Month: September 2014

ENJOY THREE COURSE HOSPITALITY FOR JUST £25!

This Saturday Town host high flying MK Dons at Huish Park and matchday hospitality is available for fans.

For just £25* fans can soak up the pre-match atmosphere in the Glovers Restaurant and enjoy a three course meal overlooking the pitch.

Each guest receives a complimentary matchday programme, access the bar at half time and joins us back in the restaurant after the game to mix with the players.

To book your place call 01935 847888.

*Only available with a valid match/season ticket.

VIVA PITCH PROJECT HAILED A SUCCESS

Yeovil Town’s recent venture into the world of Pop Music has been finally completed with the news that over £100 was raised from sales of Viva Pitch’s recording of “Running”.

The single has been available to down load on iTunes and although a higher figure had been hoped for the club have hailed the whole project as a success.

Yeovil Town approached the project with the view that the club would gain some good publicity along with raising both awareness and cash for the Football League’s Prostrate Cancer UK Charity.

In publicity terms the club certainly had a considerable amount from the project with the band appearing on Sky TV’s Soccer AM, ITV West’s local news and Sky Sports News.

Press coverage was also extensive with word wide coverage and a YouTube video of the girls performing with Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah had well over 50,000 views.

Prostate Cancer UK Director of Fundraising Mark Bishop said: “It was good to work with Yeovil Town and Viva Pitch throughout this innovative project.

“It’s great that our continued progress within football is allowing us to reach men through many different avenues.

"The Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign has gained some great exposure thanks to the efforts of the club and the girls, and this increased awareness, along with the money raised, will help us fight back against a disease that kills one man every hour.”

An official cheque presentation will take place in due courtse.

BUSY WEEKEND FOR JOLLY AND LITTLE JOLLY

This weekend both Jolly and Little Jolly will be out and about representing Yeovil Town.

Little Jolly will be taking part in the mascot race at The Southern Water Armed Forces Charity Raceday at Fontwell. Last year Little Jolly came second and will be hoping to go one better this year, otherwise Jolly has said he will be grounded for a week.

Little Jolly is currently in training at a top secret location in preparation for the big race.

Jolly will be at the match on Saturday and in the evening will be taking part in the Ilminster Carnival procession. If you see him make sure you shout hello and give him a high five!

LOAN WATCH – HOKSINS ON WINNING SIDE AGAIN

Currently, the Glovers have three members of the squad out on loan and we take a look at how they have been getting on.

Starting with Sam Hoskins, the attacker has been involved in two games with Vanarama Conference leaders Barnet and he’s been on the winning side twice.

On his debut a week ago, he scored within a minute of coming off the bench in an emphatic win over Altrincham.

After his debut goal, he went on to make his way into the starting line-up as the Bees got a dramatic late winner against Forest Green Rovers. He was replaced in the 78th minute by new loanee Alfie Pavey.

No goal for Hoskins this time but the winner did come from another former Glover, Bondz N’gala.

Hoskins will be hoping to keep his place in the starting eleven this Tuesday when Barnet travel to Braintree.

Following his debut Hoskins told the Barnet Official Website:

“The competition at Yeovil is very high and there are a few good strikers there so chances have been hard to come by. This move will definitely be good for me if I can get myself in the team, play well, score some goals and push on from there.”

Secondly, young defender Calvin Brooks has this week joined local side Weymouth on a short term deal to get some match fitness.

Brooks, who has been on the bench for the Glovers this season without yet making a competitive appearance, joined up with the Terras ahead of their FA Cup qualifying match with Bideford Town.

He started on the bench in the Claret and Blue’s convincing 4-1 victory.

On signing for Weymouth, Terras boss Jason Matthews told the Dorset Echo, “We are really pleased that Yeovil are helping us and hopefully we can give Calvin some games. We need some cover at centre-half at the minute and Calvin fits the bill…”

He, like Hoskins will have the chance to make his way into the first team this coming week, Weymouth face Poole Town this coming Tuesday. Interestingly, Brooks could face his brother, Marvin who plays for Poole.

Since joining Weymouth Brooks has tweeted: “@C_Brooks_4  Felt so good to get playing again yesterday”

Finally, Adam Morgan remains on loan at St Johnstone in Scotland but has been restricted to substitute appearances for the most part.

That includes his 53rd minute entrance in their clash with Dundee United on Saturday.

As the three loanees continue to rack up appearances, wins and goals we’ll do our best to keep you updated with their progress here on YTFC.net

FORTHCOMING SOCCER SCHOOLS WITH YTCST

Coached by our FA, CRB/DBS and Emergency First Aid qualified coaches, our Soccer Schools are for boys and girls aged from 5 -15 years.

Each course includes warm up reaction games, small sided matches, fun tournaments and technique training which consists of passing, dribbling, shooting, attacking, defending and all aspects of goalkeeping.

The courses also offer a great way to meet new friends and to have fun in a friendly and safe environment. Each child receives a Certificate of completion, a medal as well as visits from the first team squad.

What to bring on the day

Shin Pads –  Compulsory (For safety, shin pads should always be worn whether playing on grass, astro turf or indoors)

Lunch

Plenty to drink

A change of clothes

A towel

Suncream (for warmer months)

A coat

A warm top

Any medication (if applicable)

OUR COURSES

Courses will be taking place on the following dates :-

October 2014
28th/29th/30th/31st October – 9.45am – 3.00pm – Alvington Training Complex, Yeovil – cost £35.00 (Junior Glovers/ Members of Development Centres discounted to £30)

Easter 2015
7th/8th/9th/10th April – 9.45am – 3.00pm – Alvington Training Complex, Yeovil – cost £35.00 (Junior Glovers/ Members of Development Centres discounted to £30)

Whitsun 2015
26th/27th/28th/29th May – 9.45am – 3.00pm –  Alvington Training Complex, Yeovil – cost £35.00 (Junior Glovers/ Members of Development Centres discounted to £30)

Summer 2015
28th/29th/30th/31st July  – 11th/12th/13th/14th August  – 18th/19th/20th/21st August

9.45am – 3.00pm –  Alvington Training Complex, Yeovil – cost £35.00 (Junior Glovers/ Members of Development Centres discounted to £30)

More Courses at different venues across Somerset/Dorset yet to be announced! 

To book your child/children on one of the Courses listed above, please download a booking  form below or alternatively contact the Community Sports Trust Office on 01935 706671

PLEASE NOTE: Booking forms and payment for courses need to be received one week prior to the start of the course.

To download a booking form click here.

ENJOY THREE COURSE HOSPITALITY FOR JUST £25!

This Saturday Town host high flying MK Dons at Huish Park and matchday hospitality is available for fans.

For just £25* fans can soak up the pre-match atmosphere in the Glovers Restaurant and enjoy a three course meal overlooking the pitch.

Each guest receives a complimentary matchday programme, access the bar at half time and joins us back in the restaurant after the game to mix with the players.

To book your place call 01935 847888.

*Only available with a valid match/season ticket.

REPORT: CRAWLEY TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Two second half headed goals from former Town trialist Marvin Elliott ensured the Glovers left West Sussex empty handed.

Gary Johnson was forced into making one change to his starting eleven after Ben Nugent was ruled out with a hamstring injury. The Cardiff City loanee was replaced at centre back by Jakub Sokolik.

Crawley made three changes from their recent game against Preston North End. Former Glover Lewis Young started on the bench and former trialist Elliott started for the home side.

Town started brightly with half chances falling to Kieffer Moore and Ajay Leith-Smith with the first ten minutes.

The Glovers nearly opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Joel Grant twisted and turned his way into a shooting position before firing a shot at goal. The Jamican international’s effort beat Ashdown in the Crawley goal but he saw his shot bounce back off the base of the upright.

Town could have taken the lead just before the 20-minute mark when Ajay Leitch-Smith put Kieffer Moore through, but the big striker’s shot went over the bar whilst under pressure from defender Walsh.

That proved to be the last bit of action for the former Dorchester man as five minutes later he limped off to be replaced by Kevin Dawson.

The home side had keeper Ashdown to thank for keeping the scores level just before the half hour mark. A Nathan Ralph cross was well met by Grant, but the big shot stopper saved well to deny the front man.

At half time the Glovers made their second substitute with the first substitute Dawson being replaced by James Hayter.

After dominating the first half Town were second best at the start of the second half and fell behind ten minutes in to the second period.

Good build up on the wing saw Smith’s pin point cross on to the head of Elliott who rose highest at the back post to powerfully head home from close range.

Just three minutes later the former Bristol City man scored again with his head after a cross from the right wing. The midfielder showed great desire to meet the cross and powerfully head home past Kean.

Town could have found themselves 3-0 down moments later when McLeod raced clear of the Town defence only to find Kean quick off his line to save well with his feet.

In the dying moments Martin rose highest at the back post, but his header was well saved by keeper Ashdown and Sokolik’s header towards goal was easily cleared to safety.

Match Report : 27/09/2014

Two second half headed goals from former Town trialist Marvin Elliott ensured the Glovers left West Sussex empty handed.

Gary Johnson was forced into making one change to his starting eleven after Ben Nugent was ruled out with a hamstring injury. The Cardiff City loanee was replaced at centre back by Jakub Sokolik.

Crawley made three changes from their recent game against Preston North End. Former Glover Lewis Young started on the bench and former trialist Elliott started for the home side.

Town started brightly with half chances falling to Kieffer Moore and Ajay Leith-Smith with the first ten minutes.

The Glovers nearly opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Joel Grant twisted and turned his way into a shooting position before firing a shot at goal. The Jamican international’s effort beat Ashdown in the Crawley goal but he saw his shot bounce back off the base of the upright.

Town could have taken the lead just before the 20-minute mark when Ajay Leitch-Smith put Kieffer Moore through, but the big striker’s shot went over the bar whilst under pressure from defender Walsh.

That proved to be the last bit of action for the former Dorchester man as five minutes later he limped off to be replaced by Kevin Dawson.

The home side had keeper Ashdown to thank for keeping the scores level just before the half hour mark. A Nathan Ralph cross was well met by Grant, but the big shot stopper saved well to deny the front man.

At half time the Glovers made their second substitute with the first substitute Dawson being replaced by James Hayter.

After dominating the first half Town were second best at the start of the second half and fell behind ten minutes in to the second period.

Good build up on the wing saw Smith’s pin point cross on to the head of Elliott who rose highest at the back post to powerfully head home from close range.

Just three minutes later the former Bristol City man scored again with his head after a cross from the right wing. The midfielder showed great desire to meet the cross and powerfully head home past Kean.

Town could have found themselves 3-0 down moments later when McLeod raced clear of the Town defence only to find Kean quick off his line to save well with his feet.

In the dying moments Martin rose highest at the back post, but his header was well saved by keeper Ashdown and Sokolik’s header towards goal was easily cleared to safety.

BEN’S BETS – SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

A couple of frustrating weeks if you follow Ben’s Bets, a week of three draws took us so close to a second winning treble of the season, so today we’re bringing the odds down slightly with just one away team and two home favourites.

That away side comes from the Championship and a side who have seemingly found their form this season.

Leeds United’s story so far this season has been underwhelming to say the least, one manager has already come and gone and they have finally appointed a new man to lead the side in the shape of Slovenian Darko Milanic.

Milanic takes his side for the first time and they have hit a bit of form, United are unbeaten in four with the last two wins bumping the Yorkshire side up to 12th.

They travel to Brentford, a side heading in the opposite direction, two losses in a row have led into this weekend’s football and they’ve already conceded seven goals at home.

With a goal difference of -4 they are sure to leak goals too, a newly resurgent Leeds side with the new front line of Mirko Antenucci and Billy Sharpe starting to gel, I’m going for an away win.

Leeds to beat Brentford at 13/5

In League One, Yeovil are genuinely a tempting price at 6/4 to get an away win at Crawley, but as a rule I tend to avoid putting the side I support into an accumulator, the double hit of being let down on a bet, potentially by the side you cheer on doesn’t appeal.

But we won’t stray too far from the Johnson household as we look at Oldham Athletic for the League One selection.

The Latics host Scunthorpe and the home side are a short priced favourites.

Oldham are unbeaten in five, with three draws and two wins proving they are hard to break down.

Their opponents have just one point on the road all season and have conceded no fewer than 10 goals on their travels and I don’t think that will change any time soon.

It’s Johnson’s men for me in this one.

Oldham to beat Scunthorpe at 17/20

Finally, into League Two and we are backing a highflying side who host a mid-table outfit and are still a tempting price, bigger than money.

Wycombe are in third place and play a Cambridge side just into the bottom half of the table.

Wanderers have won their last two, have not lost in five and play a Cambridge side who have won just once on the road.

Games involving Cambridge have been goalfests too, seven score and seven conceded away from home with a further 11 more at home.

Wycombe are the form side, the home side and this might be a high scoring affair but one the home side should just come through.

Wycombe to beat Cambridge at 21/20

£5 returns £68.27 and that is not a terrible return for two home favourites and an inform away side, so I don’t mind suggesting the full fiver on this treble, but of course only ever bet to the level you’re comfortable.

YTFC Special

Yeovil travel to Crawley and I’ve already mentioned that the 6/4 on an away win is a tempting single on its own, but there is a new type of bet that is taking social media by storm.

One, or both sides to score in both halves.

It’s a whopping 20/1 for both teams to score in the first half and then again in the second.

But, with Yeovil getting a clean sheet this past week I can’t see Crawley notching twice.

So, why not just focus on the Glovers? It’s 11/4 that Yeovil score in both halves on Saturday and with strikers growing in confidence, I’ll be backing it with my own confidence.

Yeovil to score in both halves at 11/4.

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PREVIEW: CRAWLEY TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this coming Saturday with an away game at Crawley Town.

The Glovers are looking to use the weekend’s home win over Peterborough to spark a run of results that will see them push themselves back up into the top half and hopefully the play-off picture.

