2.30pm on Thursday to meet fans and personalise the preview supplement.

The pull-out contains interviews with key members of the playing and management staff at Huish Park, including Johnson himself, assistant Terry Skiverton and summer arrivals Jamie McAllister and Byron Webster.

As the club gears up for its tenth year in the Football League, we take a look at the key moments of the past decade as well as casting the spotlight on the Glovers’ scholars and ladies team.

IT’S WEST BROM!

Yeovil Town have been drawn at home to play West Bromwich Albion in the next round of the Capital One Cup. 

Matches are due to be played in week commencing Monday 27th.August subject to television requirements.

Gary Johnson was well pleased with the draw. talking exclusively to ytfc.net he said: "Wow I’m absolutely delighted with the draw. To get a Premier league side at home is all you can hope for and I hope the town will get behind the lads and help to fill Huish Park."
The Full draw is:
Preston North End vs Crystal Palace

Watford vs Bradford City

Swansea City vs Barnsley

Yeovil Town vs West Bromwich Albion
Coventry vs Birmingham City

West Ham United vs Crewe Alexandra

Doncaster vs Hull

Carlisle vs Ipswich Town

Reading vs Peterborough

Sheffield Wednesday vs Fulham

Leicester vs Burton Albion

Burnley vs Plymouth Argyle

QPR vs Walsall

Stevenage vs Southampton

Nottingham Forest vs Wigan Athletic

Stoke City vs Swindon

Aston Villa vs Tranmere Rovers

Crawley Town vs Bolton Wanderers

Gillingham vs Middlesbrough

Northampton Town vs Wolves

Everton vs Leyton Orient

MK Dons vs Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United vs Oxford United

Sunderland vs Morecambe

Norwich City vs Scunthorpe

NEW SHIRTS IN BY END OF MONTH

Yeovil Town Football Club are pleased to inform supporters that replica shirts with the front and back sponsors on should be available by the end of the month.

It is anticipated they will be on sale in time for the Doncaster Rovers game.

We thank you for your patience. 

GLOVERS PROGRESS IN CUP

Yeovil Town got the new season off to the perfect start with a convincing 3-0 victory over Colchester United in the Capital One Cup First Round at Huish Park this evening.

 

A first half double from defender Richard Hinds was added to by a late goal from substitute Keanu Marsh-Brown as Gary Johnson’s men began in the same prolific fashion they had completed pre-season in.

 

And the Glovers will now eagerly await news of who they’ll face in the second round in tomorrow’s draw.

 

The Glovers got off to a flying start when they took the lead in the third minute. Ed Upson swung in a corner and after Colchester failed to get rid of it, Richard Hinds smashed a volley in for Yeovil’s first goal of the 2012/13 campaign.

 

Upson then nearly set up Reuben Reid with a slide rule through ball but an assistant referee’s flag, raised belatedly, denied the striker who shot at keeper Mark Cousins anyway. Upson’s midfield colleague Sam Foley then fed Gozie Ugwu in the right channel but the attacker hit a rising shot well wide of goal.

 

Colchester tried getting back into the game and forced three corners in as many minutes but home keeper Marek Stech dealt well with Anthony Wordsworth’s inswinging deliveries. Ian Henderson’s left foot drive was all they had to show for a first half hour devoid of openings.

 

That there was just that one chance for the visitors was due to the ball constantly being pinged around at the other end of the pitch by the lively home attackers. James Hayter was set up by a lovely bit of inter passing by Reid and Upson but his fierce shot was parried by Cousins for a corner.

 

Foley then saw Cousins tip over his curling shot on 25 minutes and the same player was denied twice by desperate defensive blocks as John Ward’s men tried to stay in the game.

 

Ten minutes later, Drey Wright hit a shot way over in a rare sight of goal for the U’s and they also saw Stech parry a rising drive from Wordsworth away for a corner while at the other end, Reid’s low firm shot was gathered by Cousins comfortably.

