Month: April 2014

#BACKFROMBORO BLOG DAY TWO

Day 2 came and went in around 6 hours in the saddle. A broken chain, along with a couple of other technical issues, meant he morning wasn’t as smooth as it might have been but spirits and camaraderie have grown every mile. Today was the grand unveiling of the Pistol Knights team shirt day. Riding through a variety of northern towns certainly raised a few laughs but the loss of Glen’s faulty horn meant that we were not leaving the mark of the group that was so well received yesterday. Thanks to the organisation of EventsCrew I’m happy to report that the horn will be sounded to the people from Nottingham through to Stratford upon Avon have a treat in store tomorrow! 
We started with 64 riders and, thus far, we still have them all. 5 groups, learning about each other, helping each other and becoming part of 5 great teams is great to see. It’s exactly what this ride is all about.
Tomorrow’s weather will be the biggest test so far. But Friday and Saturday look better so I’m sure we’ll survive.
One final note is for Elvis and the Fatboys in Group 5 – A great team, full of laughter and fun. Potential Pistol Knights of the future!
Please keep donating and supporting the charities. We’re doing things that the people these charities would happily trade places for! Back from Boro is alive and kicking!
See you on Saturday
Ben
You  can sponsor Ben by visiting his justgiving page by clicking here.

FIRST #BACKFROMBORO DAY COMPLETE

In a first of a daily blog about the #backfromboro, Glovers employee Jim Healey describes day one.

This morning we gathered at The Riverside Stadium to start our ride back to Huish Park. A ride that will see us all cycle 334 miles over 4.5 days.
I was glad to be placed in the fifth group (aka the slowest group, or as out leader Martin calls us Elvis and the fat boys).
We set off first and after about two or so miles we reached the first hill of the day. All went well until someone in the group shouted "car" we all thought they shouted stop. Having to stop on a hill is hard and getting restarted was even harder!
The ride today was very picturesque with some great views across the open fields and along some nice quiet roads.
After a feed stop at 26 miles we set off for the next 25 where we were due for lunch. Vegetable soup with a couple of sandwiches were consumed by all (more on this later).
We set off after lunch to complete the last 25 miles of the day. It took a while to get going after lunch, but once we all got going we actually overtook another group, much to the delight of everyone in our group.
One highlight of the day was a member of our group taking offence to a very keen cyclist overtaking us at about 30 mph. He chased him up the road for about a mile before overtaking him. The cyclist swore and put the after burners on to escape.
As we went through Linton we all commented on the sizes of the houses and how nice the village was. Little did we know what was to come.
Looking at my Garmin it said we were up to 64 miles, going well I thought. We descended down a hill, and what goes down must go back up. The first hill was okay (ish) but the second nearly saw the vegetable soup from lunch time make a reappearance!
The last five miles seemed to drag on a little but everyone arrived safely at the hotel in Leeds ready for some R and R.
To sponsor Jim visit his justgiving page by clicking here.

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THEY’RE OFF!

Seventy four hardy souls set off from Huish Park this morning on the "Back from Boro" Charity Bike ride.

Waved off by manager Gary Johnson the riders will first have to undertake the long bus ride up to Middlesbrough where they are scheduled to arrive at around 5.30 pm.

Then a meal and an early night before the first stage of roughly 75 miles to Leeds.

Day two will be from Leeds to Nottigham, Day three Nottingham to Stratford -on-Avon, Day four Stratford-on-Avon to Bath and Day five of what will have been a 330 odd mile trip will see the riders leave Bath and head for Huish Park with an expected arrival time of 10.00, but we will try and up date you on that on Saturday.

Finally those that are still standing are expected to be presented to the crowd before the final Championship match against Middlesbrough.

The ride is hoped to raise upwards of £50,000 for the three charities of Prostate Cancer UK, St.Margarets Hospice and The Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

Media assistant James Healey is amongst the intrepid gang and he will be putting regular updates, stories and pictures on this web site every evening…energy levels permitting!

Good luck to you all from everybody at the club.

GARY GIVES PRAISE TO THE PLAYERS AND FANS

After the 2-0 defeat at Brighton mathematically confirmed Yeovil’s relegation back to League One, manager Gary Johnson was comforted by the fact his side could have done no more.

The Glovers hit the crossbar twice at 0-0 before two late goals from Kazenga LuaLua and Jesse Lingard sealed the win for play-off chasing Albion. But Johnson praised the effort from both the players and fans alike.

“The lads couldn’t have given any more, the supporters couldn’t have given any more and we’ve come up against some really good sides at this level and we have competed.

“I know we’ve said that all year but the lads gave their all and they gave the other teams the chance to see us and see that we’re not dropping out, we’ll give everything we’ve got right until the end of the season. That’s the nature of our group of players and we’ll do that until the last game of the season.

“Our supporters were brilliant as well, they’ve been doing the same so we thank them as well.”

As a sign of the management staff and player’s gratitude for the fans the matchday shirts were thrown into the away crowd at full-time, whilst many of Brighton’s fans stayed to clap Town off the pitch.

The support the squad received left Johnson “emotional” as he suffered his first relegation as a Yeovil manager.

“Sometimes people don’t realise (how the support is appreciated). It’s when you are looking in their eyes and you really see how passionate they are and how supportive they have been. If we could take everything off we would and throw it in there as appreciation but you wouldn’t want to see that from me so that’s why I kept my clothes on!

“It was also fantastic the reception we got from the Brighton fans when we come off; they knew we had given it a right go and probably caused them a lot more problems than a lot of the teams have.

“They knew the boys had given everything and they appreciated it so I had a lump in my throat going to our fans and a lump in my throat going around with their fans clapping us off the pitch, so in a way other than the result it was a great night.”

REPORT: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION V YEOVIL TOWN

With kick off delayed by 15 minutes due to bad traffic around the stadium Town returned home from Brighton empty handed after two second half goals from Kazenga LuaLua and Jesse Lingard.

Manager Gary Johnson made on change from the last game with Sam Hoskins starting in place of Kevin Dawson.

Just before the twenty minute mark the first real effort at goal came from the Glovers. Spaniard Ruben Palazuelos picked the ball up outside the area and unleashed a left-footed effort that bounced back off the cross bar.

Moments later the home side had appeals for a handball in the penalty area turned down by the referee.

Town had a major let off on 27 minutes when Orlandi put the ball wide when he only had Stech to beat.  Seconds later Orlandi had another chance to score but he could only direct his header wide of the post.

Jamie McAllister went close for Town when his free kick from the half way line evaded everyone in the area, only for a Brighton defender to read the situation well to clear in the six yard box.

With one minute remaining of the first half Brighton winger Will Buckley cut in from the right wing to fire a left footed shot at goal, but Stech was down well to his left to keep the scores level.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side had two chances to open the scoring in the space of two minutes. First Orlandi completely missed a cross, then Stech was on hand to make a fine save to deny Buckley’s header.

The Glovers were forced into making a substitute on the hour mark when Tom Lawrence limped off and was replaced by Liam Davis.

The home side made all three substitutions in the second period and it was substitute LuaLua who opened the scoring. A cross/shot from the winger on the left evaded everyone to nestle in the far corner of the net.

With the fourth official signaling three added on minutes the home doubled their advantage when Lingard slotted home into the roof of the net.

The defeat confirmed Town’s relegation to League One. It’s been emotional the Championship.

Match Report : 25/04/2014

With kick off delayed by 15 minutes due to bad traffic around the stadium Town returned home from Brighton empty handed after two second half goals from Kazenga LuaLua and Jesse Lingard.

Manager Gary Johnson made on change from the last game with Sam Hoskins starting in place of Kevin Dawson.

Just before the twenty minute mark the first real effort at goal came from the Glovers. Spaniard Ruben Palazuelos picked the ball up outside the area and unleashed a left-footed effort that bounced back off the cross bar.

Moments later the home side had appeals for a handball in the penalty area turned down by the referee.

Town had a major let off on 27 minutes when Orlandi put the ball wide when he only had Stech to beat.  Seconds later Orlandi had another chance to score but he could only direct his header wide of the post.

Jamie McAllister went close for Town when his free kick from the half way line evaded everyone in the area, only for a Brighton defender to read the situation well to clear in the six yard box.

With one minute remaining of the first half Brighton winger Will Buckley cut in from the right wing to fire a left footed shot at goal, but Stech was down well to his left to keep the scores level.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side had two chances to open the scoring in the space of two minutes. First Orlandi completely missed a cross, then Stech was on hand to make a fine save to deny Buckley’s header.

The Glovers were forced into making a substitute on the hour mark when Tom Lawrence limped off and was replaced by Liam Davis.

The home side made all three substitutions in the second period and it was substitute LuaLua who opened the scoring. A cross/shot from the winger on the left evaded everyone to nestle in the far corner of the net.

With the fourth official signaling three added on minutes the home doubled their advantage when Lingard slotted home into the roof of the net.

The defeat confirmed Town’s relegation to League One. It’s been emotional the Championship.

GARY JOHNSON BELIEVES THE GLOVERS ARE PLAYING FOR THEIR PRIDE

Manager Gary Johnson believes the Glovers are playing for their pride when they face play-off chasing Brighton this evening.

The fixture against Albion is live on Sky Sports 1, and although Yeovil’s bid to beat the drop is over after defeat to Huddersfield on Monday, Johnson’s side will still be looking to spoil Brighton’s push for promotion.

“It is all on them,” said Johnson. “For us, win lose or draw, it will only be our pride at stake, unless Birmingham can lose 13 or more goals in three games.

“So we can go into it and we can enjoy it. Our supporters can enjoy it and hopefully our players can show why they’ve been in the Championship for this season.”

After the disappointment of impending relegation, the Glovers gaffer is hoping to see what his players have learnt over the last few weeks in front of what is sure to be an almost capacity crowd at Amex Stadium.

“It’s simple in that if we win, then they could be out of the play-offs. So it’s a big one for them. They’ve had the highest average attendance at their ground at around 30,000 so it’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere. It is a great stadium. But we’re there to do our job. The professional job is that we’ve got to do the best that we can.

“They’re a good couple of games to finish and see whether we’ve learned anything from the last few weeks, and when the pressure is off whether players are a bit better.

“Brighton are going to have to come and put us under pressure – that’s for sure. They’ve got to win the game, but they’ll know that we’re not an easy team to turn over.”

PREVIEW: BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this Friday night as the Glovers travel to Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Seagulls are on the brink of the play offs and with Yeovil town’s Championship tenure looking like coming to end, the Sky Sports cameras will show the game live, hence the Friday evening kick off.

Yeovil sit bottom of the table, six points from safety, with two games remaining. Whilst this should offer a glimmer of hope, there would also need to be a 14 goal swing over Birmingham in 21st to confirm the Glovers’ Championship status.

So, Yeovil would need two 3-0 wins over Brighton and Middlesbrough, with Birmingham losing their three remaining games by an aggregate of eight goals.

Of course, defeats along the way for Barnsley and Blackpool would also aid the survival mission.

In truth, Gary Johnson and the club have already begun preparing for life back in the third tier, but with two games left against two of this division’s biggest names Glovers’ fans can still back their side safe in the knowledge that if the side are going down, they’re going to go down fighting.

Starting on Friday and Yeovil head to the AMEX stadium with the ambition to spoil their promotion push; Manager Gary Johnson commenting that the Glovers ‘owe it to the other teams’ to make sure they give everything.

With a maximum of 43 points still available for Yeovil, they are expected to be playing a full strength side. Kieffer Moore and Adam Morgan are still out with injury, but Tom Lawrence will be hoping to keep his scoring boots on after he scored a blockbuster of a free kick against Huddersfield.

As for Friday’s opponents, Brighton have drawn their last two games against Huddersfield and Blackpool. Prior to that wins over Charlton and Champions, Leicester have put them in prime position for a shot at the play-offs.

If the Seagulls avoid defeat on Friday, they will have gone the entire month of April without losing. Oscar Garcia has been boosted by the return of a few key players from long term injury.

Will Buckley, Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Hoskins have come back into the squad while Matt Upson is playing through the pain barrier in order to take his place in the run in.

This will be the first time that Yeovil have visited Brighton’s new ground, but not the first time the two sides have met.

The two sides have crossed paths a number of times before, but the record shows that recently, Brighton have had the better of the results.

Earlier this season, the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Huish Park back in October. The game saw Fraser Fyvie make his debut for the Glovers, however his game ended early through injury.

Shane Duffy could have snatched all three points at the death and a Wayne Hennessey performance of the highest calibre kept the Brighton front line at bay.

Before that, the sides last met in the 2010/11 season, which saw the Seagulls claim 1-0 wins both home and away.

You have to go back to 2009 since the last time Yeovil scored a goal against Brighton, a Scott Murray double securing a 2-2 draw at Huish Park. You need to go back even further to find a Yeovil win, 2007 in fact.

Gary Dempsey and Aston Villa loanee Zoltain Steiber scoring in a 2-1 win at Huish Park. Could another loanee be the downfall of Brighton once more? Tom Lawrence, Joe Ralls and Shane Duffy will certainly hope it is them.

Tickets for the game are available from Huish Park until 5pm on Thursday, after that they will be available on match day from the ground.

However, Brighton are advising leaving as much time as possible to get through queues and suggest collecting tickets 90 minutes before kick-off.

If you cannot make it to the AMEX, you can tune into Sky Sports for their coverage, or of course, for coverage with a tiny green and white tint, Glovers Player will have the full 90 minutes as well.

There are a couple of things to remind you of as the Brighton game passes us by; firstly, there are 60+ cyclists who don’t fancy their usual route to the final game of the season.

Middlesbrough is a long way from Yeovil, over 300 miles in fact and those cyclists are going to be putting pedal power to the test to make the journey. You can read more here about their three charities and how you can support them by clicking here.

Looking forward, the final game of the Championship season is next Saturday, May 3rd.

