Month: February 2014

PREVIEW: READING

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this Saturday and after four home games in a row, it’s time to dust off the team bus and head for Reading.

The Royals are placed just inside the play-off spots but are five points behind the side in 5th place, Nottingham Forest.

For Saturday’s hosts, the result will be more about cementing their place in the end of season showdown, rather than making a push for the top two automatic spots.

At the other end, a three match unbeaten run and a massive victory over Doncaster Rovers has kept Yeovil within touching distance of the other sides aiming to avoid the drop.

The Glovers may still be in 24th in the table, but instead of trying to claw back an eight point gap, the difference is now just three.

With a game in hand over the two sides just above the dotted line and some momentum on their side, the ‘mission survival’ is in full swing at Huish Park.

With four of the bottom sides playing away from home this Saturday, a surprise result for any one of the teams could add valuable points onto their tally.

Last Saturday, incredibly, the entire bottom three notched valuable victories. Doncaster and Millwall subsequently found themselves pulled back into the scrap with Bolton, Blackpool and even teams as high as Sheffield Wednesday in 14th now nervously looking over their shoulders.

Of course, Yeovil can only control their own game and Reading’s recent form suggest they are a side who blow hot and cold. A 1-0 defeat to Blackburn was preceded by a 3-1 thumping of big spending QPR.

Prior to that Sheffield Wednesday took all three points from the Majeski Stadium and yet they travelled to Millwall and came back with a 3-0 win. However, those two home defeats in a row can’t cast a massive shadow over their home record in January.

An impressive 1-1 with Nottingham Forest was backed up when they hit Bolton for seven and Blackpool for five shortly after. Reading will be able to call on the services of Latvian international Kaspars Gorkss, he was sent off in a recent match against QPR but had his suspension overturned allowing him to play in this fixture. Despite his international status with Latvia, Gorkss didn’t feature in the recent friendly between Yeovil and his nation.

However, one man who did was Stuart Taylor. The Reading reserve ‘keeper was meant to be joining Yeovil on a short term loan but only managed a 45 minute appearance in that friendly before returning.

For Yeovil, Sam Hoskins and Liam Davis both suffered minor setbacks in their recovery from injury and missed the game against Doncaster as a result.

A hamstring problem for Joel Grant also kept him out, but on loan debutant Duane Holmes made a bright start and a good impression on the Glovers faithful. If Holmes is to continue with a place in the squad, one of the loaned squad members will have to sit out as the club currently has six.

Against Doncaster, it was John Lundstram that missed out, but with Ishmael Miller hobbling off against Doncaster, that decision may end up being made for Gary Johnson. Considering the relative distance between the two sides, Reading and Yeovil have only met twice in competitive action.

An Adrian Foster goal helped scare the Royals into thinking they may be on the end of a cup upset in 1999, but the home side eventually prevailed 4-2 in the FA Cup first round. Earlier on this season, Reading took all three points from Huish Park after Adam Le Fondre converted a controversial penalty deep into the second half.

Yeovil won’t want a repeat of that and with three games behind them without tasting defeat the Glovers will be more than up for this fixture.

Supporters have been praised this week for their efforts to get behind Gary Johnson’s men and tickets are available for the Reading fixture on the match day. Adults are priced at £30 and their pricing structure is staggered for different age groups.

If you are unable to make the game in person, you can tune in to commentary as always on Glovers Player and the club’s YouTube channel will be showing the match action and reaction in the few days after the match.

After this weekend, Yeovil come back to Huish Park for two more home games, tickets for those are available now; Saturday 8th March vs Sheffield Wednesday and the following Tuesday night against Ipswich.

A foot in both camps.
This is quite a list: Simon Church, Alex McCarthy, Adam Lockwood, Aaron Brown, Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Brian McDermott, Ben Roberts, Scott Murray, Stuart Taylor and most recently, Gozie Ugwu.

Famous Fans.
Chris Tarrant, Leo Sayer, Bill Oddie and Mike Oldfield. Some also claim that Kate Winslet and Ricky Gervais are fans

TICKET NEWS: BLACKPOOL AWAY

Tickets for Town’s trip to Blackpool on Saturday 5th April (3pm kick0off) are now available.

Prices are as follows:

Block ED: (padded seating)

Adults: £25.00 – Over-60s: £20.00 – Under-19s: £17.00 – Under-16s: £15.00

Block EC: (non-padded seating)

Adults: £24.00 – Over-60s: £19.00 – Under-19s: £16.00 – Under-16s: £14.00

Disabled supporters pay the relevant price category according to their age, but they receive a free carer ticket. Bays are in the Block ED.

All the tickets are marked and priced as ‘restricted view’ due to supporting posts, but the most are only partially restricted or not restricted at all. Away supporters will be situated in the East Stand.

GET YOUR 2014/15 SEASON TICKET!

Season tickets for the 2014/15 campaign are now on sale.

Adults prices start at just £299 which is just £13 per game saving over £270 compared match day prices.

Juniors can watch the whole season for just £39! That’s just £2 a game and works out at up to 18 games FREE when compared to match day prices.

To renew your season ticket click here. To buy your season ticket click here. Or call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

Prices for Season Tickets purchased by

March 22nd
Adult
Senior/

Disabled
Young

Person
Junior
AgustaWestland Stand Premium £437 £437
£437
£437
AgustaWestland Stand Centre   £391 £340 £221
£39
AgustaWestland Stand Wings £357
£306
£221 £39
Screwfix Stand Centre £374
£306
£221 £39
Screwfix Stand Wings
£340
£272
£221 £39
Thatchers Gold Terrace
£299
£240
£208
£39

Prices for Season Tickets purchased after

March 22nd
Adult
Senior/

Disabled
Young

Person
Junior
AgustaWestland Stand Premium £483 £483
£483
£483
AgustaWestland Stand Centre   £437 £380 £247
£62
AgustaWestland Stand Wings £399
£342
£247 £62
Screwfix Stand Centre £418
£342
£247 £62
Screwfix Stand Wings
£380
£304
£247 £62
Thatchers Gold Terrace
£339
£270
£234
£62

CROWD WELCOME YTFC LADIES

Saturday 22nd February, a glorious day in Yeovil. The grass was dry. The sun was shining. A perfect day for the Yeovil Town Ladies FC players and staff to take to the home of Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, for a day of photos, publicity and player parade in an attempt to boost the profile of the female Glovers amongst the South Western community.

The day kicked off with 1st Team Manager, Sarah Lawler, and Club Captain, Rachael Edwards, featuring on a live breakfast show with BBC Somerset. Also participating was Stephen Allinson, YTFC and YTLFC board member and FA WSL committee member.

"All eyes are on the ladies team ahead of first ever season in FA Women’s Super League" says presenter Simon Parkin. But what does this mean for the Glovers? "We will be playing in the top level of women’s football", explains Lawler.

"We are now part of the top 18 women’s clubs in England, and it feels great". Of course, playing at the highest level does come with a certain amount of pressure, but not for captain Edwards; "Everyone is so excited to get started to worry about the pressure! It’s been a long pre-season with lots of preparation, but now that the fixtures are out we can’t wait to get going. We’ve got some really big games coming up, including games against WSL 1 teams."

The Glover’s campaign kicks off on Wednesday, 16th April, against Southern rivals Reading Ladies at the Madesjski Stadium. "Everyone is really exited about that first game", says Edwards. "Walking out onto the pitch, it’s going to be an incredible experience, it’s such an amazing stadium." The ladies first home game of the season will follow, on Sunday, 20th April against London Bees at Sherborne Town FC, Raleigh Grove.

To find out more about the Glovers first ever season in the Women’s Super League, please visit www.yeoviltownladies.com/news. You can also buy tickets and season tickets directly from the site for any 2014 home fixture. To keep up to date with the latest Glovers news, including competitions, photos and fixtures, you can follow them on Twitter or Like them on Facebook.

Team photo courtesy of www.terryfisherphotography.co.uk.

SUPER 6TH GAME – YOU DECIDE!

Soccer Saturday Super 6 are handing players the power next week by voting which Sky Bet Championship game they want to be included in the round via Twitter.

Players simply need to go to Super 6’s Twitter page, @Super6, between February 25-28 and retweet the game of their choice to join the line-up, which currently includes the four Premier League 3pm kick-offs on March 8th and Derby v Millwall.

The UK’s most popular free-to-play sports prediction game, which has already made two players £250,000 richer this season, is considered the ultimate test for football fans’ knowledge, challenging them to correctly predict six scores.

Super 6 Manager Joe Mirtaheri said: “We’re always looking for ways to get players involved and for them to help us improve the game, so Twitter is the ideal platform for us.

”It also gives Sky Bet Championship fans the chance to try and get their own team involved, potentially giving them the edge to the pursuit of winning the jackpot.”

 

Play Super 6 by clicking here

WORK ON NEW 3G PITCH STARTS

Work is underway on a third generation (3G) pitch at Huish Park to replace the old astro pitch.

Construction will continue through the next couple of weeks after the first patches of the old astro pitch were rolled away ready for the new surface to be laid.

With the weather being particularly bad in recent weeks the team have struggled to find places to train, but the new 3G pitch will provide the team with a decent training surface despite the poor weather.

CLUB DENY MITCHELL TALKS

Following stories in the local press in recent weeks Yeovil Town Football Club have moved to clarify the situation between them and Bournemouth Property Developer Eddie Mitchell.

Majority Shareholders Norman Hayward and Chairman John Fry said today: “No discussions have taken place with Mr. Mitchell regarding investment in the club and none are planned.

“With the club’s Planning Application due to be heard on April 2nd. Yeovil Town are totally focused on that, although Mr.Mitchell is always welcome as yet another Yeovil Town supporter!”

DEVELOPMENT DETAILS FOR COUNCILLORS

With a date for the hearing of the recently submitted Planning Permission Application from Yeovil Town Football Club now expected to be Wednesday 2nd. April the football club have decided to circulate full details of the application to all of the elected Councillors on South Somerset District Council.

There has been much debate about the proposed development at Huish Park and club chairman John Fry felt it was necessary to provide all the Councillors with the club’s vision for the future.

So to that end the club have prepared three individual documents about the project, together with a DVD to give a far more detailed view of what is planned for the very future of the club.

Commenting on the move John Fry said: “There is always a huge amount of detail about a project such as this one and the club and our development partners, CDS, felt it was imperative that Councillors are fully briefed on the project and the full impact on the local area.

“Our community football club has for many years brought substantial national and now International recognition and success to the area culminating in our involvement in the top division of the Football League and the FA Women’s Super League.

“The county has grown to be a major force in the country and along with EDF’s new Power Station at Hinkley Point, Somerset County Cricket Club, Glastonbury Festival, Millfield School and AgustaWestland, Yeovil Town Football Club are without doubt one of the jewels in the counties crown.

“We are not asking for money from the council just the total support from the district Council to enable the club to maintain and improve its future in the county.”

SHANE DUFFY GETS INTERNTIONAL CALL UP

Defender Shane Duffy has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s squad.

Shane, on loan from Everton has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s for their UEFA U21 Qualifier Group 6 game versus Montenegro at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin on 5th March.

Shane has also been nominated for the FAI’s Under-21 international player of the year. The awards ceremony will take place in Dublin on Sunday 2nd March.

JOLLY’S DRAWING COMPETITION

The Yeovil Town Club Store are running a Easter drawing competition for all children of primary school age.

The winning entrant will be selected by manager Gary Johnson and will receive a Yeovil Town Easter Egg and signed picture from their favourite player.

