Month: March 2015

NEXT SEASON’S PRICES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

A small group of Yeovil Town supporters met the Chairman John Fry and Directors last night,  to discuss various issues supporters have arisen over the last few weeks.

The meeting was the final part of the discussion process on next season’s prices as the club move to finalise the season ticket and match day prices for the next season.

The club have confirmed that there will be a reduction in admission prices next season but these reductions have to go hand in glove with the realisation that the club is a business and has to be run accordingly.

Commercial Director Ron Budden pointed out: “I look upon the situation as a triangle with three integral parts. The supporters, the team and the business each have to satisfy the other’s requirements.

“If the team does not perform on the field support will drop off resulting in reduced revenues to the club and subsequent inability to attract the best players to the club. 

“It really is a vicious triangle where all parties have to play their part. This is the backdrop that we are faced with when admission prices are reviewed.

“However I can confirm that both season ticket and matchday prices will be reduced for next season and we hope to announce those reductions later this week.”

GLOVERS PROFITS UP, BUT THERE’S A CHALLENGE AHEAD – CHAIRMAN

Yeovil Town Football Club today announced profits of £1.4million for the 2013/14 season when The Glovers were promoted to the Football League Championship.

The figures, to be released to Companies House this week, represent the best financial performance in the club’s history.

Receipts for the year were up £4.4m, as a result of our promotion from League One to the Sky Bet Championship. The main component of this increase was the Football League distributions, which were up £3.2m on the 2012/2013 season.

In addition to the increase in receipts was an increase in operating costs of £2.5m, including an increase in player related costs of £1.6m. The challenge now is to bring these increases back down to League One level.

Chairman John Fry said: “The figures have been greatly helped by the fact that there were no corporation tax charges due to accumulated historical losses, no share dividends have been paid and, because we no longer have a chief executive, those duties were shared between directors saving further overheads"

"On the pitch it was a great season for the supporters, playing for the first time in the second tier of the football pyramid we competed well against some of the biggest clubs in the country.

Mr Fry said the financial surplus from our brief spell in the Championship, combined with the receipts from the visit of Manchester United in the FA Cup, was expected to provide manager Gary Johnson with the funds for a top six finish in League One.

“The financial challenge we face this season and next, clearly illustrate the huge divide between the rich and the not- so- rich clubs in football, and only serve to highlight my recent comments on the introduction of the Salary Cost Management Protocol regulations, on League One & Two clubs. The relative fortunes of those at the very top and those at the foot of the League are getting further and further apart"

Fry said the 2013/14 season will certainly go down as one of the best in the club’s long history, both in terms of on the field performances and off the field commercial and financial management. Credit for the club’s success on reaching the Championship League must go down to Gary Johnson, his backroom staff and players.

"I would like to record my thanks also to our off field staff for their commitment and hard work during our Championship season and acknowledge the contribution made to the club’s success by our dedicated supporters and sponsors.

SUPPORTERS IN FACE TO FACE WITH CLUB BOSSES

Yeovil Town supporters last night had the opportunity to quiz the club’s chairman, directors and football management team as the  season reaches its final stages

A two-hour meeting in the boardroom, hosted by chairman John Fry, gave a group of  fans the chance to tackle a wide variety of issues that concern them, ranging from toilet facilities to ticket prices.

And they heard the views of acting manager Terry Skiverton and his assistant Darren Way, who continue to hope for a degree of success as the end of  season beckons.

A representative group of supporters, some of whom had been following the Glovers for decades,  put their views to the chairman and four of his directors and staff on issues that they felt were holding the club back in terms of boosting its image and attendances.

Poor conditions in car parks, toilets, the public address system, the bar housed in a marquee were all on the agenda.

Some fans felt many supporters were no longer coming because of the poor matchday experience.  

Mr Fry assured the fans their concerns would be taken seriously.

The chairman explained the financial constraints under which the club had to operate and how relegation from the championship had cost some £5million. He also explained how improved finances through the championship season and the Manchester United cup-tie had been invested in players.

As for the future the chairman alluded to plans for a Yeovil Town football academy enabling the club to draw on, and develop,  young players not just from Somerset but from surrounding counties.

Terry Skiverton spoke emotionally about how the championship season had been ‘like a dream’ to him. But he could not hide his disappointment at performances this season.

The acting manager said now the matchday experience at Huish Park had to be addressed on and off the field. “We must meet the demands,” he said, “and have a plan to go forward.” And he said that included bringing on ‘our own young players.’

“We have to re-build a football club,” he said, “ but we have all got to come together or we will finish up in the Conference.”

 

On the question of ticket prices for next season, commercial director Ron Budden said these would be announced in the next few days.

KIDS FOR A QUID THIS FRIDAY!


The Glovers host Chesterfield this Friday (3:00pm kick off) and the fixture has been designated Kids for a Quid!

All supporters under the age of 16 can purchase a ticket for just £1 in any stand for the game.

On the day all Junior Glover members will receive a free Easter egg. To collect the free egg members need to head to the YTFC Gazebo and show their season ticket or Junior Glovers members card.

There will also be a junior meal deal available in the tea bars, a free kids activity sheet and the Western Gazette will be on site providing face painting. The local paper will also be handing out their usual goody bag.

To buy your tickets click here or call 01935 847888.

REPORT: ROCHDALE V YEOVIL TOWN

On a wet afternoon Town fell to a 2-1 defeat to play off chasing Rochdale thanks to two quick goals in a crazy five minute second half period.

Town manager Terry Skiverton was forced into making changes to his team with Josh Sheehan and Liam Shephard away on international duty. Stephen Kingsley returned from his stint away with the Scotland Under 21’s to start on the left wing. Seth Twumasi returned to right-back with Ajay Leitch-Smith starting on the right wing.

Former Glover Michael Rose was the first player to have a shot at goal when stung the palms of Scott Loach with a curling 25-yard free kick.

On 20 minutes the Glovers had the perfect chance to open the scoring when referee Ilderton pointed to the spot after Rochdale keeper upended James Hayter in the area.

Hayter dusted himself down to step up to take the resulting penalty but saw his effort saved by Jones diving to his left.

From the resulting corner Jones had to be on his toes to superbly deny a certain goal when Hayter fired at goal from close range.

With the rain easing up at half time, it gave the very wet pitch time to drain and have some much needed forking by the ground staff.

The home side opened the scoring with just five minutes of the second period played. A free kick on the Dale left was swung in by Rose towards the back post. With Town failing to clear their lines leaving Bennett with the easiest of tasks in slotting home from close range.

Just moments later the home side doubled their lead when again Town failed to clear away any danger inside their own six-yard box. The ball somehow fell to Dale loanee O’Connell, who couldn’t miss from close range.

Town pulled a goal back on 56 minutes when a superb touch inside the area saw Hayter turn to calmly slot the ball home past Jones.

The home side should have scored with ten minutes to go, but somehow striker Henderson put his effort over the bar from two yards out.

Match Report : 28/03/2015

On a wet afternoon Town fell to a 2-1 defeat to play off chasing Rochdale thanks to two quick goals in a crazy five minute second half period.

Town manager Terry Skiverton was forced into making changes to his team with Josh Sheehan and Liam Shephard away on international duty. Stephen Kingsley returned from his stint away with the Scotland Under 21’s to start on the left wing. Seth Twumasi returned to right-back with Ajay Leitch-Smith starting on the right wing.

Former Glover Michael Rose was the first player to have a shot at goal when stung the palms of Scott Loach with a curling 25-yard free kick.

On 20 minutes the Glovers had the perfect chance to open the scoring when referee Ilderton pointed to the spot after Rochdale keeper upended James Hayter in the area.

Hayter dusted himself down to step up to take the resulting penalty but saw his effort saved by Jones diving to his left.