Currently lying in 13th, Yeovil sit just two points outside of the top six and just four points of the automatic promotion spots. It may be early days, but just a short run of good results could mean the table looks very healthy as we head towards a busy festive period.

For their opponents, Crawley Town, they too are just a couple points away from sides in a key zone, the relegation zone.

Lying in 18th place, the Red Devils are looking over their shoulders.

Yeovil’s form has been much improved. Only one loss in their last six league games a run which includes two away wins and a resurrection of a home form which hadn’t seen a win since March.

Crawley on the other hand have either been good or bad, not drawing a single home game all season and winning two and losing two.

They have however scored just the three goals in those four games and with the Glovers having already scored twice that on their travels, if the fixture comes down to firepower on the day, the away side may have the edge.

In terms of team news, Yeovil keep knocking on the Physio room door asking if any of their players are fit!

Liam Davis made his first reappearance in a match day squad since the opening day of the season when he helped to bulk out a sparse substitute’s’ bench on Saturday.

He didn’t come on; having gone so long without any match sharpness, he would need some time to get back into the swing of things.

Elsewhere, Brendan Moloney, Calvin Brooks, Simon Gillett and James Berrett are all working on their recuperations.

One other absentee will be Sam Hoskins, the forward has joined Barnet on loan to get some extended game time and he has already made a goal scoring start to his time at the Bees.

Of course, both incoming loanees; Jack Price and Jake Kean will retain their places after a number of impressive performances.

Price is nearing the end of the initial loan spell that was agreed with Wolves, if he is to play against MK Dons next week, the deal will need extending.

For Crawley, boss John Gregory will have a couple of very familiar faces to call upon.

Matt Harrold and Gavin Tomlin have both led the line at Huish Park before while Lewis Young was part of the promotion squad of two years ago. 

Young was minutes away from playing at Wembley for the Glovers but the full time whistle came just too soon for the winger.

The home side will also have Marvin Elliot in midfield, the former Bristol City man has signed for Gregory’s men after failing to earn a contract at Yeovil following a lengthy trial over the summer.

It was during the 2012/13 season that the two sides last met and it was two dramatic fixtures.

Firstly, in Crawley a 90-something minute own goal from David Hunt secured all three points for the Glovers when it seemed certain to end 0-0.

At Huish Park, Paddy Madden and Byron Webster had the home side 2-0 up inside 20 minutes and fans were hoping for a cricket score; however Crawley showed resilience and battled back and had levelled by the hour mark, to take a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

With Yeovil high on confidence and with a couple of team bonding events during the week, the squad may be small on numbers but it’s high in sprits and you can be there on Saturday as tickets are available on the day.

If you don’t want to make the trip, you can listen in to Glovers Player who will have the full 90 minutes commentary and all the post-match reaction will be available on You Tube as soon as possible.

The planning for the home game at MK Dons will kick into gear as soon as the final whistle goes on Saturday and you can already secure your place for the game by getting your tickets early either online, on the phone or in person.

Famous Fans: – Well, I honestly couldn’t find any, although England footballer Faye White and Aussie hard man Kevin Muscat were both born there.

A Foot in Both Camps: Conor Clifford, Ryan Dickson, Marvin Elliott, Rene Gilmartin, Matt Harrold, Andy Lindegaard, Gavin McCallum, Scott Rendell, Gavin Tomlin, Simon Weatherstone and Lewis Young.

Did you know? The fictional character “2D” from the band ‘Gorrilaz’ was from Crawley, as their back story, written by Daman Albarn, states.

SKYBET’S WEEKEND TIPS

Barnsley v Swindon Town
                                                                        

In-form Swindon are the favourites for the three points at Barnsley as they bid to strengthen their position in League 1’s leading pack. The Robins are unbeaten in their last six games and have been cut to 9/2 for promotion from 9/1 on the eve of the season. City, League 1’s third-highest scorers with 17 goals so far this season, are 3/1 to win a match featuring more than two goals.  Jonathan Obika has caught the eye in recent weeks with five goals in four games since his Deadline Day move from Tottenham. He is 6/1 to score the opening goal. The Tykes have been beaten twice at Oakwell but are 7/4 here to add to their only home success against Gillingham on August 23. Conor Hourihane has been their big positive so far this term. He was named Sky Bet Player of the Month for August and has six goals to his name already. He is 9/1 to score the opening goal and 5/1 to score in a home win.

Top tip: Conor Hourihane to score anytime at 3/1

Bradford City v Port Vale

Bradford City are 11/10 favourites to end a run of three successive home defeats when they host Port Vale in Sky Bet League 1. The Bantams’ away form is the key to their current standing in the top-six but they are set to again be without top scorer James Hanson through injury. In his absence Phil Parkinson’s men could look to the experienced Aaron McLean to lead the attack and he is 9/4 to score in a home win. Vale have taken just three points from their last six league games but they all came in a 2-1 home win over Barnsley last weekend and they are 12/5 to pick up another maximum with the draw available at the same price. Their goal ace Tom Pope has notched 49 goals in the previous two seasons and opened the season with five goals in his opening four League and Cup games but has not found the net since. He is 11/8 to end that drought during the 90 minutes this weekend.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/13

Bristol City v MK Dons

The Sky Bet League 1 match of the day sees the top two clash at Ashton Gate with Bristol City favourites to claim their seventh win in their opening ten games. But Steve Cotterill’s men will need to be wary of the Dons, who are League 1’s top goal scorers with 21 and will not be short of backers at 12/5 for the win. The Robins have notched 18 goals themselves and it promises to be a challenging afternoon for the respective defences. It’s 11/4 for Bristol to win and both teams to score, or 5/1 for the Dons to do likewise with both teams netting. The draw with both sides scoring is available at 3/1. Aaron Wilbraham is City’s top scorer with eight so far and he has been cut further to 4/1 to finish the season as League 1’s top marksman. Benik Afobe poses the biggest single threat for Karl Robinson’s men with nine goals in League and Cup and he is 2/1 to continue that impressive sequence with a goal anytime this weekend.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/13

Chesterfield v Notts County      

Notts County are 12/5 to claim a fourth successive draw at Chesterfield on Saturday, but the Spireites are the odds-on favourites for three points. Paul Cook’s side have stuttered a little with a draw and a defeat in their last two outings, seeing their odds for promotion drift out to 6/1, but they’re 4/5 to return to winning ways against the Magpies. Shaun Derry’s side are 100/30 to come away from the Proact Stadium with a win, and they’ll take hope from the fact Chesterfield are without a clean sheet in four games. The hosts are 6/4 to halt that unwanted run, while the visitors are 7/2 to keep out Chesterfield.

Top tip: Draw & both teams to score at 100/30

Coventry City v Preston North End

Preston are fancied to put back-to-back wins together for the first time in the league this season as they travel to Coventry on Saturday. Sky Bet make the visitors 13/10 favourites, with the Sky Blues rated 19/10 for a win following successive losses. They’re 8/15 to avoid defeat with either a win or a draw in the ‘Double Chance’ market, but each of Coventry’s three league losses this term have come by just one goal – Preston to win by exactly one is 3/1. Simon Grayson’s men have scored in every game so far this term, and they’re odds-on (5/6) to score the game’s opening goal.

Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 10/11

Crawley Town v Yeovil Town

Yeovil are gaining support in the betting stakes ahead of their trip to Crawley this Saturday. The Glovers are slight underdogs at 13/8, with home advantage making Crawley 6/4 favourites, despite John Gregory’s side taking just one win in their last seven. In contrast, Yeovil have suffered just one defeat in their last seven in Sky Bet League 1. A draw is 23/10, and all three of Yeovil’s draws this term have finished up 1-1, which is 9/2 in Sky Bet’s ‘Correct Score’ market. Alternatively, 12 of the 18 League games featuring these two sides this term have seen two or fewer goals scored, and that trend is 4/6 to continue this weekend.

Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 4/6

Crewe Alexandra v Colchester United

Colchester are Sky Bet’s 13/10 favourites for victory in the battle of the bottom two at the Alexandra Stadium, with Crewe 2/1 outsiders despite home advantage. Although propping up the Sky Bet League 1 table, both sides have shown encouraging signs in recent weeks, collecting four points apiece from their last three respective games. The Football League sponsor are expecting a cagey affair, with both teams to score odds-against at 6/5. Freddie Sears is the joint favourite in the first goalscorer betting at 11/2, having netted twice in the Us’ last three games, while Marcus Haber is considered the hosts’ biggest threat at 11/2.

Top tip: Both teams to score at 6/5

Leyton Orient v Rochdale  

Leyton Orient are Sky Bet’s even-money favourites for Saturday’s clash with Rochdale at Brisbane Road. Dale are 11/4 outsiders as they look to move into the League 1 play-off zone with a third victory on the bounce, having beaten both Walsall and Coventry without conceding. Given that form, some might be tempted to back another Dale win to nil at 6/1, while Ian Henderson is 2/1 to score in a third successive game. Henderson is considered the visitors’ biggest threat at 13/2 in the first goalscorer betting, with the Os’ Darius Henderson and David Mooney sharing favouritism in the same market at 9/2 apiece.

Top tip – Ian Henderson and Darius Henderson both to score at 13/2

Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe United

Oldham are Sky Bet’s favourites for Saturday’s clash with Scunthorpe at Boundary Park at even-money. The Football League sponsor give the Iron at 14/5 chance of a first away league victory of the season, while a draw, which was the outcome in both meetings between the sides last season, is 23/20. Backing spoils to be shared looks even more appealing given that the Latics have drawn each of their last three matches, taking their total to five this season, while they’ve also kept clean sheets in four of their last five games and don’t concede easily. Jonathan Forte heads the first goalscorer betting at 5/1, having already found the net five times this season, while Billy Kee is considered the visitors’ biggest threat at 13/2.

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

Peterborough United v Fleetwood Town

Two of the pre-season promotion fancies Peterborough and Fleetwood meet at London Road with both desperate to regain some form. Posh have suffered back-to-back defeats at Yeovil and Gillingham and slipped five points behind leaders, while the Fleetwood have failed to win in any of their last six Sky Bet League 1 matches, although they did salvage a point courtesy of Stephen Dobbie’s late strike against leaders Bristol City on Saturday. Dobbie is an 11/4 shot to score in 90 minutes for 3/1 underdogs Fleetwood with the hosts odds-on shots to secure the win. Kyle Vassell is 4/1 to net the opener for Posh and 6/4 with the League sponsor to net in a home win.

Top tip:  Draw and both teams to score at 100/30

Sheffield United v Gillingham

Sheffield United are odds-on favourites at 4/6 to see off 4/1 shots Gillingham in their Sky Bet League 1 clash on Saturday. The Blades slipped to 10th spot in the table after suffering a 5-2 defeat at Swindon last week. Gillingham, a point behind Saturday’s opponents, extended their unbeaten run to three matches with a goalless draw at home to Walsall. They also won the corresponding fixture at Bramall Lane last season 2-1 and a repeat of that scoreline is available here at 14/1. Prior to that meeting the previous four encounters in South Yorkshire ended in draws – a 14/5 shot this time around. Sheffield’s Michael Higdon and the Gills Cody McDonald are 15/2 to both score in 90 minutes.

Top tip:  Sheffield United to win and both teams to score at 5/2

Walsall v Doncaster Rovers

Home advantage ensures Walsall are the slight favourites ahead of Doncaster’s trip to the Bescot Stadium in Sky Bet League 1 this Saturday. The Saddlers are 5/4 for only a second home win of the season in the league, with Doncaster given odds of 9/4 for a third win in four on the road, while a draw is also available at 9/4. Walsall are averaging just one goal a game at home so far this term, and they’re 13/8 to score exactly one and 13/2 to win 1-0. However, should the hosts win by three or more goals, they would leapfrog Rovers in the table, but such a feat is deemed quite unlikely at 11/1.

Top tip: Walsall to score exactly one goal at 13/8

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CHARITY PARTNERSHIP BREAKS NEW GROUND IN FIFA15

The ground-breaking partnership between The Football League and Prostate Cancer UK will seal another first this week when the charity’s Man of Men logo appears in the new EA Sports FIFA15 game released on Friday (September 26th).

The distinctive Prostate Cancer UK Man of Men logo is featured in the numbers on the back of every Football League player’s shirt this season – the first time ever that a charity’s logo has been included by a domestic league on every player’s strip.  And as these world exclusive images show, the new numbers in all their detail will be included in the latest instalment of the best-selling series.

The new FIFA15 game available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC includes new improved player controls, unrivalled player intelligence and unmatched authenticity.  The game features all 72 Football League clubs with official club badges, kits and squad lists.

And, courtesy of the unique numerical branding, Men United will have the back of each and every Football League player within the iconic game.

Football League Head of Commercial Development Steve Maddren said: “I’m delighted that The Football League can bring a great organisation like Prostate Cancer UK together with EA Sports in this unique way through our charity partnership.  Having the Man of Men on shirt numbers this season has provided a great boost in awareness of prostate cancer and this innovative step by EA Sports will only add to the success.”

Director of Fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK, Mark Bishop, added: “This is really exciting news in our continued campaign to fight back against this deadly disease as we break yet more new ground in football. Our unique relationship with every club in The Football League has really caught the imagination, and it’s great that we can spread the word to a new audience in such an innovative way. As a seasoned gamer myself, I’m looking forward to taking on all-comers, but Men United will be the biggest winners.”

Nick Channon, Senior Producer, EA SPORTS FIFA said: “We’re extremely pleased to be part of this great initiative, the inclusion of the Prostate Cancer UK Man of Men logo within FIFA 15 demonstrates the unprecedented authenticity of the game which is great, but it’s even better when it is to raise awareness for a great cause,”

From the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign, Prostate Cancer UK’s distinctive Man of Men will be included on every single player’s kit as part of his individual squad number, the logo symbolising men of all walks of life coming together in the UK.

