Month: March 2013

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V WALSALL

Yeovil Town and Walsall played out a goalless draw in a promotion-chasing encounter at a chilly Huish Park this afternoon.

 

Neither side had too many chances to win the game although the hosts were indebted to Marek Stech for pulling off two terrific reaction saves to deny Will Grigg and Febian Brandy. At the other end, both James Hayter and Dan Burn looked to have clear shouts for a penalty turned down by referee Tim Robinson and there is no doubt that Saddlers manager Dean Smith will be the happier of the two managers.

 

The Glovers remain in seventh spot but have now drawn four out of the last five matches, won once in eight games and yet they find themselves still right in the mix for promotion after other results went their way this afternoon.

 

Manager Gary Johnson made one change to his starting eleven following the side’s 3-3 draw at Carlisle last weekend. New loan signing from QPR, Angelo Balanta, came straight into the starting line up replacing Dominic Blizzard who was injured. Joe Edwards resumed at left back with Kevin Dawson taking up a central midfield role alongside Ed Upson.

 

And it was Upson who had the first sight of goal in the first minute but he stubbed his effort and keeper Sam Johnstone gathered easily. Edwards floated a ball to the back post that looked closer than it was and on twelve minutes, Edwards mishit a shot and Burn headed Balanta’s cross wide of the post.

 

Brandy forced a terrific save from Stech soon after and Hayter fired one at the keeper and another over the bar but the action then died down during a largely insipid first period. The action wasn’t helped by time wasting tactics from Walsall at goal kicks and set pieces that slowed down any momentum the Glovers wanted to build up. Burn hit a roaster of a shot just wide after the half hour, the last real chance of note from either side.

 

After the interval for the first twenty minutes, the Glovers were awful at times, giving away cheap possession, passing all over the place and offering chances to the opposition. Great work from Brandy set up Adam Chambers but his shot was blocked and at the other end, Yeovil had a great shout for a spot kick when Hayter was fouled in the box but nothing doing from the official.

 

Balanta then put the cross of the match across after Burn had burst forward but there was nobody in the box to take advantage and the moment was gone. Both sides had a succession of corners in the middle part of the second half but there was no real clear cut openings for either side.

 

Stech saved well from Grigg, tipping his close range shot over the crossbar on 75 minutes and Paul Downing headed the subsequent corner wide and with five minutes to go, Burn was hauled down in the box from sub Matt Dolan’s free kick but again, no positive decision from ref Robinson, leaving the home contingent angry.

 

The match was summed up by an Upson free kick in the 89th minute that sailed over the crossbar and after four minutes of stoppage time, the second biggest home league crowd of the season, 5594, went home disappointed at the side’s stalemate.

Match Report : 29/03/2013

Yeovil Town and Walsall played out a goalless draw in a promotion-chasing encounter at a chilly Huish Park this afternoon.

 

Neither side had too many chances to win the game although the hosts were indebted to Marek Stech for pulling off two terrific reaction saves to deny Will Grigg and Febian Brandy. At the other end, both James Hayter and Dan Burn looked to have clear shouts for a penalty turned down by referee Tim Robinson and there is no doubt that Saddlers manager Dean Smith will be the happier of the two managers.

 

The Glovers remain in seventh spot but have now drawn four out of the last five matches, won once in eight games and yet they find themselves still right in the mix for promotion after other results went their way this afternoon.

 

Manager Gary Johnson made one change to his starting eleven following the side’s 3-3 draw at Carlisle last weekend. New loan signing from QPR, Angelo Balanta, came straight into the starting line up replacing Dominic Blizzard who was injured. Joe Edwards resumed at left back with Kevin Dawson taking up a central midfield role alongside Ed Upson.

 

And it was Upson who had the first sight of goal in the first minute but he stubbed his effort and keeper Sam Johnstone gathered easily. Edwards floated a ball to the back post that looked closer than it was and on twelve minutes, Edwards mishit a shot and Burn headed Balanta’s cross wide of the post.

 

Brandy forced a terrific save from Stech soon after and Hayter fired one at the keeper and another over the bar but the action then died down during a largely insipid first period. The action wasn’t helped by time wasting tactics from Walsall at goal kicks and set pieces that slowed down any momentum the Glovers wanted to build up. Burn hit a roaster of a shot just wide after the half hour, the last real chance of note from either side.

 

After the interval for the first twenty minutes, the Glovers were awful at times, giving away cheap possession, passing all over the place and offering chances to the opposition. Great work from Brandy set up Adam Chambers but his shot was blocked and at the other end, Yeovil had a great shout for a spot kick when Hayter was fouled in the box but nothing doing from the official.

 

Balanta then put the cross of the match across after Burn had burst forward but there was nobody in the box to take advantage and the moment was gone. Both sides had a succession of corners in the middle part of the second half but there was no real clear cut openings for either side.

 

Stech saved well from Grigg, tipping his close range shot over the crossbar on 75 minutes and Paul Downing headed the subsequent corner wide and with five minutes to go, Burn was hauled down in the box from sub Matt Dolan’s free kick but again, no positive decision from ref Robinson, leaving the home contingent angry.

 

The match was summed up by an Upson free kick in the 89th minute that sailed over the crossbar and after four minutes of stoppage time, the second biggest home league crowd of the season, 5594, went home disappointed at the side’s stalemate.

PICK UP YOUR COPY!

Today’s Green&White is full of the usual features and will be sure to keep you entertained.
The main interview is with Ben Gordon who recently signed for the club.
New loan signing Vitalijs Maksimenko speaks about his time in Latvia and about how he joined Brighton & Hove Albion.
The away interview is with James Chambers add in the usual columns from Gary Johnson, Chris Spittles and Chris Dunlavy and you will keep yourself busy during the half-time interval.
Green&White is on sale at the usual outlets. You can also download your copy onto your iPad or your iPhone. For more information click here

MADDEN VOTED IN TOP TEN

Paddy Madden has bee voted in the top 10 players from League 1 after the Football League Awards in London last Sunday.
The Top 10 players in each division of the npower Football League, as chosen by the respective division’s managers, have been announced following Sunday’s Football League Awards, which saw Matej Vydra (npower Championship), Matt Ritchie (npower League 1) and Tom Pope (npower League 2) crowned The Football League’s Players of the Year. 
In the lead-up to the event, managers from the npower Championship, npower League 1 and npower League 2 were asked to name the best five players in their division (excluding those at their own club). The Football League can now reveal which players have caught their eye this season.
The competitiveness of npower League 1 this season is reflected in eight clubs being represented in the Top 10.  Notts County’s stylish midfielder Alan Judge is in second, ahead of Coventry City’s Leon Clarke.  Luke Murphy of Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists Crewe Alexandra is fourth, while talented young Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire’s continued development sees him make the top five.  It’s been a real breakthrough season for Walsall’s former trainee striker Will Grigg who is named in sixth place, one ahead of the second AFC Bournemouth player on the list, Harry Arter.  Paddy Madden’s spectacular season in front of goal for Yeovil Town sees him take eighth place, with Coventry City’s Carl Baker and Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson completing the Top 10.
The final tables are as follows:
npower League 1:
1 Matt Ritchie         AFC Bournemouth
2 Alan Judge                 Notts County
3 Leon Clarke         Coventry City
4 Luke Murphy         Crewe Alexandra
5 Harry Maguire         Sheffield United
6 Will Grigg                 Walsall
7 Harry Arter         AFC Bournemouth
8 Paddy Madden         Yeovil Town
9 Carl Baker                 Coventry City
10 Clayton Donaldson Brentford

MATTY’S BACK AFTER ALL

Yeovil Town Manager Gary Johnson has unexpectedtly been able to secure the return on loan to the end of the season of  Middlesbrough midfielder Matty Dolan  after his recent injury problems.

Speaking exclusively to www.ytfc.net the manager revealed this afternoon: “Middlesbrough have agreed to let us have Matty back until the end of the season as they felt we didn’t really get the best of the arrangement when Matty was injured.

“It is a really wonderful gesture by Boro and I am more than happy to have Matty back. He is a quality player who will enhance the squad in the run in to the end of the season.”

COMMEMORATIVE DVD AVAILABLE SOON!

To mark the ten year anniversary of Yeovil Town reaching the Football League the club have produced a commemorative DVD.
The four-hour long production, filmed by Stuart Housley, features never seen before footage from the changing rooms, which includes some of manager Gary Johnson’s rants.
There is also interviews with fans, confrontations from the training ground between players, boardroom conversations and all the celebrations from winning the league.
The double DVD will be priced at just £12.50 and will be available from Huish Park on Thursday.

GARY NOMINATED AT LEAGUE AWARDS

On Sunday the Football League held their annual awards in London.
Manager Gary Johnson was nominated for the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement award.
The other nominees were : Malkay Mackay – Cardiff City; Phil Parkinson – Bradford City and Paul Sturrock – Southend United.
Gary was pipped to the award by Bradford City’s Phil Parkinson.

