Month: February 2013

FLETCHER JOINS ON LOAN

Yeovil Town have agreed to sign Burnley striker Wes Fletcher on a month’s loan. 21 year old Fletcher was rewarded with a new two-year contract for Burnley at the start of the 2011/12 campaign.

Fletcher made his Clarets’ first-team debut as a substitute in Burnley’s Carling Cup tie against Morecambe in August, 2010.

He then gained further senior experience during a loan spell with League Two side Stockport County following a similar stint at Grimsby Town in 2009/10.

The former youth team player, who scored 40 goals at youth and reserve team level for the Clarets’ in 2008/09, figured in the first team squad under Eddie Howe on his return towards the end of last  season.

Injury denied the former Liverpool schoolboy, who joined the Clarets in 2007, the chance of a League debut on the final day of the campaign but the striker had done enough to earn the offer of a new deal.

 to paperwork clearance.subjectWes will join the team this afternoon and be included in the squad to play Tranmere 

JOLLY HEALTH CONCERNS!!!

Officials at Yeovil Town are seriously worried about the health of our favourite mascot The Jolly Green Giant. 

As you can see from our photograph, Jolly appears to have shrunk!! 
Standing next to Stuart Housley up at Colchester, Stuart is almost taller than him, which had manager Gary Johnson seriously concerned. 
"Is it bulimia?" he asked, but on reflection we all had to agree that seemed unlikely as nobody had seen him vomiting!
Urgent tests were being carried out on Jolly and we will report back as soon as any more news is forthcoming.

CENTRE BACK VOTING HAS STARTED

Yeovil Town Football Club recently announced that they will be producing a limited edition commemorative book to celebrate ten years in the Football League.
The book, out in November, will be a very special publication to celebrate the successful decade and will feature many of the stars that helped that success along the way as it tells the story of life at Huish Park from 2003 to 2013.
It is hoped that Yeovil Town first team manager Gary Johnson will sign each copy of the book which will be strictly limited to a print run of just five hundred copies. Written by lifelong fan and freelance writer Martin McConachie, and produced by YTFC official programme designers Hops Design, it will focus on the matches, the players, the managers and the personalities at the club and will include exclusive interviews with all four of the Glovers’ Football League managers.
As part of the book, there is also the chance for Yeovil Town supporters to make a fantastic contribution to the unique book. Starting on Monday February 4th and running for eight weeks, Glovers fans will be able to choose their own “Team of the Decade” to feature in the book. Voting on each of the positions will run for one week only and we will showcase the final eleven players in 4-4-2 formation when the book is published later in the year.
From Monday February 25th for seven days, supporters can vote for their best TWO centre halves of the Football League decade. This will be one of the most closely fought positions in the vote with the likes of Terry Skiverton, Steven Caulker and Paul Huntington fighting it out with cult heroes like Efe Sodje and Hugo Rodrigues. Don’t forget there will also be support for Terrell Forbes and Scott Guyett too so it’s sure to be a fascinating contest.
To vote, simply email your TWO choices of centre back to book@ytfc.net from Monday, February 25th to midnight on Sunday, March 3rd or alternatively, follow us on Twitter at @YTFCbook and register your vote on there. Voting will then close and the winner of each position will be revealed when the book is published later in the year. Everybody who votes will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky person will win a copy of the book.
You can also reserve your copy of the book by emailing the above email address.

REPORT: COLCHESTER UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town’s long unbeaten League One record finally came to an end tonight after they were beaten by two goals to nil at chilly Colchester United tonight.
Goals from Billy Clifford and Freddie Sears sealed the U’s victory, only their fourth in the last sixteen games and meant the Glovers, third on Saturday, dropped down to sixth place with some other results not going their way. It was a below par performance from Gary Johnson’s side whose game was littered with uncharacteristic  mistakes and poor passing.
There was a double blow for Johnson before the start with the news that experienced duo James Hayter and Jamie McAllister had failed to recover from injuries picked up in the 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers at the weekend. Nathan Ralph came in for the Scots left back, Byron Webster taking the captaincy, and Kwesi Appiah made his first start, deputising for Hayter up front in a team with an average age of just 22.
The first half was really nothing to write home about. Colchester started the brighter with big centre half Magnus Okuonghae heading wide from a corner and Sam Foley shooting over after top scorer Paddy Madden’s shot was blocked by a defender.
Appiah headed a Joe Edwards cross over in a rare Glovers attack and again Okuonghae went close, this time from a Clifford corner before Clifford himself, on loan from Chelsea, forced Glovers keeper Marek Stech to tip his rising effort over the crossbar.
Yeovil’s first clear cut chance came on 41 minutes when Edwards cut the ball back to Upson but his shot was saved well by former Yeovil Town loanee Sam Walker and the significance of the save was rammed home right on half time when Clifford was allowed the freedom of Essex to run through from midfield and hit an unstoppable shot past Stech into the net. It was the second successive game the Glovers had been hit by a first half stoppage time goal.
Stech saved early on from Jabo Ibehre but the second goal came just after the hour when Bradley Garmston broke down the left flank and beat two defenders before crossing for Freddie Sears to net his eighth goal of the campaign.
As the game progressed, manager Johnson sent on Gavin Williams, Matt Dolan and Lewis Young for Appiah, Kevin Dawson and Foley respectively. Madden and Williams both shot straight at Walker and Dan Burn, up from the back, tested Walker with a header but in truth, clear cut chances were few and far between for a Yeovil side that hasn’t had problems scoring during their nine match unbeaten run.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Upson hit a shot from long range that Walker saved but with no further chances at either end, the Glovers were left to lick their wounds ahead of Saturday’s crucial home encounter with fellow promotion chasers Tranmere Rovers, hoping that Hayter and McAllister will be close to recovery for the big match.

Match Report : 26/02/2013

Yeovil Town’s long unbeaten League One record finally came to an end tonight after they were beaten by two goals to nil at chilly Colchester United tonight.
Goals from Billy Clifford and Freddie Sears sealed the U’s victory, only their fourth in the last sixteen games and meant the Glovers, third on Saturday, dropped down to sixth place with some other results not going their way. It was a below par performance from Gary Johnson’s side whose game was littered with uncharacteristic  mistakes and poor passing.
There was a double blow for Johnson before the start with the news that experienced duo James Hayter and Jamie McAllister had failed to recover from injuries picked up in the 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers at the weekend. Nathan Ralph came in for the Scots left back, Byron Webster taking the captaincy, and Kwesi Appiah made his first start, deputising for Hayter up front in a team with an average age of just 22.
The first half was really nothing to write home about. Colchester started the brighter with big centre half Magnus Okuonghae heading wide from a corner and Sam Foley shooting over after top scorer Paddy Madden’s shot was blocked by a defender.
Appiah headed a Joe Edwards cross over in a rare Glovers attack and again Okuonghae went close, this time from a Clifford corner before Clifford himself, on loan from Chelsea, forced Glovers keeper Marek Stech to tip his rising effort over the crossbar.
Yeovil’s first clear cut chance came on 41 minutes when Edwards cut the ball back to Upson but his shot was saved well by former Yeovil Town loanee Sam Walker and the significance of the save was rammed home right on half time when Clifford was allowed the freedom of Essex to run through from midfield and hit an unstoppable shot past Stech into the net. It was the second successive game the Glovers had been hit by a first half stoppage time goal.
Stech saved early on from Jabo Ibehre but the second goal came just after the hour when Bradley Garmston broke down the left flank and beat two defenders before crossing for Freddie Sears to net his eighth goal of the campaign.
As the game progressed, manager Johnson sent on Gavin Williams, Matt Dolan and Lewis Young for Appiah, Kevin Dawson and Foley respectively. Madden and Williams both shot straight at Walker and Dan Burn, up from the back, tested Walker with a header but in truth, clear cut chances were few and far between for a Yeovil side that hasn’t had problems scoring during their nine match unbeaten run.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Upson hit a shot from long range that Walker saved but with no further chances at either end, the Glovers were left to lick their wounds ahead of Saturday’s crucial home encounter with fellow promotion chasers Tranmere Rovers, hoping that Hayter and McAllister will be close to recovery for the big match.

SIGN UP AND GET PEDALLING

Cyclists wishing to tackle a Yeovil Town charity challenge ahead of their last home game of the season have just days to sign up.
 
The Glovers entertain Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, April 20 and 100 keen fans will take to the saddle to cover the 200-mile trip from Alex’s Gresty Road home to Huish Park in the three days leading up to the clash.
 
Get Pedalling 2013 will see riders raise funds for the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, St Margaret’s Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.
 
However, the cut-off date for entrants is this Friday, meaning those wishing to join those already signed-up should do so now to avoid disappointment.
 
Western Gazette Sports Editor Chris Sweet is one of the cyclists involved thanks to backing from Crewkerne company Cyclelife.
 
Glovers’ chief executive Martyn Starnes said: “Arrangements are advancing at a pace and unfortunately we will have to stop accepting applications at the end of the week.
 
“The uptake has been impressive as cyclists of all abilities look to get involved in a truly remarkable event. However, time is running out to submit your form so please make sure you don’t miss out
 
“Our thanks also goes to those who have donated. We have already raised a superb sum of money with the challenge approximately two months away and all support is greatly appreciated.”
 
The Community Sports Trust delivers a wide range of sports related initiatives across Somerset and Dorset, using the power of football and sport to engage individuals and to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people each year.
 
St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil provides specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients and their families living in Somerset and parts of neighbouring counties.
 
Their care is available for those who have a terminal or life-limiting illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic lung disease. Prostate Cancer UK – formerly The Prostate Cancer Charity – supports male sufferers, funds research and raises awareness about the disease.
 
For more information on the ride visit www.facebook.com/YTFCGetPedalling2013 or @ytfccyle2013 on Twitter. Donations towards the effort can now be made online here. Please leave the name of the cyclist you are supporting in the comments panel.
 
Cyclists wishing to participate can download an application form here.

GAFFER IS TOP DOG!

Gary Johnson is officially the Best Manager in the Country!

Yes the Gaffer has overtaken Sir Alex Ferguson in the League Managers Association Castrol Performance League Table.

On the back of the teams fantastic run over the last nine games The Gaffer sits proudly at the top of the table above not just Sir Alex but other greats like Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini , Brendan Rogers, Rafa Benitez, Gianfranco Zola and AVB.

The points are all based on the performance of the team and include goals scored, points clean sheets, consecutive unbeaten and obviously The Glovers eight match winning run has gone a long way to getting the Gaffer top spot.

Talking exclusively to Glovers Player the Gaffer said: “It feels very good to be up there because it means your football club is doing well.

“To be number one in that list of very famous and experienced managers feels very good.

“It’s especially good being above Alex of course because I’m sure he has been at the top of that Castrol League for a million years.  For a small club like ours to be above Manchester United has got to be a massive bonus for us.

“Sir Alex gets paid a lot of money for what he does and I think I must be value for money!!”

Watch out for the entire interview on Glovers Player tomorrow.

PADDY BREAKS THAT RECORD

Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has finally broken Dennis Coughlin’s record of scoring in successive matches set back in the sixties.

Paddy’s eighth goal in successive matches went in after only 6 minutes of the draw at Doncaster on Saturday.

Speaking to www.ytfc.net Paddy was naturally pleased to go into the record books. 