Supporters of all 72 Football League clubs will also have the opportunity to purchase the branded numbers to accompany the replica shirts as the charity’s Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign gathers momentum.

The campaign was launched at a breakfast briefing at The Football League HQ on January 24th with comedian Bill Bailey assuming the role of team manager.

England football stars Michael Owen, Paul Scholes and Les Ferdinand have all signed up to Men United which has now got a squad of more than 190,000 members. To sign up all you need to do is do a simple online test.

If you have concerns about prostate cancer please call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.

YEOVIL TOWN REVEAL THEIR GOLD-EN SHIRTS AT THATCHERS CIDER

  As this year’s football season gathers momentum, players from Yeovil Town FC have visited Thatchers Cider at Myrtle Farm in Sandford to reveal their new away shirts – which have been specially designed to match the colour of Thatchers Gold cider.

Thatchers Cider has renewed its sponsorship of Yeovil Town for a further three years, and for the first time sees its branding on the back of both the home and away shirts. The Somerset cider maker also has exclusive pouring rights at the football club at Huish Park.

The new away shirts have been manufactured by Sondico, and were given their first official outing when Yeovil played Coventry City at The Ricoh Arena. Other elements of the new away kit include gold shorts and green socks.

The team were all given a tour of the Somerset orchards and watched the apples being harvested then brought to the cider mill for pressing.

“It’s been a really interesting experience to see where the cider comes from,” says Dave Linney, commercial manager of Yeovil Town FC. “We are all used to seeing Thatchers around the ground – and now we can see for ourselves where it comes from and the skill that goes into creating it. We’re really proud to be wearing shirts that reflect that.”

Chris Milton, sales director of Thatchers Cider says, “It’s been great to welcome the players to Myrtle Farm today. We have established a successful relationship with Yeovil Town over recent years, and we’re delighted to be their back of shirt sponsor for the first time. We hope that by visiting us here in Sandford the players will develop a real appreciation of our Somerset heritage.

  – Gold – is just perfect.” “Being able to match the shirts with our favourite

Thatchers have two season tickets to give away to Yeovil Supporters – visitfor more details.Thatchers Cider Facebook page

ENJOY FREE FOOTBALL FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON

Celebrating the launch of the new Thatchers Gold Away Kit, Thatchers Cider is giving away a pair of season tickets for you to enjoy for the rest of the season!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is send Thatchers a photo of yourself along with something Gold!

Submit your entry via the Thatchers Facebook competition page. Be sure to share your photo with Thatchers via Twitter or Instagram including #YeovilGoesGold.

The Somerset cider maker has just renewed its sponsorship with YTFC for the next three years. You can see Thatchers on the back of our shirts this season and what’s more, we’ve matched the colour of our Away Kit to Thatchers favourite – Gold!

To enter the competition click here.

CRAWLEY TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Crawley Town on Saturday remain on sale from Huish Park.

Tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 5pm on Thursday and are priced as follows:

Adults – £22 – Over 65’s – £18 – Under 18’s – £14 – Under 11’s – £6 
Disabled supporters pay the above prices, but will admit an assistant free of charge. Wheelchair supporters requiring special arrangements should call Crawley directly on 01293 410000. 
Car parking is available at the ground and are available on a first come first served basis. The cost for the car parking will be £5, minibuses – £15 and coaches at £20.
Crawley Town’s Reds Bar will be open before the game with away supporters welcome to attend to enjoy a pre-match beverage. 

IT MAY HAVE TAKEN A WHILE BUT THE GOAL WAS WORTH THE WAIT!

Four days have passed and I am still on Cloud 9 from that impressive win on Saturday!

I thought we outplayed Peterborough and I was really hoping it wasn’t going to be one of those days where you just can’t hit the back of the net.

It may have taken a while but that goal was definitely worth the wait… I hope Joel Grant has been called twinkle toes in training after he danced past three defenders to coolly slot home. Anyone who says football is just a game has never been to Huish Park as the atmosphere at the weekend was just fantastic! I like to think we all played a part in securing the first home win since March.

As for the rest of the football world, everyone is still talking about Manchester United going down 5-3 at Leicester having been 3-1 up.

That game optimised why it is called the “beautiful game” and who else thought smugly that the Foxes just about managed to scrape a point against the Glovers at the King Power Stadium last year?! Let’s hope we get an FA Cup run this year and we can show Manchester United what we are made of.

Last night saw the Capital One Cup third round take place and the main headline has to be Liverpool. They managed to edge past Middlesbrough 14-13 in a penalty shoot out which was record equalling.

It took 30 spot kicks to settle the match with 20 in a row being scored. I hate watching us take one penalty, let alone 15 so I can imagine how relieved Liverpool fans were and how gutted Boro fans must be today! Either way, it will be another one of those matches that no one will forget.

 

Southampton continued their impressive start to the season defeating Arsenal 2-1 to progress and it has to be said that Ronald Koeman is doing a fantastic job at St Marys. Many people wrote them off having lost such key players but their ethos has remained the same and they are a team appreciated by opposition fans, a mean feat in modern football.

Goal of the week
It has been so tough to choose one goal this week after some absolute crackers on Match of the Day and the Football League Show, not least Joel Grant’s, but I am sure you have all watched that one as many times as I have! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnq-ufUiQBc)

However, it has been a great week for Middlesborough as not only did they take Liverpool to penalties last night, they also defeated Brentford 4-0 in what was an impressive and dominant performance. This finish from Grant Leadbitter is one of true class, so enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cks14Df6-XY

Next, the Glovers face Crawley Town and after Saturday’s impressive performance against second in the league, we can be a match for anyone.

We have some encouraging away form and to get back to back wins would kick start our charge up the table. The result at the weekend was one which would have made a lot of teams sit back and think…why have we written off Yeovil Town?!

So let’s prove them right and get behind the lads and secure another hard fought three points. Hope it is a safe journey to Crawley, (it is just up the road for me) and look forward to next week. Have a good one Glovers.

SKY BET TO GIVE AWAY 500 EXTRA TRANSFER FUND PRIZES THIS MONTH

Sky Bet are giving fans an extra incentive to sign up to the Sky Bet Transfer Fund by giving away an extra £5k in £10 free bets to fans who opt in and earn tokens in September.

 

The 500 winners will be selected at random from those fans whose account is linked to their Football League club, and who have bet £1 or more in September.

 

This December, Sky Bet will give one club a £250,000 Transfer Fund to spend on new players in the January transfer window.

 

Fans who bet with Sky Bet will earn tokens for their chosen club, before one token is drawn at random on December 8.

 

The lucky fan will win the £250,000 transfer kitty for their club, as well as pocketing £5,000 for themselves.

Sky Bet Sponsorship Manager David Tweed said: “It’s getting to the point in the season where signing up to the Sky Bet Transfer Fund could make a real difference to your club’s season, come January.

 

“With just over two months until the draw, there’s still time to build up a good share of Transfer Fund tokens.

“And you could also pocket yourself a £10 free bet just by signing up.

“If you’re already a Sky Bet customer, you can link your account with the club of your choice at any time.

 

“If you’re not yet betting with Sky Bet, there’s still time and you can claim a £30 matched bet when you open your account!”

 

To sign up for the Sky Bet Transfer Fund and start collecting tokens now, visit www.skybet.com/win
 

Full terms and conditions can be found on the Sky Bet Transfer Fund Website.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V PETERBOROUGH UNITED

A fantastic 88th minute winner from Joel Grant gave Yeovil Town their first home win since March over high-flying Peterborough United at Huish Park.

Grant beat three men before finishing brilliantly to earn all three points for a Glovers side who were superb all afternoon and who had deserved victory after a hugely improved showing.

Both sides hit the crossbar in a feisty, often frenetic paced match but none of the near 4,000 crowd could begrudge Gary Johnson his first home win of the campaign.

The manager had reacted to the midweek home draw with basement side Crewe by making three changes to the starting eleven and opting to go for the same side that finished that Alex match. It meant a start for Kieffer Moore up front and Joel Grant moving out wide right to link up with full back Seth Twumasi behind him. Nathan Ralph came in on the left to provide more attacking verve.

And it was Ralph who came close early on when he sliced a shot wide on three minutes after Grant had picked up a poor free kick from Posh keeper Ben Alnwick.  Ralph’s corners were also posing problems for the Posh defence and Aaron Martin’s header was blocked from another set piece.

Visiting striker Marcus Maddison was the main threat for the visitors and after scuffing his first attempt on goal, he then hit two long range shots, the first of which went narrowly wide and the second saved by Jake Kean.

The home fans really got behind the new improved Glovers but they had their hearts in their mouths on 27 minutes when Maddison’s curling effort bounced down off the underside of the crossbar and away to safety. Maddison, prone to theatrics at times, made his opinion clearly felt to the assistant referee that he thought the ball had crossed the line but no goal.

Five minutes later, it was Yeovil’s turn to hit the crossbar. Jack Price swung in a dangerous corner and Moore’s flick header was tipped onto the bar by a desperate Alnwick.

Within a seconds, Nathan Smith hit a screamer just wide of the goal as Yeovil looked certain to grab the lead.

Ref Simon Hooper was baffling both dugouts and sets of fans with some peculiar decisions and he started the second half in infuriating style. Moore, played through one on one with the keeper, saw his attempted lob palmed behind for a corner but a goal kick was given. Next, a clear offside decision in Yeovil’s favour saw the ref give a dubious advantage to the Glovers where there was none and Ralph had to pull down Maddison and earn a yellow card to stop a dangerous break.

Joe Edwards hit a rising half volley a yard wide but as you thought the Glovers would have to take a breath and regroup, they continued attacking and always looked the more likely to score. At one stage, it was almost incessant corners from both sides as Yeovil attacked; Martin headed one onto the roof of the net from a Twumasi cross and Ajay

Leitch-Smith forced Alnwick into a smart save with his legs.

Martin then earned a yellow after bringing down Maddison in full flight although the forward’s dramatics after contact made the official’s mind up for him about a card.

Peterborough threatened in patches with Maddison testing Kean and sub Grant McCann offering a different option from set pieces. But just as it looked like it would be the most entertaining 0-0 you’ll see all season, up came a stunning winner.

Ajay Leitch-Smith burst through the middle then played the ball wide right to Joel Grant. Grant cut inside the box, sidestepping two challenges before fooling a third, dummying the keeper and put it into the opposite corner for a superb winner.

In truth, it was no more than the Glovers had merited for their best performance of the season. They played at a high tempo for ninety minutes and created more chances than a side renowned for attacking.

Match Report : 20/09/2014

A fantastic 88th minute winner from Joel Grant gave Yeovil Town their first home win since March over high-flying Peterborough United at Huish Park.

Grant beat three men before finishing brilliantly to earn all three points for a Glovers side who were superb all afternoon and who had deserved victory after a hugely improved showing.

Both sides hit the crossbar in a feisty, often frenetic paced match but none of the near 4,000 crowd could begrudge Gary Johnson his first home win of the campaign.

The manager had reacted to the midweek home draw with basement side Crewe by making three changes to the starting eleven and opting to go for the same side that finished that Alex match. It meant a start for Kieffer Moore up front and Joel Grant moving out wide right to link up with full back Seth Twumasi behind him. Nathan Ralph came in on the left to provide more attacking verve.

And it was Ralph who came close early on when he sliced a shot wide on three minutes after Grant had picked up a poor free kick from Posh keeper Ben Alnwick.  Ralph’s corners were also posing problems for the Posh defence and Aaron Martin’s header was blocked from another set piece.

Visiting striker Marcus Maddison was the main threat for the visitors and after scuffing his first attempt on goal, he then hit two long range shots, the first of which went narrowly wide and the second saved by Jake Kean.

The home fans really got behind the new improved Glovers but they had their hearts in their mouths on 27 minutes when Maddison’s curling effort bounced down off the underside of the crossbar and away to safety. Maddison, prone to theatrics at times, made his opinion clearly felt to the assistant referee that he thought the ball had crossed the line but no goal.

Five minutes later, it was Yeovil’s turn to hit the crossbar. Jack Price swung in a dangerous corner and Moore’s flick header was tipped onto the bar by a desperate Alnwick.

Within a seconds, Nathan Smith hit a screamer just wide of the goal as Yeovil looked certain to grab the lead.

Ref Simon Hooper was baffling both dugouts and sets of fans with some peculiar decisions and he started the second half in infuriating style. Moore, played through one on one with the keeper, saw his attempted lob palmed behind for a corner but a goal kick was given. Next, a clear offside decision in Yeovil’s favour saw the ref give a dubious advantage to the Glovers where there was none and Ralph had to pull down Maddison and earn a yellow card to stop a dangerous break.

Joe Edwards hit a rising half volley a yard wide but as you thought the Glovers would have to take a breath and regroup, they continued attacking and always looked the more likely to score. At one stage, it was almost incessant corners from both sides as Yeovil attacked; Martin headed one onto the roof of the net from a Twumasi cross and Ajay

Leitch-Smith forced Alnwick into a smart save with his legs.

Martin then earned a yellow after bringing down Maddison in full flight although the forward’s dramatics after contact made the official’s mind up for him about a card.

Peterborough threatened in patches with Maddison testing Kean and sub Grant McCann offering a different option from set pieces. But just as it looked like it would be the most entertaining 0-0 you’ll see all season, up came a stunning winner.

Ajay Leitch-Smith burst through the middle then played the ball wide right to Joel Grant. Grant cut inside the box, sidestepping two challenges before fooling a third, dummying the keeper and put it into the opposite corner for a superb winner.

In truth, it was no more than the Glovers had merited for their best performance of the season. They played at a high tempo for ninety minutes and created more chances than a side renowned for attacking.

SAM HOSKINS JOINS BARNET ON LOAN

Sam Hoskins has joined Conference Premier leaders Barnet on a short term loan deal.

