Month: August 2014

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BARNSLEY

Yeovil Town produced a stirring second half fightback to claim a point in a 1-1 draw with high flying Barnsley.

After a poor first half in which Conor Hourihane’s brilliant 26th minute strike looked out of place,  the Glovers came out a different side after the break and although Martin Cranie’s own goal was all they had to show for their efforts, it was a huge improvement on the first period and the side deserved the standing ovation the 3,991 crowd gave them at the end.

The point leaves Yeovil in 19th place while Barnsley, who were second at one point this afternoon, end in seventh spot, just outside the playoff berths.

Gary Johnson went with an unchanged lineup with Seth Twumasi resuming on the bench and former Yeovil loanee Martin Cranie captaining the visiting Tykes on his return to his home town.

The first half won’t be remembered fondly by the Glovers in the ground. It took until the 39th minute for the home side to get an effort on target when Ajay Leitch-Smith tested visiting keeper Adam Davies. But by then, Yeovil had been outpassed by a smooth looking Barnsley side who grew with confidence as the half went on.

Sam Foley hit a shot over the crossbar early on but the Tykes dominated before the break. Home keeper Chris Weale saved superbly from Reece Brown and watched two Keith Treacy efforts go wide but he was helpless on 26 minutes when Conor Hourihane, scorer of a beauty last week for the Yorkshiremen, hit a sweet left footed drive into the top corner of the net.

Yeovil improved before half time and after Leitch-Smith’s effort, both he and Simon Gillett also had shots that barely troubled Davies.

After the break, a different Yeovil came up. Fired up from the dressing room talking to, they played at a higher tempo and looked far more full of running and at times, Kieffer Moore, on as sub for the injured Simon Gillett just before the break, drew a save from Davies at the near post.

Joe Edwards, who had a fantastic game in centre midfield for Yeovil, had his acrobatic volley saved by Davies who also blocked efforts from Leitch-Smith and Moore. Chris Weale then saved from Bradley Abbott but in truth, it was a rare chance for Barnsley in an enthralling second half.

Johnson made a double switch on 64 minutes taking off Kevin Dawson and James Hayter and replacing them with Sam Hoskins and Nathan Ralph and if anything, the tempo upped another gear with the extra pace on the attack causing Barnsley problems.

The final twenty minutes were all Yeovil with only the occasional breathing space for the visitors. On 75 minutes came the breakthrough when a ball in from the right from Jakub Sokolik was turned into his own net by Martin Cranie with Moore close by ready to pounce.

The goal gave Yeovil, and their fans, renewed hope that they could get more than a point from the game. Leitch-Smith, Sam Foley, Moore and Ralph all had efforts to score go wide, or were blocked by an increasingly desperate Tykes backline.

Dale Jennings crossed over late on but his ball in evaded everyone and ran out harmlessly for a goal kick but even in the dying minutes, Moore saw a header cleared off the line and Leitch-Smith went close on an afternoon that left him very unlucky not to have broken his league duck.

Match Report : 30/08/2014

Yeovil Town produced a stirring second half fightback to claim a point in a 1-1 draw with high flying Barnsley.

After a poor first half in which Conor Hourihane’s brilliant 26th minute strike looked out of place,  the Glovers came out a different side after the break and although Martin Cranie’s own goal was all they had to show for their efforts, it was a huge improvement on the first period and the side deserved the standing ovation the 3,991 crowd gave them at the end.

The point leaves Yeovil in 19th place while Barnsley, who were second at one point this afternoon, end in seventh spot, just outside the playoff berths.

Gary Johnson went with an unchanged lineup with Seth Twumasi resuming on the bench and former Yeovil loanee Martin Cranie captaining the visiting Tykes on his return to his home town.

The first half won’t be remembered fondly by the Glovers in the ground. It took until the 39th minute for the home side to get an effort on target when Ajay Leitch-Smith tested visiting keeper Adam Davies. But by then, Yeovil had been outpassed by a smooth looking Barnsley side who grew with confidence as the half went on.

Sam Foley hit a shot over the crossbar early on but the Tykes dominated before the break. Home keeper Chris Weale saved superbly from Reece Brown and watched two Keith Treacy efforts go wide but he was helpless on 26 minutes when Conor Hourihane, scorer of a beauty last week for the Yorkshiremen, hit a sweet left footed drive into the top corner of the net.

Yeovil improved before half time and after Leitch-Smith’s effort, both he and Simon Gillett also had shots that barely troubled Davies.

After the break, a different Yeovil came up. Fired up from the dressing room talking to, they played at a higher tempo and looked far more full of running and at times, Kieffer Moore, on as sub for the injured Simon Gillett just before the break, drew a save from Davies at the near post.

Joe Edwards, who had a fantastic game in centre midfield for Yeovil, had his acrobatic volley saved by Davies who also blocked efforts from Leitch-Smith and Moore. Chris Weale then saved from Bradley Abbott but in truth, it was a rare chance for Barnsley in an enthralling second half.

Johnson made a double switch on 64 minutes taking off Kevin Dawson and James Hayter and replacing them with Sam Hoskins and Nathan Ralph and if anything, the tempo upped another gear with the extra pace on the attack causing Barnsley problems.

The final twenty minutes were all Yeovil with only the occasional breathing space for the visitors. On 75 minutes came the breakthrough when a ball in from the right from Jakub Sokolik was turned into his own net by Martin Cranie with Moore close by ready to pounce.

The goal gave Yeovil, and their fans, renewed hope that they could get more than a point from the game. Leitch-Smith, Sam Foley, Moore and Ralph all had efforts to score go wide, or were blocked by an increasingly desperate Tykes backline.

Dale Jennings crossed over late on but his ball in evaded everyone and ran out harmlessly for a goal kick but even in the dying minutes, Moore saw a header cleared off the line and Leitch-Smith went close on an afternoon that left him very unlucky not to have broken his league duck.

BEN’S BETS

Another Saturday has rolled around as so Ben’s Bets is back with another three selections to make a few quid in the Football League with the league’s principal sponsors, Sky Bet.

Sign up to Sky Bet by clicking HERE and you can help with their ‘Transfer Fund’ promotion which has prizes for both you and for Yeovil Town.

Firstly, we start in the Championship and there is one side seemingly in free fall, Fulham.

The Cottagers are still pointless in the league after four games and only scraped past local rivals Brentford in the Capital One Cup.

They face Cardiff, a side with promotion ambitions and the early season form to back them up.

They’ve already claimed maximum points against Huddersfield and Wigan and have also made their way into the League Cup third round.

Fulham may be at home but the Bluebirds are still favourites and still excellent value.

Cardiff to beat Fulham at 13/8

Next, League One and a side who have started the season well enough to find themselves just one point off top spot, Peterborough.

The Posh are on the road this Saturday as they travel to Colchester.

United are already slumped in the relegation zone and look set for a long hard season.

Colchester have just the one point in the bag and I don’t think they’ll be adding to that any time soon with Kyle Vassell on form for Saturday’s visitors.

It’s a comfortable away win, a price of 13/10 is very big, it could be odds on given the two form of the two sides.

Peterborough to beat Colchester @ 13/10

Finally, in League Two Northampton Town have acquired all but one of their points at home this season and with lowly Exeter visiting town this week it could well be a tally which is topped up.

Exeter lie in 21st, without a win this campaign and could be in for another weekend of disappointment.

Northampton are a shade of odds on, but with the added value coming from the other two sides in the treble, we shouldn’t mind backing a nice, home favourite.

Northampton to beat Exeter @ 3/4.

So, combining these three in a £5 treble will return a rather tempting £52. Odds of over 9/1.

It’s our most ambitious treble of the season so far, but it could be the most profitable.

Remember to only gamble what you are comfortable with; a quid still wins a tenner – not to be sniffed at.

Yeovil Town Special.

Yeovil host Barnsley this Saturday in the clash of the relegated sides.

Last season we saw the Glovers take a very early lead at Oakwell and a goal from the most unlikely of sources, Luke Ayling, when the match hit Huish Park.

So, working on the same ideas – could the unlikely goal hero be the returning Seth Nana Twumasi?

He bagged in pre-season and will be chomping at the bit to get back in the team after suspension.

Nana is 12/1 to score anytime.

As for the early start, you can bet on Yeovil to score in the first ten minutes.

The Glovers to net before 9:59 on the clock is 13/2

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SKYBET’S WEEKEND TIPS

Fancy yourself as a betting guru? Well here are SkyBet’s tips for this weekends League One fixtures:

Colchester United v Peterborough United
Peterborough are Sky Bet’s 13/10 favourites for Saturday’s clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, with Colchester 21/10 to register their first win of the season. The Posh have been cut to 11/4 fifth favourites for promotion following their impressive start, winning three of their first four games to sit second.

Kyle Vassell has found the net in each of their victories and the 21-year-old is 9/4 to score in another win and 5/1 favourite to open the scoring. Jabo Ibehre and Dan Holman are considered the hosts’ main threats at 13/2 apiece to break the deadlock, while George Moncur provides better value at 11/1, having already netted twice this season.

Colchester enjoyed a 1-0 victory when these sides last met in Essex, and a repeat of that scoreline is 17/2, while Posh are 100/1 to replicate their 5-1 Capital One Cup victory here last August. 

Top tip: Vassell and Moncur both to score at 16/1
 

Doncaster Rovers v Oldham Athletic
Doncaster are Sky Bet’s 6/5 favourites for Saturday’s clash at the Keepmoat Stadium with Oldham 9/4 to register their first league win of the season.

The Latics might take some encouragement from the fact that Rovers, who have seven points to their name so far, have recorded both of their league wins on the road, although confidence is sure to be high following an odds-defying 2-1 win at Watford in the Capital One Cup.

Sky Bet are expecting a tense affair, with over 2.5 goals at evens (1/1), while a 1-1 draw is considered the most likely scoreline at 5/1. Nathan Tyson has scored two in three and is 6/1 to break the deadlock, with Theo Robinson the favourite in the first goalscorer betting at 11/2. Jonathan Forte is considered the visitors’ biggest threat at 7/1 to net first, having already scored three goals this season.

Top tip: Tyson and Forte to score at 9/1
 

Fleetwood Town v Leyton Orient
Fleetwood are Sky Bet’s 19/10 outsiders for Saturday’s clash with Leyton Orient despite their impressive start to the season. The Cod Army have racked up 10 points from 12 available, conceding just one, prompting their League 1 promotion odds to tumble from a pre-season price of 8/1 to 5/1.

The O’s are also expected to be well in the mix come the end of the season as 5/2 fourth favourites to go up and are unbeaten in three, with a 3-1 win at Oldham followed by back-to-back 0-0 draws. With Fleetwood also playing out a 0-0 draw in their last game, another goalless stalemate might tempt those fearing another at 17/2. 

David Ball is the 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock, while Jamie Proctor is 100/30 to score in a Cod Army win for a fourth time this season. Darius Henderson and Kevin Lisbie are considered the visitors’ biggest threats at 11/2 apiece to open the scoring, having already got off the mark this season.

Top tip: 0-0 draw at 17/2
 

Gillingham v Crewe Alexandra
Gillingham are Sky Bet’s 23/10 favourites for Saturday’s Priestfield clash, with Crewe 9/4 to register their first League 1 win of the season.

The Railwaymen might take some encouragement from the fact that the away side have prevailed in seven of the last eight meetings between these two clubs, with Steve Davis’ men running out 3-1 victors here last season.

A repeat of that scoreline is available at 25/1, with a 2-1 Gillingham victory considered the most likely winning outcome at 8/1. Four-goal frontman Danny Kedwell has made an impressive start to the season and is 5/4 to score in a fifth successive league game, while Marcus Haber has just one less goal to his name and is 13/2 to open the scoring.

Top tip: Kedwell and Haber both to score at 13/2
 

MK Dons v Crawley Town

Manchester United’s conquerors MK Dons return to Sky Bet League 1 action as odds-on favourites for the visit of Crawley Town. Karl Robinson’s side produced one of the biggest shocks in League Cup history when dumping Louis van Gaal’s United out of the competition and they’re 33/1 to win by the same 4-0 margin on Saturday. 

Benik Afobe and Will Grigg, who scored a brace apiece in Tuesday’s rout, are 11/2 to both be on the scoresheet against Crawley. The visitors are a big price (18/5) to record an upset but did record a 2-0 win when the sides last met at Stadium MK in April and its 22/1 for a repeat of that outcome. Crawley’s top scorer Izale McLeod can be backed at 5/1 to score in an away win.

Top tip:  Under 2.5 goals at 8/11
 

Port Vale v Chesterfield

Chesterfield are slight 7/5 favourites to take maximum points when they visit Port Vale in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday. The Spireites have made a strong start to the season with two wins and a draw from their opening four matches, although they have failed to win in their last two.

They also have a good recent record against Vale, winning three and drawing one of their last four meetings, including a 2-0 victory when they last met, which is available at 11/1. Top scorer Eoin Doyle can be backed at 9/4 to net in a Chesterfield win.

Vale, meanwhile, have lost only one of their opening four League fixtures but in Tom Pope have one of the leading scorers in the division. Pope is 11/2 to open the scoring and is 3/1 to net in a home win.

Top tip:  Draw and both teams to score at 3/1
 

Preston North End v Sheffield United
Promotion fancies Preston will have to reverse recent form if they are to take maximum points from their Sky Bet League 1 clash with improving Sheffield United.

The Blades have lost only one of their last six meetings with North End but are 3/1 to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Simon Grayson’s third placed side, who are odds-on to extend their unbeaten start.

Preston have only conceded two goals so far this term and are 21/10 to win to nil, but United’s recent victory over promotion candidates Peterborough and their Capital One Cup win over West Ham in midweek will have no doubt bolstered confidence. Preston’s Joe Garner is 9/2 to open the scoring, while Jose Baxter, who has scored in the last two league matches, is 11/2 to net in an away win.

Top tip:  Joe Garner and Jose Baxter both to score at 8/1
 

Rochdale v Bradford City

Rochdale look to have finally turned the corner after a poor start to the Sky Bet League 1 campaign and are 6/4 to take all three points when they host Bradford City (9/5) on Saturday. 

After opening up with back-to-back defeats, Dale smashed five passed Crewe and then held title favourites Bristol City last time out and can be backed at 3/1 with the League sponsor to win by exactly one goal. City have won on each of their last three visits to Spotland, but did suffer their first league defeat of the campaign last time out. 

Matt Done netted a hat-trick for Dale against Crewe and is 16/1 to break the deadlock, while James Hanson is a 5/1 shot to net first for the visitors.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11
 

Scunthorpe United v Walsall

Both sides remain without a win as Scunthorpe host Walsall on Saturday, with the pair accumulating just four points between them so far. Three of those points come courtesy of Walsall’s three draws, and they’re proving tougher to beat, although home advantage sees the bookmakers side with Scunthorpe at 13/8 for a home win.

The Saddlers are 17/10 for an away win, but they’ve drawn two of their four games 0-0, and that’s 15/2 to come in again, while a draw of any type is 11/5. Scunthorpe’s last two games have gone under 2.5 goals, while three of Walsall’s four league outings have finished likewise.

Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 4/6
 

Swindon Town v Coventry City
Swindon are favourites to continue their positive start to the Sky Bet League 1 campaign as they’re rated 1/1 to get a third win in five games.

Coventry will be a little disappointed to have just five points on the board after four games, but the Sky Blues are unbeaten in three and they’re given a 13/5 chance of winning at the County Ground, while another draw is 12/5.

The Robins took Championship side Brighton to extra-time in the Capital One Cup in midweek, whereas the visitors will be fresh having already gone out of the cup competition. Reda Johnson already has two goals on the board and is 14/1 to score first, while Michael Smith of the hosts also has two to his name – he’s the 9/2 favourite to break the deadlock.

Top tip: Michael Smith to score Swindon’s first goal at 5/2
 

Yeovil v Barnsley

Two of last season’s relegated sides from the Sky Bet Championship face off at Huish Park, with Yeovil the 7/5 favourites to beat Barnsley, despite the Tykes making a better start to the season.

Barnsley have recovered from their opening day defeat to Crawley with two wins in three games, including the 4-1 win over Gillingham last weekend.

Another win by that scoreline is unlikely at 50/1, although the Glovers are yet to keep a clean sheet this term, but they’re 21/10 to end that run on Saturday. Goals could be on the cards, however, as 23 have been scored in the eight league games involving the two clubs.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 4/6
 

Notts County v Bristol City

Notts County and Bristol City have suffered just one defeat between them in the eight Sky Bet League 1 games featuring either of the two sides this term, and a draw is on offer this Sunday at 23/10 with the league sponsors.

As the 9/2 title favourites, visitors Bristol City are 5/4 to take a win, with the Magpies rated 21/10 for a home victory. Arguably, the hosts have the better form as they’ve won two on the bounce, though the Robins are yet to lose.

Aaron Wilbraham and Liam Noble have three goals and two between them already this term and the Bristol City striker is 11/2 to score first, while the Magpies midfielder is 9/1 to score in a home win.

Top Tip: Both teams to score at 4/6

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V BARNSLEY

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this Saturday at Huish Park as Barnsley visit for a 3pm kick off.

The South Yorkshire side, like Yeovil dropped out of the Championship last season and now meet in League One for the first time.

The Tykes started out the season in similar fashion to Yeovil, losing their opening two fixtures.