“It’s very satisfying to go down in the record books for such an achievement. I’m very happy about it I can assure you!

“It was quite an early goal on Saturday but when the keeper fumbled I was there to pounce on it. It was just unfortunate that we were not able to hang on and get another win.

“To be in the record books though makes it very special for me personally. Now I’d like to get a few more to make it more difficult for anybody to pass my record.

“Me Da is buzzing with all the success right now, as are the rest of my family. Now it’s a question of getting three points against Colchester and if a goal for me helps to achieve that I will be delighted.”

Paddy has now scored 19 goals since his loan arrival from Carlisle and subsequent full transfer in January.

He tops the League One goal scorers table by two goals from Coventry City striker Leon Clarke.

Well done Paddy and congratulations from everybody at the club.

LADIES MARCH ON IN CUP

A fantastic day of FA Cup action at Rayleigh Grove on Sunday saw Yeovil Town Ladies progress into the fifth round of the FA Women’s Cup following a superb 3-1 victory over Portsmouth Ladies. 
Pompy’s National League side came up against a Yeovil Town team that was very different to the one they beat in the League Cup league earlier in the season, and the Glovers came away worthy winners thanks to goals from Laura Bray, Stacey Pearson and Jade Radburn. 
The girls now have the mouth-watering prospect of a massive tie in the fifth round; with the draw taking place on Monday lunch time. 
“Sarah and I cannot be more proud of the players today,” Joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. ”We did our homework and relayed this to the players before the game, and it really paid off with a great victory. We deserved today’s win. Our goals came from areas of the pitch that we had said they would, but a credit to the ladies for a job well done. They took everything on board, and played the game as we had instructed. They were brilliant in every part of the field. 
“When we played Portsmouth last time around we came away on the back of a 3-2 defeat in the league cup, and from the way we played that day the girls were happy to finish the game and had to hang on. Today was important that we started from the first whistle, and we closed them down quickly, but the best part for me was the way in which we were organised. It was a delight to watch us today, and I cannot praise the girls enough.”
Yeovil’s first goal came after a lot of pressure on the opposition defence. The Portsmouth centre backs made a mistake, and Laura Bray nicked the ball from them. She still had to do the work to score, and took an early shot, slotting it past the ‘keeper from the edge of the area.
“We have been working with Laura on her finishing from long range,” Joint manager Sarah Lawler said.
“She was clinical today with that goal, and that proves what a good all round player she is developing into. She took her goal well today, and deserves all the praise levelled at her.” 
Yeovil continued to pressure the visitors, and were getting success from wide areas. Their second goal came from a good delivery from Laura Bray, this time coming up on the right. She turned her marker and delivered to the back post for Stacey Pearson to come in off the left wing to finish in the bottom corner. 
With Yeovil now 2-0 up, Williams was happy with how the game was going for his side, but as the proceedings moved towards half time he was aware that the game was far from over. 
“This was a national side we were playing against,” he said, “We knew from our previous battles with them that they would not let this go easily. They battered us in the first part of the second period, and we were unable to change things as they kept up wave after wave of attacks. Saying that, it was quite satisfying how we remained calm, and the turning point of the second half was an unbelievable double save from player of the game Beth Howard. Portsmouth had eight corners on the bounce, and every time Beth was master of her area. 
"The pressure we were under just goes to show our great defensive duties today. The whole of the back four threw their bodies at everything.” 
The third goal was the icing on the cake for the Glovers, and resulted from a poor clearance from the Portsmouth defence, with midfielder Jade Radburn grabbing the lose ball on the bounce with her head, setting herself up for a cool finish into the bottom left corner of the net. 
“We knew we could win the game,” Williams said. “We have confidence in the team and believe in them to perform at this level. With our sites set on applying for the WSL2 we have shown today that we can play at a higher level. 
"We are still looking for local business for support, and with the results we are getting we are attracting more advertising opportunities. We are now in the next round of this competition, and we are looking forward to the draw on Monday. 
”With the Women’s Super League teams now in the draw for round five let’s hope we get a big club. 
”Today was a good result all round for us, and I can assure you we are buzzing as a club!” 
Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Brazell, Edwards, Edwards, Keehan, Cook, Radburn, Whitton (Rapp – 60), Pearson, Lorton (Hannam – 85), Bray 
Substitutes Not Used: Cornwall
Goals: 1-0 (Bray – 15), 2-0 (Pearson – 25), 3-0 (Radburn – 75)
Referee: Shaun Tobin (Somerset)
Next Match: Away at Brislington Ladies (To be played at the Brislington Stadium) – (Somerset FA Women’s Senior Cup, semi final) 03 March 2013, 2.00pm kick off.
Report by Nigel Williams & Ali King

REPORT: DONCASTER ROVERS v YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town’s stunning eight match winning streak came to an end at Doncaster Rovers this afternoon when the Glovers drew 1-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

 

Irish scoring sensation Paddy Madden earned his crust with his eleventh goal in eight games but Rovers striker Billy Paynter levelled right on half time and the hosts could, and should, have won the match as they stepped up the pressure in the second half but couldn’t break down the Yeovil defence.

 

The point came at a cost though as both James Hayter and Jamie McAllister picked up nasty looking knocks that could leave them doubtful for next week’s action, meaning that Town boss Gary Johnson may have to use some dough to trade in the loan market.

 

The result leaves his side in fifth place, two points off the top ahead of Tuesday’s long journe yeast to Colchester United but they needed a slice of luck today as they played at a level or two lower than in recent weeks. They will need to play better to keep up their astonishing 2013 run of form but most would have taken a point against a fellow promotion chasing outfit at the start.

 

No surprise from Johnson’s team selection as he named an unchanged line-up for the fourth match in a row. The fixture pitched the big-spending Rovers side against a side living on the breadline in comparison but it was the visiting Town side that started the brighter and took the lead on six minutes.

 

Jamie McAllister crossed a free kick in and after Gary Woods in the Donny goal had spilled the ball, Paddy Madden lashed home into the roof of the net. The goal was the Irishman Madden’s eleventh goal in eight games, his 19th goal of the season overall and meant he had scored in eight successive games, beating a club record stretching back five decades.

 

Donny came close to levelling on thirteen minutes when Marek Stech raised up one of his mighty white hands to tip over a Paynter effort and he then gathered easily from James Coppinger and David Cotterill efforts. Dan Burn and Ed Upson were wayward with shots before the half hour with the home side looking more dangerous, especially from the long throw-ins of Tommy Spurr, aimed for the head of giant centre half Rob Jones.

 

James Husband earned the first yellow card of the contest with a late, cynical challenge on Glovers defender Luke Ayling and a minute later, Paynter made a whole meal of a chance to score from two yards out, heading against the post when it was easier to score. However the big forward made amends when he got on the end of a Husband cross to head home unmarked to make himself the toast of the Donny fans.

 

The second half opened badly for Johnson’s men when Hayter seemed to be fouled by Spurr and as referee Eddie Ilderton played on with the forward down obviously injured, it relied on a sporting gesture from Rovers full back Paul Quinn to put the ball out for Hayter to be treated. Eventually the striker, looking to make it a baker’s dozen of goals for the season, was carried off to be replaced by Gavin Williams.

 

Jones was then guilty of a bloomer himself when he missed from six yards out and although Williams and Madden also missed the target for Yeovil, it was the home side that looked more likely to score and Coppinger went close with a bicycle kick on 65 minutes.

 

Nathan Ralph came on to add some zip to the Glovers flank play and Williams should have scored when through one-on-one with the keeper but he screwed his shot just wide.

With twelve minutes left, the home side were up in arms screaming for a penalty when Stech clattered into sub David Syers trying to retrieve the ball but ref Ilderton waved away their appeals.

 

Williams was tripped by Paul Keegan who then got a cob on with the official and was booked, presumably for dissent, but McAllister’s free kick went over the bar harmlessly. Cotterill, whose earlier attempts to wind up the Town fans ended with him rolling on the floor after he slipped, then shot over the bar.

 

McAllister then limped off after Cotterill caught him on the Achilles, again referee Ilderton seemingly not using his loaf and stopping play for treatment with McAllister in pain; Lewis Young coming on and prompting a reshuffle in the Town ranks with the last chance of the game falling to Burn who shot well over with his left foot during the six minutes of stoppage time.

 

So the eight match run is over and now the time has come for Gary Johnson’s men to show their fibre for the fight and ensure that the promotion train continues to roll.

Match Report : 23/02/2013

Yeovil Town’s stunning eight match winning streak came to an end at Doncaster Rovers this afternoon when the Glovers drew 1-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

 

Irish scoring sensation Paddy Madden earned his crust with his eleventh goal in eight games but Rovers striker Billy Paynter levelled right on half time and the hosts could, and should, have won the match as they stepped up the pressure in the second half but couldn’t break down the Yeovil defence.

 

The point came at a cost though as both James Hayter and Jamie McAllister picked up nasty looking knocks that could leave them doubtful for next week’s action, meaning that Town boss Gary Johnson may have to use some dough to trade in the loan market.

 

The result leaves his side in fifth place, two points off the top ahead of Tuesday’s long journe yeast to Colchester United but they needed a slice of luck today as they played at a level or two lower than in recent weeks. They will need to play better to keep up their astonishing 2013 run of form but most would have taken a point against a fellow promotion chasing outfit at the start.

 

No surprise from Johnson’s team selection as he named an unchanged line-up for the fourth match in a row. The fixture pitched the big-spending Rovers side against a side living on the breadline in comparison but it was the visiting Town side that started the brighter and took the lead on six minutes.

 

Jamie McAllister crossed a free kick in and after Gary Woods in the Donny goal had spilled the ball, Paddy Madden lashed home into the roof of the net. The goal was the Irishman Madden’s eleventh goal in eight games, his 19th goal of the season overall and meant he had scored in eight successive games, beating a club record stretching back five decades.

 

Donny came close to levelling on thirteen minutes when Marek Stech raised up one of his mighty white hands to tip over a Paynter effort and he then gathered easily from James Coppinger and David Cotterill efforts. Dan Burn and Ed Upson were wayward with shots before the half hour with the home side looking more dangerous, especially from the long throw-ins of Tommy Spurr, aimed for the head of giant centre half Rob Jones.

 

James Husband earned the first yellow card of the contest with a late, cynical challenge on Glovers defender Luke Ayling and a minute later, Paynter made a whole meal of a chance to score from two yards out, heading against the post when it was easier to score. However the big forward made amends when he got on the end of a Husband cross to head home unmarked to make himself the toast of the Donny fans.

 

The second half opened badly for Johnson’s men when Hayter seemed to be fouled by Spurr and as referee Eddie Ilderton played on with the forward down obviously injured, it relied on a sporting gesture from Rovers full back Paul Quinn to put the ball out for Hayter to be treated. Eventually the striker, looking to make it a baker’s dozen of goals for the season, was carried off to be replaced by Gavin Williams.

 

Jones was then guilty of a bloomer himself when he missed from six yards out and although Williams and Madden also missed the target for Yeovil, it was the home side that looked more likely to score and Coppinger went close with a bicycle kick on 65 minutes.

 

Nathan Ralph came on to add some zip to the Glovers flank play and Williams should have scored when through one-on-one with the keeper but he screwed his shot just wide.