HALF MARATHON A SUCCESS

The 2013 Yeovil Half Marathon took place on Sunday with runners setting off from Huish Park and was again a huge success.
Yeovil Town chief executive Martyn Starnes was on hand to start start the race, which takes runners on a 13.1-mile course around the town.
The men’s race was won by Ben Tickner from Wells City Harriers in a time of 01:08:29.
The women’s race was won by Holly Rush from Team Bath Ac in a time of 01:20:57.
Everyone at Yeovil Town send our congratulations to everyone who took part.
Photos by Len Copland, Western Gazette.

BALANTA JOINS ON LOAN

Yeovil Town have signed Queen’s Park Rangers Striker Angelo Balanta on loan until the end of the season.

Born in Cali, Columbia, 23 year old Balanta grew up in Greenford West London and was spotted by QPR Scouts playing for CB Hounslow in the Combined County Football Division.

He signed his first professional contract with Rangers in January 2008 with his first team debut came against Crystal Palace in December 2007 and his first start was against Watford on 29th. December 2010.

Angelo can play as a striker or left winger and has had loan spells at Wycombe where he made eleven appearances scoring three goals and three separate spells at MK Dons where he has made fifty appearances scoring eleven goals.

Everybody at Yeovil Town wish Angelo a successful spell at the club.

KIDS FOR A QUID!

The Western Gazette has teamed up with the Glovers to offer various activities at The Good Friday match with promotion contenders Walsall.
This game is one of the designated “Kids for a Quid” games, therefore a great opportunity with the Easter celebrations as well, to make the day more interesting to our younger supporters.
You can also claim a 20% discount in the official club store on production of a voucher that can be obtained in your Western Gazette.
The Western Gazette will have their trailer present with goods to give away and completions taking place along with ball skills activities. 
The Jolly Green Giant will be available for photo opportunities. Also included are:
* Face Painting-paint a YTFC Flag on your face!
* Guess The Eggs
* Quick Feet Passing Skills
* Lollies
* 200 Cadbury’s Creme Eggs to give away
* Some YTFC Hats to be given away
* Competition to guess number of eggs
Festivities start from 1.00 pm so come early to enjoy all the fun

VOTE FOR YOUR LEFT MIDFIELDER

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. Week by week, position by position, supporters can vote on the best players to have graced the Glovers shirt since they stormed into the Football League in 2003. 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.
This coming week sees the position of left midfield up for grabs. Present incumbent Sam Foley will be in the running for this prize in a category that might not be as congested as others. Pre-poll favourite was Chris Cohen with Andy Welsh also a contender with the Glovers having used a series of short term solutions in a role that has been difficult to fill at times. Another possible suggestion, Gavin Williams, was considered as a right midfielder in a previous vote.
To vote, simply email your choice of left midfield to book@ytfc.net from Monday, March 25th to midnight on Sunday March 31st alternatively, follow us on Twitter at @YTFCbook and register your votes 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.

LAST MINUTE AGONY

Yeovil Town threw away a two goal lead in the final three minutes to eventually draw 3-3 with Carlisle United at a chilly Brunton Park this afternoon.

Kevin Dawson gave the Glovers a first half lead and although Lee Miller levelled before the break, Paddy Madden and James Hayter seemed to have given the long-travelling fans a great journey home when they made the score 3-1. But suicidal defending near the end allowed Miller in for his second before an unfortunate Luke Ayling own goal evened the score up in the dying seconds.

It is the second time in three games that Town have given away a fantastic position late on and those four points, although not stopping them rising up one place to sixth today, may have a vital bearing on the tight end-of-season table.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that lost 2-0 at home to Swindon Town in midweek. Captain Jamie McAllister racked up his tenth booking of the campaign in that match so missed out through suspension, Sam Foley coming back in and Joe Edwards moving back to defence. Further forward, Gavin Williams dropped to the bench and Dominic Blizzard came in for his first start since the JPT defeat at Leyton Orient in January.

Carlisle started by far the brighter of the two sides and after Yeovil keeper Marek Stech had punched a cross out to Matty Robson, the Czech had to get up smartly to save well from the follow up. Controversy then followed on seven minutes; Dan Burn sent a back pass woefully short and Lee Miller seized on the mistake, taking the ball around Stech but colliding with the keeper. Ref Geoff Eltringham decided in the Glovers’ favour and said no penalty.

It was the home keeper that was next in action as Adam Collin, in for the suspended Mark Gillespie, had to first save from former Carlisle striker Paddy Madden then touch on a cross just enough to put off the onrushing Foley who couldn’t control his effort.

Against the run of play, the Glovers took the lead on 24 minutes with the Irish pair of Madden and Kevin Dawson combining well. Madden set his friend away and Dawson showed the sort of composure his colleague has shown so often by rifling a shot into the roof of the net. Not many present would deny it was against the run of play.

Carlisle were stung by the seeming injustice of the goal and forced a succession of corners and free kicks in dangerous places leaving the visitors rocking at times. James Berrett and Robson both had shots charged down by some desperate defending so it was not a shock when the Cumbrians equalised eight minutes from the break. Following another set piece, Mark Beck crossed and Lee Miller touched home his fourth goal of the season.

At the interval, manager Johnson brought on Ben Gordon at left back in order to move Edwards forward into central midfield, replacing Blizzard in the process.

goal of the season, twenty of which have been in Yeovil colours.stAfter Frank Simek had earned the game’s first yellow card for a cynical challenge on Foley, Yeovil took the lead on 51 minutes. Dawson created the goal, racing down the right and setting up Ed Upson whose shot was parried by keeper Collin into the path of Madden. The Irish striker made no mistake, finishing well for his 21

Again, Carlisle improved after the goal with Stech saving brilliantly from Robson’s free kick, holding on to Sean O’Hanlon’s header and watching Miller shoot wide when it would have been better to have squared to the free Beck. But the Carlisle keeper was also called into action, diving full length to deny Madden another goal from long range.

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott introduced new French signing Mathieu Manset into proceedings and the former Reading star looked dangerous and lively in the Cumbrians attacks, blasting one effort over the bar and making Stech save well from another effort.

goal of the season.thJust as Yeovil were rocking a little, they grabbed a third goal with twelve minutes remaining. Again Madden was the creator and this time, it was his strike partner Hayter who was the beneficiary, running on to the perfectly timed ball to coolly finish for his 13

was to follow when in the final minute of three minutes added on, Manset broke clear of the Yeovil defence and after Stech had dealt with his shot, the ball went in off Luke Ayling to make the score 3-3. Any hope of a quiet, comfortable end to the game were dismissed with ten seconds of the ninety minutes left when Miller was allowed time and space to score his second goal of the game. And worse

Match Report : 23/03/2013

Yeovil Town threw away a two goal lead in the final three minutes to eventually draw 3-3 with Carlisle United at a chilly Brunton Park this afternoon.
Kevin Dawson gave the Glovers a first half lead and although Lee Miller levelled before the break, Paddy Madden and James Hayter seemed to have given the long-travelling fans a great journey home when they made the score 3-1. But suicidal defending near the end allowed Miller in for his second before an unfortunate Luke Ayling own goal evened the score up in the dying seconds.
It is the second time in three games that Town have given away a fantastic position late on and those four points, although not stopping them rising up one place to sixth today, may have a vital bearing on the tight end-of-season table.
Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that lost 2-0 at home to Swindon Town in midweek. Captain Jamie McAllister racked up his tenth booking of the campaign in that match so missed out through suspension, Sam Foley coming back in and Joe Edwards moving back to defence. Further forward, Gavin Williams dropped to the bench and Dominic Blizzard came in for his first start since the JPT defeat at Leyton Orient in January.
Carlisle started by far the brighter of the two sides and after Yeovil keeper Marek Stech had punched a cross out to Matty Robson, the Czech had to get up smartly to save well from the follow up. Controversy then followed on seven minutes; Dan Burn sent a back pass woefully short and Lee Miller seized on the mistake, taking the ball around Stech but colliding with the keeper. Ref Geoff Eltringham decided in the Glovers’ favour and said no penalty.
It was the home keeper that was next in action as Adam Collin, in for the suspended Mark Gillespie, had to first save from former Carlisle striker Paddy Madden then touch on a cross just enough to put off the onrushing Foley who couldn’t control his effort.
Against the run of play, the Glovers took the lead on 24 minutes with the Irish pair of Madden and Kevin Dawson combining well. Madden set his friend away and Dawson showed the sort of composure his colleague has shown so often by rifling a shot into the roof of the net. Not many present would deny it was against the run of play.
Carlisle were stung by the seeming injustice of the goal and forced a succession of corners and free kicks in dangerous places leaving the visitors rocking at times. James Berrett and Robson both had shots charged down by some desperate defending so it was not a shock when the Cumbrians equalised eight minutes from the break. Following another set piece, Mark Beck crossed and Lee Miller touched home his fourth goal of the season.
At the interval, manager Johnson brought on Ben Gordon at left back in order to move Edwards forward into central midfield, replacing Blizzard in the process.
After Frank Simek had earned the game’s first yellow card for a cynical challenge on Foley, Yeovil took the lead on 51 minutes. Dawson created the goal, racing down the right and setting up Ed Upson whose shot was parried by keeper Collin into the path of Madden. The Irish striker made no mistake, finishing well for his 21st goal of the season, twenty of which have been in Yeovil colours.
Again, Carlisle improved after the goal with Stech saving brilliantly from Robson’s free kick, holding on to Sean O’Hanlon’s header and watching Miller shoot wide when it would have been better to have squared to the free Beck. But the Carlisle keeper was also called into action, diving full length to deny Madden another goal from long range.
Carlisle boss Greg Abbott introduced new French signing Mathieu Manset into proceedings and the former Reading star looked dangerous and lively in the Cumbrians attacks, blasting one effort over the bar and making Stech save well from another effort.
Just as Yeovil were rocking a little, they grabbed a third goal with twelve minutes remaining. Again Madden was the creator and this time, it was his strike partner Hayter who was the beneficiary, running on to the perfectly timed ball to coolly finish for his 13th goal of the season.
Any hope of a quiet, comfortable end to the game were dismissed with ten seconds of the ninety minutes left when Miller was allowed time and space to score his second goal of the game. And worse  was to follow when in the final minute of three minutes added on, Manset broke clear of the Yeovil defence and after Stech had dealt with his shot, the ball went in off Luke Ayling to make the score 3-3

FAMILY FUN DAY FOR WALSALL GAME

 

The Western Gazette has teamed up with the Glovers to offer various activities at The Good Friday match with promotion contenders Walsall.