A league defeat to Crawley before being dumped out of the League Cup to Crewe could have had the Oakwell faithful panicking, however, a run of two wins and draw have seen them leap back up to the play off places in the League One standings.

The 14 places between Barnsley in 5th and Yeovil in 19th may seem like a lot, but a Glovers’ win will actually see Yeovil draw level on seven points.

Barnsley’s most recent victory came last Saturday, a convincing 4-1 win over Gillingham in which two of their new signings shone.

Former Scunthorpe front man Sam Winnall scored while loanee Devante Cole netted after coming on. Cole is on loan from Manchester City and is the son of former Manchester United and England striker, England.

As with most teams, Barnsley have seen a large amount of players come and go over the summer and they have strengthened their squad with players like Leroy Lita and former Plymouth man Conor Hourihane.

The visitors have a nearly full squad to choose from this weekend, with defender Joe Dudgeon expected to extend his loan from Hull beyond the initial one month spell.

Yeovil however are short on numbers; Joel Grant, James Berrett and Liam Davis are still injured and still a couple of weeks away from returning.

Elsewhere, Matt Lanzoni has left this week, signing a one year deal at Cambridge. That may leave the Glovers short of a full bench again after only naming six substitutes last weekend in the draw with Scunthorpe.

That draw with Scunny followed up an impressive away win against Walsall. Last Saturday the Huish Park faithful saw Kieffer Moore break his goal scoring duck for the season but returning hero Paddy Madden snatched an unlikely point for the Iron late on.

These two sides met twice last season in the second tier and Yeovil failed to win either. At Oakwell, a 1-1 draw was played out. Joel Grant opened the scoring before a very controversial penalty was awarded in Barnsley’s favour and Marcus Tudgay equalised.

Back at Huish Park in what was dubbed a vital relegation six pointer; Barnsley came through 4-1 winners. Only a Luke Ayling consolation gave the Glovers anything to cheer about.

In the end, it didn’t matter too much as both sides ended up dropping out of the division.

Previously, the clubs hadn’t crossed paths since 2008 when Yeovil win 2-0 in a pre-season friendly.

Before that, both sides won their home fixtures during the 2005/06 Coca Cola League One campaign.

Hopefully this meeting will be vital for the winning side at the right end of the table this season and you can make sure you are there this Saturday.

Gary Johnson has called for fans to come in their numbers bringing friends and family along for the ride too and Yeovil Town have added a couple incentives for this Saturday’s game.

Firstly, you can enjoy Saturday’s fixture in style with a bangers and mash meal thrown in with the Glovers’ combo offer. Check here for all the details and make sure you sign up nice and early to avoid disappointment.

Secondly, anyone attending Saturday’s fixture will have the opportunity to watch the Ladies team in action on Sunday, for FREE!

Our Women’s Super League side play Oxford United on Sunday and you can go along to their kids event day, watch the match and hopefully chalk up six points across two days for the green and whites in style. – See here for the full details.

Two great opportunities to get the support bouncing at Huish Park on Saturday, so buy your tickets online at YTFC.net, call the ticket office on 01935 847888 or pop down in person.

If you’re picking up your tickets on match day, please make sure you allow time to collect them as we hope to be busier with people taking up the offers.

As ever, we know there are some people who are exiled away in far flung corners of the country and those who can’t make the game, so tune into Glovers Player and check out all the social networks for all the build-up, action and reaction.

Famous Fans
Cricket Umpire Dickie Bird, Bowler Darren Gough and TV Interviewer extraordinaire Michael Parkinson.

A foot in both camp
Martin Cranie, Kevin Betsy, Arron Davies, Rory Fallon, Ritchie Jones, Michael McIndoe, Craig Rocastle, Korey Smith.

Did you know?
The city of Barnsley buys and uses up to eight times more chip pans than any other city. They love their chips.

SUPPORT TWO TEAMS BUT ONE CLUB THIS WEEKEND

TWO TEAMS BUT ONE CLUB

For more information on any of the above visit www.yeoviltownladies.com

–  plus more!

–  meet the players

–  face painters & hair braiders

–  competitions to win prizes

–  fun football & non football activities

–  receive activity booklet on arrival

Activities include:

And, if that wasn’t enough, there is also a KIDS EVENT running on Sunday 31st August, for an afternoon dedicated to our junior fans. This also includes FREE entry to all U16’s. The fun starts at 12.30pm.

For any YTFC fans who have not yet experienced a Yeovil Town Ladies match, this is a great opportunity.

or by calling 01935 847888.
here
You can purchase a matchday ticket for Yeovil v Barnsley by clicking

Saturday 30th August sees Yeovil Town welcome Barnsley, at Huish Park (3.00pm KO). Then on Sunday, fourth placed Yeovil Town Ladies will be hoping for another three points at The Jones Stadium in  Sherborne, as they face Oxford Utd WFC (2.00pm KO).

All you need to do is either present your YTFC season ticket, or your match day ticket from the Yeovil v Barnsley game from Sat 30th Aug, at the turnstile at the Ladies game, to gain FREE entry.

Yeovil Town Football Club and Yeovil Town Ladies are pleased to announce a special offer for this coming weekend, which will enable all YTFC fans FREE entry to the Yeovil Town Ladies game on Sunday 31st August.

 

ENJOY BANGERS AND MASH FOR JUST £10!

The Yeovil Town Hospitality team have come up with a real old British Lunch Special favourite for our home match against Barnsley on Saturday August 30th.

For just £10 you can have bangers and mash, a pint of beer or a glass of wine and a match day programme, together with access to the bar after the match to celebrate a victory!

To take advantage of this great offer – all you will need is a valid match day ticket or season ticket. Don’t delay and book your bangers and mash now and look forward to watching the Glovers with a full stomach.


Contact Ticket Office to book – 01935 847888 or email ticketoffice@ytfc.net (need to leave contact details so we can take payment)

Payment to be made at time of booking

Dress code is smart/casual

WHAT A WEEK IT HAS BEEN

Well, what a week it has been. Our beloved Yeovil Town have finally got some points on the board and last Tuesday’s win at Walsall showed everyone that we are back. I made the trip up to Walsall to watch the boys get their first win.

Lucky for me it is a short journey from Bedfordshire and so my Dad, my sister Adelaide and I all left at 5pm and we were all set by 6.45…less stressful than a home match for us.

I had a good feeling about the game as we seem to always do well at Walsall and as usual I was right….haha! In all seriousness though, our all round performance was much improved, the midfield in particular impressing.

James Hayter showed us all what we already knew, that he has still got it and will be a key player this season. Kevin Dawson ran ragged all evening and deservedly got his goal. The celebrations having conceded just a minute earlier were amazing, I love seeing the fans and players all going mad.

I am also so pleased for Kieffer Moore who scored his first goal of the campaign on Saturday, I have every faith it will be the first of many. Although a certain Paddy Madden spoiled our celebrations, it was great he got such a rousing reception and that he decided not to celebrate his goal. Good luck for the rest of the season Paddy and we all look forward to the re match. Four points on the board and the only way is up.

As for the rest of the football world, it has been another tough weekend for Manchester United as they could only muster a draw at Sunderland and were humiliated in the League Cup by Mk Dons last night losing 4-0. Leicester were cruelly beaten 2 – 0 by Chelsea. 

Arsenal and Everton played out an entertaining 2 – 2 draw and Manchester City beat fellow title hopefuls Liverpool 3-1. I am loving this season’s Premier League already with some great football being played.

Burnley played a really strong passing game as they did last season, but could not find that killer finish and went down 1 – 0 to Swansea – sound familiar? I will be hoping they can pull it off and stay up this season.

Goal of The Week
No weekend is complete without Match Of The Day and The Football League Show and after watching this week I have to give goal of the week to Connor Hourihane of Barnsley for this beauty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSoxtgW5nI8

What a strike! Let’s hope he has had his moment now and it will be Simon Gillett with a thunderbolt for us on Saturday.

It has also been a busy week for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, it is great watching all the videos, I particularly enjoyed Sam Hoskins, Joe Edwards and Kevin Dawson’s efforts…great stuff lads.

Gary Johnson has also taken part, so if you have been nominated there are no excuses – well done Gaffer!

Here is mine and I can tell you…it was FREEZING! If you do take part don’t forget to donate by texting ICED55 followed by the amount you would like to donate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz2w3h4RsTY&feature=youtu.be

As for YTFC, it will be a big test on Saturday as we host Barnsley in our next League One game, but I am sure we can get a result as well as a bit of revenge for last season.

LADIES: REPORT – LONDON BEES V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town Ladies came away with all three points at The Hive on Sunday as they won 2-0 against the physical London Bees.

The game hung in the balance with just a quarter of an hour left on the clock, but the home side were ultimately undone by two moments of magic from the Glovers’ Helen Bleazard in the closing stages.

Ahead of the game, the Bees were able to welcome back midfielder Megan Goss after a lengthy absence following a facial injury suffered in the early stages of the season.

Once again Rebecca Sawiuk was forced to shuffle her pack, playing Billie Brooks and Samantha Chappell together in the heart of the Bees’ defence with Paula Howells continuing at left-back and Anneka Nuttall completing the back four on the right-hand side of defence.

Further forward, Goss formed part of an attacking three with captain Dawn Mallett and Amber Gaylor just behind the central striker Lucy Loomes.

It was Loomes who had the first real chance of the game on 10 minutes when she was played through by Gaylor but goalkeeper Simkin came out quickly to smother her shot from just inside the area.

Yeovil countered immediately, and this time it was Sophie Harris who was called into action, rushing out to block Helen Bleazard’s shot with her trailing leg.

There was a moment of panic for the Bees after 19 minutes when Sophie Harris collected what was adjudged to have been a pass back from Nuttall, leading Yeovil to be awarded an indirect free-kick just inside the penalty area. It was taken twice after Paula Howells was penalised for encroaching too early, but thankfully the second attempt from Bleazard flew well over the crossbar.

Three minutes later it was Nuttall who came to the rescue, making a superb clearance at the back post to avert the danger caused by an excellent cross from Bleazard, in the thick of the action once again, after she had been played in behind by Katie Cook.

The Bees were creating chances of their own however, with Amber Gaylor going close midway through the first half with a fierce shot towards the top corner from the corner of the box which Simkin was forced to tip over for a corner.

The home side were looking particularly dangerous on the break, with Simkin being called into action once again to clear a pass played through my Mallett for Loomes into the stands.

It was Mallett herself who went close on 37 minutes, winning possession high up the pitch before unleashing a dipping shot which flew narrowly over the crossbar.

The Bees came out of the traps quickly for the second half and nearly took the lead just a minute after the interval when Loomes cut inside the defender following Mallett’s through ball but saw her shot saved by Simkin.

It was Yeovil who came the closest to breaking the deadlock on 62 minutes, when Sarah Wiltshire was played in behind the Bees defence, but Sophie Harris produced a superb save to tip the Welsh international’s shot onto the crossbar.

Yeovil did however make the breakthrough on 74 minutes, when Helen Bleazard collected the ball deep and twisted her way past two markers before sending a right-footed shot past Harris and into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 1-0.

And Yeovil would double their lead on 80 minutes, with Bleazard producing another moment of magic as she retrieved the ball after being dispossessed and sent a curling shot into the top corner of the net from all of 25 yards.

Yeovil nearly scored a third with just three minute remaining after Sophie Harris got a fingertip to a fierce strike from early replacement Paige Stewart, before another substitute in Jemma Tewkesbury somehow managed to put the rebound wide from just a few yards out.

That proved to be the last moment of note for either side, as Yeovil move to fourth in the table, following two wins on the bounce.

London Bees: Sophie Harris; Paula Howells, Billie Brooks, Samantha Chappell, Anneka Nuttall; Amy Cooper, Rebecca Anderson (Emma Davies 88); Amber Gaylor (Shanade Hopcroft 75), Dawn Mallett (c), Megan Goss; Lucy Loomes (Sydney Hinchcliffe 75).

Yeovil Town Ladies: Rachel Simkin; Jade Kirby, Natalie Haigh, Rachael Edwards (c), Kirsty Whitton; Shauna Cossens (Paige Stewart 24), Ellie Curson, Jade Lorton-Radburn, Helen Bleazard; Katie Cook (Vera Payol 70), Sarah Wiltshire (Jemma Tewkesbury 82).

Yeovil Town Ladies face Oxford Utd LFC next Sunday 31st August (2.00pm KO) at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne.

There is a kids event running on this day, which starts at 12.30pm. There is FREE entry to all U16’s with adult tickets costing £4.00 / £2.50 concessions. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://www.yeoviltownladies.com/tickets.html or by paying cash on the day.

ENJOY PORTSMOUTH MATCH IN STYLE

Enjoy hospitality at Huish Park for our Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round tie against Portsmouth (Tue 2nd Sept – 7:45pm)

You can enjoy two-course hot fork buffet, reserved seating just outside hospitality suite, half-time refreshments and cash bar facility. 

You will also receive a complimentary matchday programme and teamsheet.

The package includes:

· Executive Suite for 10 guests.

· Reserved seating just outside of the suite

· 2 Course Hot Fork buffet

· Reserved Car Parking

· Complimentary Match Programmes

· Complimentary Team Sheets

· Hostess drinks service (Payable on the day).

· Entrance into the players lounge after the game.

For more information please contact Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or by email dlinney@ytfc.net.

BOOK OF ABSURD LETTERS TO FOOTBALL CLUBS

A book of spoof letters sent by a fictional football fan to a host of clubs has released to raise funds for charity.

Footie clubs around the UK, including Celtic, Rangers, Dundee, Dumbarton, Hearts, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham United, have been pranked by Fraser Syme..

For years, Fraser wrote funny letters under the pseudonym Struan J Marjoribanks.

Fraser has included the Adam Stansfield Foundation in his charity choices after Exeter City bought into a joke about Struan’s son painting a portrait of the striker. Months later Stansfield tragically died from bowel cancer, aged just 31, in 2010.

Fraser said: “He was such a good sport and his wife still remembers it. What happened to him was so tragic, so I included his charity among the three.”

My Book of Absurd Letters to British Football Clubs, by Struan J Marjoribanks, is available to buy now from: eatthebreed.bigcartel.com priced £6.99

From every copy sold, £1 will be donated to the Oscar Knox Appeal NCCAUK, the Adam Stansfield Foundation or Tartan Army Children’s Charity.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V SCUNTHORPE UNITED

Yeovil Town dropped two home points at Huish Park as they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

After an averagely entertaining first half, sub Kieffer Moore scored three minutes after coming off the bench to put the Glovers ahead but, somewhat inevitably, former Town striker Paddy Madden levelled nine minutes from time. It was a little harsh on Gary Johnson’s side who had the majority of opportunities in the match but were a little wasteful at times.

The manager had opted unsurprisingly to stick with the same starting eleven that had picked up a precious midweek victory at Walsall meaning that Ajay Leitch-Smith and James Hayter were the preferred partnership up front. And the pair combined for Yeovil’s first chance on five minutes when Sam Foley’s cross was headed on by Hayter for his partner who nodded wide.

Leitch-Smith then tested Scunthorpe’s new on loan keeper Bobby Olejnik who saved well with his legs and Sam Foley flicked a Leitch-Smith cross as Yeovil started the brighter. But it wasn’t all one way traffic as Jennison Myrie-Williams forced Chris Weale into tipping his shot around the post.

Paddy Madden was being kept fairly quiet by the Glovers backline but still looked the most likely United player to score. He just failed to reach a Terry Hawkridge cross before having a second effort blocked by Jakub Sokolik and a third chance blazing over.

Both Kevin Dawson and Leitch-Smith also saw efforts blocked  and early in the second half, James Hayter poked well over after Joe Edwards had made a burst forward.

Weale then made the save of the match when he stopped Lyle Taylor’s header from point blank range then caught Madden’s follow up. And the save was given added importance on 65 minutes when the Glovers took the lead. Kieffer Moore, on for Hayter just three minutes earlier met Sam Foley’s cross perfectly smashing home a left foot finish into the roof of the net.

Yeovil really began to grow more into the game after the goal with Leitch-Smith and Simon Gillett twice shooting over from promising positions. Referee Keith Hill then made a point, booking both Leitch-Smith and Scunthorpe sub Billy Kee for diving within a couple of minutes of each other.

With nine minutes to go, the long-travelling visitors levelled matters through who else but Paddy Madden. On the counter attack, Scunthorpe broke with pace and found Madden on the left hand edge of the box. The Irishman had time to get the ball on to his right foot and fired in at the near post.

The home side still had chances to grab a deserved win but Aaron Martin’s header dipped onto the roof of the net and Moore shot straight at the keeper at his near post after good work creating space for a shot.

The final chance came deep into stoppage time but sub Sam Hoskins couldn’t get on top of a cross and nodded over the crossbar. The point leaves Yeovil in nineteenth place.

Match Report : 23/08/2014

Yeovil Town dropped two home points at Huish Park as they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

After an averagely entertaining first half, sub Kieffer Moore scored three minutes after coming off the bench to put the Glovers ahead but, somewhat inevitably, former Town striker Paddy Madden levelled nine minutes from time. It was a little harsh on Gary Johnson’s side who had the majority of opportunities in the match but were a little wasteful at times.