From the resulting corner Jones had to be on his toes to superbly deny a certain goal when Hayter fired at goal from close range.

With the rain easing up at half time, it gave the very wet pitch time to drain and have some much needed forking by the ground staff.

The home side opened the scoring with just five minutes of the second period played. A free kick on the Dale left was swung in by Rose towards the back post. With Town failing to clear their lines leaving Bennett with the easiest of tasks in slotting home from close range.

Just moments later the home side doubled their lead when again Town failed to clear away any danger inside their own six-yard box. The ball somehow fell to Dale loanee O’Connell, who couldn’t miss from close range.

Town pulled a goal back on 56 minutes when a superb touch inside the area saw Hayter turn to calmly slot the ball home past Jones.

The home side should have scored with ten minutes to go, but somehow striker Henderson put his effort over the bar from two yards out.

RYAN MASON – THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT

Yeovil Town would like to extend their congratulations to Tottenham youngster Ryan Mason on his call up to the full England international squad for the matches against Lithuania and Italy.

Whilst on loan at Yeovil Town Mason scored a superb goal at Exeter City. To watch the goals he scored for Town click the video above or click here.

In reaction to Mason’s call-up, manager Terry Skiverton told the Western Gazette: "There aren’t a lot of players who have played for us and then gone on to play for England, so it’s really nice to see.

"The way Ryan plays is more like that of a foreign player, in that he’s always had great technique and can see the pass, and it’s the kind of player that we need more of in this country.

"In the modern game you need people with more assets to their game, and Ryan is one of those players who always brought that."

If Mason makes his debut this week then he will join an illustrious group of players who made their international debut either during their contract at Huish Park or after their loan deal had ended.

Mason joined Yeovil on a temporary deal during the 2009/10 season when he made a big impression alongside Stephen Caulker.

Despite signing a deal to join Yeovil on only his 18th birthday, he and Caulker would both have deals extended to give them both valuable game time at League One level.

In total, Mason played 28 games in green and white, scoring six goals.

Mason’s call up got the media team at YTFC thinking, could we put together an entire team of players who fit into the category of Huish Park Alumni Internationals.

Here is is: the “Yeovil players who made their international debut during or after spells at Huish Park” XI (We’ll think of a catchier name…)

Asmir Begovic

Yeovil 2008 – 16 apps. Bosnia 2009 38 caps

Nathan Smith

Yeovil 2008-current, 150 apps. Jamacia 2011 – 2 caps

 

Stephen Caulker

Yeovil 2009/10 – 44 apps. England 2012 – 1 cap.

Shane Duffy

Yeovil 2013/14 – 37 apps. Republic of Ireland 2014 – 1 cap.

Vitalij Maksimenko

Yeovil 2013 – 3 apps. Latvia 2013 – 12 caps.

Joel Grant

Yeovil 2013-current, 50 apps. Jamaica 2014 – 8 caps.

Ryan Mason*

Yeovil 2009/10 – 28 apps. England 2015* Uncapped… yet.

Shaun MacDonald

Yeovil 2009-2011, 66 apps. Wales 2010 – 1 cap.

Andros Townsend

Yeovil 2009 – 10 apps. England 2013 – 6 caps.

Paddy Madden

Yeovil 2013/14 – 29 apps. Republic of Ireland – 2013 1 cap.

Leon Best

Yeovil 2006/07 – 15 apps. Republic of Ireland – 2009 7 caps.

Bench:

Marek Stech (Czech Republic), Gavin Williams (Wales), Arron Davies (Wales), Simon Church (Wales), Zoltan Steiber (Hungary), Kwesi Appiah (Ghana) and urm… Kelly Youga (Central African Republic).

Everyone at Yeovil wishes Ryan the best of luck this weekend.

 

We extend that to our current crop of international stars; Joel Grant is with the Jamaican squad, Stephen Kingsley is representing Scotland Under 21s with Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan both with the Wales U21s squad.

If you can think of any others that have played for their country following loan spells at Huish Park, comment on the official Facebook page or tweet us @YTFC.

PREVIEW: ROCHDALE V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as the Glovers travel to take on promotion chasing Rochdale.

‘Dale currently sit in 8th place in the League One table, just three points behind the play off places.

As we know, Yeovil are currently sat bottom of the pile on just 33 points, a full 20 fewer than Saturday’s opponents.

However, Yeovil have been on an eleven day break from competitive action since losing 2-0 away at Colchester on 17th March.

Meanwhile, Rochdale have played twice since then, beating Scunthorpe last Saturday before losing 3-0 to Oldham in midweek.

The Glovers’ enforced break came as a result of Bristol City’s involvement in the Johnstones’ Paint Trophy final.

Yeovil did have a midweek fixture, but not in the league. Terry Skiverton took his men to Larkhall Athletic in the Somerset Premier Cup.

The game saw Yeovil progress through to the next round after a penalty shoot-out victory over the non-leaguers.

The squad chosen gave the opportunity for some fringe players to stake their claim for places in the first team with Fergus Bell, Alex Smith and Sam Hoskins all getting some extended game time.

Liam Davis and Artur Krysiak also got some much needed match fitness following injury.

The game ended 1-1 in normal time with AJ Leitch Smith scoring the Glovers’ goal.

Rochdale’s form has been hit and miss, some impressive wins have been succeeded by some heavy losses. Interestingly, Rochdale haven’t drawn a game in 2 months, since they shared the points with Coventry at the back end of January.

The Dale’s team news surrounds the head injury sustained by midfielder Jamie Allan.

Manager, Keith Hill expects the youngster to be missing for the rest of the season after coming off against Oldham.

There are also concerns over three others; Peter Vicenti, Stephen “brother of Kevin” Dawson and Ashley Eastham were all struggling last time out.

So much was the concern over Eastham that Rochdale actually finished the game with 10 men due to all their substitutions being used up on earlier injuries.

For Yeovil, they have also been decimated this week, but more by international call ups.

Joel Grant has jetted of to represent Jamaica while all three Swansea loanees are with their countries too.

Josh Sheehan and Liam Shephard are with the Wales Under 21s and Stephen Kinglsey is with Scotland’s Under 21s.

All of this means that all of the other Glovers’ loanees are available for selection including Ben Nugent who played in the Somerset Cup in midweek.

In terms of injury, Artur Krysiak played his first game since suffering a head injury at Scunthorpe.

Joe Edwards looks likely to miss out however, his ankle injury against Crewe flared up again against Colchester. The Glovers’ skipper is in a race against time to be fit for Saturday.

When the two sides met earlier in the season, Rochdale came through the match at Huish Park with a comfortable 3-0 win.

Top scorer Ian Henderson scored twice after Jack O’Connell had opened the scoring.

Previously, however, the Glovers form against Rochdale has been decent; in 2011/12 season, the sides drew 0-0 at Spotland before Jonathan Franks, Richard Hinds and Michael Woods scored in a 3-1 Yeovil win.

Of course, Rochdale is also the scene of Yeovil’s first ever Football League fixture back in 2003.

Kevin Gall and Lee Johnson scored in a 3-1 Glovers win that day.

Over all, Yeovil win the head to heads with four wins to ‘Dale’s three.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are available on the day, priced at £20 for adults.

If you’re not making the trip to Lancashire this Saturday then never fear, the game will be available in full on Glovers Player.

The next home game at Huish Park is the Good Friday clash against Chesterfield where the game has been designated as a kids-for-a-quid game.

Stay tuned to YouTube for the highlights of each game and keep in touch with the goings on from Spotland with social media on Twitter or Facebook by clicking the links.

Famous Fans
Comedian Tommy Cannon and Lisa Stansfield.

A foot in both camps
Kevin Amankwaah, Andy Bishop, Steve Collis, Ritchie Jones, Glenn Poole and Andrew Tutte,

Did you know?
Rochdale have been in the news this season as they have been given a set of heat lamps to help their pitch grow by local police.