This game is one of the designated “Kids for a Quid” games, therefore a great opportunity with the Easter celebrations as well, to make the day more interesting to our younger supporters.

You can also claim a 20% discount in the official club store on production of a voucher that can be obtained in your Western Gazette.

The Western Gazette will have their trailer present with goods to give away and completions taking place along with ball skills activities. 

The Jolly Green Giant will be available for photo opportunities. Also included are:

* Face Painting-paint a YTFC Flag on your face!

* Guess The Eggs

* Quick Feet Passing Skills

* Lollies

* 200 Cadbury’s Creme Eggs to give away

* Some YTFC Hats to be given away

* Competition to guess number of eggs

 from 1.00 pm so come early to enjoy all the funstartFestivities 

ELVIS TO GUEST

Yeovil Town Football Club are pleased to confirm that Elvis will be a star guest at the forthcoming Tenth Anniversary Celebration at Westland Sports and Social Club on Sunday April 7th.

The legendary King of Rock n Roll has risen from the dead to bring a real touch of nostalgia to the event, which remembers the club’s promotion into the Football League after 108 years of trying.
All of the 2002/2003 squad have been invited and all have indicated they will be attending. It is hoped that we will also be able to borrow the Conference Trophy for the event.
There will be a sporting memorabilia auction, buffet meal and dancing with the King’s Disco Party until late.
Tickets are on sale at the Ticket Office priced at £15 but numbers are limited so don’t miss out as they will be sold on a strictly first come first served basis. 

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Ten years ago on Saturday April 12th. 2003 Gary Johnson and his team clinched promotion to the Football League with a 4-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers. 

To commemorate this achievement the club has organised a couple of events at the club.
On Saturday April 6th. players from that squad will be presented to the crowd at the Yeovil Town match against Shrewsbury Town.
Then on Sunday 7th. April there will be a celebration get together at Westland Sports and Social where a new DVD will be launched called "History in the Making". 
Along with a buffet, entertainment and a sporting memorabilia auction a great night of nostalgia is expected. 
Tickets, priced at £15 each, are available at the club but numbers will be limited so don’t waste time and get your ticket NOW.
So far virtually all the squad have been contacted and are indicating they will be present on both occasions (playing commitments permitting!) 

KEEP YOUR CHILDREN ENTERTAINED!

Would your child/children love to meet the YTFC Squad and have lots of fun? 
Well, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will be holding numerous Soccer Schools during the Easter holidays to keep your children thoroughly entertained. 
Coached by our  FA, CRB and Emergency First Aid qualified coaches, our Soccer Schools are for boys and girls aged from 5 -15 years
Each course includes warm up reaction games, small sided matches, fun tournaments and technique training which consists of passing, dribbling, shooting, attacking, defending and all aspects of goalkeeping. The courses also offer a great way to meet new friends and to have fun in a friendly and safe environment.
Each child receives a Certificate of completion, a medal as well as visits from the first team squad! 
THE VENUES
Courses will be taking place at the following venues: –  
Just £11.25 a day or £7.50 a day for Junior Glovers and Development Centre Participants! 
9/10/11/12 April 2013 – Alvington Training Complex, Yeovil – cost £45.00 
(Junior Glovers/Development Centre Participants discounted to £30)
9/10/11/12 April 2013 – Wyke Primary School, Gillingham- cost £45.00 
(Junior Glovers/Development Centre Participants discounted to £30)
If you book two courses or two children on any one course, you will pay just £75.00, saving £15.00. 
If you book three courses or three children on any one course, you will pay just £110.00, saving £25.00.
Our Soccer Schools are extremely popular, so book now to avoid disappointment! 
To book your child/children on one of the Courses listed above, please download an application form from our brand new website www.ytcst.net or alternatively contact the Community Sports Trust Office on 01935 706671

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V SWINDON TOWN

Yeovil Town slipped to their first defeat in ten home league games as they lost by two goals to nil to Swindon Town tonight.

 

A penalty from former Glovers loanee Adam Rooney and top scorer James Collins gave Kevin MacDonald’s side a big boost as the Robins moved up to third place in the League One table. The home side dropped out of the playoff zone though they have games in hand on the two sides immediately above them in the top six.

 

It was a disappointing end to the run although Swindon, including former Town striker Andy Williams, were good value for their win and had the majority of possession though chances were equal until the goal, a spot kick awarded after home keeper Marek Stech had brought down Gary Roberts in the box. The second goal came as the hosts pushed forward searching for a leveller only to see sub Collins break away and finish past Stech into the corner.

 

Home boss Gary Johnson made just one change to the side that drew two apiece with Crawley last Tuesday, Gavin Williams coming in for Ben Gordon in left midfield. Both of yesterday’s new loan acquisitions, Jordan Cook from Charlton and Brighton’s Vitalijs Maksimenko started on the bench after just a couple of training sessions with the team.

 

Referee Keith Stroud, never afraid to show a card or two, showed nine tonight, the first of which was to Gavin Williams on thirty seconds for a high challenge on Nathan Thompson. Stech then held a shot from Williams on two minutes, gathering his shot down low.

 

Joe Edwards had Yeovil’s first chance but he hooked over the crossbar from Jamie McAllister’s clipped ball in and both Paddy Madden and James Hayter had chances that were blocked or went over. The rest of the half was punctuated by several yellow cards for players from both sides as referee Stroud showed a level of inconsistency, one such incident saw Gavin Williams poleaxed with a knee to the head that went unpunished with a card.

 

Simon Ferry curled a shot well wide as Swindon closed the half ahead on chances but they started in the same vein with Alan McCormack blasting over and also having a goal disallowed for a foul on a Yeovil defender in the build up

 

McAllister and Gavin Williams were off the field by the hour mark, Gordon and Jordan Cook replacing them and as the pressure built, Stech produced a blinding save after Adam Rooney had flicked a shot from Roberts’ cross. Stech then punched out to McCormack who fired well over and he then saved brilliantly from Swindon top scorer and sub James Collins.

 

The reprieve was brief though and Yeovil fell behind with fourteen minutes remaining. Gary Roberts broke into the left channel of the penalty box and went down under a challenge from Marek Stech, referee Stroud pointing to the spot and Adam Rooney smashing the spot kick home.

 

Madden poked a shot at Foderingham on eighty minutes and Hayter then shot wide after a clever one-two just outside the box but after four more cautions, Swindon sealed the three points with a breakaway goal right on the 95th minute. McCormack broke through the middle and fed Collins to his right who finished into the opposite corner for his sixteenth goal of the season.

Match Report : 19/03/2013

Yeovil Town slipped to their first defeat in ten home league games as they lost by two goals to nil to Swindon Town tonight.

 

A penalty from former Glovers loanee Adam Rooney and top scorer James Collins gave Kevin MacDonald’s side a big boost as the Robins moved up to third place in the League One table. The home side dropped out of the playoff zone though they have games in hand on the two sides immediately above them in the top six.

 

It was a disappointing end to the run although Swindon, including former Town striker Andy Williams, were good value for their win and had the majority of possession though chances were equal until the goal, a spot kick awarded after home keeper Marek Stech had brought down Gary Roberts in the box. The second goal came as the hosts pushed forward searching for a leveller only to see sub Collins break away and finish past Stech into the corner.

 

Home boss Gary Johnson made just one change to the side that drew two apiece with Crawley last Tuesday, Gavin Williams coming in for Ben Gordon in left midfield. Both of yesterday’s new loan acquisitions, Jordan Cook from Charlton and Brighton’s Vitalijs Maksimenko started on the bench after just a couple of training sessions with the team.

 

Referee Keith Stroud, never afraid to show a card or two, showed nine tonight, the first of which was to Gavin Williams on thirty seconds for a high challenge on Nathan Thompson. Stech then held a shot from Williams on two minutes, gathering his shot down low.

 

Joe Edwards had Yeovil’s first chance but he hooked over the crossbar from Jamie McAllister’s clipped ball in and both Paddy Madden and James Hayter had chances that were blocked or went over. The rest of the half was punctuated by several yellow cards for players from both sides as referee Stroud showed a level of inconsistency, one such incident saw Gavin Williams poleaxed with a knee to the head that went unpunished with a card.