The manager had opted unsurprisingly to stick with the same starting eleven that had picked up a precious midweek victory at Walsall meaning that Ajay Leitch-Smith and James Hayter were the preferred partnership up front. And the pair combined for Yeovil’s first chance on five minutes when Sam Foley’s cross was headed on by Hayter for his partner who nodded wide.

Leitch-Smith then tested Scunthorpe’s new on loan keeper Bobby Olejnik who saved well with his legs and Sam Foley flicked a Leitch-Smith cross as Yeovil started the brighter. But it wasn’t all one way traffic as Jennison Myrie-Williams forced Chris Weale into tipping his shot around the post.

Paddy Madden was being kept fairly quiet by the Glovers backline but still looked the most likely United player to score. He just failed to reach a Terry Hawkridge cross before having a second effort blocked by Jakub Sokolik and a third chance blazing over.

Both Kevin Dawson and Leitch-Smith also saw efforts blocked  and early in the second half, James Hayter poked well over after Joe Edwards had made a burst forward.

Weale then made the save of the match when he stopped Lyle Taylor’s header from point blank range then caught Madden’s follow up. And the save was given added importance on 65 minutes when the Glovers took the lead. Kieffer Moore, on for Hayter just three minutes earlier met Sam Foley’s cross perfectly smashing home a left foot finish into the roof of the net.

Yeovil really began to grow more into the game after the goal with Leitch-Smith and Simon Gillett twice shooting over from promising positions. Referee Keith Hill then made a point, booking both Leitch-Smith and Scunthorpe sub Billy Kee for diving within a couple of minutes of each other.

With nine minutes to go, the long-travelling visitors levelled matters through who else but Paddy Madden. On the counter attack, Scunthorpe broke with pace and found Madden on the left hand edge of the box. The Irishman had time to get the ball on to his right foot and fired in at the near post.

The home side still had chances to grab a deserved win but Aaron Martin’s header dipped onto the roof of the net and Moore shot straight at the keeper at his near post after good work creating space for a shot.

The final chance came deep into stoppage time but sub Sam Hoskins couldn’t get on top of a cross and nodded over the crossbar. The point leaves Yeovil in nineteenth place.

BEN’S BETS

Ben’s Bets are back and we’re following on from a winning treble last week so the pressure is really on.

The Football League’s principal sponsors Sky Bet are offering their usual range of markets for the weekend’s fixtures as well as offering Yeovil fans the chance to earn loyalty points for their club in the SkyBet Transfer Fund promotion. Sign up by clicking here.

Once again, we’re keeping it simple with one selection from each division and starting in the Championship, we are taking on one of the three relegated Premier League sides.

All is not well at Fulham and three losses in a row has seen them rooted to the bottom of the table, they played 24 hours later than the rest of the division too as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat them 1-0 on Wednesday evening.

With extra 24 hours of recovery time and a home crowd behind them, I’m backing Derby County to keep the cottagers firmly in 24th.

Derby to beat Fulham @ 3/4

In League One, I’m going straight to the top of the table and the league leaders Fleetwood have got off to a flying start; three league wins and just the one goal conceded mean they look like the team to be followed in the form charts.

The have a difficult visit of Chesterfield on Saturday. Chesterfield may have six points in the bag but are coming off the back of a defeat in midweek.

The odds suggest this will be close fought battle however I think that the home side will edge it and the value bet at 6/4 are too good to turn down.

Fleetwood to beat Chesterfield @ 6/4

Finally, in League Two and Hartlepool United are yet to even score a goal, let alone secure a point in the league and they aren’t going to have an easy ride against an AFC Wimbledon side who sit comfortably in the play-off places.

Their midweek win over Southend was the perfect foundation to spring onto the weekend’s fixtures and the price of 10/11 seems short, but when combined with the other two in this bet adds some real value.

AFC Wimbledon to beat Hartlepool @ 10/11

A £5 treble on these three pays out at over 7/1 meaning a return over just over £41.

Of course, bet to the level you are comfortable with.

In the Yeovil game, I guess that one man will be on everyone’s betting radar.

Paddy Madden is 6/1 to score first against his old employers and 7/4 to net at any time, odds aren’t available on whether or not he celebrate.

But, we’re a positive bunch at YTFC.net.

So the bet of the day is a Paddy Madden losing scorecast.

Madden to score first, but Yeovil to come back and win 2-1. 70/1.

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Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V SCUNTHORPE UNITED

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this Saturday as the Glovers host Scunthorpe United with a 3pm kick off.

Yeovil got their season up and running this past Tuesday night and with the confidence that three points brings in the bag brings are looking forward to another fixture in front of the Huish Park faithful.

Scunthorpe travel to Somerset sitting rock bottom of the table having failed to pick up a single point yet this season.

The 2-1 win at Walsall sent the Glovers up to 19th and just three points off the play-offs!

The fact that a single victory is all that separates 19th and 6th suggests that any side able to string a run together could put themselves into a very good position as the calendar ticks towards a number of a busy months in the build up to Christmas.

So far, Scunthorpe have had their success in the League Cup taking the scalp of Championship Blackburn Rovers in the first round.

They earned a second round tie against Reading this coming Tuesday. The league form tells a different story however; they’ve lost 2-0 to Fleetwood, 4-0 to Preston and 3-1 to Swindon so far. Nine goals conceded and just the one scored. That solitary goal was scored by… you know who…Paddy Madden.

Paddy Madden left Yeovil last season after firing the Glovers to their highest league finish and of course that famous Wembley victory.

However, he found goals hard to come by in the Championship and Scunthorpe snapped up the Ireland international in the January transfer window of 2014.

Since then, Paddy helped the Iron to promotion from League Two and now the striker faces his old employers with his new side.

With goal shy Scunthorpe needing to raise their game in attack, they have moved to secure Billy Kee from Burton Albion, the former Torquay man is in to replace top scorer Sam Winnall. Another new signing is Nicky Featherstone who has joined on a rolling deal.

Yeovil manager, Gary Johnson has admitted that he is also in the market for a new player or two this week as the fitness of Liam Davis, Joel Grant and James Berrett continues to be a problem.

All three could be missing for a few weeks more and Yeovil could only name six out of a possible seven substitutes on Tuesday.

The Injury list at Scunthorpe makes slightly better reading for their fans, only goalkeeper, Sam Slocombe has been ruled out for a few weeks and so the Iron have moved to secure Bobby Olejink on loan from Peterborough.

The last time these two sides met was in the Glovers promotion season of 2012/13, which would see the Glanford Park side head down into League Two and Yeovil went up into the second tier.

Two Yeovil wins that season, both convincing, too. 4-0 at Glanford Park and 3-0 at Huish Park.

Keanu Marsh Brown, Reuben Reid and Gozie Ugwu shared the goals in the away leg while Byron Webster, James Hayter settled the match at Huish Park… of course, Paddy Madden wouldn’t miss out, he scored a 90th minute goal of his own.

Prior to that season, meetings between the two sides haven’t always gone the Glovers’ way.

One draw in 2012 is all the Yeovil fans can draw on as going back to 2005 the six meetings have all gone Scunthorpe’s way.

But with the most recent form all in Yeovil’s favour supporters will hope that the long journey made by Scunthorpe will all be in vein as the Glovers send them back up the country with nothing more than a dirty kit.

You can still get tickets for the game in all of the usual ways, come to Huish Park in person, call in advance and speak to one of the ticket office team.

Or there is always the option to use the online ticketing system at YTFC.net by clicking here.

If you do use the online service, you’ll be saving money too, but remember to add extra time at Huish Park on match day for ticket collection.

For those of you not able to be at the game, tickets are available on line for all the upcoming ties including the JPT tie against Portsmouth.

Once you’ve used your computer to order your tickets, log on to Glovers Player and catch all the match action.

Of course, social networks and YouTube will be the quickest and easiest way to get all the post-match reaction.

Famous Fans: Ian Botham and former England manager Graham Taylor described the Iron as the ‘Number one team in the country’.

A Foot in Both Camps: Paddy Madden and England Cricketer Ian Botham played football for both!

Did you know?: Scunthorpe United were the first club to ever get their shorts emblazoned with a sponsor’s logo.

GLOVERS 21/10 TO BEAT SCUNTHORPE

Sky Bet League One – Weekend Betting Preview

Barnsley v Gillingham
Gillingham head Barnsley only through goals scored in the Sky Bet League 1 table, but home advantages sees the Tykes as favourites heading into Saturday’s clash. Danny Wilson’s men are odds-on for a home win at 4/5, while an away win for the Gills is on offer at 3/1.

Both sides have made inconsistent starts with a defeat, win and draw on the board, but the viewing has been entertaining nonetheless. Both Barnsley and Gillingham played out 2-2 draws in mid-week, and Sky Bet go 12/1 on another at Oakwell. Four of the six games involving these two sides have gone over 2.5 goals though, which may prove a safer bet.

Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 4/5

Bradford v Peterborough
Bradford are one of only five unbeaten teams in Sky Bet League 1 after three games, so they’re the favourites as Peterborough visit Valley Parade on Saturday. Posh lost to Sheffield United during the week, but still have six points on the board after opening up with two wins.

The visitors are 13/8 to return to winning ways, though the Bantams are 6/4, while a draw wouldn’t be the worst result for either party – that’s on offer at 23/10.  All three of Peterborough’s games so far have been won by a single goal, and they’re 7/2 to nick the game by one, while Bradford are 100/30 to do likewise.

Top tip: Handicap draw -1 at 100/30

Colchester v Doncaster
These two sides have just one win between them from the opening three gameweeks of the Sky Bet League 1 season, so neutrals could be forgiven for eyeing up a draw at 11/5.

They yet to win, home advantage makes Colchester 6/4 favourites, while the visitors can be backed to claim their second victory of the league season at 17/10. Only one of the six games involving one of these two teams has gone under 2.5 goals, and that was Doncaster’s credible 1-1 draw with Preston on Tuesday.

It’s 9/2 for another 1-1 draw on Saturday, which is the most likely outcome according to Sky Bet’s correct score odds.

Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 10/11

Fleetwood v Chesterfield
Fleetwood are the Sky Bet League 1 team of the moment, but they’re only marginal favourites over Saturday’s visitors Chesterfield, who’ve made a bright start having come up from the fourth tier. Fleetwood are 7/5 favourites with the Spireites rated 7/4, while a draw has been given a decent chance at 9/4.

Neither of the two sides has played out a draw yet in the six games involving Fleetwood and Chesterfield, and it’s 1/3 for either side to win in Sky Bet’s ‘Double Chance’ market. Two of Fleetwood’s three wins have been by a solitary goal, while both of Chesterfield have been by a scoreline of 2-1. It’s 3/1 for Fleetwood to win by one and 9/1 for the visitors to win 2-1.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 4/6

Leyton Orient v Walsall
These two sides boast just one win between them after three rounds of games in the Sky Bet League 1 season, and another draw can be backed at 12/5. Hosts Orient are the favourites though, as they’re rated 4/5 compared to visitors Walsall at 100/30.

Both sides have already been involved in goalless draws and it’s 15/2 for that outcome again, though a 1-0 home win is the most likely final score, according to Sky Bet’s correct score odds.

Having said that, both teams have scored in four of the six games involving the O’s and the Saddlers, and a 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 draw is available at 7/2 in Sky Bet’s correct score group betting market.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 10/11

MK Dons v Coventry
Having already put six points on the board, MK Dons are the favourites as Coventry travel to Stadium MK on Saturday, with the Sky Blues given odds of 3/1 to upset. That makes Karl Robinson’s men 4/5 favourites, while a draw is on offer at 13/5.

The hosts are the division’s top scorers with seven goals, while Coventry have scored in each of their three games, so this game does promise to entertain. Both teams have been on the receiving end of 3-2 defeats already, and it’s 22/1 for a home win with the same scoreline, while Coventry are 33/1 to win 3-2.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 4/7

Port Vale v Notts County:
Port Vale are 6/5 favourites for Saturday’s clash with Notts County as they look to build on their unbeaten start, with Notts County 2/1 chances. The Vale have registered two draws and a win but are still hefty odds for promotion at 18/1, while Saturday’s visitors registered their first points last weekend with a 2-1 victory over Colchester and are slightly shorter at 14/1 to go up.

Tom Pope heads the first goalscorer market at 9/2 having netted in all three Sky Bet League 1 games, while he also bagged a brace in the Capital One Cup 6-2 victory over Hartlepool. Ronan Murray is considered the Magpies’ leading contender to open the scoring at 13/2 having done so against the Us, while Liam Noble is 14/1 to net last after scoring the winner in midweek.

Both teams have scored in each of Vale’s first four games in all competitions and Football League sponsor Sky Bet go 8/13 for that trend to continue.

Top Tip: Both teams to score at 8/13

Preston North End v Oldham Athletic:
Preston are 8/13 with Sky Bet to continue their fine start with a victory over Oldham on Saturday. Indeed, the Latics are actually the biggest-priced outsiders in the Sky Bet League 1 fixtures this weekend at 4/1.

Lee Johnson’s men held free-scoring Port Vale to a 1-1 draw midweek and will be looking to register a first victory of the season at Deepdale. The Lilywhites’ unbeaten start has seen them cut to 6/1 for the title and 2/1 for promotion, while their visitors are 9/4 joint third favourites for relegation.

Their Joe Garner heads the first goalscorer betting at 7/2 having netted three times already this season, while Chris Humphrey is 11/4 to score in a third successive game. However, James Wilson could tempt at hefty odds of 40/1 to break the deadlock after heading home the equaliser midweek.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 5/6

Rochdale v Bristol City:
Rochdale are marginal outsiders at 19/10 with Football League sponsor Sky Bet as they welcome an in-form Bristol City to Spotland. While the Robins have collected seven points so far this season, Dale will have gained plenty of confidence from Tuesday night’s emphatic 5-2 victory at Crewe.

Keith Hill’s men are 200/1 to win by the same scoreline on Saturday and 16/1 to score three or more goals. Matt Done bagged a hat-trick in that win and is also 200/1 to net a treble again this weekend, while rated 11/2 just to score in 90 minutes.

The visitors marginal favourites at 11/8 to win this match as they look to maintain their impressive start to the season. Their Sam Baldock heads the first goalscorer market at 9/2 despite failing to find the net so far this season, while Aaron Wilbraham is 5/1 having netted three goals in as many starts this season.

Best bet: Draw and both teams to score at 3/1

Sheffield United v Crawley Town:
Sheffield United return to Bramall Lane with their first three points in the bag in Sky Bet League 1 but opponents Crawley have impressed in the opening weeks of the season.

The Blades were 2-1 winners at Peterborough midweek and are 7/10 to follow it up with another three points on Saturday. John Gregory’s men lost their 100 per cent record with a home defeat by Bradford City on Tuesday and are 15/4 to bounce back with a victory.

The draw is a 5/2 chance. New United recruit Michael Higdon heads the market to grab the opening goal at 4/1 with Izale McLeod heading the Crawley field to do likewise at 13/2.

Top Tip: Michael Higdon and Izale McLeod both to score at 6/1

Swindon Town v Crewe Alexandra:
Swindon start as favourites to take all three points from Crewe in Sky League 1.

The Robins, who have one win, one draw and one defeat to their name so far, and are 7/10 for another victory with the draw on offer at 13/5 and Crewe’s first win of the campaign an 18/5 shot.

The Railwaymen have lost all three games to date and conceded nine goals in the process but will be looking to new recruit Marcus Haber to kick-start their season. He has found the net twice already and is 15/2 to score the opening goal of the game. 

Michael Smith, who scored two in Swindon’s opening-day win over Scunthorpe is 10/11 to add to his tally and 9/2 to bag another brace.

Top Tip: Over 2.5 goals at 5/6

Yeovil Town v Scunthorpe United:
A midweek win over Walsall has pushed Yeovil into favouritism for the visit of fellow early season Sky Bet League 1 strugglers Scunthorpe. Gary Johnson’s men are 21/10 to follow up their midweek win with another three points as they look to regain their Championship status at the first attempt.

The draw is offered at 12/5 while Scunthorpe are 23/10 to return home with the spoils. James Hayter scored the Glovers’  first goal of the season on Tuesday and is 5/1 favourite to score the game’s opening goal on Saturday.

Paddy Madden has scored Scunthorpe’s only league goal so far this season and he is 7/4 to add to his tally at Huish Park.

Top Tip: Over 3.5 goals at 2/1

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MATCH OF THE DAY AT 50

Match of the Day at 50 – BBC One and BBC One HD Friday 22 August 22:35 – 23:35 

On Friday 22 August 2014, the television institution that is Match of the Day will celebrate half a century since it was first aired.

50 years to the very day later, this definitive documentary charts the history of this iconic programme and highlights its long-ingrained place at the heart of Saturday night Television.

We discover why Match of the Day holds such a special place in the nation’s affections with classic archive featuring George Best, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, David Coleman and Jimmy Hill and brand new contributions from Jose Mourinho, David Beckham, Sergio Aguero, Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney, Des Lynam, Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Michael Owen, Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, John Motson and stars from the England women’s football team.

We also hear from fans of the show including Sir Alan Sugar, Sue Johnston, Piers Morgan and Russell Brand. Barry Stoller who composed the iconic Match of the Day music talks for the very first time about how the tune came about and also went on to be officially the most recognised theme tune on Television beating EastEnders and Dr Who!

There are also special performances of the music by Lethal Bizzle and the Philharmonic Orchestra. 