All you have to do is draw a picture of The Jolly Green Giant with an Easter Egg. He can be doing anything with the Easter Egg, use your imagination!

Send your entry to: Easter Colouring Competition, Yeovil Town Club Store, Huish Park, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8YF. Or drop your drawing into the club store.

Closing date is Saturday 12th April 2014 at 3pm.

AWAY TRAVEL DETAILS

The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the remaining away games. The details are as follows:

Reading

Saturday 1st March

Bus Station – 9.30am – Huish Park – 9.45am

Adult Members – £17.00 – Member Concessions – £15.00

Adult Non-Members – £19.00 – Non-Member Concessions – £17.00

Queens Park Rangers

Saturday 15th March

Bus Station – 8.30am – Huish Park – 8.45am

Adult Members – £21.00 – Member Concessions – £19.00

Adult Non-Members – £23.00 – Non-Member Concessions – £21.00

Leicester City

Tuesday 25th March

Huish Park – 1.30pm

Adult Members – £25.00 – Member Concessions – £23.00

Adult Non-Members – £27.00 – Non-Member Concessions – £25.00

Blackpool

Saturday 5th April

Bus Station – 6.45am – Huish Park – 7.00am

Adult Members – £28.00 – Member Concessions – £26.00

Adult Non-Members – £30.00 – Non-Member Concessions – £28.00

Leicester City

Tuesday 8th April

Huish Park – 2.00pm

Adult Members – £21.00 – Member Concessions – £19.00

Adult Non-Members – £23.00 – Non-Member Concessions – £21.00

Blackburn Rovers

Friday 18th April

Bus Station – 7.00am – Huish Park – 7.15am

Adult Members – £28.00 – Member Concessions – £26.00

Adult Non-Members – £30.00 – Non-Member Concessions – £28.00

Brighton and Hove Albion

Saturday 26th April

Bus Station – 8.45am – Huish Park – 9.00am

Adult Members – £21.00 – Member Concessions – £19.00

Adult Non-Members – £23.00 – Non-Member Concessions – £21.00

To book your place send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. Or call him after 6.00pm You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

The Away Travel Club have buses running to four of the club’s remaining Championship away fixtures.

Reading

Saturday 1st March

Leaving the away end at Huish Park at 10.00am – £17.00.

Queens Park Rangers

Saturday 15th March

Leaving the away end at Huish Park at 9.30am – £20.00.

Blackburn Rovers

Friday 18th April

Leaving the away end at Huish Park at 8.00am – £25.00.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Saturday 26th April

Leaving the away end at Huish Park at 9.00am – £20.00.

To book your seat call Roger Brimble on 01935 475384.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLUB STALWART PAT CUSTARD

Well known Town fan Pat Custard celebrated her 65th birthday on Saturday.

Pat, who is well known around Huish Park and away grounds for her ‘come one Yeo’ shout celebrated her 65th birthday on Saturday.

Pat puts endless hours into volunteering at the club and is often seen running around Huish Park on a match day over seeing the tea bars.

Everyone associated with the club wish Pat a very happy birthday and hope she had a wonderful day after the team picked up three points against Doncaster Rovers.

TOM LAWRENCE GETS INTERNATIONAL CALL

Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence has been called into the Wales Under 21 squad for their UEFA qualifying match against England in Derby on Wednesday 5th March.

Tom has also been placed on standby for the full Wales squad to play Iceland in Cardiff Wednesday 5th March.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V DONCASTER ROVERS

Yeovil Town won a priceless three points with a 1-0 victory over relegation rivals and old adversaries Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park.

James Hayter’s 58th minute penalty against his old club was all that separated the two sides after a competitive encounter that threatened to boil over in the final few minutes with several running battles.

The victory means Yeovil remain bottom but tantalisingly just a win away from escaping the bottom three. And it was ironic that Hayter, who hit 39 goals for the South Yorkshiremen including a playoff final winner, should score for the second season running against a side he spent five years with.

Manager Gary Johnson had brought in Huddersfield attacker Duane Holmes into the club on loan this week and he rewarded the youngster with a starting spot in place of Everton loanee John Lundstram. It was the only change to the starting eleven that drew 1-1 with Watford on Tuesday night.

Joe Ralls found Ishmael Miller with a superb cross field ball on three minutes and the big striker held the ball up well before unleashing a thirty yard effort that went just wide. But it was Miller’s only chance on goal as he limped off on nine minutes to be replaced with Kieffer Moore.

Yeovil looked energetic going forward and supported by a midfield with an average age of just 20.5, they built attacks with some good tempo. Tom Lawrence fired wide and Holmes volleyed over from Moore’s knockdown before former Glovers loan keeper Sam Johnstone dived to save a Byron Webster flicked header from a free kick.

Marek Stech was a virtual spectator for most of the first half, called into action to parry a Jordan Bowery shot early on but seeing some stoic defending by his defence in front of him preventing too many shots getting through.

Moore went close with a header that was straight at Johnstone and Shane Duffy didn’t get enough on his header in first half stoppage time to give Yeovil the lead.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov would have been happier with a level scoreline than home boss Gary Johnson but the game certainly opened up more in the second half. After Yeovil’s Duffy looked to have been wrestled

to the ground in the box at a corner but ref Darren Drysdale waved away penalty claims, Lawrence headed at Johnstone from close range.

Mark Duffy fired over on 54 minutes from twelve yards and his day got worse when he was issued the game’s first yellow for taking out Luke Ayling a minute later.

The game’s only goal came on 58 minutes. Duffy played a fantastic diagonal crossfield ball to Duane Holmes who controlled before breaking into the area. He was brought down by a defender and ref Drysdale pointed to the spot after his assistant flagged furiously. Hayter stepped up and smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Dickov brought on David Cotterill for Duffy on 65 minutes and attackingly, Rovers did look more of a threat going forward. Stech had to tip Paul Keegan’s looping header over the crossbar on 69 minutes.

Holmes forced a save from Johnstone before going off with what looked like cramp with fifteen minutes remaining, Kevin Dawson replacing him. Dawson then went close with a header that Johnstone pushed onto the crossbar after brilliant flank work by Joe Edwards.

After being manhandled all afternoon by the central defensive pair of Abdoulaye Meite and Bongani Khumalo, Moore was finally thrown to the ground 25 yards out by the big defender earning himself a yellow. From the free kick, Lawrence whipped it over the crossbar.

The visitors were beginning to get frustrated by now with Yeovil’s back four and midfield defending well and counter attacking in numbers at speed. Richie Wellens was constantly in the referee’s ear and escaped a late yellow card but right on time, sub Cotterill was lucky to stay on the pitch.

Lawrence had taken on two Donny defenders and had beaten Cotterill all ends up for pace but was taken out cynically by the ex-Bristol City winger. No covering defender was evident but the official settled for a safe yellow card. The Glovers survived the final seconds of the same with no further alarms and the three points were Yeovil’s for the first time in six games.

Match Report : 22/02/2014

Yeovil Town won a priceless three points with a 1-0 victory over relegation rivals and old adversaries Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park.

James Hayter’s 58th minute penalty against his old club was all that separated the two sides after a competitive encounter that threatened to boil over in the final few minutes with several running battles.

The victory means Yeovil remain bottom but tantalisingly just a win away from escaping the bottom three. And it was ironic that Hayter, who hit 39 goals for the South Yorkshiremen including a playoff final winner, should score for the second season running against a side he spent five years with.

Manager Gary Johnson had brought in Huddersfield attacker Duane Holmes into the club on loan this week and he rewarded the youngster with a starting spot in place of Everton loanee John Lundstram. It was the only change to the starting eleven that drew 1-1 with Watford on Tuesday night.

Joe Ralls found Ishmael Miller with a superb cross field ball on three minutes and the big striker held the ball up well before unleashing a thirty yard effort that went just wide. But it was Miller’s only chance on goal as he limped off on nine minutes to be replaced with Kieffer Moore.

Yeovil looked energetic going forward and supported by a midfield with an average age of just 20.5, they built attacks with some good tempo. Tom Lawrence fired wide and Holmes volleyed over from Moore’s knockdown before former Glovers loan keeper Sam Johnstone dived to save a Byron Webster flicked header from a free kick.

Marek Stech was a virtual spectator for most of the first half, called into action to parry a Jordan Bowery shot early on but seeing some stoic defending by his defence in front of him preventing too many shots getting through.

Moore went close with a header that was straight at Johnstone and Shane Duffy didn’t get enough on his header in first half stoppage time to give Yeovil the lead.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov would have been happier with a level scoreline than home boss Gary Johnson but the game certainly opened up more in the second half. After Yeovil’s Duffy looked to have been wrestled

to the ground in the box at a corner but ref Darren Drysdale waved away penalty claims, Lawrence headed at Johnstone from close range.

Mark Duffy fired over on 54 minutes from twelve yards and his day got worse when he was issued the game’s first yellow for taking out Luke Ayling a minute later.

The game’s only goal came on 58 minutes. Duffy played a fantastic diagonal crossfield ball to Duane Holmes who controlled before breaking into the area. He was brought down by a defender and ref Drysdale pointed to the spot after his assistant flagged furiously. Hayter stepped up and smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Dickov brought on David Cotterill for Duffy on 65 minutes and attackingly, Rovers did look more of a threat going forward. Stech had to tip Paul Keegan’s looping header over the crossbar on 69 minutes.

Holmes forced a save from Johnstone before going off with what looked like cramp with fifteen minutes remaining, Kevin Dawson replacing him. Dawson then went close with a header that Johnstone pushed onto the crossbar after brilliant flank work by Joe Edwards.

After being manhandled all afternoon by the central defensive pair of Abdoulaye Meite and Bongani Khumalo, Moore was finally thrown to the ground 25 yards out by the big defender earning himself a yellow. From the free kick, Lawrence whipped it over the crossbar.

The visitors were beginning to get frustrated by now with Yeovil’s back four and midfield defending well and counter attacking in numbers at speed. Richie Wellens was constantly in the referee’s ear and escaped a late yellow card but right on time, sub Cotterill was lucky to stay on the pitch.

Lawrence had taken on two Donny defenders and had beaten Cotterill all ends up for pace but was taken out cynically by the ex-Bristol City winger. No covering defender was evident but the official settled for a safe yellow card. The Glovers survived the final seconds of the same with no further alarms and the three points were Yeovil’s for the first time in six games.

£6,000 DONATED TO FLOOD APPEAL!

Staff from NatWest have handed over £6,000 and a truck-full of goods to help people hit by flooding in Somerset.

A team from the bank were at Tuesday’s Yeovil Town match against Watford collecting money for Somerset Community Foundation’s Somerset Flood Appeal. The bank has doubled the money collected at the fixture against Watford, making it one of the largest collections ever carried out at the club.

Meanwhile RBS, NatWest’s parent company, arranged for a truck-load of chest waders, shovels and cleaning materials, donated by the bank’s cleaning suppliers ISS, to be delivered to Somerset.

The waders were donated to the FLAG action group in Burrowbridge, while the other goods are being stored by the bank ready for use in the clean-up operation.

Chris Preston, NatWest’s regional director of business banking for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, said: “We wanted to do whatever we could to help those who have been devastated by the bad weather.

“We turned out in force at the Yeovil Town FC match to collect for the Somerset Flood Appeal, and the fans were supportive and very generous. Now NatWest has matched the money that we collected at the game and we have presented Somerset Community Foundation with a total of £6,000.”

Staff from the bank’s business, commercial and retail divisions were at the match with collection buckets along with colleagues from Lombard, the asset finance arm of RBS.

NatWest is also operating special late-night opening at its branches in Bridgwater and Langport to help people who have been hit by flooding.