 

Simon Ferry curled a shot well wide as Swindon closed the half ahead on chances but they started in the same vein with Alan McCormack blasting over and also having a goal disallowed for a foul on a Yeovil defender in the build up

 

McAllister and Gavin Williams were off the field by the hour mark, Gordon and Jordan Cook replacing them and as the pressure built, Stech produced a blinding save after Adam Rooney had flicked a shot from Roberts’ cross. Stech then punched out to McCormack who fired well over and he then saved brilliantly from Swindon top scorer and sub James Collins.

 

The reprieve was brief though and Yeovil fell behind with fourteen minutes remaining. Gary Roberts broke into the left channel of the penalty box and went down under a challenge from Marek Stech, referee Stroud pointing to the spot and Adam Rooney smashing the spot kick home.

 

Madden poked a shot at Foderingham on eighty minutes and Hayter then shot wide after a clever one-two just outside the box but after four more cautions, Swindon sealed the three points with a breakaway goal right on the 95th minute. McCormack broke through the middle and fed Collins to his right who finished into the opposite corner for his sixteenth goal of the season.

PLEASE BE EARLY TONIGHT!

Tonight’s the night then! Yeovil Town entertain not only Swindon Town but also the Sky Sports cameras for what must be the match of the season so far.

Yeovil Town in sixth on 63 points, Swindon Town in fifth also on 63 points. Only goal difference separates the two teams. 
This is going to be a great tussle with the winners going up to third place in the table, only one point behind second place and only three behind leaders Doncaster Rovers.
Yeovil Town fans will all be given a free green and white flag and the manager is hoping the addition of a sea of green flags will act as an added boost to the team.
So, with such a bumper game, a big crowd is expected and supporters are encouraged to arrive early, as with the match live on Sky Sports there will be no opportunity to delay the start of the match.
So come on you Glovers supporters, lets roar Yeovil into third place in the table.  

TWO NEW LOANS

Yeovil Town have once again moved into the loan market by signing two players to boost manager Gary Johnson’s options.

Twenty two year old  Latvian defender Vitalijs Maksimenko has joined on a one month loan deal from Brighton.

The former Skonta Riga player first crossed Gary Johnson’s path as a thirteen year old. 

Gary, who was The former Latvian National manager before his return to English football with Yeovil,  has been informed of his progress by another prominent Latvian player with links to Johnson in the form of Marian Pahars.

Vitalijs started his career at Daugava Riga before progressing to Skonto Riga in 2010 following a short loan move to CSKA Moscow.

His Skonto Riga career saw him make 76 appearances scoring two goals before he went on trial to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Despite interest from several Championship and premiership clubs he opted for Brighton and signed a two and half year contract with the Seagulls.

Johnson has also brought in 22 year old striker Jordan Cook for a one month loan from Charlton Athletic.

Cook started his career at Sunderland in their Youth set up before joining Darlington on loan in 2009.

The loan was cut short when Jordan sustained a cruciate ligament injury. Cook finally made his Sunderland debut against Manchester United on Boxing Day 2010.

Cook had a loan spell at Carlisle in 2012  but was released by Sunderland in May 2012. He joined Charlton at the start of the current season and joins  Yeovil on Monday morning in readiness for the match against Swindon on Tuesday.

Everybody at Yeovil Town wish our two newcomers all the best for their spell at the club.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WALLPAPER

A selection of Yeovil Town themed wallpapers are now available to download for free to your desktop.

To download your chosen wallpaper just click the link below the image.
Paddy Madden Wallpaper iPhone version click here
Keep Calm iPhone version click here
Huish Park iPhone version click here
Wembley Wallpaper

VOTE FOR MIDFIELD PAIR

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. Week by week, position by position, supporters can vote on the best players to have graced the Glovers shirt since they stormed into the Football League in 2003. 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.
This coming week will be one of the most eagerly awaited voting periods with fans urged to choose their best TWO central midfielders. Sure to be in the mix will be the pairing of Lee Johnson and Darren Way along with Shaun MacDonald and current star Ed Upson. Others such as Jean-Paul Kalala and Paul Terry will have votes too as fans choose their best centre midfielders based on their Football League performances only.
 
To vote, simply email your choice of right midfield to book@ytfc.net from Monday, March 18th to midnight on Sunday March 24th alternatively, follow us on Twitter at @YTFCbook and register your votes 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.

LADIES LOSE AT LEEDS

Yeovil Town Ladies crashed out of the FA Women’s Cup at the hands of Leeds United at Farsley’s Throstle Nest ground in Yorkshire.
In a reverse fixture of the League Cup tie at Huish Park, the Glovers were on the wrong side of a 4-0 score line which probably flattered the home side.
Goals from Hayley Sharp, Emma Lipman and a brace from Carey Huegett separated the sides in a game which saw Yeovil match their hosts for large parts of the game.
The home side started the game much the better side, Yeovil’s inability to get into the game was soon punished; only six minutes were on the clock when a Leeds free kick was deflected in by Huegett who beat the on rushing Beth Howard in the Yeovil goal to the ball.
1-0   soon became 2-0, another free kick this time from the right wasn’t dealt with and United right back Emma Lipman managed to turn and shoot to double the advantage.
With a quarter of the game gone, Yeovil were getting into the game Laura Bray and Justine Lorton were combining well and the first chance of the game fell to Jade Radburn who saw her looping header kept out by the Leeds keeper.
A good spell of possession from the Glovers saw the confidence rise, Rosie Williams saw a 40-yard thunderbolt blocked and Lorton had a chance cleared away for a corner within a few minutes of another.
Leeds, however remained a danger on the break, Danielle Sheen on the right wing was causing problems, on a number of occasions she created chances through her pace and trickery.
Before the half time interval, Yeovil would have wanted a goal to start the comeback, it wasn’t to be as Katie Cook spurned a glorious chance from 10 yards out, if she hadn’t have been stretching she may have been able to keep the ball down.
Half Time: Leeds 2 – 0 Yeovil.
The Glovers started the second period as they had ended the first, pressure from Bray and Lorton again the main catalyst, with Cook getting in on the act too.
Bray’s 49th minute shot was just not powerful enough to trouble Jules Draycott in goal while Cook was keeping the Leeds right flank quiet and creating opportunities herself.
With just over an hour gone, Yeovil had their best chance of the game, more good work from Radburn and Cook saw a ball drop kindly for Bray who decided against a first time shot in favour of controlling the ball but the chance was soon blocked away by the Leeds ‘keeper.
It was all Yeovil still and a goal could have sparked a comeback, but against the run of play Leeds extended the lead.
The home side were awarded a penalty on 68 minutes and the impressive Huegett made no mistake from the resulting spot kick.
The third goal had knocked the wind out of Yeovil and a fourth goal wasn’t far behind. Hayley Sharp was quickest to react to a loose ball 15 yards out and thrashed it home.
With the result all but confirmed, Yeovil regained the momentum of play shortly after. Grace Rapp came on for Lorton who had done much of the hard work running the front line.
Rapp fitted into the front line with ease and helped to set up Cook for a tame effort and Laura Bray for a chance that she’ll be disappointed not to convert.
The ball fell nicely to the striker from no more than a yard out, whilst the angle may have been against her, the ball flew wide when it looked easier to score.
As time ticked away, the Yeovil players continued to dig in and create chances, Bray saw two crosses fall to opposition players and Williams tried another long range effort which came to nothing.
Leeds could have made it five in stoppage time, but when a 4-0 score line looked harsh on the visitors, five would have been totally unfair.
The full time whistle went with the home side progressing to the quarter finals of the FA Cup, whilst Yeovil will wonder how the margin of defeat was quite so wide.
Joint Manager Nigel Williams tweeted of his pride at the Yeovil Town squad for their performance on the day and in the competition on the whole.
Full Time: Leeds 4 – 0 Yeovil Town.
Team
Beth Howard
Emma Brazell – Rachel Edwards – Rosie Williams – Mich Keehan
Stacey Pearson – Jade Radburn – Kirsty Whitton – Katie Cook
Justine Lorton (Grace Rapp) – Laura Bray
Yeovil Town player of the day – Katie Cook.
Attendance 125

Match Report : 16/03/2013

Yeovil Town slipped to their first defeat in ten home league games as they lost by two goals to nil to Swindon Town tonight.

 

A penalty from former Glovers loanee Adam Rooney and top scorer James Collins gave Kevin MacDonald’s side a big boost as the Robins moved up to third place in the League One table. The home side dropped out of the playoff zone though they have games in hand on the two sides immediately above them in the top six.

 

It was a disappointing end to the run although Swindon, including former Town striker Andy Williams, were good value for their win and had the majority of possession though chances were equal until the goal, a spot kick awarded after home keeper Marek Stech had brought down Gary Roberts in the box. The second goal came as the hosts pushed forward searching for a leveller only to see sub Collins break away and finish past Stech into the corner.

 

Home boss Gary Johnson made just one change to the side that drew two apiece with Crawley last Tuesday, Gavin Williams coming in for Ben Gordon in left midfield. Both of yesterday’s new loan acquisitions, Jordan Cook from Charlton and Brighton’s Vitalijs Maksimenko started on the bench after just a couple of training sessions with the team.