 

The show looks at how MOTD has evolved over the years, remaining the main place for football viewers to watch highlights. We also remember how the programme dealt with tragedy, when 96 Liverpool fans Iost their lives at Hillsborough.

We take a look at the elements of the show that have become synonymous with the MOTD brand like Goal of the Month and we track down serial winner of the award who became a cult hero in the ‘90s. And Sergio Aguero takes us back to the very spot he scored the most famous of last minute MOTD goals.

Full of fantastic anecdotes and the finest footballing moments of the past 50 years this documentary celebrates Match of the Day notching up its half century while continuing to set the footballing agenda amongst viewers.

PORTSMOUTH TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets for Town’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy First Round tie with Portsmouth are now available to buy.

Tickets are priced at: Adults – £10 – Over 65s and aged 16-21 £5 and Under 16 – £1.

Season Ticket holders will have to pay for their ticket for this fixture, but their seat will be reserved until the day of the game (Tues 2nd Sept).

To buy your tickets call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

HOSPITALITY BOX AVAILABLE FOR SCUNTHORPE FIXTURE

Why not enjoy a game in style by booking hospitality for Town’s match against Scunthorpe United.

Due to a late cancellation The Mandeville Executive Suite is available for Yeovil Town v Scunthorpe United (Saturday 23rd August – 3pm)

Offering a great view of all the action and a private setting to host guests, a box at Huish Park is one of the best ways to enjoy the day.

· Exclusive Use of The Mandeville Executive Suite

· Reserved seating just outside of the suite

· Two Course Hot Fork buffet

· Reserved Car Parking

· Complimentary Match Programmes

· Complimentary Team Sheets

· Hostess drinks service (Payable on the day).

· Entrance into the players’ lounge after the game.

For more details contact Dave Linney – dlinney@ytfc.net or call 01935 847872.

Match Report : 19/08/2014

Yeovil Town made the trip along the M5 to Walsall and returned to Somerset with three points after a 2-1 victory.

Second half goals from James Hayter and Kevin Dawson were enough to secure Town’s first win of the season.

Despite starting the game brightly Town were lucky not to go behind after just six minutes.

Walsall defender Paul Downing found himself free at the back post, but he tamely headed wide. The tall defender was left disappointed when he really should have done better and at least troubled Weale in the Yeovil goal.

On ten minutes Town’s first chance fell the Hayter when he got behind the Walsall defence only to his powerful effort got narrowly wide of the target.

Just after the half hour mark Ashley Grimes thought he had opened the scoring for the home side. He turned well on the penalty spot to unleash a volley that stung the palms of Weale.

With one minute signaled to be added on at the end of the first half Town had another lucky escape. Walsall’s Romaine Sawyers beat the offside trap, but with only Weale to beat he fluffed his shot and it went harmlessly wide of the target.

Ten minutes into the second half Town took a deserved lead. Neat build up saw Kevin Dawson create room and beat his marker on the right. The Irishman’s superb dink cross was on the head of Hayter who powerfully headed home into the far corner past O’Donnell.

On 71 minutes the home side drew level. With Town’s attack breaking down the Saddlers broke away and forced two corner in quick succession. From the second corner former Yeovil loanee Billy Clifford swung in the set piece. Town half cleared but Bradshaw was on hand for the home side to bundle the ball over the line.

Within two minutes the Glovers restored their lead thanks to Dawson. The winger picked the ball up just inside the area and hit a low shot across O’Donnell and through a crowd of players, much to the delight of the 186 travelling fans.

With the Glovers now off the mark, they look forward to the visit of Scunthorpe United to Huish Park on Saturday.

PREVIEW: WALSALL AWAY

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this Tuesday night as the Glovers travel to Walsall.

It’s a full card of midweek fixtures so all the football league clubs get another chance to add three points to their tally.

Yeovil currently sit 23rd in SkyBet League One after two defeats while Walsall are in 16th having notched up two draws. So, both teams will be looking for their first league win of the campaign.

Yeovil have some other aims too, they are still looking for their first league goal. The only team in the division yet to get off the mark. The Saddlers are similarly goal-shy, they’ve only scored one league goal themselves.

Walsall are coming off the back of a 0-0 on Saturday when they hosted, and held Bradford City to a stalemate. Yeovil of course are still reeling from back-to-back defeats to Gillingham, once in the League and once in the Capital One Cup.

Gary Johnson has promised that the side are working as hard as ever to put the mini slump in form behind them and get the season off and running.

In terms of team selection, the Glovers are boasting a virtually clean bill of health with only Joel Grant now on the treatment table.

Elsewhere, three negative results in a row may have their own knock on effects to team selection, but the gaffer likes to keep his cards close to his chest on such matters.

One man who will be missing is full back Seth Nana Twumasi who continues his suspension following his red card in the League Cup.

Walsall have some defensive problems surrounding their two James’. O’connor and Chambers are both big doubts with different injuries and an already thin squad will be tested to the full.

Obviously, these two sides didn’t meet in the League last season, however, they did the year before. The two games produced a pair of draws, one of those far more entertaining than the other.

At Huish Park a 0-0 draw was played out but in the reverse fixture the Glovers produced a fantastic comeback to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw.

Reuben Reid and a last gasp Sam Foley goal claimed a point when a defeat looked certain.

In terms of a pattern between the sides Yeovil lead the way and are undeafeted against Walsall since 2009. A run of three Yeovil wins and four draws.

The last Yeovil win was in 2012 when an Andy Williams brace secured all three points.

The last time Yeovil lost in this fixture was a 3-1 home defeat in 2009, Jon Obika netting for the Glovers.

This Tuesday will see the two sides aiming to get their campaign on the rise, a win for either team could lift them into the top half and appease any worrying supporters.

If anyone is thinking about making the journey, tickets are available on the day.

For anyone remaining in Somerset, Glovers Player will have the whole match live with the post match reaction covered in full on social media and on YouTube.

A reminder that the Glovers are back at home this coming Saturday as Scunthorpe United visit Huish Park. The return of a former Yeovil front man in Paddy Madden will add extra spice to the fixture and you can make sure of your place at the game in all of the usual ways.

Call in to the ticket office in person, call and speak to one of the team or use the online ticketing system here on YTFC.net and save a few quid in the process.

Let’s hope that by the time Saturday comes around we’ll be three points better off and in prime position for another positive result.

BRADFORD CITY TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets for Town’s game against Bradford City on Saturday 6th September are now on sale from Huish Park.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £20.00

OAP/Student – £14.00 (oap over 60)

Juniors – £12.00

Disabled charged at the applicable rate above for a Free of charge helper.

 

To buy your tickets call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE IS WELL AND TRULY UNDERWAY

So, this is my third blog for YTFC and I hope you are enjoying reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it.

 

Not sure I am quite up there with the new YTFC programme columnist Joe Edwards (anyone who knows me will not be surprised that I have to mention him at least once) but I am doing my best.

The Football League is well and truly underway and the boys in green and white have now played three games. Unfortunately, it has not quite gone our way after a 3-0 defeat to Doncaster, a Capital One Cup exit to Gillingham followed by a defeat by the same opponents at the weekend. The new lads are giving it their all and I am sure they will put it right at Walsall.

I was planning on picking a man of the match for each game and as much as I always want to pick our Captain Fantastic, it has to go to Simon Gillett for all three of his performances; he has shown some real class already this season. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out his free kick from last Tuesday … it is a beauty!

In other news, the Premier League kicked off this weekend, with Swansea spoiling new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal’s welcome party and Arsenal’s last gasp win against Crystal Palace, it is shaping up to be an exciting season in the top flight.

Here are two my Ones To Watch In The Premier League:

Diego Costa – CHELSEA: He may have had an indifferent World Cup but Costa has matured as a player in recent years and his move to Chelsea has resulted in excitement in South West London. Fresh from a 35 goal season at Athletico Madrid, teaming up with the special one makes for an exciting time at Stamford Bridge.

Alexis Sanchez – ARSENAL: For £35 million you would expect a good player but this move could be a stroke of genius from Arsene Wenger. The Gunners manager secured the wingers services before the World Cup was complete. He was impressive for Chile in what was a successful tournament and he will add to an impressive attacking line for Arsenal. Is this finally their year?

Match Of The Day Must Sees:
Be sure to tune in to Match of the Day next week for these exciting looking fixtures.

EVERTON VS ARSENAL – Everton conceded a late equaliser this weekend against Leicester, whilst Arsenal felt the elation of a last minute win. Being two strong footballing sides, this match could be crucial in showing us just how well both teams will do this season. Arsenal struggled against the top teams last season and Everton have proved they are just that, with Roberto Martinez doing a fantastic job at Goodison Park. Expect some lovely football in a tight game and no doubt a screamer to decide the winner.

MAN CITY VS LIVERPOOL – Two sides that have started the season strongly with wins and will look to compete for the title. Liverpool will have to improve defensively to have any chance against last season’s champions, but Daniel Sturridge is already proving prolific with Raheem Sterling also impressing. Expect a goal fest with huge bragging rights at stake, a match United fans will want both to lose.

CRYSTAL PALACE VS WEST HAM – Having lost Tony Pulis just days before the start of the Premier League, everyone immediately wrote Palace off. However, an impressive performance against Arsenal has renewed hope that they may be able to pick up where they left off at the end of the last campaign.  They face a West Ham side fresh from a mediocre season. A London derby that neither team will want to lose, Keith Millen will want to get a positive result before a new manager arrives and Sam Allardyce will want to get the Hammers fans back on side after defeat to Tottenham. Expect a tight game with a few nerves.

Goal of the week
We all love watching a beautiful finish, so I thought I would share with you my favourite goal each week. This week, it is from the Football League and Championship side Charlton Athletic. Jordan Cousins struck this sweetly against Wigan Atletic, take a look and you can always tweet me at @Sheridan24_ytfc if you have any goal nominations from any league over the weekend or in mid week.

To view the goal click here.

Most importantly, next up for the Glovers is Walsall tomorrow night. So let’s get behind the boys on the road and hope that I have a few goals from those in green and white to choose from for goal of the week.  Have a good one and enjoy your week and the game tomorrow if you are making the journey…I will see you there!

REPORT: GILLINGHAM V YEOVIL TOWN

Town travelled to Gillingham to try and get revenge on their Capital One Cup defeat earlier in the week.

Manager Gary Johnson made four changes with Chris Weale, Kevin Dawson, Nathan Ralph, Ajay Leitch-Smith all started in the place of Artur Krysiak, Nana Twumasi, James Berrett and James Hayter.

In a quiet start the home side was forced to make an early change after defender Hare was forced off on a stretcher to be replaced by Fish.

In the twelfth minute Leitch-Smith picked up the ball on the wing and cut in on his right foot, the former Crewe man shot from the edge of the area but Bywater saved well after the initial shot was deflected.

Five minutes later Town had the ideal opportunity to take the lead. Nugent went forward for an attacking throw in and was upended in the box by Legge. After a short conversation between Moore and Simon Gillett the penalty duty was left to Moore.

The former Dorchester man stepped up but saw his penalty saved by debutant Stephen Bywater in the Gillingham goal.

Town fell behind with ten minutes of the first half remaining. A harsh free kick was awarded by referee Lee Collins after he adjusted Nathan Smith had fouled Kedwell.

At half time Town made one change with Moore being replaced by James Hayter.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side doubled their advantage after Nathan Smith fouled Aaron Morris inside the area resulting in a penalty. Kedwell’s penalty was well saved by Weale, but the ball fell to Kedwell who had the easy task of slotting home to make it 2-0 to send Town back to Somerset empty handed.

Match Report : 16/08/2014

Town travelled to Gillingham to try and get revenge on their Capital One Cup defeat earlier in the week.

Manager Gary Johnson made four changes with Chris Weale, Kevin Dawson, Nathan Ralph, Ajay Leitch-Smith all started in the place of Artur Krysiak, Nana Twumasi, James Berrett and James Hayter.

In a quiet start the home side was forced to make an early change after defender Hare was forced off on a stretcher to be replaced by Fish.

In the twelfth minute Leitch-Smith picked up the ball on the wing and cut in on his right foot, the former Crewe man shot from the edge of the area but Bywater saved well after the initial shot was deflected.

Five minutes later Town had the ideal opportunity to take the lead. Nugent went forward for an attacking throw in and was upended in the box by Legge. After a short conversation between Moore and Simon Gillett the penalty duty was left to Moore.

The former Dorchester man stepped up but saw his penalty saved by debutant Stephen Bywater in the Gillingham goal.

Town fell behind with ten minutes of the first half remaining. A harsh free kick was awarded by referee Lee Collins after he adjusted Nathan Smith had fouled Kedwell.

At half time Town made one change with Moore being replaced by James Hayter.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side doubled their advantage after Nathan Smith fouled Aaron Morris inside the area resulting in a penalty. Kedwell’s penalty was well saved by Weale, but the ball fell to Kedwell who had the easy task of slotting home to make it 2-0 to send Town back to Somerset empty handed.

BARNSLEY MATCH MUST MEAN BANGERS & MASH

The Yeovil Town Hospitality team have come up with a real old British Lunch Special favourite for our home match against Barnsley on Saturday August 30th. Bangers and Mash.

For £10 you can have a Sausages and Mash, a pint of beer or a glass of wine and a match day programme, together with access to the bar after the match to celebrate a victory!

To take advantage of this great offer – all you will need is a valid match day ticket or season ticket to qualify. So don’t delay book your bangers and mash now and look forward to watching the Glovers with a full stomach!!


Sausages, mash and a beer/wine (no spirits) – £10 per person! *Includes a Programme *Access to the bar after the game *Need to have a valid match day ticket

Subject to availability

Contact either Dave or the Ticket Office to book – 01935 847872 or 01935 847888, alternative email dlinney@ytfc.net or ticketoffice@ytfc.net (need to leave contact details so we can take payment)

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BEN’S WEEKEND TIPS

Ben’s Bets

After a disastrous start to the tipping last Saturday (I tipped Leeds to beat Millwall for starters!) we try again this week and hopefully will have some slightly better luck.

I’ve picked one team from each of the three SkyBet football leagues and using the League’s principal sponsors putting the three together in a small accumulator.

Starting in the SkyBet Championship I’m looking to Bournemouth to get us off to a winning start.

They face Brentford and the two sides have had very different starts to the season.

Brentford drew their opening game against Charlton before travelling to Dagenham for an epic League Cup tie that saw 12 goals, 120 minutes of match action and a penalty shootout.

The Bees did eventually progress, but the extra time excursions and the upcoming away  day on the south coast makes the Cherries the heavy favourites.

Bournemouth’s two opening fixtures have gone much more smoothly, a 4-0 away win at Huddersfield was backed up with a 2-0 win in the cup against Exeter.

Eddie Howe now takes his side back to the home comforts of the Goldstands Stadium.


Bournemouth to beat Brentford at 17/20

Into League One and Chesterfield upset the odds on the opening weekend beating big spending Leyton Orient 2-1, they take the chance to perform at home this coming Saturday and they can cope with the pressure of favouritism against a Rochdale side who have lost both their opening two games without even scoring a goal.

‘Dale have been beaten twice at home by Preston and Peterborough and with Chesterfield to come it won’t get any easier any sooner.

I’m surprised to see Chesterfield at a price higher than Evens so this also represents good value.


Chesterfield to beat Rochdale at 21/20

Finally, in League Two the most emphatic victory of last weekend was probably that of Morecambe who demolished Dagenham and Redbridge 3-0 away from home.

They went on to face Bradford in the League Cup and so very nearly caused an upset against the cup runners up of the competition last season.

Only a very late Aaron McClean goal sent the Bantams through but the Shrimpers can build on some decent momentum.

They face Newport County this Saturday and the newly promoted side lost against Wycombe last Saturday and then Reading in midweek.

Again, the home side are favourites but still at a tempting price.


Morecambe are 13/10 to win at home against Newport.

Putting these three together pays out at over 7/1; a £5 treble returns over £43.

With the Premier League starting this weekend too, there is a host of markets and opportunities to get involved with betting with SkyBet.


Yeovil Special

With Yeovil out for revenge this weekend against Gillingham, I’ve looked through the 54 markets available on the match to find some value.

Firstly, Simon Gillett is the only man to score so far for the Glovers and he is a whopping 6/1 to score at any time on Saturday, if we get another free kick just outside

the box, that may seem like excellent value.

Secondly, both of the Yeovil ‘keepers have been subject to a couple rash moments in the first two games, however, no-one will have worked harder than Chris Weale and

Artur Krysiak to put that right.


Yeovil are21/10 to keep a clean sheet this Saturday, sure to boost confidence it will go a long way to securing a positive result.

Combine the two and you’re in for real value.


Gillett to score in a 1-0 Yeovil win is 90/1, even just £1 on that will pay for a good weekend!

Don’t forget to go to SkyBet for your weekend bets where every bet goes towards the Sky Transfer Fund which could win the club £250,000


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Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.

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SKYBET WEEKEND PREVIEW

Bristol City v Colchester United

Bristol City are 7/10 to follow up their opening-day victory at Sheffield United with another three points at home to Colchester, who are 15/4 to take the spoils after going down to higher-division opposition in the Cup in midweek. Colchester led 1-0 and trailed 2-1 before drawing 2-2 with Oldham last weekend. Another draw is 11/4 here, with a 2-2 correct score bet returning 12/1. The home side’s Sam Baldock is the warm 7/2 favourite to be the first goalscorer, with Jabo Ibehre the shortest-priced player for the visitors at 8/1.