 

As the half time kettle began to boil, Yeovil were awarded their sixth corner and from Upson’s perfect delivery, it was that man Richard Hinds again who produced a blinding bullet header to double the Glovers lead.

 

The second period began with Stech producing a truly brilliant save to deny Tom Eastman’s drive but it was a rare chance in the first twenty minutes of the second half. Yeovil’s only opportunity fell to Reid whose weak left foot shot on the turn didn’t trouble a grateful Cousins in the U’s goal..

 

Manager Johnson made a double switch on seventy minutes as the game dulled somewhat. Ugwu, injured moments before in a tackle, and Hayter were replaced by Keanu Marsh-Brown and Lewis Young, both making their competitive debuts for the Glovers.  

 

And it was the former who made a wonderful introduction to his Yeovil debut with the third goal on 77 minutes. The home defence cleared the ball setting up a three-on-three attack with Reid at the spearhead and the ex-Oldham forward laid a lovely ball into the path of Marsh-Brown who dinked the ball over the advancing keeper delightfully.

 

The third goal was the spark for a special ten minute period where Johnson’s men were rampant. After Stech had once more come up with a fantastic save from Andy Bond’s shot, Reid played a one two with Young but the latter’s effort was blocked; then Nathan Ralph, on for Foley, saw his blistering drive tipped on to the crossbar by Cousins for another corner.

 

Town played some wonderful attacking football and fully deserved their three goal margin.

REACTION ON GLOVERS PLAYER

Exclusive video interviews from tonight’s victory over Colchester United in the first round of the Capital One Cup will be available on Glovers Player shortly. 
For more information on subscribing or if you are a current subscriber and wish to view the exclusive videos click on the Glovers Player link at the top of the page.

YEOVIL TOWN v COLCHESTER UNITED

Yeovil Town got the new season off to the perfect start with a convincing 3-0 victory over Colchester United in the Capital One Cup First Round at Huish Park this evening.

 

A first half double from defender Richard Hinds was added to by a late goal from substitute Keanu Marsh-Brown as Gary Johnson’s men began in the same prolific fashion they had completed pre-season in.

 

And the Glovers will now eagerly await news of who they’ll face in the second round in tomorrow’s draw.

 

The Glovers got off to a flying start when they took the lead in the third minute. Ed Upson swung in a corner and after Colchester failed to get rid of it, Richard Hinds smashed a volley in for Yeovil’s first goal of the 2012/13 campaign.

 

Upson then nearly set up Reuben Reid with a slide rule through ball but an assistant referee’s flag, raised belatedly, denied the striker who shot at keeper Mark Cousins anyway. Upson’s midfield colleague Sam Foley then fed Gozie Ugwu in the right channel but the attacker hit a rising shot well wide of goal.

 

Colchester tried getting back into the game and forced three corners in as many minutes but home keeper Marek Stech dealt well with Anthony Wordsworth’s inswinging deliveries. Ian Henderson’s left foot drive was all they had to show for a first half hour devoid of openings.

 

That there was just that one chance for the visitors was due to the ball constantly being pinged around at the other end of the pitch by the lively home attackers. James Hayter was set up by a lovely bit of inter passing by Reid and Upson but his fierce shot was parried by Cousins for a corner.

 

Foley then saw Cousins tip over his curling shot on 25 minutes and the same player was denied twice by desperate defensive blocks as John Ward’s men tried to stay in the game.

 

Ten minutes later, Drey Wright hit a shot way over in a rare sight of goal for the U’s and they also saw Stech parry a rising drive from Wordsworth away for a corner while at the other end, Reid’s low firm shot was gathered by Cousins comfortably.

 

As the half time kettle began to boil, Yeovil were awarded their sixth corner and from Upson’s perfect delivery, it was that man Richard Hinds again who produced a blinding bullet header to double the Glovers lead.

 

The second period began with Stech producing a truly brilliant save to deny Tom Eastman’s drive but it was a rare chance in the first twenty minutes of the second half. Yeovil’s only opportunity fell to Reid whose weak left foot shot on the turn didn’t trouble a grateful Cousins in the U’s goal..