Yeovil host Middlesbrough in a 12:15 kick off. Let’s get Huish Park packed out for one last time at this level, buy your tickets now either online or by calling the ticket office.

Get there early enough and cheer the cyclists on their home stretch!

Famous Brighton Fans – Who will you bump into, in line for a hot dog?

DJ Fatboy Slim, Moustachioed TV Presenter Des Lynham, Radio and TV frontman Jamie Theakston, and Weatherman Michael Fish.

A Foot in both camps. – Who have represented both sides?

Nathan Jones, Vitalij Maksimenko, Liam Bridcutt, Russell Slade, Dean Bowditch, Scott Flinders, Gifton Noel-Williams, Lloyd Owusu, Adam Virgo, Sam Williams and Danny Webb.

CAPTAIN JAMIE MCALLISTER SAYS HE IS ITCHING TO KEEP GOING

Captain Jamie McAllister hopes to extend his stay at Huish Park after an “unbelievable” season in the Championship.


The 35-year-old wore the armband during Yeovil’s promotion winning campaign from League One and has been virtually an ever-present this season.

McAllister, who arrived in Somerset in the summer of 2012 is out of contract at the end of the season but hopes to remain with the Glovers.

“Of course I’m looking to keep playing, I’m fit and looking to carry on – age is just a number to me. I have played 38 games this season and I’m itching to keep going.

“Hopefully I will have a chat with the gaffer. I’d like to stay here but we will see what happens. I would like to continue here.”

Narrow defeat at home to Huddersfield on Easter Monday all-but ended Yeovil’s hopes of remaining in the English second tier bar a mathematical miracle, but the veteran defender believes it has been a great season nonetheless.

“Obviously the boys are gutted, just disappointed that it’s pretty much over. But over the last year or so the spirit in the camp has been brilliant with a great set of lads and I think we’ve done unbelievable with regard to some of the games. We’ve given a great account of ourselves over the season but just came up short.

“We want to go and win the next two games and we want to finish on a high for our personal pride and as a group we want to show, especially on Friday night in front of the cameras, that we are good enough to be here. We just came up short which is disappointing.

“A lot of people would’ve had us down before the start of the season and not to get as many points as we have and not for it to have been so close, which like I say is disappointing and frustrating but we’ve got to look to win the last few games, finish strongly and look to come back stronger next season.”

WHAT A JOURNEY!

As many football fans will know, there’s a bit of pride about making long away trips to support your team no matter the situation, or similarly lengthy round trips to make it for home games. Well, I had a bit of a challenge getting back for the Huddersfield game on Monday.
 

Working in Formula One means I’ve had to make my peace with not getting to as many games as I would like. Trying to keep an eye on matches from Australia and Malaysia were particularly tough at the start of this year, but I was back for the Bournemouth game before heading off again for the Chinese Grand Prix last week.

 

The timing of my return flight (to keep costs down) meant I was going to need to leave the circuit sooner than usual after the race but the upside was there was a slight chance of being back at Huish Park for 3pm. After the Blackburn result, I knew what the implications were, but after experiencing so many highs following this club I wanted to be there whatever was set to happen.

 

As anyone with an interest in Formula One will know, Paul Hembery is the head of the tyre manufacturer Pirelli. He’s also a big Bristol City fan, so we get on quite well when it comes to West Country football. Even though City had already sealed another year in League One, Hembery was jealous to learn I might get back for our game on Easter Monday while he would not be back in Bristol until the evening. It doesn’t matter where you are or what your job is, you want to be at games to support your club.

 

Anyway, three hours after the flag dropped in Shanghai I was jumping in to a shuttle bus to the airport – a 90 minute trip – and working frantically en-route. After a pretty hairy ride (Chinese drivers are crazy), I got my work finished in the terminal and then jumped on a 12-hour overnight flight to Paris, which landed 20 minutes late.

 

So, here was the first obstacle: a mad dash to Gare du Nord to try and catch the one Eurostar that would give me a chance of making it to the game on time. Fortunately, I made it with 10 minutes to spare and headed for London.

Then the tougher challenge: 20 minutes to get from St Pancras to Waterloo, buy a ticket and get a train to Yeovil. Once I just made that, I could finally relax and start worrying about the game itself, so will admit to a drink or two pretty early in the day!

 

Anyway, after 23 hours of solid travelling which had taken in shuttle bus, plane, train, Eurostar, Underground and then another train, I made it to Huish Park. It was some journey, but nothing compared to the ride we’ve all been on for the last eight months.

 

Yes, watching Adam Clayton and his beard smash in the goal that relegated us in all but mathematic certainty hurt, but there were other moments which proved more costly. And when you’re reminiscing over last-minute equalisers from Premier League-bound Leicester, disappointed with draws away at Blackburn, Wigan and at home to Bolton, you realise just what the club has achieved.

 

The opening-day win at Millwall and the huge optimism at the first home game against Birmingham seem a long time ago, but they were still great days to be remembered. And next season, when the sun is shining over Huish Park and we’ve got another year of twists and turns in the Football League ahead – albeit in League One – the same hopefulness will be there that it all ends with another pitch invasion and promotion party.

 

Who knows? In 12 months’ time we might be turning attentions to another crack at the Championship. Either way, next season is just another opportunity to make more memories and say “I was there”. We’ll all keep coming back for the ride.

Chris Medland is the F1 Editor of Crash.net

LADIES BATTLE THE RAIN TO WIN 4-1 AGAINST LONDON BEES

To view videos of the goals visit the Ladies YouTube channel by clicking here.

Yeovil Town Ladies and London Bees had contrasting results in their previous games; while the Glovers lost 3 – 0 the Bees won 3 – 0. Despite this, it was Yeovil who made the better start, with Jade Kirby’s header looping just over the bar.

However Bees threatened as well and a ‘hoof’ up field put striker Lucy Loomes through on goal, but her shot was saved by goalkeeper Rachel Simkin. Simkin was on fine form and made a spectacular double save a minute later, thwarting Sydney Hinchcliffe and then Loomes from the rebound.

Yeovil soaked up the pressure and made the breakthrough just after half an hour. A slick move down the right flank ended with Polly Wardle crossing low into the box for striker Katie Cook, who controlled the ball and fired into the back of the net.

From then on it was one-way traffic with Yeovil keeping their foot on the gas pedal. Katie Sherwood crossed into the box and Paige Stewart was inches away from making contact. The ball then found its way back to Sherwood who curled a shot from just outside the box just wide of the goal.

The pressure continued and when Wardle crossed again from the right flank, Stacey Pearson headed the ball across the goal and past Bees ‘keeper Sophie Harris.

That goal ensured Yeovil Town went into the break 2 – 0 up, and they started the second period in the same vain. A corner from Helen Bleazard in the first minute evaded everyone except Pearson, who notched her second goal of the game.

Despite being 3 – 0 down, London Bees still looked threatening on occasions. Hinchcliffe was put through on goal but Simkin came out and blocked the shot.

On 58 minutes the Bees did pull a goal back. A shot from Amber Gaylor bounced in front of Simkin, and in slippery conditions all the Glovers goalkeeper could do was push the ball out for a corner. From that corner, an unmarked Paige Wakefield put the ball into the back of the net.

This acted as a wake-up call for Yeovil, and Stewart tried to offer an immediate reply from a long range shot, but it was saved. Then, when Wardle was put through on goal her lob went just wide of the goal.

Yeovil did get their fourth with half an hour left when Cook latched onto a Wardle through ball, however the torrential rain had created a large puddle in front of the goal. The ball got stuck in the puddle, but luckily Pearson was on hand to tap in for her hat trick.

Yeovil kept pressing for a fifth goal, but a long range shot from Bleazard went over the bar and ‘keeper Harris saved from a Wardle 1 on 1. Despite these late missed chances it still finished 4 – 1 to Yeovil, and the Glovers had their first three points in the FA Women’s Super League.

The Glovers are in action on Sunday 27th April away to Oxford, with the next home game at The Jones Stadium four days later on the 1st May. This will see Yeovil Town Ladies take on FA WSL 1 side Birmingham City in the Continental Cup. To find out more and to get tickets for this game, please click here.

 

Photo courtesy of Terry Fisher Photography. To view the full album from the game please click here.

BRIGHTON TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

Tickets for Town’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion will remain on sale from the Huish Park ticket office until 5pm on Thursday (24th).

Remaining tickets will be onsale via the Brighton ticket office after this time and supporters can pay on the day HOWEVER should aim to get their tickets 90 minutes to an hour before kick off to avoid queues.

CHAIRMAN THANKS EVERYONE FOR SUPPORT

“Relegation to League One should not be met with doom and gloom but mark the start of a new era!”

That’s the words of Glovers Chairman John Fry today as Yeovil Town come to terms with relegation to League One.

But the Yeovil Chairman has no doubts that the Club has learnt to compete at Championship League level in every aspect of its business and football operations, however, to sustain the Club’s position in the football pyramid, Gary and his management team need the resources to work with.

The current provision is well short of that required for Championship League football. The Club has been performing well above its resources at every level in the Football League, which makes Gary, Terry and Darren’s achievements look even more remarkable.

"As a Club we are financially stable and we intend to stay that way but our lack of financial clout most certainly took its toll in the Championship this season.

"But even then we were able to compete. Look at our performances against the likes of Leicester, Wigan, Watford, Blackburn, Forest, Reading and QPR to name but a few.

"We were there battling it out with the best and Club’s with huge budgets.

“I believe we have the best management team in the Football League and the Club’s board of directors will do everything in its power to keep Gary, Terry and Darren at Huish Park for the next challenge of taking this Club back into the SkyBet Championship.

“When we won at Wembley last May our football management team achieved Championship League status three years ahead of our Strategic Plan forecasts.

“Now we must take stock and review our plans for the next two seasons. This will include our football, financial, supporter and stadium strategies. The approval of our stadium site plans by South Somerset District Council is an essential part of our future strategy.

“Even in relegation our supporters have remained firmly behind the Club and appear to be upbeat about our future position in the Football League. We only have to look at next season’s season ticket sales to know that.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the Glovers this season for their fantastic support and belief in Gary, his backroom staff and his players.

“So I say to all our supporters, players, staff and management. Look back on the season with pride and satisfaction. We will be back!”

GARY JOHNSON POST HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Manager Gary Johnson believes his side lacked the necessary “last bit of quality” as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield at Huish Park.

Tom Lawrence’s free-kick drew the Glovers level after Nahki Wells gave The Terriers the lead, but Adam Clayton’s 96th minute winner all but confirmed Town’s relegation from the Championship.

In a bid to win central defender Byron Webster was deployed as a striker, but Johnson felt his side lacked the necessary quality in the final third.

“We went for the win even at the end,” said Johnson. “But if you haven’t quite got the quality out there you can have seven players up front and it just leaves you short at the back because you’re not creating as many chances as the better players can.

“They left three players up front who are very quick who they paid a million or so for and one-v-one they’re good players and if you leave them like that then they can hurt you and that’s exactly what happened.

“We were going for it and we’d had a few little corners and set-plays but when it came down to that last bit of quality, whether it be a cross, a shot or a header, it wasn’t quite there again today.”

Whilst Yeovil’s first ever season in the English second tier does not look like being extended, the gaffer admits there are a lot of decisions to be made during the off-season.

“There’s got to be a lot of discussion first. We’ve got to know what we can bring in, who is staying and who is going; everybody has got to look at their plight and their situation and whether that needs to carry on or wants to carry on.

“There’s a lot of things that have got to happen and it’s going to be an important summer for the Football Club and everybody has got to make decisions. Only until everyone has made those decisions do you then sit down and work out what the future holds.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Yeovil Town’s grip on life in the Championship was loosened strongly this afternoon as a goal six minutes into stoppage time gave Huddersfield a 2-1 win over Yeovil at Huish Park.

Nahki Wells’ seventh goal of the season put the Terriers ahead but the lead only lasted four minutes as Tom Lawrence smashed home a free kick from outside the box. But as Yeovil pushed eight or nine men forward searching for a winner, the visitors scored a heartbreaking winner through Adam Clayton’s close range finish.

The result leaves Yeovil six points from safety with two games remaining but a vastly inferior goal difference leaves Yeovil needing to win well against Brighton and Middlesbrough and hope Birmingham lose their last three matches to stay up.

Manager Gary Johnson made just one change to the starting line up that earned a goalless draw at Blackburn on Good Friday. Liam Davis dropped to the bench with Kevin Dawson coming in to take the right midfield berth.

Dawson was involved early on with his far post cross headed over by James Hayter who then went even closer with another header that came off the post. Tom Lawrence then imposed himself on the game with a whipped in cross that Terriers keeper Alex Smithies had to tip over.

Lawrence then had a golden chance to give Yeovil the lead but Smithies saved at his feet when clean through one on one. Joe Edwards then volleyed well wide on the half hour; with both sides giving the ball away in midfield, the nearest the Yorkshiremen came to scoring was a Danny Ward curler that went wide.

Huddersfield improved after the break, making an early forced change with Sean Scannell coming on for the crocked Ward who went off clutching his head after a nasty looking collision with Shane Duffy. Jonathan Hogg sliced two shots horribly wide within minutes of each other.

Edwards then shot wide with a volley that he was always stretching for and Lawrence was in the thick of the action again when his shot deflected off a Huddersfield backside and away for a corner.

All change on 67 minutes as Johnson threw the dice for the first time, throwing on Joel Grant and Matteo Lanzoni for Dawson and Joe Ralls. Lanzoni settled in at right back, releasing Ayling to play centre back and Byron Webster pushed up front alongside Hayter and Lawrence.

But within sixty seconds, Huddersfield broke and opened the scoring when Scannell crossed low and hard for Nahki Wells to tuck home at the back post.

Their lead lasted only four minutes though as Yeovil went on the attack straight away. Hayter was fouled on the edge of the box and Lawrence drove the ball firmly into the bottom corner via a deflection from Hogg.