Top tip: Second-half to have most goals at even-money.

Chesterfield v Rochdale

Last season’s Sky Bet League 2 champions Chesterfield got their League 1 campaign off to a fine start with victory at Leyton Orient last weekend and gave Huddersfield a good run or their money in midweek too. The Spireites are 21/20 to make it two wins from two when they host fellow promoted side Rochdale (13/5). Both games between these two in League 2 last season ended 2-2; a repeat of that scoreline is 12/1 while any stalemate is 12/5. Eoin Doyle tops the first goalscorer betting for the home side at 9/2.

Top tip: Both teams to score in the first half at 7/2.

Crawley Town v Swindon Town

Swindon Town finished only a couple of places outside the play-off spots in Sky Bet League 1 last season and made a good start to their bid to get into the end-of-season shake-up this time around by beating Scunthorpe United 3-1 in their season opener. They’re 23/10 to pick up another victory at Crawley Town, who are 6/5 to make it two wins out of two themselves in the league, the home side having also enjoyed a fine evening in the Capital One Cup in midweek. These teams played out 1-1 and 0-0 draws last season, and its 23/10 for honours to end even once more.

Top tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals in match at 11/4.

 

Crewe Alexandra v Barnsley

Barnsley start as 7/5 favourites in a clash between two sides that tasted defeat on the opening day of the season, but who met only days ago in the Capital One Cup. Barnsley bossed parts of that game, but ultimately went down 2-0 to Alex and Crewe can be backed at 19/10 to win again in 90 minutes with the draw 23/10. Barnsley went down to an 82nd-minute Izale McLeod goal against Crawley Town last weekend; it’s 20/1 for the opening goal in this match to again come after the 80th minute.

Top tip: Draw at half-time at 11/10.

 

Doncaster Rovers v Port Vale

Doncaster Rovers are odds-on at 10/11 to build on an impressive 3-0 win at Yeovil Town with another three points here as they look to bounce back into the Sky Bet Championship. They had to wait for a late winner at York in the Cup in midweek and it’s 20/1 that the first goal in this match comes after the 80th minute. Port Vale started their Sky Bet League 1 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Walsall, but showed their goalscoring power when putting six past Hartlepool in midweek, and are 3/1 to get a win on the board here. Rovers are 13/2 to repeat their feat of the opening day and win by three or more goals.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11.

Gillingham v Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are 17/10 to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Doncaster on the opening day with a victory at Gillingham (13/8), but they will need to reverse the form of a midweek defeat to the same side in the Capital One Cup. The Gills are looking for their first League points of the season after a 4-2 defeat to MK Dons on the opening day. Gillingham are 4/1 to win on the handicap betting giving up a one-goal start. It’s 8/11 for both teams to score, while Danny Kedwell and James Hayter are the joint-favourites to be first goalscorer at 11/2.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11.

Notts County v Fleetwood Town

Notts County finished just above the drop zone last season, but came within a couple of minutes of starting the new campaign with victory at Preston. A 1-1 draw at a side that finished in the play-off zone last season represents a solid start, though, and the Magpies are 13/8 to build on that with victory over Fleetwood Town. The visitors are the same price after seeing off Crewe last weekend, with the draw on offer at 23/10. David Ball at 6/1 is the shortest-priced player to open the scoring for Fleetwood, who did well to take Rotherham to extra-time in midweek.

Top tip: Both teams to score in the first half at 7/2.

 

Oldham Athletic v Leyton Orient

We’re struggling to split these two with Oldham Athletic at 17/10 and Leyton Orient 6/4 in the match betting. The draw is 23/10. Orient, who finished third in the division last season, will be keen to get back to winning ways after a home defeat to Chesterfield. The O’s can be backed at 17/2 to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 in the group score betting, with Darius Henderson – who scored for them in midweek in the Cup – a 5/1 chance to be the first scorer in this match. It’s Jonathan Forte and Jonson Clarke-Harris who are considered the home side’s most likely players to open to scoring at 6/1.

Top tip: Under 1.5 goals at 5/2.

 

Peterborough United v MK Dons

Two sides near the head of the outright betting line up in a key early-season clash that could shape the top of the Sky Bet League 1 table. Both sides are already up and running nicely after starting the season with victories, and Peterborough United are a shade of odds-against at 11/10 to prevail here with the MK Dons and the draw both priced at 12/5. Peterborough came out on top in both encounters last season, winning four and losing two of their last six home games, and they weren’t disgraced against Portsmouth in the Cup. MK Dons put four past Gillingham and both teams look to have goals in them. Try over 3.5 goals in this match at 2/1.

Top tip: Over 3.5 goals at 2/1.

 

Scunthorpe United v Preston North End


Two sides both looking for their first league win of the season after a defeat and a draw respectively on the opening day. Preston North End remain among the main contenders for promotion at 5/2, and are the favourites for this one at 13/10, with Scunthorpe United 2/1 and the draw 23/10. Preston are 7/2 to win here giving Scunthorpe a one-goal start and their Joe Garner is favourite to net the game’s first goal at 11/2. The home side’s best chances may come from Paddy Madden (13/2 to be first scorer in the match), who also got on the scoresheet in the Cup in midweek.

Top tip: Paddy Madden to score in the match at 2/1.

 

Walsall v Bradford City


Two sides who will likely be happy enough with the start they made to the campaign this season, Bradford City edging out Coventry 3-2 and Walsall drawing 1-1 at Port Vale. The hosts are 23/20 to record victory in their first home game of the season, while Bradford are 12/5 with the draw 23/10. All four teams scored in these sides’ opening fixtures and both teams to score here is 8/11, while those hoping for a goal extravaganza might be tempted by the offer of 16/1 that both teams can score in both halves!

Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11.

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GILLINGHAM MATCH PREVIEW

Gillingham League Preview

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this Saturday and it’s the Glovers’ first trip away from Huish Park as they travel to play Gillingham.

The Gills were only in Somerset this past Tuesday for the Capital One Cup first round fixture, in which the Kent side picked up a 2-1 win and progressed into round two.

So, revenge is on the cards for Yeovil who will want to put things right with league points at stake.

Both sides made changes for the cup game and reverting back to a full strength side might be on the cards for both managers.

For Yeovil, one change forced upon Gary Johnson is at full back.

The Glovers have decided against appealing Seth Nana’s red card from Tuesday night due to dodgy camera angles blocking the evidence so he’ll be suspended for the next three fixtures.

Brendan Moloney will be in pole position to return to the starting eleven.

Another selection headache that Johnson will have to get around is picking a long term number one goalkeeper.

Following errors from both Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak that lead to goals in their games, Johnson will need to keep their confidence high and pick one or the other to wear the gloves.

Kevin Dawson and Joel Grant both edge closer to fitness but Liam Davis is still set to be out with a broken wrist.

Another man who won’t be available is Marvin Elliot; he remains on trial with the club with Gary Johnson giving the former Bristol City man as long as possible to prove his fitness.

As for Gillingham, they too have Goalkeeper issues. Glen Morris played against Yeovil on Tuesday and he’ll keep his place after first choice stopper Stuart Nelson was ruled out for a number of months with an injured thumb.

Both sides are yet to get their league points tally off and running, but by the time the full time whistle blows on Saturday one or both with have ditched the ‘0’ in the points column.

Tuesday’s fixture between the two sides was the first meeting since the 2009/10 season.

That year saw a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 Gillingham win, so the recent form is with the side in blue.

The last Yeovil win was way back in November 2007, I can’t help but think we are well overdue a win.

For Glovers fans making the journey, tickets are available on the day.

Adults will get in for £21 with concessions at different rates for different ages.

If you’re not making the journey, you can keep up to date with Glovers Player or through any one of the club’s social networks with highlights and interviews hitting YouTube as quickly as the media team can upload them.

 

Famous Fans: Reality star Rik Waller, Wine connoisseur Oz Clarke and comedian Joe Wilkinson.

A Foot in Both Camps: Justin Cochrane, Antonio German, Luke Freeman, Adrian Foster, Scott Flinders, Romain Larrieu, Jaime Peters, Craig Rocastle and Efe Sodje.

Did you know: The “G” in Gillingham is pronounced like a “J” due to old texts that refer to the town as Jillyingham… unlike our closer Dorset counterpart where the “G” is pronounced like a fish’s gill.

 

 

SCUNTHORPE MATCH MEAL DEALS

Yeovil Town have come up with some exciting Meal deals for the home match against Scunthorpe


Glovers Restaurant £65 per person

Match Day Ticket in the Tamburino Stand

3 Course dinner

½ bottle of wine

Programme

Tea / Coffee / Biscuits at half time

 

Alec Stock Executive Lounge £45 per person

Match Day Ticket in the Tamburino Stand

2 course carvery

Glass of wine or a pint

Programme

Tea / Coffee / Biscuits at half time

 

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2 course carvery

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GAFFER CONFIDENT OF RETURN TO FORM AT GILLINGHAM

Manager Gary Johnson remains confident that his squad will adapt to the ‘Yeovil Town’ way after two opening defeats to the 2014-15 season.

The Glovers lost 3-0 at home to Doncaster Rovers in League One before Saturday’s league opponents Gillingham condemned Town to an early Capital One Cup exit on Tuesday.

However, Johnson believes a revenge-fuelled victory at Priestfield will kick start Yeovil’s season.

“I would hope that the players will feel that they owe them one after getting beat on our own patch and it is a game that we have got to get some points on the board from. We got beat in one league game and one cup game but you must not leave it too late to get your first few points on the board, just for your own confidence really.

“They’re a good bunch of lads and they’re good characters. Some of them have not played at this level yet and some certainly haven’t had a big career at this level so we’re having to teach as we move on.

“Certain players like Kieffer Moore for instance, who is still a baby as far as football is concerned, because he didn’t have an upbringing from a top youth system or an academy so we’re having to teach him as we go along.

“Because of our small squad it’s good for them that we have to keep giving opportunities to people because we’ve got to make them come through. We’ve had bad starts before and come strong so you can’t tell your public ‘don’t worry, everything will be alright’ when you’ve lost a couple but in your head as a manager you know there’s a lot more to come from us.”

Johnson signed 10 players over the summer and the Glovers boss is confident their ability will shine through.

“When we pick the team you’ll see what we’ve decided to do but at the moment we’re trying to help everyone find Yeovil Town’s game, that’s what we’re trying to do. Some of them haven’t played that before but when it comes together we’ll know.”

To view the whole interview go to our Official You Tub Channel by clicking here

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GARY REFLECTS ON CUP EXIT

It was a feeling of déjà vu for Glovers manager Gary Johnson after individual mistakes led to a second defeat in four days as Yeovil lost 2-1 to Gillingham in the Capital One Cup at Huish Park.

Avoidable strikes either side of Simon Gillett’s thunderous second half free-kick condemned Town to an early cup exit, a disappointment compounded by the red card received by Seth Nana Twumasi.

After a second home defeat in quick succession, Johnson is looking for more desire and passion from his squad.

“It was disappointing with a couple of mistakes that we made for the goals; we got ourselves back in it but when you’re down to 10 men it’s a bit of a mountain to climb.

“What I did learn was that I’ve got five or six out there who are willing to go beyond the call of duty and then I’ve got some others at the moment who need to catch up and haven’t yet. Certainly they’ve not quite shown that desire and passion to win football matches and I’ve got to look at that and look at the people making the mistakes.

“We are where we are and we got beat today, it’s disappointing we’re out of the Capital One Cup but the season is not over.”

Yeovil will face Gillingham again on Saturday in League One at Priestfield Stadium, and a win cannot come soon enough according to Johnson.

“We are the ones that are down about it, we’re the challengers now because they picked up the result in the cup. We would’ve liked to have won them both, I’m sure Peter Taylor wants to win them both but we’ve got to go there and really show that we want to put our team on the points tally in the second league game of the season.

“The minute we win one the confidence will suddenly come back in a few of the other lads and that’s what we need to get very quickly because you can’t leave it too long. We get a chance in three or four days time on Saturday to do that.”

Watch the whole interview on our official YouTube Channel by clicking here.

STILL NO JOY FOR GLOVERS

Yeovil Town went out of the Capital One Cup at the first round stage after losing by two goals to one to Gillingham at Huish Park tonight.

A terrible defensive muddle between Aaron Martin and keeper Artur Krysiak gifted the Gills a first half lead but after coming back into the game through a Simon Gillett screamer, Aaron Morris fired home the winner just before the hour.

Yeovil then had Seth Nana Twumasi harshly sent off for a late challenge on Luke Norris and although the Glovers had chances to level, they never really came that close to scoring and it will be Peter Taylor’s Kent side that take their place alongside 13 Premier League clubs in the second round.

After Saturday’s debacle against Doncaster, manager Gary Johnson rang the changes making five alterations to his starting eleven. He also changed formations bringing in Twumasi and Nathan Smith to use as wing backs with Ben Nugent coming in for his debut as a third centre back in a 3-5-2 formation.

Artur Krysiak also came in for Chris Weale and the big Pole was almost called into action early on when Joe Martin’s shot scuttled just wide of his far post. Twumasi was getting forward from his right wing back position and he tested visiting gloveman Glenn Morris with a shot that the keeper held down low.

On 22 minutes, the deadlock was broken in calamitous fashion. Aaron Martin was shepherding the ball back to Krysiak in the home goal but before the keeper could get two hands on the ball, Brennan Dickenson pinched the ball and slotted into an empty net.

Yeovil woke up after the goal and had an extended spell of pressure with Kieffer Moore coming closest to scoring with a goalbound effort saved well by Morris. Martin also went close with a header that was cleared off the line.

Ten minutes into the second half, Yeovil equalised with a stunning goal. A well worked free kick 25 yards from goal saw Joe Edwards and Smith combine a pass and a dummy to set up Simon Gillett to hit a rising shot into the top left hand corner of the net, giving Morris no chance.

The game swung in Gillingham’s direction massively in the space of three minutes soon after. Yeovil’s constant failure to clear the ball saw Aaron Morris lash home a shot from the angle on 58 minutes to put his side 2-1 up; the goal coming seconds after two Gills attackers had missed the ball with the goal at their mercy.

Then on 61 minutes, striker Luke Norris was caught late by Twumasi in an honest attempt to win the ball. Norris crumpled to the floor in a heap and with Gillingham players all surrounding the referee, official Darren Sheldrake issued a straight red card to the defender.

Norris surprisingly didn’t need treatment and was booed for the rest of the game by Town’s fans for his part in the dismissal. Yeovil’s best moment of the rest of the game came shortly after when Edwards and Hayter broke to feed Moore. The big striker crossed for Edwards who had continued his run but could only shoot at Morris.

John Egan headed just wide of Krysiak’s goal as he tried to finish the game off and Nathan Smith stung the hands of Morris with a swerving left foot shot but it seemed not to be Yeovil’s night way before the final whistle. Nathan Ralph and Martin went close late on while ex-Glovers loanee Antonio German, looking lively up front as a half time sub, headed way over near the end.

 

Match Report : 12/08/2014

Yeovil Town went out of the Capital One Cup at the first round stage after losing by two goals to one to Gillingham at Huish Park tonight.

A terrible defensive muddle between Aaron Martin and keeper Artur Krysiak gifted the Gills a first half lead but after coming back into the game through a Simon Gillett screamer, Aaron Morris fired home the winner just before the hour.

Yeovil then had Seth Nana Twumasi harshly sent off for a late challenge on Luke Norris and although the Glovers had chances to level, they never really came that close to scoring and it will be Peter Taylor’s Kent side that take their place alongside 13 Premier League clubs in the second round.

After Saturday’s debacle against Doncaster, manager Gary Johnson rang the changes making five alterations to his starting eleven. He also changed formations bringing in Twumasi and Nathan Smith to use as wing backs with Ben Nugent coming in for his debut as a third centre back in a 3-5-2 formation.

Artur Krysiak also came in for Chris Weale and the big Pole was almost called into action early on when Joe Martin’s shot scuttled just wide of his far post. Twumasi was getting forward from his right wing back position and he tested visiting gloveman Glenn Morris with a shot that the keeper held down low.

On 22 minutes, the deadlock was broken in calamitous fashion. Aaron Martin was shepherding the ball back to Krysiak in the home goal but before the keeper could get two hands on the ball, Brennan Dickenson pinched the ball and slotted into an empty net.

Yeovil woke up after the goal and had an extended spell of pressure with Kieffer Moore coming closest to scoring with a goalbound effort saved well by Morris. Martin also went close with a header that was cleared off the line.

Ten minutes into the second half, Yeovil equalised with a stunning goal. A well worked free kick 25 yards from goal saw Joe Edwards and Smith combine a pass and a dummy to set up Simon Gillett to hit a rising shot into the top left hand corner of the net, giving Morris no chance.

The game swung in Gillingham’s direction massively in the space of three minutes soon after. Yeovil’s constant failure to clear the ball saw Aaron Morris lash home a shot from the angle on 58 minutes to put his side 2-1 up; the goal coming seconds after two Gills attackers had missed the ball with the goal at their mercy.

Then on 61 minutes, striker Luke Norris was caught late by Twumasi in an honest attempt to win the ball. Norris crumpled to the floor in a heap and with Gillingham players all surrounding the referee, official Darren Sheldrake issued a straight red card to the defender.