 

Manager Johnson made a double switch on seventy minutes as the game dulled somewhat. Ugwu, injured moments before in a tackle, and Hayter were replaced by Keanu Marsh-Brown and Lewis Young, both making their competitive debuts for the Glovers.  

 

And it was the former who made a wonderful introduction to his Yeovil debut with the third goal on 77 minutes. The home defence cleared the ball setting up a three-on-three attack with Reid at the spearhead and the ex-Oldham forward laid a lovely ball into the path of Marsh-Brown who dinked the ball over the advancing keeper delightfully.

 

The third goal was the spark for a special ten minute period where Johnson’s men were rampant. After Stech had once more come up with a fantastic save from Andy Bond’s shot, Reid played a one two with Young but the latter’s effort was blocked; then Nathan Ralph, on for Foley, saw his blistering drive tipped on to the crossbar by Cousins for another corner.

 

Town played some wonderful attacking football and fully deserved their three goal margin.

COLCHESTER NEXT UP

John Ward brings his Colchester United team to Huish Park tomorrow for a first round Capital One Cup tie at Huish Park as The Glovers kick off the season proper. 

Colchester’s pre-season matches have seen mixed results for the U’s with five victories, four defeats and a draw and although the defeats were against the likes of Ipswich Town (2-1), West Ham United (2-1) it could be argued that the victories were no great shakes either against the likes of Heybridge Swifts (6-0), Maldon & Tiptree (2-1), Brentwood Town (2-1).

Yeovil on the other hand have remained undefeated in their nine friendlies with five victories against the likes of Poole Town, Plymouth Argyle, Dorchester Town, Llanelli, and Newport and four draws including Premier league side Stoke City and Exeter City.
Manager Gary Johnson is looking forward to the encounter with his old friend John Ward: "Yes I’m really looking forward to the match. I think the boys are as ready as we will ever get them and it is now just a question of doing the business on the night. The club hasn’t had a cup run of any significance for some time now so to progress to the next round would be nice."
For Yeovil Gavin Williams and Rohan Ince remain doubts whilst there are no reported injuries for Colchester.
Kick off is at 7.45 with admission prices  at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions, £7 for 16-21, £3 Juniors.
For more preview stats go to our match preview section. Just click at the top of the page under Fixtures and results

GLOVERS TIE WITH GRECIANS

Yeovil Town completed their pre-season schedule unbeaten with a 2-2 draw at home to League Two local rivals Exeter City at Huish Park this afternoon.

 

They did it the hard way though, twice coming from behind after first Scott Bennett then John O’Flynn had given the Grecians the advantage. Ed Upson levelled first with a trademark special before Reuben Reid smashed home with ninety seconds remaining.

 

Manager Gary Johnson started the derby friendly with what would appear to be his first choice starting line up for the start of the season.

 

But his team were rocked on five minutes with the opening attack of the match. The Grecians forced a corner and from Liam Sercombe’s flag kick, there was a scramble before centre half Scott Bennett stabbed home from seven yards out.

 

There then followed a spell of chances for either side. Reuben Reid’s shot was half blocked for the home side while Guillem Bauza’s effort was saved by Marek Stech.

 

Richard Hinds then headed over from a Byron Webster cross before Reid’s shot was saved by visiting keeper Artur Krysiak but Gozie Ugwu sliced his shot well wide.

 

The game then went to sleep for a good fifteen minutes with the only opportunity a golden one for City attacker John O’Flynn who fluffed his shot leaving Stech to rescue his team mates’ defensive mix up.

 

Then, just before the half hour mark came the Glovers equaliser. Ed Upson played some neat close passing with James Hayter and Dominic Blizzard before curling a beauty into the far corner of the net.

 

Again there was a good portion of the match with little or no chances to speak of until the last two minutes of the first period. An error in central midfield left the Grecians in a good position to break quickly and Bauza was played in down the left channel. The former Swansea attacker was then brought down by keeper Stech and O’Flynn gleefully smashed the spot kick high into the roof of the net.