The lamps were seized in raids on cannabis farms in the area and now aid the ground staff at Spotland.

YTCST LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust is excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website.  It will go live today, Wednesday 25th March, kick off 3.00pm and is located at the same address as before – www.ytcst.net.

The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with bold and bright colours, a clean uncluttered design, and superb moving images taken by our official photographer, Simon Plant.  Featured content is focused on our mission to provide our customers with the most accurate information.

The new site is divided into four main sections; Schools and Education, Football Development, Soccer Schools and Matchday & Social Inclusion. We will be adding a Health section over the coming months once information with regards to a new and exciting project has been released.

By moving to a more customer focused layout, we have allowed those customers to access information based on their own choice rather than sift through everything to decide what is of interest to them.  Our current and prospective customers will find detailed information about the programmes and services we provide within our community as well as giving them information with regards to the organisations we work in partnership with.

The website will feature new types of rich content. These will be inspired by our experience, the programmes we provide and a great team of people working at Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust. You will find this content in the News section in the form of articles, case studies, videos and presentations. The website will be updated on a regular basis, with news of events, programme launches and new content.

We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the 64 riders who completed 334 miles #backfromboro last year. Without their dedication to help others and raise money for three fantastic charities, we wouldn’t be launching our new website today or be in a position to provide the additional programmes that are planned to be rolled out this year from the money we received.

If you experience any problems using the new website or if you have any suggestions, please contact us by e-mailing Sbradley@ytfc.net

KIDS FOR A QUID AGAINST CHESTERFIELD

Town’s clash against Chesterfield on Friday 3rd April has been designated a ‘Kids for a Quid’ match.


Tickets for the fixture are now available to buy from the Huish Park Ticket Office, online (click here) or by telephone on 01935 847888.

Round up the family members and head to Huish Park for a afternoon with the family.

TOWN PROGRESS TO SEMI-FINAL OF PREMIER CUP

Yeovil Town progressed through to the Semi Finals of the the Somerset Premier Cup with a 4-2 penalty shoot out win over Larkhall Athletic last night.

Ajay Leitch-Smith’s 24th minute goal gave the Glovers the lead at half time. The home side drew level when Joe Tumelty slotted home from close range.

The scores remained at 1-1 at the end of extra time, meaning the tie went to a penalty shoot-out.

Town won the shoot-out 4-2 after everyone converted their penalties with Matt Thorne and Jamie Lyons missing their kicks for Larkhall.

A date for the Semi Final at Bridgwater Town has yet to be set.

I COULDN’T BELIEVE HOW EMOTIONAL I GOT

Hey everyone,

 

Hope you have all had a good week. I just want to say how grateful I am for the amazing response I got regarding last week’s blog. It really came from the heart and I am glad that came across. I spoke on BBC Somerset about our current situation and couldn’t believe how emotional I got…but that’s football for you.

We may not have had a game this weekend but there has been lots of brilliant football over the last week. Bristol City were victorious at Wembley as they secured the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. They really have had an incredible season and it was another dominant performance.

I think Walsall will be disappointed that they did not put City under more pressure, but for those 70,000 fans of both sides it will be a day they will never forget. A huge congratulations must go to former Glover Luke Ayling who has now won two trophies at Wembley in three seasons – quite a record.

As for the Premier League, the most talked about game has been Manchester United’s trip to Anfield. Liverpool have been in scintillating form but they just did not turn up against the Red Devils, who themselves looked a changed side that played some outstanding football.

However, the most shocking incident came from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. He was introduced after the break for Adam Lallana but only took to the pitch for 38 seconds. He was completely reckless in his reaction to a Herrera challenge.

It was a clear stamp and for a player of his calibre and experience it was completely unacceptable. I was extremely shocked to hear of the incident, especially as he was brought on at half time to bring something different to the side and fight for a result.

It has always been a feisty fixture and maybe tempers were flaring on and off the pitch. However, you would expect Gerrard to know how to control that.

Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Southampton and Tottenham all recorded wins and kept their places in the top seven. It is going to be an interesting battle for second place and for fourth.

I still think there are some twists and turns to come even though United lie five points clear of Liverpool in fifth. United still have to play Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Liverpool will be hoping that they slip up somewhere and they get back on track.

 

Last night saw a great advert for League 2 football when Wycombe Wanderers travelled to Luton Town. From the start it was a great game with five goals in the first half. Wycombe took the lead after just three minutes, but Luton battled back just four minutes later. The away side then sped to a 3-1 lead after 30 minutes before the impressive Elliot Lee pulled a goal back for Luton.

Both sides played some great football but Wycombe’s fantastic form continued and it looks extremely likely they will return to League One next season. Luton still lie 6th in the table but have lost five games in a row, a worrying statistic this late in the season.

Whoever says there is not great attacking football in the fourth tier, should have watched last night’s game. I hope we play that kind of positive game when we return to that division.  

Luton also renamed their stadium for one night only as they supported the official Football League charity. All the action happened at the “Prostate Cancer UK Stadium”, which was a great gesture from the club.

Goal of the Week

This week, I want to congratulate Ryan Mason on being called up for the England Squad. He replaces Adam Lallana who has pulled out through injury. Having played 28 games for Yeovil Town, it makes me extremely proud that he is now going on to represent our country. Well done Ryan! Here is one of the best goals of his career, I am sure there will be many more to come.

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

As for us, we travel to Rochdale on Saturday. It is another long away trip for the lads and no doubt it will be a tough challenge. One thing is for sure that the loyal supporters will be there as they have been all season and I hope the lads can put on a performance that the support deserves before the busy Easter period.

Have a great week and keep smiling whether we’re up or down!

Shez

CHRIS WEALE OPENS NEW 3G PITCH AT WESTFIELD ACADEMY

Town goalkeeper Chris Weale visited his former school Westfield Academy yesterday to open their new 3G pitch.


The new surface, which replaces a unused redgra pitch will enable the school to offer pupils and the local community a top of the range facility which can be used all year round. All the fencing around the pitch has been renewed and with the addition of full floodlighting this is a ‘state of the art’ sports facility for all to enjoy.

Chris Hunt, Principal, said: “This is the latest of many exciting developments taking place at Westfield. Although the pitch will be used primarily by our students, we also want the wider community to be able to benefit too. As a result, we are planning to make this fantastic facility available to local community groups and teams during evenings and weekends.”

TOWN TRAVEL TO TAKE ON LARKHALL ATHLETIC

A Yeovil Town XI will head to Larkhall Athletic tomorrow to contest their Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final tie (7:45pm kick off).

In the last round in Novemeber, Town ran out 13-0 winners against Hengrove Athletic at Huish Park.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults – £7 – Concessions – £5 – Under 10’s Free.

The postcode for your Sat Nav is BA1 8DJ. Or for more detailed directions visit Larkhall’s site by clicking here.

TICKETS: SWINDON TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to the County Ground to face Swindon Town are now on sale from Huish Park.

The match against Mark Cooper’s high flying Robins will take place Saturday 18th April, kicking off at 3pm, and ticket prices are as follows:

Adults – £25

65 and Over – £19

Full time Student with Valid NUS card – £19 Please  note that student tickets are not available on match day.

16-18 – £17 (must be in possession of proof of date of birth)

Under 16 – £12

Disabled – £19

 

Please note that tickets are required to be sent back to Swindon early, so will go off sale Thursday 16th April at 4pm.

