Month: February 2015

REPORT: SCUNTHOPRE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the long trip north to face Scunthorpe United and returned home with a single point after a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park.

A first goal from Joel Grant and penalty save by goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart to deny Paddy Madden ensured Town lead 1-0 at the half time break.

The home side equalised just after the hour mark thanks to a solo effort from Hakeeb Adelakun.

Terry Skiverton made two changes from the starting eleven that drew 2-2 with Gillingham last week. In came Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore with James Berrett and James Hayter starting on the Town bench.

With the home side having the majority of the opening exchanges Town were resolute in defence and coped well with what the home side had to throw at them.

It was Town who opened the scoring just before the half hour mark thanks to the returning Grant. A good run on the left wing by Ugwu saw the former Reading man shoot from a tight angle.

United keeper Luke Daniels parried his shot into the path of the Jamaican, who made no mistake from close range to make it 1-0 to the Glovers.

Skiverton was forced into a substitution on 37 minutes when keeper Artur Krysiak was forced off after taking a blow to his head. Keeper coach Gareth Stewart replaced the Polish shot stopper.

Right on the half time whistle the home side were awarded a penalty after Byron Webster fouled former Town man Madden in the area. After what seemed a lifetime referee Lewis pointed to the spot.

Madden dusted himself down to take the penalty, the Irishman stepped up confidently, but sub keeper Stewart dived the right way to deny Madden.

The second half kicked off nearly ten minutes later than other games in League One because of the lengthy delay with Krysiak’s injury.

Just five minutes into the second period there was another long delay. This time Nathan Smith clashed headed with former Town loanee Jordan Clarke. Smith needed lengthy treatment on the pitch before being bandaged up and allowed to continue.

Just after the hour mark the home side drew level when substitute Adelakun jinked his way into the town area to drill the ball past Stewart and into the far corner.

With 25 minutes remaining Skiverton moved Moore from defence to play as a striker alomg side Ugwu and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

Good work on the right wing from Shephard saw him cross the ball all the way across the Scunthorpe area to his fellow Swan Kingsley. The left sided man’s shot somehow went wide of the target, much to the relief of the home faithful.

Just seconds later and at the other end Town had Arthurworrey to thank for a superb sliding tackle to deny Madden a certain goal.

Former Glovers man Clarke was next to test Stewart in goal, but the ‘keeper coach did well to save Clarke’s effort with his feet.

Despite there being six minutes of added on time neither side could find the winner and had to settle for a point each.

Match Report : 28/02/2015

Town made the long trip north to face Scunthorpe United and returned home with a single point after a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park.

A first goal from Joel Grant and penalty save by goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart to deny Paddy Madden ensured Town lead 1-0 at the half time break.

The home side equalised just after the hour mark thanks to a solo effort from Hakeeb Adelakun.

Terry Skiverton made two changes from the starting eleven that drew 2-2 with Gillingham last week. In came Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore with James Berrett and James Hayter starting on the Town bench.

With the home side having the majority of the opening exchanges Town were resolute in defence and coped well with what the home side had to throw at them.

It was Town who opened the scoring just before the half hour mark thanks to the returning Grant. A good run on the left wing by Ugwu saw the former Reading man shoot from a tight angle.

United keeper Luke Daniels parried his shot into the path of the Jamaican, who made no mistake from close range to make it 1-0 to the Glovers.

Skiverton was forced into a substitution on 37 minutes when keeper Artur Krysiak was forced off after taking a blow to his head. Keeper coach Gareth Stewart replaced the Polish shot stopper.

Right on the half time whistle the home side were awarded a penalty after Byron Webster fouled former Town man Madden in the area. After what seemed a lifetime referee Lewis pointed to the spot.

Madden dusted himself down to take the penalty, the Irishman stepped up confidently, but sub keeper Stewart dived the right way to deny Madden.

The second half kicked off nearly ten minutes later than other games in League One because of the lengthy delay with Krysiak’s injury.

Just five minutes into the second period there was another long delay. This time Nathan Smith clashed headed with former Town loanee Jordan Clarke. Smith needed lengthy treatment on the pitch before being bandaged up and allowed to continue.

Just after the hour mark the home side drew level when substitute Adelakun jinked his way into the town area to drill the ball past Stewart and into the far corner.

With 25 minutes remaining Skiverton moved Moore from defence to play as a striker alomg side Ugwu and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

Good work on the right wing from Shephard saw him cross the ball all the way across the Scunthorpe area to his fellow Swan Kingsley. The left sided man’s shot somehow went wide of the target, much to the relief of the home faithful.

Just seconds later and at the other end Town had Arthurworrey to thank for a superb sliding tackle to deny Madden a certain goal.

Former Glovers man Clarke was next to test Stewart in goal, but the ‘keeper coach did well to save Clarke’s effort with his feet.

Despite there being six minutes of added on time neither side could find the winner and had to settle for a point each.

SKYBET LEAGUE ONE BETTING PREVIEW

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Sky Bet League 1 – Weekend Betting Preview

Bristol City v Rochdale
Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City are odds-on favourites with Sky Bet at 8/11 to defeat Rochdale on Saturday. Dale can be supported at 18/5 for the three points while the draw is priced up at 11/4. Rochdale are 13th and have fallen away of late but a win could keep up their play-off ambitions, as they are one of 12 teams realistically fighting it out for sixth. Aden Flint has netted in two of Bristol City’s last three games and the defender is 12/1 to open the scoring. The first goalscorer betting is headed by Robins striker Matt Smith at 4/1 and Ian Henderson is the top Rochdale contender at 7/1.

Top Tip: Exactly three match goals at 3/1

Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town
Chesterfield have lost four matches in a row and are 21/20 to stop the rot with victory over Fleetwood. The Cod Army have only lost once in their last four and are priced up at 13/5 while the draw is 23/10. Seven of Fleetwood’s last eight away fixtures have seen under 2.5 goals whereas in the Spireites’ last eight home matches only two have contained under 2.5 goals. The reverse fixture between these sides finished goalless and Fleetwood’s away form suggests a bet with unders on the goals the way to go.

Top Tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 5/2

Coventry City v MK Dons
Coventry begin life without Steven Presley against second-placed MK Dons at the Ricoh Arena. The hosts can be backed at 14/5 but the travelling Dons are the even-money favourites. You can support the draw at 12/5. The Sky Blues have not won since January 3 but the Dons have won back-to-back matches after going on a run of three games without a win. Both sides have attacking options and in their last six matches the Dons average two goals per match.

Top Tip: A 2-2 draw at 12/1

Crawley Town v Sheffield United
Promotion chasers Sheffield United are the 4/6 favourites to make it six matches unbeaten with victory at Crawley on Saturday. The struggling Red Devils can be backed at 9/2 and the draw is on offer at 13/5. Crawley are though in good spirits after back-to-back victories claimed against Swindon and Barnsley. Sheffield United can leave scoring to as late as possible, against Coventry they were 2-0 with 10 men before drawing 2-2 after netting in the 78th and 81st minutes. Crawley have scored five second half goals in their previous two outings so expect late drama.

Top Tip: Both teams to score in the second half at 11/4

Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town
Crewe are priced up at 100/30 to take the scalp of promotion-pushing Swindon, who are the 4/5 favourites for victory at the Alexandra Stadium. The draw can be supported at 13/5. The Railwaymen have won four of their last six home matches and that run started by beating Bristol City; three of those four wins have contained under 2.5 goals. Swindon have lost their last three away matches but still have the second-best record in Sky Bet League 1 on the road this season.

Top Tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 3/1

Doncaster Rovers v Colchester United
Doncaster are the odds-on favourites at 3/4 to claim victory at home to Colchester on Saturday. Colchester can be supported at 15/4 Sky Bet are offering 5/2 that the points are shared at the final whistle. In their last six away matches, Colchester have won twice, drawn twice and lost twice showing they aren’t an easy side to predict. Statistics to take note of are that seven of 16 Doncaster home matches have been goalless at the break, while six of 16 Colchester away games have also been 0-0 at half-time.

Top Tip: A 0-0 draw at half time at 13/8

Gillingham v Barnsley
Gillingham are unbeaten in their last eight matches and can be backed at 13/10 for three points at home to Barnsley. The Tykes can be supported at 2/1 to end the Gills’ good run of form. The draw is priced up at 12/5 with Sky Bet. Barnsley have won back-to-back matches and will look to make it three at the Priestfield under new manager Lee Johnson. One interesting fact is that Barnsley haven’t drawn a league match since December 7, 15 games ago. Both teams have scored in Gillingham’s last three games and you can get 4/6 for a fourth match.

Top Tip: Both teams to score at 4/6

Notts County v Port Vale
Notts County have only won once in their last six league matches and that was away to Leyton Orient. Port Vale in contrast have won their last two after going on a four match streak without winning. The Magpies are 6/4 to take the victory while the Valiants are 7/4. Sky Bet have the draw priced up at 23/10. Rob Page’s side have only won one of their last five away matches and they would need to improve that run here to stay in contention for a play-off place come May. A way to look into this fixture at Meadow Lane is through when these two teams tend to score their fair share of goals. Notts County have only scored four goals in their last six matches but those goals all came in the first half while Port Vale have scored four of their last seven goals in the second half of matches. 

Top Tip: Notts County/Draw (half-time/full-time) at 14/1

Oldham Athletic v Preston North End
Oldham are searching for a manager after Lee Johnson took over at Barnsley on Wednesday so Dean Holden takes temporary charge for this fixture. Despite that you can back the hosts at 15/8 with Sky Bet while their opponents Preston are priced at 7/5 with the draw available at 23/10. Preston have won their last four matches without conceding a goal but that form comes from three home matches and just the one away. Nonetheless that has led them to closing the gap on the automatic promotion places to three points. The Lilywhites have won four of their last seven away while Oldham have only won twice at Boundary Park in their last seven. Both teams to score in this clash is highly likely as Oldham have only failed to score in three of 15 home matches while Preston have only been shut out twice away from Deepdale this season. Aston Villa loanee Daniel Johnson has two goals in two games for Preston and returns to Oldham where he spent just over a month on loan earlier on this season.