 

Ugwu opened the second half with a wayward shot and Hinds’ header was clawed away well by Krysiak from a corner.

 

Former Glover Arron Davies then fired well wide just before Gary Johnson made his first change of the afternoon with Ugwu replaced by winger Keanu Marsh-Brown. City boss Paul Tisdale then made four alterations to his own team giving some of his young fringe players a twenty minute run out.

 

The changes continued with Nathan Ralph replacing Sam Foley and Lewis Young coming on for Richard Hinds and the former Northampton winger almost set up a goal with his first touch. A lovely through ball allowed Hayter to spring the offside trap but his delicate lob over Krysiak was easily cleared by a covering defender.

 

 Yeovil’s final change came three minutes from time when Curtis Haynes-Brown came on for Blizzard and within two minutes, the second goal arrived. Jamie McAllister swung over a free kick, Luke Ayling headed back across goal and Reuben Reid smashed an unstoppable volley into the net.

 

Not the best performance by far but the nine game build up has resulted in five wins, four draws and 23 goals scored. However today’s display shows the manager there is still work to be done before Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup curtain raiser against Colchester United.

 

Team: Marek Stech, Luke Ayling, Jamie McAllister, Richard Hinds, Byron Webster, Dominic Blizzard, Ed Upson, James Hayter, Reuben Reid, Sam Foley, Gozie Ugwu.

 

Subs: Keanu Marsh-Brown (for Ugwu 60 min), Gareth Stewart (not used), Lewis Young (for Hinds 71 min), Nathan Ralph (for Foley 68 min), Curtis Haynes-Brown (for Blizzard 87 min), Will Agbo, Charlie Ware, Liam McDevitt, Mitch Brundle (all not used)

MORE GOOD SPONSORSHIP NEWS

Hot on the heels of the news of a new shirt sponsor in the shape of W & S Recycling Services of Poole comes the news that local Italian Restaurant Tamburinos have also reached an agreement to have their logo on the back of the new Yeovil Town shirts for next season.

Gary Johnson and his team are planning a celebration meal at the restaurant next week when will have pictures from the event. 

CLUB STATEMENT ON NEW SPONSORSHIP

The Club is delighted to announce W & S Recycling as their new shirt sponsors for season 2012/2013. Proprietor Geoff Thompson and Commercial Manager Tony Knowles were at Huish Park this morning to complete the deal.

 

W & S Recycling commenced trading in 1988 having obtained contracts with Dorset County Council for waste recycling in Weymouth and Sherborne where they still operate. The company now recycles a wide range of waste materials and has collection services all over the country.

 

The sponsorship agreement follows the publicity gained during the week from the “topless” photo shoot initiated by manager, Gary Johnson and a subsequent meeting held between Vice Chairman Norman Hayward and Geoff Thompson. Originally hailing from Newcastle, Mr Thompson has lived in Poole for many years and is looking forward to an exciting season in partnership with the Glovers.

 

Chairman John Fry said “It has been a difficult process this year trying to find a new shirt sponsor but W & S Recycling have come forward in time for the start of the new season and we’re very grateful for their support. We hope this will be the start of a long and mutually beneficial relationship. “ 

     

LOADS MORE EXCLUSIVES ON GLOVERS PLAYER

It’s been a busy day down at Huish Park with players and staff all reporting in at around 6.30. You get the chance to see exclusive footage of what really happened when the van broke down!!

There are also interviews with Gary Johnson and our new sponsors W & S Recycling Services and the Chairman also chips in with his views on the new deal.
Three more reasons why a subscription to Glovers Player has to be a must for all Yeovil Town Players.
For more information on subscribing or if you are a current subscriber click on the Glovers Player link on the top of the web site. 

CLUB CONFIRM NEW SPONSOR

Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to announce that they have reached agreement with W & S Recycling Services of Poole to be their new main sponsor for the upcoming season. Geoff Thompson and Tony Knowles were at the club this morning to tie up any loose ends and pose for photographs.