With twelve minutes left, the home side were up in arms screaming for a penalty when Stech clattered into sub David Syers trying to retrieve the ball but ref Ilderton waved away their appeals.

 

Williams was tripped by Paul Keegan who then got a cob on with the official and was booked, presumably for dissent, but McAllister’s free kick went over the bar harmlessly. Cotterill, whose earlier attempts to wind up the Town fans ended with him rolling on the floor after he slipped, then shot over the bar.

 

McAllister then limped off after Cotterill caught him on the Achilles, again referee Ilderton seemingly not using his loaf and stopping play for treatment with McAllister in pain; Lewis Young coming on and prompting a reshuffle in the Town ranks with the last chance of the game falling to Burn who shot well over with his left foot during the six minutes of stoppage time.

 

So the eight match run is over and now the time has come for Gary Johnson’s men to show their fibre for the fight and ensure that the promotion train continues to roll.

LADIES CONFIRM BID FOR SUPER LEAGUE

After announcing last week that they were considering a bid to achieve FA Super League status, Yeovil Town Ladies have now confirmed they will be pitching to join theFAWSL, which will expand in 2014. If successful, Yeovil will become one of the top 20 women’s football clubs in England.

 

The Club Committee is understood to have voted unanimously in favour of the application at a special meeting which heard the results of an interim report into the viability of a bid.

 

We have been amazed by the positive feedback we have received in the last week since we said we were considering a bid. From the initial work we have done we know we can submit an exciting and sustainable bid. We are also confident that some of the ideas we have for innovation will be unique to the Women’s game in this country. Our recent game with Leeds United saw a crowd of over 600, proving that Yeovil has a big fan base ready for FAWSL football and that we as a club can handle games of that size. This has to be an advantage as I think this season, outside the FAWSL, only ourselves, Leeds, Sunderland and Newcastle have taken part in games with crowds of over 600. The fact that we share something with great clubs like those, tells you all you need to know about Yeovil Town Ladies FC”.David Mills, Club Chairman said”

 

”As our Joint First Team Manager Sarah Lawler said last week, we are on the look out for additional sponsors to make our bid as strong as possible. There will be some great opportunities for sponsors if we get into the FAWSL and sponsors who wish to support us do not need to pay anything at this time, we just need a letter of intent from them that they will back us from October 2013, if we get into the FAWSLMills was also keen to say that although the decision to apply had now been made, it is still important that would be sponsors contact the club, he said

 

Notes

 

Fans knowing of any organisation who may wish to back the Glovers Super League push should email their leads toytlfc-enquiries@yahoo.comas soon as possible.

 

, but amongst the teams to have already said they will be making a bid are Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth & QPR.FAWSL March and the successful teams will be announced in June. Many clubs have chosen not to publicly announce whether they will be applying to join the th must submit their bids by no later than 4FAWSLAll clubs applying to join the

DUO ON TV TONIGHT

Yeovil Town’s Irish duo Kevin Dawson and Paddy Madden will feature on television tonight.
ITV Westcountry were at the training ground yesterday morning to film Paddy, who is currently leading the goalscoring charts in League 1.
After training the cameras followed Kevin and Paddy to film them at Pot Black Snooker Club in Yeovil.
You can watch the feature and interviews tonight on ITV1 from 6pm.
There will also be a video on Glovers Player this evening.

GET SOCIAL WITH YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town’s social networking sites Facebook and Twitter are still proving popular with our fans.

The club has been running twitter updates via @ytfcofficial for a while now, including on matchdays, and more than 4,000 fans are following already.

Yeovil’s Facebook and Twitter sites are a great way to stay in touch with what is going on at Huish Park.

twitter.com/ytfcofficial and facebook.com/ytfcofficial are the ONLY official social networking sites used by Yeovil.

The club has also set up an Instagram page to upload photos from match days and behind the scene shots. To find the official Instagram page search for @ytfcofficial.

Our YouTube page is live and can be found here.

Signing up is free for all sites, so why not get involved? Visit the club’s FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram sites today!

HELP US TO CRACK PROSTATE CANCER

This March Yeovil Town Football Club has pledged support to Prostate Cancer UK’s Sledgehammer Fund, as part of their contribution to a season saving men’s lives in support of The Football League’s Official Charity Partnership. 

The Sledgehammer Fund aims to wake up the nation to a disease that kills 10,000 men every year. That’s one man every hour, and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate. 

While it is already the most common cancer in men, prostate cancer is predicted to become the most common cancer of all in the UK by 2030. It’s as big an issue for men as breast cancer is for women — yet prostate cancer gets just a fraction of the money for research. 

The disease is poorly understood, the tests aren’t good enough, and the treatments can have life-changing side effects. The prostate is approximately the size and shape of a walnut, and Prostate Cancer UK needs a huge sledgehammer to crack it

Players, staff and fans of the 72 Football League clubs are helping more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life, and Yeovil Town Football Club has vowed to play its part with a special match to raise awareness and money of and for the services of Prostate Cancer UK. 

Fans will find information in the match day programme, on the club website, TV adverts on club’s big screen and pick up a copy of the Prostate Cancer UK fanzine. Fans will be able to donate via a collection, the website or by texting CRACK to 70004 to donate £5* to the Sledgehammer Fund.

Chief Executive Martyn Starnes said: “We are proud to be playing our part in The Football League’s Official Charity Partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, and we look forward to working closely with both organisations to help crack prostate cancer.

“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." 

He continued: “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 Yeovil Town are joining forces to spread the word about prostate cancer this season and help raise money for the range of support services Prostate Cancer UK has to offer men affected by the disease.”  

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 Official Charity Partnership with The Football League will play an invaluable role in helping cracking prostate cancer, and vital in encouraging men to be more open and to think and talk about prostate cancer.  

“We hope that everyone who comes through the turnstiles this March at Yeovil Town Football Club 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.” 

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.” 

Prostate Cancer UK’s dedicated weeks of support from 2nd to 16th March coincide with the charity’s Sledgehammer Fund and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. 

The Sledgehammer Fund. Text CRACK to 70004 to donate £5* to Prostate Cancer UK or visit prostatecanceruk.org/football  

*Text costs £5 plus network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer care 08448479800. Charity No 1005541.

BOOK YOUR AWAY TRAVEL

The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their plans for the trips to Doncaster Rovers and also for the trip to Colchester United.
The bus for the Doncaster Rrovers trip on Saturday 23rd February will depart the Bus Station at 7.30am and will then depart Huish Park at 7.45am. Cost for travelling will be £26 for adults and £24 for concessions. Non-members will be charged an extra £2.
For the trip to Colchester United on Tuesday 26th February the coaches will depart Huish Park at 1.30pm. Cost will be £24 for adults and £22 for concessions. Again non-members will be charged an additional £2.
To book your place for these two away games call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 during the evening. 

RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW!

Yeovil Town Football Club recently announced plans to release a special limited edition book commemorating the club’s first ten years in the Football League.
The book, written by freelance writer Martin McConachie and produced by YTFC official programme designers Hops Design,  will be published later in the year and will focus on the successful decade of the Glovers since they arrived in the League back in 2003.
Featuring highlights  including the League Two title, big cup matches and the playoff season of 2006/07, the book will also bring a unique and fascinating insight into life at Huish Park as the club established themselves as a Football League club. 
Manager Gary Johnson will be signing each copy and following the club’s recent extraordinary run of form that has seen them win eight successive League One matches, the club’s supporters have been really keen to get in on the exciting new venture.
With a special print run of just 500 books, the club have already pre-sold more than a hundred copies fully eight months before the book is published. And with fans voting week-by-week on their best ever YTFC team of the decade, the club have received more than 300 votes in just two weeks as fans rush to choose between Weale and Stech, Alcock and Peltier or Jones and Smith. 
Now, supporters are being urged to reserve their copy of the book now to avoid missing out; they can pre-book by emailing book@ytfc.net and don’t forget that everyone who votes in the “Team of the Decade” polls will be entered into a free prize draw to win a signed copy of the book. 
Only one vote per person per position is allowed but fans can vote on each category in turn, giving themselves a better chance of winning the draw.

SIGN UP AND GET PEDALLING!

Cyclists wishing to tackle a Yeovil Town charity challenge ahead of their last home game of the season have just a fortnight to sign up.
The Glovers entertain Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, April 20 and 100 keen fans will take to the saddle to cover the 200-mile trip from Alex’s Gresty Road home to Huish Park in the three days leading up to the clash.
 
Get Pedalling 2013 will see riders raise funds for the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, St Margaret’s Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.
 
However, with numbers filling fast, organisers are encouraging hopeful participants to sign up as soon as possible before the March 1 deadline to avoid disappointment.
 
Western Gazette Sports Editor Chris Sweet is one of the cyclists involved thanks to backing from Crewkerne company Cyclelife.
Glovers’ chief executive Martyn Starnes said: “It is incredible how many people have signed up already but there is still opportunity to get involved.
 
“The event is supporting three fantastic, deserving causes and 100 cyclists heading south from Crewe will be a sight to behold.
 
“I would encourage anyone interested to sign up now. Forms are available to download from www.ytfc.net or to collect from Buckler’s Mead Sports Centre in Yeovil.”
 
The Community Sports Trust delivers a wide range of sports related initiatives across Somerset and Dorset, using the power of football and sport to engage individuals and to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people each year.
 
St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil provides specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients and their families living in Somerset and parts of neighbouring counties.
 
Their care is available for those who have a terminal or life-limiting illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic lung disease. Prostate Cancer UK – formerly The Prostate Cancer Charity – supports male sufferers, funds research and raises awareness about the disease.
 
For more information on the ride visit www.facebook.com/YTFCGetPedalling2013 or @ytfccyle2013 on Twitter. Donations towards the effort can now be made online here. Please leave the name of the cyclist you are supporting in the comments panel.
Cyclists wishing to participate can download an application form here.

VOTING FOR LEFT-BACK BEGINS

Yeovil Town Football Club recently announced that they will be producing a limited edition commemorative book to celebrate ten years in the Football League.
The book, out in November, will be a very special publication to celebrate the successful decade and will feature many of the stars that helped that success along the way as it tells the story of life at Huish Park from 2003 to 2013.
It is hoped that Yeovil Town first team manager Gary Johnson will sign each copy of the book which will be strictly limited to a print run of just five hundred copies. Written by lifelong fan and freelance writer Martin McConachie, and produced by YTFC official programme designers Hops Design, it will focus on the matches, the players, the managers and the personalities at the club and will include exclusive interviews with all four of the Glovers’ Football League managers.
As part of the book, there is also the chance for Yeovil Town supporters to make a fantastic contribution to the unique book. Starting on Monday February 4th and running for eight weeks, Glovers fans will be able to choose their own “Team of the Decade” to feature in the book. Voting on each of the positions will run for one week only and we will showcase the final eleven players in 4-4-2 formation when the book is published later in the year.
From Monday (18th February), for the next seven days, Yeovil Town fans can vote for their best left back of the Football League decade. The defensive positions have been covered by a number of top players since 2003 and the front runners will come from the likes of Nathan Smith, Nathan Jones and Jamie McAllister with Michael Rose and Colin Miles (Pluck)also in contention. 
To vote, simply email your choice of left back to book@ytfc.net from Monday, February 18th to midnight on Sunday, February 24th or alternatively, follow us on Twitter at @YTFCbook and register your vote on there. Voting will then close and the winner of each position will be revealed when the book is published later in the year. Everybody who votes will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky person will win a copy of the book.
You can also reserve your copy of the book by emailing the above email address.