SKY BET LEAGUE 1 BETTING PREVIEW

Barnsley v Preston North End

Both Barnsley and Preston could be excused for having a 2015/16 campaign in the Sky Bet Championship on their minds and this promises to be an intriguing clash as the hosts look to stay in the top six and the visitors eye automatic promotion. Preston, unbeaten since eventually succumbing to Manchester United in the FA Cup, are favourites at 19/20 to pick up all three points and can be backed at 9/4 to win to nil – a feat they’ve managed in their last three away league games. Barnsley are 11/4 to pull off an upset but Tykes fans will take heart from five wins and a draw from their last six outings, a record which matches Preston’s current run. Barnsley haven’t drawn a blank at home in League 1 since the end of September and look sure to pose Preston problems, so it’s no surprise to see both teams to score priced at 5/6.

Top tip: Barnsley to win in the ‘draw no bet’ market at 7/4.

Bradford City v Fleetwood Town

Bradford are having another interesting season but, money-spinning FA Cup heroics aside, they have only won one in their last six Sky Bet League 1 games and are unlikely to make much appeal to the neutral punter at 4/5 when they play host to Fleetwood on Saturday. Their home form has not been very reliable on the whole but the Bantams did beat Crawley 1-0 in their last league home game at the start of the month, since when they’ve not tasted success. Fleetwood are 7/2 to come away from the Coral Windows Stadium with all three points as they look to make a late push for one of the play-off places. Town suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Coventry in midweek and will be keen to bounce straight back.. The visitors’ Josh Morris has found his range in recent weeks and he looks a big price at 4/1 to find the net any time in this match.

Top tip: Josh Morris to score any time at 4/1.

Coventry City v Doncaster Rovers

The Sky Bet League 1 sponsors can’t split Coventry and Doncaster ahead of Saturday’s clash, offering 13/8 about the pair and 9/4 against the draw. Purely on form, the Sky Blues look the team to side with as they’ve won three of their last six and come into this seeking a hat-trick of victories having seen off Chesterfield and Fleetwood in the past week, both wins coming away from home.

Returning to the Ricoh Arena, where Tony Mowbray’s men have only lost five all season, gives them strong claims but there’s no doubt they’ve drawn too many games and that’s why they sit just three points clear of the drop zone. Doncaster, on the other hand, still have half an eye on the play-offs and are more than capable, yet seem to have gone off the boil again. A tough one to call.

Top tip: Coventry/Draw in the ‘Double Chance’ market at 4/9.

Crawley Town v Leyton Orient

This is a major clash near the foot of the Sky Bet Football League and hosts Crawley, who have a point in hand over Saturday’s rivals Leyton Orient having played a game more, are 13/5 to claim victory. Sky Bet make Orient 21/20 favourites at Broadfield Stadium, with the draw chalked up at 23/10. The away side have shown signs of getting it together under Fabio Liverani, without becoming a model of consistency, and their away form all season has been a blessing. Crawley have been vulnerable in front of their own fans, too, which helps shed some light on the price discrepancy, but they did win 5-1 at home against Barnsley last month. It’s a very tricky game to call but punters looking for an angle may find backing Izale McLeod to make an impact pays off. The Crawley penalty-taker has 15 league goals to his name already and looks a fair bet at even-money to add to his tally having found the net in both of his side’s last two matches.

Top tip: Izale McLeod to score at any time at even-money.

Crewe Alexandra v Oldham Athletic

Two of League 1’s out-of-form sides meet at Gresty Road with hosts Crewe available at 9/5 with Sky Bet to get the better of Oldham (7/5). The Latics have lost five of their last six games and were soundly beaten at home by MK Dons on Tuesday night, while Crewe were thumped 3-0 at Bristol City. Oldham do have a six-point cushion on the relegation places and are longshots at 22/1 to go down, with Alexandra – odds-on at 10/11 to be playing in League 2 next term – currently sitting 20th in the table and looking over their shoulders. With so much at stake, it’s hard to envisage anything other than a tight and cagey affair and both under 2.5 goals at 8/11 and the draw at 12/5 both merit serious consideration.

Top tip: Back the draw at 12/5.

Gillingham v Colchester United

Gillingham are the 5/4 favourites for this one with Sky Bet but they will have to bounce back from a midweek reverse which saw them lose 3-0 at Chesterfield having gone 2-0 down inside 12 minutes. They sit seven points above the drop zone but seven points from the play-offs so this could be a pivotal clash for the Kent side in terms of how the rest of the season plays out. They are 10 points above their rivals, who sit second-bottom, and can be backed at 23/10 with the draw a 12/5 chance. Their mood will have improved after a 2-0 win over basement dwellers Yeovil in midweek where Jacob Murphy impressed – he is 6/1 to open the scoring here with Cody McDonald 5/1 to do likewise for the hosts. This looks evenly matched all things considered and a stalemate could be the eventual outcome.

Top tip: Back the draw at 12/5.

MK Dons v Notts County

The MK Dons are the hottest favourites on the Sky Bet League 1 coupon this weekend and are 4/9 with the sponsors for three points. A stylish 3-1 win at Oldham in midweek kept them in the hunt for an automatic promotion spot and the pressure will be on to secure three more points against a team teetering on the relegation places. The visitors are winless in three and on offer this weekend at 11/2 but manager Shaun Derry has 10 matches to salvage a season where a lack of goals has been an issue. The draw can be backed at 7/2 but another Dean Bowditch goal for the MK Dons at 7/4 could be the route to take after he hit the target in midweek.

Top tip: Back Dean Bowditch to score anytime at 7/4.

Peterborough United v Chesterfield

The Posh’s four-match winning streak was ended at Preston in midweek but they are narrow 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to regain the successful thread back at home. Their rivals are one place and two points below them in the league and trade at 9/5 for victory with the draw a 12/5 chance. The visitors have hit a bit of form lately with three wins from four games while Sam Clucas found the net twice in midweek in a 3-0 triumph against  Gillingham – he is 13/2 to open the scoring and 2/1 in the anytime market. It may well pay to not look to far beyond the obvious with a pair of evenly matched outfits – take the draw at 12/5.

Top tip: Back the draw at 12/5.

Rochdale v Scunthorpe United

It is three wins from four outings for the hosts and they are odds-on at 19/20 with Sky Bet as a result to beat Scunthorpe. Keith Hill’s side sit in 10th place in the table and just four points from the play-off places so have plenty still on their agenda until the end of the campaign. A couple of games in hand could see them strengthen that chase for the top six with the visitors 13/5 to upset the applecart. They are in need of points themselves as they are three points from safety currently and without a victory in six games. The draw is 13/5 but the best bet looks to be backing both teams to score here at 8/11 with a lot at stake as we move into the closing stages of the season.

Top tip: Back both teams to score at 8/11.

Sheffield United v Port Vale

The Blades are well fancied for this one at Bramall Lane and have been priced up by Sky Bet at 4/7. However, having enjoyed some positive results in February, the change of month has seen them falter a little with two defeats and two draws as they try and remain in the play-off hunt. They have the top six in the betting in the first goalscorer market here – headed by Matt Done at 6/1 – against a mid-table Vale side who are 9/2 to claim all three points. Vale were sunk at home 3-2 by Crawley in midweek and that is three defeats out of four recently but they may have enough about them to land a value 3/1 punt on the stalemate.

Top tip: Back the draw at 3/1.

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NOW WALES CALL UP SHEPHARD and SHEENAN

Once again playing for Yeovil Town has helped to provide an International break through for two more young players.

Liam Shephard and Josh Sheenan, both on loan from Swansea, have been called up for the Welsh Under 21 squad which takes on Bulgaria Under 21’s  in a UEFA Under-21 Qualifying Group match. The match takes place at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 31st March.

Everybody at Yeovil Town offer them our congratulations as they join Stephen Kingsley who was called up to join for the Scotland Under 21 squad yesterday.

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE TO SUPPORTERS

Yeovil Town chairman John Fry has defended Yeovil Town’s success and financial viability record and issued a stark warning for the future following the disappointing defeat at Colchester last night.