Norris surprisingly didn’t need treatment and was booed for the rest of the game by Town’s fans for his part in the dismissal. Yeovil’s best moment of the rest of the game came shortly after when Edwards and Hayter broke to feed Moore. The big striker crossed for Edwards who had continued his run but could only shoot at Morris.

John Egan headed just wide of Krysiak’s goal as he tried to finish the game off and Nathan Smith stung the hands of Morris with a swerving left foot shot but it seemed not to be Yeovil’s night way before the final whistle. Nathan Ralph and Martin went close late on while ex-Glovers loanee Antonio German, looking lively up front as a half time sub, headed way over near the end.

ARE YOU IN THE SKY BET TRASFER FUND?

Sky Bet launches the Sky Bet Transfer Fund – we need you!

Sky Bet, title sponsor of the Football League, has launched the ‘Sky Bet Transfer Fund’ giving us the chance to win £250,000 to spend on new players in the January transfer window and one lucky fan £5,000.

We are calling on all our fans to get behind the club and the Transfer Fund by changing their betting behaviour to Sky Bet.

All you need to do is visit SkyBet.com, register your team as Yeovil Town and choose them as your bookmaker this season. For every pound you bet, you’ll earn a Transfer Fund Token, giving you a chance of winning big for yourself and for us.

Gary Johnson said: “We really need our fans to get behind us and the Sky Bet Transfer Fund and become a club hero. If you’re going to put a bet on before a game, make sure you’re on Sky Bet and you have selected Yeovil Town as your club – it’s putting money  back into the club and gives us a chance of winning a great pot of money to spend on transfers in January.

Who knows what the club will do if one of our fans wins us the Transfer Fund, we may even make him an honorary member of the board or name a stand after him for a season or take him on a few away days with the team who knows!”

On top of this, as title sponsor of the Football League, Sky Bet is also financially supporting our club in a way that no other bookmaker can. Sign up to this promotion through skybet.com/win and whether you are a new or existing customer, Sky Bet will give a share of revenue back to our club.

The draw for the Sky Bet Transfer Fund will take place in December when one fan of a Football League club will be drawn and rewarded £5,000 and their club £250,000. It could be us!

GARY DISAPPOINTED AFTER DONCASTER GAME

After Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Doncaster in the opening SkyBet League One fixture, manager Gary Johnson was left disappointed with collective mistakes.

 

Strikes from Curtis Main, Harry Forrester and Theo Robinson condemned the Glovers to an opening day defeat at Huish Park, a result and performance which the Town boss believed did not reflect the squad’s ability.

 

“With that being the first game of the season we’ve got plenty of time to put it right, but we looked very short of where we were even a few days ago and on the day we were second best all over the field.

 

Yeovil are straight back in action as they face Gillingham at home in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, a chance for some to stake their claim for a starting berth according to Johnson.

“We had a great little crowd come in as well so hopefully they won’t give up on us just yet but they wouldn’t have recognised and I didn’t recognised the team that we put out there after a few good pre-season games here; there’s a lot more ability about our team than we showed today so we’ve got to chastise them and then pick them up and get them coming out to play another game against Gillingham."

 

“We will look forward to the two Gillingham games but until we do we’ve got to be concerned about a 3-0 defeat at home. I’m not concerned that the players are not going to be good enough because I’ve seen that, but the only concern is can those players play with no fear? Can they go out to actually play their best game and effect the game as individuals as well as a group?

 

“I think if it would have been a league game on Tuesday I would’ve left one or two out for the problem of them playing with a bit of fear, but anyway I’m going to make changes so we’ll have a look and give the ones who didn’t have a chance on Saturday a chance on Tuesday.”

“We didn’t do that today. The worry is that that happens again, but what we’ll have to do is bring out their best game, that’s going to be the big thing, if we can do that over two or three days then we’ve done our job.

 

YEOVIL TOWN v GILLINGHAM CAPITAL CUP PREVIEW

Yeovil Town v Gillingham Capital One Cup Preview

 

Yeovil Town are back in action at Huish Park this Tuesday evening looking to put right the wrongs of the opening day defeat to Doncaster.

The midweek game sees the Glovers host Gillingham in the first of a double header against the Kent side.

First up this Tuesday, it isn’t league points up for grabs but progression in the Capital One Cup.

The first round fixture takes place at Huish Park kicking off at 7:45pm.

Both sides suffered defeats on the opening day of the league campaign.

Yeovil lost to Doncaster and Gillingham went down 4-2 away at MK Dons.

The Gills were 2-0 up at one point following goals from Cody McDonald and a Danny Kedwell penalty.

Karl Robinson’s men fought back and notched four times to take the points in front of their home support.

The Glovers succumbed to Doncaster Rovers’ attacking prowess and failed to even score in a 3-0 defeat.

Gary Johnson has promised changes for this game, changes that he made have made anyway regardless of Saturday’s result.

Nathan Ralph impressed from the bench, as did James Hayter who came closest to scoring for the home side – both will be hoping to feature from the start this midweek.

Kevin Dawson has joined Joel Grant on the injury list and while Grant is further away from a comeback it’s hoped that Dawson won’t be far away from joining the squad again, but this Tuesday might be a bit of a quick turnaround.

The Gills are managed by former England gaffer Peter Taylor and he could well be without one of his scorers from the weekend.

Cody McDonald suffered a knee injury and Taylor was quoted as saying that a scan would be needed before making a judgement on his potential absence.

The Gills have been as active as any other team during the close season signing a number of players including former Sunderland man John Egan, Luke Norris from Brentford and Josh Pritchard who was released by Fulham.

The two sides will be eyeing each other up as much as trying to progress, the two teams meet again, in a league fixture this weekend.

Saturday’s game is at the Preistfield stadium – tickets for that game are available from the ticket office.

The two teams haven’t crossed paths since the 2009/2010 season.

That year, two Coca Cola League One fixtures saw a 1-0 Gillingham win and a 0-0 draw.

If you add the 0-0 draw from the meeting prior to those, in 2008, you can go through 180 minutes of action between the sides and have just a single Simeon Jackson

penalty to talk about.

You have to go back to November 2007 for a goal from open play and a Yeovil win.

Lloyd Owusu found the net that day, in a 2-1 win at Huish Park.

That match was the fourth in a row of Glovers wins in matches between the two sides.

A run that means that that defeat in 2009 was the only time Gillingham have come out on top in meetings between the sides, in the football league.

Tickets for this fixture can be purchased in all the usual ways; in person, over the phone or using the online ticket purchase facility at YTFC.net.

Adult tickets are just £10; concessions are priced at just £5 with Under 16s gaining entry for just £1.

So, your child could have seen the opening two Huish Park fixtures for just a pound if you took advantage of the free ticket offer for Doncaster and the Kids for a quid offer this coming Tuesday.

Online you can buy tickets for all the upcoming fixtures and have them delivered or pick them up on match-day.

Following Saturday’s bumper crowd, it’s hoped that the Glovers faithful will be out in force once more and with new captain Joe Edwards claiming the whole squad are itching to put Saturday’s loss behind them, it might be a great time to get behind the lads.

If you can’t make it to Somerset’s premier venue for professional football, make sure you have your ears pinned to Glovers Player and all the post-match reaction will be available on YouTube and the social networks as early as possible.

 

Famous  Gills Fans: Reality star Rik Waller, Wine connoisseur Oz Clarke and comedian Joe Wilkinson.


A Foot in Both Camps: Justin Cochrane, Antonio German, Luke Freeman, Adrian Foster, Scott Flinders, Romain Larrieu, Jaime Peters, Craig Rocastle and Efe Sodje.


Did you know: The “G” in Gillingham is pronounced like a “J” due to old texts that refer to the town as Jillyingham… unlike our closer Dorset counterpart where the “G” is pronounced like a fish’s gill.

 

LACKLUSTRE OPENING FROM GLOVERS

Yeovil Town produced a lacklustre display as they went down by three goals to nil at home to Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park today.

Goals from Curtis Main, Harry Forrester and sub Theo Robinson secured all three points for the visitors who barely had to get out of second gear to beat a side containing seven debutants in the starting eleven.

Town’s former on loan keeper Jed Steer will rarely have such a comfortable afternoon against a Glovers side that came closest to scoring deep into stoppage time with a shot that hit the crossbar.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson will be bitterly disappointed at this opening day showing in front of 5,235 supporters at Huish Park after a pre-season that filled supporters with optimism for a good season. And with just three days till the Glovers Capital One Cup home tie against Gillingham, he will be looking for a quick response from his side.

Town began with the whole back five making their debuts, although Chris Weale was back for his third spell in goal for the club. He was left helpless on seven minutes though when Cedric Evina played the ball through to Curtis Main and the new Doncaster signing finished with aplomb, lobbing Weale into the empty net.

Main then set up Nathan Tyson but the ex-Nottingham Forest could only just reach the cross and put his effort wide. Yeovil fans then thought they had scored but Aaron Martin’s header from Sam Foley’s cross rippled the side netting.

On 21 minutes, Steer had to deal smartly with a defender’s clearance cannoned off Simon Gillett’s foot and the keeper did well to tip the ball over the crossbar. Tyson then went close as he slid the ball past the diving Weale but Brendan Moloney had time to clear off the line.

As the half closed, Donny exerted more pressure and James Coppinger ‘s fierce shot found the side netting. Tyson’s pace then forced Martin into a foul as he looked to race clear, ref Graham Horwood deciding a yellow card was sufficient punishment.

The first eighteen minutes after the break saw only one effort from either side, a Sam Foley sliced shot but just as the game was petering into a drab affair, Doncaster struck again. Harry Forrester was fed the ball on the counter attack and as Weale rushed out, Forrester lobbed the keeper to make it 2-0.

Having already withdrawn Foley for Nathan Ralph, Johnson made his final two changes at once, replacing Kieffer Moore and James Berrett with James Hayter and Sam Hoskins.

There was a worrying few moments for Yeovil fans when defenders Moloney and Liam Davis collided on the halfway line but both were able to continue after treatment. The delay meant that there were seven minutes of stoppage time at the end and in the third of these, Donny sealed the game. A ball forward over the top found sub Theo Robinson looking suspiciously offside but the striker waited before chipping the ball over Weale and into the net.

Match Report : 09/08/2014

Yeovil Town produced a lacklustre display as they went down by three goals to nil at home to Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park today.

Goals from Curtis Main, Harry Forrester and sub Theo Robinson secured all three points for the visitors who barely had to get out of second gear to beat a side containing seven debutants in the starting eleven.

Town’s former on loan keeper Jed Steer will rarely have such a comfortable afternoon against a Glovers side that came closest to scoring deep into stoppage time with a shot that hit the crossbar.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson will be bitterly disappointed at this opening day showing in front of 5,235 supporters at Huish Park after a pre-season that filled supporters with optimism for a good season. And with just three days till the Glovers Capital One Cup home tie against Gillingham, he will be looking for a quick response from his side.

Town began with the whole back five making their debuts, although Chris Weale was back for his third spell in goal for the club. He was left helpless on seven minutes though when Cedric Evina played the ball through to Curtis Main and the new Doncaster signing finished with aplomb, lobbing Weale into the empty net.

Main then set up Nathan Tyson but the ex-Nottingham Forest could only just reach the cross and put his effort wide. Yeovil fans then thought they had scored but Aaron Martin’s header from Sam Foley’s cross rippled the side netting.

On 21 minutes, Steer had to deal smartly with a defender’s clearance cannoned off Simon Gillett’s foot and the keeper did well to tip the ball over the crossbar. Tyson then went close as he slid the ball past the diving Weale but Brendan Moloney had time to clear off the line.

As the half closed, Donny exerted more pressure and James Coppinger ‘s fierce shot found the side netting. Tyson’s pace then forced Martin into a foul as he looked to race clear, ref Graham Horwood deciding a yellow card was sufficient punishment.

The first eighteen minutes after the break saw only one effort from either side, a Sam Foley sliced shot but just as the game was petering into a drab affair, Doncaster struck again. Harry Forrester was fed the ball on the counter attack and as Weale rushed out, Forrester lobbed the keeper to make it 2-0.

Having already withdrawn Foley for Nathan Ralph, Johnson made his final two changes at once, replacing Kieffer Moore and James Berrett with James Hayter and Sam Hoskins.

There was a worrying few moments for Yeovil fans when defenders Moloney and Liam Davis collided on the halfway line but both were able to continue after treatment. The delay meant that there were seven minutes of stoppage time at the end and in the third of these, Donny sealed the game. A ball forward over the top found sub Theo Robinson looking suspiciously offside but the striker waited before chipping the ball over Weale and into the net.

CHAIRMAN FRY HAILS SPONSORS EVENING AQ SUCCESS

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry hailed Thursday’s Sponsors Evening a great success. The clubs sponsors were invited to Huish Park for drinks and a question and answer session with Gary Johnson and three players Joe Edwards, Sam Foley, Kevin Dawson.

Chairman thanked all the sponsors for their continued commitment to the club and stressed the need for the financial support that these individuals bring to the club.

Mr.Fry said: "With the introduction of Financial Fair Play Rules the need to increase our turnover becomes more apparent and vital and I would like to thank all our sponsors both local and national for their continued support.

"We feel Gary has assembled a squad capable of bigger and better things and we are all looking forward to a successful season."

YEOVIL TOWN v DONCASTER ROVERS MATCH PREVIEW

The SkyBet League One season kicks off this Saturday and Yeovil Town are hosting a Doncaster side, who, like them, dropped down from the Championship last season.

Huish Park will be the venue once again for football fans in Somerset and Gary Johnson has asked for as many of the Glovers faithful to pack the park and get the new season off to the best possible start.

Doncaster finished last season in 22nd place and only dropped down a division on goal difference, a last gasp goal from Birmingham City saved them and condemned Rovers to relegation with Barnsley and Saturday’s hosts, Yeovil.

Like most teams this summer both sides will give a raft of new faces their competitive debuts; for Yeovil an entire new defence will take their place with one of two new goalkeepers taking the number one spot.

Former Glovers Chris Weale and Nathan Smith are both in line for their second debuts in green and white with Jakub Sokolik and Aaron Martin fighting off Cardiff loanee Ben Nugent and Matt Lanzoni for the centre back pairing.

Elsewhere; AJ Leitch Smith, James Berrett and Brendan Moloney are also hoping to get their first run out as a Yeovil Town player.

Of course, it’s not all about the new players; Sam Hoskins and James Hayter have both scored pre-season hat tricks and impressive midfield performances from Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards and Sam Foley have been complimented by Kieffer Moore’s return to form and confidence in the build up to the season.

There is just the one injury concern for the Glovers; Joel Grant will be missing as he recovers from a foot problem that has plagued him throughout pre-season.

Rovers, too have seen a number of players come and go throughout the close season.

Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull has left for Barnsley, Mark Duffy and David Cotterill both now play for Birmingham and James Husband, Chris Brown and Gabrial Tamas have all found new clubs in the Championship.

However, there has been an influx of new faces too.

Cedric Evina has joined from Charlton, Curtis Main is in from Middlebrough and Nathan Tyson has signed on following his exit from Blackpool.

Yeovil fans will recognise the new Donny ‘keeper too, Jed Steer has joined on loan from Aston Villa.

Steer spent a short period of time on loan at Huish Park when he was on the books at Norwich.

Doncaster’s pre-season has seen them take in a number of local sides to them in the Yorkshire area; their final game saw them lose 2-1 to Championship new boys Rotherham.

Yeovil signed off in emphatic style thrashing Dorchester 9-0 after wins against Plymouth and Truro.

With these two sides dropping down from the Championship they have some recent history against each other.

When the two met last season both sides notched up a win on home turf.

At the Keepmoat in November the Sky Sports cameras witnessed 10 man Doncaster score a late winner to secure a 2-1 win.

Byron Webster had initially cancelled out Dean Furman’s opener before Mark Duffy snatched all three points in the final few moments.

At Huish Park, Yeovil recorded a 1-0 win thanks to a James Hayter penalty.

Hayter, a legend in South Yorkshire, converted from the spot after an hour to cement a win that Yeovil had deserved.

Prior to last season, the two sides go back a long way, rivals in non-league during the 1990’s and the early 2000’s to meeting in the second tier last season.

Since the first football league meeting in 2003, Doncaster have only registered two wins against the Glovers, the one last season and a 1-0 win back in 2004.

At Huish Park the record is even better; the last five meetings in Somerset have all seen the Glovers triumph.

Football is back and you can be part of another season here at Huish Park.

The Football League is asking for a Wall of Colour at every club’s first home game so if you’re coming to Huish Park dig out the replica kit, find a green hat, don the face paint and do whatever you can to make Huish Park a green and white fortress.

Tickets for the opening fixture are, as ever, available right up until kick off.

You can come to Huish Park in person, call the ticket office on 01935 847888 or use the ticket purchase system here on YTFC.net

Just to make sure everyone has the best chance of making it to the big kick off on Saturday, Yeovil are offering tickets for Under 16s for FREE!

So, with the children off school why not bring them to Huish Park and watch the season start in style.

To secure your free Under 16s ticket, use any of the methods above but please allow time when collecting them at Huish Park as the club is expecting a large take up on the offer.

Strap yourselves in, another Football League season is about to crank into gear – keep up with all the goings on with all the official club’s social network pages on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and you won’t miss a thing.