The two branches will stay open until 7.30pm on February 26 and 27, with advice on hand about support including mortgage repayment holidays and NatWest’s UK Storm Business Fund.

NatWest will also be taking part in Sedgemoor District Council’s Multi Agency Partnership Surgery at the Canalside Conference Centre, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, on February 26, March 5 and March 12 between 6pm and 8pm. The events are designed for residents to be able to talk one-to-one to representatives from organisations providing help and support during the flooding.

The bank has announced that RBS and NatWest mortgage customers with flooded homes are able to apply for a three month mortgage repayment holiday.

And last month NatWest and RBS launched a £250m UK Storm Business Fund to help any viable business hit by the adverse weather, not just the bank’s own customers.

Loans can cover the cost of repairs and replacement stock to help businesses return to normal trading. Interest-free loans will be provided for three months, giving businesses the breathing space they need to get back on their feet.

A number of other emergency measures have been introduced by NatWest and RBS in addition to the UK Storm Business Fund, including repayment holidays on existing small business loans, temporary credit card limit increases, waiving of early withdrawal fees and termination costs for customers wishing to access deposits, and fast-track requests for temporary overdraft increases.

Businesses seeking finance from the UK Storm Business Fund will be subject to a maximum cap of £250k per loan.

Businesses affected by the adverse weather are advised to contact their NatWest relationship manager or call the UK Storms helpline on 0800 529 8544. Mortgage customers wishing to enquire about a repayment holiday can use the following dedicated number: 0800 408 0840.

TURN HUISH PARK GREEN AND WHITE

Town supporters can boost their club’s survival battle by filling Huish Park with green and white on Saturday, according to manager Gary Johnson.

The Glovers entertain Doncaster Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship, with the hosts aiming to close the gap to safety.

Boss Johnson has backed the Western Gazette’s campaign to turn the stadium into a sea of green and white this weekend, believing it can both aid his team and intimidate the visitors.

Supporters are being asked to attend decked top-to-toe in club colours to boost the atmosphere.

The Western Gazette want to hear from you if you think are the Glovers’ biggest fan. Tell us about your match day outfit, routine and superstitions by e-mailing newsdesk@westgaz.co.uk, including your pictures and YTFC Green Day as the subject. The most impressive will win tickets to a Yeovil home game.

Johnson said: “It always makes a massive difference because it puts people in a party mood as soon as they dress up for the occasion.

“It’s certainly great for the home side because a partisan support is always positive and it’s a fantastic idea.

“For the opposition it gives them the sense that they’re in somebody else’s home and that’s always good because you want to try and make them feel uncomfortable if you can. It’s a great idea and is something that always helps.

“The Doncaster game is a great one to have it on. We can pull them back towards us, but it’s more for us to get a win on the day and see where we are later on.

“There are 16 games left and there are a lot of points to play for. In our little group at the bottom of the league we’re all picking up points here and there and there are still people below us in the form table.

“We’ve got to get this elusive win and then the more elusive win after the second one.”

PREVIEW: DONCASTER ROVERS

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MATCHBALL SPONSOR – JOHN BRIGHT FENCING – BRIDPORT

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this Saturday in what might prove to be one of the most important weekends of the season.

It’s the final game of the four in a row that Yeovil have had at Huish Park as they host old adversaries Doncaster Rovers in a crucial game at the bottom end of the table.

All in all, six out of the bottom nine face one another on Saturday with supporters and management having one eye on the Millwall v Barnsley and Birmingham v Blackpool games a little higher up the ladder.

However, all the Glovers have in their control is the Huish Park fixture and manager Gary Johnson has called for the atmosphere to recreate that of the play-off campaign from last season.

The visitors lie in 20th place and currently sit eight points above Yeovil. That eight point gap isn’t the first target for Yeovil however, Millwall’s 28 points are in that coveted 21st spot.

With a game in hand on both the two sides above the dotted line, a win on Saturday would give Yeovil the momentum and get them within touching distance of those sides.

To that end Yeovil have added two names to their ranks over the past week.

Spanish midfielder Ruben Palazuelos was added in time to make the bench on Tuesday night against Watford but didn’t make his debut while exciting young play maker Duane Holmes has come in on loan from Huddersfield Town. Holmes, who was born in the United States, has already made a number of appearances for the Terriers this season.

 

Holmes becomes the sixth loanee in the Glovers team and as Football League rules state there can only be five in a match day squad, one of Ishmael Miller, Shane Duffy, John Lundstram, Joe Ralls and Tom Lawrence will have to miss out if Holmes is to make his debut.

Doncaster’s most recent form hasn’t been very bad at all; nine points have been accumulated from the last six games. That run includes two wins, both at home, against Wigan and strugglers Charlton.

On the road, things are not quite as healthy, their last six games on their travels have resulted in five defeats and just the one draw. Their last victory away from home came way back in September, a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov will be looking to a couple of new signings to make an impact at Huish Park. Aston Villa striker Jordan Bowery joined the club recently, as did Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Johnstone’s name might ring a few bells with Yeovil fans, he had a loan spell with the Glovers earlier in the season. He only made one appearance, a 2-0 defeat away at Burnley but a broken finger soon cut the deal short.

It won’t be a big surprise to Yeovil fans that the Glovers have crossed paths with Rovers many times over the past few years. The most recent meeting was back in November, the Sky Sports cameras were in attendance to see Doncaster come through as 2-1 victors.

Last season was far better for Yeovil morale; Paddy Madden scored in a 1-1 draw away from home, but James Hayter and Gozie Ugwu netted in a 2-1 win at Huish Park.

I

n fact, the last four meetings between the sides in Somerset have ended in Yeovil victories, with a grand total of two defeats for Yeovil in the 11 meetings in the Football League.

Tickets for the crunch clash are available right up until kick off through all the usual outlets, but the squad need all your support in the fight to avoid relegation.

Bring your scarves and hats, wave your flags and sing your hearts out as Yeovil look to use their recent draws as a springboard to three vital points.

If you can’t be at the game, there are still seven more home games to get involved in and tickets for those can be purchased online or at the ticket office.

Famous Doncaster Rovers fans:

Car enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson, Magician extraordinaire Paul Daniels and Louis Tomlinson, one fifth of One Direction. Tomlinson signed a deal as a Rovers player at the start of the season, but is yet to play for the first team.

A foot in both camps:
James Hayter, Byron Webster, Adam Lockwood, Ryan Mason, Michael Woods, Michael McIndoe and now goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

2014/15 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Season tickets for the 2014/15 campaign are now on sale.

Adults prices start at just £299 which is just £13 per game saving over £270 compared match day prices.

Juniors can watch the whole season for just £39! That’s just £2 a game and works out at up to 18 games FREE when compared to match day prices.

To renew your season ticket click here. To buy your season ticket click here. Or call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

Prices for Season Tickets purchased by

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Screwfix Stand Centre £374
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£221 £39
Screwfix Stand Wings
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Screwfix Stand Centre £418
£342
£247 £62
Screwfix Stand Wings
£380
£304
£247 £62
Thatchers Gold Terrace
£339
£270
£234
£62

TERRIER DUANE BECOMES A GLOVER

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the loan signing of Duane Holmes.

The 19-year-old joins the Glovers on loan until 23rd March subject to Football League clearance.

Duane has risen through the ranks at Huddersfield Town and has represented the club at every level since the age of nine. He was one of the key members of Huddersfield’s Under-18 squad during the 2012/13 season netting an impressive 16 goals in 25 starts from midfield.

Last year Duane’s form and educational work led to him being nominated to the shortlist of three for the ‘Championship Apprentice of the Year’ at the 2013 Football League Awards.

Manager Gary Johnson said: "I am very pleased to add a quality player like Duane to our squad. He will bring something different to our game and I know our fans will enjoy watching him in a Yeovil Town shirt."

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY!

ytfc.net recently received the email below from Derby County fan Robert Lee offering five Town fans who travelled to Derby a free copy of his book ‘The Not So Beautiful Game’.

I am a Derby County fan – and the author of ‘The Not So Beautiful Game, a football based novel. You may be now wondering how this has any relevance to Yeovil Town Football Club, but please bear with me, the reason will soon become clear.

Yesterday (28th Jan) Yeovil Town played Derby County. Although I was unable to make it to the game, those Derby County fans who did go have expressed their admiration for and respect of the Yeovil Town fans who made the long trip to support their team.

What they lacked in numbers, they made up for in vocal support, making more noise than many other away fans whose numbers far exceeded this. These few loyal supporters were a credit to your club and deserve praise.

To this end I would like to offer you five copies of my novel as a gift for five of those supporters.

Were you at Pride Park singing your heart out for the men in green and white? Would you like a copy of The Not So Beautiful Game? If so then email jhealey@ytfc.net with a picture of yourself at the game or a picture of the stadium from the match. The first five entries will receive a copy of Robert’s book.

To find out more about The Not So Beautiful Game visit muncasterunited.co.uk or click here 

The Not So Beautiful Game
Muncaster United are so bad, the only title they have ever been in contention for is that of ‘The most unsuccessful football club in the history of the game.’

So, could the arrival of wealthy new owner, Max Roberts, be a sign that things were going to change? Well, yes it could, but not a change for the better. Max, driven by a thirst for revenge, had only one goal on his mind – to destroy the club. This coming season, should Muncaster United not be promoted from Division Four of ‘Patels’ eight-till-late Convenience Stores League,’ the club would be wound up and the appropriately named Asylum Ground turned into a housing estate.

The players – and the supporters – take up the challenge, even though, for a club who have been relegated for eight seasons in succession, it appeared to be impossible. After all, it would be difficult enough with the usual obstacles to overcome – players who couldn’t find the goal with a map, optically challenged referees who would like nothing more than to see Muncaster United fold up, and opposition teams who are far better at football. To make matters worse, this season they have a clueless new manager, one who thinks that ‘hide the sausage’ is more of a ‘beautiful game’ than football, and a contract on their heads that a local gangland boss and his heavies are only too happy to honour. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the arrival at the Asylum Ground of his satanic majesty, none other than the devil himself.

Who said football was a funny old game?

About the Author
Just who is Robert Lee? And more importantly, where is he? All attempts to locate him have failed. Muncaster private detective, Dick Privet, hired to discover his whereabouts, drew a blank, a face that resembled a potato, and a three legged horse. But, enough of his artistic failings; what did he discover about the elusive Robert Lee? Rumour (and a plea for help in the form of a note attached to a carrier pigeon’s leg) has it that the unfortunate scribe is being held against his will in Muncaster’s asylum. Other than the one attached to Lucky, his Jack Russell terrier, this was the only lead Dick had. Keen to get to the truth, he tried to gain access to the asylum, but was prevented from doing so by the gargantuan Igor, the over-enthusiastic doorkeeper whose job is to ensure the inmates remain within its four walls. Even though it does not come within his job description, he also enjoys keeping everyone else without, a task he undertakes with relish, and sometimes with tomato ketchup – as poor Dick Privet found to his cost. After the offending bottle had been removed, Dick Privet took it to the local recycling centre, and his suspicions to the local constabulary. DC Shirley Combs, still emotionally and mentally traumatised by the unsavoury incident in Muncaster United’s dressing room, took on the investigation and interviewed the Asylum’s director, Dr Edmund Latimer, who said:- “Robert Lee? Never heard of him. We haven’t got any writers imprisoned in the attic with reams of paper, an endless supply of quills and a large vat of ink. Cross my heart and hope to… aaarrrrgghh…” Robert Lee’s whereabouts, and his identity, remain a mystery.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN v WATFORD

Yeovil Town and Watford played out a hard fought goalless draw at Huish Park tonight in the Sky Bet Championship.