 

Referee Keith Stroud, never afraid to show a card or two, showed nine tonight, the first of which was to Gavin Williams on thirty seconds for a high challenge on Nathan Thompson. Stech then held a shot from Williams on two minutes, gathering his shot down low.

 

Joe Edwards had Yeovil’s first chance but he hooked over the crossbar from Jamie McAllister’s clipped ball in and both Paddy Madden and James Hayter had chances that were blocked or went over. The rest of the half was punctuated by several yellow cards for players from both sides as referee Stroud showed a level of inconsistency, one such incident saw Gavin Williams poleaxed with a knee to the head that went unpunished with a card.

 

Simon Ferry curled a shot well wide as Swindon closed the half ahead on chances but they started in the same vein with Alan McCormack blasting over and also having a goal disallowed for a foul on a Yeovil defender in the build up

 

McAllister and Gavin Williams were off the field by the hour mark, Gordon and Jordan Cook replacing them and as the pressure built, Stech produced a blinding save after Adam Rooney had flicked a shot from Roberts’ cross. Stech then punched out to McCormack who fired well over and he then saved brilliantly from Swindon top scorer and sub James Collins.

 

The reprieve was brief though and Yeovil fell behind with fourteen minutes remaining. Gary Roberts broke into the left channel of the penalty box and went down under a challenge from Marek Stech, referee Stroud pointing to the spot and Adam Rooney smashing the spot kick home.

 

Madden poked a shot at Foderingham on eighty minutes and Hayter then shot wide after a clever one-two just outside the box but after four more cautions, Swindon sealed the three points with a breakaway goal right on the 95th minute. McCormack broke through the middle and fed Collins to his right who finished into the opposite corner for his sixteenth goal of the season.

NEVER MIND THE TELEVISION

Supporters attending Tuesday night’s big game against Swindon Town are urged to buy tickets early to avoid queues on the night.
With the game being shown on SKY Sports the club are still expecting a large crowd.
To order your tickets and avoid the queues call 01935 847888 or click here.

LISTEN TO GAMES ON YOUR MOBILE!

Supporters can now listen to live match commentary via their iPhone and Android.
This means that fans no longer have to purchase an additional subscription to access video interviews via their mobiles.
A Glovers Player subscription now works on all computer/laptop, iPhone and Android mobiles.
By downloading the Football League App for iPhone or Android, supporters can use their Glovers Player log-in to access commentary, extended highlights and video interviews.
Glovers Player is FREE for 14 days right now!
– Claim the 14 day free trial here.
– Download the Football League Official Clubs’ app on your iPhone or Android.
– Open the app and log in to ‘Player’ using your Glovers Player log-in details.

AWAY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Carlisle United 
Saturday 23rd March 
Reserved seated tickets
Adults                           £19
Seniors (65+)                £16
Young person (18 – 22) £13
Junior (11 – 17)             £10
Child (10 and under)      £7
Child (6 and under)        £FOC
There are discounts for combination tickets i.e. adult and juniors
 
Notts County Monday 1st April
Reserved seating in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand
Adults                           £24
Concessions                 £15 – young adult 16-21, over 60, unemployed with a valid ID
Under 16                       £6
Under 12                       £1
 
Oldham Athletic  
Tuesday 16th April
As this is a re-arranged game any previous tickets purchased will be valid for this date.
Unreserved seats in the Rochelle Road Stand
Adults                           £20.00
Over 65                         £10.00
Junior under 16             £5
 
Bury Saturday 27th April 
Seated tickets for the West Stand
Adults                            £17.00
OAPs (over 65)              £10.00
Junior U16                    £10.00
Young Person 16 -21     £13.00
Unemployed                 £10.00 Need to show proof

BUY YOUR SWINDON TICKETS EARLY!

Demand for tickets for the “Big ONE” against Swindon next Tuesday continues to grow.

Following our message yesterday encouraging supporters to buy their tickets early there was a good take –up yesterday.

But the message remains the same. With a big crowd expected on Tuesday the club are very keen to avoid queues at the ticket office.

So please wherever possible purchase your tickets for the Swindon match ahead of the game.

With the match being shown live on Sky there will be no opportunity to hold up the kick off if queues do form.

FLAGS,FLAGS & MORE FLAGS

Gary Johnson has got together with the Green & White Supporters Club to leave nobody in any doubt what the club colours are!

The Green and Whites have funded the purchase of over 3000 Green and White flags for supporters to create a really colourful atmosphere when the Sky cameras turn up at Huish Park for the “Big One” against Swindon Town.

The manager spoke today of his anticipation of the match: “It’s going to be a great evening and I am really grateful to the Green and Whites for funding this flag idea.

“If we create a carnival atmosphere for Sky then maybe they will come again and cover other matches. Television is a visual medium and I hope they will like our efforts to add to the atmosphere.

“So I hope all our supporters will pick up a flag and wave it as much as possible to help create a green tide of support.

“All these little things will help the lads in what promises to be a huge game which we must go all out to win.”

So a message to all our supporters: make sure you get hold of your flag from either the turnstile or a distributor at all entry points.

 

YEOVIL ANNOUNCE TRADING PROFIT

Yeovil Town FC have announced an operating profit of £53,379 for the financial year ended 30 June 2012 on turnover that was up 5% at £3.1m. 

CEO Martyn Starnes said “This is the 3rd year in succession that we have been able to produce a small surplus whilst maintaining our status in League 1. 

This has been achieved in extremely challenging economic conditions and great credit must be attributed to everyone that has contributed to this performance.”

NOW FOR THE BIG ONE!

So now we are looking to the “BIG ONE”!!

Yeovil Town’s next match at Huish Park is turning into the biggest game at the ground for many months.

Sky Tv have recognised by sending their cameras down to cover the game live but you can’t beat the atmosphere of a big evening kick off at the home of The Glovers.

With both teams in the top six there is everything to play for and with both teams having a slight blip yesterday the match promises to be a cracker.

Perhaps the only thing missing will be Paulo Di Canio’s cabaret on the touch line!!

A bumper Huish Park crowd is expected and the club are anxious to cut out any undue queuing at the ticket points.

Supporters are therefore encouraged to get their tickets early and take advantage of the pre-match discount of £2 a ticket.

So don’t delay, act now and make sure you are a part of what promises to be a huge night at Huish Park.

DOWNLOAD THE FIXTURE POSTER

The latest fixture poster is now available for fans to download. It features Paddy Madden and advertises the next home game versus Swindon Town.
Please help us to advertise the game at Huish Park by downloading the poster, and sending it on to family and friends, and put up on work noticeboards. If you own your own business, help us by putting one up in your window to spread the word further.
Thank you for helping us #packthepark.
You can download the A4 poster here.

GAFFER AND PADDY NOMINATED

Yeovil Town Manager Gary Johnson is one of the nominees for February’s N Power Manager of the month awards.

The Gaffer is joined by John Hughes from Hartlepool United and Dean Smith whose Walsall side have also been in good form.

The winner will be announced on Friday morning.

Also announced this morning are the nominations for N Power February Player of the month and once again our goal machine Paddy Madden has been nominated.

Having won the trophy last month the Irishman will be hoping for a double.

Ranged up against him are Fabian Brandy from Walsall and Peter Hartley from Hartlepool United.

The winner will be announced on Friday morning.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V CRAWLEY TOWN

Yeovil Town let slip a two goal lead as they drew 2-2 with Crawley Town in a thriller at a chilly Huish Park tonight.

 

Byron Webster gave the Glovers a dream start with a header on three minutes and top scorer Paddy Madden doubled the lead on 17 minutes. But in the proverbial game of two halves, Crawley fought back with two quick second half goals through Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow and either side could have snatched a winner as the woodwork was struck five times.

 

In the end, it will represent two points dropped for Gary Johnson’s men as the run of seven successive home league wins comes to an end. The result sees Yeovil drop to sixth place in the table after other results tonight.

 

The manager made one change to the team that gained a point at Hartlepool on Saturday. Sam Foley failed to recover from his rib injury so new signing Ben Gordon came straight into the starting eleven. And the former Chelsea youngster was straight into the action after just three minutes as his chipped ball into the box from Ed Upson’s cleared corner found Byron Webster diving to head home for his fifth goal of the season.

 

The game began in a frantic manner with both sides going for the jugular early on. Jamie Proctor made home keeper Marek Stech scramble back to watch his shot go wide and Dan Burn then cleared a header off the line after Stech had tipped a cross shot away as Crawley searched for an equaliser.

 

Upson headed wide from Jamie McAllister’s cross but the Glovers weren’t to be denied and went two up on seventeen minutes. Luke Ayling played a ball in from the right wing and who else but Paddy Madden coolly slotted home his 20th goal of the season into the corner of the net.

 

Billy Clarke shot wide and Paul Hayes, signed on loan from Brentford this week, chipped wide of Stech’s goal before manager Johnson was forced to replace captain McAllister with Nathan Ralph shortly after.