A full statement from the club will be released this afternoon.

THE VAN BROKE DOWN

The Van broke down Guv!!!! Honest!!!

The club would like to apologise to supporters who got up at the crack of dawn to see the lads strutting their stuff on ITV DAYBREAK. Trouble was it didn’t appear as the satellite truck which was supposed to beam it up to London didn’t appear due to a puncture on the motorway. All the crew were present along with the presenter and the piece was in fact shot. The crew then decided to try and send it to London over the internet but the upload speed was so slow that by the time the whole piece was transmitted the boys had missed their slot.
However all is not lost as there will be some footage of the lads on The West Country Tonight show this evening on ITV. There is also some extended footage of the activities on Glovers Player. Yet another reason to subscribe to Glovers Player, the club’s video service.

NEW ON GLOVERS PLAYER

If you want to get the inside track from Huish Park then you must get a subscription to Glovers Player. Every week hear the exclusive opinions from players and managers. 

New today hear how Byron Webster is improving from his rib injury and get the Gaffer’s view on where we are today as we approach the new season next.

Just click the Glovers Player logo at the top of the web site and find all the details there.
Glovers Player…can you live without it?

TOPLESS GLOVERS GO GLOBAL!

> http://sport.blic.rs/Fudbal/Evropski-fudbal/218627/Traze-sponzora–fudbaleri-Jeovila-se-slikali-bez-dresovaYeovil Town have gone global with their topless team picture from earlier in the week! The story and picture has been featured in a Serbian newspaper and web site. Copy this link into your web address bar and it should take you to the site.

The story was also featured in UK favourites The Sun and the Daily Star as well as a prime spot on the BBC Football web site and a mention on Sky Sports News Newspaper review.

But it doesn’t stop there! Gary Johnson’s ingenious idea will be featured on Friday morning’s Daybreak, who will be travelling to film the Glovers live for tomorrow’s show.
So as you wake up from your slumbers don’t forget to switch on Daybreak on ITV tomorrow morning. The show runs from 6.00 am to 9.00 am and we understand the Yeovil piece will be around 7.30 am.
The ideal way to enjoy that first coffee of the morning

GLOVERS DRAW WITH THE POTTERS

Yeovil Town made it eight pre-season games unbeaten with a hard fought yet stylish draw with Premier League side Stoke City at Huish Park tonight.

 

Reuben Reid gave the Glovers a 48th minute lead from the penalty spot after Byron Webster had been fouled but Gary Johnson’s men conceded a leveller eight minutes when Kenwyne Jones headed home at the back post.

 

It means that Johnson’s men have accumulated five wins and three draws from their packed pre-season programme with just the visit of League Two side Exeter City to come at the weekend.

 

Pre-match, there had been question marks over the strength of the side that the Potters would bring to Somerset after they drew 1-1 against Torquay United, But any suggestion that it would be a weaker starting eleven were banished when the teamsheets were handed out. Apart from Peter Crouch, Jermaine Pennant and the virus-laden Robert Huth, Pulis sent out a team worthy of fighting a Premier League battle or two this season.

 

The first half saw Gary Johnson’s side play some nice looking football, attacking in waves and spreading the ball around with style. Forcing a corner inside thirty seconds, Dominic Blizzard volleyed straight at former Glovers loan star Asmir Begovic; James Hayter headed over a Sam Foley cross and Reuben Reid’s dangerous low ball was sliced behind for a corner by a grateful Potters defender.

 

The game wasn’t end to end despite the stat of nine first half corners but it was far from boring. Stoke forced the majority of them but Matthew Etherington’s delivery wasn’t producing any real concern in the Glovers box aside from one cross from open play which Kenwyne Jones miskicked and Jamie McAllister cleared away for another corner.

 

Reid then hit a blockbuster of a shot just wide on the half hour while at the other end, new Stoke signing Sebastian Boenisch forced Marek Stech into a brilliant tip over the crossbar.