Both sides had chances to win the game and also had a goal disallowed in a competitive match that had been rescheduled after being called off due to a waterlogged pitch on New Years Day. The Hornets had slightly more efforts on goal over the ninety minutes and felt they should have had a stoppage time penalty when Jamie McAllister appeared to handle in the box.

The point brings Yeovil a point closer to the group of clubs above them and with both Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday losing this evening, it makes Saturday’s big clash with another South Yorkshire side, Doncaster Rovers, a massive six pointer.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Millwall last Tuesday. Joel Grant dropped out of the squad completely and Kieffer Moore took a place on the bench with Joe Ralls earning a starting spot after his goal against the Lions and James Hayter coming in up front.

Yeovil had the ball in the Hornets net in the second minute but it was ruled out for offside. Joe Edwards burst forward and shot but his effort was going well wide till Ishmael Miller stuck a boot out and deflected it into the opposite corner of the net. Sadly for the Glovers, the assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside against Miller.

Miller was looking threatening every time he had the ball in the final third and forced a corner on seven minutes with some strong work down the flank. It wasn’t all one way traffic though and Alex Merkel lashed a shot over the bar before he too was denied by an offside flag and he finished into the corner of the net.

Tommy Lawrence was looking lively in a wide left midfield role and he fired a foot wide on eleven minutes before Joe Edwards went close with a side footed finish three minutes later.  Marek Stech then

produced an acrobatic save to deny Merkel’s shot that bounced down and up off the skiddy turf.

Gabriele Angella went close with a long range effort and Merkel again shot over before birthday boy John Lundstram stung ex-Aesenal keeper Manuel Almunia’s fingers with a good effort.

Shane Duffy, with another strong showing at the heart of Yeovil’s defence, produced a fantastic last ditch tackle to deny prolific front man Troy Deeney as he was about to pull the trigger.

Watford started the second half as if they’d had a half time rocket from manager Giuseppe Sannino and dominated the early stages of the second half. But for all their possession and territorial advantage,

Stech didn’t have too much work to do. The chances were clocking up at the other end though with Lawrence curling his shot over and a Miller cross deflecting off a defender’s foot and looping on to the roof of the net.

Miller then failed to get enough power on his header to really trouble Almunia who then got down low to deny Joe Ralls’ free kick from twenty yards.

Johnson switched his attacking options in the final ten minutes, withdrawing Hayter and Lundstram to throw on Kieffer Moore and Adam Morgan. The main talking points of the closing stages though were about referee James Adcock. After giving Hornets defender Marco Cassetti a yellow card for a foul, the Italian then cynically stuck out a leg to trip up the flying Joe Edwards. As everyone on the pitch and in the stands expected the inevitable second yellow and subsequent red card, the official inexplicably chose to merely warn the defender rather than issue the cards.

Then in the last minute of three minutes stoppage time, a Watford cross into the box from the right flank seemed to be handled by Yeovil skipper McAllister but the assistant referee awarded the corner to the outrage of everyone connected with the Hornets.

The corner was cleared and ref Adcock blew for time on a game which once more turned out as a game the Glovers could have won but equally could have lost.

Match Report : 18/02/2014

Yeovil Town and Watford played out a hard fought goalless draw at Huish Park tonight in the Sky Bet Championship.

Both sides had chances to win the game and also had a goal disallowed in a competitive match that had been rescheduled after being called off due to a waterlogged pitch on New Years Day. The Hornets had slightly more efforts on goal over the ninety minutes and felt they should have had a stoppage time penalty when Jamie McAllister appeared to handle in the box.

The point brings Yeovil a point closer to the group of clubs above them and with both Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday losing this evening, it makes Saturday’s big clash with another South Yorkshire side, Doncaster Rovers, a massive six pointer.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Millwall last Tuesday. Joel Grant dropped out of the squad completely and Kieffer Moore took a place on the bench with Joe Ralls earning a starting spot after his goal against the Lions and James Hayter coming in up front.

Yeovil had the ball in the Hornets net in the second minute but it was ruled out for offside. Joe Edwards burst forward and shot but his effort was going well wide till Ishmael Miller stuck a boot out and deflected it into the opposite corner of the net. Sadly for the Glovers, the assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside against Miller.

Miller was looking threatening every time he had the ball in the final third and forced a corner on seven minutes with some strong work down the flank. It wasn’t all one way traffic though and Alex Merkel lashed a shot over the bar before he too was denied by an offside flag and he finished into the corner of the net.

Tommy Lawrence was looking lively in a wide left midfield role and he fired a foot wide on eleven minutes before Joe Edwards went close with a side footed finish three minutes later.  Marek Stech then

produced an acrobatic save to deny Merkel’s shot that bounced down and up off the skiddy turf.

Gabriele Angella went close with a long range effort and Merkel again shot over before birthday boy John Lundstram stung ex-Aesenal keeper Manuel Almunia’s fingers with a good effort.

Shane Duffy, with another strong showing at the heart of Yeovil’s defence, produced a fantastic last ditch tackle to deny prolific front man Troy Deeney as he was about to pull the trigger.

Watford started the second half as if they’d had a half time rocket from manager Giuseppe Sannino and dominated the early stages of the second half. But for all their possession and territorial advantage,

Stech didn’t have too much work to do. The chances were clocking up at the other end though with Lawrence curling his shot over and a Miller cross deflecting off a defender’s foot and looping on to the roof of the net.

Miller then failed to get enough power on his header to really trouble Almunia who then got down low to deny Joe Ralls’ free kick from twenty yards.

Johnson switched his attacking options in the final ten minutes, withdrawing Hayter and Lundstram to throw on Kieffer Moore and Adam Morgan. The main talking points of the closing stages though were about referee James Adcock. After giving Hornets defender Marco Cassetti a yellow card for a foul, the Italian then cynically stuck out a leg to trip up the flying Joe Edwards. As everyone on the pitch and in the stands expected the inevitable second yellow and subsequent red card, the official inexplicably chose to merely warn the defender rather than issue the cards.

Then in the last minute of three minutes stoppage time, a Watford cross into the box from the right flank seemed to be handled by Yeovil skipper McAllister but the assistant referee awarded the corner to the outrage of everyone connected with the Hornets.

The corner was cleared and ref Adcock blew for time on a game which once more turned out as a game the Glovers could have won but equally could have lost.

PALAZUELOS SIGNS UNTIL END OF SEASON

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the signing of Rubén Palazuelos after the club received international clearance for the player.

Midfielder Rubén has penned a deal with Town until the end of the season.

He is known for his spell with Scottish Premiership side Hearts where he made over 110 appearances for the Edinburgh outfit.

The Spaniard was most recently playing for Finnish side Honka where he made 30 appearances for the Premier Division side where he scored three goals.

Rubén will wear squad number 8 during his spell with the Glovers.

FINANCIAL RESULTS RELEASED

Financial results for last season’s trading have been released by the Yeovil Town FC board. 

The final accounts show a loss of £454k which was largely attributed to the increased costs on the playing budget incurred by the Club in achieving Championship League football, combined with a less than anticipated revenue from the Wembley Play off final.

Commenting on the 2013 Company Accounts Chairman John Fry said "The accounts, although showing a substantial increase in the costs of the playing budgets, are a vindication of the directors’ decision to back their manager Gary Johnson to build a team capable of promotion to the SkyBet Championship. 

“During our 10th Anniversary Year in the Football League the Club achieved its highest  position in its 118 year history through promotion to the SkyBet Championship. 

"When I first joined the YTFC board back in 1993 nobody believed that the Glovers could ever aspire to the top tier of the Football League. But we have, and now we must do our best to keep the dream alive against some of the "Giants" in English Football. 

"On very limited resources, what my Football Management team, players and staff achieved last season was nothing short of a miracle and it will be an even bigger achievement for the Glovers to retain their Championship status this season on the resources that Gary has to work with. 

“Therefore realising the development potential of the Huish Park site to generate new revenue streams has always been one of our main strategic pillars and for the Club to have any chance of maintaining its position in the top tier of the Football League, it is now absolutely essential for this objective to be achieved.

Chairman Fry added “ It will require strong and visionary leadership from our local councillors to support our Huish Park Planning Application that is to be determined by the SSDC Planning Committee over the coming months  There is no doubt in my mind the future of one of the Town’s prize assets is now in the hands of the local councillors and decision makers.

“Finally, I would like to thank all Glover fans, sponsors and main stakeholders for their continued  support of our great Club"

PREVIEW: WATFORD

MATCH SPONSOR – LYNX COPIERS

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BALL SPONSOR – HERITAGE LEISURE DESIGN

Yeovil Town are in SkyBet Championship action this Tuesday night, as Watford visit Huish Park in a rearranged fixture.

Originally this match was planned for New Year’s Day, but despite ground staff’s best efforts to clear the pitch the sheer amount of water on pitch forced the referee to abandon all hope of the game going ahead.

With Sky Sports’ cameras in town, the game was a huge loss to the home side both in terms of a congested fixture list and financially.

Since the original fixture date, Watford have cemented their place comfortably in mid table.

 

In the seven league games, they’ve won three – their last three – and secured draws away at Bournemouth and Leicester.

This recent run of form have put the Hornets within nine points of the play offs.

Yeovil, on the other hand, remain stuck at the foot of the table.

On Saturday, a number of sides in the Championship did play, including Yeovil’s immediate rivals at the bottom of the table.

In the end, draws for Millwall, Doncaster and Barnsley all did relatively little damage to the Glovers’ position, even if it did leave the Somerset side seven points from safety.

Yeovil didn’t have a fixture at the weekend giving them a few days extra rest as Watford did play, a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough.

The last time these sides met, back in November, it was possibly one of the best days in Yeovil’s season as Ishmael Miller, Byron Webster and Joe Edwards all scored in a brilliant 3-0 win at Vicarage Road. Since then, it’s all change at Watford, there’s a new manager and a number of a new players.

Beppe Sannino took over after Gianfranco Zola departed and he brought in a number of new players including Park Chu-Young from Arsenal and Samba Diakite from QPR on transfer deadline day.

One of those new men won’t be available for selection this Tuesday. Samba Diakite was shown a second half red card on Saturday and will be suspended.

Elsewhere, defender Tommy Hoban made his first appearance for Watford in over a year on Saturday and could make his first start on return from injury in Tuesday’s fixture.

For Yeovil, the injury list is potentially getting shorter as Liam Davis and Sam Hoskins edge closer to a return to the match day squad following injuries.

This fixture has been rearranged as a result of waterlogging and currently, Somerset as a whole is suffering from one of the worst floods in memory.

As such, Yeovil Town have announced that there will be a bucket collection at the game to help the Somerset Flood Relief Fund.

Any spare change you may have will be gratefully received to help aid those affected by flood damage.

Much of the county is still struggling with some travel issues, so again, those who can make it do so with the clubs’ huge thanks. Please make sure you allow extra time and plan your travel accordingly.

Tickets for Tuesday night’s fixture are available right up until kick off and your support is needed to help Yeovil get the most out of one of their games in hand over those around them.

With Barnsley also in action against high flying Derby, a win at Huish Park could do the Glovers the world of good ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with Doncaster.

If you can’t make it to Huish Park listen in to Glovers Player, stay in touch with the clubs’ social networks and get behind the side however you can.

Famous Watford Fans.

Singer, Elton John. Sky Sports Presenter, Adam Leventhal. Football Manager supremo Miles Jacobson. BBC Radio One reporter Chris Stark has also tried to sign up Jennifer Aniston and Mila Kunis as Hornets but with little success.