The goal lifted the crowd, lifted the players and made for a terrific last twenty minutes or so. But on the pitch, Yeovil’s makeshift defence were seeing way too much of the ball as the visitors forced seven corners in the final quarter of the game. One final gamble saw Sam Foley replace Ruben Palazuelos but in truth, the Glovers weren’t troubling Smithies enough in a game that had to be won.

Marek Stech saved well from Scannell twice on counter attacks and McAllister blocked an effort from Adam Hammell with his back. Yeovil’s last desperate chance came from Hayter’s header from a Lawrence corner. Just as it appeared a point would be Yeovil’s scant reward for a toiling performance, yet another Huddersfield counter attack culminated in Adam Clayton lashing home to send the 500 travelling fans wild with joy.

Match Report : 21/04/2014

Yeovil Town’s grip on life in the Championship was loosened strongly this afternoon as a goal six minutes into stoppage time gave Huddersfield a 2-1 win over Yeovil at Huish Park.

Nahki Wells’ seventh goal of the season put the Terriers ahead but the lead only lasted four minutes as Tom Lawrence smashed home a free kick from outside the box. But as Yeovil pushed eight or nine men forward searching for a winner, the visitors scored a heartbreaking winner through Adam Clayton’s close range finish.

The result leaves Yeovil six points from safety with two games remaining but a vastly inferior goal difference leaves Yeovil needing to win well against Brighton and Middlesbrough and hope Birmingham lose their last three matches to stay up.

Manager Gary Johnson made just one change to the starting line up that earned a goalless draw at Blackburn on Good Friday. Liam Davis dropped to the bench with Kevin Dawson coming in to take the right midfield berth.

Dawson was involved early on with his far post cross headed over by James Hayter who then went even closer with another header that came off the post. Tom Lawrence then imposed himself on the game with a whipped in cross that Terriers keeper Alex Smithies had to tip over.

Lawrence then had a golden chance to give Yeovil the lead but Smithies saved at his feet when clean through one on one. Joe Edwards then volleyed well wide on the half hour; with both sides giving the ball away in midfield, the nearest the Yorkshiremen came to scoring was a Danny Ward curler that went wide.

Huddersfield improved after the break, making an early forced change with Sean Scannell coming on for the crocked Ward who went off clutching his head after a nasty looking collision with Shane Duffy. Jonathan Hogg sliced two shots horribly wide within minutes of each other.

Edwards then shot wide with a volley that he was always stretching for and Lawrence was in the thick of the action again when his shot deflected off a Huddersfield backside and away for a corner.

All change on 67 minutes as Johnson threw the dice for the first time, throwing on Joel Grant and Matteo Lanzoni for Dawson and Joe Ralls. Lanzoni settled in at right back, releasing Ayling to play centre back and Byron Webster pushed up front alongside Hayter and Lawrence.

But within sixty seconds, Huddersfield broke and opened the scoring when Scannell crossed low and hard for Nahki Wells to tuck home at the back post.

Their lead lasted only four minutes though as Yeovil went on the attack straight away. Hayter was fouled on the edge of the box and Lawrence drove the ball firmly into the bottom corner via a deflection from Hogg.

The goal lifted the crowd, lifted the players and made for a terrific last twenty minutes or so. But on the pitch, Yeovil’s makeshift defence were seeing way too much of the ball as the visitors forced seven corners in the final quarter of the game. One final gamble saw Sam Foley replace Ruben Palazuelos but in truth, the Glovers weren’t troubling Smithies enough in a game that had to be won.

Marek Stech saved well from Scannell twice on counter attacks and McAllister blocked an effort from Adam Hammell with his back. Yeovil’s last desperate chance came from Hayter’s header from a Lawrence corner. Just as it appeared a point would be Yeovil’s scant reward for a toiling performance, yet another Huddersfield counter attack culminated in Adam Clayton lashing home to send the 500 travelling fans wild with joy.

GARY PRE-HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Manager Gary Johnson believes Yeovil “owe one” to Huddersfield after defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium back in December.

The reverse fixture ended with the Glovers on the end of a 5-1 thumping during the busy Christmas period, and Johnson hopes to exact some revenge on The Terriers on Easter Monday.

“We didn’t play very well that game, we couldn’t pick what we felt was our strongest team on the day. We started off well but then they got their game going and we couldn’t recover so we do owe them one.

“They were going very well at the time whereas at the moment they’re going through a little bit of a sticky patch even though they’ve got a good Championship side; Huddersfield won’t go down anyway, they’ve got enough points not to go down.”

Yeovil’s 0-0 draw at play-off chasing Blackburn on Friday and other results over the weekend mean the Glovers still sit five points from safety with three games remaining.

With 12 points still to play for, Johnson takes encouragement from the Glovers form during the conclusion to the season.

“We are still in it, even though a little while ago we didn’t think we would be. If you look at the away games and who we’ve had to play against in the last month or so they’ve been really difficult games but we’ve come out of them with flying colours even though they’ve only been a point here or there.

“Our form now at the end of the season is decent and I said it would be and I thought it would be. You’ve got to be proud of the boys and their work rate and the amount of effort that they put in to make sure we didn’t lose the Blackburn game. If we couldn’t win it, it was really important not to lose it.”

BEN’S EASTER MONDAY BETS

Easter Monday is normally one of the key dates in the football league fixture list, the outcome of sides at both ends of each division and this one looks like being exactly the same.

Burnley can confirm their promotion to the Premier League and at the other end Torquay could find themselves planning for life in non-league.

So, with that in mind we shall try once more to find you five teams to win themselves three points and you a few quid with the League sponsors, SkyBet.

We start in the Championship and Sheffield Wednesday who host Charlton Athletic.

Charlton had been on a recent bit of good form, but that seems to have turned around and the Addicks are still under threat of falling through the trap door into League One.

Charlton have lost three of their last six on the road while Sheff Weds have won four of their last six at Hillsbrough.

I think, that with results elsewhere not suiting the away side nerves may start to take their toll and with Wednesday getting their home form in order then I’m backing the home side to keep Charlton sweating on their safety.

Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton – Sheffield Wednesday win @11/10

Staying in the second tier and I have to back against a Blackpool side in freefall.

They dropped into the relegation zone this week and it’s set to go from bad to worse for the Tangerines.

They make the long trip to Brighton on Monday and this game really should only go one way.

Brighton are on the brink of securing their place in the play-offs and should be too much for Blackpool who are better at clearing tennis balls thrown onto the pitch by their supporters than clearing away waves of attack.

It’s a short price, but a bit of a banker.

Brighton v Blackpool – Brighton win @ 8/15

Into League One and we have two more selections, both of whom are home sides out to continue recent form.

Firstly Notts County had their ‘now or never’ moment a couple of weeks ago and have now won four out of their last six and three in a row at home.

They are now within touching distance of safety and they host a Crawley side who don’t travel well.

They won last time out on the road, but prior to that, it was four defeats in a row.

So, another home win and a price of odds against which is rare for a home side in this form.

Notts County v Crawley  – Notts County Win @ 21/20

Staying in League One and Swindon are arguably in as good a form as anyone in the division and have picked up 15 points from their last six.

They still harbour play-off ambitions, and hosting a Bradford side who are the very definition of “mid table”.

13th in the league, 15th in the form table and unable to string together a decent set of results.

Another short price, but another dead cert.

Bradford are already dreaming of a nice holiday, while Swindon still have their dreams focused on Championship away days at Nottingham Forest, QPR and of course, Yeovil next season.

Swindon v Bradford – Swindon win @ 8/11

Finally we have one selection from League Two and for once, it’s not Scunthorpe! (Although, at home to Oxford should be another home win for the Iron)

I am instead choosing their closest rivals, Chesterfield.

They travel to Dagenham and will want to keep the pressure on Scunthorpe who currently sit top of the pile.

Chesterfield haven’t lost in five and have leapfrogged Rochdale into second place.

To finish off then, an away win at a tempting 5/6.

Dagenham v Chesterfield – Chesterfield win @ 5/6

There we have the five sides and as you can tell we’re not going for any shocks so it’s not the biggest returns in the world, but a £5 acca will still return over £100.

Not to be sniffed at!

YTFC SPECIAL
Yeovil Town kept their first clean sheet since mid-March on Friday and it could be another chance for the Glovers defence to shine this week.

Yeovil, who had their regular back four of Luke Ayling, Shane Duffy, Byron Webster and Jamie McCallister to thank for keeping Marek Stech relatively quiet during the game at Blackburn.

With this Monday’s game proving to be one of the biggest in the club’s recent history, the form of the defence could be all important.

Huddersfield’s terrible form and the Huish Park faithful behind the lads I can see Yeovil winning and keeping a clean sheet in the process.

A 1-0 Yeovil win is 15/2, 2-0 looks tempting at 11/1, but my bet is simply “Yeovil To Win to Nil”

This is available at 7/2. Very tempting.

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PREVIEW: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SKyBet Championship action this Easter Monday as they host Huddersfield Town in a 3pm kick off.

The Glovers are looking to build on two impressive draws with a win that will throw them back into the survival mix with two games to go.

Huddersfield are coming to Yeovil off the back of a hideous run of form, the Yorkshire side have only won three times since the start of February and failed to get all three points in any of their last ten games.

As a result, what looked like being a positive season with a late play-off push has turned into a lower mid table finish with safety confirmed thanks to early-season form.

The Terriors lie in 17th place, with 47 points on the board, ten more than Yeovil in 24th place.

But, despite the difference, there is no reason to believe that the Glovers couldn’t keep those above them in touching distance with a vital three points.

On Friday, Mark Robins’ side did gain arguably their most impressive result of their recent form on Friday, a 1-1 draw with promotion chasing Brighton.

That result was mirrored by Yeovil, who also gained a hard earned draw away at Blackburn who also have one eye on the chase for the Premier League.

The draw at the John Smith’s stadium was Huddersfield’s first point in April and it was secured by an early Oliver Norwood goal after just 6 minutes. Brighton pegged them back through Bruno Salter shortly before the end.

Prior to that, Huddersfield have lost against Derby, Ipswich and Bolton this month, conceding six and scoring just the one.

Yeovil’s form has been better, the draw at Blackburn was preceded by a point against Bournemouth and a win against hapless Blackpool. Another 3 points could put

Yeovil within one win of safety taking the season down to the wire. Goals shouldn’t be hard to come by for the Terriers, record signing Nahki Wells has come in from Bradford following his incredible season in League Two last campaign and with James Vaughan and Daniel Ward both proving dangerous, there should be no shortage of fire power.

Elsewhere, Joel Lynch is still suspended following his red card against Derby, but Peter Clarke is available again after also being sent off in the same game. Lynch was handed a two match ban, but Clarke had to miss just one.

For the Glovers, injury concerns to Kieffer Moore and Adam Morgan are proving the most concerning.

A long trip back from Lancashire on Friday won’t have helped tired limbs, but it’s hoped that with some well organised rehab and rest the same squad will be available again.

That includes Sam Foley who was back in the Yeovil set-up following the end of his loan spell at League One side Shrewsbury. It’s the penultimate home game of the season and there is no better time to get behind the lads than this Easter Weekend, with the kids off school the club have

decided to offer a ‘kids for a quid’ promotion.

Under 16s can get into the game for just £1, cheaper and far more entertaining that most Easter Eggs! So, if you’re stuck for something to do and you need a few hours away from all those chocolate eggs, come along to Huish Park and cheer the Glovers onto Championship survival.

The game takes place on Easter weekend, so the ticket office is closed today (Sunday) but is back open for usual Match Day operating from Monday morning.

However, tickets can be purchased through the online ticket system HERE.

Any tickets bought online will be available for collection on Monday, but please allow a little extra time to pick up your tickets and bring some ID to make it a smooth and quick transaction.

Tickets can be bought in person right up until kick off, but with the offer and a bumper crowd expected please make sure you arrive in plenty of time… you wouldn’t want to miss an early goal!

For those of you who cannot make it to the home of Championship football in the South West you can of course tune in to Glovers Player for full commentary as well as catch all the media reaction on YouTube and via all the social networks.

Famous Fans.

Star Trek Legend, Patrick Stewart. Actress Zoe Lucker, as well as Nora Batty herself from Last of the Summer wine, Kathy Staff.

A Foot in Both Camps.

Simon Church, Lee Peltier, Phil Jevons, Lee Morris, Jon Worthington and Tykes’ legend Danny Schofield.

GARY AND JOHN IN RALLYING CALL

Yeovil Town’s fighting performance at Ewood Park on Friday has brought a rallying call from both the manager and the Chairman ahead of the Easter Monday fixture against Huddersfield Town.

After today’s results Yeovil Town find themselves five points behind both Blackpool and Charlton.

Meanwhile The Glovers are at home to Huddersfield Town in what is a must win match.

Chairman John Fry said this evening: “We have been playing great football for much of the season without just getting the breaks.

“Against Huddersfield we must get behind the team and the management team who have been magnificent all season.

“Around 9,000 came to watch us against Sheffield United in what fans must have considered a big, big game. Well this match is even bigger and we need a great atmosphere to give the lads every chance.

“They deserve it and so does Gary, Terry and Darren. We can still do this but as a club we must all pull together. We need a massive home crowd to cheer them.

“So please, please come out and support the lads on Easter Monday.”

Manager Gary Johnson was equally up beat. “With three games still to play and nine points still to play for we must believe as a management team, as players and as supporters that as it is in front of us it is still possible.

“Depending on how other results go it may not even need three wins, it will definitely need two so therefore our game against Huddersfield is the biggest game in Yeovil’s history.

“For the simple reason a great effort on and off the pitch were to result in us beating Huddersfield that would go a long long way to helping us secure our SkyBet Championship status.