 

Clarke, Crawley’s top scorer, then curled a free kick onto the crossbar and Hayes then came up with the miss of the season as he volleyed over the bar from a yard out, a narrow squeak for the home side. Yeovil went just as close on forty minutes when after Webster and Burn had done their best to unsight goalkeeper Paul Jones, Upson curled a free kick against the outside of the post.

 

Stech then had to produce a brilliant diving save to thwart Hayes right on half time before Burn had his header at the other end easily saved by Jones in the Crawley goal.

 

The second half couldn’t have started any worse for the Glovers as within a minute, they found their lead halved. Matt Sparrow’s free kick was met by Hayes who flicked on for Joe Walsh to head home at the far post. Yeovil then wobbled for a good fifteen minutes as Crawley pushed and pushed for the leveller. Stech saved well from Mat Sadler’s shot, Webster cleared a Hayes effort off the line and Clarke shot over on the angle of the penalty area.

So I was no real surprise that Crawley eventually levelled just after the hour mark. James Hayter had just headed against the Crawley pos but as the visitors counter attacked, Matt Sparrow hit a rasping shot that hit the net with power.

 

Dominic Blizzard came on for Gordon on 66 minutes as Johnson reshuffled his cards and the midfielder’s cross into the box five minutes later appeared to be handled by a Crawley defender and away for a corner. Joe Edwards saw his volley saved by Jones and after Gavin Williams came on for Hayter, Yeovil went even closer to grabbing a late winner when Edwards’ volley hit the post.

 

Stech then produced the save of the match as he clawed a Crawley header from on the goal line and sub Mike Jones then hit a drive against the foot of Stech’s post with two minutes of normal time remaining.

 

Four minutes of stoppage time saw Yeovil come closest with both Williams and Madden shooting at goal but the crowd of 3,338 were left feeling deflated after what at half time had looked like almost certain victory ended in a disappointing draw.

Match Report : 12/03/2013

Yeovil Town let slip a two goal lead as they drew 2-2 with Crawley Town in a thriller at a chilly Huish Park tonight.

 

Byron Webster gave the Glovers a dream start with a header on three minutes and top scorer Paddy Madden doubled the lead on 17 minutes. But in the proverbial game of two halves, Crawley fought back with two quick second half goals through Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow and either side could have snatched a winner as the woodwork was struck five times.

 

In the end, it will represent two points dropped for Gary Johnson’s men as the run of seven successive home league wins comes to an end. The result sees Yeovil drop to sixth place in the table after other results tonight.

 

The manager made one change to the team that gained a point at Hartlepool on Saturday. Sam Foley failed to recover from his rib injury so new signing Ben Gordon came straight into the starting eleven. And the former Chelsea youngster was straight into the action after just three minutes as his chipped ball into the box from Ed Upson’s cleared corner found Byron Webster diving to head home for his fifth goal of the season.

 

The game began in a frantic manner with both sides going for the jugular early on. Jamie Proctor made home keeper Marek Stech scramble back to watch his shot go wide and Dan Burn then cleared a header off the line after Stech had tipped a cross shot away as Crawley searched for an equaliser.

 

Upson headed wide from Jamie McAllister’s cross but the Glovers weren’t to be denied and went two up on seventeen minutes. Luke Ayling played a ball in from the right wing and who else but Paddy Madden coolly slotted home his 20th goal of the season into the corner of the net.

 

Billy Clarke shot wide and Paul Hayes, signed on loan from Brentford this week, chipped wide of Stech’s goal before manager Johnson was forced to replace captain McAllister with Nathan Ralph shortly after.

 

Clarke, Crawley’s top scorer, then curled a free kick onto the crossbar and Hayes then came up with the miss of the season as he volleyed over the bar from a yard out, a narrow squeak for the home side. Yeovil went just as close on forty minutes when after Webster and Burn had done their best to unsight goalkeeper Paul Jones, Upson curled a free kick against the outside of the post.

 

Stech then had to produce a brilliant diving save to thwart Hayes right on half time before Burn had his header at the other end easily saved by Jones in the Crawley goal.

 

The second half couldn’t have started any worse for the Glovers as within a minute, they found their lead halved. Matt Sparrow’s free kick was met by Hayes who flicked on for Joe Walsh to head home at the far post. Yeovil then wobbled for a good fifteen minutes as Crawley pushed and pushed for the leveller. Stech saved well from Mat Sadler’s shot, Webster cleared a Hayes effort off the line and Clarke shot over on the angle of the penalty area.

So I was no real surprise that Crawley eventually levelled just after the hour mark. James Hayter had just headed against the Crawley pos but as the visitors counter attacked, Matt Sparrow hit a rasping shot that hit the net with power.

 

Dominic Blizzard came on for Gordon on 66 minutes as Johnson reshuffled his cards and the midfielder’s cross into the box five minutes later appeared to be handled by a Crawley defender and away for a corner. Joe Edwards saw his volley saved by Jones and after Gavin Williams came on for Hayter, Yeovil went even closer to grabbing a late winner when Edwards’ volley hit the post.

 

Stech then produced the save of the match as he clawed a Crawley header from on the goal line and sub Mike Jones then hit a drive against the foot of Stech’s post with two minutes of normal time remaining.

 

Four minutes of stoppage time saw Yeovil come closest with both Williams and Madden shooting at goal but the crowd of 3,338 were left feeling deflated after what at half time had looked like almost certain victory ended in a disappointing draw.

DON’T FORGET!!

Don’t forget that Yeovil Town’s next match against Swindon Town has been switched to Tuesday evening, kick off at 19.45.

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports.

THANKS FROM PROSTATE CANCER

The letter below has been received by the club from the Football league Charity Team

 

Hi Jean

 

Thank you so much for helping us raise money at your game against Tranmere on March 2nd, it was a great opportunity to boost the profile of the charity and reach your fans to help us fight prostate cancer together.

 

I just wanted to update you on how much you raised on the day. We will send you official confirmation over the next few days, once everything has been banked so the numbers below are TBC.

.The London to Amsterdam cycle rideI also want to give you the opportunity to help us build on the momentum we have with your club and your fans by asking you to help us with our big fundraising event of the season –

 

But first…the numbers!

We raised £682 on the day!

 

As mentioned in previous communication, Royal Mail have generously offered to double any money raised by Royal Mail staff, their friends and family.

 to support men with prostate cancer! That’s a brilliant total. If you do want to mention this on your website and to your fans, please do include Royal Mail’s generous help in bucket shaking.£1364Royal Mail staff, friends and family raised all £682, which when doubled comes to a grand total of

We could not have done this without your support, co-ordination on the day and ultimately the generosity and passion of your fans. A real tribute to your supporters!

 

-16th. There’s a range of ways you can help. You canthThis is why we want to keep Prostate Cancer UK in yours and your fans thoughts, with our London to Amsterdam cycle ride on June 14

         –You can sign up here
Take part in the ride yourself! If you fancy a challenge for the summer and put in a team from the office we’d love to have you on board.

         -Encourage other people at the club to take part – from players, managers, ground staff to mascots we really want people from your club to be represented at this event and show your dedication to the cause by taking on this great challenge.

         -Promoting it to your fans – we’ve got adverts, editorial, booklets, posters whatever you need to encourage your fans to take part in support of both Yeovil and Prostate Cancer UK.

 

Any help you could give would be hugely appreciated. We’ve loved working with you, so it’d be great to carry on working together closely on our biggest event of the season.

Thank you once again for supporting Prostate Cancer UK and helping us to raise money to support men with prostate cancer.If there’s anything else we can help with please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind Regards,

 

Nick

 

Nick Wright

The Football League Official Charity of the Year Partnership Team

T: 020 8222 7185

PADDY’S NEW AWARD

Paddy Madden is amongst the “Gongs” again!

Yeovil Town’s Irish striker has been awarded with the Match Magazine League One player of the month for February.

During the month Paddy scored five goals as The Glovers went on another winning run until they slipped up at Colchester United.

BEN GORDON SIGNS UP

 

Yeovil Town have signed Ben Gordon on a month contract that will be reviewed on it’s completion with a view to an extension.

Gordon, a free agent, joined up with The Glovers today after being released by Chelsea in January 2013.

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Gordon came through Leeds United’s academy, and was signed by Chelsea from Leeds in 2007 for compensation. After signing for Chelsea he graduated up the youth system and into the reserve team.

He made his Football League debut on 27 March 2010 while on loan at Tranmere Rovers during a 3–0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion

In the summer of 2010, he signed for Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock on loan .

A loan move to Scunthorpe United until the end of the Football League Championship season was agreed in January 2011, but the move was not completed until 7 February, after Gordon had fully recovered from a hamstring injury sustained while with Kilmarnock.

He joined Peterborough United for the first half of the 2011–12 season, but was recalled to Chelsea in late September because he failed to break into the first team.

In 2012 he rejoined Kilmarnock on loan and was part of the side that beat Celtic to win the Scottish League Cup alongside Lee Johnson.