A Foot in Both Camps.
Reg Gilmartin, Liam Bridcutt, Dom Blizzard, Dale Bennett, Billy Gibson, Lee Johnson, Gifton Noel Williams, Colin Miles, Lewis Young. Not forgetting that a certain Gary Johnson was once on the management team at Vicarage Road.

KEEP ON “RUNNING”

As the dust begins to settle after the controversial launch of Viva Pitch at Huish Park Stadium, fans are now wondering what will come of their very own YTFC girl band in the future.

The girls are set to perform at all future home games until the end of the season in May, entertaining both home and away fans during half time. The project itself has been devised to encourage a younger and wider fan base to Huish Park, by adding a new and exciting element to the matches.

Viva Pitch have launched their debut single ‘Running’, which will be performed during every appearance at the club in an attempt to increase single sales for Prostate Cancer UK. Over the coming months the girls will be embarking on a journey to publicise the single, and the football club, through national and international media avenues.

But for those fans who already love Viva Pitch – fear not, we have it on good authority that there will be new material appearing during March, and also later in the spring! In the meantime you can order your copy of ‘Running’ on iTunes now, and do your bit for charity whilst supporting the girls and your club too!

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SPORT RELIEF TIME

 It’s time to everyone in and around Yeovil to dig out their running kits for Sport Relief again. On Sunday 23rd March the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile will be setting off from Yeovil Recreation Centre at 10.45am with hundreds of locals getting on their marks, set and go for Sport Relief.

 

The event – which is being organised by South Somerset District Council with support from Yeovil Town F.C and 1610 Leisure – will offer super sprinters and willing walkers a choice of one, three or six miles as well as having a variety of free fun activities so that people can make a morning of it.

 

Event organiser, David Blackwell, Leisure Projects Officer at South Somerset District Council explains more about the event and how to get involved. “Everyone is welcome to come along to the Rec. Enter now at sportrelief.com, get sponsored and help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries, while being part of an incredible nationwide event.

 

“This is the fourth time South Somerset District Council has hosted the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile and we are delighted to have Yeovil Town F.C on board to support us again. Now is the time to don the headband, get training and show the rest of the country what we can do. There will be plenty of free activities in the morning including circus skills, PlayArt and football skills with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust so don’t forget to rope in your mates, family, boyfriend, girlfriend and colleagues too!”

 

Terry Skiverton, Assistant Manager at Yeovil Town will again be taking part in the event and can be seen in our picture practicing his starting tecnique for last year’s event: "I’m really pleased to be involved again. We had a go last year and it was great fun and Sport Relief is such a good idea for fund raising. I hope all Yeovil Town Supporters will give generously to the cause."

 

 It’s not just the public who will be taking on the fundraising challenge. Daring Davina McCall went the extra mile in the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point. Davina travelled across the UK, all under her own steam – and all in the name of Sport Relief. By running, swimming and cycling for seven solid days, Davina hit the streets – and waters – of the UK in a bid to raise as much cash as she can and inspire the great British public to take on their own challenges, sporty or not!

 

On Friday 21st March the BBC will treat the nation to a super special night of Sport Relief TV, with presenters including Gary Lineker, Gaby Logan, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall, Clare Balding amongst others, hosting a star-studded show full of celebrity performances, comedy sketches, highlights from this year’s challenges and films about the incredible work Sport Relief supports. Del Boy and Rodney will also be back on TV screens after 10 years with a special Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch. Strictly host, Tess Daly, will reveal the judges’ favourite partnership from Sport Relief Does Strictly, where four Paralympians and their professional dance partners, will have taken on a group dance challenge, hoping to impress the judges and take home the Sport Relief glitter ball trophy on the night.

 

Then on Sunday 23rd Yeovil will come together and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

 

Councillor Sylvia Seal who holds the portofolio for Leisure and Culture at South Somerset District Council said, “We want the fourth Yeovil Mile to be a fun, high spirited event in aid of Sport Relief. One of the district council’s aims is to encourage participation in sport and physical activity and this comes in many forms. People can walk around in fancy dress if they like – it is all for a good cause.”

 

 

 

 

2014/15 SEASON TICKETS ANNOUNCED

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce their season ticket prices for the 2014/15 campaign.

Adults prices start at just £299 which is just £13 per game saving over £270 compared match day prices.

Juniors can watch the whole season for just £39! That’s just £2 a game and works out at up to 18 games FREE when compared to match day prices.

Season tickets can be purchased from Huish Park or by calling 01935 847888.

A download of the season ticket brochure will be available from Monday morning.

Prices for Season Tickets purchased by

March 22nd
Adult
Senior/

Disabled
Young

Person
Junior
AgustaWestland Stand Premium £437 £437
£437
£437
AgustaWestland Stand Centre   £391 £340 £221
£39
AgustaWestland Stand Wings £357
£306
£221 £39
Screwfix Stand Centre £374
£306
£221 £39
Screwfix Stand Wings
£340
£272
£221 £39
Thatchers Gold Terrace
£299
£240
£208
£39

Prices for Season Tickets purchased after

March 22nd
Adult
Senior/

Disabled
Young

Person
Junior
AgustaWestland Stand Premium £483 £483
£483
£483
AgustaWestland Stand Centre   £437 £380 £247
£62
AgustaWestland Stand Wings £399
£342
£247 £62
Screwfix Stand Centre £418
£342
£247 £62
Screwfix Stand Wings
£380
£304
£247 £62
Thatchers Gold Terrace
£339
£270
£234
£62

LADIES FIXTURES RELEASED

Yeovil Town Ladies will kick of their debut season in the FA Women’s Super League with a visit to Reading on 16th April.

The first home game of the season will be four days later on 20th March when the ladies take on London Bees at Sherborne Town FC.

For a full fixture list click here.

Admission prices for home games are set at $4 for adults and just £2.50 for children.

Season tickets are prices at just £30 for adults and £15 for concessions. To buy your season tickets click here.

COLLECTION FOR FLOOD RELIEF FUND

In the past weeks we have been saddened to watch the damage and heartbreak that the incessant storms and flooding have caused.

The appalling weather has hit our communities hard – homes have been destroyed and livelihoods wrecked.

NatWest has introduced various measures to help any business owner – not just our own customers – who has been impacted by the storms, as well as homeowners who have a mortgage with us.

In addition, as a team based here in the South West Natwest felt they needed to do something practical to try to help. So they approached Yeovil Town with the idea of staging a match-day collection and we were delighted to help.

At Tuesday’s match against Watford you’ll see staff from NatWest’s business, commercial and retail divisions out in force with collection buckets along with colleagues from Lombard, the asset finance arm of RBS.

We want to see everyone dig deep in aid of our neighbours and friends who are suffering because of the weather.

Donations will go to Somerset Community Foundation’s Somerset Flood Relief Fund, and NatWest will match the money raised this evening.

Natwest will also be operating special late-night opening at their branches in Bridgwater and Langport to help people who have been hit by flooding.

The two branches will stay open until 7.30pm on February 19, 20, 26 and 27, with advice on hand about support we have put in place, including mortgage repayment holidays, and NatWest’s UK Storm Business Fund.

As part of their measures to help customers hit by the bad weather, RBS and NatWest mortgage customers with flooded homes are able to apply for a three month mortgage repayment holiday.

And last month NatWest and RBS launched a £250m UK Storm Business Fund to help any viable business hit by the adverse weather, not just their own customers.

Loans can cover the cost of repairs and replacement stock to help businesses return to normal trading. Interest-free loans will be provided for three months, giving businesses the breathing space they need to get back on their feet.

Natwest have already seen a number of businesses take up the support on offer from the UK Storm Business Fund, but we want to make sure that advice is available on the doorsteps of some of those most badly hit.

A number of other emergency measures have been introduced by NatWest and RBS in addition to the UK Storm Business Fund, including repayment holidays on existing small business loans, temporary credit card limit increases, waiving of early withdrawal fees and termination costs for customers wishing to access deposits, and fast-track requests for temporary overdraft increases.

Businesses seeking finance from the UK Storm Business Fund will be subject to a maximum cap of £250k per loan.

If you know a business which has been affected by the adverse weather and needs a helping hand on the road to recovery then please encourage them to contact their NatWest relationship manager, pop into one of our local branches or call the UK Storms helpline on 0800 529 8544. Mortgage customers wishing to enquire about a repayment holiday can use the following dedicated number: 0800 408 0840.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V MILLWALL

Yeovil Town let a lead slip for the third time in four games but at least earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Millwall.

Substitute Joe Ralls scored on 63 minutes, ten minutes after coming on but Steve Morison levelled with a downward header quarter of an hour from time. It was a frustrating end to an error-strewn match and leaves the Glovers rooted to the bottom of the Skybet Championship. Victory would have taken Gary Johnson’s side to within three points of safety and off the foot of the table too.

The manager had reacted to Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Leeds United by bringing in Tom Lawrence for his first start since arriving on loan from Manchester United, Kevin Dawson dropping to the bench.

With rain falling in the early stages, it was Lions striker DJ Campbell who had the game’s first chance but his right foot shot from twenty yards went two yards wide. Town’s Ishmael Miller then went even closer but his snap shot deflected off a defender’s foot and skimmed the top of the crossbar.

Miller then had another clear chance but having controlled the ball and got a yard ahead of the covering defender, he delayed his shot and the defender cleared. David Forde in the Millwall goal then tipped a rasping effort from Lawrence around for a corner.

Forde then saved from Joel Grant as Yeovil enjoyed the majority of the chances with Millwall’s aim often letting them down; Scott Malone and Scott McDonald both shooting well wide of the goal. Miller then failed to get good contact on a John Lundstram cross  and Forde held comfortably.

There were two early subs from the home side in the second half. Joe Ralls came on for Grant on 53 minutes and he was soon followed onto the pitch by James Hayter up front who replaced Kieffer Moore.

On the hour, Yeovil had the ball in the net through Miller’s low shot but he was adjudged to have fouled the defender and ref Andy Woolmer disallowed the goal. But after Marek Stech saved well from Lions sub Liam Feeney, the Glovers took the lead on 63 minutes. Hayter chipped over an inviting cross from the right channel and Ralls met it perfectly with a left foot sidefoot finish into the corner.

Millwall boss Ian Holloway then gambled by making his final two subs with eighteen minutes remaining, bringing on Alan Dunne and Jermaine Easter for Richard Chaplow and Campbell.

Martyn Woolford stung Stech’s hands with a long range effort on 74 minutes but the Yeovil joy was short lived as sixty seconds later, the visitors equalised. Easter crossed from the right and Steve Morison, on loan from Saturday’s victors Leeds, headed downwards and past the helpless Stech.

Lawrence then saw his effort parried by Forde before making way for Adam Morgan with seven minutes left. Morgan’s first action was to burst on to a pass from man-of-the-match Joe Edwards and fire agonisingly wide, looking for his first senior goal.

The remaining moments were played out among a flurry of yellow cards from ref Woolmer and in the dying moments, big Danny Shittu came up for a corner but directed his header just over the crossbar.

Match Report : 11/02/2014

Yeovil Town let a lead slip for the third time in four games but at least earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Millwall.

Substitute Joe Ralls scored on 63 minutes, ten minutes after coming on but Steve Morison levelled with a downward header quarter of an hour from time. It was a frustrating end to an error-strewn match and leaves the Glovers rooted to the bottom of the Skybet Championship. Victory would have taken Gary Johnson’s side to within three points of safety and off the foot of the table too.