"Over the past 20 years, and to their credit, unlike a vast number of clubs in the football pyramid, the directors of YTFC have run the club extremely successfully, including four promotions, two Wembley play off finals and a FA Trophy final at Villa Park, and without going into administration. This has made YTFC one of the best run and most successful clubs in the lower leagues, said Mr.Fry.  

“Football has got to realise that the whole game is going to have to change with the introduction of SCMP. Small clubs like Yeovil will struggle to provide sufficient revenues to build a squad capable of being amongst the top echelon of clubs in the division. Attendance figures, and football related revenues, will now take centre stage and as Glovers Chairman,I need to  stress the huge implications of SCMP for smaller clubs like Yeovil and the drop in the size of the player budget, if as expected, gate receipts fall.                                         

"Under the current situation at Huish Park, we need average crowds of at least 5000 plus, to generate sufficient income to compete in League One. With crowds averaging around 4000 per game at League One level, the emphasis has to go onto off the field activity like corporate hospitality and sponsorship to boost turnover.

"Our supporters and sponsors need to be aware of these fundamental changes. This is one of the main reasons why it is so important for the future of YTFC to increase the club’s secondary revenue streams through the development of the Huish Park Stadium and site for our supporters.

“When FIFA, the world football ruling body, imposed Financial Fair Play and the Football League implemented Salary Cap Management Protocol (SCMP) on League One & Two Football Clubs, it is quite clear they didn’t consider the implications for a club like Yeovil Town. 

“SCMP dictates that club’s can only spend 55% of their football related turnover on their player budgets. Sadly, no account was taken of existing figures and potential revenue, so for clubs the size of Yeovil it has huge implications.

“For many years unrealistic players wages have been a major factor in sending football clubs into administration, which has prompted the intervention by the Football Authorities and the British Government.                                     

 

"At the start of this season the YTFC board allowed Gary Johnson to roll the dice for a top six finish in League One. With inadequate parachute payments from the Football League following our relegation last season and with a loss of £5 million in our operating revenues, it was always going to be an awesome task just to compete in League One this season. 

"With a big overspend on the player budget, the revenues from the Manchester United FA Cup match had to be used to make up the combined budget overspend and the loss of revenues through a lower than forecasted match attendance. 

"This strategy has clearly failed as we have since found to our cost, past performance is is no guarantee of future results and we find ourselves at the bottom of League One.

"These are difficult times for everyone at our club, for which we need to find the right solutions that threaten our survival in League One and our future in the Football League. The proposed changes to the Short Term Loan rules, will only add to our problems.

"The doom and gloom approach will not help our cause. We need to formulate a new football strategy and build a team around affordable ‘home grown’ young quality players. We need to start planning immediately for these changes, however, we are not in the best position to be facing these sort of changes right now.

“Some supporters have turned on the board during our recent poor run of form, but, what they don’t realise that ours is a working board made up of long standing Green and White supporters. Members of our board have provided their executive expertise to the club free of charge, saving the club thousands of pounds.

"My directors have taken no dividends or fees from the surplus funds that was made through the efficient management of the Club resources during our Championship season, instead,  the directors approved the injection of £1.4 million of funds into our 2014/2015 football budget, giving our Football Manager, Gary Johnson, the Club’s biggest League One player budget in our recent history.

"This increase provided Gary with the 14th biggest player budget in League One, which, if it had been used effectively, would have at least kept the Glovers in League One for next season.                                                                                  

"It cannot be a coincidence that other West country clubs have already started to feel the effects of SCMP such as Cheltenham, Torquay, Hereford and Bristol Rovers. If supporters want to continue to see top class football at Yeovil and other football clubs in the West Country they are going to have to understand what the directors are facing with that of the increase in player costs in this part of the country and the effects of SCMP on squad budgets.

"We all need to embrace these changes and be realistic in our expectations. We are between a rock and hard place. We need supporters to understand these stark realities.

“Football has brought this town success and national coverage. Before it’s too late it is  time for a reality check and for the whole town to get behind the club so football can continue to provide the passion our national game generates on a local level.” 

KIDS FOR A QUID AGAINST CHESTERFIELD

Town’s clash against Chesterfield on Friday 3rd April has been designated a ‘Kids for a Quid’ match.


Tickets for the fixture are now available to buy from the Huish Park Ticket Office, online (click here) or by telephone on 01935 847888.

Round up the family members and head to Huish Park for a afternoon with the family.

IT’S AMAZING HOW FOOTBALL CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Hi again everyone.

I am not quite sure where to start with this week’s blog. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw a tweet reaching out to you all about how I was going to write this. You all said…write from the heart. So that is what I am going to do.

I am sitting here after a trip to Colchester last night and wondering quite how we got to this point. It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying our eight match winning streak and taking this league by storm. However, the side I saw last night was unrecognisable, yes some of the players have moved on, but some haven’t and some have returned. It was unrecognisable in terms of our passion and spirit, the thing that Yeovil Town are famous for.

After such a positive first half in which we completely dominated by our fellow relegation candidates, we then capitulated in the second half with two goals in four minutes. That, I am afraid, is not acceptable. We needed three points to have hope of staying up, but now we lie nine points from safety after three straight defeats. No goals scored and eight conceded, that speaks volumes.

 

As for us as fans, yes it is difficult and yes it is frustrating, however, I will never condone the abuse some of the players got last night. I do not see how this will help and unfortunately we have bigger problems on our hands.

Sam Foley’s effort and passion was amazing to see last night and I hope he travelled home with his head held high, despite his obvious disappointment. He came over to us last night and touched his badge, this meant a lot.

That is what we must remember, the badge, the club we love so much. The reason fans get so passionate is because we love our clubs. Yeovil Town Football Club is still the most important thing and we must all stick together. Terry Skiverton eluded last night to what we all knew at full time, we are effectively relegated from League One.

With just eight games to go and nine points adrift and in terrible form, the great escape is just not going to happen. His interview was frank and emotional and I hope you feel that this blog is the same. He loves this club and whether or not he is the man to take us forward or not, he is an integral part of what makes Yeovil Town such a fantastic club.

 

It may not feel like it right now, but League Two will just be another challenge. We must re build, re-evaluate and look to gain promotion next season. Some may say I am saying that too early, but with such a quick slide in form from our promotion season, we must show everyone what we want to achieve.

113 loyal fans were at Colchester last night, yet just 66 fans travelled to Oldham from MK Dons (a side that are chasing promotion). This was a fact that actually made last night easier to take. You cannot buy that kind of support and the fans have been phenomenal in what has been an extremely tough season.

One thing is for sure, we will all be there next season and as the song goes “Whether we’re up or down.”

It is just amazing how football can bring people together and I have met so many brilliant people supporting Yeovil Town, as well as finding out what I want to do career wise through writing for my beloved club. That is why I was so upset last night, some may say it is dramatic but I call it passionate.

The club means the world to me and it saddens me that we will have suffered successive relegations but how can we enjoy the good times if we do not go through the bad? I have every faith that we will turn things around.

This summer may be the most crucial summer our football club will have ever been through. For the last part of the season let’s all get behind the lads and restore some pride to our club. We cannot give up, we must be ready for next season and all the seasons to follow!

I may have got slightly carried away emotionally but I hope you all enjoyed my blog and can feel my love for this club.

Until next week.

Shez

REPORT: COLCHESTER UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

On a cold night Town suffered another disappointing result when they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Colchester United.

Terry Skiverton made two changes to his team with Josh Sheehan missing out and Adam Morgan dropping to the bench. Stephen Arthurworrey and James Hayter started in a 4-4-2 formation with Skiverton wanting Town to get forward as much as possible.

After a cagey opening 15 minutes where neither keeper was tested Town started to press forward and gain the upper hand in the fixture.

Former Town loanee Sam Walker was the first to make a save when he had to be alert to stop a Joel Grant header from close range.