“Yes it looks daunting at the moment but after every win it will look more doable. We must be ready to not have any regrets should any of the teams in our relegation zone slip…and they will. It’s just a matter of how many will.

“So please don’t give up on us just yet and help us make these next two weeks the most memorable end to a season.”

Enough said really and don’t forget it’s a “Kids for a quid” match as well.

JOE WANTS TO CREATE PLAY OFF ATMOSPHERE

Midfielder Joe Edwards is hoping for another afternoon like last season’s play-off semi-final second leg when the Glovers entertain Huddersfield at Huish Park on Monday.

Yeovil famously overturned a 1-0 deficit against Sheffield United in front of a positively pulsating atmosphere to reach the play-off final at Wembley.

Almost a year later, Town find themselves battling to keep their Championship status and Edwards states the crowd could still have a part to play.

“The fans have been with us the whole season and you can’t fault them, they’ve been home and away.

“If we can create an atmosphere sort of like that Sheffield United game that would be brilliant and it would give the lads a boost. Hopefully we can put in a performance like that and get the result on Monday.”

The Glovers drew 0-0 at Blackburn on Friday and still remain five points from safety, but the box-to-box midfielder believes a win against The Terriers could make the teams around them nervous.

“Seeing the effort here no one believes that we’re down yet so we’ll give that 110% every game and if we get that win on Monday it gives us every chance.

“Maybe a few teams who thought we were dead and buried may start looking up at us and start getting a bit nervous and wonder what’s going to happen. If we get that win on Monday it will be massive for us and we’ll be able to go into the next two games with confidence.”

LIKE A WASP THAT WON’T GO AWAY

Manager Gary Johnson believes the Glovers are like the “wasp that won’t go away” after his side battled to earn a 0-0 draw at play-off chasing Blackburn on Friday.
 

Yeovil still remain five points from safety with three games remaining and entertain Huddersfield at Huish Park on Monday.

Despite a point at Ewood Park adding more pressure to Monday’s fixture, Johnson is pleased that his side are still fighting to avoid relegation.

“We won’t go away will we? We’re like that wasp that’s still buzzing around that won’t go away – and we won’t. That’s why I wanted to call them in at the end there because they looked disappointed and I don’t want them being disappointed because it’s three big games.

“They worked so hard; you’ve got to work hard when you come to Blackburn, you have a look at the results they’ve had recently, they beat QPR 2-0 and beat a lot of good teams here, teams who are already in the play-offs.

“We didn’t come here as shrinking violets we came here to win the game and all I wanted to make sure was that we gave it a go so that it was two teams in the competition, and there was. That just gives me heart for the next few games and hopefully we can make it a cracking end to the season.

“It’s what we do between now and Monday which is important – we’ve got to get them their legs back and we’ve got to make sure that Huish Park is a very noisy place because the next win would mean we find ourselves going into the last two games with something to play for.”

Yeovil now have just two days to recover from their trip to Lancashire before hosting The Terriers, and the Glovers gaffer couldn’t stress the importance of recovery enough.

“We’ve got to make sure that we’re recovered; we’ll talk about the game and review the game. When we did keep the ball we did keep it well but we had a 15-20 minute spell where we didn’t keep the ball and teams like Blackburn are going to pull you about, open you up and get their shots in and we can’t afford to do that at this moment in time.

“We recovered and I thought second half we played some very, very good football, so we’ve got to show them that there are still wins in us and then we’ve got to make sure that they get their massages, their ice baths – which is not something I’d enjoy doing – but they’ve got to do that. We’ve got to turn up on Monday as fresh as a daisy.”

REPORT: BLACKBURN ROVERS V YEOVIL TOWN

On a sunny in Lancashire and after a nightmare journey on the M6 for the majority of the travelling 347 fans, Town made the long trip home with a point against Blackburn Rovers.

Manager Gary Johnson was forced into making one change to his starting eleven that drew with AFC Bournemouth a week earlier. Liam Davis replaced striker Kieffer Moore after the striker picked up a calf strain.

Davis started on the left wing with Tom Lawrence moving further up field to support James Hayter.

Within the first five minutes the home side nearly opened the scoring when Jason Lowe picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and unleashed a low shot at goal.

Shot stopper Marek Stech stood still on his line thinking the ball was going wide but luckily the ball bounced back off the base of the post and away to safety.

Town’s first real chance of the first half fell to Joe Ralls after 25 minutes. The Cardiff City loanee found himself with space in the Blackburn area, but fired his left-footed shot wide of the goal.

After the half time break Town had the first chance with Lawrence again the provider. The Manchester United man cut in from the right to lay the ball off the Davis, who was unmarked on the edge of the area, but the wide man’s shot went wide of Robinson’s post.

With less than twenty minutes to go substitute Grant was set free on the right by Hayter. The winger’s cross was deflected wide for a corner, which was eventually cleared by the Rovers defence.

In the dying minutes three of the Town back four threw themselves in front of a goalbound Josh King effort. Moments later Edwards tracked back well to make a last ditch sliding tackle to ensure Town returned home with a point.

Match Report : 18/04/2014

On a sunny afternoon in Lancashire and after a nightmare journey on the M6 for the majority of the travelling 347 fans, Town made the long trip home with a point against Blackburn Rovers.

Manager Gary Johnson was forced into making one change to his starting eleven that drew with AFC Bournemouth a week earlier. Liam Davis replaced striker Kieffer Moore after the striker picked up a calf strain.

Davis started on the left wing with Tom Lawrence moving further up field to support James Hayter.

Within the first five minutes the home side nearly opened the scoring when Jason Lowe picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and unleashed a low shot at goal.

Shot stopper Marek Stech stood still on his line thinking the ball was going wide but luckily the ball bounced back off the base of the post and away to safety.

Town’s first real chance of the first half fell to Joe Ralls after 25 minutes. The Cardiff City loanee found himself with space in the Blackburn area, but fired his left-footed shot wide of the goal.

After the half time break Town had the first chance with Lawrence again the provider. The Manchester United man cut in from the right to lay the ball off the Davis, who was unmarked on the edge of the area, but the wide man’s shot went wide of Robinson’s post.

With less than twenty minutes to go substitute Grant was set free on the right by Hayter. The winger’s cross was deflected wide for a corner, which was eventually cleared by the Rovers defence.

In the dying minutes three of the Town back four threw themselves in front of a goalbound Josh King effort. Moments later Edwards tracked back well to make a last ditch sliding tackle to ensure Town returned home with a point.

ONE CHANGE FOR TOWN AT ROVERS

Town manager Gary Johnson has made one change to his starting eleven that drew with AFC Bournemouth last weekend.

The one change is an enforced one with Kieffer Moore missing after picking up a calf injury.

Moore is replaced by Liam Davis, the change means that Tom Lawrence will move to play alongside James Hayter up front.

Sam Foley returns to the bench after being recalled from his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town.

Follow updates from today’s game on our twitter feed @YTFCOfficial

PREVIEW: BLACKBURN ROVERS

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this coming Good Friday as the Glovers travel to Blackburn Rovers for a 3.pm kick off.

Yeovil slipped back to bottom of the table in midweek, but other results have ensured that mission survival is as close as ever.

Charlton lie just above the drop zone, just four points above Yeovil – with 12 points still to play for even Birmingham in 18th (43 points) won’t consider themselves safe just yet.

The requirements for Yeovil are clear, with four games to go, Gary Johnson is targeting a minimum of three wins and to avoid mounting pressure it would be a great start to tick off the first one this coming Friday.

However, this game is no dead rubber for Rovers either, currently lying in tenth, they sit just four points off the play offs.

With the three teams above them all on 64 points, a chance to close that gap to just one point might give their supporters belief that they can still make the end of season showdown.

Last Saturday, as Yeovil were drawing against Bournemouth, Rovers were also denied by a late equaliser. A 3-3 draw between themselves and Sheffield Wednesday saw the Owls equalise three times including finally in the dying minutes.

Prior to that, the Lancashire side haven’t suffered a defeat since mid-March and a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth.

Since then their record includes 3 wins and five draws including two other six goal stalemates.

The Glovers will need to be wary of one key attacker; Jordan Rhodes has scored over three times that of any other Rovers’ striker this season. The Scottish international is already past 20 goals this season with Rudy Gestede back in single figures.

However, Yeovil will be looking to a number of key players themselves as the experience of James Hayter and the good recent form of Kieffer Moore will hopefully be the catalyst for more attacking success.

One new option to manager Gary Johnson is the return of Sam Foley from his loan spell at Shrewsbury. Foley has spent the last couple of months with the Shrews in League One but has been recalled as with three vital games in a week, everyone was needed to strengthen a squad small on numbers.

Gary Johnson has said this week that there are a couple members of the squad who are nursing knocks, but wouldn’t reveal anything until more tests and recovery sessions had taken place. Gary Bower, the Rovers’ boss is also sweating on good news from the physio department.

Full back Adam Henley is out for the season with Dickson Etuhu and Ben Marshall while David Dunn and Corry Evans are rated as ‘touch and go’ having returned to training this week.

When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, Rovers came out on top in a closely fought game at Huish Park.

Rhodes was the difference, his single strike, half way through the second half was enough to take all three points back up the motorway.

That has been the only meeting of any note between the sides, this is the Glovers first trip to Ewood Park.

Tickets for the game are only available from Huish Park up until midday on Thursday, if you’re reading this after that point; tickets are available from the ground on match day itself.

There are a number of other Championship matches dotted about this Easter weekend, so it might not be the easiest to keep on top of everything that is going on, but with most sides playing three times within seven or eight days, it will more than likely be a defining week in the end of season run in.

Yeovil’s rivals at the bottom of the table all have busy schedules.

Charlton host Bolton on Friday before travelling to Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, Barnsley don’t play until Saturday when they play Leeds they then have a quick turnaround to travel to Derby on Monday.

Millwall also play on Saturday, away at Middlebrough, before hosting Doncaster in a crunch clash on Monday.

Blackpool are spanning the length of the country for their two games, playing Burnley then travelling to Brighton for their Monday class.

Finally Birmingham travel to Nottingham Forest this Saturday before facing Blackburn on Monday.

Got all that?

 

The permutations at the bottom end of the table are that vast in numbers that it’ll give us a headache working them all out, so it’s better to concentrate on Yeovil, as they travel to the former Premier League champions with one task, to take three points and put the pressure on everyone else.

If you’re not making the trip north, fear not, Glovers Player will have the full game live and social networks will have all the reaction as soon as it’s available.

A reminder too, that Monday’s home game against Huddersfield is designated as a ‘kids for a quid’ fixture and could prove to be vital in the Glovers’ attempt at Championship survival.

Call the office, pop to Huish Park in person or use the online ticketing function on YTFC.net

Famous Blackburn Fans.

Dr Who actor Matt Smith, Comedians Jim Bowen and Lee Mack, Snooker player Steve Hendry and Prince Albert of Monaco.

A foot in both camps.

Leon Best, Josh Morris, Cameron Stewart and current Glovers’ player/coach Gareth Stewart started his career at Blackburn without making a first team appearance.

JOLLY’S DRAWING COMPETITION WINNERS

Last month, The Jolly Green Giant in conjunction with the Official Club store ran a colouring competition with a YTFC Easter Egg up for grabs for the winners.

After receiving lots of entries from children and lots from local schools we are glad to confirm that the three winners selected by Gary Johnson are:

Adam Dowdling – Aged 13

Jemimah Dicker – Aged 11

Margo Bewley – Aged 6

Congratulations to Adam, Jemimah and Margo and to thank everyone else who sent in an entry.

GARY LOOKS AHEAD TO BLACKBURN MATCH

Manager Gary Johnson believes his side need to produce the “performance of the century” to come away with a much needed three points from Blackburn this Friday.
 

The Glovers have four games remaining to secure their Championship status beginning with a trip to play-off chasing Rovers later this week.

Johnson’s side currently sit five points from safety at the foot of the table and the Yeovil boss believes a point is no good for either side.

“A point really is not going to be good enough on the day, even though against Blackburn it would be a good result. But what you’ve got to think about is that Blackburn will also be thinking the same, a draw is no good for them either. They will be near enough out of it if they draw or lose to us so they’ll be going for a win as well.

“This is the interesting part of the season; who deals with it, which players mentally can handle the pressure and which players can come up with that fantastic goal or fantastic pass which wins their team the game.

“It’s not now or never until you get to the game where if you lose you’re out of it, that’s the now or never, but it would be nice to tick off one of those wins and then only have two to win out of your last three, that’s a better percentage than having to win three out of your last three.

“But let’s be honest about Blackburn and how good they are, they beat QPR 3-1 at home and they’re a good side so ‘Little Old Yeovil’ need to go there and produce the game of the century and if we do then that will be great because we do want to stay in the division.”

Yeovil have lost points from a winning position more than any other side in the Championship this season, and Johnson hopes his players have learnt from experience.

“We went to Wigan and we went to Derby and were leading in those games and went to Leicester and were leading so it would be good if we can learn from the past and get a goal up early and then keep it.

“But these teams are so strong and with people like Jordan Rhodes about they might do nothing for a lot of the game and then just pop up with a winner, that’s why they’ve made a big career out of the game and he should be in the Premier League. He’s a Premier League player so we’ve got to be aware of him.”

“EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE” – RUBEN

Midfielder Ruben Palazuelos is only six games in to his footballing career in England but already recognises the importance of Friday’s fixture with Blackburn.

The Glovers travel to Lancashire later this week for what has been dubbed a ‘must win’ fixture for Gary Johnson’s side as they look to beat the drop from the Championship.

Palazuelos, who arrived at Huish Park from FC Honka in Finland, has made an impact since signing for Town in February and believes anything can happen in the remaining four fixtures.

“Everything is possible at the moment,” said the Spaniard. “There are four games left until the end of the season and we have a ‘final’ on Friday, we have to get the three points and then see what happens.