Top Tip: Daniel Johnson to score first at 16/1
 

Peterborough United v Bradford City
Darren Ferguson left London Road after Peterborough’s 3-0 defeat to second-placed MK Dons and Dave Robertson takes caretaker charge for this match. Peterborough can be supported at 13/10 to beat Bradford, who are 2/1 for victory. Sky Bet have priced the draw up at 12/5. Bradford were beaten at Swindon on Tuesday and their fixture backlog may start to take its toll as they have to play again this Tuesday ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final with Reading. James Hanson has four goals in his last three league matches for Bradford, which includes scoring in both of the Bantams last two away games.

Top Tip: James Hanson to score first at 5/1

Scunthorpe United v Yeovil Town
Yeovil slipped to the foot of the table despite their home draw to Gillingham while Scunthorpe sit in 17th but are closer to a play-off place rather than relegation. The Iron are 13/10 to beat the Glovers, who themselves are 21/10 to take the three points south. Sky Bet have the draw priced at 23/10.  Scunthorpe have won four of their last eight home matches while Yeovil have not won away in their last six matches on the road. Terry Skiverton is still in caretaker charge of the Glovers and they need to start picking up points as they sit five points away from safety and a win here could start the momentum building, which would help them to stay in League 1. The only two goals they have scored in their last six away games came at Bristol City and in a 1-1 draw with Preston so they aren’t without a chance. Scunthorpe have never taken a lead into half-time at Glanford Park this season with eight of 16 matches being goalless. For Yeovil this figure in away games is five, the second most frequent half-time scoreline.

Top Tip: A 0-0 draw at half-time at 13/8
 

Walsall v Leyton Orient
A win for strugglers Leyton Orient could see them climb out of the relegation zone while three points for Walsall could see them cut the gap on the play-off places. The Saddlers can be backed at 13/10 to claim victory while a win for the O’s is priced at 2/1 with the teams sharing the points at 12/5. Walsall have only picked up four points out of a possible 18 at home in their last six matches, while Orient have secured seven points from a possible 18 on their travels in the same timeframe. The two Orient away wins have seen them score three goals on both occasions and they have only kept one clean sheet in five. David Mooney has three goals in three matches for the O’s after his double at Chesterfield while Walsall loanee Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila has scored three in five since joining the club on a temporary basis from Manchester City.

Top Tip: Jordy Hiwula and David Mooney both to score at 11/1

WEALEY EDGES BACK TO FULL FITNESS

More good news on the injury front for manager Terry Skiverton.

Injured Yeovil Town keeper Chris Weale took his first tentative steps towards a return to action with his first light training session this morning.

Under the supervision of goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart the recovering keeper had a session between the posts following a broken foot sustained when an opponent trod on his foot.

Chris will slowly pick up his schedule as he aims for a return to the squad in the busy weeks ahead.

PREVIEW: SCUNTHORPE UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday when the Glovers make the long trip to face Scunthorpe United.

Yeovil have a spell of three back to back home games coming up, but first must negotiate what looks like a tricky trip to the north and a Scunthorpe side who have been blowing hot at cold this season.

Still bottom of the table with 29 points, Yeovil know a win will put them within touching distance with a run of winnable home games coming up.

By contrast, the Iron, currently in 17th will know that a win could take them as much as 10 points clear of the drop zone and even as high as 9th place in one jump.

Since taking over the manager’s position, Terry Skiverton has overseen two positive results at home and two defeats on the road.

A win over Crawley and a draw against in form Gillingham have sandwiched defeats at both Crewe and Doncaster.

Meanwhile, Scunthorpe are coming off back to back defeats, losing at Preston before defeat at home to Barnsley in midweek.

That midweek fixture for the Iron should mean Yeovil are better rested for the game after the Yeovil fixture in the Somerset Premier Cup was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The last time Scunthorpe gained a victory was a home win over Chesterfield on the 17th of Feb, that fixture did follow an even better win over Swindon on Valentines day.

Skiverton has made no secret of his desire to add another player to his squad, but at the time of writing no new names had been added ahead of the trip to Scunthorpe.

He does have a few selection issues to resolve however, a number of players including Joel Grant, Liam Davis and Nathan Ralph have returned to training and the match day squads recently and could be vying for a starting place, as could goal scoring hero Adam Morgan, his last gasp penalty secured a point last weekend.

There is also the conundrum of which of the club’s six loans to leave out, Ben Nugent was the unlucky sixth against Gillingham and a decision will have to be made with this fixture too.

The main injury worries surround Joe Edwards and Ajay Leitch Smith, both have missed the last two games after picking up knocks at Crewe. Both will be monitored up until the last possible moment.

As for the hosts, they have lost Neil Bishop who will serve the first of a two match ban and Matt Sparrow who has joined Cheltenham on loan.

They are monitoring Alex Davey and Marcus Williams but the latter is more than likely expected to be given the all clear ahead of the weekend.

The dangerman for the Iron is reasonably well known around these parts; over a dozen goals have already been notched under the name of Paddy Madden and the Glovers would like to keep it at that level for at least another 90 minutes.

Madden enjoyed his most successful season with Yeovil and his goals secured promotion to the Championship during the 2012/13 season.

Earlier in the season, back in August, the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Huish Park.

Kieffer Moore opening the scoring after an hour before that man Madden netting the equaliser eight minutes from time.

Looking back at previous seasons, Yeovil are unbeaten against Scunthorpe in the last four meetings, winning 3-0 and 4-0 during the aforementioned promotion campaign.

The 4-0 win, at Glanford Park included a brace from Gozie Ugwu, then on loan from Reading and now on the books as a contracted member of the squad.

Before that, however, there are seven straight wins for Scunthorpe in the head to heads with an aggregate score of 10-2 between 2006 and 2011. The less said about those the better!

As has already been mentioned this weekend’s fixture is the prequel to three straight home game when Walsall, Oldham and Bristol City all visit Huish Park.

For those not making the trip on Saturday, may we point you in the direction of the online ticketing facility HERE.

You can secure your place for all three matches, either individually or in multiples to save on the transaction fees.

If you are heading north on Saturday, or planning on visiting Huish Park for any of those three fixtures, on behalf of Terry Skiverton, Darren Way and the squad, we’ve been asked to thank you in advance for your positive support.

Tickets for the Scunthorpe game are available on the day for those who make a late decision to travel up.

If anyone wants to stay at home, fear not, Glovers Player will have commentary in full and highlights and post match reaction will be on YouTube as soon as possible.

Scunthorpe United

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

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

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

ENJOY A CARVERY AND PINT AT YEOVIL TOWN V WALSALL FOR £10!

The Glovers take on Walsall on Tuesday 3rd March, 7:45pm kick-off, and bookings are now being taken for our latest hospitality offer.

For just £10 you can enjoy a carvery and a drink in the Glovers Restaurant at Huish Park.

This fantastic offer is available to any match/season ticket holder and can be booked by calling 01935 847888.

Please note that food only served prior to kick off. Dress code is smart casual.

ANOTHER EVENTFUL SATURDAY AT HUISH PARK

So, here we are again and fresh from another eventful Saturday at Huish Park. Supporting Yeovil Town is an absolute rollercoaster and it really is not good for my heart rate!

I thought that we were outstanding in the first half against Gillingham and in all honesty the match should have been settled by the break. We could have quite easily been 3-0 up, but all season we have struggled to take our chances.

Unfortunately, we were unable to match our level of performance in the second half and let them back in to the game. Gillingham are a good side and I am sure they will continue to do well this season but the least we deserved was the point.

When Adam Morgan stepped up, I will admit I was nervous. I had slight Ishmael Miller flashbacks from last season. As much as I loved Miller for all the goals he scored for us, his penalties will continue to haunt me. However, Morgan had nerves of steel and it was a penalty that James Hayter would have been proud of.

Only time will tell if the point will be enough, but once again we scored twice at home and I do feel that had we lost, mission survival would have endured a HUGE setback. We must go on one hell of a run, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible.

 

It is certainly not just us struggling this season, with Aston Villa languishing in the bottom three in the Premier League. Having appointed Tim Sherwood I thought that their home game against Stoke would have been an ideal opportunity to kick start their survival bid.

However, that did not quite go to plan and they suffered a 2- 1 defeat in the last minute. A club as huge as Villa will really struggle to come to terms with relegation and will be desperate to avoid the drop.

Sherwood will certainly take no prisoners, but he must get them playing more exciting football and get the fans back on side. It really is so important to have a high level of support when you are struggling, something that we are lucky enough to have no matter what.

 

Managerial changes can often spark a revival and I think it was much needed at Villa after what has been an awful season and they are the lowest scorers in all four leagues.

However, it is not always the correct decision and I was shocked to hear that Brentford’s Mark Warburton will be leaving his post at the end of this season. Brentford have had an unbelievable season and with new owners looked to be going from strength to strength. However, due to a difference in “football philosophies” Warburton will now leave his position. Quite frankly, this to me seems like a crazy decision.

He got them promoted to the Championship and now sit seventh in the table, just one point off the play – offs. How any owner could not reward such a record is staggering.

I think it is commendable that he is sticking with the side and they still managed to pick up a great result at home to Bournemouth sealing a 3-1 win. It is no wonder that football fans lose faith in their clubs but one thing is for sure, he will not struggle to get a job after his last two seasons.