The 21-year-old, who signed for Town after his release from Southampton in June last year will join up with Martin Allen and his squad ahead of their home game against Altrincham.

BEN’S BETS – SATURDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER

After a thoroughly disappointing week last week where my ambition got the better of me, we’re back with another three selections from the football league for our SkyBet Treble.

Sign up to SkyBet HERE and be sure to assign yourself to Yeovil Town in the Transfer Fund promotion.

If you win, the Glovers are set for a large chunk towards the transfer budget and you could net a £5000.

Starting in the Championship and if I asked you to name which two sides remain unbeaten many people will fire out the name of Nottingham Forest, but the second team’s start to the season seems to have crept under the radar.

Charlton Athletic have played seven, won three and drawn four and find themselves safely in the play-offs.

They travel to Rotherham this week and I think it might be a good time to stick with the in-form sides.

Rotherham have only won once at home this season and that was by a single goal, that goal is the only time they’ve scored on their own patch.

Despite the big spending Millers adding to their fire power they could once again struggle.

Athletic are the side on a roll and at 5/2 to get a big away win, it’s ambitious but potentially worth the gamble.

Charlton to beat Rotherham at 5/2.

Into League One and it’s another away team I’m backing and a team that Yeovil have already beaten.

However, Bradford City travel to lowly Colchester this weekend, with an away record to match anyone.

They’ve played four on the road this season winning three and drawing the other.

Compare that to Colchester’s home form and it strikes me as a one sided affair, the U’s have won 0, drawn 1, lost three conceding nine goals in the process.

A Bantams win could put them as high as second, with Yeovil beating Peterborough helping them out of course.

Bradford to beat Colchester at 8/5.

Finally, in League Two I am finally backing a home favourite.

Shrewsbury host Newport and the Shrews’ 100% record at home is quite frankly brilliant and not to be backed against.

Four wins out of four, nine scored and just the one conceded says this really should be a home banker.

Newport find themselves in 17th with an average away record, however they do have a nice little unbeaten run.

But I cannot back against that home form of the Shrews especially at odds of nearly Even money.

Shrewsbury to beat Newport at 10/11.

Those three together come to a very tempting 16/1, meaning that a £5 treble returns over £86.

With those odds being quite so tempting, I’ll be making sure I cover the doubles as well as the trebles so not to lose out on some great value if one lets us down.

As always, the £5 stake mentioned above is merely a suggestion, only gamble to the level to which you are comfortable.

Yeovil Special

The Glovers host Peterborough this weekend and with the away side slight favourites given Yeovil’s lack of a home win in a number of months.

However, we’re a positive bunch here and so we’re looking for value elsewhere.

Yeovil have drawn their last three home games and it is 3/1 that the game ends either 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3.

Two of the Glovers substitutes from Tuesday night are former Posh players and we all know how often players come back to score against their old employers.

Nathan Ralph is 6/1 to score at any time and Seth Nana Twumasi is 9/1 to notch against Darren Ferguson’s men.

But the real value here lies in Ben Nugent, a former Posh loanee, is 9/1 to score in 90 minutes. With much of the Glovers’ success coming from set pieces  who says the Cardiff loanee won’t get on the end of a corner or free kick.

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Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.

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

HOME AND AWAY SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE IN CLUB SHOP

Yeovil Town’s new home and away shirts for the 2014/15 season are now available to purchase from the club shop.

 

The brand new shirts, which have been produced by Sondico, have now adorned the shelves at Huish Park. This seasons strips have already proved popular with fans so be sure to get your shirt at tomorrow’s match against Peterborough United.

You can also order your shirt online by clicking here.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V PETERBOROUGH UNITED

Yeovil Town have their second home game of the week as they welcome Peterborough United this Saturday for a 3pm kick off.


The Glovers have had some mixed form stats of late and it comes down to how you read them; on one side Yeovil are without a home win in the league since March, but on the flip side, they are also unbeaten in the last three home league games.

Draws against Scunthorpe, Barnsley and on Tuesday, Crewe have shown that Yeovil are tough to beat at home and the visit of high flying Peterborough could be the scalp to end the lack of wins and improve on that unbeaten home streak.

The Posh currently lie in 2nd place already four points behind runaway leaders Bristol City and yet still seven points ahead of Yeovil in 17th.

Peterborough suffered defeat on Tuesday away at Gillingham, a fluke goal from Jon Taylor the only consolation for the Posh.

Prior to Tuesday, however, Peterborough had showed the form that has taken them into the automatic promotion spots.

Comprehensive wins over Port Vale, Colchester and Bradford have all come in the last five matches, having said that, so has a defeat at Leyton Orient and a 0-0 draw against Notts County.

The team news for Yeovil makes for fairly bleak reading.

The five a side team that Gary Johnson could put together from the injury list would be quite a side with James Hayter added to the ever increasing list.

So far; James Berrett, Liam Davis and Simon Gillett are all listed as long term absentees with Brendan Moloney, Calvin Brooks, James Hayter all missing for the short term.

Tuesday also saw Kevin Dawson and Jakub Sokolik substituted as precautions after seeing them battle on with knocks into the second half.

In slightly better news, Sam Hoskins did make his return to the match day squad, albeit on a bench that was only filled by five players.

Joe Edwards made it through Tuesday’s game unscathed after being a fitness concern himself and Yeovil will be hoping that no more get injured between now and Saturday.

The chances of new faces at Huish Park are slim according to Gary Johnson who may well use some rotation to keep his squad fresh.

The trio of Seth Twumasi, Nathan Ralph and Kieffer Moore all came off the bench on Tuesday to good effect and all three could well be in line for starts this weekend.

In goal, Jake Kean is expected to continue with Johnson confirming that either Chris Weale or Artur Krysiak is likely to head out on loan to get some games.

For the Posh, they have a much healthier squad to choose from, Tuesday’s scorer Jon Taylor did limp off after scoring in midweek, he is considered a doubt for the game after receiving treatment.

Meanwhile defender Kgosi Ntlhe could return to the squad following a groin problem.

Gary Johnson used to manage Peterborough and he, like Nathan Ralph and Seth Nana Twumasi will be up against their former employers.

The two sides haven’t crossed paths since 2011, the two teams spent time in different divisions and even swapped over the year Yeovil won promotion to the Championship.

The last meeting was an exciting 2-2 draw at London Road, Paul Wotton and Andrew Tutte netting for the Glovers, the other fixture that season saw the Posh come through 2-0 at Huish Park.

The last Yeovil win in this fixture was back in 2009, a 3-1 home win in February of that year. Goals from Paul Warne, Aaron Brown and Shaun MacDonald were overshadowed by the sacking of then manager Russell Slade just days after.

We hope that this Saturday’s fixture is equally positive on the pitch and far more positive off the pitch and the Glovers need your support to make it happen.

Tickets for the game are, as always available in many different ways right up until kick off.

You can buy online by clicking HERE (Please allow extra time for collection on match day and bring the card used to purchase and a form of ID)

You can call the ticket office now on 01935 847888 and purchase over the phone – again please allow time for collection on Saturday.

Or pop down and see the team any time between now and kick off at Huish Park.

Prices start at just £20 for adults and concessions for age groups at £15 (65 or older), £13 (16-21) or £8 (under 16).

You will save money if you buy before match day as prices do increase on the day and all tickets are subject to availability.

If you can’t make this match, don’t worry tickets for all the upcoming home games can be found on the link above, MK Dons come to Yeovil on the 4th October,  with Swindon on 18th October and Rochdale on the 25th October making next month a bumper month for your local football action.

Famous Fans: TalkSport’s Adrian Durham and Mike Tyson, no really…

A Foot in Both Camps: Kieran Agard, Craig Alcock, Kwesi Appiah, Steve Collis, Arron Davies, Kerrea Gilbert, Ben Gordon, Giuliano Grazioli, Jon Obika, Jon Sheffield, Scott Rendell, Reuben Reid, Guy Whittingham as well as four of the current first team; Ben Nugent, Liam Davis, Seth Twumasi and Nathan Ralph.

Did you know: Victoria Beckham threatened legal action on Peterborough United over the use of the name ‘Posh’. The former Spice Girl contacted the UK Patent Office in 2002 over the club’s attempt to register the nickname as their own.

ENJOY A TRADITIONAL CARVERY AT HUISH PARK

Join us at Huish Park on a Sunday and enjoy a tradiditonal carvery lunch overlooking the pitch.

Prices are as follows:

1 Course £12.95 per person (£10 per person to Season Ticket Holders and Alec Stock Lounge Members)

2 Course £14.95 per person (£12.95 per person to Season Ticket Holders and Alec Stock Lounge Members)

Kids under 14 2 Course Carvery £5 per child

Bookings not essential but advisable during busy periods

Call 01935 423662 ext 222 to book your table.

ENJOY HOSPITALITY AT YEOVIL TOWN V PETERBOROUGH FOR JUST £10!

Enjoy hospitality at Huish Park before our home game against Peterborough United this Saturday for just £10!

Enjoy hospitality at Huish Park for just £10 with this fantastic offer on the Glovers Restaurant. Soak up the pre-match atmosphere with a drink and a delicious meal before kick-off, then relax in the comfort of the restaurant after the game. It’s a perfect way to enjoy a matchday at Huish Park.

To book your place call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

Offer only available with a valid match or season ticket.

SEARCH FOR ULTIMATE FINISH BEGINS

The search to find the first Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Ultimate Finish winner of the 2014-15 season is underway.

Ten fantastic net-busting strikes have been shortlisted for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy goal of the round competition, with football fans around the country now having the chance to have their say on the eventual winner via a public vote.

Players from eight clubs – Accrington Stanley, Portsmouth, Yeovil Town, Southend United, AFC Wimbledon, Barnsley, Peterborough United and Leyton Orient – are represented.

With almost 40 goals scored in first round week, even making the shortlist proved an achievement.

And now supporters are left with the difficult task of selecting the winner from the goals nominated.

The successful player will receive the Ultimate Finish trophy and a place in the Ultimate Finish of the Season competition, while all fans who vote for the winning strike will be entered into a special prize draw with one lucky winner receiving an iPod Shuffle.

The complete list of nominations is:

GOAL 1

MARCUS CARVER

ACCRINGTON STANLEY v Carlisle United

GOAL 2

JED WALLACE

Yeovil Town v PORTSMOUTH

GOAL 3

CRAIG WESTCARR

Yeovil Town v PORTSMOUTH

GOAL 4

NATHAN RALPH

YEOVIL TOWN v Portsmouth

GOAL 5

JACK PAYNE

AFC Wimbledon v SOUTHEND UNITED

GOAL 6

ADAM BARRETT

AFC WIMBLEDON v Southend United

GOAL 7

KANE HEMMINGS

BARNSLEY v York City

GOAL 8

MARCUS MADDISON

PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Leyton Orient

GOAL 9

CHRIS DAGNALL

Peterborough United v LEYTON ORIENT

GOAL 10

BRADLEY PRITCHARD

Peterborough United  v LEYTON ORIENT

To vote for your favourite goal, please click here. Closing date for votes is October 1, 2014.

Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “We are now into our ninth season of bringing colour to the beautiful game through our sponsorship of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“In that time, we have witnessed some absolutely brilliant goals and I’m sure 2014-15 won’t be any different.

“The 10 goals shortlisted here are of an excellent quality, and it will be very tricky for supporters to make a final decision on the winner.

“It’s a great start to the season and we look forward to seeing some more fantastic goals in future rounds.”

WHO ELSE THOUGHT WE SCORED IN THE DYING SECONDS?

Can you believe we are over half way through September and eight games in to the new campaign?

At the risk of sounding old…this season is flying by! I hope all the fans who travelled to Coventry on Saturday enjoyed their day…I was gutted I couldn’t make it, but made up for it by making the 300 mile round trip last night! I was extremely tired but it is always worth it…I thought we deserved the three points in the end after a slow start.

Who else thought we had won it in the dying seconds?! Of course, I was as calm and collected as usual in my seat, (as if), but thought we were so unlucky not to clinch it. Kieffer scored a great goal and that elusive home win is edging ever closer.

As for the rest of the football world, Chelsea seem to be the team to beat at the moment, Diego Costa is turning out to be the signing of the summer…I hope you all have him in your dream teams? As for Arsenal, I thought they played some great football in their 2 – 2 draw with Manchester City, with Wilshere at the heart of the good play.

However, their inconsistency is rearing its ugly head once again as they put on a poor performance losing 2 – 0 to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last night.

This is always the time of the season where we see managerial casualties due to poor starts to the campaign. Newcastle went down 4-0 at Southampton and with just 2 points from their opening four games, it seems Alan Pardew’s days are numbered at St James’s Park.

 There is no doubt he has done a great job there, but with so much frustration from the supporters, I can’t see how he can carry on. Elsewhere, former Glovers boss Russell Slade looks to be clinging on to his job following last night’s 1–1 draw at Notts County. They may have only seven points from seven games, after narrowly missing out on a spot in the Championship last season, but a point away from home is not a terrible result! It is still so early in the season and lots can change…remember when we lost 6 games in a row then went on to get promoted?! I feel for Russell being under so much pressure and think he deserves a bit more time, but such is the modern game…I wish him the best of luck whatever happens!

Goal of the Week
Another great week of goals and Kieffer’s was no exception…that boy has got it! However, this week the award has to go to West Ham’s Enner Valencia who netted on Monday night in a 2 – 2 draw at Hull City. The commentators reaction says it all…it was a spectacular finish.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoaIGY0joP4

Lastly, I would like to welcome new signing Jake Kean to Huish Par, who has come in on an initial month’s loan.

The 23 year old goalkeeper from Blackburn had a solid debut last night and all 6ft 5 of him looked a force to be reckoned with. As for Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak, it may have been a difficult start for them but things change quickly for football and I am sure they will be back playing soon.