The manager had reacted to Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Leeds United by bringing in Tom Lawrence for his first start since arriving on loan from Manchester United, Kevin Dawson dropping to the bench.

With rain falling in the early stages, it was Lions striker DJ Campbell who had the game’s first chance but his right foot shot from twenty yards went two yards wide. Town’s Ishmael Miller then went even closer but his snap shot deflected off a defender’s foot and skimmed the top of the crossbar.

Miller then had another clear chance but having controlled the ball and got a yard ahead of the covering defender, he delayed his shot and the defender cleared. David Forde in the Millwall goal then tipped a rasping effort from Lawrence around for a corner.

Forde then saved from Joel Grant as Yeovil enjoyed the majority of the chances with Millwall’s aim often letting them down; Scott Malone and Scott McDonald both shooting well wide of the goal. Miller then failed to get good contact on a John Lundstram cross  and Forde held comfortably.

There were two early subs from the home side in the second half. Joe Ralls came on for Grant on 53 minutes and he was soon followed onto the pitch by James Hayter up front who replaced Kieffer Moore.

On the hour, Yeovil had the ball in the net through Miller’s low shot but he was adjudged to have fouled the defender and ref Andy Woolmer disallowed the goal. But after Marek Stech saved well from Lions sub Liam Feeney, the Glovers took the lead on 63 minutes. Hayter chipped over an inviting cross from the right channel and Ralls met it perfectly with a left foot sidefoot finish into the corner.

Millwall boss Ian Holloway then gambled by making his final two subs with eighteen minutes remaining, bringing on Alan Dunne and Jermaine Easter for Richard Chaplow and Campbell.

Martyn Woolford stung Stech’s hands with a long range effort on 74 minutes but the Yeovil joy was short lived as sixty seconds later, the visitors equalised. Easter crossed from the right and Steve Morison, on loan from Saturday’s victors Leeds, headed downwards and past the helpless Stech.

Lawrence then saw his effort parried by Forde before making way for Adam Morgan with seven minutes left. Morgan’s first action was to burst on to a pass from man-of-the-match Joe Edwards and fire agonisingly wide, looking for his first senior goal.

The remaining moments were played out among a flurry of yellow cards from ref Woolmer and in the dying moments, big Danny Shittu came up for a corner but directed his header just over the crossbar.

GLOVERS GIVE ALZHEIMER’S HELP

Dementia is a progressive disease which can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss, difficulty with planning, problem solving and communication.

Whist it is not an inevitable part of aging it is more prevalent as people get older and as our life expectancy grows so too does the number of people with dementia. There are many different diseases that cause dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular dementia.

The gradual decline in a person’s ability to remember things can be distressing and frustrating both for those suffering with dementia and those that love and care for them.

Following a recent  appeal from The Dementia Team at Yeovil District Hospital we are glad to be able to report that Yeovil Town Football Club are actively doing something to help.

With a major redesign underway of the Trauma Orthopaedic ward into a far more therapeutic environment for those with dementia, Consultant Nurse Janine Valentine has approached the club for their help.

Sport and particularly Football is incredibly important to many and often forms a significant part of a person’s life. This means it can be a wonderful thing to reflect back on and evoke memories. There are also many who have been lifelong football fans but due to declining health are unable to still attend football matches.

In an effort to stimulate memories and help with important reminiscence work the club will be providing archive material and photographs for their patients to view via the hospital’s new interactive IT screens which are soon to be available on a number of wards.

There will also be a rolling projection of these amazing images onto a large viewing area  in the newly redesigned ward.

With dementia often causing memory loss of more recent life events it is hoped that the material the club is providing will help the  patients within Yeovil Hospital to both enjoy and  relive the best moments in The Glovers history.

If you think you have any suitable archive material, please contact the media department at YTFC on media@ytfc.net.

For more information about dementia visit: alzheimers.org.uk or call the National Dementia helpline on 0300 222 1122.

GET BEHIND VIVA URGE PROSTATE CHARITY

Prostate Cancer UK have spoken of their delight that the Viva Pitch single "Running" has finally been released (for pre-order initially) on iTunes and urge all Yeovil Town supporters to get behind the project with proceeds from the single going to the Charity.

The girls will be getting together with some of the Millwall players (whose shirt sponsors are Prostate Cancer UK) for a photo opportunity.

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK said: “Yeovil Town have been working tirelessly in their local community to raise awareness of the serious issue of prostate cancer and this is certainly one of the more innovative projects undertaken. It certainly seems to have caught the imagination and I look forward to hearing their debut single safe in the knowledge that a bulk of the proceeds will come directly to us.

 

“Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK with one in eight men likely to be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime. It’s great that everyone at Huish Park and the local area are involved in promoting awareness but our vocal range remains massive. From Somerset to Cumbria we want to be there for all men and make sure we are all singing off the same hymn-sheet in our quest to beat this disease.”

 

 

NO PITCH INSPECTION PLANNED

As it stands – at 11am – there is no planned pitch inspection at Huish Park ahead of tonight’s SkyBet CHampionship game with Millwall.

The surface is in good condition despite a number of showers over night there is every confidence the match with Ian Holloway’s men will go ahead as planned.

If anything changes supporters will be first to know so please keep your eyes and ears open for the latest news on the official website and via our social media channels.

VIVA PITCH A YOUTUBE HIT

Viva Pitch are becoming a YouTube hit following their debut performance at Huish Park on Saturday for the Leeds United match.

With two video clips featuring on YouTube the total views on the Official Yeovil Town Football Club YouTube site is 27,451 whilst on the Western Gazette web site their video has had over 14, 000 hits making a total of over 41,000 views in three days.

It would seem that the girls are going down well following the first airing of their song “Running” despite reservations from a very very small minority.

If you haven’t caught up with the Viva Pitch revolution yet you can meet the girls here, listen to “Running” here and see the video of Saturday’s performance here.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V MILLWALL

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action on Tuesday night as the visit of Millwall might be one of the most important matches of the season.

The Glovers, still 24th, entertain the Londoners who sit one place outside the dreaded drop zone.

Victory for Yeovil will half the deficit in points between the two sides and bring some much needed momentum back to the survival campaign.

Yeovil would jump to 23 points and still have one game in hand over all of their rivals, apart from Barnsley and Charlton.

If you’ve all got your cliché bingo cards at the ready, the Yeovil players and staff could be forgiven if "must win" and "six pointer" are uttered through the corridors of Huish Park.

It’s a quick turnaround for the squads who both had fixtures at the weekend, Yeovil let a 1-0 lead slip at home to Leeds while Millwall made the long trip to Burnley only to come away empty handed from a 3-1 defeat.

Before the weekend, Millwall’s form card doesn’t make for the best reading, defeats against Leicester, Huddersfield and Reading have all sandwiched their only recent points; a win against Ipswich and a draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

Their away form is possibly even grimmer reading, since their last win on their travels back in September, the Lions have only gained two points on the road, even exiting the FA Cup away to League Two Southend.

We better mention their goal difference too, the worst in the entire division at -28.

Those sort of statistics is enough to give any Yeovil fan some optimism going into the big clash.

However, they did do some good business in January.

Ian Holloway made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad and he did just that, adding striker Simeon Jackson and of course a certain midfielder… Ed Upson.

Upson made 24 appearances in a Yeovil shirt this season and scored four goals, including the first one of the season, a dramatic last minute winner, against Millwall.

However, the play-off semi final hero made the decision to head to the New Den on transfer deadline day.

As an aside, Ed won’t be available for selection on Tuesday due to a clause agreed between to the clubs as part of the deal.

Ed was brought to the club to cover the loss of Liam Trotter who departed for Bolton.

One other player who will be missing is defender Shane Lowery, he was sent off against Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last month and is still suspended.

That last gasp goal from Upson for his old employers against his new employers was the big moment of the game the last time the clubs met.

It was the opening day of the current season and Millwall hosted Yeovil’s first ever match at Championship level.

Other recent meetings between the clubs have come at League One level; in 2009/10 the club exchanged draws in the two fixtures, a 0-0 in London and Dean Bowditch scoring in a 1-1 at Huish Park.

The season before that saw yet another draw at the New Dean but a much better 2-0 win at home, Jon Obika and Gavin Tomlin on target that day.

However, that is about it for positive Yeovil results in this fixture, only one other draw back in 2006 worth mentioning since we joined the Football League.

On the injury front, Liam Davis had half a chance of making the squad for Saturday, but missed out. It’s hoped he has a better chance for this one after a couple of extra days off and Joe Ralls, who also missed Saturday, may need the extra time too.

Positivity is the order of the day for the fixture and the Glovers’ faithful are a massive part of that, so Huish Park need to have one of it’s special ‘under-the-lights’ atmospheres.

Tickets for this game are available right up until kick off via all the usual outlets, but as ever, you can save time, money and hassle by purchasing in advance.

The weather and travel advice is the same as that on Saturday. Allow suitable time to make your journey to Huish Park and make sure your journey is a safe and passable one.

Local radio stations are the best source of information that will help you on your journey to support the Glovers.

So, if you can, make Huish Park a fortress over the next few games, it could be a pivotal few games and you don’t want to miss it.

TICKET NEWS: READING AWAY

Tickets for the Reading away trip on Saturday 1st March are now on sale.

The prices for the visit to The Madejski Stadium are as follows:

Prices for season ticket holders:
Adults – £25.00

65 and over – £17.00

17 – 21 years – £17.00

16 and under – £10.00

 

Prices for non season ticket holders:
Adults – £27.00

65 and over – £19.00

17 – 21 years – £19.00

16 and under – £11.00

 

Match day prices:
Adults – £30.00

65 and over – £22.00

17 – 21 years – £22.00

16 and under – £12.00

 

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled fans will pay appropriate category above and carer is free of charge.

TICKET NEWS: QPR AWAY

Tickets for Town’s away trip to QPR are now on sale to Season Ticket Holders from Huish Park.

The Glovers have been allocated the full 1,146 tickets with a minimal restricted view tickets to arrive at a later date.

Tickets are now on sale to season ticket holders (two per ticket) who have until Saturday 22nd February (Doncaster Rovers at home) to claim their tickets.

General sale will begin on Monday 24th February and will be limited to two per person.

If any tickets remain the restriction on two per person will be lifted on 3rd March.

Gold
Adults – £30.00

Junior U16s – £15.00   

Young Person 16 – 21 – £20.00   

Seniors over 60 – £20.00   

Silver
Adults – £25.00   

Junior U16s – £12.00   

Young Person 16 – 21 – £15.00   

Seniors over 60 – £15.00   

Under 8s with adult – Free

A reduction will be applied for restricted view seats. Restricted view means you may not be able to see the goal line.

No tickets will be sold on the day – advised not to travel without a ticket.

There is a family area – block Y2 in both Gold and Silver price brackets.

CLUB THANKS VOLUNTEERS

Yeovil Town wish to thank the army of volunteers for giving up their time to assist at Huish Park this morning.

The band of volunteers were a great help to ground staff in removing the covers in preparation of today’s game against Leeds United.

Once again everyone at Huish Park is thankful for the help from fans from both clubs.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V LEEDS UNITED

Yeovil Town slipped to their ninth home league defeat of the season when they lost by two goals to one against turmoil-ridden Leeds United.

Ishmael Miller gave his side a vital 32nd minute lead but then wasted a glorious chance to double the lead when he blazed a spot kick over just before half time. The let off seemed to boost the visitors and wind-assisted strikes from top scorer Ross McCormack and Stephen Warnock ensured all three points returned with the visitors to Yorkshire.