“Everyone knows that it is a difficult situation but I think at the moment we have 36 points and are five points from avoiding relegation with twelve points to play for so in life everything is possible; we have to try, we have to believe and then see what happens.”

Yeovil currently sit bottom of the second tier after Barnsley’s 2-1 victory at Charlton on Tuesday night, and Palazuelos admits that Friday’s match is the last chance saloon for the Glovers.

“Every game is a final for us at the moment, but probably even more so on Friday because it is the last chance for us so we have to go there and have confidence because I think the last game against Bournemouth in a different situation would have been three points and we were unlucky.

“They scored but the performance from the team was good so now we have confidence and we’re a good team, with good players so we have to go to Blackburn and try and win the game, there is no other way. The important thing for us is to get the three points which I think will happen.”

The 31-year-old’s only previous experience of football in the UK was during a spell with Hearts in Scotland and although the midfielder has never battled relegation before, he believes he is up for the fight.

“I’ve played in six different countries and I can’t remember fighting relegation but now it is different because when I was in Spain I always wanted to play in England and now I want to play for this team in Yeovil.

“It’s a different situation but it’s also a good situation and I’m sure I can manage with it and I hope on Friday we can get the three points and everything can change.”

GARY SIGNS DVD’s

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was on signing duty this afternoon in the club shop, along with his two assistants Terry Skiverton and Darren Way to personally sign copies of the club’s latest DVD release "The Yeovil Way".

Upwards of 100 lucky supporters came along to meet the Gaffer, get him to sign their DVD and have the odd photograph taken as well.

This unmissable DVD "The Yeovil Way" is eight hours of footage to will never see anywhere else. In the changing room at half time, on the team bus, on the changing ground….It’s all there and nobody is spared.

So get along to the club shop and get your copy now. They are selling fast so don’t take the risk of missing out.

SAM FOLEY RECALLED FROM LOAN

Midfielder Sam Foley has returned to Yeovil Town after being recalled from his loan spell at League One side Shrewsbury Town.

The 27-year-old will be available for the Glovers’ trip to Blackburn Rovers on Friday afternoon.

GARY’S PRAISE FOR YOUNG STRIKER

Manager Gary Johnson was left elated with Kieffer Moore’s “complete” performance on Saturday after the young striker netted a fearsome strike in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

Moore, who arrived at Huish Park in the summer from Dorchester, notched his fifth goal of the campaign against The Cherries with a contender for Yeovil’s Goal of the Season.

And the 20-year-old’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by his manager.

“There were a couple of fantastic performances; not only was Kieffer Moore’s goal a great goal he had a complete game today, and I’m really pleased he showed people who weren’t sure about him what I was seeing in him.

“I’ve been telling him to shoot more because in training he is the best striker of a ball at the club and the goalkeepers don’t like going in goal when he’s smashing balls at them.

“He had an effort just before that which went straight at the keeper that stung his hands and he couldn’t keep hold of it so he needs to get into those positions more to have strikes.”

In fact, Johnson was left delighted with the whole team’s performance against Eddie Howe’s side, as the Glovers rediscovered their form after Tuesday night’s defeat at Charlton.

“I was pleased with Reuben Palazuelos (picured above), I was pleased with our departments; our defence played well, our midfield played well and our forwards played well. I can at least go home happy that my team looked like a Championship team.”

The Glovers now face the remaining four games in just two weeks, a schedule which Johnson believes needs to yield at least two or three victories.

“There are four games left but only two weeks of the season. Anyway, we go into it in a bit of form so who knows, I said that some teams could go through from now until the end of the season without winning a game and if that’s the case two or three wins would probably just suffice.”

MEET THE MANAGEMENT TEAM ON WEDNESDAY

Fans can meet the management team in The Glovers Store on Wednesday 16th April.

The event is being held between 2pm-3pm and supporters are invited to come along to meet Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way and get their copy of The Yeovil Way DVD signed by the management trio.

The Yeovil Way gives you so much behind the scenes footage you will be amazed. From Gary’s team talks to half time lambastings it’s all there. The glory, the laughter, the tears.

Unbridled access behind the scenes at the club, on the bus, in the away dressing rooms nothing or nobody is spared.

KIDS FOR A QUID AGAINST HUDDERSFIELD

Youngsters aged Under-16 will be allowed admission to Monday’s Sky Bet Championship match with Huddersfield Town for just £1.

The game against the Terriers has been chosen as a Kids for a Quid fixture. To get your tickets call the Huish Park ticket office or order your tickets online by clicking here.

The clash at Huish Park on Monday kicks-off at 3pm.

Fans are reminded that tickets for Blackburn Rovers on Friday remain on sale until Midday on Wednesday (16th). But tickets can also be purchased from Blackburn on the day of the match.

The Huish Park ticket office will be closed on Friday (18th), Saturday (19th) and Sunday (20th) and will re-open on Monday (21st) at 9am.

Tickets can still be purchased for the remaining two home games online by clicking here.

KIEFFER LEFT WITH MIXED EMOTIONS

Striker Kieffer Moore was left with mixed emotions on Saturday after scoring a wonder goal only to see Bournemouth equalise in almost comical circumstances.

Yeovil’s target man fired Gary Johnson’s side into the lead midway through the first half with a thunderous effort from the edge of the box, before Byron Webster’s clearance cannoned off of Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and into the net.

Whilst elated with his goal, Moore was left disappointed the Glovers couldn’t collect all three points at Huish Park.

“It just came out and I caught it so sweet and I’m buzzing with it. I’m ecstatic, but a bit gutted obviously that we didn’t get the three points that we should have got with their goal being so spawny but it I’m on a high from my goal.

“It’s just gutting really; to do so well and then give away a goal like that is just really hard luck – much like this season – but it went against us.”

After arriving in the summer from Blue Square South outfit Dorchester Town, the young striker has revelled in every minute of Championship football he has seen this season, even with the numerous head injuries he has received.

“In my first season I didn’t think I’d get as much experience as I have but I’m just taking it all in my stride and finishing strongly, so I just want to keep going; I’m enjoying every minute of it.

“I’m just putting my body on the line for the boys and I just want to do my best. I need to win the aerial challenges so I just go for them and I don’t think about getting hurt, it’s just one of those things when it happens.”

Yeovil are now five points from safety with four games remaining, and Moore believes himself and the rest of his team-mates are in good shape to beat the drop.

“We had to comeback from Tuesday’s defeat; to be fair when we’ve had a bad game we’ve always come back from it, so to show our supporters that we’re still fighting is a big plus for us. It’s still mathematically possible and the boys still believe so we’re going to keep going.

“The crowd were fantastic today, they got behind the boys and we need that again for our last two home games and our away games too.

“I wouldn’t say we’re too tired, we’re all fighting strong and we’re just going to keep going, I think we’re all good.”

GARY LEFT GUTTED AFTER EQUALISER

After Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to play-off hopefuls Bournemouth manager Gary Johnson was left “gutted” at the nature of The Cherries equaliser but delighted his side have rediscovered their good form.

The Glovers took a first half lead through Kieffer Moore’s thunderbolt from the edge of the box, before Byron Webster’s clearance midway through the second half ricocheted off of Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and looped over Marek Stech.

Fraser’s ‘effort’ was the only shot which troubled Yeovil’s Czech stopper all afternoon, and left Johnson with mixed emotions.

“We’re gutted because of the way they got the equaliser but we’ve got to be happy that the lads have got their mojo back. They played some really good football; we defended well and were up against a side that needed to win to keep their hopes alive of getting into the play-offs. Obviously, their hopes are still alive and so are ours.

“I was just so pleased that we entertained, the crowd I thought were very good, and they were entertained and they showed that. It was just a gutting equaliser because I felt we deserved to get something more than a draw.

“There’s only one place where that ball could have gone in and that was in the top, far corner where Marek wouldn’t be able to reach it. I can’t dwell on that so I’m going to go with the positives and say that we really played well today and I was really pleased with the work-rate and with the quality, we played some good football and we matched them in every department today.”

A point was enough to move the Glovers off of the bottom of the table up one place to 23rd and leaves them five points from safety with four games remaining, and the Yeovil gaffer knows the importance of collecting three points next time out at Blackburn.

“After every round of weekend’s you look at it, and yes we are a little bit closer, but it means that the next games become even more important to get that win. We need that win and it would have been handy today but anyway, you’ve got to get your form back.

“It’s no use saying ‘we’ve got to win the next three’ and be playing really poorly, so at least we know we’ve hit our form today and hopefully we can go into these big games coming up in the last four against some teams who are still challenging for the play-offs and we’ve got to try and win at least two or three of them.”

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Yeovil Town produced one of their best performances of the season but could only pick up a point in a 1-1 draw with playoff chasing Bournemouth today.

Kieffer Moore’s 25th minute screamer gave the Glovers the lead but a fluke equaliser from Cherries winger Ryan Fraser, charging down a defensive clearance levelled before the hour.

The hosts were great value for at least a point and though in the minority on possession, had the better chances and can feel hard done by not to pick up all three points.

Results elsewhere favoured Yeovil with four of the bottom six losing but this will be once more a case of two points dropped as Town let a lead slip again.

Following the midweek defeat at Charlton, Gary Johnson made three changes to the side. In goal, Marek Stech came in to replace Chris Dunn and both Joel Grant and Liam Davis dropped to the bench with Ruben Palazuelos and Kieffer Moore coming in.

After the minute’s silence in tribute to the Hillsborough tragedy 25 years ago this weekend, the first twenty minutes were played at a frenetic pace and in an end-to-end manner. Matt Ritchie skied a shot in the second minute before Yeovil had their first claim for a penalty on five minutes when a cross hit the hand of a defender who had slipped on the turf. Harsh, maybe, but you had seen them given.

Joe Edwards volleyed wide and Moore shot at Stech as Yeovil pressed at a good tempo while Fraser shot straight at Stech when he should have possibly done better. But the Glovers took the lead eventually on 25 minutes with a spectacular effort from Kieffer Moore. A Jamie McAllister free kick was floated into the box and cleared to Moore who hit an absolute beauty into the top corner of the net.

Lewis Grabban then wasted the chance to level when he hooked his shot wide after turning the defender but it was a rare chance for the Cherries in a frantic first period.

Moore went close with a shot that took a deflection and Shane Duffy flicked a header just wide, Yeovil’s dominance forcing visiting boss Eddie Howe into an early second half change, Ian Harte exiting and Adam Smith coming on.

Bournemouth claimed a penalty when Duffy’s clearance hit Byron Webster on the hand but as with the earlier incident, it would have been a harsh decision. But it mattered not as the visitors took the lead in fortuitous circumstances two minutes later. Webster cleared the ball and it hit Ryan Fraser and looped over Marek Stech and into the net. If ever a goal summed up Yeovil’s season, that was it.

The game’s flow was good despite being interrupted by a number of strange decisions by ref Robert Madley and he further angered the home fans, denying them another spot kick shout when Moore was fouled by Steve Cook in the box.

Yeovil had Bournemouth on the ropes for the second time in the match and Webster came close with a flick at the near post with Moore’s follow up shot was deflected wide. Ritchie and Fraser missed chances to give the Cherries a vital lead and Tom Lawrence curled an effort a foot wide of the far post.

The 2,000 visiting Cherries supporters thought they should have had a late spot kick when Yann Kermogant went down theatrically in the box but ref Madley read the situation and waved the appeals away.

Four minutes of stoppage time later and the points were shared out. A draw was no good for neither side really but both sides’ hopes of achieving their aim are still alive after this pulsating draw.

Match Report : 12/04/2014

Yeovil Town produced one of their best performances of the season but could only pick up a point in a 1-1 draw with playoff chasing Bournemouth today.

Kieffer Moore’s 25th minute screamer gave the Glovers the lead but a fluke equaliser from Cherries winger Ryan Fraser, charging down a defensive clearance levelled before the hour.

The hosts were great value for at least a point and though in the minority on possession, had the better chances and can feel hard done by not to pick up all three points.

Results elsewhere favoured Yeovil with four of the bottom six losing but this will be once more a case of two points dropped as Town let a lead slip again.

Following the midweek defeat at Charlton, Gary Johnson made three changes to the side. In goal, Marek Stech came in to replace Chris Dunn and both Joel Grant and Liam Davis dropped to the bench with Ruben Palazuelos and Kieffer Moore coming in.

After the minute’s silence in tribute to the Hillsborough tragedy 25 years ago this weekend, the first twenty minutes were played at a frenetic pace and in an end-to-end manner. Matt Ritchie skied a shot in the second minute before Yeovil had their first claim for a penalty on five minutes when a cross hit the hand of a defender who had slipped on the turf. Harsh, maybe, but you had seen them given.

Joe Edwards volleyed wide and Moore shot at Stech as Yeovil pressed at a good tempo while Fraser shot straight at Stech when he should have possibly done better. But the Glovers took the lead eventually on 25 minutes with a spectacular effort from Kieffer Moore. A Jamie McAllister free kick was floated into the box and cleared to Moore who hit an absolute beauty into the top corner of the net.

Lewis Grabban then wasted the chance to level when he hooked his shot wide after turning the defender but it was a rare chance for the Cherries in a frantic first period.

Moore went close with a shot that took a deflection and Shane Duffy flicked a header just wide, Yeovil’s dominance forcing visiting boss Eddie Howe into an early second half change, Ian Harte exiting and Adam Smith coming on.

Bournemouth claimed a penalty when Duffy’s clearance hit Byron Webster on the hand but as with the earlier incident, it would have been a harsh decision. But it mattered not as the visitors took the lead in fortuitous circumstances two minutes later. Webster cleared the ball and it hit Ryan Fraser and looped over Marek Stech and into the net. If ever a goal summed up Yeovil’s season, that was it.

The game’s flow was good despite being interrupted by a number of strange decisions by ref Robert Madley and he further angered the home fans, denying them another spot kick shout when Moore was fouled by Steve Cook in the box.