My man of the match award last night would have to go to defender Ben Nugent who I thought had his best game for us last night…long may it continue! We face a tough test on Saturday when Peterborough United make the trip down to South Somerset.

We seem to play better against strong opposition and our passing football is a lot more effective! So let’s #PACKTHEPARK and get behind the boys once again…just think how sweet that first home victory will be.

 

Have a good week and see you all Saturday….until next week.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V CREWE ALEXANDRA

A Kieffer Moore bullet header twenty minutes from time earned Yeovil Town a 1-1 draw with lowly Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park tonight.

Moore’s superb header from a Nathan Smith cross rescued the Glovers who had gone behind ten minutes earlier to a close range finish from influential Billy Waters. The hosts had far more chances and could have snatched a late winner when Joel Grant’s shot thumped against a post in stoppage time.

The result sees Yeovil end the evening in 16th place while the Alex remain bottom of the table after a game they were fortunate at times to keep a point from.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. Goalkeeper Chris Weale was dropped to the bench, meaning there was a first team debut for Blackburn’s on loan keeper Jake Kean. And James Hayter’s groin injury ruled him out altogether meaning that Joel Grant started his first game of the season.

The first half was at times an insipid affair with too few chances to spark the game to life. Yeovil’s best moments came from Sam Foley’s corners where Aaron Martin twice went close to repeating his scoring exploits at Bradford. The closest they came to scoring though was when Grant guided the ball back to Joe Edwards and his rising drive was tipped over by Crewe keeper Ben Garratt.

Crewe’s only two chances of the first period fell to striker Marcus Haber who volleyed one chance over and headed the other one wide. Late on, Sam Foley sent a shot over the crossbar after cutting inside.

Crewe started the second half by far the more livelier and Jake Kean reacted brilliantly to tip a Haber header over the bar. The visitors forced five corners in just eight minutes, the first of which saw Kean again tip the ball away to safety over his own bar.

The pressure looked like it was leading to a goal and just after the hour mark, it duly came. Jakub Sokolik was robbed in the right back position by Vadaine Oliver; the striker then cut inside and shot at Kean who could only parry the ball to Billy Waters who couldn’t miss the rebound.

The concession of the goal was enough for boss Johnson who made a rare triple substitution. Withdrawing Kevin Dawson, Foley and Sokolik, he replaced them with Seth Twumasi, Nathan Ralph and Kieffer Moore. And from then on, the tempo of the team was lifted, the chances count rose and the fans got behind the team as a result.

On 71 minutes came the equaliser. Nathan Smith, on the left flank, cut into the box and chipped a ball in for Moore to meet with a perfect bullet header into the corner. The goal inspired the crowd and in turn the team as Yeovil pushed for the winner in the final twenty minutes.

Twumasi tested Garratt with a long range effort and even Ben Nugent had a crack from thirty yards after taking out Waters with a crunching tackle but his shot sailed harmlessly wide.

Moore was at the centre of everything, heading a Ralph cross over the bar, getting booked for a late challenge on Jon Guthrie and then hitting a fierce effort that deflected for a corner. But it was not Moore, but Joel Grant who had the last word, hitting a left footed effort that cannoned off the post with Ralph firing the rebound over. 

Match Report : 16/09/2014

A Kieffer Moore bullet header twenty minutes from time earned Yeovil Town a 1-1 draw with lowly Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park tonight.

Moore’s superb header from a Nathan Smith cross rescued the Glovers who had gone behind ten minutes earlier to a close range finish from influential Billy Waters. The hosts had far more chances and could have snatched a late winner when Joel Grant’s shot thumped against a post in stoppage time.

The result sees Yeovil end the evening in 16th place while the Alex remain bottom of the table after a game they were fortunate at times to keep a point from.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. Goalkeeper Chris Weale was dropped to the bench, meaning there was a first team debut for Blackburn’s on loan keeper Jake Kean. And James Hayter’s groin injury ruled him out altogether meaning that Joel Grant started his first game of the season.

The first half was at times an insipid affair with too few chances to spark the game to life. Yeovil’s best moments came from Sam Foley’s corners where Aaron Martin twice went close to repeating his scoring exploits at Bradford. The closest they came to scoring though was when Grant guided the ball back to Joe Edwards and his rising drive was tipped over by Crewe keeper Ben Garratt.

Crewe’s only two chances of the first period fell to striker Marcus Haber who volleyed one chance over and headed the other one wide. Late on, Sam Foley sent a shot over the crossbar after cutting inside.

Crewe started the second half by far the more livelier and Jake Kean reacted brilliantly to tip a Haber header over the bar. The visitors forced five corners in just eight minutes, the first of which saw Kean again tip the ball away to safety over his own bar.

The pressure looked like it was leading to a goal and just after the hour mark, it duly came. Jakub Sokolik was robbed in the right back position by Vadaine Oliver; the striker then cut inside and shot at Kean who could only parry the ball to Billy Waters who couldn’t miss the rebound.

The concession of the goal was enough for boss Johnson who made a rare triple substitution. Withdrawing Kevin Dawson, Foley and Sokolik, he replaced them with Seth Twumasi, Nathan Ralph and Kieffer Moore. And from then on, the tempo of the team was lifted, the chances count rose and the fans got behind the team as a result.

On 71 minutes came the equaliser. Nathan Smith, on the left flank, cut into the box and chipped a ball in for Moore to meet with a perfect bullet header into the corner. The goal inspired the crowd and in turn the team as Yeovil pushed for the winner in the final twenty minutes.

Twumasi tested Garratt with a long range effort and even Ben Nugent had a crack from thirty yards after taking out Waters with a crunching tackle but his shot sailed harmlessly wide.

Moore was at the centre of everything, heading a Ralph cross over the bar, getting booked for a late challenge on Jon Guthrie and then hitting a fierce effort that deflected for a corner. But it was not Moore, but Joel Grant who had the last word, hitting a left footed effort that cannoned off the post with Ralph firing the rebound over. 

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V CREWE ALEXANDRA


Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Tuesday night as the Glovers host Crewe Alexandra, with a 7:45pm kick off.

For fans coming to Huish Park on Tuesday night, there will be a great addition to the tea bar menu for them to enjoy.

Delicious bacon rolls will be available priced at £2.60, so why not come along and try one and munch away as we take on the Railwaymen in our latest League One home encounter.

Yeovil haven’t played at Huish Park in a league match since the draw with Barnsley over two weeks ago.

Since then, an impressive win against Bradford and a battling defeat at Coventry have seen mixed fortunes come from their two most recent fixtures.

The defeat to Coventry ended an unbeaten run that spanned four games, something the Glovers will look to get back starting this Tuesday.

By contrast, Alex sit 24th, rock bottom of the league with a grand total of three points on board.

Those three points were, however, came on Saturday in a 2-1 win over Port Vale. Prior to that, it had been a streak of defeats with the goal difference column taking a battering, too.

Crewe have already lost to Rochdale, Swindon and Gillingham this season in games where the Alex failed to get on the score sheet.

However, the 2013 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winners will be hoping to put their poor form behind them and build on their first points of the season.

They’ll have on loan midfielder Jamie Ness to call upon too, the Stoke loanee has been out of action with a hamstring injury but is now back and available for selection.

Elsewhere, Harry Davis and Ryan Colclough are longer term absentees and likely to be missing for some time.

New loan signing Jake Kean will be available for selection after joining from Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

The injury list at Yeovil already had three names on it with James Berrett, Simon Gillett and Liam Davis all on the road to recovery.

Following Saturday’s game at Coventry, there is also the news that both James Hayter and Joe Edwards were subbed off as precautions following injury concerns.

With Joel Grant returning to action, replacements shouldn’t be hard to come by for the starting eleven, but with only five substitutes named on the bench for the last two fixtures the squad is still stretched to the limit.

One man who will probably have more than his fair share of family and friends in the away end is Ajay Leitch Smith.

The new Glovers front man spent his entire career at the Railwaymen before making the switch to Somerset in the summer.

Crewe and Yeovil have crossed paths a number of times in the football league and during the Yeovil promotion season Yeovil won both fixtures 1-0.

A Byron Webster goal secured the points away from home and Joe Edwards scoring in the first minute was all it took at Huish Park.

 

Overall, Yeovil have won five of the eight meetings with the other three going Crewe’s way. All that means the two have never played out a draw.

These two sides have seen nearly 40 goals in their league matches so far this campaign so expect some fireworks this coming Tuesday night.

You can still get tickets for the game in all the usual ways; pop down to Huish Park and see the ticket office, call and secure your tickets over the phone or use the ticket office booking system on YTFC.net

As ever, for those of you exiled away somewhere or just not able to come to the game, why not sign up to Glovers Player for full commentary or catch up with highlights and all the reaction on YouTube on Wednesday.

Famous Fans: Actor Michael Crawford and musician Rob Cieka.

A Foot in Both Camps: Justine Cochrane, Steve Collis, Luke Rodgers, Efe Sodje, Anthony Tonkin  as well as two of the Glovers current squad; Joel Grant and Ajay Leitch Smith.

Did you know: You could be forgiven for having to visit Nasa before the away leg of this fixture as Crewe is also the name of a crater on the planet Mars. “Crewe” on Mars was actually named after the town in England.

ENJOY HOSPITALITY AT YEOVIL TOWN V CREWE ALEXANDRA FOR JUST £10!

Enjoy hospitality at Huish Park before our home game against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday 16th September for just £10!

Soak up the pre-match atmosphere with a drink and a delicious carvery before kick-off. Then relax in the comfort of the Glovers Restaurant after the match. It’s a perfect way to enjoy an evening under the floodlights at Huish Park.

To book your place call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

Offer only available with a valid match or season ticket.

JAKE KEAN JOINS YEOVIL TOWN FROM BLACKBURN ROVERS

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Jake Kean on an initial one month loan with a view to a longer stay at Huish Park.

The 23-year-old joins the Glovers from Championship side Blackburn Rovers where he has made over 35 appearances.

After making his Rovers debut on the final day of the 2011-12 season against Chelsea, the following campaign saw Kean make the goalkeeping position his own, making 24 appearances for Rovers.

The 6’5" shot stopper has represented England at Under 20 level and has previously spent time on loan at both Hartlepool United and Rochdale.

REPORT: COVENTRY CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the trip to newly re-homed Coventry City and returned empty handed after a 2-1 defeat to the Sky Blues.
Defender Reda Johnson opened the scoring for the hosts early in the first half with a powerful header before Sam Foley equalised for the Glovers after 50 minutes.
The hosts restored their lead with just over 20 minutes remaining when Simeon Jackson beat Weale from close range.
The home side were quick out of the blocks and put the Town back line under early pressure forcing three corners in quick succession. 
It was from the third corner the Sky Blues took the lead. Jim O’Brien’s in swinging corner from the right was met perfectly by Johnson, who made no mistake is powerfully heading home.
Town’s first chanve of the first half came in the 16th minute when Edwards was fouled 25 yards from goal. From the resulting free kick Foley’s shot was deflected into the arms of keeper Allsop.
As the first half ticked along Town nearly drew level on the half hour mark. A Joe Edwards cross was picked up by Ajay Leitch-Smith who fired the ball towards goal, but his shot came back off the crossbar. The loose ball fell into the path of Hayter whose overhead kick went narrowly wide of the upright.
 The Glovers made an early substitute in the second half with James Hayter being replaced by Joel Grant.
Within two minutes of entering the field Grant was involved in Town equalising. The Jamaican international held the ball up well before passing to Jack Price whp played a smart through ball to Foley, who beat the offside trap to poke to ball past Allsop.
On the hour mark Town had a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Witestone. Coventry defender Jordan Willis slipped in his own area and in thr process tripped goal scorer Foley but much to the amazement of the away fans the referee waved play on.
The home side made it 2-1 on 68 minutes thanks to substitute Jackson. Keeper Weale saved striker Nouble’s initial shot but the Canadian international scrambled the ball home from close range to restore the home teams advantage.

Match Report : 13/09/2014

Town made the trip to newly re-homed Coventry City and returned empty handed after a 2-1 defeat to the Sky Blues.
Defender Reda Johnson opened the scoring for the hosts early in the first half with a powerful header before Sam Foley equalised for the Glovers after 50 minutes.
The hosts restored their lead with just over 20 minutes remaining when Simeon Jackson beat Weale from close range.
The home side were quick out of the blocks and put the Town back line under early pressure forcing three corners in quick succession. 
It was from the third corner the Sky Blues took the lead. Jim O’Brien’s in swinging corner from the right was met perfectly by Johnson, who made no mistake is powerfully heading home.
Town’s first chanve of the first half came in the 16th minute when Edwards was fouled 25 yards from goal. From the resulting free kick Foley’s shot was deflected into the arms of keeper Allsop.
As the first half ticked along Town nearly drew level on the half hour mark. A Joe Edwards cross was picked up by Ajay Leitch-Smith who fired the ball towards goal, but his shot came back off the crossbar. The loose ball fell into the path of Hayter whose overhead kick went narrowly wide of the upright.
 The Glovers made an early substitute in the second half with James Hayter being replaced by Joel Grant.
Within two minutes of entering the field Grant was involved in Town equalising. The Jamaican international held the ball up well before passing to Jack Price whp played a smart through ball to Foley, who beat the offside trap to poke to ball past Allsop.
On the hour mark Town had a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Witestone. Coventry defender Jordan Willis slipped in his own area and in thr process tripped goal scorer Foley but much to the amazement of the away fans the referee waved play on.
The home side made it 2-1 on 68 minutes thanks to substitute Jackson. Keeper Weale saved striker Nouble’s initial shot but the Canadian international scrambled the ball home from close range to restore the home teams advantage.