 

Reid was then robbed of a chance to open the scoring by a very marginal offside decision; the Potters also had opportunities to score through Jonathan Walters, Jones and Ryan Shotton before the break.

 

The second half began in dramatic fashion. Yeovil forced a corner three minutes in and as the ball came in towards Byron Webster, the big centre half was baulked by a Stoke defender. Referee Ian Williamson pointed to the spot and Reuben Reid gleefully thumped the ball home despite the despairing dive of Begovic.

 

After Ryan Shawcross had twisted and shot wide, the Potters levelled on 56 minutes when Boenisch’s deep back post cross was nodded in by Kenwyne Jones.

 

Begovic then dived to save from Hayter after good work in the build up by Ed Upson and Gozie Ugwu and Walters missed a golden chance to make it 2-1 when he spooned his effort well wide.

 

The remainder of the second half was interrupted by the usual raft of substitutions with Pulis making the most of his opportunity to give every squad member a run out. Johnson did the same and the stops and starts ensured the fluency of the first half had gone, replaced by a match that never really got moving late on.

 

Yeovil team: Marek Stech, Luke Ayling, Jamie McAllister, Richard Hinds, Byron Webster, Dominic Blizzard, Ed Upson, James Hayter, Reuben Reid, Sam Foley, Gozie Ugwu.

 

Subs: Keanu Marsh-Brown (for Hayter 72 min), Lewis Young (for Ayling 72 min), Nathan Ralph (for Foley 80 min), Curtis Haynes-Brown (for McAllister 80 min), Gareth Stewart (not used)

 

STRONG STOKE SIDE

Stoke City Media Manager Nick Lucy has confirmed to Yeovil Town that manager Tony Pulis will be bringing a strong squad of players for tonight’s pre-season match and that he hopes to give all his first team players a run out.

After yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Torquay United at Plainmoor The Potters will be hoping to give their star players at least another 45 minutes of game time as they build up their fitness for the start of the Premier League season.
Like wise Gary Johnson will be starting with a strong team although Gavin Williams and Rohan Ince will both be missing through injury. Talking exclusively to www.ytfc.net Gary Johnson said: "I’m delighted to hear that Tony is bringing all his star names down for tonight’s match. It will not only please all our loyal supporters but also provide us with a stern test which is just what we need at this time of the pre-season build up."
The match kicks off at 7.45 and supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid long queues at the ticket office.

SOLID GOLD

Success for Somerset-based stars hasn’t just been confined to football this week as our locally-based Olympic athletes have risen to their challenge.

Sherborne shooter Peter Wilson, whose father Charles farms at Glanvilles Wootton near Sherborne, won a double trap shooting gold medal at the London Games, scoring a whopping 188 out of 200 in his specific event.

And Yeovil-born rower Heather Stanning, together with partner Helen Glover, triumphed yesterday morning with Team GB’s first gold medal of the Games in the women’s coxless pairs rowing event. Both girls trained at Bath University in the build up to the first home Olympics since 1948.

Congratulations to all of them from everyone at Huish Park but don’t forget there are several more local athletes set to appear over the next few days. Sam Weale, identical twin brother of former Glovers keeper Chris, makes his second appearance at an Olympics when he kicks off his modern pentathlon medal challenge on Saturday 11th August.

And if you’ve been impressed by history’s greatest ever Olympian, US swimmer Michael Phelps, he too has a Somerset connection. Genealogy website Ancestry.co.uk have done some digging and gone back seven generations to find out his roots are in the small village of Chew Magna, near Bristol.

GOOD NEWS ON INCE INJURY

Gary Johnson has told www.ytfc.net that Rohan Ince has returned to Chelsea to receive some intensive treatment on his shin injury which he picked up during the friendly at Newport County on Friday evening.

He told the club’s web site: "Rohan has gone back to Chelsea where they have all the latest kit to expedite Rohan’s return from injury. We do not expect him to be out for any more than two weeks so he should be more or less OK for the start of the new season.