Goal of the week
Liverpool have been on a great run of late, after a slow start to the season. They sealed a great win against Southampton and this early opener from Coutinho was truly spectacular. What a strike!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abK8rqFbV84

Next up, we face a long trip to Scunthorpe in what will be a tough but crucial game. If we could seal the three points then everyone will sit up and take notice. I cannot wait to see the battle of former team mates Byron Webster and Paddy Madden.

I am sure Byron will not go easy on him. I hope we all give Paddy a warm reception…it is great to see him doing so well. I’m also hoping that Joe Edwards will be pushing for a start again after his injury, but it may come too soon for him.

I am sure he is itching to get back on the pitch and I certainly cannot wait to see him back! Although, seeing him on Saturday was a personal highlight – every cloud eh?! So, safe journey to all the Yeovil fans and hopefully all the miles will be worth it as Mission Survival continues!

Until next week.

Shez

JOLLY SURPRISES YOUNG FAN WITH GIFTS FROM MRS JOLLY


In January the club received a email from a young fan asking why she never sees Mrs Jolly at games (see picture below).


Mrs Jolly replied to the email saying she was always busy and can not make many games. But on Saturday Jolly surprised young Heidi with a gift from Mrs Jolly.

Heidi, who has autism and global development delay was delighted to meet Jolly pitch side and receive the gifts and card from Mrs Jolly to thank her for her concern.

Mrs Jolly has confirmed she will not be appearing on Jeremy Kyle any time soon!

AWAY TRAVEL CLUB TRIP TO FLEETWOOD

The Away Travel Club will be running a trip to Blackpool for Yeovil Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Fleetwood.

The game is to be played on Easter Monday 6th April with the Away Travel Club leaving at about 9.30am on Sunday 5th April from Huish Park and will return on Tuesday 7th April.

The travelling supporters will have two nights accommodation in The Delton Hotel in Blackpool. The cost of the trip will be no more than £120 per person which will cover coach travel and accommodation which will include bed, breakfast and evening meal.

To book your place call Roger Brimble on 01935 475384.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V GILLINGHAM


An Adam Morgan penalty three minutes into stoppage earned Yeovil Town a valuable point in a topsy turvy 2-2 draw with Gillingham at Huish Park today.

The spot kick came five minutes after the Gills had seemingly completed a comeback from a goal down to lead 2-1 through goals from John Marquis and sub Luke Norris. This after Gozie Ugwu had given the Glovers a 21st minute lead with his fourth goal of the season.

The result leaves Yeovil rooted to the foot of the table and now five points from safety after the other results went against them but a second successive comeback at home

will give Terry Skiverton’s side hope that they can complete "Mission Survival".

With four new players arriving at Huish Park, three of them found their way into the starting eleven. Swansea loanee Stephen KIngsley came in at wing back along with team mate Josh Sheehan in midfield and the return of Millwall’s centre back Byron Webster on loan. Dropping to the bench was Kieffer Moore with Ben Nugent and Ajay Leitch-Smith missing from the squad altogether.

The first twenty minutes were very quiet and lacked any chances at all, the only incident seeing Nathan Smith booked for a foul on John Marquis on eleven minutes. But the opener was just around the corner and it arrived on 21 minutes. Sam Foley’s free kick was partly cleared to Webster who nodded the ball forward back into the box. Gozie Ugwu controlled the ball and fired home as the Gills defence appealed in vain for offside.

Within two minutes, Yeovil had a double golden chance to make the score 2-0. James Berrett robbed Max Ehmer and released Ugwu down the right; the striker crossed for James Hayter whose first shot was saved by keeper Stuart Nelson with the follow up blocked for a corner.

Gillingham, unbeaten in seven, were being kept at arms length by the Glovers back line and it took 35 minutes for the away side to create a clear chance, Cody McDonald wasting a headed opportunity. Ugwu was sent clear right late in the half but lifted his shot over Nelson and wide of the post.

Gills new boss Justin Edinburgh got into his lacklustre side at half time and they came out much improved and equalised three minutes after the break. McDonald’s free kick was well saved by keeper Artur Krysiak but Marquis followed up to strike his sixth goal in eight games.

Sheehan was impressive all afternoon in Yeovil’s engine room and he twice had attempts on goal in a couple of minutes midway through the half, neither really testing Nelson. Foley then forced Nelson into a flying save with a swerving effort from 25 yards out on 78 minutes.

Skiverton sent on Adam Morgan for Berrett with twelve minutes left and the lively striker almost produced a sensational goal when he collected Krysiak’s throw deep in his own half, ran sixty yards before unleashing a shot that went high and wide.

With three minutes left, Gills looked to have sealed a win they possibly didn’t deserve when sub Luke Norris, only on for five minutes, was allowed time and space to send in a shot into the far corner of Krysiak’s net.

But this Yeovil side had come back from a goal down to win at Crawley a fortnight ago and they showed a similar battling spirit again, refusing to give in. Nathan Smith’s looping cross wasn’t dealt with by the Gills defence and Joel Grant won the ball before going down under the challenge of a Gills defender. Ref Simon Hooper pointed to the spot and, showing great guts and determination, Morgan smashed the penalty home to grab a deserved point for the Glovers.

Visiting centre back John Egan headed a corner over five minutes into stoppage time but Yeovil held on to gain a point and make it four home games unbeaten.

Match Report : 21/02/2015

An Adam Morgan penalty three minutes into stoppage earned Yeovil Town a valuable point in a topsy turvy 2-2 draw with Gillingham at Huish Park today.

The spot kick came five minutes after the Gills had seemingly completed a comeback from a goal down to lead 2-1 through goals from John Marquis and sub Luke Norris. This after Gozie Ugwu had given the Glovers a 21st minute lead with his fourth goal of the season.

The result leaves Yeovil rooted to the foot of the table and now five points from safety after the other results went against them but a second successive comeback at home

will give Terry Skiverton’s side hope that they can complete "Mission Survival".

With four new players arriving at Huish Park, three of them found their way into the starting eleven. Swansea loanee Stephen KIngsley came in at wing back along with team mate Josh Sheehan in midfield and the return of Millwall’s centre back Byron Webster on loan. Dropping to the bench was Kieffer Moore with Ben Nugent and Ajay Leitch-Smith missing from the squad altogether.

The first twenty minutes were very quiet and lacked any chances at all, the only incident seeing Nathan Smith booked for a foul on John Marquis on eleven minutes. But the opener was just around the corner and it arrived on 21 minutes. Sam Foley’s free kick was partly cleared to Webster who nodded the ball forward back into the box. Gozie Ugwu controlled the ball and fired home as the Gills defence appealed in vain for offside.

Within two minutes, Yeovil had a double golden chance to make the score 2-0. James Berrett robbed Max Ehmer and released Ugwu down the right; the striker crossed for James Hayter whose first shot was saved by keeper Stuart Nelson with the follow up blocked for a corner.

Gillingham, unbeaten in seven, were being kept at arms length by the Glovers back line and it took 35 minutes for the away side to create a clear chance, Cody McDonald wasting a headed opportunity. Ugwu was sent clear right late in the half but lifted his shot over Nelson and wide of the post.

Gills new boss Justin Edinburgh got into his lacklustre side at half time and they came out much improved and equalised three minutes after the break. McDonald’s free kick was well saved by keeper Artur Krysiak but Marquis followed up to strike his sixth goal in eight games.

Sheehan was impressive all afternoon in Yeovil’s engine room and he twice had attempts on goal in a couple of minutes midway through the half, neither really testing Nelson. Foley then forced Nelson into a flying save with a swerving effort from 25 yards out on 78 minutes.

Skiverton sent on Adam Morgan for Berrett with twelve minutes left and the lively striker almost produced a sensational goal when he collected Krysiak’s throw deep in his own half, ran sixty yards before unleashing a shot that went high and wide.

With three minutes left, Gills looked to have sealed a win they possibly didn’t deserve when sub Luke Norris, only on for five minutes, was allowed time and space to send in a shot into the far corner of Krysiak’s net.

But this Yeovil side had come back from a goal down to win at Crawley a fortnight ago and they showed a similar battling spirit again, refusing to give in. Nathan Smith’s looping cross wasn’t dealt with by the Gills defence and Joel Grant won the ball before going down under the challenge of a Gills defender. Ref Simon Hooper pointed to the spot and, showing great guts and determination, Morgan smashed the penalty home to grab a deserved point for the Glovers.

Visiting centre back John Egan headed a corner over five minutes into stoppage time but Yeovil held on to gain a point and make it four home games unbeaten.

JUNIOR GLOVERS ENJOY AFTERNOON WITH TOWN PLAYERS

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton took his entire squad down to a fun day for the Junior Glovers held at Bucklers Mead School.

Players and Junior Glovers took part in all the activities on offer from The Fun Zone including table tennis, bouncy castles, slides and six a side football.

The annual event, organised by the Green and White Supporters Club, seemed to go down a bomb with the children on hand with both the "Way and Skiverton Clan" in attendance.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V GILLINGHAM

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday when the Glovers host Gillingham at Huish Park with a 3pm kick off.

Acting Manager, Terry Skiverton has been busy this week preparing a new look side for Saturday’s fixture as the Glovers look to get off the bottom of the table and close in on League One survival.

Yeovil, currently have 28 points in 24th place, with Saturday’s opponents sitting comfortably in mid-table with 41 points.

Just 13 points separate the sides – Yeovil are incidentally less than 20 points from the play offs – which means that League One is incredibly tight and a run of four or five positive (or negative) results at this stage could make a huge difference.

As we’ve mentioned Skiverton has been busy in the transfer market this week with three loan signings and a permanent addition joining the Somerset side.