RIP GLYN DAVIES

Yeovil Town regret to announce the death of former manager Glyn Davies on February 7th Aged 80 years old.

Glyn signed for Derby County for whom he made 213 appearances between 1953 and 1961.

In early 1964 following the departure of Basil Hayward, Davies was appointed player manager of Yeovil Town at the age of 31. His tenure as manager lasted for just one year for the 1964-65 season.

He left Yeovil Town in to return to Swansea following a short spell at the club that saw him make 23 appearances as a player, scoring 5 goals preferring to manage rather than play for a large part of his time at Huish.

Davies went on to manage Swansea during the 1965-1966 season when they won the Welsh Cup for the fifth time.

Glyn’s funeral will take place at Swansea Crematorium this Wednesday at 3.00 pm where there will be family flowers only.

Anybody wishing to make donations should send them to: Ty Olwen Hospice c/o D. G. Attwell Funeral Directors, 95 Eaton Road, Brynhyfryd, Swansea. SA5 9JH Tel: 01792 650205

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LADIES HIT SEVEN

Report by Ali King

Home to Portsmouth Ladies (To be played at Sherborne Town FC) – (FA Women’s Cup) 24 February 2013, 2.00pm kick off.
Next Match:

TBA
Referee:

0-1 (10), 1-1 (Bray – 15), 2-1 (Rapp – 62), 3-1 (Bray – 66), 4-1 (Cook 72), 5-1 (Cook 76), 6-1 (Cornwall – 86), 7-1 (Cornwall, 89)
Goals:

Pearson, Osman
Substitutes Not Used:

Simkin, Grogan, Brazell, Williams, Edwards, Radburn, Whitton, Bray, Cook (Keehan – 82), Lorton (Cornwall – 75), Sage (Rapp – 56)
Yeovil Town Ladies:

“As it turned out, it was a good day at the office,” White said. “It was an important game to finally get played, and we now have a chance of winning this competition for the third year in a row. We now turn our attentions to next week for what should be a tougher match against Portsmouth in the FA Cup. This is a game that we are looking forward to, and one that we will be looking to win.”

The Glovers were now 5-1 up, but still wanted more, and got a further two, with Cornwall converting twice in the final four minutes, firstly scoring from edge of box after a neat turn on 86 minutes, and then in the final minute of the match following a Bray cross into the box.

The Glovers settled well in the second period, taking full control of the game, and once Grace Rapp had given her side the lead on 62 minutes, after receiving a good pass from Kirsty Whitton, they never looked back. Bray got her second of the game four minutes later, homing in on a cross from the right by Rapp, and then Bray turned provider on 72 minutes, gifting Cook her first of the of the game, before scoring her second four minutes later from a Jodi Cornwall cross.

It was a scrappy first half with an awkward swirling wind making good play difficult. Larkhall settled well and scored the opening goal on ten minutes. However, Yeovil were in determined mood and less than a minute later Kayleigh Sage went close with a coolly taken shot from just inside the box that unluckily came off the bar. Despite being a scrappy game, the girls kept coming forward with some good moves, and Laura Bray grabbed the equaliser on fourteen minutes when she side footed the ball into bottom corner of the net after a great through ball from Katie Cook.

“Despite an early set back, we did well and deserved the victory,” manager for the day Chris White said after the game. “We fought hard and took the goals well, and can now look forward to going further in the competition. I was pleased with the girls, who put in a good performance in poor weather conditions.”

LAURA Bray, Katie Cook and Jodi Cornwall all scored two goals apiece, with Grace Rapp adding another as Yeovil Town Ladies came from being a goal down to fly into the next round of the Somerset FA Women’s Senior cup, beating last year’s finalists Larkhall Athletic Ladies 7-1 at Bucklers Mead on Sunday.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V SCUNTHORPE UNITED

Yeovil Town made it an incredible eight successive League One wins with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United at Huish Park this afternoon.

 

Goals from Byron Webster, a James Hayter penalty and Paddy Madden, his tenth in seven games, saw the Glovers rise to third in the League One table after an impressive attacking display that saw Gary Johnson’s side have twenty attempts on goal during the game.

 

The manager unsurprisingly named an unchanged side as he searched for that eighth consecutive win following Tuesday’s win over Preston North End. And in an enthralling first half, the Glovers’ attacking intent was clear to see as they drove forward at every opportunity at the Scunthorpe backline.

 

In a bright start to the game, the Iron had the first chance on nine minutes when Callum Kennedy sent a shot fizzing past Marek Stech’s left hand post. But from then on, it was all Yeovil and Sam Foley in  particular who could have had a first half hat trick were it not for Sam Slocombe in the visiting goal.

 

Foley went close straight after the Kennedy chance then Joe Edwards volleyed at Slocombe, Paddy Madden shot wide twice, Foley fired over from Ed Upson’s corner and both Madden and Webster had shots blocked as the chance tally piled up.

 

The first goal came on 26 minutes with Town’s tenth attempt of the game. Edwards controlled the ball brilliantly in midfield before squaring to Foley who was once again denied by a fine tip-over from Slocombe in goal. From the Upson corner, Byron Webster headed home his fourth goal of the season with a stooping effort.

 

James Hayter had his first real sight of goal soon afterwards but Slocombe pushed his  effort went well wide and the striker then tried an audacious shot from fully forty yards after the keeper had miscued his clearance but the shot sailed wide of the mark.

 

Right on half time, came the controversial point of the match. Akpo Sodje seemed to be winning a foot race with Webster to the ball and as the Yeovil centre half challenged the forward, he fell to the floor. Referee Dean Whitestone looked over to his assistant referee who said “no foul” and despite loud protests from the Scunthorpe players, there was no free kick awarded and no red card issued either as the “last man”.

 

The first ten minutes of the second period saw Iron manager Brian Laws make two quick changes with Sodje being replaced by ex-Leeds striker Mike Grella and Andy Barcham coming on for Mark Duffy. The moves worked and the visitors looked more potent going forward with Jimmy Ryan volleying wide and Niall Canavan shooting at Stech.

 

At the other end, the chances were piling up for Town as they did everything but score. Upson lashed over, Hayter sidefooted at Slocombe, Madden’s acrobatic volley from an Upson corner whistled past the post and Madden then saw another effort saved.

 

On 67 minutes, Luke Ayling was booked for bringing down Barcham on the edge of the box and Josh Walker curled the free kick just wide but the second goal was soon to arrive. Sam Foley broke down the left channel and after shrugging off one attempt to bring him down, was then felled by a second challenge. Ref Whitestone pointed to the spot and James Hayter coolly slotted home his twelfth goal of the campaign.

 

Four minutes later it was game, set and match as Joe Edwards crossed unselfishly and Paddy Madden tapped home for his tenth in seven games, his 17th of the season and the seventh successive match he has scored in.

 

Johnson then had the luxury of bringing on the cavalry as he calls them; the triple pace threat of Nathan Ralph, Lewis Young and Kwesi Appiah came on for Foley, Hayter and Jamie McAllister. The fourth goal was close but never arrived with Upson, Madden and Hayter all going close late on.

Match Report : 16/02/2013

Yeovil Town made it an incredible eight successive League One wins with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United at Huish Park this afternoon.

 

Goals from Byron Webster, a James Hayter penalty and Paddy Madden, his tenth in seven games, saw the Glovers rise to third in the League One table after an impressive attacking display that saw Gary Johnson’s side have twenty attempts on goal during the game.

 

The manager unsurprisingly named an unchanged side as he searched for that eighth consecutive win following Tuesday’s win over Preston North End. And in an enthralling first half, the Glovers’ attacking intent was clear to see as they drove forward at every opportunity at the Scunthorpe backline.

 

In a bright start to the game, the Iron had the first chance on nine minutes when Callum Kennedy sent a shot fizzing past Marek Stech’s left hand post. But from then on, it was all Yeovil and Sam Foley in  particular who could have had a first half hat trick were it not for Sam Slocombe in the visiting goal.

 

Foley went close straight after the Kennedy chance then Joe Edwards volleyed at Slocombe, Paddy Madden shot wide twice, Foley fired over from Ed Upson’s corner and both Madden and Webster had shots blocked as the chance tally piled up.

 

The first goal came on 26 minutes with Town’s tenth attempt of the game. Edwards controlled the ball brilliantly in midfield before squaring to Foley who was once again denied by a fine tip-over from Slocombe in goal. From the Upson corner, Byron Webster headed home his fourth goal of the season with a stooping effort.

 

James Hayter had his first real sight of goal soon afterwards but Slocombe pushed his  effort went well wide and the striker then tried an audacious shot from fully forty yards after the keeper had miscued his clearance but the shot sailed wide of the mark.

 

Right on half time, came the controversial point of the match. Akpo Sodje seemed to be winning a foot race with Webster to the ball and as the Yeovil centre half challenged the forward, he fell to the floor. Referee Dean Whitestone looked over to his assistant referee who said “no foul” and despite loud protests from the Scunthorpe players, there was no free kick awarded and no red card issued either as the “last man”.

 

The first ten minutes of the second period saw Iron manager Brian Laws make two quick changes with Sodje being replaced by ex-Leeds striker Mike Grella and Andy Barcham coming on for Mark Duffy. The moves worked and the visitors looked more potent going forward with Jimmy Ryan volleying wide and Niall Canavan shooting at Stech.

 

At the other end, the chances were piling up for Town as they did everything but score. Upson lashed over, Hayter sidefooted at Slocombe, Madden’s acrobatic volley from an Upson corner whistled past the post and Madden then saw another effort saved.

 

On 67 minutes, Luke Ayling was booked for bringing down Barcham on the edge of the box and Josh Walker curled the free kick just wide but the second goal was soon to arrive. Sam Foley broke down the left channel and after shrugging off one attempt to bring him down, was then felled by a second challenge. Ref Whitestone pointed to the spot and James Hayter coolly slotted home his twelfth goal of the campaign.

 

Four minutes later it was game, set and match as Joe Edwards crossed unselfishly and Paddy Madden tapped home for his tenth in seven games, his 17th of the season and the seventh successive match he has scored in.

 

Johnson then had the luxury of bringing on the cavalry as he calls them; the triple pace threat of Nathan Ralph, Lewis Young and Kwesi Appiah came on for Foley, Hayter and Jamie McAllister. The fourth goal was close but never arrived with Upson, Madden and Hayter all going close late on.

GAFFER CLOSING IN ON SIR ALEX!

Yeovil Town’s manager Gary Johnson is closing in on Sir Alex Ferguson in the League Managers Association Performance League.