 

Famous Doncaster Rovers fans:

Car enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson, Magician extraordinaire Paul Daniels and Louis Tomlinson, one fifth of One Direction!


A foot in both camps:

James Hayter, Byron Webster, Adam Lockwood, Ryan Mason, Michael Woods, Michael McIndoe, Sam Johnstone, and Jed Steer.


Did you know?

Doncaster doesn’t just have an English football team, but an American football team.

The Doncaster Mustangs play in the British American Football League Premier North, but have lost their last seven fixtures conceding over 300 points in the process.

 

 

TEAM LINE UP FOR PHOTO CALL

Yeovil Town lined up for their annual Photo Call yesterday for members of the local and national press plus representatives from BBC TV, Radio Bristol and The Breeze Radio.

Several of the players undertook interview duties which will be either seen or heard on the BBC and The Breeze today and this evening.

It gave the team the opportunity to show off the new design kit which only just arrived in time from the kit suppliers.

BEN’S WEEKEND TIPS

With the football season back this weekend, people all over the country will be digging out their betting slips and having a go at an accumulator to add some financial interest to their weekend’s football enjoyment.

 

The League’s principal sponsors, SkyBet are once again a market leader and we look at one team from each division to add into a bet this weekend.

 

Starting in the Championship and Leeds United have been in the headlines all summer; a rookie manager takes his new look side to Millwall on the opening day and despite their less than normal build up I fancy them to beat the Lions.

Leeds overcame Dundee United in their final pre-season friendly in a comfortable 2-0 win.

Steve Morison faces the club he spent last season on loan with and we know that returning heroes more often than not find the net.

Leeds are 21/10 to beat Millwall, who you might remember lost the first game of last season on home turf too.

It may seem a surprising choice, but Dave Hockaday’s squad may be too strong for Ian Holloway’s men.

 

In League One, the side I am looking to back is a big spending team with momentum on their side.

Fleetwood Town host Crewe on Saturday and the Blackpool-based side have wasted no time in adjusting to their new division.

They have added Stephen Crainey, Adam Campbell and Scott Dobie to an already exciting squad and they face a Crewe side who haven’t been able to keep some of their key players losing, among others, Ajay Leitch Smith to Yeovil.

It’s Fleetwood for me at a shade of odds on at 19/20.

In League Two, my selection is based on who I think may struggle.

Exeter City have had to slash the wage bill this summer and an illness in the camp has ruled a number of those who have remained out of the game against Portsmouth.

Things have got so bad that gaffer, Paul Tisdale has had to register himself as a player just in case.

Facing a Pompey side who are one of the heavy favourites to gain promotion this season is probably the last fixture they would have wanted with such a threadbare squad.

This makes the price of Portsmouth at 6/5 a huge surprise and excellent value.

Put the three together in a £5 treble and the returns are a whopping £66.50.

With the opening day giving everyone a chance to give players debuts and test their new look sides out I won’t suggest more than the three selections.

Sky Bet are running promotions currently where you can win a season ticket for your football club, you can earn your club and you cash prizes in a "transfer fund" prize pool, too.

As ever, Yeovil Town and Sky Bet encourage responsible gambling for those over the age of 18 only.

If you need more information on how to gamble within your limits see the website www.gambleaware.co.uk

All the above prices are subject to change and correct at time of writing, see SkyBet.co.uk for the latest odds.

 

 

Sky Bet League One

 

Yeovil Town v Doncaster Rovers

 

Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are considered 23/20 favourites with Sky Bet to open their League 1 with a victory when Doncaster (11/5) visit on Saturday.

 

The Football League sponsor rate a 1-1 draw as the most likely scoreline at 5/1 while a repeat of the 1-0 victory recorded by the Glovers when the two sides last met at Huish Park is available at 6/1.

 

Gary Johnson’s men head into the new season with odds of 6/1 to secure promotion while their visitors are just ahead in the betting at 5/1.

 

A tightly fought encounter is expected with over 2.5 goals available at evens, while another win to nil for the Glovers is available at 11/4.

 

James Hayter is considered the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring while Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main are rated as the visitors’ main threats at 6/1 apiece to net first.

 

Best bet: Yeovil to win to nil – 11/4

 

Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers are 11/5 outsiders with Sky Bet for their League 1 curtain raiser with Yeovil on Saturday.

 

The Football League sponsor rate a 1-1 draw as the most likely scoreline at 5/1 while 1-0 is Rovers’ most likely winning margin at 15/2.

 

A tightly fought encounter is expected with over 2.5 goals available at evens, while Paul Dickov’s men are 9/2 to win without conceding.

 

James Hayter is considered the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring while Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main are rated as the visitors’ main threats at 6/1 apiece to net first.

 

In contrast to the match market, it is Rovers who are favoured in the promotion betting at 5/1 with the Glovers slightly longer odds at 6/1.

 

Best bet: Curtis Main first goalscorer at 6/1

 

*odds subject to change

 

Sky Bet are the Title Sponsor of The Football League. This season, a £250,000 Sky Bet Transfer Fund will go to a Football League club to spend on players in the January 2015 transfer window.

 

Fans who bet with Sky Bet generate Transfer Fund Tokens and go into a random draw to win a £5,000 prize – and the £250,000 Sky Bet Transfer Fund for their Football League club.

 

To sign up, go to www.ytfc.net and follow the instructions.

 

 

 

JOHNSON NAMES HIS CAPTAIN

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has revealed who his captain is to be for the forthcoming SkyBet League One campaign.

Johns has entrusted the position to 23 year old midfielder Joe Edwards. Edwards signed  a two year contract after two loan spells from Bristol City.

Speaking after the news was announced Joe said: "It’s a huge honour to be captain of this club and I am very happy and thankful that the Gaffer has trusted me to do the job."

Johnson announced his decision at last night’s Sponsor evening at Huish Park.

GILLETT SIGNS TWO YEAR CONTRACT

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of former Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett on a two-year deal.

 

The 28-year-old has been on trial with the Glovers during pre-season featuring three times for Gary Johnson’s side scoring once, as well being an unused substitute for the 9-0 win over Dorchester on Monday night.

 

A graduate of Southampton’s youth system, Gillett made 31 appearances for Saints as well as enjoying loan spells at Walsall, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Doncaster and Yeovil between 2005 and 2009.

 

After joining Doncaster in the summer of 2010, the diminutive midfielder went on to make 68 appearances for Rovers before joining former manager Sean O’Driscoll at Nottingham Forest making a further 25 appearances, as well as enjoying a loan spell at Bristol City last season.

 

A part of the Blackpool 2007 play-off final winning squad which beat Yeovil 2-0 at Wembley to earn promotion to the Championship, Gillett will arrive in Somerset looking to build on the four appearances he already has for Town from a short loan spell during the 2006-07 season.

 

Everybody at the club wishes Simon a successful time at Huish Park.

 

NEW 2014/15 AWAY KIT REVEALED

Yeovil Town are delighted to reveal their new away kit for the 2014/15 season.

The new shirt will see a change from the previous fluorescent design, with it now being a gold colour to compliment the Thatchers Gold brand.

The gold jersey will be complemented by gold shorts and green socks.

W+S Recycling remain the main sponsor on the front of the shirt, with Thatchers Gold sponsoring the back of the shirt. A J Wakely & Sons logo will appear on the back of the shorts just like the home shorts.

Martin Thatcher, managing director of Thatchers said: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with Yeovil Town by sponsoring the back of the shirts for the first time. Being able to match the shirts with our favourite colour – Gold – is just perfect!”

The away shirt will be available to pre-order from the club store from 9am tomorrow with expected delivery at the end of August.

MATCHDAY SPECIALS STILL AVAILABLE

We are delighted to offer hospitality for our Sky Bet League One tie against Doncaster Rovers.

You could watch Gary Johnson’s men in style by purchasing one of our hospitality packages for each game.

Existing Alec Stock Executive Lounge members can now take advantage of the great offer of a two course carvery, which will include a complimentary drink all for the great price of £12.95 per person.

Non-existing Alec Stock Executive Lounge members can also purchase a matchday experience for only £45 per person.

This price includes:

Pre-match two course carvery

Complimentary matchday programme

A drink

Private pay-bar facilities

Match ticket in the Tamburino Stand

Half time tea and coffee

We also have a great offer in the Glovers Restaurant available all for the price of £65 plus VAT for adults (minimum two people).

This price includes:

Pre-match fine dining (three course meal)

Complimentary matchday programme

Bottle of wine for two

Private pay-bar facilities

Match ticket in the Tamburino Stand

Half time tea and coffee

Dress code: The dress code for the Glovers Restaurant/Alec Stock Executive Lounge is smart/casual (no ripped jeans/football shirts, shorts or trainers).

For more information and to book contact Dave Linney on dlinney@ytfc.net or call 01935 847872.

HOSPITALITY BOX AVAILABLE FOR SCUNTHORPE AND BARNSLEY FIXTURES

Why not enjoy a game in style by booking hospitality for one of Town’s matches in August.

The Mandeville Executive Suite is available for the following games:

Yeovil Town v Scunthorpe United (Saturday 23rd August – 3pm)

Yeovil Town v Barnsley (Saturday 30th August – 3pm)

Offering a great view of all the action and a private setting to host guests, a box at Huish Park is one of the best ways to enjoy the day.

· Exclusive Use of The Mandeville Executive Suite

· Reserved seating just outside of the suite

· Two Course Hot Fork buffet

· Reserved Car Parking

· Complimentary Match Programmes

· Complimentary Team Sheets

· Hostess drinks service (Payable on the day).

· Entrance into the players’ lounge after the game.

For more details contact Dave Linney – dlinney@ytfc.net or call 01935 847872.

ENJOY THE EXCITEMENT AHEAD

So, it is just three days until the big kick off. We may have had the best World Cup in recent years to keep us occupied this summer, but let’s face it; it has seemed like an eternity since we have been through every emotion in the space of 90 minutes at the home of football.

As we embark on a new season and with many new faces at our club, which former green and white favourites have also made moves this summer?

Where are they now?

LEON BEST – DERBY COUNTY

The former Southampton striker has secured a season long loan to Derby from their Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers. Best spent 15 unforgettable games at Yeovil Town scoring 10 goals in the process. Having suffered an indifferent career in recent years, this move could be huge for Best. Derby are one of the favourites to succeed this year and all Town fans would love to see the striker be the hero for the Rams, as he once was at Huish Park.

STEPHEN HENDERSON – CHARLTON ATHLETIC

It is undeniable that we have had some outstanding goalkeepers and Stephen Henderson was one of the best. Henderson has secured a move from West Ham United to Charlton Athletic on a three year deal. His loan spells at Huish Park are fondly remembered, particularly a heroic display in a 2 – 2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday where the Glovers finished the game with 9 men. Consistent Championship football will allow him to make a mark on the division and get back to his best, I can’t wait to see his performances on the Football League Show and say with pride “he used to play for us.”

STEVEN CAULKER – QPR

One of our most successful loan signings, with an England appearance to his name and a consistent performer in the Premier League, Steven Caulker has made the move from Cardiff City to newly promoted Queens Park Rangers. Having played every game for the Bluebirds last season, it is little surprise he is taking his place back in the Premier League. As a Yeovil Town fan who else never tires of letting everyone know that he made his league debut for the Glovers? I certainly do not and I have no doubt he will have another successful season and will pull on an England shirt sooner rather than later!

These players made such an impact on us that we will always follow their new beginnings, as we start our own.

I almost forgot…where on earth is our favourite goalkeeper of all time now?! You all know who I mean, not only is he a force to be reckoned with between the sticks, he is also a threat in front of goal?! Yes, lucky for us Chris Weale is back home following a great career at Leicester City and Shrewsbury Town. Welcome back Wealey, we are just as proud of you and it is great to have another club legend back at Huish Park.

With the football league back I am sure there will be many exciting stories from the opening weekend and I cannot wait to share my views with you all next week. For now, let’s enjoy the excitement; here are my stand out fixtures for the coming weekend:

Championship:
Millwall vs Leeds – Two teams with colourful reputations, but on the pitch they both had disappointing campaigns last season. Millwall will be fresh from a fantastic end to the season securing survival and Leeds will want to distract from their heavily disputed takeover. Expect goals, tackles and no doubt some controversy!

League One:
Sheffield United vs Bristol City – It is no surprise that this fixture has been chosen for the sky cameras as two favourites for success in the division take each other on in a clash that could be crucial even this early on. With both clubs boasting crowds that Championship clubs would be proud of, they will feel it is their time to get out of this division. Expect a tight game with a few nerves as both sets of fans hope to be celebrating come the end of the season!

League Two:
Carlisle vs Luton – A clash between one promoted side and one relegated side.  Both clubs will be expecting a successful season. Luton may have lost top scorer Andre Gray to Brentford but Paul Benson will be looking to make his mark after a successful loan spell at the club. Expect an entertaining match with plenty of goals as both teams adjust to the new division.

Of course, the biggest match of all takes place at Huish Park when Doncaster Rovers visit for the opening game of the season. So let’s all create a #WallOfColour and get behind the lads in order to get the first three points of the season!

See you there!

TWUMASI IN BUOYANT MOOD AHEAD OF SEASON OPENER

After putting his injury nightmares behind him, Seth Nana Twumasi is in buoyant mood ahead of the season opener this Saturday at Huish Park.

The Glovers kick off their League One campaign at home to Doncaster and Twumasi is hoping a good pre-season will be rewarded with a starting berth.

“I feel good, last year was my first year and it was tough on me because I was out for a long time injured but I’ve come back this year, it’s my second year, and I look sharp so I feel good in myself and hopefully I’ve impressed the manager and everybody here.

“Having all the injuries was really tough, there was a time when I thought I would never play again but that’s behind me now and I’m looking forward, and I think I’ve done well in pre-season so hopefully I can kick on from there.”

Former Chelsea and Northampton right-back Twumasi scored in the 9-0 win over Dorchester on Monday night, and reveals the squad are positive entering the new season despite suffering relegation during the last campaign.

“Getting relegated was disappointing but that’s in the past as well, we’re here to fight for the team and for the fans and for everyone and hopefully we can go up this year.”

GARY CALLS FOR FANS TO CREATE #WALLOFCOLOUR

With the SkyBet League One 2014/15 season getting underway at Huish Park this Saturday, Gary Johnson is encouraged by what he has seen in pre-season.

The Glovers rounded off their league campaign preparations with a convincing 9-0 victory against Dorchester on Monday night, ahead of entertaining Doncaster in League One this Saturday.

Manager Gary Johnson is pleased with his summer acquisitions, whilst pointing out the potential importance of a ‘loud and proud’ attendance on Saturday.

“I’m pleased with our squad and I’ve seen individuals that we’ve brought in what they’ve got. You’ve only seen them in five or six games but I’ve seen them in training everyday and I know what they’ve got and I think that if we can get a good start, if we can get a crowd that’s enthusiastic and really gets behind us with their noise and their numbers and they show the lads that they’re up for it, the lads will get up for it, there’s no doubt.

“People say ‘why don’t they get up for it with a thousand people’, but listen, with six or seven thousand people – I’m not saying we’ll get that but if we did – that doesn’t half go a long way to getting people’s mentality to know that this club is right up for it, not just the players but the club is right up for it. It would be good if we can get a noisy, colourful crowd against Doncaster, our old adversaries.”

Tickets are available FREE of charge for Under-16’s for the visit of Doncaster whilst additional tickets can be purchased before, or on the day, by calling 01935 84788, by clicking here or by visiting the Huish Park ticket office.

GARY DELIGHTED TO HAVE SELECTION HEADACHE

After Yeovil rounded off their pre-season with a comprehensive 9-0 victory against Dorchester, manager Gary Johnson was left delighted with his selection headache.
 

Strike duo Sam Hoskins and James Hayter netted a hat-trick each, whilst additional goals from Seth Nana Twumasi, Matteo Lanzoni and Sam Foley rounded off the rout.

With Town’s strikers scoring 18 goals between them in pre-season, Johnson is pleased to have selection decisions to make ahead of the opening League One fixture against Doncaster on Saturday.

“It’s always good for strikers to hit the back of the net whatever level you’re playing at,” said Johnson.

“We know that we’ve got four or five strikers who can hit the back of the net at the moment and going into the season, if I’ve got to choose between four or five strikers that are hitting the back of the net it’s a good thing for the manager.Whether they’re on the pitch or on the bench everyone is going to be used for the first month or so because there are so many games.”

Whilst the Yeovil boss was left pleased with his side’s potency, assistant manager Terry Skiverton was more impressed by the clean sheet, according to Johnson.

“The clean sheet was good, that was Terry’s view, he would have roasted them and run them after the game if they had have let in a goal, because a clean sheet was important to us.

“We had a different little shape out there to suit all the players that we wanted to play, so we thought we’d have a look at it and the boys – other than the first ten minutes when they got caught out a few times – worked it out and we looked quite potent, so I’m really pleased with the night’s work.”

AWAY TRAVEL DETAILS

The Green and White Supporters Club have released their travel details for the remaining away fixtures of the season.

Please note that a pick up from the Bus Station will be by request only. Please make it clear when booking with Paul that you would like to be picked up from the Station. For midweek fixtures there will be no pick up from the Bus Station.

Preston North End

Tuesday 20th January 2015.

Huish Park – 12.30pm

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Peterborough United

Saturday 31st January 2015.