Craig Eastmond (pictured below), a former Arsenal youngster has signed a deal until the end of the season while Darren Way worked his links with Swansea to secure the services of both attacking midfielder Josh Sheehan and defender Stephen Kingsley.

Sheehan is in Somerset until May while Kingsley joins on an initial one month deal.

Furthermore, the loan of Liam Shephard has been extended until the end of the campaign too.

The final addition will need no introduction to Yeovil fans as play off hero Byron Webster returned on Thursday on a deal until the end of the season.

The Millwall defender joins on loan with the side he gained promotion with two years ago.

What this does do, is mean that Yeovil currently have six loans on the books when you include Stephen Arthurworrey and Ben Nugent, as per the Football League rules one will have to miss out on match day.

If that wasn’t enough fresh faces for the side, there has been some encouraging news from the treatment room with Nathan Ralph, Joel Grant (pictured) and Liam Davis all returning to training.

Fitness is the key for those three and with a Somerset Premier Cup tie on Tuesday, it remains to be seen how many are deemed ready for first team action.

What that does leave Terry Skiverton with is options; Fergus Bell and Adam Morgan are still awaiting their first appearances in Yeovil colours this season too.

Joe Edwards and Ajay Leitch Smith are injury concerns with long term problems still keeping Kevin Dawson, Simon Gillet, Chris Weale and Jakub Sokolik side lined.

The Glovers form has been a bit patchy of, the win over Crawley was nearly two weeks ago now and that has been followed up with frustrating defeats against Crewe and Doncaster.

On the flip side, Gillingham are flying with their form.

They lie top of the form table having taken 16 points from their last six games including a win over promotion chasing MK Dons last week.

The change in fortune has been due to the introduction of a new manager with Justin Edinburgh (pictured) taking the reins.

The sides have already met twice this season with the Gills coming out on top on both occasions.

In a League Cup fixture way back in August, Yeovil crashed out of the cup 2-1 in their own back yard.

Simon Gillett scoring the Yeovil goal in between strikes from Brennan Dickinson and Aaron Morris.

No fewer than four days later, the sides met in the league, this time at the Preistfield Stadium.

The second fixture went even worse for Yeovil, a 2-0 defeat this time. Joe Martin and Danny Kedwell doing the damage.

Prior to this season, the encounters between the sides in the Football League have been relatively even, Yeovil took the lion’s share of the early fixtures with Gillingham taking the points and bragging rights more often than not over recent seasons.

You have to go back to 2007 for the last Yeovil win; James Walker grabbing a late winner in a 2-1 home win.

A repeat of the performance and result would go down very well this Saturday.

Gillingham may have conquered the likes of Peterborough, Sheffield United and Oldham in this run of form and will be fired up to continue their march towards the top six but Yeovil will be out to start their own run of positive results.

What’s more, Gillingham don’t have the SkyBet League One fan of the month in their corner, Yeovil do.

Pat Custard will once again be right behind the team on Saturday and you can join her.

Click HERE to buy tickets online, call the ticket office now on 01935 847888 or come down to the ground in person.

There is good news from the ticket office too, with the early bird deadline extended right through until 1pm on match day.

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

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

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

ENJOY HOSPITALITY AT YEOVIL TOWN V GILLINGHAM FOR £10!

Why not enjoy this Saturday’s football at Huish Park with our £10 Hospitality offer?

For just £10 you can enjoy this fantastic offer in 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 season/match ticket.

FOUR DAYS OF BEER, MUSIC AND FOOD


Yeovil Town Football Club will be holding a  Beer Festival from Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May 2015 at Huish Park.

There will be different real ales on sale over the course of the festival as well as a great selection of cider available. All beers will be priced at just £2.50 per pint.

There will also be a hog roast along with live music throughout the four days.

Opening times for the festival will be:

Thursday and Friday 7pm until 11pm

Saturday 2pm until 11pm

Sunday 2pm until 6pm

JUNIOR GLOVERS AFTERNOON THIS FRIDAY

Junior Glover members have the chance to meet the players and management team at Buckler’s Mead Sports Centre on Friday 20th February from 1-3pm.

Activities on the day will include bouncy castles, inflatable football pitch and table tennis.

 

This event is only open to Junior Glovers members and names will be checked on arrival.

BYRON WEBSTER RETURNS TO HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that defender Byron webster has re-joined the club on loan from Millwall.

The central defender has agreed a deal that will see him spend the remainder of the season at Huish Park.

Byron will need no introduction to Town fans after he was instrumental in helping the club secure promotion to the Championship in 2013.

Webster, 27, moved to Millwall in June 2014 and has made 11 appearances for The Lions.

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GLOVER’S DIRECTOR RESIGNS TO BOOST GROWTH OF WOMAN’S FOOTBALL

One of the longest serving directors of Yeovil Town Football Club, Stephen Allinson, has announced his resignation from the board after nearly 20 years.

Mr Allinson, 55, a solicitor and licensed insolvency practitioner, has recently taken on the role of chairman of Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club and is Chairman of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

In his letter of resignation, to take effect at the end of this season, he told Glovers’ chairman John Fry: “As you know I have developed a very keen interest in the growth of women’s football and my recent appointment as chairman of Yeovil Town Ladies will increase my time commitment to them and deepen my involvement with the women’s game at several levels.

“I also want to be part of the team that takes the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust to the next level, and that will mean further demands on my time.”

Mr. Allinson, from Curry Rivel, Somerset, said he had been concerned for some time about conflicts of interest between women’s football, the Community Trust and Yeovil Town Football Club and ‘I believe the time is right to ensure I represent both the Trust and the Ladies Club without risk to their development by my position on the Yeovil Town board.’

He also believed it important that, as an ambassador for the Community Trust and Yeovil Town Ladies F.C., he could lobby for those groups without conflict of interest. 

He added that also because of professional pressures ‘something had to give.’

Mr. Allinson thanked the board, and, in particular John Fry, for support and friendship over years of success as well as difficult times.

“I have been very proud to have been a director through the most successful time in the history of our club, and I will never forget that.

“I would also like to thank my wife, Glenys and daughters Emma and Suzy for being patient and supportive during my busy involvement with the football club.

“I shall now be able to shout my support for the Glovers from outside the Directors’ Box!”

Chairman John Fry commented:  "On behalf of the directors, staff and supporters of YTFC, I would like to place on record our appreciation of all the hard work Stephen has contributed towards the success of the Club during the 20 years he has served as a director of the Board.

"We have had many disagreements during this time, but, we have always put the Club’s interest first and we remain good friends. I wish Stephen and Glenys every good luck and happiness with the development of our Ladies Club and the Community Sports Trust."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

STEPHEN KINGSLEY JOINS THE GLOVERS


Yeovil Town have signed Swansea City defender Stephen Kingsley, subject to international clearance.

The former Falkirk player, 20, has joined Terry Skiverton’s squad for a month on an emergency loan.

Kingsley made his debut for Falkirk aged just 16 and went on to make nearly 100 appearances for the Scottish Championship club before joining Swansea on a three-year deal in 2013.

Stephen will wear squad number 35 during his stay Somerset. 

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WE SHOWED GREAT DESIRE AND PASSION

Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed my blog last week regarding Gary Johnson. It really was a tough one to write but now all our focus must be on “Mission Survival.”

It has, however, been yet another disappointing week for us as Glovers fans. After a narrow defeat at Crewe Alexandra last Tuesday, the performance at Doncaster Rovers was extremely hard to take.

The most pleasing thing about the victory at home to Crawley Town was the desire and passion we showed to come from behind. Unfortunately, this was not the case at the Keepmoat Stadium. Our heads dropped and an unfortunate mistake by Artur Krysiak to gift Doncaster the lead. It is safe to say that we were completely outplayed throughout but our real issue is lack of goals.

Gozie Ugwu has been a fantastic signing but I do think he needs some help. We have already welcomed Josh Sheehan on loan from Swansea City and secured the signature of Craig Eastmond. Creative midfielders are just what we need to support the strikers and hopefully they can also add to our goal tally. I look forward to seeing if Skivo can bring in an extra defender to help us get out.

Elsewhere, it was once again FA Cup weekend. I am not sure I had quite got over the excitement of the fourth round, but Bradford City did it again. They saw off Sunderland at Valley Parade and are now just one game away from Wembley.

They have been drawn at home to Reading, so they have a real chance to make history in this competition. Carling Cup finalists in 2013 and now FA Cup quarter finalists – incredible. It really is such an amazing story but how many of you also let everyone know that we beat them both home and away?

Liverpool came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1. Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana ensured Brendan Rodgers side booked their place in the quarter finals. With many top sides having made an early exit, Liverpool will fancy their chances this year.

There’s no reason why Steven Gerrard cannot dream of lifting a trophy in his final season at the club. Their next round tie is at home to Blackburn, an extremely good fixture for the Premier League giants. Reading are also a side to watch and will want to stop Bradford’s dream after they recorded an impressive 2-1 victory against high flying Derby County at the IPro stadium.

32-year-old striker Yakubu came off the bench to score a great goal to secure victory for the Royals.

 

It has been one of the greatest FA Cup’s ever this year and I cannot wait to see how it turns out. Manchester United host Arsenal in the next round and what a game that will be. It guarantees another top side will exit the Cup leaving it wide open for the underdogs. Brilliant.

Goal of the week

In what has been a great career, Yakubu has yet again scored an important goal for his side. I love the build up to this goal from the rest of the team and it really is a top finish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAcKxZ-_dWs

So we now welcome high flying Gillingham to Huish Park in what will be another huge game on Saturday. One person who I know will always be cheering on the lads, whether we are up and down, is League One supporter of the month – Pat Custard.