The Gaffer has moved ahead of the likes of Nigel Pearson, Roberto Mancini into second place only two points behind the Manchester United boss.
Well done Gaffer!!
Pos Div Manager Club P W D GS CS WM KOM PTS TT

scores
1 P Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United 9 64 6 14 4 11 26 125 139
2 1 Gary Johnson Yeovil Town 8 76 0 16 4 13 0 109 136
3 C David Flitcroft Barnsley 5 34 6 8 1 4 14 67 134
4 2 Micky Adams Port Vale 8 54 12 17 4 12 0 99 124
5 2 John Ward Bristol Rovers 6 46 6 11 2 8 0 73 122
6 1 Paolo Di Canio Swindon Town 8 42 23 15 5 12 0 97 121
7 P Roberto Mancini Manchester City 9 44 11 14 4 8 26 107 119
8 C Nigel Pearson Leicester City 8 54 0 15 3 12 10 94 118
9 1 Dean Smith Walsall 8 64 0 15 2 10 0 91 114
10 1 Eddie Howe Bournemouth 10 66 11 17 4 12 0 110 110
11 P Arsene Wenger Arsenal 10 42 11 18 2 10 25 108 108
12 2 Paul Tisdale Exeter City 8 46 16 12 4 8 0 86 108
13 2 Gareth Ainsworh Wycombe Wanderers 8 54 6 11 4 8 0 83 104
14 C Gianfranco Zola Watford 9 56 5 19 2 11 0 93 103
15 C Malky Mackay Cardiff City 7 46 11 5 5 4 1 72 103
16 P Rafa Benitez Chelsea 10 44 11 18 1 9 17 100 100
17 P Brendan Rodgers Liverpool 8 32 12 16 3 11 6 80 100
18 2 John Sheridan Plymouth Argyle 4 22 10 4 2 2 0 40 100
19 P Andre Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur 9 44 17 10 2 5 11 89 99
20 P Brian McDermott Reading 9 42 5 12 1 4 24 88 98
GS– Goal ScoredCS– Clean SheetsCU– Consecutively UnbeatenWM– Winning Margin per goal

MADDEN NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been named as the npower League One Player of the Month for January.
The Irishman, pictured above receiving his award from captain Jamie McAllister, won the award after scoring six goals during the month of January and beat off stiff competition from Swindon Town’s Wes Foderingham and Doncaster Rovers’ Rob Jones.
Madden’s spectacular month started with a fine brace against Leyton Orient on New Year’s day before scoring two in each game against Sheffield United and MK Dons. The run of goals has continued into the month of February and all are hoping it continues.
The striker originally signed on loan from fellow League One side Carlisle United but signed a permanent deal in January. Since his arrival he has scored freely and is currently the league’s top scorer.

SQUAD ENJOY FUN DAY

Gary Johnson and the Yeovil Town squad today visited Bucklers Mead School for the Junior Glovers Fun Day.
The whole squad seemed to have a great time whilst playing table tennis and playing on the inflatables with the young Yeovil Town fans.
Our picture shows Lewis Young trying to return a serve from one of the youngsters.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO MAREK AND LOUISE

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club would like to send their congratulations to goalkeeper Marek Stech and his partner Louise on the birth of their baby girl.
Baby Lyla Victoria was born this morning at 10.30. Both mother and baby are in good health.
ytfc.net will be chatting with Marek when his feet are back on the ground.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

With the Glovers on a fine winning run at the moment Yeovil Town’s version of Steven Spielberg has been busy creating another video.
The Magnificent Seven video can been seen here along with all the other recent videos the club has produced.
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YEOVIL DRAW PRACTICE GAME

A fairly strong Yeovil Town side including: Richard Hinds, Lewis Young, Gavin Williams, Kwessi Appiah, Dominic Blizzard, Nathan Ralph and Gareth Stewart drew a behind closed doors 3-3 this morning at Alvington against Exeter City.

FUTSAL & EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Want to? Get a first class education that will get you to University? Gain qualifications to work in the sports industry? Train and compete in a professional futsal environment? Represent your local professional club? Become a Futsal coach or referee? 
Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust is offering a unique opportunity for girls and boys aged 16-18 to pursue a two year Futsal & Education Scholarship. To ensure that learners are fully prepared for the future, the scholarship includes a full-time education package, incorporating: 
* BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, worth up to three A Levels
* Allows access to university and further study
* Opportunity for vocational qualifications, such as Level 1 and 2 football coaching and Level 1 Futsal coach
* Opens the door to a coaching career in football or Futsal. 
* Opportunity to gain the Level 1 Futsal referee
* Employment potential for future referees
Futsal is the only form of indoor football approved by FIFA, UEFA and the FA. With over 2 million players regularly participating in fast-paced 5-a-side action that rewards good technique and game intelligence, Futsal is globally recognised as one of the fastest growing indoor sports in the world.   
Many greats from the 11-a-side game such as Ronaldo, Fabregas, Zidane and Pele attribute the development of their skills to Futsal. Extensively televised international competitions such as the Futsal world cup and UEFA Futsal cup allow players to showcase their talents on a global scale and ensure that Futsal is here to stay as part of the fabric of football.    
As a key element of the FA’s strategy to develop the game and produce players capable of representing England and after a very successful introduction in 2010, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are now offering this exciting and innovative programme to 16-18 year olds.
 
Learners will have the opportunity to train in Futsal for up to 8 hours a week with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Coaches, under the direction of the Football League Trust.  Training will be supplemented with fortnightly regular fixtures against other teams, representing professional clubs, in the Football League Trust National Futsal League. 
For further information please contact Roy O’Brien or Sara Bradley on 01935 706671 or e-mail ROBrien@ytfc.net or Sbradley@ytfc.net 

THE NEW GOALDEN GATE SUPERDRAW LOTTERY

Yeovil Town Football Club have recently improved the prize money that can be won by it’s lottery members through the re launch of the lottery that also supports Yeovil Town, plus 75 pence of every weeks subscription goes to support projects at Yeovil Town. 
For just £1 per week you can now win a WEEKLY JACKPOT OF £1,000 plus other cash prizes of £150, £100, £75, Two Prizes of £50, Four Prizes of £25, Twenty Prizes of £10 and Thirty Prizes of £5. 
That’s not all YOU GET TWO DRAWS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE WITH THE GOALDEN GATE SUPERDRAW with the Birthday Accumulator Jackpot where the prize starts at £100 and if the randomly selected selected Birth Date i.e. 27/12/65 has not been selected by a paying member then the prize increases by £100 each week until it has been won when the prize reverts back to £100. One of our lottery members Y Crook has already won £800 on the Birthday Accumulator Jackpot. 
To join just complete the downloadable form, the most cost effective way for the club to collect lottery subscriptions is by standing order at just £4.34 per month for one membership or £8.68 for two memberships. 
You can pay by Cheque, £26 half yearly or £52 Annually, all cheques are payable to Superdraw, we will then contact you when your subscriptions are next due. 
We can collect monthly or fortnight from your home address if you are within our exsisting collection areas. 
Just complete the section for the payment suitable to you.
Good luck in the draw AND WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE FIFTY TWO PEOPLE WHO WILL BE £1,000 RICHER THIS YEAR
EARN EXTRA CASH BY BECOMING A GOALDEN GATE SUPERDRAW AGENT 
Our Goalden Gate Superdraw Agents are now earning extra cash by either collecting lottery subscription or recruiting family, friends or work colleagues to the new lottery. As well as being paid good commission for collecting members weekly subscriptions our agents are being paid £6 for signing a new member paying by standing order and £3 for signing up a member who pays by cash or cheque. 
Our agents will also receive 10% of any cash prize of £50 and above won by a member that they collect from. Recently one of our agents received £80 as one of their members won £800 on the Birthday Accumulator Jackpot. 
If you would like to earn some extra cash by either collect existing lottery members weekly subscriptions, or think you could sign up new members then please call Dave Linney on 01935 423662.

PADDY & GAFFER NOMINATED FOR GONGS

Paddy Madden and Gary Johnson have been nominated for NPower Player of the Month and NPower Manager of the Month for January.

The winner will be announced on Friday. 
The other nominees are: Player: Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers), Wes Foderingham (Swindon) and  Manager:Paulo Di Canio (Swindon), Dean Smith (Walsall)

BACK THE LADIES

Lady Glovers ask the Green & White Army to back their Bid

Yeovil Town Ladies are asking the Green & White Army of Glovers fans to mobilise and help the club find additional sponsors as they bid to achieve FA Super League status.

On the back of significant success over the last 2 seasons, the club are seeking support to join the Women’s Super League – TheFAWSL, which will expand in 2014.

If the Lady Glovers apply and are successful, they will become one of the top 20 women’s football clubs in the country and represent YTFC on a national media platform.

Although the final decision on whether to submit an application or not won’t be made until 20thFebruary, the club needs local businesses to pledge their support for the Lady Glovers now as an application will only be made if the club is confident having enough sponsors and commercial partners to make anFAWSLventure financially possible.

Joint Manager Sarah Lawler said “We already have strong support for our club from our fantastic fans and the huge crowd for the Leeds United game we played at Huish Park recently underlined that. However to be successful in any FAWSL bid we have to demonstrate financial stability as well, so we need more sponsors. We have a really good range of products available for new sponsors to attach their brand, which will be promoted through a range of media regionally and nationally as part of The FA Women’s Super League”. 

THE GAFFER’S ON THE BOX TONIGHT!

The Gaffer, Gary Johnson will be appearing live on ITV Regional News programme "The West Country Today".

The programme airs at 18.00 tonight and The Gaffer will be live in the Bristol studios to discuss Yeovil Town’s fantastic current run. 
Don’t miss it!!

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Can there be a better moment to come and watch football at Huish Park?

A magnificent seven wins on the bounce, goals galore, the league’s top scorer things are really on a high at Huish Park right now.

After Tuesday’s win against Preston North End, Yeovil are still seventh in the league and only out of the Play-Off positions by virtue of one less goal scored.

Perhaps of more importance is the fact that Yeovil are now only four points off top spot and now seven points better off than eighth place Coventry City, with a game in hand.

On Saturday Scunthorpe are the visitors and although there position is low in the league, they are currently fourth in the Form table.

So what better time to come and cheer on The Glovers as Gary Johnson goes for a club record eight consecutive victories in the league.

It won’t be easy though and as The Gaffer says your presence does make a difference.

“Believe me” says Gary “a noisy crowd is a huge benefit to the team. The lads thrive on it and Scunthorpe are not going to roll over easily.

“We need that noise and support so please come along and let’s turn Huish Park into a fortress.”

With crowds on the increase a large attendance is expected on Saturday so don’t delay. Take advantage of the £2 pre-match day saving on your ticket price and save queing.

Just ring the Yeovil Town Ticket Office on 01935 847888 now or go to the club’s web site and book on line here.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V PNE

Yeovil Town made it seven League One wins in a row when they came from a goal down to beat Preston North End 3-1 at Huish Park tonight.
 
Chris Beardsley had given the visitors a 29th minute lead against the run of play but a stirring late comeback from the Glovers saw goals from James Hayter, sub Nathan Ralph and Paddy Madden as Gary Johnson’s men continued their astonishing recent run that has seen them move to within four points of the top of the table.
 
The Glovers remain in seventh place in the table with other teams around them winning tonight but another three points on Saturday when they entertain Scunthorpe United would really put the Glovers into a fantastic position as they enter the final ten weeks of the campaign.
 
Gary Johnson named an unchanged side at the start with League One’s top scorer Paddy Madden looking to add to his prolific recent form that has seen him score eight times in his last five games. Graham Westley’s visitors though came after a spell of rotten form that has seen them plummet from playoff contenders to relegation-haunted, just three places outside the bottom four.
 