Ben had a short loan spell at Birmingham before his release by Chelsea.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE

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. Week by week, position by position, supporters can vote on the best players to have graced the Glovers shirt since they stormed into the Football League in 2003. 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.
Four weeks have gone by now and more than 550 votes have been cast for the first five positions in the best Football League XI and this week, starting on Monday March 11th, it’s the turn of the right midfielder. There are several top contenders for the coveted spot, not least Gavin Williams, still a part of the first team squad a decade later! He will be joined in the shortlist of “possible” by a couple of cult heroes in Nick Crittenden and Latvian international Andrejs Stolcers. There are also sure to be plenty of support for Andy Lindegaard, Arron Davies and Paul Warne who all featured in right midfield at times during their Glovers spells.
To vote, simply email your choice of right midfield to book@ytfc.net from Monday, March 11th to midnight on Sunday March 17th 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.

HUISH PARK PITCH COVERED

The Huish Park pitch has been covered after a plea of help for volunteers from Chief Executive Martyn Starnes to cover the pitch to protect it from predicted freezing conditions leading up to the game against Crawley on Tuesday night.


The club are very grateful for all the tremendous efforts of the team, which included one of our younger fans, Oliver Burrell, who worked through rain and windy conditions  to get the pitch covered.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance by calling the Ticket Office on 01935 847888, by visiting Huish Park or using the online ticket shop

NO THRILLS,NO GOALS BUT A POINT

Yeovil Town made the long trip to the north east of England and returned with a point after a goalless draw with Hartlepool United at Victoria Park this afternoon.
The Glovers suffered a shaky start but grew into the game and nineteen goal striker Paddy Madden hit the bar in the first half but a game that rarely sparked into life will leave both sides frustrated at different ends of the table with a draw not the perfect end to the weekend.
The point sees Yeovil drop to fifth but with Swindon and Sheffield United also both drawing, it could have been worse but will add extra significance to the Glovers’ next two games at home against Crawley Town and Swindon Town. Victories in those two fixtures could see the Glovers in the mix for the top two with other playoff sides also facing each other.
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson named an unchanged side as he prepared to take on a Hartlepool side buoyed by a cracking return of form that had seen them take eighteen points from their last nine league games. But the Glovers could point to nine wins from eleven games in 2013 as they steamed towards the League One promotion zone.
The first half was a forgettable affair with precious little in the way of absolute clear cut chances. The home fans thought they were due a penalty when a shot cannoned off the arm of Dan Burn but ref David Webb said “No penalty” and straight after, James Poole shot just wide.
Sam Foley took a knock on eleven minutes and was replaced after an aborted attempt to carry on by Gavin Williams. Both Joe Edwards and top scorer Paddy Madden had shots blocked and Poole went close again with a shot that Marek Stech saved comfortably. The keeper then had to be sharp to block Neil Austin’s attempt from an Evan Horwood ball in.
The game brightened up a bit after the half hour mark and Yeovil went the closest in the first period to a goal when Madden turned and lashed a shot against the underside off the crossbar and away with Williams shooting straight at former Town loanee keeper Scott Flinders moments later. James Hayter then set up Madden but he shot over and veteran left sided player Richie Humphreys hit a scorcher of a shot a foot wide from long range as the half closed.
The second half offered hope that it might prove better but any improvement was really marginal. Madden went close with a near post header and after home boss John Hughes made a double change on 65 minutes, Williams had a real opportunity to open the scoring but headed at Flinders when well placed.
Kevin Dawson and Hayter were replaced by Lewis Young and debutant Wes Fletcher, on loan from Burnley, in the second half of the second period. But it was a replacement for the ‘Pools that went closest to rescuing a win when Anthony Sweeney was denied late on by Stech who pushed his shot wide for a corner.
In stoppage time, Young broke down the right and fired a shot that Flinders pushed to Madden but the ex-Carlisle front man screwed his shot wide and the home keeper also gathered efforts from Ed Upson and Young as the Glovers pushed for the winner.

JOHNSON CONFIRMS GORDON TO SIGN

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed former Chelsea left back is set to join the club on Monday.

 

The former Chelsea player has had several loan spells including spells at Birmingham, Peterborough, Tranmere Rovers, Scunthorpe and Kilmarnock where it is probable that the manager’s son Lee would have been able to advise his father on the players credentials.

 

Johnson also confirmed Jamacan Under 20 International Omar Holness is on trial at the club and impressed during a midweek friendly match against Hereford.

Match Report : 09/03/2013

Yeovil Town made the long trip to the north east of England and returned with a point after a goalless draw with Hartlepool United at Victoria Park this afternoon.
The Glovers suffered a shaky start but grew into the game and nineteen goal striker Paddy Madden hit the bar in the first half but a game that rarely sparked into life will leave both sides frustrated at different ends of the table with a draw not the perfect end to the weekend.
The point sees Yeovil drop to fifth but with Swindon and Sheffield United also both drawing, it could have been worse but will add extra significance to the Glovers’ next two games at home against Crawley Town and Swindon Town. Victories in those two fixtures could see the Glovers in the mix for the top two with other playoff sides also facing each other.
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson named an unchanged side as he prepared to take on a Hartlepool side buoyed by a cracking return of form that had seen them take eighteen points from their last nine league games. But the Glovers could point to nine wins from eleven games in 2013 as they steamed towards the League One promotion zone.
The first half was a forgettable affair with precious little in the way of absolute clear cut chances. The home fans thought they were due a penalty when a shot cannoned off the arm of Dan Burn but ref David Webb said “No penalty” and straight after, James Poole shot just wide.
Sam Foley took a knock on eleven minutes and was replaced after an aborted attempt to carry on by Gavin Williams. Both Joe Edwards and top scorer Paddy Madden had shots blocked and Poole went close again with a shot that Marek Stech saved comfortably. The keeper then had to be sharp to block Neil Austin’s attempt from an Evan Horwood ball in.
The game brightened up a bit after the half hour mark and Yeovil went the closest in the first period to a goal when Madden turned and lashed a shot against the underside off the crossbar and away with Williams shooting straight at former Town loanee keeper Scott Flinders moments later. James Hayter then set up Madden but he shot over and veteran left sided player Richie Humphreys hit a scorcher of a shot a foot wide from long range as the half closed.
The second half offered hope that it might prove better but any improvement was really marginal. Madden went close with a near post header and after home boss John Hughes made a double change on 65 minutes, Williams had a real opportunity to open the scoring but headed at Flinders when well placed.
Kevin Dawson and Hayter were replaced by Lewis Young and debutant Wes Fletcher, on loan from Burnley, in the second half of the second period. But it was a replacement for the ‘Pools that went closest to rescuing a win when Anthony Sweeney was denied late on by Stech who pushed his shot wide for a corner.
In stoppage time, Young broke down the right and fired a shot that Flinders pushed to Madden but the ex-Carlisle front man screwed his shot wide and the home keeper also gathered efforts from Ed Upson and Young as the Glovers pushed for the winner.

BULLS HIT FOR THREE BY GLOVERS

A Yeovil Town team beat a Hereford United side 3-0 this afternoon.
Goals came from Burnley loanee Wes Fletcher who converted a penalty. Lewis Young also scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 before Gavin Williams completed the scoring.
Yeovil Town starting team: Stewart; Brundle, Hinds, Blizzard, Ralph; Jheeta, Williams, Agbo, Cheyney; Young, Fletcher.