Just five minutes later Walker was again called into action when he produced a fine double save. First of all he produced a diving stop to deny a Gozie Ugwu long-range effort and then he was quick to his feet to deny Hayter’s effort from 10 yards.

At the other end the tricky Jacob Murphy was causing Town some problems with his pace and his pass along the six-yard line was well cleared by Nathan Smith at the back post.

With Town attacking with pace at the Colchester back line, Smith’s scissor kick effort was deflected wide for a corner. From the resulting corner United’s back line failed to clear properly but Town could quite get a clear shot at goal.

Despite starting the brighter Town found themselves a goal down after Smith fouled Murphy in the area for a Colchester penalty. Cox picked up the ball and drilled the ball past Loach leaving him with no chance.

Less than five minutes later the home side doubled their lead. After Sam Foley forced a corner on the left Town’s big defenders trotted forward but the home side cleared and broke away through Murphy.

The Norwich loanee broke clear of the back tracking defence to slot the ball under the advancing Loach to make it 2-0.

With ten minutes remaining the home side nearly made it 3-0 when Gilbey’s shot rebounded off the post and away for goal kick.

Town were dealt another blow when skipper Edwards was forced off with what appeared to be a reoccurrence of his ankle injury.

In the dying seconds Hayter had the ball in the net but was flagged offside before his effort hit the net.

Match Report : 17/03/2015

On a cold night Town suffered another disappointing result when they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Colchester United.

Terry Skiverton made two changes to his team with Josh Sheehan missing out and Adam Morgan dropping to the bench. Stephen Arthurworrey and James Hayter started in a 4-4-2 formation with Skiverton wanting Town to get forward as much as possible.

After a cagey opening 15 minutes where neither keeper was tested Town started to press forward and gain the upper hand in the fixture.

Former Town loanee Sam Walker was the first to make a save when he had to be alert to stop a Joel Grant header from close range.

Just five minutes later Walker was again called into action when he produced a fine double save. First of all he produced a diving stop to deny a Gozie Ugwu long-range effort and then he was quick to his feet to deny Hayter’s effort from 10 yards.

At the other end the tricky Jacob Murphy was causing Town some problems with his pace and his pass along the six-yard line was well cleared by Nathan Smith at the back post.

With Town attacking with pace at the Colchester back line, Smith’s scissor kick effort was deflected wide for a corner. From the resulting corner United’s back line failed to clear properly but Town could quite get a clear shot at goal.

Despite starting the brighter Town found themselves a goal down after Smith fouled Murphy in the area for a Colchester penalty. Cox picked up the ball and drilled the ball past Loach leaving him with no chance.

Less than five minutes later the home side doubled their lead. After Sam Foley forced a corner on the left Town’s big defenders trotted forward but the home side cleared and broke away through Murphy.

The Norwich loanee broke clear of the back tracking defence to slot the ball under the advancing Loach to make it 2-0.

With ten minutes remaining the home side nearly made it 3-0 when Gilbey’s shot rebounded off the post and away for goal kick.

Town were dealt another blow when skipper Edwards was forced off with what appeared to be a reoccurrence of his ankle injury.

In the dying seconds Hayter had the ball in the net but was flagged offside before his effort hit the net.

STEPHEN KINGSLEY GETS SCOTTISH UNDER 21 CALL UP

Yeovil Town loan signing Stephen Kingsley has been called up to the Scottish Under 21 squad for the match against Hungary to be held in the Tatabanya City Stadium on Thursday 26th. March with a local kick off time of 2.30pm.

Everybody at Yeovil Town and Swansea City would like to congratulate and wish Stephen the very best of luck.

SWANSEA LOANS EXTENDED TO END OF SEASON

Yeovil Town have agreed with Swansea City to extend the loan agreements for Liam Shephard, Josh Sheenan and Stephen Kingsley to the end of the current season subject to International Clearance.

All three players have made a huge contribution to the club since their arrival and manager Terry Skiverton said on hearing the news “I would like to thank Chairman Huw Jenkins and everybody at Swansea for agreeing the loan extension.”

PREVIEW: COLCHESTER UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Tuesday with a long away trip to face relegation rivals Colchester United.

There are nine games left in the Glovers’ season and despite being routed to the bottom of the league, seven points from safety, the team and management have not given up hope of staying in the division.

A win over Colchester, just one place above them could see Yeovil come off the bottom of the table and come within just one point of Crawley, and just four from staying above the dotted line.

Saturday’s defeat at Leyton Orient was disappointing, but with chance to make amends so quickly, Terry Skiverton will have his troops fired up and ready for another ‘six pointer’.

One of the positives to come from the weekend’s defeat is the return of club captain Joe Edwards and defender Stephen Kingsley from injury.

That leaves only Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillet as the long term injury concerns after the likes of Chris Weale and Nathan Ralph having returned to training recently.

Colchester had their own relegation dog fight on Saturday facing Crawley Town.

Like Yeovil they conceded three and came out on the wrong side of the result, losing 3-2 in an enthralling match.

The game was settled when Izale McCloud scored a late penalty.

The U’s had taken the lead through Sammie Szmodics and then fought back from 2-1 down when Davis Fox struck early in the second half.

That result means Colchester have lost five out of their last six fixtures only winning a five goal thriller over top of the table Bristol City.

In the last month, Colchester have lost Jabo Ibhere on loan to Barnsley and gained defender Karleigh Osbourne, also on a temporary deal, from Bristol City.

Meanwhile, there is a strange quirk surrounding the last time the two sides met.

Back in December, at Huish Park, Colchester won 1-0 and the two stars from that side have now left the Weston Homes Stadium.

Freddie Sears has moved onto Championship side Ipswich while goal scorer Craig Eastmond was released during the January transfer window.

Eastmond, is now on the book at Huish Park having been signed by Terry Skiverton a few days after he took over at the helm.

Eastmond has so far been an unused substitute during his short stay in Somerset, it would be quite some story if he were to make his debut against the club he left earlier this season for the club he scored against.

The last time the two sides crossed paths was during the 2012/13 season, where Colchester inflicted Yeovil’s first defeat in two months during the last meeting at Colchester’s ground.

Another former Glover, Billy Clifford scored that day – along with Freddie Sears.

The two teams actually met three times that season, twice at Huish Park.

In the League, it was Colchester who this time ended the Glovers’ losing streak by being on the end of a Paddy Madden debut to remember.

It was a 3-1 win at Huish Park, a victory which backed up a Capital One Cup round on win earlier in the season.

Richard Hinds scored twice on the opening day of the season to sail into Round Two.

Overall, the head to head stats are favourable to Yeovil, with four wins in the last seven encounters, but all those wins have been at ho,e

Digging out the last away win takes you right back into the early 1990’s.

Also, games involving these sides have, over recent years, always seen goals – and plenty of them.

A 4-2 win for Yeovil in 2011, a 2-2 draw later that season, a 3-2 Glovers win all preceded the 3-1 and 3-0 wins we’ve already mentioned.

After this Tuesday, Yeovil have an 11 day break before the next fixture – away at Rochdale, so for those making the journey to East Anglia, sing loud and proud before we turn to the home stretch of the season.

Tickets are available on the day for anyone making a late decision to travel. If not, and you’re unable to make the game, be sure to tune into Glovers Player for full commentary and log onto You Tube for the post match reaction.

The next game at Huish Park falls on Good Friday, the 3rd of April against Chesterfield. Tickets for that game are on sale now – buy in advance by clicking HERE for the online purchase system.

Famous Fans

BBC Radio DJ Steve Lamacq and Poet Ray Hollingsworth,

A Foot in both camps

Billy Clifford, Len Bond, Ryan Dickson, Ben Gordon, Curtis Haynes Brown, Ritchie Jones, Gavin Massey, Efe Sodje, Adam Virgo, Sam Williams and possibly, Craig Eastmond.