WEB SITE DESIGN

Following the launch of our new web there are certain issues that relate to the basic design by Sapient. In particular the positioning of headlines etc that cut off people’s heads on pictures.

Sapient have assured that as soon as all clubs are live they will be looking at this issue as at present there is nothing that clubs are able to do about it. We hope in the short term it will not spoil your enjoyment of the new web site.

WELCOME TO OUR BRAND NEW SITE!

You may have noticed that we’ve re-launched our official Yeovil Town website to bring you a new state of the art design. Focusing on action from on and off the pitch, we will provide you with high quality imagery to bring you a visually led, up-tempo experience.

In common with most other clubs in the Football League changing web sites has been quite a challenge. We are sure there will be the odd glitch until things settle down and we would ask supporters to bear with us during these early stages. If you do spot any glitches please e-mail us at media@ytfc.net.

As well as continuing to provide you with all official Yeovil Town news first, we’re also introducing lots of new and exclusive features to keep you in the know, including:

* A Live Matchday Centre bringing you live scores, line ups and stats from every Yeovil Town fixture. 

* Fast loading times to bring you all official updates, first.

* Interactive features to provide you with a fan friendly experience.

* Social integration to help you share content and follow official Yeovil Town channels.

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GLOVERS GO TOPLESS

Yeovil Town held their annual photo call today but this year there was a cunning twist.

With several companies hesitating to commit to be shirts sponsors for next season manager Gary Johnson decided on some rather unusual action.

“I couldn’t see the point of a team shot without a sponsor on so somewhat tongue in cheek we decided to go topless! he said

“At this moment in time we have had dialogue with several potential sponsors but nothing definite has been agreed, and as being part of the main team picture is a major part of the sponsorship package, I didn’t think it was fair to whoever does agree a deal with us for the team to wear shirts.

“Whoever agrees to the final deal will be getting so much from the package including being close to the manager and the team, travelling with the lads etc so we don’t want to give any part of the package away lightly.

“We are hoping when they see the interest that this picture creates, that the companies that are vying to be on our shirts will realise what a great publicity opportunity being shirt sponsor to Yeovil Town represents.”

If any companies are interested to join in negotiations with us please contact our commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872.

CLARKE NOT TO BE OFFERED CONTRACT

Former Oxford defender James Clarke, who has been on trial with the Glovers during their tour of South Wales has not been offered a contract by boss Gary Johnson.

The Yeovil manager felt it would be better for James to go to a club where the chance of regular games was more realistic. 
Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes James all the best in his search for a new club.

GLOVERS REIGN ON RODNEY PARADE

Goals from Reuben Reid, Nathan Ralph and Gozie Ugwu were enough to give Yeovil Town their fifth win of an excellent pre-season against Newport County tonight.

The goals, inside the first fifty minutes, put Yeovil clear of their Blue Square Premier opponents but the last ten minutes saw Rohan Ince limp off after a crunching tackle from County’s Max Porter and also concede a penalty which Andy Sandell converted.

Gary Johnson’s side now have five wins and two draws from seven games but will face stronger opposition next Tuesday when Premier League side Stoke City visit Huish Park.

The Glovers started brightly enough with Reid looking very lively up front and it was the ex-Oldham striker who had the first chance of the game but his shot was blocked and Sam Foley’s follow up half volley was saved.

But three minutes later, the deadlock was broken when a fine ball into the box from Nathan Ralph was met by Reid who finished easily for his fourth goal in five games.

The game then dropped in tempo for a good part of the first period until the final ten minutes when four chances were exchanged by the sides. For Yeovil, Reid shot into the side netting and Gozie Ugwu’s header was blocked by a defender. 

Newport went close through headers from Danny Crow and Michael Flynn but just as it seemed the half time score would be 1-0 to the visitors, Sam Foley, returning to his old Rodney Parade haunt he left in May, crossed for Nathan Ralph to score his first Glovers goal.