Yeovil had Bournemouth on the ropes for the second time in the match and Webster came close with a flick at the near post with Moore’s follow up shot was deflected wide. Ritchie and Fraser missed chances to give the Cherries a vital lead and Tom Lawrence curled an effort a foot wide of the far post.

The 2,000 visiting Cherries supporters thought they should have had a late spot kick when Yann Kermogant went down theatrically in the box but ref Madley read the situation and waved the appeals away.

Four minutes of stoppage time later and the points were shared out. A draw was no good for neither side really but both sides’ hopes of achieving their aim are still alive after this pulsating draw.

BEN’S BETS

Another week of SkyBet Football League action and another five picks for a Ben’s Bet accumulator with the football league’s primary sponsor.

Firstly, we have two selections from the Championship.

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich currently sit just outside the play-off spots and for the Tractor Boys it’s now or never if they are to make the end of season show down.

They host a Doncaster side who are probably just about safe from relegation and who can start dreaming of their holidays and ordering a larger than normal portion at Nandos.

With that in mind, I’m backing a home side who are eager for the points against and away side who have lost more times on the road (12) than they have scored away goals (11) this season.

Ipswich v Doncaster – Ipswich Win @ 8/13

Next up we’re off to Elland Road and a Leeds side who might be about to hit the headlines for all the right reasons.

Italian Massimo Cellino has finally taken over the Yorkshire side and will be looking to install some stability.

He now has a set of fully paid players, a manager who is more than likely playing for his future and 20,000 resurgent fans behind him at home.

Throw in Ross McCormack, the league’s top scorer and I can’t see lowly Blackpool getting anything.

‘Pool have only notched up three away wins all season and just seven points from their last eight games.

Leeds v Blackpool – Leeds win @23/20

Dropping into League One and the very bottom of it for the next selection.

Tranmere Rovers are in disarray with Ronnie Moore sacked and a team who sit dangerously close to the relegation all is not well in the Wirral.

They face another relegation rival in Shrewsbury, who will be trying to draw in those above them.

A Shrews win could see them leapfrog out of the drop zone and over the four sides above them, including Tranmere.

So, I’m backing the away side here. Put Shrewsbury, complete with Sam Foley, in the acca for some added value.

Tranmere v Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury win @ 19/10

Into League Two and there won’t be many fans overly keen on cheering on Bristol Rovers very often, but here we go.

The Gas face bottom of the table Torquay and this season has been a big one for Rovers at home.

Bristol Rovers are the only side outside of the top seven to have won ten of their home games this season.

Another home win, would push out any relegation worries at the Memorial Stadium and probably confirm Torquay’s drop into non-league.

This may look like a six point clash at the bottom of the pyramid, but I think this could be a comfortable home win.

Bristol Rovers v Torquay – Bristol Rovers win @ 11/10

Time to sound like a broken record, but the idea of backing Scunthorpe is becoming easier and easier.

Joint top of the table Iron host Bury whose season is pretty much wrapped up.

Scunthorpe need the win to potentially get a couple of points ahead of Rochdale and put one foot into League One for next season.

They’re unbeaten in for ever and fast becoming one of the first ticks on my quickslip.

Despite this home favouritism, SkyBet still make them a tasty price of 6/5, in my opinion, that’s to short and so they are my best bet of the entire weekend.

Scunthorpe v Bury – Scunthorpe win @ 6/5

We have our five sides and to put a fiver on them all to win and we are looking at a healthy return of over £230.

YTFC Special.
Last week we finally had a winner, I hope you were all on my Tom Lawrence Wincast for the Blackpool game.

In each of the last three Yeovil games, supporters have been treated to an exciting second 45 minutes.

So, this may seem very specific, I’m suggesting the bet that both teams score in the second half.

This is available at 9/4 with SkyBet.

If you prefer something far more mainstream, it never hurts to back players against their former clubs and James Hayter is a legend down at Bournemouth.

He’s 7/1 to score first, 12/5 to score at any time and 80/1 to notch a hat-trick, whether or not he scores all three in less than 220 seconds!

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Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.

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TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR HOME FANS

Tickets for today’s clash with AFC Bournemouth remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Tickets can be purchased right up until kick off (3.07pm) for home fans only.

Bournemouth fans are reminded that NO tickets will be available from Huish Park and no away fans will be allowed tickets in the home end.

THE YEOVIL WAY – ON SALE TODAY!

As the end of the season draws near the club have finally launched their new DVD “The Yeovil Way”, the behind the scenes documentary of the conclusion of our promotion winning 2012-2013 season.

Eight hours of footage as the club went on to reach the dizzy heights of The SkyBet Championship can be seen, starting with the away win at Stevenage and climaxing with the celebration bus tour around the streets of Yeovil.

The Yeovil Way gives you so much behind the scenes footage you will be amazed. From Gary’s team talks to half time lambastings it’s all there. The glory, the laughter, the tears.

Unbridled access behind the scenes at the club, on the bus, in the away dressing rooms nothing or nobody is spared.

Look out for the outtakes at the end. Worth the money on their own!

Admittedly some of the language is a bit, shall we say industrial, but that’s football and nobody could accuse us of having no passion.

So if you have young impressionable children or are easily offended by bad language then maybe this one’s not for you.

But if you are football mad like us, and particularly Yeovil Town mad, then this truly is the most “must have” DVD ever released by the club.

Eight hours of pure nostalgia on four separate DVD’s and all for only £20.00. Can you really afford to not have it? No of course you can’t!

So pop down to the club shop…you will think Christmas has come early.

To view the teaser videos visit our YouTube Channell by clicking here for video one and here for video two.

PREVIEW: AFC BOURNEMOUTH

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BALL SPONSOR – ELLIS HOBBS

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this Saturday and it’s back to Huish Park for the visit of Bournemouth.

The Cherries, who were promoted with the Glovers from League One back in May have taken to the Championship in some style, they currently sit just outside the play off spots.

Just two points separate Eddie Howe’s men from the end of season shake up and they’ll be trying to get the three points to take them into the top six.

However, Yeovil need the points themselves, bottom of the pile and six points from safety, it’s a big chance on home soil to get ‘Mission Survival’ back on track for one last push.

The game this weekend kicks of seven minutes later than normal. The 3:07 kick off is in remembrance of the Hillsborough disaster, there will be a moment of silence before the game begins.

Bournemouth come into the game as the form side in the division, five straight wins with a goal difference of +8 from those five has meant that no side has taken anything from the south coast side since Charlton recorded a 1-0 win on the 18th of March.

Since then, they’ve conquered Barnsley, Leeds, Birmingham, QPR and Reading scoring 14 goals in the process.

Last Tuesday, Reading were beaten 3-1 by the Cherries. Matt Richie and Yann Kermogant were the architects of the Royals’ downfall.

But enough about them, the Glovers are looking to bounce back from last Tuesday’s defeat at Charlton.

The Addicks won the game 3-2 despite goals from Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore.

Yeovil have actually only suffered defeat twice in the last six, those two were against fellow relegation rivals, however, making games against high flyers all the more important.

The two sides met earlier in the season at Dean Court and the match on Boxing Day was a rather one sided affair.

Another Matt Ritchie double and Eunan O’Kane secured a 3-0 win for the hosts.

It won’t come as any surprise that the two sides have met many times over recent years.

The last Yeovil win was way back in 2007, Terry Skiverton scored that day in a 2-1 Yeovil win. Since then, Bournemouth have won all but two encounters a 2-2 draw in 2011 and a stalemate 0-0 the following year are pretty much all the Glovers can shout about.

Most worryingly, the last time Yeovil even scored against Bournemouth was back in December 2011.

But, all streaks must come to an end and with Gary Johnson confirming that there is no room for error this season there will be no better time to get one over on the closest thing the Glovers have to a ‘local rival’ this season.

Yeovil will be able to call on the services of a former Cherries legend in James Hayter.

Hayter scored nearly a hundred league goals in over 350 games in the red and black including the fastest ever Football League hat-trick.

Of course, with so many teams still involved in the relegation mix up, there are some other key fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday.

Barnsley are away at Bolton, Charlton travel to Brighton, Blackpool face Leeds and Millwall host Watford. But it’s Huish Park where Yeovil’s immediate fate lies and your support is needed to bring home the points.

Tickets are available, as ever, right up until kick off via all the usual sources; you can call the ticket office, pop down in person or go online and collect on the day.

But if you can, get down to the home of Championship football in the South West and cheer on Gary Johnson’s men.

If you can’t make it to the ground, Glovers Player will have all the coverage and stay tuned to all the YTFC social networks from reaction to the big game

Famous Bournemouth Fans.

A rather short list, headed by TV personality, Jayne Middlemiss and the Drummer from Bloc Party.

A Foot in both camps.
Shaun MacDonald, James Hayter, Gareth Stewart, Asmir Begovic, Leon Best, Terrell Forbes, Scott Guyett, Stephen Henderson, Marek Stech, Danny Seaborne, and 1949 FA Cup Hero, Les Blizzard.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER JOLLY’S COMPETITION

The Yeovil Town Club Store are running a Easter drawing competition for young Glovers fans.


There will be three winners from differen age groups. The age groups will be aged 1-6 years, 7-11 years and 12-16 years.

The winning entrants 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.

JAMES HOPING TEAM BOUNCES BACK

Striker James Hayter hopes the Glovers’ trend of bouncing back after a disappointing defeat will continue on Saturday when Bournemouth arrive at Huish Park.

Hayter, who made over 350 appearances for The Cherries, will draw inspiration from last weekend’s 2-1 win at Blackpool but admits Yeovil needed to cut out the costly mistakes.

“I thought we performed really well at Blackpool; we got a good win and thoroughly deserved it and probably should have won by a few more goals on the day.

“We still managed to score a couple of goals on Tuesday night and had a couple of other chances so as long we can cut out a couple of mistakes that we’ve conceded from we’ve still got a proper chance.

“We take each game as it comes and on the back of a bad result we’ve managed to bounce back in previous games and we have got to try and look to do that now.”

Victory at Bloomfield Road came off the back of a disappointing defeat at home to Barnsley, and veteran striker Hayter believes staying in the game as long as possible will give the Glovers the best chance of victory against Eddie Howe’s side.

“We need to try and win games; we managed to score goals in the last few games despite losing Ishmael and things so as long as we keep that going and be more solid defensively then I think we have got a chance of hopefully winning some games.

“We need to stay in games as long as we can and hopefully look to score first. I think then teams will start to come at you and then you exploit that, but first and foremost we’ve got to try and stay in the game and not concede easy goals.”

A Yeovil win would galvanise hopes of beating the drop whilst denting Bournemouth’s hopes of a late surge into the play-offs, and despite the obvious ties, Hayter admits he would celebrate should he score against his former employers.

“I’ve played them three times since I’ve been here and lost all three so I would like to put that right if I can.

“I would celebrate, but I’m not the craziest when I score anyway!”

STAND BY FOR THE CLEM!

Yeovil Town’s home game on Saturday will see the club have a visit from the Football League Show’s Mark Clemmit who will be covering the game for the show.

Those of you familiar with the quirky Mr. Clemmit will no doubt be wondering if good luck will accompany him, but he has assured that only positive vibes will accompany him and his team to Huish Park.

You can watch Clem’s take on the match on The Football League Show on Saturday evening on BBC1.

“WE HAVE TO KEEP GOING” – GARY

After Tuesday night’s narrow 3-2 defeat at Charlton manager Gary Johnson was left ruing lapses of concentration which saw the Glovers concede early in each half.

Yeovil fell behind in the 10th minute when Astrit Ajdarevic struck from distance, before the Addicks scored twice in three minutes just after the break to make it 3-1 and give the Glovers a mountain to climb.

Kieffer Moore’s strike with 12 minutes left raised the anxiety levels amongst the home support at The Valley, but a second defeat in three matches left Johnson bemoaning individual errors.

“We always say about the first five minutes with our concentration whether it be the first half or the second half and the boys have got to learn to concentrate as individuals as well as a team.

“Of course, all three goals were in the first five or ten minutes of the first half and second half. No matter what you do and how you work on it it’s really down to the individuals to be able to concentrate.

“It was a catalogue of errors, a couple of people miss-hit something and then the other one is not picking up someone else. It’s really, really disappointing because it’s not necessarily anyone’s attitude; it’s a mistake or someone being clever on the opposition, it’s somebody losing one of their players, or a set play which happened for the second so it will take a couple of days to get over this one but we’ve got to try and get over it and keep going until the fat lady sings.”

Defeat leaves Yeovil bottom of the table and six points from safety, but the Glovers gaffer believes there is still a fight to be had to avoid the drop.

“I was looking at it if we won this one then we would’ve been in with it, but we’ve lost that good play that we had in the last game where we won, that’s been lost now because we’ve come here and lost.

“It’s not a crime to be in the Championship and lose a game 3-2 but it was an important game and this group seem to just not quite get it together when it’s needed at this level so we will have to wait and see and see if we can’t pick ourselves up and see what we do, there’s still a fight down there, we’re not out of it just yet.”