BEN’S BETS – SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

With the international break fully behind us, the whole football league is back in action this coming Saturday and so, we’re back to a full house of three selections for Ben’s Bets.
We have possibly the most ambitious treble of the season so far with three away teams who could make for a tasty return.
Firstly, the Championship returns following a week off and we are backing against one of the bottom three, Bolton Wanderers. 
They host a 10th placed Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and I think it could be an Owls win.
Wednesday have a 100% win record on the road and they face a Bolton side who have just one, single point. 
With Blackpool and Fulham taking the headlines at the wrong end of the Championship it has gone unnoticed that Wanderers are in the same predicament following a shocking start to the season.
The Owls have increased fire power with Stevie May who scored a hat load north of the border.
Sheffield Wednesday to beat Bolton at 21/10
In League One, we are looking at a play-off side who face a side already looking at a long, hard relegation battle.
Preston North End, in 7th place, travel to 21st placed Walsall and I’m backing the away side.
PNE are unbeaten this season in the league and Walsall are without a win.  The Saddlers are somewhat draw specialists having tied four of their six games, but I think North End are too strong.
PNE have scored five on the road this season – a figure only bettered by Rochdale in the league and Walsall fans have only seen one home goal this term.
It’ll be tight, but I think a 1-0 away win might just be enough.
Preston North End to beat Walsall at 5/4
Finally, League Two takes us to a side that we have already backed this season with some success.
Cheltenham Town travel to Luton this Saturday and the stats and form table do suggest that the away side are the ones with value in their odds.
Cheltenham are, like Preston, unbeaten this term, a win on Saturday could take the side top and with Burton having a tougher task against York that could well be possible.
Compare that with Luton who have just one the one win this season. That win was away from home, against Carlisle who have been in free fall and it was way back on the opening day of the season. 
Luton are favourites for the match and so this would technically be considered a shock result for the odds compilers, thus making it huge value.
Cheltenham to beat Luton at 9/5
Those three when placed in a treble have total combined odds of over 18/1. That seems like a huge price for three sides in form. 
Placing £5 on that treble returns £97. But at those odds, I wouldn’t put off anyone covering doubles too, just in case one side lets us down.
As always, the stake is flexible to your own comfort and betting pattern.
Yeovil Special
The Glovers are on the road themselves this weekend and playing Coventry away at their ‘proper’ home of the Ricoh Arena is no easy task.
But, again, the stats can back up the away side. Yeovil are unbeaten in four and off the back of a very impressive win at Bradford.
Add to that, the Glovers won on their only visit to the Ricoh and are undefeated against the Sky Blues in competitive action.
So, we have to be positive here. Ajay Leitch Smith is 7/1 to open the scoring, or 12/5 to score at any point like last weekend.
For reference, another Aaron Martin brace is 80/1… 
But my bet selection is in the “Winning Margin” bet.
Yeovil to win by exactly one goal is 7/2, that would cover you for a 1-0 win, a 2-1, or even 3-2.
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PREVIEW: COVENTRY CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this Saturday as they travel to a newly rehomed, Coventry City.
Glovers fans will have to reset their Sat Nav’s as the game has been moved from the Sky Blue’s temporary home in Northampton back to the Ricoh Arena.
Yeovil are going into the game in healthy form; unbeaten in four, two away wins in that combination include last weekend’s impressive 3-1 win at Bradford City.
That win lifted Yeovil into the top half of the table and that is just two points below the play-offs and just one point behind Coventry.
The midlands side are in 8th place currently with nine points.
Two wins, three draws and just a single defeat is the Coventry record for the season so far, their only defeat coming on the opening day against Bradford.
That makes this Saturday’s fixture between two of the form sides in the league, something has to give.
As for the two teams, Yeovil have had a boost in the news that Joel Grant is now back in full training and available for selection. His match fitness may be lacking however and a behind-closed- doors fixture against Plymouth in midweek did that no harm as the Jamaican international played a full 90 minutes.
The friendly game ended in a 3-0 win for the Glovers, Grant scoring twice to put his name in the manager’s thoughts for selection.
The scorer of the third goal is guaranteed to be on the bench at the Ricoh, but not among the named substitutes, physio Simon Baker came on to add a surprising name to the score sheet.
Baker along with his companion in the physio room, Mike Micciche have been helping nurse the trio of James Berrett, Liam Davis and Simon Gillett back to fitness. 
All three remain a number of weeks away from action. Those injuries forced Gary Johnson into the transfer market to sign Wolves midfielder Jack Price, who will make his second league appearance this weekend.
Price was one of the stars of the show at Bradford, setting up the third goal by tying the home side’s right back in knots before laying the ball on a plate for Ajay Leitch Smith to smash home. 
In the home dressing room, they also have some good news. Manager, Stephen Pressley has signed a new deal this week and his latest signing, Frank Nouble scored the winner last weekend.
The 1-0 win over Gillingham was their first game back at the Ricoh and Nouble’s goal was the fairy tale ending to an emotional evening. 
Nouble was one of Coventry’s two deadline day additions, Middlesbrough’s Seb Hines the other.
Of course the two sides didn’t meet last season, but the season before the Glovers picked up four points. A 1-1 draw at home very early on in the season and a 1-0 win away from home.
Richard Hinds netted at home, while Paddy Madden kept the Ricoh Arena faithful quiet. Those two fixtures are in fact the only two competitive meetings between the sides.
Today (Thursday 11th) is the final day you can buy tickets for the match ahead of the day, call the ticket office on 01935 847888 now.
There will be tickets available on the day, but it should be noted there will be a £2 price rise.
If you’re not heading to Coventry, Glovers Player will have the full match commentary.
The post match interviews will be on the club’s YouTube channel as will the highlights (subject to football league embargo).
The form table suggest this could be a cracker and so it’s worth getting behind the Glovers as they look to extend their unbeaten run.
Famous Fans: Richard Keys, Alistair McGowan and Jimmy Hill.
A Foot in Both Camps: Anthony Barry, Chris Dunn, Martin Cranie, Leon Best, Danny Seaborne, Adam Virgo as well as current Yeovil players, Liam Davis and Aaron Martin. 
 
Did you know: Coventry is twinned with no fewer than 26 cities around the world including Warsaw in Poland and Kingston, Jamaica. 

GOOD TO SEE US BOUNCE BACK IN STYLE

Hello again! The international break has taken place this week but unlike last year we still got to see our Glovers in action. 
A fantastic performance at early pace setters Bradford City saw us bounce back from the JPT defeat in style, with a 3-1 victory courtesy of Aaron Martin and AJ Leitch-Smith. I am sure you will all agree with me when I say I am so pleased for these two who have both worked tirelessly hard during the early part of the season and more than deserve to receive the plaudits after a truly brilliant win. 
A huge congratulations must also go to our skipper and Shez’s fave Glover – Joe Edwards. He captained the side at Bradford and in turn made his 100th appearance for the club. In his time at Huish Park he has grown from a boy to a man on the pitch and is relishing his role in central midfield. Well done Joe!
As well as an impressive Yeovil performance, we were also treated to a great England performance on Monday, with Arsenal new boy Danny Welbeck popping up to give the 3 lions a 2–0 win over Switzerland. 
What a great start to Euro 2016 qualifying and I was also very impressed with Gary Cahill and Joe Hart who I think we can thank as well for the hard fought victory. 
I know there were some Glovers out in Switzerland representing the Green and Whites so I hope they enjoyed their trip and sang their hearts out.
Next week the Premier League and Championship return and here are my stand out fixtures I think you should look out for in the top four divisions:
Premier League – Arsenal v Man City
Danny Welbeck will be looking to get his Arsenal career off to a flying start, following his impressive performance for England, against a Man City side that will want to get their campaign back on track following a rare home defeat to Stoke City. Expect a tight game that neither side will want to lose. 
Championship – Cardiff v Norwich 
Two of the teams relegated from the Premier League who will be looking to make a statement to the rest of the teams in the Championship. Norwich have made the better start but just 2 points separates the two. Even this early on in the season, a clash of the two favourites to make a return to the Promise Land could be crucial! Expect one moment of quality to separate the two. 
League One – Bristol City v Doncaster
City have made a dream start to the season sitting pretty in second place. However, Doncaster have a truly remarkable away record this season having won 4 out of 5. Expect a shock or two as Donny look to gain some consistency this season. The Robins will need to be at their best to record another win. 
League Two – Morecambe v Plymouth 
Just three points separate these two teams, with both looking to gain promotion to League One this season. Having just won away at Luton, Plymouth will be full of confidence as Morecambe look to consolidate their place in the top 3. Expect an exciting game with former YTFC man Reuben Reid the one to watch for Argyle.
Goal of the week
It may be predictable, but there was really only one choice this week and that is our very own Ajay Leitch – Smith. New loan signing Jack Price played in a superb ball for AJ and he made no mistake in firing home, I don’t know about you but I could watch it again and again! Here’s to many more.
Next up, we face a tough trip to the Ricoh Arena. I for one am so glad we will be visiting the clubs proper home and that the Coventry City fans have finally got their stadium back. We must make sure we spoil part two of their party and bring back the three points.
The lads will be full of confidence after the win at Valley Parade and I am sure we will all make as much noise as possible to spur the lads on to a 5th game unbeaten in the league. Have a good week everyone! 

CRAWLEY TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN TICKETS ON SALE

Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town’s trip to Crawley Town’s Broadfield Stadium is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 27th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices: 

Adults – £22 – Over 65’s – £18 – Under 18’s – £14 – Under 11’s – £6 
Disabled supporters pay the above prices, but will admit an assistant free of charge. Wheelchair supporters requiring special arrangements should call Crawley directly on 01293 410000. 
Car parking is available at the ground and are available on a first come first served basis. The cost for the car parking will be £5, minibuses – £15 and coaches at £20.
Crawley Town’s Reds Bar will be open before the game with away supporters welcome to attend to enjoy a pre-match beverage.

 

COVENTRY CITY TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE

Tickets for this weekend’s trip to Coventry City will remain on sale from Huish Park until Thursday 11th September.
Advance tickets are priced at:  Adults – £22 – Over60s and 16-21 – £15 and  Juniors – £11. Please note that prices will increase by £2 on the day of the game.
For all enquiries regarding disabled facilities or bookings, email Coventry at ticket.office@ccfc.co.uk or call them on 02476992326. 
To buy your tickets call 01935 847888.

GLOVERS TRIO TAKE ON SKY SPORTS TWO-FOOTED CORNER CHALLENGE

Sky’s TV cameras were at Town’s training ground on Tueaday as James Hayter, Nathan Smith and Sam Foley today took on the two-footed corner challenge for Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football club show.
The two-footed corner challenge sees players from different clubs try to score directly from a corner kick using both feet.
The trio each take a corner from the left of the pitch with their right foot and from the right of the pitch with their left foot. The ball has to enter the net without bouncing.

GRANT SCORES TWICE IN WIN OVER PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Joel Grant returned to action this afternoon after a long injury lay off and scored a brace in a behind closed doors friendly against Plymouth Argyle.

The Jamaican international opened the scoring after ten minutes when he latched onto a through ball from Kieffer Moore to fire home through the legs of Plymouth keeper James Bittner.

Twenty minutes later he scored his second of the game when he raced clear of the Argyle back line and calmly slotted home from 18 yards.

Town created more chances in the second half with both Moore and and Grant stinging the palms of Bittner.

Simon Baker completed the scoring for Yeovil with ten minutes to play. Town took a early free kick and the club physio beat the offside trap to confidently drill the ball past Bittner into the far corner from 18 yards.

LIFE IN LEAGUE ONE BY CHAIRMAN FRY

With a week of speculation at Huish Park ending in a welcome win at Bradford, Yeovil Town chairman John Fry has spoken of the excitement and the worry of life in League One.

And at the top of his agenda is concern about the Football League’s Financial Fair Play system which aims to ensure that clubs do not spend more than they earn.

 

He also referred to today’s (Monday’s) meeting with Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, and said:”Myself and the board have every confidence in the football management team and we have a close and successful relationship.

“We had a useful meeting and there will be another one later this week with the Football Executive Committee when the manager’s requests for additional players will be considered.”

On financial matters, Mr Fry said:”You have only to look at the likes of Hereford,Torquay, Bristol Rovers and even Salisbury City to see how easily football clubs can get into serious trouble, and even go to the wall.

“I do not want  anything like that to happen to Yeovil Town, and I and my directors will do everything within our power to ensure financial and footballing success.

“Make no mistake, me and my directors are in charge at Yeovil Town. Our books are in the black at the moment, but we have to be careful.

“If a fairy godfather – or mother- came along tomorrow with a huge investment we may have another story to tell.

“But as it stands our staff and our loyal supporters have to understand the constraints under which we have to operate in League One.

“For a start we are £4million less better off since we left the Championship.”

Mr Fry, who has spent 20 seasons as chairman of the Glovers, also spoke of the need for bigger gates.

“We need 4,500 at every home game, but at the moment we are struggling to reach 4,000.

“Wins like the one at Bradford should help, but consistency will boost our gates, I am sure.

“Then perhaps we can think about boosting the squad as well.”

JIMMY QUINN EXTRAVAGANZA

The latest "Boy Band" to gain National acclaim, well as far as Cudworth anyway, Wrong Direction, featuring Jimmy Quinn and Charlie Seaton (guitar and vocals) will be performing at Huish Park in the Alec Stock Lounge on Wednesday 15th. October.

Tickets are £5, over 18’s only, and are available now by ringing the Yeovil Town Booking Line on 01935 847888

SUNDAY CARVERY RETURNS

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the return of their very popular Sunday lunchtime Carveries.

1 Course £12.95 per person (£10 per person to Alec Stock Lounge Members)

2 Course £14.95 per person (£12.95 per person to Alec Stock Lounge Members)

Kids under 14 2 Course Carvery £5 per child

Bookings not essential but advisable during busy periods

Call 01935 423662

REFEREE URGENTLY WANTED

Yeovil Town Football Club urgently require the services of a qualified referee for tomorrow the 9th. September for a behind closed doors friendly against Plymouth Argyle.

All relevant expenses will be paid and changing rooms will be available.