The conditions didn’t help the game one bit but it was an open spectacle with Brian McDermott’s team using the wind better and learning from their first half errors of clearing high instead of keeping the ball low.

Town manager Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that lost 3-2 at Nottingham Forest last Sunday. Joe Ralls was injured and James Hayter dropped to the bench to accommodate the returning Miller and Kevin Dawson.

The Glovers kicked with the wind behind them in the first half but it was star striker McCormack who had the first sight of goal but his rising effort cleared the bar by a foot. The Scot, with 21 goals in 28 games for the Whites,  was looking sharp and another effort skirted the post on fourteen minutes.

Kieffer Moore, himself in a good vein of scoring form,  had two efforts with both head and foot that went wide as both sides struggled to cope with the end-to-end wind that blew through Huish Park.

But Yeovil were enjoying the bulk of possession and deservedly took the lead just after the half hour mark. A corner was swung in from the left and Miller met it with a perfect glancing header to put the hosts in front, his fifth in ten matches.

The goal was then followed by Joel Grant inadvertently almost making it 2-0 when Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny’s clearance crashed off Grant’s back but flew harmlessly wide.

McCormack then had another sight of goal on forty minutes but his deft chip was too low and keeper Marek Stech caught the ball easily. Then, with the half time kettle whistling, the Glovers were handed the perfect opportunity to go in two up when Kevin Dawson was brought down inside the box. However Miller ran up and blasted the ball miles over the bar and out of the ground.

The second half started in nightmare fashion for Yeovil. Smarting from the penalty miss, they conceded within thirty seconds of the restart when Stech’s clearance held up in the wind. McCormack controlled the ball and hit a stunning shot back past the Czech keeper and into the top corner.

Stech then had to make a flying save to prevent the advantage switching to Leeds when he tipped the ball onto the crossbar from a ferocious Rodolpho Austin shot. The let off was only temporary though and United took the lead on the hour mark. Jamie McAllister conceded a free kick just inside his own half and from fully fifty yards, Stephen Warnock’s free kick sailed past everybody and into the net.

From then on, it looked more likely that the visitors would score next rather than Yeovil. Jimmy Kebe spooned over from close range but was rescued by the offside flag, McCormack curled a shot wide and Austin’s two long range shots were first blocked by Duffy and then flashed wide.

Moore was looking the more impressive striker up top and after almost losing the ball wide on the left during a break, he won it back and cut inside before his shot took a deflection and out for a corner.

In the last ten minutes, Johnson introduced Adam Morgan, Tom Lawrence and James Hayter for Grant, Dawson and Lundstram in a final throw of the dice to grab an equaliser but to no avail. In fact, Stech made another top drawer save to deny McCormack late on.

Match Report : 08/02/2014

Yeovil Town slipped to their ninth home league defeat of the season when they lost by two goals to one against turmoil-ridden Leeds United.

Ishmael Miller gave his side a vital 32nd minute lead but then wasted a glorious chance to double the lead when he blazed a spot kick over just before half time. The let off seemed to boost the visitors and wind-assisted strikes from top scorer Ross McCormack and Stephen Warnock ensured all three points returned with the visitors to Yorkshire.

The conditions didn’t help the game one bit but it was an open spectacle with Brian McDermott’s team using the wind better and learning from their first half errors of clearing high instead of keeping the ball low.

Town manager Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that lost 3-2 at Nottingham Forest last Sunday. Joe Ralls was injured and James Hayter dropped to the bench to accommodate the returning Miller and Kevin Dawson.

The Glovers kicked with the wind behind them in the first half but it was star striker McCormack who had the first sight of goal but his rising effort cleared the bar by a foot. The Scot, with 21 goals in 28 games for the Whites,  was looking sharp and another effort skirted the post on fourteen minutes.

Kieffer Moore, himself in a good vein of scoring form,  had two efforts with both head and foot that went wide as both sides struggled to cope with the end-to-end wind that blew through Huish Park.

But Yeovil were enjoying the bulk of possession and deservedly took the lead just after the half hour mark. A corner was swung in from the left and Miller met it with a perfect glancing header to put the hosts in front, his fifth in ten matches.

The goal was then followed by Joel Grant inadvertently almost making it 2-0 when Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny’s clearance crashed off Grant’s back but flew harmlessly wide.

McCormack then had another sight of goal on forty minutes but his deft chip was too low and keeper Marek Stech caught the ball easily. Then, with the half time kettle whistling, the Glovers were handed the perfect opportunity to go in two up when Kevin Dawson was brought down inside the box. However Miller ran up and blasted the ball miles over the bar and out of the ground.

The second half started in nightmare fashion for Yeovil. Smarting from the penalty miss, they conceded within thirty seconds of the restart when Stech’s clearance held up in the wind. McCormack controlled the ball and hit a stunning shot back past the Czech keeper and into the top corner.

Stech then had to make a flying save to prevent the advantage switching to Leeds when he tipped the ball onto the crossbar from a ferocious Rodolpho Austin shot. The let off was only temporary though and United took the lead on the hour mark. Jamie McAllister conceded a free kick just inside his own half and from fully fifty yards, Stephen Warnock’s free kick sailed past everybody and into the net.

From then on, it looked more likely that the visitors would score next rather than Yeovil. Jimmy Kebe spooned over from close range but was rescued by the offside flag, McCormack curled a shot wide and Austin’s two long range shots were first blocked by Duffy and then flashed wide.

Moore was looking the more impressive striker up top and after almost losing the ball wide on the left during a break, he won it back and cut inside before his shot took a deflection and out for a corner.

In the last ten minutes, Johnson introduced Adam Morgan, Tom Lawrence and James Hayter for Grant, Dawson and Lundstram in a final throw of the dice to grab an equaliser but to no avail. In fact, Stech made another top drawer save to deny McCormack late on.

WELCOME TO VIVA PITCH!

Yeovil Town FC caused a stir back in November when they announced that they were collaborating with a music company to produce an all singing, all dancing girl group for the Glovers.

With the hope to attract a new generation of supporters to the club and raise money for the Football League’s official charity, they launched the ‘Glovers Go Pop!’ campaign.

Auditions were held in early December and although only 17 people attended, the standard of talent was so high that it fell to the judging panel headed up by Gary Johnson to whittle down the hopefuls to the final lineup.

Since then, four very talented young ladies have been put through their paces by a team of industry professionals who the girls vocally and physically during intensive bootcamps in Bristol and London.

This weekend before kick-off at the Yeovil Town versus Leeds home match; Lisa, Nicola, Danie & Molly aka ‘Viva Pitch’ will be unveiled to the crowds at Huish Park as Yeovil Town FC’s very own girl group.

As the first ever girl group created for the Football League, Viva Pitch are leading the way for English sport showcasing the nations love of football, on and off the pitch. The controversial new group has already achieved media attention from press, radio and TV around the world and their domination of the headlines looks set to continue over the next 3 months.

Acting as new age cheerleaders at Yeovil Town FC home matches, Viva Pitch will also be touring the UK performing at stadiums, schools, universities, nightclubs and events promoting their debut single ‘Running’ which is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, the Football League’s official charity.

A spokesperson for the project said: “What has been achieved so far with this project in just two months since we first started auditions is incredible. The four girls who make up Viva Pitch have worked so hard, completely for free to ensure that the group launches with a fantastic song that is competitive with the rest of the tracks in the charts. Their on-pitch performance this weekend will be a fantastic launch for the girls as they prepare to promote Yeovil Town FC across the UK and beyond.”

‘Running’ is available to pre-order from iTunes now with the official release date set for late spring. Organisers have exciting plans for the group and will be working with a number of media organisations to ensure that the group raises as much money as possible with their debut release.

To meet the girls and for more information about Viva Pitch log onto www.wearevivapitch.com

Watch Viva Pitch introduce themselves here.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V LEEDS UNITED

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Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this Saturday as they host Leeds United.

The game has been moved to a 12:15 kick off to accommodate Sky’s TV Cameras, but for those who are attending in person, it’s worth noting that tickets will not be available on the day.

If you cannot make it to Huish Park in person before the end of business on Friday, please call in advance to secure your ticket. You may be asked for evidence of your previous purchases with YTFC.

With over 2000 Leeds fans making the trip early on Saturday and tickets in the home end selling well, it’s hoped that the atmosphere will be electric for a vital three points.

Yeovil are glad to be back at home after a stretch of four away games in a row, the last time the Glovers played at Huish Park was back on the 11th of January.

Since then, it’s been trips to Birmingham for an impressive 2-0 win, Southampton where the Premier League outfit knocked Yeovil out of the FA Cup before valiant performances in defeat at both Derby and Nottingham Forest.

As for Leeds and their build up to the game, well, where to begin?

The media focus around Elland Road has been about the goings on off the field more than on it, with takeovers and management changes, coming and going, to put it all into words may take longer than the average preview can offer.

At the time of writing, former Glover Brian McDermott was the manager of the side and a takeover to Italian Massimo Cellino seems to be edging closer, but as has been the goings on over the past week there’s no guarantee either will still be the case by the time kick off comes around.

McDermott was quoted this week as saying “I just hope football breaks out here”, so he will have his players focused on the fixture.

Last week, without McDermott in charge, they thumped local rivals Huddersfield Town 5-1.

However results prior to that hadn’t been all going their way; they didn’t win at all in January and that included a 6-0 humbling against Sheffield Wednesday and exiting the FA Cup at the hands of League Two Rochdale.

Their last win was back on December 14th, a 3-0 victory over Doncaster.

That run of form has seen the whites drop to 11th in the division, a full eight points off the play offs.

Bad form aside, Ross McCormack is leading the line as the top scorer in the division has already notched over 20 times this season.

Fellow striker Matt Smith is available again for the visitors; he served a three match ban following a sending off.

Elsewhere, the Yorkshire side are likely to include both Lee Peltier and Cameron Stewart in their travelling squad; both could make appearances against a side they previously represented.

Stewart has already played at Huish Park once this season, for his first loan side, Charlton Athletic, scoring in a dramatic 2-2 draw.

For the hosts, Ishmael Miller is back in contention having had to sit out the Nottingham Forest game due to a clause in his loan agreement.

New signing Tom Lawrence impressed in that game as did the Glovers’ scorer Kieffer Moore and with manager Gary Johnson praising Adam Morgan in the local press this week, attacking options are looking healthy at Huish Park.

Defender Liam Davis could well be back in the squad too, the left sided player has progressed after injury well and could make a shock early return.

However, it is still too early for either Sam Hoskins or Nathan Ralph who will both watch from the stands.

The two clubs have met a number of times before, when Leeds spent a number of seasons in League One, but there is one previous meeting at this level we can refer to.

The Whites overcame Yeovil at Elland Road by a score of 2-0 when a second half double from that man McCormack was the only difference.

On that day in November, Yeovil had more possession, more shots and more corners but couldn’t convert that pressure into goals.

Before that, the last meeting was back in 2010. A 2-1 defeat for Yeovil at home and a 4-0 thumping at Elland Road.

It doesn’t get much better the further back you look, another 4-0 thrashing and a couple of 1-0 results in Leeds’ favour, but we can take some joy from the 1-1 draw in 2008.

Lloyd Owusu converted the rebound from a saved penalty, winning a point for the home side that day.

The Glovers will be hoping to notch their first ever win against Leeds and with the TV Cameras in town there will be no better time to do it.

Supporters are advised that with a bumper crowd expected to arrive in plenty of time ahead of the early kick off.

With the weather in Somerset as wet and windy as it has ever been anyone making the trip to Huish Park is advised to keep their eyes peeled for match information on ytfc.net, travel information on local radio and to make sure their travel arrangements are both passable and you allow plenty of time to make the journey.