REPORT: CHARLTON ATHLETIC V YEOVIL TOWN

Town suffered a 3-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
Manager Gary Johnson stuck with the same starting eleven that won at Blackpool at the weekend. The only change came on the bench with Marek Stech returning from illness to replace Gareth Stewart.
After a subdued start the game sprung to life when the home side took the lead after nine minutes. Winger Ajdarevic ran at the Town defence and struck the ball from distance.
Just two minutes later Town levelled. A superb through ball by captain Jamie McAllister found Hayter, the striker’s clever pass found Grant. With the wingers shot looking like it would be saved by Hamer the ball took a deflection off a defender and into the net. 
The goal gave the Glovers confidence and they started passing the ball around well and attacked with good pace.
With 27 minutes on the clock Town hit the woodwork from a corner. The build up to the corner involved four players and resulted in Ralls shooting from distance and forcing Hamer into a full stretch diving save.
From the resulting corner Lawrence swung the corner in and had Hamer scrambling but luckily for the Charlton shot stopper the ball skimmed the bar and went out for a throw in.
In the last minute of the first half the hosts should have taken the lead when Sordell intercepted Webster’s pass, the striker sprinted clear but he was denied by a fine diving save by Chris Dunn.
The hosts took the lead again just two minutes into the second half. An outswinging corner was taken on the left by Jackson and was powerfully headed home from 10 yards out by Dervite.
Moments later the home side made it 3-1.  Dunn parried a shot on from the right, but Sordell coolly slotted the rebound home, much to the delight of the home fans, who suddenly sound their voices.
With just over 15 minutes remaining the Glovers pulled a goal back when a mix up in the Charlton back line resulted in the ball landing at Moore’s feet 12 yards out. The former Dorchester man made no mistake in slotting home to give the Town faithful behind the goal hope.
Despite five minutes of added on time signalled by the fourth official Town couldn’t find the equaliser.

Match Report : 08/04/2014

Town suffered a 3-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
Manager Gary Johnson stuck with the same starting eleven that won at Blackpool at the weekend. The only change came on the bench with Marek Stech returning from illness to replace Gareth Stewart.
After a subdued start the game sprung to life when the home side took the lead after nine minutes. Winger Ajdarevic ran at the Town defence and struck the ball from distance.
Just two minutes later Town levelled. A superb through ball by captain Jamie McAllister found Hayter, the striker’s clever pass found Grant. With the wingers shot looking like it would be saved by Hamer the ball took a deflection off a defender and into the net. 
The goal gave the Glovers confidence and they started passing the ball around well and attacked with good pace.
With 27 minutes on the clock Town hit the woodwork from a corner. The build up to the corner involved four players and resulted in Ralls shooting from distance and forcing Hamer into a full stretch diving save.
From the resulting corner Lawrence swung the corner in and had Hamer scrambling but luckily for the Charlton shot stopper the ball skimmed the bar and went out for a throw in.
In the last minute of the first half the hosts should have taken the lead when Sordell intercepted Webster’s pass, the striker sprinted clear but he was denied by a fine diving save by Chris Dunn.
The hosts took the lead again just two minutes into the second half. An outswinging corner was taken on the left by Jackson and was powerfully headed home from 10 yards out by Dervite.
Moments later the home side made it 3-1.  Dunn parried a shot on from the right, but Sordell coolly slotted the rebound home, much to the delight of the home fans, who suddenly sound their voices.
With just over 15 minutes remaining the Glovers pulled a goal back when a mix up in the Charlton back line resulted in the ball landing at Moore’s feet 12 yards out. The former Dorchester man made no mistake in slotting home to give the Town faithful behind the goal hope.
Despite five minutes of added on time signalled by the fourth official Town couldn’t find the equaliser.

PREVIEW: CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this Tuesday night and the magnitude of the match is lost on nobody as the Glovers travel to Charlton Athletic.

The Addicks sit one place outside the relegation zone just three points above Yeovil who are still bottom of the pack, in 24th.

An away win, would see the Glovers join Charlton on 38 points, with a three goal swing in the process, Yeovil could even leapfrog their rivals by the time the full time whistle blows at the Valley.

Yeovil are coming into the game off the back of a brilliant away win at struggling Blackpool. The 2-1 victory on Saturday was sealed with a James Hayter penalty and Tom Lawrence’s first goal in green and white.

That result helped bury the memory of the 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Barnsley seven days earlier.

The hosts on the other hand had a slightly less productive weekend, Charlton succumbed to a late goal from Reading as they looked to continue their decent run of form.

Wins against Leeds and Nottingham Forest have been backed up with positive results against Bournemouth, Millwall and Huddersfield in recent weeks.

Charlton still have more games than anyone else to play in the SkyBet Championship, they’re FA Cup exploits have ensured they don’t have another free fixture date for the remainder of the season.

Since the sides last met there have been some major changes in personnel in the management at Charlton. Chris Powell has vacated the manager’s office and has been replaced by Jose Riga, the former Standard Liege coach.

One of Riga’s first additions to the playing staff was none other than former Glovers’ loanee Jon Obika.

Also in attack, Davide Petrucci has joined from Manchester United. Hopefully Tom Lawrence will have given the Glovers defenders a heads up on what to expect from his Old Trafford colleague.

For Yeovil, it remains to be seen if Marek Stech will have recovered significantly from illness to take his place in the match day squad again.

If not, Chris Dunn, who once again impressed on his return to the starting line-up, will be back in between the sticks.

Up front for the Glovers the new pairing of Hayter and Lawrence will be hoping to retain their place with Ishmael Miller no longer available for selection.

The return to the bench of Reuben Palazuelos was also a boost to Gary Johnson giving the Glovers an extra option in midfield.

Last time the sides met they played out a dramatic 2-2 draw at Huish Park, Ishmael Miller converting a penalty to complete a comeback from 2-0 down at half time.

The two teams have crossed paths a number of times before, most recently in the 2011/12 season. That year the Addicks secured a double over Yeovil, a 3-0 and 3-2 victory for the Reds.

In fact, prior to this season, Charlton have won no fewer than five meetings in a row between the sides.

Yeovil got a result back in 2009, a 1-1 draw with a certain Jon Obika scoring for the Glovers.

Their last win was further back again, in 2008 a Paul Warne goal secured a shock win in the Carling Cup.

But all that is in the past and it’s the three points on offer this Tuesday which will act as enough incentive.

With supporters keeping their eyes on events elsewhere, this set of midweek fixtures sees every second tier side in action and a number of big games at the bottom of the table.

Barnsley host high flying Burnley, Millwall travel to in form Wigan, Blackpool face big scoring Derby and Doncaster face a resurgent Bolton side.

If Yeovil can secure their points then a set of decent results elsewhere will have #MissionSurvival right back on track and the belief will fill Huish Park again.

Speaking of Huish Park, these consecutive away days mean that the focus switches back to Somerset this Saturday as Bournemouth are in town.

Tickets for this local derby are available and Gary Johnson is hoping for another big atmosphere from the Green and White faithful.

Call the ticket office, pop down in person or follow the instructions on YTFC.net to secure your place.

Back to Tuesday’s game and tickets for the fixture are available on the day, but local radio will be supplying the feed to Glovers Player and the YouTube channel will cover all the post-match reaction.

Famous Charlton Fans.

Tennis star, Bjorn Borg. Big Break Presenter Jim Davidson, Snooker Champion Steve Davis, Man Behaving Badly star Neil Morrisey and Olympic Medallist Kelly Holmes.

A Foot in Both Camps.

Ben Roberts, Jordan Cook, Simon Church, Cameron Stewart, Nathan Jones, Dan Seaborne, Martin Cranie, Kim Grant, Kelly Youga, Jon Obika, Dean Parrett, and the second top scorer in Yeovil’s history, Dick Plumb

JOIN JOLLY AT THE RACES

This Sunday (13th April) Wincanton Race Course will be hosting their Children’s Day, and what a lot of fun for all the family it will be!

Town’s own Jolly Green Giant and Little Jolly will be attendance and will be taking part in the Mascot Egg and Spoon race. Rumours that Jolly has his glue ready to stick his egg to the spoon have been denied.

Below is what the racecourse has got planned for you…

-Easter Egg Hunt

-Shetland Pony Hurdle Race

-Shetland Pony Rides

-Kids Love The Races Roadshow

-Heart FM Angels Face Painting and Giant Garden Games

-Mascot Egg and Spoon Race

-Tug of War with Mascots in the Parade Ring

-Cookie the Clown

-Duck-herding sheepdog display

-Bouncy Castle, Galleon Assault Course & Rodeo Bull

-BHEST Equisizer

-Riding for the disabled display

-Market stalls

-Jockey Silk Competition Winner presentation

-First 300 kids get a goody bag with Weatherbys activity pack, bugs, pens, wrist bands and Cadbury sweets

To book your tickets call the ticket hotline on 0844 5793014 or buy online by clicking HERE.

GARY DELIGHTED WITH PERFORMANCE

After Saturday’s 2-1 victory away at Blackpool manager Gary Johnson was delighted with his side’s performance.

Goals from strike partnership James Hayter and Tom Lawrence were enough to see off the Seasiders as the Glovers completed the double over Barry Ferguson’s side at Bloomfield Road.

After last weekend’s 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Barnsley, Johnson was left delighted with the response from his players.

“We had a big meeting last night and they put in to words what they wanted to do in the next few games and then it was about whether they could put those words into action, and I thought they did that today.

“Everyone played their part and when Blackpool got in the box late on – and they were getting the ball in there as often as they could and their centre halves stayed up – we still got our heads onto it and were picking up the seconds so it was a great away performance and their crowd were frustrated and we absolutely frustrated them.

To be fair, it was us who created it, not their own team. We stopped them doing anything they wanted to do and that was the perfect away performance. It got a bit shaky when Grandin scored from 30 odd yards but we held on and we put ourselves back in the frame.

“We played a lot of good football especially in the first half and kept the ball a lot better, although we’ve still probably got to do a little bit better than that; in the second half I’d have liked to have kept it. But we had runners today and willing workers and that was what we needed because we went down like a damp squib against Barnsley and didn’t have enough movement upfront like we had today.”

And Johnson wasn’t only pleased with the improved movement upfront, as Manchester United loanee Lawrence scored his first goal for Yeovil which left the Glovers gaffer expecting more from his strike duo.

“I’m pleased for him because he’s dangerous and you’ve got to defend very well when he’s got the ball and running at somebody and to be fair a couple of times they did defend well.

“But the one time we broke really well in the second half we had an overload and he finishes with aplomb and he’ll get more goals for us, that’s why we wanted to have a look at those two together because not only have they got a work rate but they’re very good finishers.”

GARY EXPLAINS MILLER DEPARTURE

Manager Gary Johnson has explained the departure of Nottingham Forest loanee Ishmael Miller. 
Miller, who initially joined the Glovers on loan in November, was due to remain at Huish Park for the remainder of the season but had his loan cut short ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.
The 27-year-old scored 10 times in 19 league appearances for Town, but will no longer feature in Johnson’s plans.
Johnson said: "He is no longer with the club. To be fair I don’t think his personality and football personality are conducive to our environment.
"We had a meeting on Tuesday. We wanted to ask people why they were going home when they were stiff. I asked a couple of people and I got around to Ishmael and he was disappointed I brought his name up.
"He didn’t want to get involved in a discussion and he ended up saying ‘okay, I don’t want to play for you’. He walked out of the room. That was the third time and we can’t let that happen.
"I want a group that I can 100 per cent trust and put in a battling performance like today. I had to make a big decision, I spoke to the board and they agreed with it. It’s not a personal thing, it’s a club thing and every decision I make is with the club in mind."

REPORT: BLACKPOOL V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town picked up three points away at Blackpool thanks to goals from James Hayter and Tom Lawrence.
In the early stages of the first half the hosts were the first to test the goalkeeper. Striker David Goodwillie found himself in the box with only Dunn to beat, but the shot stopper gathered the striker’s chance easily.
At the other end Town’s first chance fell to Liam Davis on the edge of the area, but the wingers first time volley went narrowly over the Blackpool crossbar.
With 15 minutes on the clock Town had a corner on the right after Grants cut in and had his shot blocked.
When the corner came in a Blackpool defender handled in the area and referee Langford had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Hayter stepped up confidently and buried the ball home from 12 yards.
Hayter, who was leading the line well, won a header on the half way line to set Davis free on the left. The winger beat McMahon for pace, only to see his powerful shot well save by Gilks in the Blackpool goal.
Three minutes into the second half the hosts had goalkeeper Gilks to thank for keeping the score line at 1-0. The shot stopper denied a Grant volley and then Mackenzie threw himself in front Shane Duffy shot that was heading for the back of the net.
Just minutes later Blackpool striker Goodwillie found himself with the freedom of Blackpool inside the Town area, but the Scotsman somehow fired his shot over the bar.
Town doubled their lead on 74 minutes just when the home side were getting on top. A superb run on the right wing by Luke Ayling saw him cross to Hayter, the former Doncaster man let the ball run across him to the surging Lawrence, who made no mistake is putting the ball past Gilks to make 2-0.
The home side pulled a goal back less than five minutes later when substitute Grandin thundered the ball home from distance to set up a nervy last ten minutes.
Despite the pressure Town held strong to pick up three vital points.

Match Report : 05/04/2014

Yeovil Town picked up three points away at Blackpool thanks to goals from James Hayter and Tom Lawrence.
In the early stages of the first half the hosts were the first to test the goalkeeper. Striker David Goodwillie found himself in the box with only Dunn to beat, but the shot stopper gathered the striker’s chance easily.
At the other end Town’s first chance fell to Liam Davis on the edge of the area, but the wingers first time volley went narrowly over the Blackpool crossbar.
With 15 minutes on the clock Town had a corner on the right after Grants cut in and had his shot blocked.
When the corner came in a Blackpool defender handled in the area and referee Langford had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Hayter stepped up confidently and buried the ball home from 12 yards.
Hayter, who was leading the line well, won a header on the half way line to set Davis free on the left. The winger beat McMahon for pace, only to see his powerful shot well save by Gilks in the Blackpool goal.
Three minutes into the second half the hosts had goalkeeper Gilks to thank for keeping the score line at 1-0. The shot stopper denied a Grant volley and then Mackenzie threw himself in front Shane Duffy shot that was heading for the back of the net.
Just minutes later Blackpool striker Goodwillie found himself with the freedom of Blackpool inside the Town area, but the Scotsman somehow fired his shot over the bar.
Town doubled their lead on 74 minutes just when the home side were getting on top. A superb run on the right wing by Luke Ayling saw him cross to Hayter, the former Doncaster man let the ball run across him to the surging Lawrence, who made no mistake is putting the ball past Gilks to make 2-0.
The home side pulled a goal back less than five minutes later when substitute Grandin thundered the ball home from distance to set up a nervy last ten minutes.
Despite the pressure Town held strong to pick up three vital points.