With former Yeovil skipper Paul Huntington returning for the first time since leaving Huish Park, it was his colleagues that were the busiest in an opening twenty minutes that was almost one way traffic at times. Lilywhites winger Jeffrey Monakana looked dangerous in sporadic bursts but the real action was at the other end as Town, boosted with that great run, switched play from flank to flank with ease.
 
Kevin Dawson and Madden both went close in that period and the top scorer then went even closer with a flicked header that landed on top of the net from Ed Upson’s ball in. Madden then returned the favour, setting up Upson but both his shot and that of Joe Edwards following up were locked by some resolute blocks.
 
So it was a surprise that when the first goal came it was for the away side. The ball was played into the right channel to Chris Beardsley who span his defender and fired past Marek Stech into the corner of the goal.
 
Upson then almost curled in an equaliser on 34 minutes before sharpshooter Madden netted but was adjudged offside from a flick-on by Dan Burn at a free kick. Before half time arrived, Upson and Madden both shot over and Burn headed a looping Luke Ayling cross straight at visiting keeper Declan Rudd.
 
Preston nearly made it two early in the second half when Beardsley’s diving header from a Lee Holmes cross was saved well by Stech but Yeovil soon resumed their dominance and forced several corners and free kicks in the final third but these came to nothing.
 
Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young came on for Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson on the hour and twelve minutes later Town finally got the goal they deserved. Madden turned provider slipping the ball to strike partner James Hayter who finished well for his eleventh goal of the season.
 
Yeovil’s tails were up and their high tempo and workrate were affecting how their opposition were playing, forcing hurried clearances and niggly fouls in daft areas. One of those occurred thirty yards out, wide left, when Joe Edwards was pulled down. Upson swung in a free kick and amidst the penalty area kerfuffle, Nathan Ralph lashed in his first goal in the green and white colours.
 
Hayter was then replaced by Kwesi Appiah on eighty minutes and after Westley had thrown his last dice by making a late double change, Yeovil added insult to injury with a late third. For most of the match, referee Roger East had been forced to chivvy along the Preston side who had wasted time at goal kicks, throw ins and free kicks all game. Adding six minutes at the end, Yeovil added a fine third through Madden who had run through walls all night for his team and ended up creating his own goal with a dummy just outside the box before poking home goal number seventeen of the season and his ninth in the last six games.
 
The remainder of stoppage time passed without major incident and Yeovil’s great run continues on for another game.

Match Report : 12/02/2013

Yeovil Town made it seven League One wins in a row when they came from a goal down to beat Preston North End 3-1 at Huish Park tonight.
 
Chris Beardsley had given the visitors a 29th minute lead against the run of play but a stirring late comeback from the Glovers saw goals from James Hayter, sub Nathan Ralph and Paddy Madden as Gary Johnson’s men continued their astonishing recent run that has seen them move to within four points of the top of the table.
 
The Glovers remain in seventh place in the table with other teams around them winning tonight but another three points on Saturday when they entertain Scunthorpe United would really put the Glovers into a fantastic position as they enter the final ten weeks of the campaign.
 
Gary Johnson named an unchanged side at the start with League One’s top scorer Paddy Madden looking to add to his prolific recent form that has seen him score eight times in his last five games. Graham Westley’s visitors though came after a spell of rotten form that has seen them plummet from playoff contenders to relegation-haunted, just three places outside the bottom four.
 
With former Yeovil skipper Paul Huntington returning for the first time since leaving Huish Park, it was his colleagues that were the busiest in an opening twenty minutes that was almost one way traffic at times. Lilywhites winger Jeffrey Monakana looked dangerous in sporadic bursts but the real action was at the other end as Town, boosted with that great run, switched play from flank to flank with ease.
 
Kevin Dawson and Madden both went close in that period and the top scorer then went even closer with a flicked header that landed on top of the net from Ed Upson’s ball in. Madden then returned the favour, setting up Upson but both his shot and that of Joe Edwards following up were locked by some resolute blocks.
 
So it was a surprise that when the first goal came it was for the away side. The ball was played into the right channel to Chris Beardsley who span his defender and fired past Marek Stech into the corner of the goal.
 
Upson then almost curled in an equaliser on 34 minutes before sharpshooter Madden netted but was adjudged offside from a flick-on by Dan Burn at a free kick. Before half time arrived, Upson and Madden both shot over and Burn headed a looping Luke Ayling cross straight at visiting keeper Declan Rudd.
 
Preston nearly made it two early in the second half when Beardsley’s diving header from a Lee Holmes cross was saved well by Stech but Yeovil soon resumed their dominance and forced several corners and free kicks in the final third but these came to nothing.
 
Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young came on for Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson on the hour and twelve minutes later Town finally got the goal they deserved. Madden turned provider slipping the ball to strike partner James Hayter who finished well for his eleventh goal of the season.
 
Yeovil’s tails were up and their high tempo and workrate were affecting how their opposition were playing, forcing hurried clearances and niggly fouls in daft areas. One of those occurred thirty yards out, wide left, when Joe Edwards was pulled down. Upson swung in a free kick and amidst the penalty area kerfuffle, Nathan Ralph lashed in his first goal in the green and white colours.
 
Hayter was then replaced by Kwesi Appiah on eighty minutes and after Westley had thrown his last dice by making a late double change, Yeovil added insult to injury with a late third. For most of the match, referee Roger East had been forced to chivvy along the Preston side who had wasted time at goal kicks, throw ins and free kicks all game. Adding six minutes at the end, Yeovil added a fine third through Madden who had run through walls all night for his team and ended up creating his own goal with a dummy just outside the box before poking home goal number seventeen of the season and his ninth in the last six games.
 
The remainder of stoppage time passed without major incident and Yeovil’s great run continues on for another game.

UNCHANGED SIDE FOR PNE CLASH

Manager Gary Johnson has named the same starting eleven that beat Coventry City on Saturday afternoon.

The Glovers go into tonight’s match high on confidence after the 1-0 win at the weekend, which saw them go six games unbeaten in League One.
Yeovil Town Starting Line-up: Stech; Ayling, Webster, Burn, McAllister; Dawson, Upson, Edwards, Foley; Hayter, Madden.

PICK UP YOUR COPY

In tonight’s issue of Green&White we have interviews with Lewis Young who talks about waiting for his chance to get back in the first team aswell as his relationship with Ashley and his other brothers.
Fulham Loanee Dan Burn reveals he wont be the brunt of any more jokes now he’s found the net again.
Former Glover and PNE defender Paul Huntington chats about his time with Yeovil.
The usual columns come from Gary Johnson, Ed Upson, Martin McConachie and Chris Dunlavy along with away days diary from Yeovil’s superb win over Sheffield United.
You can pick up your copy from the usual positions around Huish Park for just £3.
If you can not make Huish Park you can download your copy on iPhone and iPad by clicking here.

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL!

It seems right now there is not a better time to be a Yeovil Town Supporter so we have put together another video taster for you on YouTube. 

You can view this free video by clicking on this link…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg26QI3cAgY
For those of you without the necessary band width to view video here are those reasons!

Reasons to be cheerful!!

 

Only 5 points off the top of the table

 

Only out of Play-Off Places on Goal difference

 

Six wins on the spin

 

Top of the Form League

Paddy Madden top scorer in League One

 

Joint second highest number of wins in league

 

Last six games -scored 13 conceded 2

 

Gary Johnson fourth in League Managers Association Performance League table behind Nigel Pearson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Roberto Mancini

 

Marek Stech in League One Team of the week

 

Dan Burn in League One Team of the week

 

Paddy Madden in League One Team of the week

 

Clean sheets in last two matches

Over 700 supporters cheering the team on at Coventry

So come on everybody let’s get behind the Glovers on Tuesday evening against Preston North End. 

Tickets are still available just telephone: 01935 847888 or go to the online link on the web site.

 

 

VOTING FOR RIGHT-BACK BEGINS

Yeovil Town Football Club recently announced that they will be producing a limited edition commemorative book to celebrate ten years in the Football League.
The book, out in November, will be a very special publication to celebrate the successful decade and will feature many of the stars that helped that success along the way as it tells the story of life at Huish Park from 2003 to 2013.
It is hoped that Yeovil Town first team manager Gary Johnson will sign each copy of the book which will be strictly limited to a print run of just five hundred copies. Written by lifelong fan and freelance writer Martin McConachie, and produced by YTFC official programme designers Hops Design, it will focus on the matches, the players, the managers and the personalities at the club and will include exclusive interviews with all four of the Glovers’ Football League managers.
As part of the book, there is also the chance for Yeovil Town supporters to make a fantastic contribution to the unique book. Starting on Monday February 4th and running for eight weeks, Glovers fans will be able to choose their own “Team of the Decade” to feature in the book. Voting on each of the positions will run for one week only and we will showcase the final eleven players in 4-4-2 formation when the book is published later in the year.
So today, for the next seven days, Yeovil Town fans can vote for their best right-back of the Football League decade. The defensive positions have been covered by a number of top players since 2003 and the front runners might come from the likes of Craig Alcock, Lee Peltier and Luke Ayling. With other players such as Andy Lindegaard and Kevin Amankwaah also starring there plus several others deputising at times, it will be another fascinating choice for the top XI.
To vote, simply email your choice of right back to book@ytfc.net from today, Monday, February 11th to midnight on Sunday, February 17th or alternatively, follow us on Twitter at @YTFCbook and register your vote on there. Voting will then close and the winner of each position will be revealed when the book is published later in the year. Everybody who votes will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky person will win a copy of the book.
You can also reserve your copy of the book by emailing the above email address.

REPORT: COVENTRY CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town produced one of the results of the season as a Paddy Madden first half winner gave them a hugely important 1-0 victory at Coventry City this afternoon.

Madden’s goal in the 44th minute separated the two in-form teams and despite almost incessant second half pressure from the Sky Blues, the Glovers maintained their seventh place position and crept to within five points of the summit with two successive home games coming up this week.

Manager Gary Johnson was forced into one change from the side that won against Brentford at Huish Park last Saturday. Matt Dolan failed to recover from his ankle injury and was replaced by the versatile Joe Edwards in central midfield.

As befits two teams for who victory could mean a top six position at 5pm, the first half was a bright, open affair with good chances for either side. The Sky Blues attacked from the kick off with Marek Stech denying a Franck Moussa burst from midfield and Paddy Madden flicked a shot over the crossbar.

In the ninth minute, the home crowd thought they had something to cheer but an offside flag ruled out a close range “goal” from William Edjenguele after Leon Clarke’s shot was well saved by Stech. The big Czech stopper then saved down low from Carl Baker’s drive as City pushed for an opener. Clarke, with five goals since joining from Charlton Athletic, then got in behind the Yeovil defence but toe poked the ball wide of the post and Stech then had to save from James Bailey’s left foot shot.

Yeovil had two of their best chances of the half when they found themselves with two opportunities in thirty seconds. Murphy did well to save from Sam Foley then also parried Joe Edwards’ shot straight from the corner. James Hayter then went close with a great header that went wide of the post from twelve yards out.

The Sky Blues were pressing for a goal and looking the more dangerous side down the flanks and often threw in crosses to try to unsettle Dan Burn and Byron Webster in the heart of the visiting defence but right on half time, it was Yeovil that took the lead on the counter attack. Sam Foley broke with the ball and ran fifty yards before pushing the ball through to an onside Paddy Madden who took one touch before shooting home under Murphy for his 15th goal of the season for the Glovers, and 16th overall.