Did you know?

On April 22nd, 1884, Colchester was hit by a 20 second earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Ritcher Scale, killing one person.

KIDS FOR A QUID AGAINST CHESTERFIELD

Town’s clash against Chesterfield on Friday 3rd April has been designated a ‘Kids for a Quid’ match.


Tickets for the fixture are now available to buy from the Huish Park Ticket Office, online (click here) or by telephone on 01935 847888.

Round up the family members and head to Huish Park for a afternoon with the family.

REPORT: LEYTON ORIENT V YEOVIL TOWN

Town travelled to fellow strugglers Leyton Orient and returned to Huish Park empty handed after a 3-0 defeat at Brisbane Road.

Terry Skiverton made two changes to his starting eleven. Joe Edwards returned to skipper the side and Stephen Kingsley also returned after receiving the all clear on a facial injury. Kieffer Moore dropped to the bench with Stephen Arthurworrey missing out completely due to Town having over the allocation of loan players in their ranks.

The home side had the dream start when they took the lead after just three minutes. Good footwork by Jobi McAnuff saw him find room for Dagnall, who made no mistake in firing across Loach and into the far corner of the net.

Their dream start got even better just four minutes later when they doubled their advantage. Former Liverpool man Andrea Dossena’s shot/cross fell the the feet of Hedges, who had the simplest of tasks of picking his spot and placing the ball home from eight yards to make it 2-0.

The O’s could have made it three just after the 15-minute mark if it wasn’t for the finger tips of Scott Loach. Striker Henderson’s curling effort looked goal bound only for the on loan shot stopper to produce a fine save to tip the ball on to the post.

Moments later the home side hit the post again. A jinking run on the right wing resulted in McAnuff’s shot being saved well by the feet of Loach and from the rebound Dagnall’s effort rebounded off the post and away to safety.

Just before the half time interval Town again had Loach to thank for keeping the score at 2-0 when he saved well to deny Marvin Bartley with a fine diving stop.

Town started the second half much brighter and forced Cisak in the Orient goal into a couple of saves. The best chance fell to Grant after skipper Edwards found the Jamaican with a smart pass inside the area. The winger’s shot was well saved by Cisak.

Just two minutes later the home side made it 3-0 when a McAnuff was found in acres of room inside the area after a direct run by Henderson. The former Watford man made no mistake in sweeping home from just inside the area.

With 67 minutes in the clock the home side could have made it 4-0 but Dagnall’s fierce shot was well saved by Loach.

In the last minute and from a Town corner the home side broke away to try and score a fourth but Berrett was on hand to head over for a corner.

Match Report : 14/03/2015

Town travelled to fellow strugglers Leyton Orient and returned to Huish Park empty handed after a 3-0 defeat at Brisbane Road.

Terry Skiverton made two changes to his starting eleven. Joe Edwards returned to skipper the side and Stephen Kingsley also returned after receiving the all clear on a facial injury. Kieffer Moore dropped to the bench with Stephen Arthurworrey missing out completely due to Town having over the allocation of loan players in their ranks.

The home side had the dream start when they took the lead after just three minutes. Good footwork by Jobi McAnuff saw him find room for Dagnall, who made no mistake in firing across Loach and into the far corner of the net.

Their dream start got even better just four minutes later when they doubled their advantage. Former Liverpool man Andrea Dossena’s shot/cross fell the the feet of Hedges, who had the simplest of tasks of picking his spot and placing the ball home from eight yards to make it 2-0.

The O’s could have made it three just after the 15-minute mark if it wasn’t for the finger tips of Scott Loach. Striker Henderson’s curling effort looked goal bound only for the on loan shot stopper to produce a fine save to tip the ball on to the post.

Moments later the home side hit the post again. A jinking run on the right wing resulted in McAnuff’s shot being saved well by the feet of Loach and from the rebound Dagnall’s effort rebounded off the post and away to safety.

Just before the half time interval Town again had Loach to thank for keeping the score at 2-0 when he saved well to deny Marvin Bartley with a fine diving stop.

Town started the second half much brighter and forced Cisak in the Orient goal into a couple of saves. The best chance fell to Grant after skipper Edwards found the Jamaican with a smart pass inside the area. The winger’s shot was well saved by Cisak.

Just two minutes later the home side made it 3-0 when a McAnuff was found in acres of room inside the area after a direct run by Henderson. The former Watford man made no mistake in sweeping home from just inside the area.

With 67 minutes in the clock the home side could have made it 4-0 but Dagnall’s fierce shot was well saved by Loach.

In the last minute and from a Town corner the home side broke away to try and score a fourth but Berrett was on hand to head over for a corner.

PREVIEW: LEYTON ORIENT V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as the fixtures come thick and fast on the run in to the end of the season.

This weekend’s game is away at Leyton Orient and is the first of two fixtures against sides in the bottom four.

It is no secret that the next two matches could define the Glovers season with a trip to Colchester following next Tuesday.

First up though and it’s a trip to Brisbane Road or as it is now known as – the Matchroom Stadium.

Orient currently sit in 21st place, one place inside of the relegation zone, two points from safety.

Yeovil remain bottom of the league, but with 33 points they are just one victory away from making a jump to overtake Orient, Crawley and Colchester in one go.

The Glovers are coming off the back of a midweek defeat against top of the table Bristol City. The derby match ended 3-0 to the visitors, but that didn’t tell the whole story with a positive first half performance from the hosts being undone in the second period.

However, the performances prior to that; a win over Oldham and a point at Scunthorpe giving Terry Skiverton’s men a glimmer of hope in the battle for surivial.

Orient’s form has been similarly shaky, defeat last week against Peterborough followed their own defeat at the hands of Bristol City.

Wins over Walsall and Oldham preceded that, but their home form has been nothing short of shocking of late.

The Oldham win has been their only success on home soil in the last six attempts.

Fleetwood, Scunthorpe, Notts County, Bradford and Bristol City have all taken the full complement away from Brisbane Road.

The Glovers are hoping to include club captain Joe Edwards in the travelling party for the first time in a number of weeks.

Edwards was forced off in the game against Crewe and hasn’t been seen in a match day squad since.

Meanwhile, the goalkeeping situation seems to be finally on the mend at Huish Park.

Scott Loach has been impressive since he joined on a short term deal and Artur Krysiak was on the bench on Tuesday night.

Chris Weale is increasing his training work load too and could be available for selection in two or three weeks.

As for Orient, they are going to have to find a replacement for one of their key players as Romain Vincelot has been ruled out with knee ligament damage.

They have however confirmed a loan extension for Burnley ‘keeper Alex Cisak.

When the two sides clashed earlier in the season at Huish Park, Orient came out on top in a comfortable 3-0 win.

Chris Dagnall, Kevin Lisbie and Dean Cox doing the damage back in December.

Things have gone a bit better for Yeovil during previous meetings.

Back in 2014, the sides met in the FA Cup third round, Yeovil winning 4-0 on that day.

The year before saw three meetings, two in the league and one in the JPT southern semi final.

The JPT game saw over 700 Yeovil fans travel to London and were only denied a great day out by a last minute winner for the home side.

In the league, on their way to promotion, Paddy Madden and James Hayter shared the goals in a 3-0 win at Huish Park.

The last Yeovil win at Brisbane Road came back in 2011, when Shaun MacDonald took the plaudits scoring a first half hat-trick in a 5-1 win.

Saturday’s fixture could be the start of a vital week for Yeovil Town and you can still be there with tickets available on the day.

If you’re not making the journey don’t fear, the game has full coverage on Glovers Player and there will be highlights and post match reaction on YouTube.

League One survival is the order of the day this Saturday – the League status of Yeovil Town will look a lot clearer in just 180 minutes of football time.