GARY HOPING TO SEE OLD YEOVIL

Manager Gary Johnson believes his players will show no signs of an aftermath at Blackpool this Saturday despite last weekend’s heavy defeat to Barnsley.

Town lost 4-1 to their fellow relegation candidates at Huish Park, and the Yeovil manager admits there have been “a few home truths” this week.

“We gave them (the supporters) nothing on Saturday; we didn’t look like a team, we didn’t play our game and we certainly had no ‘Yeovil’ in that game on Saturday and that was really, really disappointing but we’ve had a couple of big meetings on it.

“You have to upset a few if you’re going to have a few home truths and then you have to see how they react, then you have to tell them if there were other things that you felt they were doing that may not have been conducive to playing a game of football on a Saturday.

“You get rid of all those negatives so that you can start again on the positives. Now I hope that we have a group who are going to take us to the end of the season and give it a right go, because that’s what we’ve got to have.”

The Glovers are six points from safety with seven games remaining this season, but there may be more twists to come before May.

Leeds United may yet face a points deduction if they enter administration, giving Yeovil a reason to keep fighting until the end according to the Glovers gaffer.

“The way things are going in football at the moment you could have four people in administration at the end of the season so you’ve got to make sure you can pick up as many points as you can now because you certainly don’t want to lose out because you’ve taken your eye off the ball.

“Certainly until it’s mathematically not possible, and even then nowadays you’ve got to keep going because teams might drop out for whatever reason with this Financial Fair Play stuff and ownership type stuff that’s around.”

After disappointment last weekend, Johnson is hoping to see the ‘old’ Yeovil at Blackpool on Saturday as they look to make up last Saturday’s disaster to the supporters.

“We’ve got to play our game; it’s a long trip so you know you’re away but we’re going to try and prepare properly and now once you’ve prepared properly and the players are out on the pitch they’ve got to show you they’re not giving up on their season because it’s their reputation at stake as well as the Football Club’s.

“I’m sure we won’t get loads of fans but we’ve got to do it for the folks that are there and the folks back home and we’ve got to do it for them because most people would like us to stay at this level.”

“STILL A LOT TO PLAY FOR” – JOE EDWARDS

Joe Edwards believes Championship survival is still more than possible despite last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at home to fellow relegation candidates Barnsley.
 

The Glovers currently sit bottom of the second tier six points from safety, but midfielder Edwards states the players’ confidence hasn’t been knocked despite defeat last time out.

“We know there is still a lot to play for before the end of the season, seven games left and 21 points so it’s definitely still all to play for and the boys are confident we can go in to the next couple of games and get two good results and as long as we can keep our confidence up that will help a lot.

“Charlton winning was a disappointing result for us but we’ve got to play them and they’ve got a couple of hard games coming up, so as long as we do as much as we can between now and the end of the season we’ll just have to see where that takes us.

“Blackpool are still in our reach so it’s a massive game again; we’re going there full of confidence even after the result and we know we can go and put a good performance together and hopefully we can do that on Saturday and get the three points.”

In the reverse fixture at Huish Park back in December the Glovers came away 1-0 victors against 8-man Blackpool, who had three players sent off in the closing stages.

However, Edwards expects a completely different match at Bloomfield Road against the Seasiders who are now under new management, in the form of caretaker boss Barry Ferguson.

“It’s going to be a tough game; their pitch isn’t the greatest but it’s probably similar to ours down here. They’ll come at us early on because they like to get the first goal and then defend it so as long as we defend well and hopefully score ourselves, obviously we’ve got goal scorers like Luke Ayling at the moment, so that will help us along the way!

“The reverse fixture was a tough game and a big game and we needed to win that time and hopefully, there won’t be the sending offs like there was, but it will be that sort of performance and that sort of result.”

PREVIEW: BLACKPOOL

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet Championship action this Saturday and the Glovers travel to Blackpool knowing that Mission Survival is now in its final and most important stages.

Yeovil sit bottom of the Championship following last weekend’s home defeat against fellow strugglers Barnsley.

Now, Gary Johnson has warned that there is no room for another slip up with two other bottom six sides on the fixture list.

Blackpool are one of those sides, the Tangerines are currently 19th in the table, seven points above the drop zone.

The Seasiders will think that a win on Saturday may well be enough to secure safety from the drop, but for Yeovil, the three points could draw them level with Barnsley and within a single victory of Charlton going into the midweek fixture between the two sides.

Blackpool’s form had been one of the worst in the division, going a full 17 games without a victory before a recent upturn.

In the last five games, there have been two victories, two defeats and draw. Most recently, a 1-1 draw against QPR on Saturday with David Goodwillie on the score sheet for ‘Pool.

Their last win was a week prior to that, a 1-0 win over Huddersfield former Premier League striker Ricardo Fuller notching an early goal to take all three points.

Blackpool are in the unusual situation of not having a permanent manager and not intending to appoint one until the summer.

Barry Ferguson has taken the role on in a player/caretaker manager capacity since mid-January when Paul Ince was fired.

Yeovil’s form is actually not all that bad, if you ignore the 4-1 home drubbing by Barnsley last week; three draws in a row, three brilliant performances and three games

with stories to tell preceded the Barnsley defeat.

A dramatic 3-3 draw at Wigan, a 2-2 draw at home to Bolton and then a 1-1 stalemate away at top-of-the-table Leicester. The Glovers will once again be looking to on loan striker Ishmael Miller to fire them to victory, without a goal in a couple of games he will be looking to take a few tips from an unlikely source.

Luke Ayling, over 100 appearances before his first goal and now two have come in as many weeks.

The right back scored a last gasp equaliser at Wigan before getting the consolation against Barnsley. With the loan window now closed, neither side have had chance to enhance their squads over the past week.

So it’s all eyes on the injury list to bolster the squads, for the Glovers Ruben Palazuelos could be involved in the travelling party, but a place on the bench might be a bit ambitious.

Gary Johnson has suggested changes may be on the cards for the Glovers as the importance of the game is more evident than ever.

For the hosts, Nathan Tyson won’t be involved after he extended his stay at Notts County but they may include Apostolos Vellios a defender signed from Everton.

Vellios is normally Shane Duffy’s defensive partner at the Toffee’s Under 21 side, but hasn’t made a competitive appearance this season for their first team.

When the two sides met earlier this season a single John Lundstram goal was enough for Yeovil to secure one of their most impressive victories this campaign.

The Tuesday night fixture didn’t go down to well with the ‘Pool boss at the time, as Paul Ince used a certain naughty word to describe the trip to Somerset, the team’s performance and even the goal they conceded.

A Yeovil win would be the first time they have secured a win both home and away against the same side this season. Of course, the two sides have met a number of times in League One.

Since 2005, Yeovil have been defeated twice and got two draws out of the four regular league meetings. Most famously though, the two sides met in the League One Play Off Final in 2007. With Wembley Stadium bathed in green and orange, goals from Keigan Parker and Robbie Williams were enough for Simon Grayson’s men as they gained promotion.

Of course, with Gary Johnson’s rally cry still ringing in the players’ ears, the focus will be entirely going on at Bloomfield Road, but a little glance at the other fixtures at the bottom of the table won’t hurt us supporters.

Charlton host Reading, Barnsley play Brighton, Millwall travel to Nottigham Forest and finally Doncaster and Birmingham meet in South Yorkshire.

Tickets for the fixture are available on the day but for those who don’t fancy a Saturday on the Lancashire coast, there will be full coverage on Glovers Player as well as all the pre and post-match reaction via YouTube and the social networks.

BEN’S BETS

It may be crunch time for many teams in the Sky Bet Football League, but that with teams playing for points we can try and play for some pounds and we’ve found five teams to pop in those weekend accumulators.

Rovers have all but secured their safety from the drop zone in the Sky Bet Championship with a decent run of form.

They lie 3rd in the form table and are unbeaten in six games at home.

They host Birmingham on Saturday and the Blues have been on a downward trajectory for a while now.

Lee Clarke’s men have lost four in their last six and so it’s a home win here.

Doncaster v Birmingham – Doncaster win @ 7/5


Next up is a result that will go down very well with Yeovil fans.

I’m backing Charlton’s recent run to come to an abrupt end when Reading come to town.

The Royals have won four of their last five game and travel to the Valley to face a Charlton side who haven’t had a gap in fixtures for a very long time – fitness must start playing a part.

The Addicks also lost last time out at home and so, at the prices, the 7/5 for Reading is bar far the better value.

Charlton v Reading  – Reading win @ 7/5

The first selection from League One is the side top of the form table.

Rotherham United, fired by former Glover Kieran Agard are unbeaten in six and their opponents on Saturday, Gillingham haven’t been brilliant at home all season.

The Gills lost time out on their home patch and so it’s the South Yorkshire side for me and at a shade of odds on they still add value to the picks.

Gillingham v Rotherham – Rotherham win @ 10/11

The next selection is somewhat of a brave one, but the Milton Keynes Dons have been in brilliant form on their travels recently.

In fact, the Dons have won their last four consecutive away games and they’re on the road again as they travel to Coventry – well, Northampton.

Coventry have never really felt at home in their adopted stadium this season and with few fans backing them over 60 miles from their geographical base, their lack of a 12th man may play into the Dons’ hands.

Coventry v MK Dons – MK Dons win @ 17/10

Top of the table Rochdale travel to the form side in the country in York and I can’t see past and entertaining draw for this one.

York are unbeaten in a very, very long time and have topped the form table for the last couple of months, but Rochdale have recently gained top spot and they won’t want to give it away to Scunthorpe this weekend.

Both these sides also drew their last fixture, something which may play on their minds in an attempt to avoid defeat and go for the full three points.

Two sides with lots to play for and two sides who could cancel each other out in a high scoring affair.

York v Rochdale – draw @ 5/2

Adding that draw in at the end bumps up the returns significantly and so a £5 Acca will return over £500.

A 100/1 accumulator would be very much a great way to sign off a Saturday with three points for the Glovers and maybe even a Grand National Winner!

YTFC SPECIAL
The Glovers travel to Blackpool this weekend knowing that nothing less than a win will be acceptable in the race for survival.

‘Pool are the slight favourites for the game, at 21/20 with a Yeovil win priced at 5/2.

It was a 1-0 win for Yeovil earlier in the season with a goal from a loan midfielder, what about a repeat of that result for the Glovers again?

Joe Ralls to score first and Yeovil to win 1-0 is at 66/1, swap Ralls for Tom Lawrence and you’re looking at 55/1.

Lawrence has been one of the most exciting attacking players in green and white recently but is yet to break his duck since moving to Somerset.

So, my bet of the day is to focus on the Man Utd loanee.

Lawrence to score any time in a Yeovil win is 13/2.

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ENTER JOLLY’S DRAWING COMPETITION

The Yeovil Town Club Store are running a Easter drawing competition for young Glovers fans.


There will be three winners from differen age groups. The age groups will be aged 1-6 years, 7-11 years and 12-16 years.

The winning entrants 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.

FIXTURE RELEASE DATE

While there is still plenty to play for this season, The Football League has confirmed fixtures for the next season will be released on Wednesday 18th June at 9am.

ytfc.net will be the first to bring you the fixture list on the 18th June.

PLANNING APPLICATION DEFERRED

The planning application for a food store at Huish Park has been deferred for two months.

The members voted in favour of deferring the application for two months to give the Football Club time to address outstanding issues.

Chairman John Fry said: "I am confident we can address the issues over the next two months but it will be a lot of hard work."

FRY ON PLANNING D DAY

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has reiterated just how important today’s Planning Hearing at South Somerset District Council’s Brympton Way Offices is for the future of the club.

Speaking today Mr. Fry said: “I cannot stress just how important this decision is for the future of this club. If we are to survive in the SkyBet Championship, and we are hanging on by our finger nails right now, it is vital that the club has a Commercial driver in place on this site.

“Our playing budget is the smallest in the league by a mile and we must give the best management team in the league the necessary funds to be able to compete on more of a level playing field.

“Without a commercial driver to help support that budget the club just can’t compete, and we could end up not only losing our place in the league.

“Unlike many other clubs in the Football League we have never approached the local council asking for money and we are not doing so now. All we want is a change of use to help fund the club in these competitive times.

“If we lose our case I cannot yet say what will happen but rest assured we will have to look at all options on the table.

“So I will take this opportunity to implore the Councillors to think very seriously what implications a rejection will cause.

“Nearly three thousand of your local electorate have signed a petition supporting the application. These are the people who supported you at recent elections and their voice must be heard.

“This is your opportunity to do the job your were voted in to do… Follow the wishes of the electorate.

“Be Bold; support your town and your local football club.”

The Planning Application will be heard at 2.00 pm this afternoon at The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil and supporters are welcome to come and support the club and lobby their district Councillors.

 

ANNUAL GOLF DAY A SUCCESS

Yeovil Town’s annual Golf Day was played at the immaculate Sherborne Golf Club yesterday.

Players, staff and former players joined 20 teams for the stableford competition in lovely conditions in Dorset.

Commercial Manager Dave Linney said: "I would like to thank everyone at Sherborne Golf Club for accommodating us for yet another successful Golf Day.

"The course was in perfect condition and I’m sure everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed their day, no matter how badly some played!"

The competition was won by Paul Thorpe, Craig Turner, Paddy and Craig Bell with 94 points.

In second place with the same score but losing out on a poorer back nine were Luke Ayling, Joe Edwards, Ben Tupman and David Maslen.

The Nearest the Pin challenge on the three par 3 holes went to Tim Porter, D. Porter and Martin McConachie.

The celebrity winner was former Glover Tom White who scored an impressive 40 points.