If you can help please telephone 01935 847873 normal office hours

SPONSORSHIP AND HOSPITALITY OPPORTUNITIES

Yeovil Town Football Club still have some sponsorship opportunities available for the match against Peterborough on the 20th September


Ball Sponsor       £250 (plus VAT) for two people, includes Premium tickets and access to the Alec Stock Lounge.

Hospitality           Box for 10 £750 plus VAT.  2 course meal included.

For more details contact Dave Linney in our Commercial Dept on 01935 423662 Ext.202

 

ENJOY HOSPITALITY AT YEOVIL TOWN V CREWE ALEXANDRA FOR JUST £10!

Enjoy hospitality at Huish Park before our home game against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday 16th September for just £10!

Soak up the pre-match atmosphere with a drink and a delicious carvery before kick-off. Then relax in the comfort of the Glovers Restaurant after the match. It’s a perfect way to enjoy an evening under the floodlights at Huish Park.

To book your place call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

Offer only available with a valid match or season ticket.

REPORT: BRADFORD CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the long journey to Bradford and returned home with three points after a 3-1 win at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Two first half headed goals from Aaron Martin and a second half strike from Ajay Leitch-Smith was enough to earn Gary Johnson’s men the victory in a damp and gloomy Bradford

The Glovers welcomed back Jakub Sokolik and Joe Edwards to the starting eleven after they both sat out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Portsmouth. Jack Price started in midfield alongside the returning Edwards.

Town started the brighter and their early possession paid off when Town took the lead on eight minutes. A surging run by captain Edwards was ended in the box by a neat tackle, which resulted in a corner for the visitors.

Sam Foley, who started on the wing rather than central midfield swung in a pinpoint corner onto the head of the central defender Martin, who powered the ball home, much to the delight of travelling faithful.

On 18 minutes Town had the perfect chance to double their advantage when AJ Leitch-Smith was put through by Hayter, only to see his goal bound effort well saved by Jordan Pickford in the Bradford goal.

Town did double their lead on 22 minutes. Another superb set piece delivery from Foley from the left found the head of Martin, who glanced the ball home into the far corner of the net.

The home side pulled a goal back less than five minutes later when defender McArdle rose highest from a Sheehan corner to send a bullet header past Weale and into the Town net.

The second half began with Town on the front foot. Superb play on the edge of the Bradford area saw Price slide a neat through ball to Nathan Smith. The former Chesterfield man’s shot with his left foot fizzed past Pickford and narrowly wide of the upright.

It was all Town in the second period with chances falling to Price and James Hayter. It was from Hayter’s chance that Yeovil added to their tally. Kevin Dawson’s cross was volleyed at goal by the former Bournemouth man only to be blocked for a corner.

From the resulting corner Price picked up the loose ball and got past his marker on the left to pull the ball back to Leitch-Smith, who made no mistake is firing home to open his scoring account for the Glovers.

Match Report : 06/09/2014

Town made the long journey to Bradford and returned home with three points after a 3-1 win at the Coral Windows Stadium. 

Two first half headed goals from Aaron Martin and a second half strike from Ajay Leitch-Smith was enough to earn Gary Johnson’s men the victory in a damp and gloomy Bradford 

The Glovers welcomed back Jakub Sokolik and Joe Edwards to the starting eleven after they both sat out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Portsmouth. Jack Price started in midfield alongside the returning Edwards. 

Town started the brighter and their early possession paid off when Town took the lead on eight minutes. A surging run by captain Edwards was ended in the box by a neat tackle, which resulted in a corner for the visitors. 

Sam Foley, who started on the wing rather than central midfield swung in a pinpoint corner onto the head of the central defender Martin, who powered the ball home, much to the delight of travelling faithful. 

On 18 minutes Town had the perfect chance to double their advantage when AJ Leitch-Smith was put through by Hayter, only to see his goal bound effort well saved by Jordan Pickford in the Bradford goal. 

Town did double their lead on 22 minutes. Another superb set piece delivery from Foley from the left found the head of Martin, who glanced the ball home into the far corner of the net. 

The home side pulled a goal back less than five minutes later when defender McArdle rose highest from a Sheehan corner to send a bullet header past Weale and into the Town net. 

The second half began with Town on the front foot. Superb play on the edge of the Bradford area saw Price slide a neat through ball to Nathan Smith. The former Chesterfield man’s shot with his left foot fizzed past Pickford and narrowly wide of the upright. 

It was all Town in the second period with chances falling to Price and James Hayter. It was from Hayter’s chance that Yeovil added to their tally. Kevin Dawson’s cross was volleyed at goal by the former Bournemouth man only to be blocked for a corner. 

From the resulting corner Price picked up the loose ball and got past his marker on the left to pull the ball back to Leitch-Smith, who made no mistake is firing home to open his scoring account for the Glovers.

BUSINESS AS USUAL AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town Manager Gary Johnson has met up with Chairman John Fry, who has just returned from holiday, and after a cordial discussion the manager and Chairman have agreed that communication problems were at the bottom of the perceived difficulties the manager experienced on Transfer Deadline Day last Monday.

John Fry said: “It was merely a question of the right people not being able to talk to each other. Gary and I have discussed things this morning and it is business as usual at Huish Park.

“Gary has left with the team for Bradford fully focused on the job in hand determined to get three points at Valley Parade.”

PREVIEW: BRADFORD CITY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as they travel to Yorkshire and take on Bradford City.

Both sides will be looking to put and exit from the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy behind them from midweek.

Yeovil went out at the hands of Portsmouth while Bradford fell to a late Oldham Athletic winner.

Bradford’s league form is much better however and they currently sit in 5th place and within striking distance of top spot.

They have also got a place in the third round of the Captial One Cup to look forward to, overcoming local rivals Leeds in the previous round.

Their ten points have come from three wins and a draw, most recently a three point haul from an away trip to Rochdale last weekend.

As for Yeovil, they remain in 19th place and despite the gap in positions, there is still just five points between the Glovers and the play-off spots.

Yeovil’s home form has been somewhat shaky and a chance to an get away from Huish Park might do the confidence some good. The only Green and White win this season has come on the travels, an impressive win at Walsall.

Yeovil go into the game unbeaten in three league games which with a threadbare squad is already an achievement.

The injury news is mixed going into Saturday, Jakub Sokolik and Joe Edwards should both be involved in the squad after missing out in midweek, while Joel Grant resumed training this week and the prognosis on Simon Gillett’s injury is better than first feared.

The latter two are still out for a few more weeks, but they are both heading in the right direction, it’s hoped that James Berrett and Liam Davis aren’t too far behind.

Elsewhere, new loanee, Jack Price could well make his league debut for Yeovil; he was a substitute in the midweek game and will have trained for the first time since the cup tie.

The team news from Valley Parade is much simpler, Phil Parkinson can call on Player of the Month nominee, James Hanson, as well as two players who have extended contracts with the club Filipe Morais and Matt Urwin.

Elsewhere, Yeovil fans will recognise one member of the Bantams squad very well. Matty Dolan, one of the Glovers’ heroes from Wembley in 2013, Dolan came on late in the game to sure up the midfield in the 2-1 win over Brentford.

Dolan could play in place of Gary Liddle who missed the midweek game after coming off second best in a tackle against Leeds; he is also expected to sit out Saturday’s fixture.

The two sides have met four times previously, all in Coca Cola League One.

The last meeting was in 2007 when an Arron Davis double sealed all three points, prior to that, a 0-0 draw, a 1-0 loss and a 1-1 draw are all that we have to go on.

That 1-1 draw, the first ever meeting was back in 2005 and a certain Terry Skiverton opened the scoring.

The Glovers faithful may be in for an early start and many motorway miles for the trip on Saturday, but the chance to see the Glovers right the wrongs of midweek and keep their league form on the straight and narrow will, hopefully make it worth the journey.

Tickets for the game are now available on the day with the Adult ticket priced at £20.

For any fans who don’t fancy a round trip of over 500 miles the game is available, as ever, on Glovers Player with the club’s social networks covering the game and the post-match reaction in full.

Famous Fans: Cast members from Emmerdale and Hollioaks, including Jennifer Metcalfe. Snooker player Joe Johnson and the Dalai Lama no less gave the Bantams his blessing during their League Cup run a couple of years ago.

A Foot in Both Camps: Matty Dolan, Ryan Dickson, Tommy Doherty, Ritchie Jones, Luke Oliver, Ben Roberts and Kelly Youga, remember him?

Did you know: Bradford saw off bids from Glasgow and Wolverhapton to be crowned the Curry Capital of Britain.

BEN’S BETS – SATURDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

International week may mean that all the Premier League and Championship clubs get chance to take the a few days off, the poor souls in Leagues One and Two are still out and about with their usual fixture schedule.

Sky Bet might have one eye on the England game on Monday, but they haven’t forgotten about the real stuff and so, neither shall we.

A midweek treble came close again and with the top tier of the football league out of action, we just have two teams to focus on for a Ben’s Bet double.

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Firstly, we’re looking at League One, Fleetwood Town travel to Oldham and despite the form of the sides, go into the game as underdogs.

Oldham have won their last game out and did strengthen on transfer deadline day, however Fleetwood are second in the table, as yet, unbeaten in the league and have Jamie Proctor, a striker bang in form.

I think this will be close, maybe just the one goal in it, but with Fleetwood able to top the table by the end of the weekend, I’m going for an away win.

Fleetwood to beat Oldham @ 9/5.

League Two has a whole host of games that look like they could be close fought affairs.

Picking three, four or five correct from the fixture list looks difficult, luckily, we’re only after one.

My one, comes from the North West Derby between Accrington and Tranmere.

Rovers have added Rochdale forward George Donnelly and Peter Brezovan as an extra goalkeeping option and both could add strength in depth.

Stanley on the other hand have found themselves at the bottom end of the table early on and with no league wins in the bag it could be a long hard season.

Tranmere won their last away game and the distance between the sides could see a sizable away following boost the support.

Tranmere are slight favourites but not as heavily as could be, so they still represent value.

Tranmere to beat Accrington @ 8/5

Despite only picking two selections, there is still a tempting combined odds of just over 6/1.

A £5 double returns £36.40

Yeovil Special

The Glovers make a long trip to play cup specialists Bradford City this Saturday and the home side are reasonably heavy favourites.

The Bantams are 11/10, Yeovil at 12/5 and the draw is available at 12/5.

Yeovil are unbeaten in three league games, however they do have trouble keeping a clean sheet.

So, there are two bets that take my fancy; consider taking ‘Score Draw’ at 10/3, or if you’re as optimistic as me, there’s the ‘both teams to score and a Yeovil win’ at 11/2.

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GARY PRE-BRADFORD CITY TRIP

Manager Gary Johnson remains confident despite a tepid start to the season, claiming the League One table is to be ignored until at least 15 games in.

The Glovers currently lie in 19th position after a win, two draws and two defeats in the opening five fixtures, but Johnson isn’t paying too much attention to the league table.

“We just focus on ourselves, the league doesn’t mean anything at this stage.” said Johnson.

“The team at the top at the minute have done the most but that doesn’t mean they’ll stay there. There are very few points between top and bottom after five games. After 15 games it becomes a little bit of a problem if you’re too far adrift but at the moment two or three wins puts you back in the play-off fray.”

Mid-week defeat to Portsmouth in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy overshadowed Yeovil’s three-match unbeaten run in League One which they will be looking to extend at Bradford this Saturday.

Johnson, who led a two-and-a-half hour team meeting on Thursday, believes his squad aren’t a “million miles away” from realising their full potential.

“We’re not a million miles away from where we need to be; it’s only five games, we’d like a few more points but a few wins on the trot puts you in a decent position.

“Certainly as a team and a management team we’re not panicking, we know we’ve got some new players who haven’t quite gelled and haven’t quite brought out their best game yet but when that all comes together we have to back our judgement – which has been good over the years – that this team will reach their potential as soon as it can.”

For the trip to Bradford the Glovers are set to be boosted by the return to fitness of Joe Edwards and Jakub Sokolik who both missed Tuesday’s encounter at Huish Park through injury, whilst Simon Gillett’s knee injury which forced him off last weekend isn’t as serious as first feared.

“Joe Edwards has got a good chance because he wants to be there and Jakub will definitely be fit.

“We thought Simon’s injury would be a lot longer originally but he has bone bruising which is a lot better than if it was a cartilage problem or a tear of the cruciate, but it’s not that bad and we’re pleased he won’t be out too long.”

ANOTHER WEEK AND ANOTHER LOAD OF FOOTBALL DRAMA

Another week, another load of football drama. From a Yeovil point of view we got a valuable point at home to Barnsley and were unlucky to win in what was a brilliant second half performance.

Followed up by a disappointing exit in the Johnstones Paint Trophy, it was a night to forget and as always we move on to the next one positive once again. 

Welcome to Jack Price who joined the Glovers on transfer deadline day, the Wolves midfielder is highly rated by Kenny Jackett and their fans on twitter so I cannot wait to see him in action again after his debut last night as a substitute.

Speaking of transfer deadline day, how exciting was it?! The amount of money that was exchanged never seizes to amaze me, it is hard to even comprehend. Here are my picks of the top transfers on one of the most dramatic of deadline days:

Radamel Falcao – Monaco to Manchester Utd
Falcao has completed a season long loan to struggling United and will earn a phenomenal £346,000 a week following his £6 million move. The highly rated Colombian striker will earn £34 a second, meaning that if he dropped a £20 note, it would not be worth his time to pick it up. How crazy is that?! His introduction should give United the lift they need, with that sort of money invested , surely now the goals will start to flow?

Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle to Hull
Hull City have had a very successful transfer window signing Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez from Palermo for a club record £10 million. Ben Arfa has also joined from fellow Premier League side Newcastle and the pacy winger will no doubt add to their attacking squad. Hull look to be one of the sides to watch this year and could surprise us all after some very shrewd business.