I would like to say a huge thank you to her for everything she does for the club and congratulations on the well-deserved recognition. Let’s all take a leaf out of Pat’s book and get behind the club we love so much! Come on lads…you can do it!

Until next week!

Shez

CRAIG EASTMOND SIGNS FOR THE GLOVERS

Yeovil Town have signed free-agent Craig Eastmond until the end of the season.

Former Arsenal and Colchester United man Eastmond, 24, has joined the Glovers on a short term deal after his departure from Colchester United.

Eastmond came through the Arsenal youth set up before signing a professional contract in 2009. He made four first team appearances for the Gunners before signing for Colchester United in 2013.

 

Whilst at Arsenal, the Battersea born midfielder also enjoyed loan spells with Millwall and Wycombe Wanderers.

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JOSH SHEEHAN JOINS ON LOAN FROM SWANSEA CITY


Yeovil Town have signed midfielder Josh Sheenan on a month’s emergency loan from Swansea City.

 

Sheenan, who is 19 years old, made his Swansea debut in the Capital One Cup against Rotherham in 2014 following some good showings for the club Under 21 side.

 

Six foot tall Josh has played nine times for the Welsh Under 19 team and twice for the Under 21 side and hails from Llanelli.

 

 

Everybody at Yeovil Town wish him a successful stay in South Somerset.

Josh scored a wondergoal against Cardiff City in Swansea’s FAW Cup win. To view the video click here click the video below.

PAT WINS SKY BET LEAGUE 1 FAN OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY


Town fan Pat Custard has been named the Sky Bet League 1 Fan of the Month for January.

Pat is well known at the club for her voluntary work – so much so that at away games the travelling Yeovil fans have started singing ‘There’s only one Pat Custard!’ in her honour.

Pat’s average day usually begins at around 5am when she gets to the ground to begin making it presentable for both home and away fans.

Some of the roles that Pat undertakes include painting, cleaning, sandwich-making as well as taking photographs of fans on match-day and proof-reading the match-day programme.

Pat said: “When I hear the fans singing my name I immediately go bright red and just hope that they only sing it once.

“My first voluntary role at the club was in the conference days when The Green and Whites were in need of help clearing the terraces after games, and since then I have continued to help wherever I can.”

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry said: “Pat has been a supporter of the club for many years. She is an absolute diamond.

“Pat follows the club both home and away and puts in endless hours of her own time volunteering at Huish Park.

“It is great that she is being recognised for all that she does for Yeovil Town Football Club.”

Pat’s Sky Bet League 1 prediction:

Yeovil 2 Gillingham 0 – Gozie Ugwu first goal scorer (22/1– subject to change)

Scunthorpe 1 Yeovil 2 – Stephen Arthurworrey first goal scorer

ENJOY HOSPITALITY AT YEOVIL TOWN V GILLINGHAM FOR £10!

Why not enjoy this Saturday’s football at Huish Park with our £10 Hospitality offer?

For just £10 you can enjoy this fantastic offer in 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 season/match ticket.

SUNDAY CARVERY

There’s no better place to enjoy a Sunday carvery than at Huish Park.

Priced at just £8.95 for two courses, with locally sourced meat and vegetables, plus home made desserts.

For further details, please call 01935 423662

JUNIOR GLOVERS AFTERNOON THIS FRIDAY

Junior Glover members have the chance to meet the players and management team at Buckler’s Mead Sports Centre on Friday 20th February from 1-3pm.

Activities on the day will include bouncy castles, inflatable football pitch and table tennis.

 

This event is only open to Junior Glovers members and names will be checked on arrival.

JAMAR LOZA RETURNS TO NORWICH CITY

Jamar Loza has today returned to parent club Norwich City after the completion his loan spell.

The striker has been on loan in Somerset since January 14th and made five appearances for the Glovers during his stay at Huish Park.

Terry Skiverton said: "Jamar has been a pleasure to work with during his loan spell. Everyone at the club wishes him well for the future."

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REPORT: DONCASTER ROVERS V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the long trip north to take on Paul Dickov’s Doncaster Rovers and returned home empty handed after a 3-0 defeat.

A first half goal from Nathan Tyson and two second half goals from Dean Furman and Kyle Bennett secured the win for men in red and white.

Terry Skiverton was forced into making one change from the midweek trip to Crewe. Skipper Joe Edwards limped off at half-time at Gresty Road with a ankle injury was forced to sit out the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium. Edwards was replaced by James Berrett in the centre of midfield.

After a comfortable start by the Glovers Ugwu twice found himself behind the Rovers defence only to be denied a shot both times by towering centre back Jamie McCombe.

With just over 20 minutes on the clock, Krysiak made a great save to deny a 25-yard thunderbolt from Paul Keegan, but from the resulting corner the home side opened the scoring.

After initially clearing the corner, midfielder Harry Forrester picked the ball up in the area to fire a shot at goal which was palmed out by Krysiak and Tyson was the quickest to react to prod the loose ball home from six-yards out.

On the half hour mark the home side thought they had doubled their lead. A Kyle Bennett free kick from 25-yards out took a huge deflection off the wall and was heading goal bound, only for Krysiak, who was wrong footed managed to tip the ball wide for a corner.

Town were dealt another injury blow with ten minutes of the first half remaining when Leitch-Smith hobbled off to be replaced by Sam Hoskins.

With the fourth official signalling three minutes to be added on, Town had their best chance of the first half. Neat build up from the midfield saw Ugwu find Shephard on the right. The Swansea City loanee returned the pass to Ugwu, but his shot was well blocked by McCombe.

From the resulting Foley corner the ball was half cleared by the Rovers defence. The ball fell to Berrett, whose volley took two deflections and ended up in the thankful hands of Bywater.

The home side doubled their advantage just before the hour mark when Furman latched onto a through ball from substitute Main to finish past Krysiak from 12 yards.

With just under 15 minutes remaining Town forced a corner on the right. Folley swung the corner in, which was flicked on by Arthurworrey into the path of Moore. The striker turned defender controlled the ball and shot towards goal, but Furman did well to block his shot on the line.

The hosts broke away from the block through Tyson, who looked up to cross the ball across the penalty area into the path of Bennett, who made no mistake from close range.

Match Report : 14/02/2015

Town made the long trip north to take on Paul Dickov’s Doncaster Rovers and returned home empty handed after a 3-0 defeat.

A first half goal from Nathan Tyson and two second half goals from Dean Furman and Kyle Bennett secured the win for men in red and white.

Terry Skiverton was forced into making one change from the midweek trip to Crewe. Skipper Joe Edwards limped off at half-time at Gresty Road with a ankle injury was forced to sit out the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium. Edwards was replaced by James Berrett in the centre of midfield.

After a comfortable start by the Glovers Ugwu twice found himself behind the Rovers defence only to be denied a shot both times by towering centre back Jamie McCombe.

With just over 20 minutes on the clock, Krysiak made a great save to deny a 25-yard thunderbolt from Paul Keegan, but from the resulting corner the home side opened the scoring.

After initially clearing the corner, midfielder Harry Forrester picked the ball up in the area to fire a shot at goal which was palmed out by Krysiak and Tyson was the quickest to react to prod the loose ball home from six-yards out.

On the half hour mark the home side thought they had doubled their lead. A Kyle Bennett free kick from 25-yards out took a huge deflection off the wall and was heading goal bound, only for Krysiak, who was wrong footed managed to tip the ball wide for a corner.

Town were dealt another injury blow with ten minutes of the first half remaining when Leitch-Smith hobbled off to be replaced by Sam Hoskins.

With the fourth official signalling three minutes to be added on, Town had their best chance of the first half. Neat build up from the midfield saw Ugwu find Shephard on the right. The Swansea City loanee returned the pass to Ugwu, but his shot was well blocked by McCombe.

From the resulting Foley corner the ball was half cleared by the Rovers defence. The ball fell to Berrett, whose volley took two deflections and ended up in the thankful hands of Bywater.

The home side doubled their advantage just before the hour mark when Furman latched onto a through ball from substitute Main to finish past Krysiak from 12 yards.

With just under 15 minutes remaining Town forced a corner on the right. Folley swung the corner in, which was flicked on by Arthurworrey into the path of Moore. The striker turned defender controlled the ball and shot towards goal, but Furman did well to block his shot on the line.

The hosts broke away from the block through Tyson, who looked up to cross the ball across the penalty area into the path of Bennett, who made no mistake from close range.

PREVIEW: DONCASTER ROVERS V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday with another long away trip, this time to Doncaster Rovers.

The Glovers will be hoping for slightly better fortunes on the road this Saturday after a 1-0 defeat away at Crewe in midweek.

Terry Skiverton’s second game of his second stint in charge didn’t go to plan as a Nicky Ajose goal in the first half secured all three points for the Alex.

Meanwhile, Doncaster were probably doing Yeovil a favour by putting no fewer than five goals past relegation rivals, Crawley.

Prior to Tuesday’s thrashing of Crawley, Doncaster had become somewhat the draw specialists, sharing the spoils against four sides since the turn of the year.

Defeats to Walsall and Bristol City (FA Cup) have been squeezed in between stalemates against Peterborough, Notts County, Chesterfield, Oldham and the first leg of that FA Cup tie versus Bristol City.

The failure to turn draws into wins has seen them stagnate slightly into 11th place in the league table, their record of ten wins, nine draws, nine defeats and goal difference of 0 fits in with a side neither looking up or down.

That being said, the squashed nature of the division means that not only are they only a few defeats from being dragged into the bottom half, but they actual lie just one win off the final play off spot.

As for Yeovil, a win on Saturday would take them back within a point of the side in 20th place, Coventry.

Tuesday’s loss may not have helped #MissionSurvival but it didn’t hinder the side either with Crawley, Leyton Orient and Colchester all losing.