LADIES HIT TEN

Yeovil Town Ladies turned on the style to catapult themselves into the final of the Somerset FA Women’s Senior Cup on Sunday, having beaten Brislington Ladies by a fantastic 10-1 scoreline.
This is the third season in a row the Glovers have been in the final of this competition, and under the impressive joint management of Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler they will be looking to make it a hat trick of wins when they meet Keynsham Town Ladies in that final match of the competition later in the season. 
“We are really pleased for the girls and cannot wait to defend our trophy,” Sarah Lawler said after the game. “It was a good victory over Brislington, and we are now looking to win the completion for the third season in a row. It would be fantastic for our club to do this, and would help to make an already exciting season reach a superb climax.” 
"We wanted the team to make a quick start in this one,” Nigel Williams said. “We were the Premier League team, but we knew that Brislington have some quick and talented players who would want to get in close and hassle our players, so we had to be on our toes. It was a cup game, and we all know and have seen what lower league teams can do in these competitions, so knew that we had to keep professional and avoid an upset.” 
The Glovers came out and took control of the game from the start, with some great combination play down the left from Justine Lorton and Katie Cook. It was not long before the Glovers broke through this route, and Cooke pounced through the defence on ten minutes, slotting the ball home. 
Brislington came straight back at Yeovil, and on 12 minutes some defensive errors saw a back pass not reach the goalkeeper. Brislington’s speed up front told, and a race to the ball between striker and ‘keeper ended up with the striker bringing the score level to 1-1. 
This was the tonic Yeovil needed, as they came back with force. Both Williams and Lawler had agreed that Yeovil had not been playing as they should have been, but the goal woke them up, and they went on to take the match in impressive style. On 14 minutes Jade Radburn, forever Yeovil’s work horse in midfield, carried the ball and some lovely footwork saw her finish from close range to put her side 2-1 up. 
"From then on we wanted the girls to keep possession and build the play," Williams said. “It is so easy to lose your discipline and formation and get pulled apart by the opposition, but we did not do this and created some good chances."
On 35 minutes Yeovil played some great passing football, seeing a good delivery for Stacey Pearson to continue her recent impressive scoring form to make it 3-1. The pressure on the Young Brislington team was relentless, and they lost the ball to pressure from the midfield of Jade Radburn and Kirsty Whitton on 40 minutes. The ball was played through to Kate Cook who, with a change of pace beat the right back producing a quality finish. 
“We are always looking to develop our young players,” Lawler said. “So it was good to see young Grace Rapp grab two good goals either side of half time. She is an excellent player and has a great long term future with Yeovil Town Ladies. You could see her quality today in her movement and holding of the ball. We will ensure that we continue to work with Grace, and she is one to keep an eye on this and in coming seasons.” 
A couple of substitutions and a formation change saw Yeovil extend their lead, with Jodi Cornwall pouncing on a dropped ball from the opposition ‘keeper to make it 7-1, having only been on the field of play for a minute. 
Unusually Yeovil had Laura Bray on the bench for this match, but as Nigel Williams pointed out she had nothing to prove in respect of what she can do. 
"We rested her today,” he said. “With some really important games coming up we gave her a chance to relax and enjoy the day. We run a squad system here, and all players have a job to do. It is great to have strength in depth, and we put pressure on Laws (Bray) week in week out to perform at the highest level for us. Knowing her as we do, she was probably not happy with that as she always wants to play, but we have a responsibility to all players, and we select what wins a game, working to ensure players remain fit to do the job in hand. Laws showed us what she can do by coming on as a 56th minute substitute to score a hat-trick. Need I say more.”
Williams added; "Today was an okay performance. The score was irrelevant to the way we played, and as always Sarah and I expect better from our team. At half time we had a discussion, putting our points across and we played better possession football in the second half. Credit goes to Brislington Ladies. They are a great club and have players that will take them to great things in the future. Thank you for the brilliant welcome and hospitality.” 
Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Keehan (Grogan – 57), Edwards, Rosie, Brazell, Pearson, Radburn, Whitton (Cornwall – 56), Cook, Lorton, Rapp (Bray – 57) 
Goals: 1-0 (Cook– 10), 1-1 (12), 2-1 (Radburn – 14), 2-1 (Pearson – 35), 4-1 (Cook – 40), 5-1 (Rapp – 44), 6-1 (Rapp – 48), 7-1 (Cornwall – 57), 8-1 (Bray – 65), 9-1 (Bray – 72), 10-1 (Bray – 84)
Referee: Ian Parsons (Somerset)
Next Match: Away at Leeds United (To be played at Farsley Celtic FC ). FA Women’s Cup, Fifth Round. 10 March 2013, 2.00pm kick off.
Report by Nigel Williams (And Ali King)

JOIN US FOR GOLF DAY

The Glovers in association with Thatchers Gold will be holding their annual Golf Day on Monday 22nd April 2013 at Sherborne Golf Club.
Sherborne Golf Club is proof that a course does not have to measure in excess of 6500 yards in order to leave you breathless, it is a test for even the very best of golfers. The stunning setting alone is enough to leave you needing to catch your breath with views over the Blackmore Vale to the south and Glastonbury Tor and beyond to the north.
As always, a full day’s programme of entertainment will be on offer, commencing with coffee and a bacon butty in the clubhouse.  
Teams will then be invited to play 18-holes and on completion all players can return to the clubhouse to enjoy a well deserved pre-dinner drink, followed by a fabulous two-course meal and we will round off the day with the all-important presentation ceremony.
Each team will consist of your three players along with a past/present player/management or celebrity.
For further information please contact Dave Linney on 01935 847872.
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SIGN UP DATE EXTENDED!

Cyclists wishing to tackle a Yeovil Town charity challenge ahead of their last home game of the season have more time 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 has been extended, meaning those wishing to join those already signed-up still have time to join in.
 
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.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V TRANMERE ROVERS

A brilliant 58th minute free kick from Ed Upson was enough to give Yeovil Town their seventh successive home League One victory over promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park today.

 

The strike, Upson’s fifth goal of the season, lifts the Glovers up one place in the third tier table, leapfrogging Rovers in the process and was just dessert for a team that played at a higher tempo than their opponents who relied a lot on a more direct approach to try to bypass the pitch as it broke up underfoot.

 

Manager Gary Johnson was boosted before the start with the news that both James Hayter and Jamie McAllister had recovered from their knocks picked up at Doncaster Rovers last weekend. New Burnley loan signing Wes Fletcher had to be content with a space on the bench after joining the club in the week.

 

Paddy Madden almost added to his nineteen goals this season when he shot wide just ninety seconds in and McAllister curled a free kick a foot wide on ten minutes after Zoumana Bakayogo was booked for cynically tripping James Hayter on the edge of the box.

 

On fifteen minutes, Madden forced a save out of visiting keeper Owain fon Williams and Luke Ayling also found himself in space outside the box but couldn’t keep his shot down. As the chances mounted up, Tranmere would occasionally catch the Glovers on the counter attack. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fired over from a narrow angle then outpaced Dan Burn to get a shot in that keeper Marek Stech saved with his legs.

 

Madden then went close twice in the final moments of the half while Stech watched as Paul Corry’s shot fizzed past the post from thirty yards out. The big keeper then grabbed a header from Bakayogo early in the second half and his oppo, fon Williams, had to grab Madden’s snap shot at the second attempt to keep his side on terms.

 

The reprieve was brief though as the Glovers finally made the breakthrough on 58 minutes. Sam Foley was dragged down on the angle of the penalty box by Danny Holmes who earned a yellow card. Upson then curled a sublime free kick into the corner of the net, leaving fon Williams helpless.

 

As Tranmere came out looking for an equaliser, Town could have added more goals to the one already scored. Burn’s overhead kick, followed by a volley from the same player, both went over the bar and Upson almost added a stunning second but saw his chip rebound off the face of the crossbar and the follow up opportunity was spurned.

 

Madden then went close when his shot on the turn was cleared off the line by Ian Goodison and the pair then clashed off the ball to earn a yellow card apiece from referee Darren Sheldrake. Sub Cole Stockton pulled his shot wide after taking advantage of a defensive mix up and Akpa Akpro headed over from Holmes’ cross.

 

After four minutes of stoppage time, Yeovil’s second biggest home league crowd of the season went home happy as Johnson’s side recorded their seventh successive home league win.

Match Report : 02/03/2013

A brilliant 58th minute free kick from Ed Upson was enough to give Yeovil Town their seventh successive home League One victory over promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park today.

 

The strike, Upson’s fifth goal of the season, lifts the Glovers up one place in the third tier table, leapfrogging Rovers in the process and was just dessert for a team that played at a higher tempo than their opponents who relied a lot on a more direct approach to try to bypass the pitch as it broke up underfoot.

 

Manager Gary Johnson was boosted before the start with the news that both James Hayter and Jamie McAllister had recovered from their knocks picked up at Doncaster Rovers last weekend. New Burnley loan signing Wes Fletcher had to be content with a space on the bench after joining the club in the week.

 

Paddy Madden almost added to his nineteen goals this season when he shot wide just ninety seconds in and McAllister curled a free kick a foot wide on ten minutes after Zoumana Bakayogo was booked for cynically tripping James Hayter on the edge of the box.

 

On fifteen minutes, Madden forced a save out of visiting keeper Owain fon Williams and Luke Ayling also found himself in space outside the box but couldn’t keep his shot down. As the chances mounted up, Tranmere would occasionally catch the Glovers on the counter attack. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fired over from a narrow angle then outpaced Dan Burn to get a shot in that keeper Marek Stech saved with his legs.

 

Madden then went close twice in the final moments of the half while Stech watched as Paul Corry’s shot fizzed past the post from thirty yards out. The big keeper then grabbed a header from Bakayogo early in the second half and his oppo, fon Williams, had to grab Madden’s snap shot at the second attempt to keep his side on terms.

 

The reprieve was brief though as the Glovers finally made the breakthrough on 58 minutes. Sam Foley was dragged down on the angle of the penalty box by Danny Holmes who earned a yellow card. Upson then curled a sublime free kick into the corner of the net, leaving fon Williams helpless.

 

As Tranmere came out looking for an equaliser, Town could have added more goals to the one already scored. Burn’s overhead kick, followed by a volley from the same player, both went over the bar and Upson almost added a stunning second but saw his chip rebound off the face of the crossbar and the follow up opportunity was spurned.

 

Madden then went close when his shot on the turn was cleared off the line by Ian Goodison and the pair then clashed off the ball to earn a yellow card apiece from referee Darren Sheldrake. Sub Cole Stockton pulled his shot wide after taking advantage of a defensive mix up and Akpa Akpro headed over from Holmes’ cross.

 

After four minutes of stoppage time, Yeovil’s second biggest home league crowd of the season went home happy as Johnson’s side recorded their seventh successive home league win.

DON’T FORGET YOUR COPY!

This weekend’s Green&White is again packed full with interviews and interesting columns.
Nathan Ralph chats about his new life as a left-back having given up on being a striker.
New dad Marek Stech lets us all know how he’s getting out with his new responsibilities. His goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart answers the questions in the Spotlight On feature.
Tranmere defender Ash Taylor features in the away team section. 
Add all the regular columns from Gary Johnson, Ed Upson, Jed Pitman and Chris Dunlavy you will not get bored during the half-time break.
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