Johnson made four changes at half time. Ed Upson, Lewis Young, Curtis Haynes-Brown and Rohan Ince came on to replace Jamie McAllister, Richard Hinds, James Hayter and Dominic Blizzard.

And it was the introduction of Chelsea loanee Ince that helped set up the third goal. His ball through to Gozie Ugwu was controlled brilliantly by the Reading striker who turned and fired home his fourth strike in four games.

He nearly made it five in four with a shot that found the side netting and Foley’s free kick deflected off Reid but was saved by the home keeper. Reid then came even closer after crashing a laid-off free kick against the Newport crossbar.

Ince then was forced off after a hard tackle from County midfielder Max Porter leaving the Glovers to play out the final few minutes with ten men.

Right on time, Jefferson Louis’s shot struck the arm of Yeovil defender James Clarke and Andy Sandell converted the spot kick to earn his side a late consolation.

Yeovil team: Gareth Stewart, Luke Ayling, Richard Hinds, James Clarke, Jamie McAllister, Dominic Blizzard, Sam Foley, Nathan Ralph, James Hayter, Gozie Ugwu, Reuben Reid.

Subs: Ed Upson (for Blizzard 45 min), Lewis Young (for Hayter 45 min), Curtis Haynes-Brown (for McAllister 45), Rohan Ince (for Hinds 45), Marek Stech, Keanu Marsh-Brown (unused)

GLOVERS FACE NEWPORT COUNTY

Yeovil Town conclude their mini pre-season tour of Wales tonight with a match against Blue Square Premier side Newport County tonight.

Kick off is at 7.45pm at Rodney Parade and the Welsh club have announced there will be segregation of supporters tonight at their stadium. There will not be any parking at the ground either; fans are advised to use nearby public car parks.

Newport County have also asked us to confirm the prices for tonight’s match against the Glovers. They are as follows…

Adults – £12.00

Senior Citizens – £10.00

Students (in full time education) – £10.00

Under 16s – £5.00

Under 12s – £5.00

Under 6s – Free

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Just when you thought this was one big jolly, the morning started with a brisk training work out for the players who were injury free.

On superb pitches provided by the hotel and along side the Cardiff City facilities, The Gaffer put the lads through a very brisk session with five v five and a some running, and anybody who thinks 40 minutes seems very short, believe you me the lads knew they had been in a session.

Back to their rooms for a brief rest before boarding the minibus again as we all head for the Cardiff White Water Rafting Centre for more bonding.

After completing all the paperwork there was a short wait before the lads had to put on their wet suits and there were definitely a few anxious faces as they waited patiently.

The moment arrived and it was into the special gear of wet suites and helmets and down to the water’s edge for some instructions on how to conduct yourself.

Well that was always going to be a waste of time with Gavin Williams present!

Finally they pushed off for a few turns and straight runs whilst Gary, Chris Sweet and myself attempted to record the event for posterity.

To get into the real white water areas the boats go up a kind of escalator before they hit the choppy bits.

First lap was very tentative with everybody looking decidedly anxious, and a word here for Stuart Housley who ventured into a boat but looked like he realised the error of his ways pretty quickly!

Round and round they went with the centre’s instructors doing everything they could to upset the boats.

Eventually after about four laps the boats reached a sort of lake where the idea was to catch your breath.

Wrong! Now the fun really started as player after player ended up overboard as you can see from some of our photographs.

Apart from Stuart, I think everybody went into the drink as the fun carried on unabated with The Gaffer finding the whole adventure highly amusing.

As the session drew to a close it was soon clear that not only had it been an adventure for the lads but as The Gaffer put it "Another disguised session!"

Back to the Hotel again for a brief break and some food but then it was a review of the 5-3 beating of Llanelli as the lads watched the video and assessed their own games.

After that I think it will be early to bed after what can simply be defined as a "Busy" day!!

Oh and look out for WHITE WATER RAFTING…THE MOVIE which will be released next week on Glovers Player. Keep an eye on the web site for details.