In terms of team news, the loan window will have reopened by kick off, at the time of writing, no new additions had come into Huish Park, but never say never!

Joe Edwards was forced off at half time on Tuesday, the Glovers’ skipper took a number of forceful challenges and they resulted in him having to be replaced by James Berrett.

 

Berrett was himself returning to the squad after missing out last weekend, he could be in line to make another start if Edwards doesn’t recover in time.

Images of Joel Grant in training have excited the Glovers faithful this week, the Jamaican wide man has been out of action for a long time and the sight of him kicking a football again is a welcome one.

Grant may not be in the squad quite as quickly as we’d all hope, his training is still more in the mould of rehabilitation and not quite match fitness – just yet.

On Tuesday, Fergus Bell was the unlucky man to miss out on a place in the squad, he could return to the 18 if Edwards or anyone else misses out.

Doncaster’s news is that they brought in striker Uche Ikpeazu from Watford on loan at the back end of January.

The former Crewe loanee is yet to score in the red and white of his new club and wasn’t in the squad at all on Tuesday night.

Rovers have also secured the services of Ivorian Abdul Rasak (pictured above) for the remainder of the season after impressing on trial.

As you will know, these two sides have a long history together. Yeovil fans won’t need reminding of the epic 5-4 FA Trophy match back in 2002, or the many more meetings since then.

The most recent of which, at the very start of this season might be one Yeovil fans will want to forget.

A 3-0 opening day defeat came curtesy of goals from Curtis Main, Harry Forrester and Theo Robinson (pictured below).

The Glovers defence that day will be a far cry from what it will look like this weekend.

Chris Weale, Jakub Sokolik and Liam Davis are all out injured while Brendan Moloney and Aaron Martin have since left the club.

Interestingly, in the opposition net, a certain Jed Steer, who not only went on to have a successful loan spell at Huish Park but also came to cheer his former team mates on at Crewe in midweek.

The head to heads are pretty much in the Glovers’ favour.

Since joining the Football League, the sides have met 13 times with eight going in favour of the side from Somerset.

If anyone in keeping an aggregate score, Yeovil lead 15-10 over the same time period.

Another long trip for not only the players and staff and supporters too, tickets are available on the day and anyone making the trip to provide their support is gratefully appreciated.

For those who can’t bare another motorway mile this week, the game is available on Glovers Player and while you’re tuned into the commentary why not click HERE to check out the full range of home tickets available to purchase in advance.

As ever, the media team will have twitter covered for a live feed of the game and check out Facebook and YouTube for post match coverage.

Famous Doncaster Rovers fans:

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

A foot in both camps:

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

Did you know?

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

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

For fans making the long trip north Doncaster have a handy away fans guide. To view the guide click here.

 

MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT V DONCASTER ROVERS

Mark Heywood will take charge of this weekend’s Sky Bet League One clash at Doncaster Rovers.

During his 19 games in the middle this season, Heywood has issued 61 yellows and two red cards.

 

Mr Heywood last took charge of Town in November 2012 when he was the man in the middle for the 4-0 defeat away to Swindon Town.

He last took charge of Doncaster in their 1-0 win over Leicester City in October 2013.

Danny Markham and Robert Massey-Ellis will assist Mr Heywood with Joe Clark acting as fourth official.

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TICKETS: LEYTON ORIENT AWAY


Tickets for Town’s fixture away Leyton Orient on Saturday 14th March are now available from the Ticket Office at Huish Park.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults – £23 – Concessions – £15 – Under 18 – £5

Prices increase on matchday to the following:

Adults – £25 – Concessions – £16 – Under 18 – £16

Concessions are those 65 and over, students with a valid ID card, current serving members of the Armed Forces with proof of affiliation and unemployed with proof of benefit receipt. The necessary documents need to be shown at purchase point and will need to be taken on the day.

 

Some tickets may have a restricted view to them, unfortunately Leyton Orient are not able to mark these tickets as they are in the process of renewing the seats in the away section.  If you purchase a restricted view ticket then they will exchange on the day at the turnstile.

NEW DATE SET FOR BRISTOL CITY FIXTURE

Yeovil Town’s home match against Bristol City scheduled for 21st March has been rearranged due to City’s involvement in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley on March 22nd.

The match will now be played at Huish Park on Tuesday March 10th with a 7.45 pm kick off.

Tickets already purchased will be valid for the rearranged date.

Tickets for the match can be purchased online using the mytickets section on the online booking page.

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REPORT: CREWE ALEXANDRA V YEOVIL TOWN

After the victory over Crawley Town on Saturday, Town travelled to Crewe to try and close the gap between the two clubs at the bottom of League One.

A first half goal from Nicky Ajose was enough give the home side all three points despite Town dominating large periods of play at Gresty Road.

Terry Skiverton named the same starting eleven that beat Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon. The only change came on the bench with James Berrett replacing the injured Fergus Bell.

The home side started the brighter of the two teams but failed to test Krysiak in the Town goal in the opening exchanges.

Town’s first chance of the evening fell to Ugwu after 25 minutes. Captain Edwards picked up the ball on the half way line and surged forward with great intent. His pass found Hayter just inside the area, the former Doncaster man found Leitch-Smith on the right and as his cross made it’s way to Ugwu in the area the assistants flag was raised.

Despite Town having the majority of the play in the first half they found themselves a goal down after 38 minutes.

As Marcus Hayber took on Kieffer Moore on the right wing Ajose was being tracked by two Town defenders, but Hayber’s cross was pinpoint and the Leeds United loanee slammed the ball home from close range.

Town were forced to make their first substitution at half time when James Berrett entered the action in the place of skipper Edwards.

With the substitution came a formation change with Moore moving from centre back to up front alongside Ugwu.

On the hour mark Leitch-Smith stung the palms of keeper Garratt form 25-yards, but the keeper gathered the former Crewe man’s shot at the second attempt.

At the other end Town had Nugent to thank for keeping the score at 1-0 when he bravely blocked a goal bound shot from Jamie Ness

With less than ten minutes to play the home side could have scored two goals in as many minutes. Leeds loanee Ajose first hit the post when clean through and just moments later with Town pressing for the equaliser the striker broke free again but somehow put his shot wide of the target.

With the game flowing from end-to-end in the dying minutes Town couldn’t get the equaliser to return to Somerset with a point.

Match Report : 10/02/2015

After the victory over Crawley Town on Saturday, Town travelled to Crewe to try and close the gap between the two clubs at the bottom of League One.

A first half goal from Nicky Ajose was enough give the home side all three points despite Town dominating large periods of play at Gresty Road.

Terry Skiverton named the same starting eleven that beat Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon. The only change came on the bench with James Berrett replacing the injured Fergus Bell.

The home side started the brighter of the two teams but failed to test Krysiak in the Town goal in the opening exchanges.

Town’s first chance of the evening fell to Ugwu after 25 minutes. Captain Edwards picked up the ball on the half way line and surged forward with great intent. His pass found Hayter just inside the area, the former Doncaster man found Leitch-Smith on the right and as his cross made it’s way to Ugwu in the area the assistants flag was raised.

Despite Town having the majority of the play in the first half they found themselves a goal down after 38 minutes.

As Marcus Hayber took on Kieffer Moore on the right wing Ajose was being tracked by two Town defenders, but Hayber’s cross was pinpoint and the Leeds United loanee slammed the ball home from close range.

Town were forced to make their first substitution at half time when James Berrett entered the action in the place of skipper Edwards.

With the substitution came a formation change with Moore moving from centre back to up front alongside Ugwu.

On the hour mark Leitch-Smith stung the palms of keeper Garratt form 25-yards, but the keeper gathered the former Crewe man’s shot at the second attempt.

At the other end Town had Nugent to thank for keeping the score at 1-0 when he bravely blocked a goal bound shot from Jamie Ness

With less than ten minutes to play the home side could have scored two goals in as many minutes. Leeds loanee Ajose first hit the post when clean through and just moments later with Town pressing for the equaliser the striker broke free again but somehow put his shot wide of the target.

With the game flowing from end-to-end in the dying minutes Town couldn’t get the equaliser to return to Somerset with a point.

LATEST ON CONSULTATION PROCESS


We have an excellent response to our on-line and paper based comments about our Stadium Public Consultation. The majority have been analysed and we will soon start drawing up a Statement of Public Consultation.

 

We will be leaving the consultation content on the web for a few weeks at www.huishparkstadium.com but the link to our web based form will not be active after 15th February 2015.

However, people can still contact us via our dedicated email address agent@huishparkstadium.com or by writing to David Bell, Stadium Consultation Agent at Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil BA22 8YF.

 

We would like to thank all of you for some excellent debate and contributions at this stage.

 

 

David Bell, Development Agent for the Huish Park Stadium Consultation

PREVIEW: CREWE ALEXANDRA V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Tuesday night as the Glovers travel to Crewe for a 7:45pm kick off.

The two sides currently sit in the bottom six of the League One and are coming off the back of victories against fellow relegation rivals.

Yeovil beat Crawley Town to jump off the bottom of the table and leap to 22nd.

Crewe defeated Colchester in an enthralling match, the three points sending the Alex to 19th place.

All of which means Yeovil lie four points but just three places below their midweek opponents, a win for the Glovers could send them out of the relegation zone – if the Coventry result goes the right way.

Crewe could jump as high as 15th with a win, demonstrating just how tight the bottom half of the table is.

Prior to this weekend, it has been all go at Huish Park, with Gary Johnson removed of his duties in the week. Terry Skiverton has not had long to work with the side since taking over on a full time basis but has already shown his bravery is altering the formation to an exciting 3-5-2 as well as including striker Adam Morgan in the match day squad for the first time in a number of months.