The second half began as you might expect it to with the home side having received a roasting at half time and coming out all guns blazing. The home side saw two shots blocked before Bailey fired his effort over the bar. Having made two early second half changes, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins saw one of his replacements, curl a lovely shot onto the crossbar leaving Stech helpless between the posts.

Jordan Clarke and Steven Jennings also had shots blocked with some terrific desperate defending from the Glovers as the hosts threw everything and the kitchen sink at their Somerset opposition in an attempt to level matters. Out of nowhere, Madden nearly crafted himself an opportunist second from a tight angle but Murphy blocked his effort with his body.

Stech then denied sub Steven Elliott with a top class save as the ball arrowed towards the top corner; a chance that typified what the last segment of the game was all about. Pressure from the home side was constantly repelled by  a stoic, heroic display from a back four that have now kept two clean sheets in a row and are thriving on the confidence that has given them.

In the final ten minutes, Coventry threatened Yeovil’s defence time and again – Elliott pulled a shot wide after spinning his man beautifully and Stech, once more Yeovil’s hero, produced another top drawer save denying Baker’s left foot shot before Elliott again shot wide in stoppage time.

But despite all the pressure, the possession and the chances, it was Johnson’s men who return home to Somerset with all three points and two home games in a week to prepare for against Preston North End and Scunthorpe United.

Match Report : 09/02/2013

Yeovil Town produced one of the results of the season as a Paddy Madden first half winner gave them a hugely important 1-0 victory at Coventry City this afternoon.

Madden’s goal in the 44th minute separated the two in-form teams and despite almost incessant second half pressure from the Sky Blues, the Glovers maintained their seventh place position and crept to within five points of the summit with two successive home games coming up this week.

Manager Gary Johnson was forced into one change from the side that won against Brentford at Huish Park last Saturday. Matt Dolan failed to recover from his ankle injury and was replaced by the versatile Joe Edwards in central midfield.

As befits two teams for who victory could mean a top six position at 5pm, the first half was a bright, open affair with good chances for either side. The Sky Blues attacked from the kick off with Marek Stech denying a Franck Moussa burst from midfield and Paddy Madden flicked a shot over the crossbar.

In the ninth minute, the home crowd thought they had something to cheer but an offside flag ruled out a close range “goal” from William Edjenguele after Leon Clarke’s shot was well saved by Stech. The big Czech stopper then saved down low from Carl Baker’s drive as City pushed for an opener. Clarke, with five goals since joining from Charlton Athletic, then got in behind the Yeovil defence but toe poked the ball wide of the post and Stech then had to save from James Bailey’s left foot shot.

Yeovil had two of their best chances of the half when they found themselves with two opportunities in thirty seconds. Murphy did well to save from Sam Foley then also parried Joe Edwards’ shot straight from the corner. James Hayter then went close with a great header that went wide of the post from twelve yards out. 

The Sky Blues were pressing for a goal and looking the more dangerous side down the flanks and often threw in crosses to try to unsettle Dan Burn and Byron Webster in the heart of the visiting defence but right on half time, it was Yeovil that took the lead on the counter attack. Sam Foley broke with the ball and ran fifty yards before pushing the ball through to an onside Paddy Madden who took one touch before shooting home under Murphy for his 15th goal of the season for the Glovers, and 16th overall. 

The second half began as you might expect it to with the home side having received a roasting at half time and coming out all guns blazing. The home side saw two shots blocked before Bailey fired his effort over the bar. Having made two early second half changes, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins saw one of his replacements, curl a lovely shot onto the crossbar leaving Stech helpless between the posts. 

Jordan Clarke and Steven Jennings also had shots blocked with some terrific desperate defending from the Glovers as the hosts threw everything and the kitchen sink at their Somerset opposition in an attempt to level matters. Out of nowhere, Madden nearly crafted himself an opportunist second from a tight angle but Murphy blocked his effort with his body. 

Stech then denied sub Steven Elliott with a top class save as the ball arrowed towards the top corner; a chance that typified what the last segment of the game was all about. Pressure from the home side was constantly repelled by  a stoic, heroic display from a back four that have now kept two clean sheets in a row and are thriving on the confidence that has given them. 

In the final ten minutes, Coventry threatened Yeovil’s defence time and again – Elliott pulled a shot wide after spinning his man beautifully and Stech, once more Yeovil’s hero, produced another top drawer save denying Baker’s left foot shot before Elliott again shot wide in stoppage time. 

But despite all the pressure, the possession and the chances, it was Johnson’s men who return home to Somerset with all three points and two home games in a week to prepare for against Preston North End and Scunthorpe United.

LADIES TOO GOOD FOR BARNET

Report by Sarah Lawler

Home to Larkhall Athletic Ladies (To be played at Sherborne Town FC) – (Somerset Women’s Senior Cup) 10 February 2013, 1.45pm kick off.
Next Match:

Stephen Reuter (Enfield)
Referee:

1-0 Pearson (13), 2-0 Pearson (16), 3-0 Pearson (3)
Goals:

Osman, Walker, Grogen
Substitutes Not Used:

Howard, Edwards, Williams, Keehan, Brazell, Radburn, Whitton (Hannam – 75), Pearson, Cook, Bray, Lorton
Yeovil Town Ladies:

Nigel Williams added. “The team played as a unit today. They deserved the win and we look forward to the visit of Portsmouth in the next round of the competition. Our research played a big part in the win today, and it is great when Barnet FC directors talk to you after the game and congratulate you on a great performance well deserved. All credit to Barnet, they came back in the second half, but we showed resilience and controlled the game.”

"Nigel (Fellow manager Nigel Williams) and I have worked really hard to get a growth mind set from all our players to understand that we can learn something every week that helps us become better and progress at this level, as players and management. Credit to all of the girls, they commit a lot of time and effort to train twice a week and also think about their game preparations over the weekend, which often means they have to sacrifice time with their family, friends and partners so games like today are a success. This shows great dedication by them, and it is really paying off.”

"We have so much belief in this squad of players,” she said. “They have all bought into our philosophy of working hard for each other, playing good football and staying positive by believing in their ability.

The final whistle went and the girls were buzzing after a great performance in the cup to progress into the fourth round of the competition, and joint manager Sarah Lawler was delighted with the players.

Yeovil Town had a couple of half chances after Lorton had two free kicks go wide and Bray also shot wide. Wingers Cook and Pearson continued to cause issues and were swapped around to cause further disruption to the back four. With time ticking by Yeovil freshened things up by replacing Whitton with Charlotte Hannam, who slotted into the back four and pushed Rosie Williams to play alongside Radburn in midfield. The final change was to replace Bray with Jodi Cornwall in the 83rd minute.

The second half was extremely disciplined and organised by every Yeovil player on the pitch, showing that they could deal with the pressure of the opposition attacks, but also keep the ball well in possession.

The management were delighted with the first half performance, but knew Barnet would not accept their first half efforts and look to put their mistakes right. The team were asked to secure more possession, move the ball quicker and be confident in themselves in front of goal.

Jade Radburn worked hard along with Rachael Edwards and Rosie Williams to link play from the back, and she put in some assertive tackles to break up the home team’s rhythm.

Centre forward Justine Lorton showed her experience and class when Michelle Keehan played the ball quickly into her where Lorton plucked the ball out of the air to secure possession and rolled it with her second touch into Laura Bray, who then passed to Whitton to coolly deceived the defender with the drop of a shoulder and hit the ball sweetly on towards the target. The GK tipped the ball onto the crossbar, only to have Pearson right on queue to finish Whitton’s business by chesting the ball over the line.

At the other end of the pitch there was excellent combination play triggered by Lorton into Kirsty Whitton and Cook which nearly led to another dangerous attack, but Barnet got numbers behind the ball to deflect Lorton’s shot.

Lawler and Williams demanded the team kept the focus and concentration as Barnet came back into the game. The home side had a spell of high pressure which led to some great defending from the Glovers back four, with the midfield and wingers also doing their jobs well to deny Barnet space or time to shoot. Barnet had two corners in close succession, but neither led to goals as they were unable to get on the end of the delivery.

Yeovil continued to pressurise and grew in confidence, showing they took in exactly what was asked of them by the management to keep attacking the fullbacks and being positive in front of goal. Barnet were trying to play good football by playing out the back, but their progress was disrupted 16 minutes in by the team’s top goal scorer, Laura Bray, who isolated the left back to steal the ball, playing it wide to Katie ‘Cookie’ Cook, who played a great pass into her fullback and club stalwart Emma Brazell, who swung in a great cross to the far post where left winger Pearson was once again on call to hit the ball into the Barnet net.

Yeovil started brightly with plenty of possession and broke up Barnet’s attack so that they could not settle on the ball, and the first goal came in the 13th minute when Justine Lorton was set a ball from Katie Cook for a wonderful pass to the back post where Stacey Pearson placed the ball into an open net.

A strong squad was selected by joint manager Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler to give them plenty of options to try and progress in the completion. The management team spoke strongly in the match preparation about the need to really attack Barnet and believe in their footballing ability, and the management’s homework paid off by selecting a starting eleven that allowed them to expose Barnet.

The previous round saw the Glovers beat Colne Vally Ladies who were the underdogs of the draw, just as Yeovil were in this game with Barnet being a National League team, and who had previously won the FA Premier League Cup and were a game away from The FA Cup final last season.

YEOVIL Town Ladies arrived to an impressive pitch at Underhill, and continued their recent impressive form with an excellent 3-0 FA Women’s Cup victory over National Premier League side Barnet Ladies, booking their place in the next round thanks to a first half hat-trick from Stacey Pearson.

GET ON YOUR BIKE

Yeovil Town are appealing for fans to pedal for pounds and raise thousands for three charities by getting on their bike ahead of the final home game of the season.
The Glovers entertain Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, April 20 and want 100 keen cyclists to take to the saddle to cover the 200-mile trip from Alex’s Gresty Road home to Huish Park in the three days leading up to the clash.
The challenge will see riders raise funds for the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, St Margaret’s Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.
Glovers’ chief executive Martyn Starnes said: “We have not taken on anything of this scale before and we are looking to raise a substantial amount of money through the sponsorship of three incredibly worthy causes.
“So far we have had a lot of support and cooperation from people, organisations and businesses to hopefully make this a success.”
The Community Sports Trust delivers a wide range of sports related initiatives across Somerset and Dorset, using the power of football and sport to engage individuals and to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people each year.
St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil provides specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients and their families living in Somerset and parts of neighbouring counties. 
Their care is available for those who have a terminal or life-limiting illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic lung disease.
Prostate Cancer UK – formerly The Prostate Cancer Charity – supports male sufferers, funds research and raises awareness about the disease.
The Glovers were inspired to devise the challenge after Huddersfield Town’s annual Pedal For Pounds ride ended at Huish Park last season.
Mr Starnes added: “We were particularly impressed with their organisation last year and they have been very co-operative in helping us with some of the early detail.”
Cyclists wishing to participate can download an application form here.

JUNIOR GLOVERS FUN DAY

There will be a Junior Glovers Fun Event on Thursday 14 February at Bucklers Mead Sports Centre.