Huish Park – 8.00 am

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Crewe Alexandra

Tuesday 10th February 2015.

Huish Park – 1.45pm

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Doncaster Rovers

Saturday 14th February 2015.

Huish Park – 7.45am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Scunthorpe United

Saturday 28th February 2015.

Huish Park – 7.30am

Adult Members – £30 – Member Concessions – £28

Adult Non-Members – £32 – Non-Member Concessions – £30

Leyton Orient

Saturday 14th March 2015.

Huish Park – 8.45am

Adult Members – £22 – Member Concessions – £20

Adult Non-Members – £24 – Non-Member Concessions – £22

Colchester United

Tuesday 17th March 2015.

Huish Park – 1.30pm

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Rochdale

Saturday 28th March 2015.

Huish Park – 7.45am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29.00

Fleetwood Town

Easter Monday 6th April 2015.

Huish Park – 7.00am

Adult Members – £30 – Member Concessions – £28

Adult Non-Members – £32 – Non-Member Concessions – £30.00

Swindon Town

Saturday 18th April 2015.

Huish Park – 10.45am

Adult Members – £14 – Member Concessions – £12

Adult Non-Members: £16.00; Non-Member Concessions: £14

Milton Keynes Dons – Sunday 3rd May 2015.

Huish Park – 7.00am

Adult Members – £22 – Member Concessions – £20

Adult Non-Members – £24 – Non-Member Concessions – £22

To book your seat with The Green and Whites send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. You can also email Paul at paulhadlow@outlook.com. If you want to book via phone, please call after 6pm.

BEN’S BETS – LEAGUE ONE ANTE POST

Sign up for a SkyBet and fans who bet with Sky Bet will earn a token for every pound they spend, putting them in with a chance of winning the £250,000 Transfer Fund for their club in a draw in December 2014.

With Yeovil Town kicking off their SkyBet League One campaign in just a few days, Ben’s Bets has a look at some of the markets we can have a flutter on to keep us interested right through until May.

The league’s principal sponsors have no fewer than 19 different markets for League One and here we will look at just a few.

Starting with the League winner and there is of course a part of me that wants to play a loyalty bet on Yeovil Town to lift the trophy by the time May comes around and at 18/1, the Glovers are certainly a bit of value.

However, there are a few other teams that consider themselves in much better position to be top of the pile.

Sheffield United lead the betting at 5/1 with Bristol City in behind at 8/1.

However, my selection comes from another side at 8/1, Preston North End.

North End could well claim to be one of the sleeping giants in this division and with their summer business all being fairly positive they could be a real threat.

Manager, Simon Grayson has been promoted out of this division twice before and securing the services of Paul Gallagher and Kyel Reid will add firepower to the front line to compliment the experience of Kevin Davies.

It’s the Deepdale side that I think will be sitting pretty by May. Of course, there are three promotion spots available and as many as 12 or 13 sides will harbour genuine ambitions to be a Championship side this time next year.

Aside from the favourites, Leyton Orient’s new owner hasn’t been afraid to splash the cash, Doncaster and Barnsley will want to bounce back after relegation and even sides like Fleetwood, Coventry and MK Dons will think they have as much chance as anyone.

In such a tight division, it could be hard to pick the side to triumph but one thing we do know is that Bristol City have been very active this summer and they have secured some very good signings.

Korey Smith, Luke Freeman and Luke Ayling are three names Glovers fans will know very well, they add League One quality, experience and flair to a side already brimming with talent. So, I think that 5/2 for Bristol City to be promoted is good value.

My next point covers two potential bets, but one side I figure will do quite well is the newly promoted Scunthorpe United.

Momentum could be on their side and adding experience and nous in the form of Miguel Llera, Neal Bishop and Jennison Myrie-Williams are just what the side need.

I am expecting goals from this side and there’s one man who needs no introduction who could be the man to make the net bulge.

Paddy Madden is back in League One and hunting down another golden boot. He is now the Iron’s main man since Sam Winnall departed. Madden can be backed at a very tempting 28/1 to be League One’s top scorer.

If Madden is successful, he could be the catalyst for ensuring Scunny not only survive but fight their way into the top half of the table.

The play-offs might be asking a bit much of a side fresh out of League Two, but 11/8 on Scunthorpe finishing anywhere in the top half looks great value.

At the wrong end of the league, Crewe and Colchester lead the betting in the ‘to be relegated’ market but there is one side who may well be dragged into the bottom four at a slightly bigger price.

Crawley Town, led by former Aston Villa boss John Gregory have gone through a massive turnover of players and have struggled to bring in any seasoned stars to help keep them out of danger.

More former Glovers; Lewis Young, Matt Harrold and Gavin Tomlin make up a key part of the squad and with loans from the Championship and others in on free transfers they may not be able to put a settled side together for long enough to keep their heads above water. Crawley are 7/2 to find themselves in League Two in a year’s time.

As for Yeovil, the Glovers are odds on to finish in the top half of the table, 7/2 to make the end of season play offs again and 6/1 to get promoted and repeat the heroics of 2013.

I like a couple of the players in the top scorer markets however, Kieffer Moore is 40/1 to notch the most this season, James Hayter is 25/1 and A J Leitch Smith is 66/1 having been 200/1 before his prolific pre-season.

I wouldn’t put off anyone having a small each way bet on any of those three, with the top four scorers getting you a return on an each way bet, Glovers fans might be cheering the goals and counting the pennies if they are the league’s hot shots this season.

Yeovil Town and SkyBet promote responsible gambling for over 18s.

Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.

For information on responsible gambling visit www.gambleaware.co.uk

REPORT: DORCHESTER TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Town concluded their pre-season preparations with a 9-0 win against Dorchester Town.

Gary Johnson named former Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliott in the starting XI, he started in a midfield five of Nathan Smith, Nathan Ralph, James Berrett and Nana Twumasi.

It was Twumasi who opened the scoring for Town on 18 minutes. A quick kick from the hands of Weale was well met by Berrett deep inside the Dorchester half, but his pass was half cleared to the feet of Nana. The defender looked up and smashed the ball past Walker-Harris from 20 yards, leaving the keeper with no chance.

With just under ten minutes of the first half remaining Town doubled their lead. A free kick on the left was swung in by the impressive Berrett onto the head of Lanzoni, whose flick header beat the diving Walker-Harris.

Five minutes later and Town made it 3-0 after Sam Hoskins was upended in the area. Up stepped James Hayter to send Walker–Harris the wrong way from 12 yards.

Hayter got his second of the game on 51 minutes when he timed his run perfectly to beat the Dorchester offside trap to latch onto a smart through ball from Hoskins. The striker made no mistake in slotting past the on rushing keeper from 18-yards.

Moments later Town made it 5-0 with a well-worked goal. A strong tackle by Berrett in the centre of midfield saw the former Carlisle man release Hayter on the right, who in turn crossed to the unmarked Hoskins at the back post. The striker controlled well at the back post and calmly drilled the ball past Walker-Harris from close range.

Hayter completed his hat-trick just before the hour mark when he latched onto a back pass to run free and easily beat the stranded keeper.

Hoskins got his second of the game after 63 minutes when he bundled the ball home at the back post following a superb run and shot by Nathan Ralph on the left.

Hoskins made it 8-0 with just under ten minutes remaining when he and Hayter linked up beautifully on the edge of the Dorchester area. The former Southampton man ran onto a neat pass to slot home under the advancing Walker-Harris.

Substitute Sam Foley made it 9-0 when he slid in at the back post to slot into an empty net after a good run and cross on the left wing by Nathan Smith.

Town now face Doncaster Rovers on Saturday in their first League game of the season. Tickets for under 16’s are FREE. To get your tickets call 01935 847888. Or click the banner below.

Town starting XI: Weale, Twumasi, Smith, Lanzoni, Brooks, Nugent, Berrett, Elliott, Hayter, Hoksins, Ralph.

Subs: Krysiak, Edwards, Moore, Davis, Sokolik, Martin, Foley, Moloney, Gillett.

 

GARY HAPPY WITH PERFORMANCE AT TRURO CITY

Manager Gary Johnson was pleased with his side’s penultimate pre-season fixture which saw the Glovers come away from Truro 2-1 victors.

Two strikes in the first half an hour from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore were enough for Yeovil to come away from their short break in Devon and Cornwall with two wins from two.

After bemoaning the limited chance creation against Plymouth, Johnson was happy with Town’s performance against their Cornish opposition.

“I thought it was decent, it was a good game as far as the opposition were in it and I thought we created a lot of decent opportunities; Kieffer hit the bar two or three times and we missed a penalty.

“I thought we created a lot more opportunities today and people were looking to find people which is what we were after, because I didn’t feel we had that against Plymouth as much. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against you’ve still got to find someone who has made a bit of space in the penalty area and I felt we did that much better today so we’re a little bit further down the line.

“People are going to say ‘oh you only beat Truro 2-1’ but I was quite pleased and we got James Berrett involved as well, he hasn’t been involved for the last three weeks since he came almost so he showed what he’s got and I’m pleased Simon Gillett is back with us at the moment and we will see what happens with him in the early part of the week.”

Yeovil will lineup for their final pre-season fixture tonight (Monday) against Dorchester and the Glovers boss admits there are still starting positions up for grabs ahead of the league campaign kicking off on Saturday.

“We haven’t picked our team yet for Saturday, Dorchester gives the lads who didn’t play 90 minutes a chance against the same level and there will be probably two or three of the starters playing 45 minutes each and we’ll use it as part of their week’s training. Then it will be down to the organisation and set-plays and everything ready for Doncaster on the Saturday which I can’t wait for.”

REPORT: TRURO CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town continued their pre-season preperations with a 2-1 win at Truro City.
Goals in the first half from Simon Gillet and Keiffer Moore sandwiched an Issac Vassell goal to secure the win for Town.
Town opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Gillett picked up the ball on the edge of the area and shot low and hard to the keepers right.
Just moments later Town nearly doubled their lead when Martin’s header was well cleared off the line by Truro skipper Dan Green.
Seconds later the hosts levelled the scores when Vassell got on the end of a cross to stab the ball home, leaving Martin wrong footed on the goal line.
Town retook the advantage just after the half hour mark. Former Truro striker Moore got his head on the ball two yards from goal to bundle the ball past Searle in the Truro goal.
The Glovers thought they had made it 3-1 with ten minutes if the first half remaining. Moore rose highest to head the ball at goal, only for the bar to deny him. The ball fell to the feet of Ajay Leitch-Smith but as he put the ball in the net the referee’s assistant raised his flag.
Town were forced into a substitution ten minutes into the second half when Kevin Dawson hobbled off to be replaced by James Berrett.
On 65 minutes Foley broke into the Truro only to be fouled by Farkin. Leitch-smith placed the ball on the spot and drilled the ball hard and low down the middle, only for sub goalkeeper Kyle Moore to save his effort with his feet.
Town now look forward to the start of the Sky Bet League one season with their first game against Doncaster Rovers.
Town starting XI: Krysiak, Moloney, Davis, Edwards,  Sokolik, Dawson, Gillett, Moore, Leitch-Smith, Foley.
Subs: Weale, Lanzoni, Berrett, Smith, Ralph, Hayter, Nugent, Hoskins, Brooks.

LAWLER STEPS DOWN AS LADIES MANAGER

Yeovil Town Ladies FC can confirm that Sarah Lawler is to stand down as first team Manager (and from the Club’s Board), after this Saturday’s game with Watford.

Lawler (pictured above left) will be succeeded by Jamie Sherwood who will be first team Manager for the rest of the FAWSL 2 season. Chris White remains as Assistant Manager and Pete Amos as Head Coach.

Lawler’s decision to stand down has been prompted by her recent appointment as the FA Regional Elite Women’s Coach Developer (South West).

Lawler’s 10 year career at Yeovil has seen a meteoric rise through the ranks from being a player to one of the most promising Managers in the FA WSL. She was also a key driver, along with club Chairman David Mills and the committee, in the Club’s successful FA WSL application.

Commenting Club Chairman David Mills said “We are immensely proud that Sarah has got this appointment even though it means she has to stand down. Naturally we are very sad to see her step down as Manager but I have always known that she had a bright future beyond YTLFC and it was only a matter of time before she moved on to bigger and better things.

"The Club owes Sarah a massive debt of gratitude and she will go down in Club history as top notch Manager and someone who played a key role in getting us into the FA WSL. If anyone is looking for a role model for females to follow in respect of getting into football management, Sarah is it."

Commenting on the appointment of Sherwood as first team Manager, Mills said “Jamie has only recently joined us as Assistant Coach, but he has already proved at Cardiff City LFC that he is a great Manager and we had no hesitation is asking him to step in. With key people like Peter Amos, Chris White and the rest of the Coaching team and back room staff staying in place, we still have a great management set up that will build on the foundations

Sarah has created."

Lawler herself was obviously sad to step down as Manager and said ”I am so proud of what we have achieved at the club on and off this pitch and want to sincerely thank all the players, back room staff, volunteers and supporters who have been so committed during my time as manager.

"It’s been an emotional week having to break the news to the Board, staff and players about my decision to leave given my new position with The FA, but the role is an amazing opportunity for me and to develop and support the FA’s Female Talent Pathway in the South West."

Lawler went on to say that she was very confident about the Club’s future "I hope everyone can recognise that the club and the squad of players at Yeovil Town Ladies FC has never looked as strong and that it’s a really exciting few months ahead for everyone.

"The new manager, Jamie Sherwood, is a person I trust whole heartily to lead the players with the values we hold close as a club. Looking back over the last 10 years there are so many good memories and experiences that that I will never forget and the club will always be close to my heart."

RADIO CABS NAMED AS NEW STAND SPONSOR

Yeovil Town is delighted to announce that local taxi firm Radio Cabs will sponsor the club’s away stand next season.

Radio Cabs have signed a deal with the Glovers which will see the away end renamed as the Radio Cabs Stand.

Managing Director of Radio Cabs and Yeovil Town director Andy Rossiter said: "We are delighted to support Yeovil Town and in particular delighted to sponsor the Away Stand at Huish Park.

"We have been operating in Yeovil for 35 years now and sponsoring the Away Stand makes marketing sense for Radio Cabs, it will increase our exposure to an audience out side Yeovil."

Glovers Commercial manager Dave Linney said: "We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Andy Rossiter and Radio Cabs as the new Away Stand Sponsor. Radio Cabs are very much part of the local community here in Yeovil and are the number one taxi service provider in the area and offer first class service."

"The company have been associated with Yeovil Town Football Club for many years with regards to advertising and match day hospitality. The Sponsoring of the Away Stand fits perfectly with many travelling supporters requiring transport from the railway stations and town centre."

Where ever you need a lift to in and around the Yeovil area, Radio Cabs are there for you. You can book in advance by emailing the office or by calling 01935 426666.

WEAR YOUR COLOURS AND HELP YOUR CLUB WIN

Yeovil Town is calling for fans to create a ‘Wall of Colour’ at the opening home league match on 9th August by wearing home shirts, scarfs and for the loyal, body paint. The rallying call comes after research from leading Performance Coach Jamie Edwards has found fans showing their support through the club colours has a greater impact than traditional vocal support alone.

The report found the psychological effect of fans wearing club colours can significantly impact on the way players respond on the pitch. Previous studies have found 93% of communication is nonverbal, including on the football field. Our minds react differently to visual stimuli and the human brain deciphers image elements simultaneously, while language is decoded in a linear, sequential manner taking more time to process.

Jamie Edwards explains: “While managers always ask fans to be vocal, in sports performance you focus on the non-obvious. For a supporter the obvious is making noise, however players react to visual changes before sound. The non-obvious for the fan is to make a visual impact.”

“The ‘Wall of Colour’ is a call to action for Town fans to become the 12th man by creating a powerful visual cue to the players which shows total support. This is the chance for every Town fan to help shape the club’s season.”

The report also found they key time for fans to create a ‘Wall of Colour’ is during the first home game of the season. In the 2013/14 Sky Bet Football League season, of the 10 clubs promoted, 7 won their first home game whilst 3 came away with a draw. In contrast all the 9 relegated clubs lost their first home game. The research also found that a home team is 37.29% more likely to score goals than the away team.

The report from Jamie Edwards commissioned by The Football League also found that:

• Home advantage is a statistical fact with 45-48% of matches across European football resulting in a home win

• Home advantage is reliant on a passionate fan-base and the noise made by a home crowd, which can directly influence results through motivating players

• Red is statistically the most successful colour, followed by blue

Jamie Edwards said: “There is no doubt that when you combine the elements of playing at home with visual fan support, fans can have an effect on team performance. Creating a ‘Wall of Colour’ can help Yeovil win that crucial first home game.”

Shaun Harvey, the Chief Executive of The Football League, said: “The beginning of the new season is always a special time, with supporters full of hope and expectation that this season is going to be their year. It’s great to see so many fans set to create a ‘Wall of Colour’ at and I hope that supporters across The League rise to the challenge.  Every side will want to make a strong start to the new season and the three points on offer could go on to make all the difference when the trophies are being handed out next Spring.”

The ‘Wall of Colour’ is set to be created by Town fans over the opening weekend of the 9th August.

To find out how you can support Yeovil Town and get involved with the ‘Wall of Colour’, check out the official club channels @ytfc and ytfc.net.

Fans can also follow The Football League Twitter feed @football_league and join the conversion using #WallOfColour.