Skiverton has said that with the need for survival and the inability to sign loan players for a few more days, every fit member of the squad is available and will be considered for selection.

Long term injuries to Chris Weale, Joel Grant, Liam Davis, Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett are all likely to rule them out for the foreseeable future.

Fergus Bell is also waiting for his debut in a green and white shirt and is available once more this coming Tuesday.

At Crewe, their form has been indifferent during 2015.

They have lost their last two home games, conceding five against MK Dons, but have won their last two on the road.

Alex are yet to draw in five games this calendar year with only one of those game having less than three goals.

Crewe’s transfer window saw them bring in their top scorer Nicky Ajose on loan from Leeds; Ajose has scored six times since arriving initially on a short term deal in November.

In the first meeting between the two sides this season, the sides played out a 1-1 draw.

Billy Waters opened the scoring before Kieffer Moore (Pictured abovecame off the bench to score a deserved equaliser.

That game saw Yeovil name just five out of a possible seven substitutes.

Before this season, the sides last met during the 2012/13 season and the Glovers secured a double victory, both games ending 1-0.

In the away leg, Byron Webster scored the only goal to continue the amazing winning streak with catapulted Yeovil into the promotion frame.

At Huish Park, with their play-off place confirmed, Joe Edwards scored the only goal of a quiet game after less than a minute.

The two sides have met a total of nine times in the football league, the only draw being the one earlier this campaign.

Yeovil have five wins, Crewe have three in their head to head. If we narrow it down just game at Gresty Road, the stats are tied at two wins a piece.

Tickets for this fixture are available on the day – but supporters are asked to consider the need to visit the ticket office rather than pay on the turnstiles.

If you’re not making the trip up to Cheshire this Tuesday night, never fear, the whole match will be available on Glovers player with highlights and all the post match reaction available on YouTube.

With Terry Skiverton issuing the rally cry to get #MissionSurvival up and running your support is needed more so than ever. So if you can make it on Tuesday then your support will be greatly appreciated.

If not – click HERE to check out the online ticket purchase facility for all the upcoming home games.

Famous Fans: Actor Michael Crawford (pictured above) and musician Rob Cieka.

A Foot in Both Camps: Justine Cochrane, Steve Collis, Luke Rodgers, Efe Sodje (pictured below), 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.

THE BELIEF IN THE SIDE WAS BRILLIANT TO SEE

Hey everyone, so as you can all probably tell, this week’s blog is a bit later than planned. I submitted my piece as usual on Tuesday evening, but was then told the shocking news that Gary Johnson had been relieved of his duties.

As is the nature of journalism, I am now writing a whole new blog and for me this is a hard piece to write. Last week, I focused on deadline day and all the big moves around the country. However, this week it feels only right for me to focus on Gary Johnson and all he has done for this great club.

First of all, on behalf of all Yeovil Town fans, I want to simply thank Gary for everything he has done for this football club. We pride ourselves on defying the odds and time and time again he helped us to do that. Not only did he help us reach the dream of League football, he then took us to League One level.

Many will have opinions of when he left for Bristol City, but he went on to take them to within 90 minutes of the Premier League. Had it not been for a Dean Windass wonder goal things may have been very different for them and for us. Fast forward to 2012 and the Messiah returned. I can honestly say that when he returned I was not sure if it was going to work or not. They say “never go back” and a lot of the time success cannot be matched second time round. Terry Skiverton was doing an unbelievable job at keeping us in League One, but he needed some help.

The 2012/2013 season was one I will never forget. The free flowing attacking football was a joy to watch and the Play-Off Semi Final second leg against Sheffield United and the final against Brentford are two moments that I will treasure forever. Through all the hard times fans face, those are the moments that no one can take away from you.

The Championship was an unbelievable adventure, I was (and of course still am) so proud to tell everyone I was a Yeovil Town fan. It put us on the map and we did ourselves proud in every single game. It was not quite enough in the end but when we were relegated on that night in Brighton, I had a tear in my eye and could not have been prouder. We fought until the end and went down with our heads held high.

It would be an understatement to say that this season has not gone to plan. However, it was always going to be tough on the back of a relegation and a loss of some huge players. I was always 100% behind Gary Johnson and did not want him to leave. Goals have been hard to come by and there have been some poor performances yet also some truly outstanding ones.

We have not been able to put any sort of run together and that is why we are languishing in the bottom four. No matter what we think of the decision, the most important thing now is to get behind Terry Skiverton and Darren Way and fulfil Mission Survival.

Gary Johnson would want us to play football the right way and secure safety as soon as possible. We started that on Saturday with a crucial 2-1 win over Crawley Town. A relegation six pointer that could be the difference between staying up and going down. Despite going a goal down, the belief in the side was brilliant to see. I thought Kieffer Moore was again outstanding in defence, Ajay Leitch-Smith deserved his goal after a hardworking and skilful performance and James Hayter was back to his best with some delightful through balls. Sam Foley was my man of the match after a truly outstanding 90 minutes. We scored two goals at home for the first time this season in the league and the passion was there for all to see. One moment really sticks in my mind and that is after we equalised. Stephen Arthurworrey did not join in the celebration, he immediately ran to the centre circle eager to re start play and get that win! Moments like that make the goals and the wins all the more special.

We all seem to be on the boat, the boat that will hopefully port with Skivo steering us to safety. All throughout the rest of the season, I will thank Gary Johnson for everything he did and I am sure you will all join me in wishing him well for the future. He always will be a true YTFC legend and I am hopeful he is still our number one fan!

Thank you for the memories and here’s to League One safety for another year!

Just in case we need reminding of one of those great moments, the day we got promoted to the Championship when Gary got a soaking! WHAT.A.DAY!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZBrE46I1qI

Until next week, with hopefully less surprises and six more points from huge games at Crewe and Doncaster.

#MISSIONSURVIVAL

Shez

GLOVERS RECOVERY DAY POST CRAWLEY TOWN WIN


After yesterday’s win over Crawley Town the Yeovil Town squad reported back to Huish Park on Sunday morning for their recovery session.

ytfc.net with some help from the medical department were on hand to take some behind the scenes pictures of the session.

Post Match Analysis

Recovery Walk

Spin Session

Pool Recovery

Contrast Bathing

Gym Rehabilitation

Massages

Rest of Squad Training

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V CRAWLEY TOWN

Yeovil Town gave new manager Terry Skiverton the perfect start to his second spell as manager with a 2-1 win over fellow relegation threatened side Crawley at Huish Park this afternoon.

After going a goal down to Izale McLeod’s first half header, the Glovers roared back in the second period and equalised through Gozie Ugwu before Ajay Leitch-Smith fired the winner with eighteen minutes left. And although their lead was a slender one, the home side held out and earned their three points for a winning start to the managerial team’s reign.

The midweek change in management left Yeovil’s fans wondering what line up and formation Skiverton would choose for his second debut as Town’s boss. In the end, he plumped for a 3-5-2 formation with Ben Nugent returning after suspension to take his place as one of three centre backs. Seth Twumasi, Alex Smith and Jamar Loza all dropped to the bench to be replaced by Ajay Leitch-Smith, Nugent and James Hayter with Artur Krysiak coming in for Jed Steer who returned to Aston Villa last week.

Yeovil started at a very quick tempo and playing the ball mainly on the ground, forcing Crawley to play back on their heels. Leitch-Smith volleyed well wide on seventeen minutes but Crawley, against the run of play, took the lead on 26 minutes. Izale McLeod, who had fluffed a shot two minutes earlier, met a right wing cross with a firm header into the net for his 12th goal of a productive season.

It was harsh on Yeovil who had been the better side but straight afterwards, the Red Devils had to clear a Kieffer Moore header off the line from a corner that wasn’t cleared. Nugent volleyed into the side netting, Leitch-Smith and Joe Edwards both saw their efforts blocked by some last ditch defending and Gozie Ugwu’s weak shot barely troubled keeper Lewis Price as the half closed.

Yeovil fans were becoming increasingly frustrated with referee Pat Miller allowing Crawley to timewaste and then as the second half started, warning Krysiak to hurry up with a goal kick he was delaying in order to allow Nathan Smith to tie hi bootlaces up. In addition, he seemed to ignore the constant antics of McLeod who seemd to struggle to stay on his feet at times and then usually offering an opinion on the official’s performance.

After being knocked somewhat by the goal, Yeovil had recovered well before the interval but in the first minute of the second half, came the moment that could have changed the game. Breaking from a free kick, Crawley midfielder Gwion Edwards found himself one-on-one with Krysiak but scuffed his shot and the Pole saved easily.

Yeovil realised they were fortunate to escape being two goals down and mounted the recovery that would eventually secure three points. Sam Foley burst down the left channel before cutting inside and unleashing a right foot shot that flew wide of the far post. Ugwu flicked on a Foley corner but Stephen Arthurworrey could only chest the ball at Price.

Twice Yeovil went close from the next Foley set piece with shots blocked, deflected and bouncing pinball style around the penalty box but on 66 minutes, the deserved equaliser arrived. No surprise it was from a Foley setpiece as the midfielder curled in the perfect freekick for Gozie Ugwu to flick a header in to the net for his third goal since rejoining the Glovers.

After Leitch-Smith had headed weakly at Price from an Edwards cross, the former Crewe attacker then completed the superb comeback with the second goal on 72 minutes. Liam Shephard played in Hayter down the right flank and he pulled the ball back for Leitch-Smith to knock the ball home and make it 2-1.

Nathan Smith then fired wide with a right foot shot from a sortie forward and the final part of the game saw Yeovil hold out well against a side who had won just once in fourteen away games this season. Both sides remain in the bottom four this evening but in the battle of the acting manager and the interim manager, the home one will be much the happier tonight with only the third home win of the campaign and the first time the Glovers have scored two in a league game at home this season.