Please come along and meet (and play) with the players and management team.

The event will start at 1.00pm and finish at 3.00pm.

Please register in the School Hall (follow the signs to Reception) from 12.45pm. This event is only open to Junior Glovers and is suitable for all ages. Drinks will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

OLDHAM GAME ON

After a 1pm pitch inspection tonight’s game at Oldham will go ahead as planned.

 

Although snow is currently falling in Oldham the club are confident of the game going ahead.

 

Any further updates will appear on ytfc.net.

OLDHAM TO HOLD PITCH INSPECTION

Oldham Athletic have called in local referee Steve Race to make a 1pm Boundary Park pitch inspection.
Providing the snow can be removed from the surface, Athletic remain optimistic that tonight’s npower League One match will go ahead.
The surface is playable providing the snow can be cleared and there are no further significant falls before kick off. 
ytfc.net will keep fans informed of any further developments.

REFRESHMENTS AT OLDHAM?

For any fans travelling to Boundary Park tomorrow you are cordially invited to The Old Grey Mare Pub in Royton, near Oldham.

The Landlord John Kelleher has contacted us to invite all Yeovil Town supporters to sample his hospitality. The pub is only 4 minutes walk away from Boundary Park and offers a great range of drinks and good football food all served with a smile.
The Old Grey Mare can be found at 331, Oldham Road, Royton, Oldham. OL2 6AB

GOOD WISHES..EVEN IN DEFEAT!

The Club received the letter below which we are pleased to reproduce.

Dear all at Yeovil Town

 

 

I was a match official guest yesterday for the game v Brentford. It’s the 3rd/4th time I have been over this season as a guest and just wanted to drop a line to say what a lovely experience it always is and what wonderful staff you have at the club. The man on the gate at the car park always greet you with a big cheery smile, welcomes you to Huish Park and thanks you for coming. 

The gentleman at the entrance recognises me now as do the staff upstairs in the bar/hospitality area.  They are always so polite, welcoming and cheerful. After the officials had gone downstairs to prepare yesterday us guests opted to have a roast meal, having been pleasantly surprised to be able to pay just £9.95 on the day, instead of having to order in advance. 

The food was beautiful, well cooked and flavoursome & what a pleasant man the chef is.

 

I also had the pleasure of a chat with Norman Haywood yesterday. I remember him from his days at AFCB. I did say to him how impressed I always am with the set up and the warm welcome we receive.

 

Please pass on my compliments to the chef and your staff who always make it such a pleasant day out and thank you for always providing such lovely hospitality.

 

Kind regards

 

Gayle Hope

VOTING BEGINS

Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to announce that they will be producing a limited edition commemorative book to celebrate ten years in the Football League.
The book, out in November, will be a very special publication to celebrate the successful decade and will feature many of the stars that helped that success along the way as it tells the story of life at Huish Park from 2003 to 2013.
It is hoped that Yeovil Town first team manager Gary Johnson will sign each copy of the book which will be strictly limited to a print run of just five hundred copies. Written by lifelong fan and freelance writer Martin McConachie, and produced by YTFC official programme designers Hops Design, it will focus on the matches, the players, the managers and the personalities at the club and will include exclusive interviews with all four of the Glovers’ Football League managers.
As part of the book, there is also the chance for Yeovil Town supporters to make a fantastic contribution to the unique book. Starting today and running for eight weeks, Glovers fans will be able to choose their own “Team of the Decade” to feature in the book. Voting on each of the positions will run for one week only and we will showcase the final eleven players in 4-4-2 formation when the book is published later in the year.
So this week, we are looking for the best Yeovil goalkeeper of the past ten seasons. And it’s safe to say that this will be one of the most hotly contested positions in the team with a plethora of top stoppers arriving at Huish Park this past decade. 
No fewer than five ex-Glovers goalkeepers now play at Premier League clubs, such is their quality and that’s before you mention the likes of Steve Mildenhall, John Sullivan and Chris Weale, all top keepers. So who will it be? Our present gloveman, Marek Stech, will be in with a major shout along with those Premier League stars in the shape of Asmir Begovic, Stephen Henderson, Sam Walker, Jed Steer and Alex McCarthy. 
To vote, simply email your choice of goalkeeper to book@ytfc.net from now until to midnight on Sunday, February 10th or alternatively, follow us on Twitter at @YTFCbook and register your vote on there. Voting will then close and the winner of each position will be revealed when the book is published later in the year. Everybody who votes will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky person will win a copy of the book.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BRENTFORD

Yeovil Town made it five successive League One wins with a 3-0 victory over promotion chasing Brentford at a chilly Huish Park this afternoon.
Goals from Paddy Madden, an Ed Upson screamer and Dan Burn saw the Glovers home in a match where they struggled at times against a slick Bees side but then seemed to get a second wind and score when it mattered.
The result maintained Town’s seventh placed position but inched them ever closer to the top six and they lie out of the playoffs on goal difference only with the chance to move into the top six when they travel to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Manager Gary Johnson named an unchanged line up again this afternoon meaning that midfield maestro Ed Upson lined up for his 100th Glovers match. His opposition, Brentford, came to Somerset as one of the best travellers in the division with only two defeats in fourteen games on the road.
And for the first twenty minutes they showed why with quick passing movement and usually attacking through the dangerous Clayton Donaldson, top scorer in League One. The big striker forced home keeper Marek Stech into a fantastic fourth minute tip over the crossbar when he volleyed first time from a defensive through ball.
The Bees then went closer still when Dan Burn cleared a shot off the line and on ten minutes, Donaldson fired just over the angle of post and crossbar when he beat Burn and cut inside.
Halfway through the first half, Stech produced his second top save when Harry Forrester and Donaldson combined to spring the offside trap but found the Czech in form, saving low. The keeper then saved again from Tom Adeyemi after the midfielder weaved a route into the penalty box.
On 33 minutes, Yeovil took the lead through who else but Paddy Madden. The Irishman seized on to a rebound pass from Kevin Dawson and fired home his seventh goal in four games with a cool finish into the corner. It brought the Yeovil striker up to fifteen for the season, just one behind his opposite number Donaldson.
Stech then had to earn his corn again saving from Bidwell then denying Adam Forshaw after Luke Ayling’s clearance had been blocked. Dawson’s ferocious shot was blocked by the legs of Simon Moore but Town then doubled their advantage five minutes from the break.
The ball fell to Ed Upson thirty yards out and the midfielder then let fly with an absolute screamer that flew into the top corner, a goal later described by Upson as the “best goal of his career”. It was a fine way to celebrate the milestone of reaching a century of games.
The half ended with both sides going close; Madden and Sam Foley both had shots blocked and former Glovers loanee Rob Kiernan pulled a shot wide of the near post.
The second half started scrappily with neither side really taking advantage over the other. James Hayter fired over after a lovely dummy of a McAllister ball in and Madden then pulled a shot wide of the post from a pass by sub Joe Edwards (on for Matt Dolan in the first half).
Edwards then volleyed over from 25 yards and Bees sub Sam Saunders also missed the target as the visitors looked desperately for a way back into a game that they hadn’t played badly in, just been out thought.
After Stech had saved yet again from a follow up shot after Jonathan Douglas’s shot had been blocked, Ayling curled a shot inches wide of the far post after great work by Dawson.
The third goal came with seven minutes remaining. McAllister floated a free kick in and Dan Burn met the delivery with a thumping volley that gave keeper Moore no chance at all.
Sub Kwesi Appiah had a late chance cleared off the line as Yeovil pressed for a fourth goal late on but the 3-0 win, allied with another clean sheet for keeper Stech, will give Town fans further hope that this season may yet turn out to be special.

Match Report : 02/02/2013

Yeovil Town made it five successive League One wins with a 3-0 victory over promotion chasing Brentford at a chilly Huish Park this afternoon.
Goals from Paddy Madden, an Ed Upson screamer and Dan Burn saw the Glovers home in a match where they struggled at times against a slick Bees side but then seemed to get a second wind and score when it mattered.
The result maintained Town’s seventh placed position but inched them ever closer to the top six and they lie out of the playoffs on goal difference only with the chance to move into the top six when they travel to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Manager Gary Johnson named an unchanged line up again this afternoon meaning that midfield maestro Ed Upson lined up for his 100th Glovers match. His opposition, Brentford, came to Somerset as one of the best travellers in the division with only two defeats in fourteen games on the road.
And for the first twenty minutes they showed why with quick passing movement and usually attacking through the dangerous Clayton Donaldson, top scorer in League One. The big striker forced home keeper Marek Stech into a fantastic fourth minute tip over the crossbar when he volleyed first time from a defensive through ball.
The Bees then went closer still when Dan Burn cleared a shot off the line and on ten minutes, Donaldson fired just over the angle of post and crossbar when he beat Burn and cut inside.
Halfway through the first half, Stech produced his second top save when Harry Forrester and Donaldson combined to spring the offside trap but found the Czech in form, saving low. The keeper then saved again from Tom Adeyemi after the midfielder weaved a route into the penalty box.
On 33 minutes, Yeovil took the lead through who else but Paddy Madden. The Irishman seized on to a rebound pass from Kevin Dawson and fired home his seventh goal in four games with a cool finish into the corner. It brought the Yeovil striker up to fifteen for the season, just one behind his opposite number Donaldson.
Stech then had to earn his corn again saving from Bidwell then denying Adam Forshaw after Luke Ayling’s clearance had been blocked. Dawson’s ferocious shot was blocked by the legs of Simon Moore but Town then doubled their advantage five minutes from the break.
The ball fell to Ed Upson thirty yards out and the midfielder then let fly with an absolute screamer that flew into the top corner, a goal later described by Upson as the “best goal of his career”. It was a fine way to celebrate the milestone of reaching a century of games.
The half ended with both sides going close; Madden and Sam Foley both had shots blocked and former Glovers loanee Rob Kiernan pulled a shot wide of the near post.
The second half started scrappily with neither side really taking advantage over the other. James Hayter fired over after a lovely dummy of a McAllister ball in and Madden then pulled a shot wide of the post from a pass by sub Joe Edwards (on for Matt Dolan in the first half).
Edwards then volleyed over from 25 yards and Bees sub Sam Saunders also missed the target as the visitors looked desperately for a way back into a game that they hadn’t played badly in, just been out thought.
After Stech had saved yet again from a follow up shot after Jonathan Douglas’s shot had been blocked, Ayling curled a shot inches wide of the far post after great work by Dawson.
The third goal came with seven minutes remaining. McAllister floated a free kick in and Dan Burn met the delivery with a thumping volley that gave keeper Moore no chance at all.
Sub Kwesi Appiah had a late chance cleared off the line as Yeovil pressed for a fourth goal late on but the 3-0 win, allied with another clean sheet for keeper Stech, will give Town fans further hope that this season may yet turn out to be special.

DONT FORGET YOUR COPY

Today’s copy of Green&White will be available from the usual outlets at Huish Park.
In the edition today we chat with Middlesbrough loanee Matt Dolan as well as new signing Joe Edwards.
The spotlight on features one half of ‘Jedward’ Kevin Dawson. We also chat with Brentford defender Lee Hodson.
Add in the usual columns from Gary Johnson, Ed Upson, Chris Sweet and Chris Dunlavy it will be £3 well spent.
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