Tom Lawrence – Manchester Utd to Leicester
A familiar face to all Glovers, as the former Yeovil Town loanee makes a permanent switch to Premier League new boys Leicester. Despite making his debut for the Red Devils under Ryan Giggs at the end of last season, the arrival of Van Gaal would have only limited opportunities for the midfielder. Lawrence remains in the Premier League and once again a former YTFC player will feature on Match Of The Day.

 

Luciano Becchio – Norwich to Rotherham
Having lost Kieran Agard to Bristol City, Rotherham then beat Leeds United to the loan signing of Becchio. Having not made a first team appearance for the Canaries this season, his experience could really benefit Rotherham who have made a mixed start to their season in the Championship. Leeds United were hopeful of re-  signing the 30 year old having sold Matt Smith to rivals Fulham, but the clubs turmoil  continues as the Millers came out on top. 

As well as these, former Glovers loanee and fans favourite Shane Duffy has left Everton in favour of a move to Championship side Blackburn. After such a solid season with Yeovil, I am sure he will do just as well, good luck Shane.

Goal of the Week
There have been some great goals over the last week or so, but my award this week goes to Scunthorpe United’s Gary McShreffrey for this sublime finish against Walsall on Saturday. He hit it like he meant it! Brilliant!

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

So, next up we face a tricky trip to Bradford after what has been a fantastic start to the season for them, but if we play like we did in the second half last Saturday, I am sure the boys will bring back the three points! Until next week, have a good one and make sure none of you drop £20 on the floor, will matter to the rest of us.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V PORTSMOUTH

Two goals from Jed Wallace and a third from Craig Westcarr gave Portsmouth a comfortable passage into the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Yeovil tonight.

Nathan Ralph’s late strike gave the Glovers a little hope with eight minutes remaining but it was too little too late for the home side who looked out of sorts all over the park and visiting keeper Paul Jones won’t have many easier games this season.

Yeovil’s boss Gary Johnson made four changes to the side that drew with Barnsley at the weekend. Coming in were Kieffer Moore, Brendan Moloney, Sam Hoskins and Nathan Ralph while sitting the game out were Jakub Sokolik, Joe Edwards, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett. Dawson made the bench but the others were mere spectators tonight.

Yeovil had opportunities early on to take the lead but Moore couldn’t control a low, hard cross at the near post; Sam Foley’s free kick went straight through everybody and went out for a goal kick and Ajay Leitch-Smith’s shot was deflected behind for a corner.

But the game was soon to turn into a scrappy affair as a physical Pompey side started to clock up the bookings for cynical challenges. James Dunne, Nick Awford and Adam Wynter all saw yellow before the break and Craig Westcarr needlessly caught Aaron Martin long after the ball had gone, leaving the big defender needing treatment.

 

Moore had the two best first half chances with a shot that Jones got down low to save and a header that he flicked narrowly wide. It was his last action though as he was pulled off at half time to be replaced by James Hayter.

Ten minutes into the second half, Portsmouth took the lead. Jed Wallace, the visitors best player by far, played a neat one two with Westcarr on the edge of the box before lining up a shot with his left foot past Chris Weale and into the net.

The hosts came back through Sam Foley but both he and Hayter had shots blocked in the same move with Foley taking a slight knock as he got his shot away.

Kevin Dawson came on for Sam Hoskins with twenty minutes to go but if his introduction was meant to breathe new life into Yeovil, it didn’t initially as Portsmouth wrapped the game up with two more goals in ninety seconds. A neat pass was played into Wallace on the edge of the penalty box and he had time to turn and pick his spot to rifle home the second.

Things then went from bad to worse as within a minute or two, it was 3-0. A ball through to Westcarr was beautifully controlled by the striker and he dinked the ball over Weale and into the net.

Yeovil then came more alive and after forcing five quick corners, they finally scored from the sixth when Nathan Ralph cut inside on to his left foot and unleashed a terrific drive that flew into the net off the underside of the bar.

The final eight minutes plus four minutes of stoppage time offered nothing but an extension of the agony for the Glovers who never really looked like scoring twice in the final moments to take the tie to penalties.

Match Report : 02/09/2014

Two goals from Jed Wallace and a third from Craig Westcarr gave Portsmouth a comfortable passage into the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Yeovil tonight.

Nathan Ralph’s late strike gave the Glovers a little hope with eight minutes remaining but it was too little too late for the home side who looked out of sorts all over the park and visiting keeper Paul Jones won’t have many easier games this season.

Yeovil’s boss Gary Johnson made four changes to the side that drew with Barnsley at the weekend. Coming in were Kieffer Moore, Brendan Moloney, Sam Hoskins and Nathan Ralph while sitting the game out were Jakub Sokolik, Joe Edwards, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett. Dawson made the bench but the others were mere spectators tonight.

Yeovil had opportunities early on to take the lead but Moore couldn’t control a low, hard cross at the near post; Sam Foley’s free kick went straight through everybody and went out for a goal kick and Ajay Leitch-Smith’s shot was deflected behind for a corner.

But the game was soon to turn into a scrappy affair as a physical Pompey side started to clock up the bookings for cynical challenges. James Dunne, Nick Awford and Adam Wynter all saw yellow before the break and Craig Westcarr needlessly caught Aaron Martin long after the ball had gone, leaving the big defender needing treatment.

 

Moore had the two best first half chances with a shot that Jones got down low to save and a header that he flicked narrowly wide. It was his last action though as he was pulled off at half time to be replaced by James Hayter.

Ten minutes into the second half, Portsmouth took the lead. Jed Wallace, the visitors best player by far, played a neat one two with Westcarr on the edge of the box before lining up a shot with his left foot past Chris Weale and into the net.

The hosts came back through Sam Foley but both he and Hayter had shots blocked in the same move with Foley taking a slight knock as he got his shot away.

Kevin Dawson came on for Sam Hoskins with twenty minutes to go but if his introduction was meant to breathe new life into Yeovil, it didn’t initially as Portsmouth wrapped the game up with two more goals in ninety seconds. A neat pass was played into Wallace on the edge of the penalty box and he had time to turn and pick his spot to rifle home the second.

Things then went from bad to worse as within a minute or two, it was 3-0. A ball through to Westcarr was beautifully controlled by the striker and he dinked the ball over Weale and into the net.

Yeovil then came more alive and after forcing five quick corners, they finally scored from the sixth when Nathan Ralph cut inside on to his left foot and unleashed a terrific drive that flew into the net off the underside of the bar.

The final eight minutes plus four minutes of stoppage time offered nothing but an extension of the agony for the Glovers who never really looked like scoring twice in the final moments to take the tie to penalties.

BEN’S BETS – JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY FIRST ROUND

Off the back of a weekend treble that was just one Cardiff goal away from winning, we now look towards a few selections this midweek in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

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Finding winners in this competition is notoriously difficult, lots of teams make lots of changes and of course you’re never too far away from an upset.

Firstly, I am backing Cheltenham at home to Oxford.

The U’s have had a torrid time of late with just the one point in the league thus far, that came on Saturday, the same day that the Cheltenham went joint top of the league.

Cheltenham have the resources to ensure they are fighting on more than one front and so will have the players to keep their League priorixties going alongside a cup run.

Oxford however are still looking for a combination of player to get that elusive win, that could mean changes galore and might mean taking a number of players low on confidence into this game.

With the repercussions of dropping out of the league too big to risk, I don’t think a run in this competition is top of the ‘to-do’ list at the Kassam.

Cheltenham are a surprising odds against, at 11/10 and that’s value too good to turn down.

Cheltenham to beat Oxford at 11/10.

Next up is a Yorkshire derby as Barnsley host York City.

The home side, Barnsley are the pick as they get back to Oakwell after gaining a point against Yeovil on Saturday.

York are on a run of four consecutive draws and what they wouldn’t want is a trip to face a League One promotion candidate.

Barnsley are capable of replacing quality with quality within their squad, so changes won’t make that much difference to the strength of the team.

York however are working with a slightly smaller set up and the run of games may take it’s toll.

It’s a home win for me.

Barnsley to beat York @ 4/5.

The final selection comes from another of the northern ties, Scunthorpe host Chesterfield and I’m going to be backing an away win.

In a clash of the two recently promoted sides Chesterfield have settled to life in League One much better than their opponents.

They have already set up camp in the play-off places and have taken results against Fleetwood and Leyton Orient this season.

Scunthorpe haven’t had quite so much to cheer, they did notch up their first win of the campaign on Saturday but have struggled to find form.

Loss of players to other clubs and injury to key players like Deon Burton and goalkeeper Sam Slocombe is testing the size and strength of the squad it could be a tough time for the Iron this Tuesday.

Chesterfield to beat Scunthorpe @ 17/10.

Those three put together will give you combined odds of over 9/1.

So, with the unpredictable nature of the competition, I shall suggest a smaller than average stake of just £2.50.

Never the less, a £2.50 treble will return £25 – Enough to buy your next ticket to a Huish Park fixture.

As ever, please only bet to the level you are comfortable with.

As for Yeovil Town, they go into the game as slight favourites against Portsmouth, the home side are 7/5 to win inside 90 minutes, with Pompey outsiders at 8/5.

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JACK PRICE JOINS FROM WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the loan signing of Jack Price.

Jack joins the Glovers on a one month emergency loan from Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 21-year-old progressed through the academy at Wolves and signed his first professional contract in 2011.

Last term Jack made 30 appearances in all competitions helping Wolves win promotion back to the Championship.

The loan deal is subject to Football League clearance.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V PORTSMOUTH

Yeovil Town are back in action this coming Tuesday as Portsmouth visit Huish Park in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round.

The southern half gets underway this coming midweek and the Glovers have been drawn at home to the former FA Cup winners – the game kicks off at 7:45pm on Tuesday.

This is, of course, Yeovil’s return to the JPT after a year off in the Championship last season, but will consider this competition a chance to build some form, earn some prize money and hopefully get a chance at a Wembley victory this season.

Two years ago, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final was within touching distance of the Glovers as they fell in the Southern Semi Final to a last ditch Leyton Orient goal.

Orient went on to lose in the Area final sending Southend through to the Wembley show piece.

That run saw a huge number of Yeovil fans get behind the side with over 700 travelling to Orient for a midweek fixture and it’s hoped that the same support can be gathered this season.

Portsmouth on the other hand are used to winning far more distinguished silverware, they are FA Cup winners as recently as 2008 with another final appearance two years later.

They have since plummeted down the divisions and now find themselves resurgent in League Two and beginning to build back to being a force to be reckoned with.

Their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy history has seen them eliminated in the southern area quarter final to Newport last season and dumped out in the second round by Wycombe the year before.

It is worth noting a few rules changes that supporters may come across this Tuesday night, firstly the introduction of vanishing spray from the referees.

Its success at the World Cup has seen it introduced in the Premier League while the Football League has agreed to its use in this cup competition.

Secondly, there are only five named substitutes as opposed to the normal seven, giving two members of the squad a chance to get that extra game’s rest in – as per the league, any three can come on.

Finally, should the game be level after 90 minutes, there is no extra time, but the game goes straight to penalty kicks.

Onto the two teams and Yeovil will be hoping to extend their mini unbeaten run; a win and two draws have seen Gary Johnson’s men claim 5 points from three games and will want to maintain momentum for the league campaign.

As for Portsmouth, they haven’t had it their own way of late. They lost 1-0 to Newport County on Saturday and that was off the back of a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Premier League Stoke in the Capital One Cup.

With the cup competition providing an opportunity for both managers to make a change or two there could be some chances for those on the fringes of both Gary Johnson and Andy Awford’s teams.

For Yeovil, Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak made his only other appearance in the Capital One Cup so could be in line for a recall, while all three of Saturday’s substitutes made significant impressions on the game to be in contention for a starting spot.

Elsewhere, Seth Nana Twumasi returned to the squad on Saturday after suspension and is available again this Tuesday.

At the time of writing, both managers have made no secret of the fact that a busy transfer deadline day could be ahead, so any new faces to either side will have to be registered in time and any loan additions given permission to play in the cup competitions from their parent club.

The same will apply to the Fratton Park outfit with Awford making six changes going into Saturday’s game from their cup match last midweek.

The two sides have met twice before in a competitive capacity, the 2012/13 season saw the sides cross paths in League One.

Yeovil and Pompey won the league match at each other’s home ground; at Huish Park Reuben Reid scored a consolation in a 2-1 defeat while at Fratton Park Dom Blizzard and Byron Webster scored in a 2-1 win for the Glovers.

Prior to that, a series a friendlies are that we can go back to in the hunt for some form, but as most of those ended in Portsmouth wins from their days in the Premier League they might be best skipping over.

Tickets for the match are available right up until kick off as always and are at a special discounted rate.

Adults can get in for just £10, Seniors and Young Persons get in for just £5 and Under 16s can gain entry for just a single pound.

With the kids back at school, why not stretch out their holidays that little bit further with an evening at the football?

Portsmouth look set to bring a large following as ever, so the green and white faithful are asked to respond in number.

If you want to get ahead of the game, you can book online HERE or call the ticket office at any point today (Monday) and speak to one of the friendly team.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry, the game will be live on Glovers Player and all the post match reaction will be available on all of the social networks.

It’s a big midweek cup tie and you can help Yeovil start their journey to Wembley.

Famous Fans : Jeremey Irons the actor and possibly most famously of all, John Portsmouth Football Club Westood.. yes, that’s his real name.

A foot in both camps:  Asmir Begovic, Martin Cranie, Conor Clifford, Stephen Henderson, Bondz Ngala, Luke Rodgers, John Sullivan, Marc Wilson and both clubs list Guy Whittingham among their favourite sons.

Did you know? Reputedly, the narrowest occupied domestic residence in Britain is in Manor Road, Portsmouth. Built around 1900, the front is 4ft 10in (147 cm) wide.