Match Report : 07/02/2015

Yeovil Town gave new manager Terry Skiverton the perfect start to his second spell as manager with a 2-1 win over fellow relegation threatened side Crawley at Huish Park this afternoon.

After going a goal down to Izale McLeod’s first half header, the Glovers roared back in the second period and equalised through Gozie Ugwu before Ajay Leitch-Smith fired the winner with eighteen minutes left. And although their lead was a slender one, the home side held out and earned their three points for a winning start to the managerial team’s reign.

The midweek change in management left Yeovil’s fans wondering what line up and formation Skiverton would choose for his second debut as Town’s boss. In the end, he plumped for a 3-5-2 formation with Ben Nugent returning after suspension to take his place as one of three centre backs. Seth Twumasi, Alex Smith and Jamar Loza all dropped to the bench to be replaced by Ajay Leitch-Smith, Nugent and James Hayter with Artur Krysiak coming in for Jed Steer who returned to Aston Villa last week.

Yeovil started at a very quick tempo and playing the ball mainly on the ground, forcing Crawley to play back on their heels. Leitch-Smith volleyed well wide on seventeen minutes but Crawley, against the run of play, took the lead on 26 minutes. Izale McLeod, who had fluffed a shot two minutes earlier, met a right wing cross with a firm header into the net for his 12th goal of a productive season.

It was harsh on Yeovil who had been the better side but straight afterwards, the Red Devils had to clear a Kieffer Moore header off the line from a corner that wasn’t cleared. Nugent volleyed into the side netting, Leitch-Smith and Joe Edwards both saw their efforts blocked by some last ditch defending and Gozie Ugwu’s weak shot barely troubled keeper Lewis Price as the half closed.

Yeovil fans were becoming increasingly frustrated with referee Pat Miller allowing Crawley to timewaste and then as the second half started, warning Krysiak to hurry up with a goal kick he was delaying in order to allow Nathan Smith to tie hi bootlaces up. In addition, he seemed to ignore the constant antics of McLeod who seemd to struggle to stay on his feet at times and then usually offering an opinion on the official’s performance.

After being knocked somewhat by the goal, Yeovil had recovered well before the interval but in the first minute of the second half, came the moment that could have changed the game. Breaking from a free kick, Crawley midfielder Gwion Edwards found himself one-on-one with Krysiak but scuffed his shot and the Pole saved easily.

Yeovil realised they were fortunate to escape being two goals down and mounted the recovery that would eventually secure three points. Sam Foley burst down the left channel before cutting inside and unleashing a right foot shot that flew wide of the far post. Ugwu flicked on a Foley corner but Stephen Arthurworrey could only chest the ball at Price.

Twice Yeovil went close from the next Foley set piece with shots blocked, deflected and bouncing pinball style around the penalty box but on 66 minutes, the deserved equaliser arrived. No surprise it was from a Foley setpiece as the midfielder curled in the perfect freekick for Gozie Ugwu to flick a header in to the net for his third goal since rejoining the Glovers.

After Leitch-Smith had headed weakly at Price from an Edwards cross, the former Crewe attacker then completed the superb comeback with the second goal on 72 minutes. Liam Shephard played in Hayter down the right flank and he pulled the ball back for Leitch-Smith to knock the ball home and make it 2-1.

Nathan Smith then fired wide with a right foot shot from a sortie forward and the final part of the game saw Yeovil hold out well against a side who had won just once in fourteen away games this season. Both sides remain in the bottom four this evening but in the battle of the acting manager and the interim manager, the home one will be much the happier tonight with only the third home win of the campaign and the first time the Glovers have scored two in a league game at home this season.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V CRAWLEY TOWN

Yeovil Town are back on SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday when Crawley Town visit Huish Park for a 3pm kick off.

Attention returns to on-the-field matters for the game as most of the media coverage has surrounded the departure of Gary Johnson on Wednesday.

Johnson’s second spell in charge at Huish Park had come to an end following a poor run of results since dropping out of the Championship.

Assistant Terry Skiverton (pictured below) and coach Darren Way take over the reigns for the foreseeable future and that begins with Saturday’s vital home fixture.

It’s 24th vs 22nd in the league and with both sides within touching distance of the safety zone the match has huge significance.

With a win, Yeovil can jump up to 21st and leapfrog up to three other sides – including Crawley.

Terry Skiverton will have a couple of key decisions to make to the side, firstly, with Jed Steer returning to Aston Villa he will need a replacement goalkeeper in the Glovers side.

Artur Krysiak (pictured below) leads the line for a spot in the side with Chris Weale still side lined with an injury, goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart still holds his playing registration and could take his place on the bench.

Also returning to the squad is defender Ben Nugent; the Cardiff loanee has been out of the side for the last four games through suspension but is now available again.

Striker Kieffer Moore has been filling in at the heart of the defence, if Nugent does get his place back, Moore could return to a more attacking role.

New signing Fergus Bell is also placed to make his debut after being an unused substitute last time out away at Peterborough.

As for Crawley, they too have seen a managerial switch this season with Dean Saunders taking over from John Gregory (pictured below).

They have also been busy in the transfer market signing Mathias Pogba and Lee Fowler over the last couple of days.

In terms of form, Crawley actually sit below Yeovil in the table; they have lost their last five consecutive away fixtures and haven’t won a league game on the road since the opening day of the season.

No side in League One has lost more away games this season than Crawley, their nine losses on opposition territory is one more than a number of sides, including Yeovil.

The two sides have met twice already this season, once in the league and once in the FA Cup First Round.

In the return league encounter, two headers from former Glovers trialist Marvin Elliott secured all three points.

However, in the FA Cup, Yeovil got their own back at Huish Park.

Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula scored the only goal of the game that sent the Glovers through to the second round.

Prior to this season, the sides have only crossed paths once, during the Yeovil promotion season of 2012/13.

In the away fixture, a last gasp own goal gave Yeovil all three points while goals from Paddy Madden and Byron Webster put Yeovil 2-0 up at Huish Park.

However, goals from Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow saved a point for the Red Devils.

Yeovil will be hoping to take advantage of their unbeaten home record against Crawley and put themselves in prime position for a climb up the table.

The news from ticket office is good too, early bird sales have been good and the early bird savings can be taken advantage right up until 1pm on Match Day.

So, buy your tickets now and save money or come along on Saturday and take advantage of the same pre-match price.

Buy in person at Huish Park, call the ticket office on 0193584788 or click HERE to buy online.

The online ticketing purchase system has availability for all the upcoming home games.

Terry Skiverton takes charge again this Saturday and everyone at the club needs your support to get the club back up the table where it belongs.

So, bring a mate, bring the family and get behind Skivo, Daz as well as Joe Edwards and the whole squad as Yeovil Town take on one of their relegation rivals.

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 (pictured above).

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

EARLY BIRD PRICES EXTENDED FOR CRAWLEY TOWN MATCH

Tickets for this weekend’s clash with Crawley Town at Huish Park will remain at the Early Bird prices until 1pm on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased until 1pm at the early bird pricing for all areas of the stadium.

Normally, the on-line reduction expires at 11pm the night before the match and the in-person deal stops at 6pm.

To buy your ticket online click here or call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

Enjoy our latest matchday hospitality offer for Town’s League One tie with Crawley Town.

For just £10 you can enjoy 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 season/match ticket.

GARY JOHNSON RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES

Yeovil Town today announced that Gary Johnson is no longer in charge of football at the League One club’s Huish Park stadium.

 

The Club’s Chairman, John Fry, said: “The decision to relieve Gary of his management duties is the hardest I have been involved in during my 23 years at Huish Park

“I cannot speak too highly of the man who in the past brought so much success to our club. We part company on good terms and I would like personally to wish him well for the future.”

Mr. Fry said the Yeovil Town Board of Directors want to place on record their gratitude to Gary Johnson for his hard work and for the success he had achieved.

He added: “Gary took the Glovers from the Conference to the Championship and is regarded as one of the best managers in the Football League”.

“More importantly, he is one of the most successful managers in Yeovil Town’s 119 year history.”

 

Mr Fry said he understood the huge affection fans felt for the manager, but that those same loyal supporters wanted success for their club.

He said: “Unfortunately, ours is a business that depends on good results, and at this stage of the season we find ourselves in a difficult situation.

“Following our relegation from the Championship and at the present time and with eighteen matches to go we find ourselves bottom of League One.   

“After considerable discussion regarding the best way forward, the club’s directors decided to terminate Gary’s contract and to pursue alternative managerial options.

“I sincerely hope our incredibly loyal fans understand our decision.”

Mr. Fry said that Terry Skiverton would take over as Acting Manager until further notice with Darren Way as his assistant.

He added that there would be no further comment from the club.

MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT V CRAWLEY TOWN

Pat Miller will take charge of this weekend’s clash with Crawley Town at Huish Park.

During his 18 games in the middle this season, Miller has issued 43 yellows and just the one red card.

  

Miller last took charge of Town in the 3-0 defeat to Rochdale at Huish Park in October.

Chris Powell and Michael Webb will assist Mr Miller with William Bull acting as fourth official.

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BRENDAN MOLONEY DEPARTS HUISH PARK

Defender Brendan Moloney has today departed Huish Park.

The 26-year-old, who joined the Glovers from Bristol City in the summer made five appearances before joining Northampton Town on loan on 2nd January.

Everyone at Huish Park would like to wish Brendan all the best in his future career.

YEOVIL TOWN V CRAWLEY TOWN HOSPITALITY FOR JUST £10!

Enjoy our latest matchday hospitality offer for Town’s League One tie with Crawley Town.

For just £10 you can enjoy 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 season/match ticket.