For anyone who isn’t coming to Huish Park, you can either watch the game on Sky Sports, or listen to it on Glovers player for a slightly more green and white tint to proceedings.

As ever, the club’s social networks will have the key events and post-match reaction covered.

With Yeovil at home six times out of their next seven games, it’s now the time to get behind Gary Johnson and the team as the side aim to climb out of the bottom three.

Famous Fans – who might you, bump into in line for a hotdog?
Pretty much all of the band the Kaiser Chiefs, Radio funny man Chris Moyles, Golfer Nick Faldo, most of the cast of Emmerdale, as well as the biggest of names in pop music… Gareth Gates and Scary Spice.

A foot in both camps, who have represented both sides?
Lee Pelteir, Alex McCarthy, Brian McDermott, Paul Huntington, Andros Townsend, Martin Woods,  Terry Connor, Ben Gordon, Michael Woods  and Canadian Josh Wagenaar and whites’ new boy Cameron Stewart.

THE GROUNDSTAFF NEED YOUR HELP!

The club would like to ask fans to volunteer to help the groundstaff remove the covers off the Huish Park pitch.

Fans are being asked to arrive at around 7am at gate 5 to help with the removal of the covers.

The pitch has been covered over the past few days to protect the playing surface from the heavy rain and with more set to be on its way – the covers will not be removed until tomorrow morning.

The match is an all-ticket match for supporters – meaning no tickets will be available to be bought tomorrow. The ticket office at Huish Park closes at 5pm today (Friday, February 7). To booke your tickets call 01935 847888.

SOCCER AM TO REVEAL TOP 10 GOALS OF 2013

Goals from each of the 72 Football League clubs are in contention to be named the Mitre Goal of the Year at the Football League Awards 2014.

Sky Sports’ Soccer AM will this weekend reveal which 10 goals from the list will now be put forward for a fan vote. The selection of the 10 best goals scored by League clubs form across Football League competitions in 2013 will be shown by Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain on the Sky Sports programme on Saturday morning, along with details of how fans can vote for their favourite.

Each of the 72 Football League clubs nominated their best goal from 2013 as their own ‘Mitre Goal of the Year’ for the competition.  The 10 best strikes have been selected to make the cut, with the fan vote then helping to decide the final shortlist of 5 goals. Alongside the vote, fans will be given a chance to win tickets to next month’s star studded event.

Fans can see all 72 goals in contention for the Mitre Goal of the Year and make their own mind up as to which ones should make the Top 10 by watching them all on The Football League’s YouTube channel:

Championship club goals: http://youtu.be/XCSTq8x33JM

League 1 club goals: http://youtu.be/rdyWdy4FDoQ

League 2 club goals: http://youtu.be/J4okOyDPUV0

Previous winners of the Mitre Goal of the Year award are Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest – 2012), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City – 2011), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic – 2010), Nicky Maynard (Bristol City – 2009), Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers – 2008), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United – 2007), Joe Ledley (Cardiff City – 2006) and Stefan Oakes (Notts County – 2005).

The overall winner of the best goal from 2013 will be decided at the Football League Awards which take place at The Brewery in London on Sunday 16th March.

For more about The Football League Awards visit www.FLAwards.com or search for #FLAwards on Twitter.

PITCH UPDATE

With Saturday’s Sky televised match against Leeds United fast approaching the club would like to reassure supporters of both clubs that every effort is being made to ensure the game takes place.

The pitch has been covered since late on Monday and is reasonably dry under the covers. Improvements to the dug out area have been carried out since the postponement of the Watford match which should solve the problems of water not draining away from that area.

The ground staff are regularly monitoring the weather and despite the forecast all remain hopeful the match will be played.

We will carry regular updates on the club’s official web site and also on our Twitter feed.

We are living through truly extreme weather conditions which do make like difficult for both the club and travelling supporters, but rest assured EVERYTHING that can be done to ensure the game is played is being done.

CHECK OUT GLOVERS WALL

Another exciting addition to ytfc.net today has been the introduction of The Wall – a live hub for all the breaking news direct from Yeovil Town Football Club.

Staff members from across the club will be bringing you all the developments from inside and around Huish Park.

As well as being updated with regular posts throughout the day, Glovers Wall also integrates all of Yeovil Town’s Social Media sites to include posts and updates from Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – where the Glovers have a strong presence – into one area.

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – we will be bringing all relevant content into the Glovers Wall so you won’t have to go anywhere else.

Follow this link to visit the Glovers Wall: http://wall.ytfc.net/Event/Glovers_Wall

CLUB TO WITHDRAW FROM PREMIER CUP

Yeovil Town have regrettably had to withdraw from the Somerset Premier Cup competition this season due to heavy fixture back log.

This means the club will be unable to fulfil its fixture against Frome Town this month.

With the club in a delicate situation in the Championship it is imperative they endeavour to retain their membership of that League.

With a very small squad of players, no reserve or youth players the club have been plagued with injuries this season.

To fulfil another 20 league games in less than 13 weeks with player resources stretched to the limit the club felt it had no alternative than to withdraw.

The club have no wish to embarrass the Somerset FA or Frome Town by bringing in non- contract players to fulfil the Frome fixture.

Yeovil Town will of course recompense Frome Town by offering a pre-season fixture at Badgers Hill at the start of the 2014/2015 with all proceeds being retained by Frome Town.

GET YOUR TICKETS BEFORE SATURDAY

Town fans are reminded that tickets for Saturday’s match against Leeds United will not be on sale on the day.

There are only a limited number of seats remaining in both the AgustaWestland Stand and Screwfix Community Stand.

All tickets are onsale to home fans only and proof of previous attendance maybe required.

To order your tickets call 01935 847888 or visit the ticket office at Huish Park.

REPORT: NOTTINGHAM FOREST V YEOVIL TOWN

With Nottingham Forest playing on Thursday Yeovil Town travelled to the City Ground on Sunday for thier SkyBet Championship fixture.


The home side came flying out of the blocks and the fans in red thought they had taken a second minute lead when the returning Lansbury curled an effort just wode of the upright from 20 yards.

Forest took the lead just after the 15th minute mark when a through ball from Lansbury found Paterson, who rounded Stech to shoot at goal. With the ball seeming going out play defender Byron Webster’s left foot directed it in the net.

The goal sprung the Glovers into life with Moore, Hayter twice going close for Town.

In the 26th minute and after a good spell of play Town drew level.  The towering Moore met a Jamie McAllister cross from the left. As the former Dorchester man rose above his marker in the area to nod into the empty net keeper Darlow was no where to be seen.

Despite Town having their best period of play the home side took the lead. A effort from distance from goal scorer Paterson was well saved by Stech. Mackie picked up the loose ball and coolly passed across the six-yard line to Cox, who made no mistake to crashing the ball into the Yeovil net.

Immediately after the goal Town were forced into making their first substitute. Midfielder Joe Ralls hobbled off to be replaced by new loan signing Tom Lawrence.

Right on the half time whistle Town were dealt a massive let off. Mackie latched onto a back pass from McAllister, but with only Stech to beat he fired his shot against the side netting.

Ten minutes into the second period the first goalscorer Paterson found himself with room in the area. The Forest man curled the ball around Stech but his effort bounced away to safety off the post.

With ten minutes remaining Gary Johnson made another substitute with Lanzoni replacing Hayter, this change saw Byron Webster move up front to add more ariel presence.

Good link up on the right by Ayling and Edwards saw the former release Grant and his cross found McAllister in the area, but his shot was well blocked by Gonzalo Jala.

With the fourth official signalling three minutes of added on time the home side added to their tally. Substitute Rafik Diebbour buddles the ball home after a Cox shot and a goal mouth scramble.

Match Report : 02/02/2014

With Nottingham Forest playing on Thursday Yeovil Town travelled to the City Ground on Sunday for thier SkyBet Championship fixture.


The home side came flying out of the blocks and the fans in red thought they had taken a second minute lead when the returning Lansbury curled an effort just wode of the upright from 20 yards.

Forest took the lead just after the 15th minute mark when a through ball from Lansbury found Paterson, who rounded Stech to shoot at goal. With the ball seeming going out play defender Byron Webster’s left foot directed it in the net.

The goal sprung the Glovers into life with Moore, Hayter twice going close for Town.

In the 26th minute and after a good spell of play Town drew level.  The towering Moore met a Jamie McAllister cross from the left. As the former Dorchester man rose above his marker in the area to nod into the empty net keeper Darlow was no where to be seen.

Despite Town having their best period of play the home side took the lead. A effort from distance from goal scorer Paterson was well saved by Stech. Mackie picked up the loose ball and coolly passed across the six-yard line to Cox, who made no mistake to crashing the ball into the Yeovil net.

Immediately after the goal Town were forced into making their first substitute. Midfielder Joe Ralls hobbled off to be replaced by new loan signing Tom Lawrence.

Right on the half time whistle Town were dealt a massive let off. Mackie latched onto a back pass from McAllister, but with only Stech to beat he fired his shot against the side netting.

Ten minutes into the second period the first goalscorer Paterson found himself with room in the area. The Forest man curled the ball around Stech but his effort bounced away to safety off the post.

With ten minutes remaining Gary Johnson made another substitute with Lanzoni replacing Hayter, this change saw Byron Webster move up front to add more ariel presence.

Good link up on the right by Ayling and Edwards saw the former release Grant and his cross found McAllister in the area, but his shot was well blocked by Gonzalo Jala.

With the fourth official signalling three minutes of added on time the home side added to their tally. Substitute Rafik Diebbour buddles the ball home after a Cox shot and a goal mouth scramble.

Match Report : 01/02/2014

With Nottingham Forest playing on Thursday Yeovil Town travelled to the City Ground on Sunday for thier SkyBet Championship fixture.


The home side came flying out of the blocks and the fans in red thought they had taken a second minute lead when the returning Lansbury curled an effort just wode of the upright from 20 yards.

Forest took the lead just after the 15th minute mark when a through ball from Lansbury found Paterson, who rounded Stech to shoot at goal. With the ball seeming going out play defender Byron Webster’s left foot directed it in the net.

The goal sprung the Glovers into life with Moore, Hayter twice going close for Town.

In the 26th minute and after a good spell of play Town drew level.  The towering Moore met a Jamie McAllister cross from the left. As the former Dorchester man rose above his marker in the area to nod into the empty net keeper Darlow was no where to be seen.

Despite Town having their best period of play the home side took the lead. A effort from distance from goal scorer Paterson was well saved by Stech. Mackie picked up the loose ball and coolly passed across the six-yard line to Cox, who made no mistake to crashing the ball into the Yeovil net.

Immediately after the goal Town were forced into making their first substitute. Midfielder Joe Ralls hobbled off to be replaced by new loan signing Tom Lawrence.

Right on the half time whistle Town were dealt a massive let off. Mackie latched onto a back pass from McAllister, but with only Stech to beat he fired his shot against the side netting.

Ten minutes into the second period the first goalscorer Paterson found himself with room in the area. The Forest man curled the ball around Stech but his effort bounced away to safety off the post.

With ten minutes remaining Gary Johnson made another substitute with Lanzoni replacing Hayter, this change saw Byron Webster move up front to add more ariel presence.

Good link up on the right by Ayling and Edwards saw the former release Grant and his cross found McAllister in the area, but his shot was well blocked by Gonzalo Jala.

With the fourth official signalling three minutes of added on time the home side added to their tally. Substitute Rafik Diebbour buddles the ball home after a Cox shot and a goal mouth scramble.