Famous Fans:

Julian Lloyd Webber.

A Foot in both camps.

Terrell Forbes, Marek Stech, Andros Townsend, Wayne Gray, Darren Purse and one of the 1949 heroes, Les Blizzard.

Did you know?

Fred Le May played for Leyton Orient in the 1930’s and is believed to be the smallest player to ever play in the football league at exactly 5ft tall.

AWAY TRAVEL CLUB TO FLEETWOOD

The Away Travel Club will be running a trip to Fleetwood on Easter Weekend later this season.

We will be leaving the away end at Huish Park at 9.30 on Sunday 5th.April and returning to Yeovil Town on Tuesday 7th.April.

We will be staying at The Delton Hotel, the same one we were at when Yeovil played Blackpool last season.

The cost of the trip will be no more than £120 which covers your coach travel up (and back!) plus two nights at the hotel on a bed, breakfast and evening meal basis.

To book your place on the trip please ring Roger on 01935 475384.

You will need to pay a £25 deposit per person to book your place. At this early stage there are only a few rooms left.

CHRIS WEALE VISITS COXLEY SCHOOL

Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale made a surprise visit to Coxley Primary School, near Wells this week to engage with the pupils and conduct a question and answer session to all of the 46 pupils.

After an entertaining questioning session Chris was persuaded to save a few penalties from pupils out on the school playing field.

CHRIS WEALE TO FEATURE ON BBC SPORTS FORUM

Yeovil Town goalkeeper, Chris Weale, will feature on the BBC Somerset and BBC Radio Bristol Sports Forum on Thursday (7.30pm start)

Hosted at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in Bristol, host Geoff Twentyman will be joined by Weale, as well as Bristol Rugby Head Coach Sean Holley, Bristol Rovers midfielder Stuart Sinclair and Bristol City Manager Steve Cotterill.

The event will be broadcast live on BBC Somerset & BBC Radio Bristol on FM, DAB and online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcsomerset/on-air from 7pm, with questions coming from the three hundred strong audience and you can contribute too, by texting 81333 (starting the text with the word Twentyman), or tweeting @bbcsomerset or @bbcbristolsport on the night.

A LAST MINUTE WINNER IS ONE OF THE BEST FEELINGS

Hi everyone.

Hope you are all well and all enjoyed last night at Huish Park, despite the result. Unfortunately, it was always going to be tough against top of the league. I think we need to just draw a line under it and go again.

It was never going to be the game that kept us up or sent us down. We have two massive games coming up away at Leyton Orient and Colchester on Saturday and Tuesday, respectively. These are defining matches and ones we need maximum points from.

Going in to these, we must remember what a fantastic battling performance we put on against Oldham Athletic on Saturday. I will admit, I was pretty defeated at 1-0 down. I couldn’t see how it had happened after being so dominant in the first half.

However, we did not give up and a last minute winner is one of the best feelings as a football fan. I must admit, I went MAD! Jumping up and down, finding anyone I could to hug. It was probably quite embarrassing, but it was worth it.

We may have had a setback Tuesday night but thanks to that win – the dream of “Mission Survival” is still on.

In other football news, there was a lot of last minute drama on Saturday, most notably at Derby County. If Oldham felt aggrieved at losing in the 92nd minute, Derby must have been inconsolable after leading 2-0 in the 93rd minute and only finishing the match with a draw. Birmingham City secured an unlikely comeback scoring in the 93rd and 96th minute.

It was Derby’s chance to take advantage of their arch rivals Nottingham Forest’s defeat of Middlesbrough and they could not take advantage. There are always teams that bottle it at the end of the season, will this year be Derby County?!   

It is quite unbelievable how close the top of the Championship is. The top seven are only separated by five points and the top four all sit on 66 points. It really is going to be a fascinating climax to the season with each and every team believing that they will be able to take their place in the Premier League.

Norwich have been on quite an unbelievable run and they could be the team to surprise everyone and seal the title. As for the bottom half, it looks to be set in stone with Blackpool already preparing for life in League One and both Millwall and Wigan eight points away from the safety line.

Ian Holloway lost his job at The Den this week and to be honest I am surprised that this has only just happened. In a time where clubs sack their managers frequently and as soon as results do not go to plan, Holloway has had plenty of time to try and turn it around.

Unfortunately, I think the change may be too little too late. Fulham, Brighton and Rotherham are extremely lucky this season that there are 3 worse teams and will look for much improvement next season.

Goal of the Week

With Yeovil Town Ladies doing us proud and putting women’s football on the map, I thought this week’s goal should be from the ever improving women’s game. Watch Eni Aluko score a fantastic goal for England in the Cyprus Cup. WOMAN POWER!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31808320

As for us, it is a huge week for our football club, so we all need to join together and thrive to “Achieve by Unity.” Safe journey to all Town fans who are making their way to Orient.

It is a close game for me but unfortunately I have to put on a show. I will be awaiting updates on Twitter though and will see you all at Colchester next Tuesday.

Let’s hope that when I write next week, we are six points better off.

Have a great week.

Shez

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BRISTOL CITY

A superb second half showing from Bristol City saw them run out comfortable 3-0 winners against Yeovil Town at Huish Park tonight.

After an even first half, the table topping City side moved through the gears in the second half. Former Glovers stars Kieran Agard and Luke Freeman scored straight after the break and sub George Saville added a late third to see the Robins go thirteen points clear at the top.

The defeat, combined with Coventrys draw against Bradford means that the gap between Yeovil and the safety of 20th spot has grown to four points with two games in succession against sides in the drop zone with Yeovil.

Unsurprisingly manager Terry Skiverton went with an unchanged side after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Oldham. Lining up against the Glovers were four players with history at the club in Luke Freeman, Luke Ayling, Korey Smith and Kieran Agard. And it was Ayling who had the games first chance when he poked wide from just inside the box as early as the second minute.

There weren’t many chances in the first twenty minutes though City had the bulk of the possession and a couple of corners. Sam Foley tested City keeper Frank Fielding with a right footed effort and a later effort in the first half from Joel Grant was off target. Agard turned and fired wide while top scorer Aaron Wilbraham couldn’t get direction on a header as the half closed.

It seemed like City had a half time roasting with their cuppa as they came out ready, willing and able to take Yeovil apart. And just four minutes in, the Robins found themselves two goals up, both from ex Yeovil players. The first came ninety seconds in when Joe Bryan’s ball across the box was finished at the far post by Kieran Agard. Then before Yeovil had caught their breath, it was 2-0 when Mark Little fed Luke Freeman and he curled a beauty into the far corner of the net.

James Hayter came on for Kieffer Moore straight after and the striker had a chance almost immediately but flicked his header wide from Grants cross. Foley shot way over from long range and Hayter then headed over from Gozie Ugwu’s ball in to the middle.

Agard had two further chances to grab himself a second goal but he flicked wide then, after getting the better of Byron Webster, he sent his shot well wide of the near post. The chances weren’t all one way though and Adam Morgan’s long range effort, similar to the one that hit the post against Oldham three days ago, almost went in but took a vital deflection and out for a corner.

Hayter was Yeovil’s best hope for a goal and Grant set him up with another opportunity but he curled his shot over the angle of post and crossbar. Yeovil keeper Scott Loach then saved from Agard but was helpless on 85 minutes as the killer third went in. City sub George Savile hit a shot from outside the box that was only returned straight to him by a Yeovil clearance. He then hit a sweet left foot drive into the corner for his first goal since arriving on loan from Wolves.

Fielding was alert when Grant hit a low drive at him late on but in truth, Yeovil were simply beaten by a side that won’t be playing League One football next season, having won their fifth successive game and going thirteen points clear at the top of the table.     

Match Report : 10/03/2015

A superb second half showing from Bristol City saw them run out comfortable 3-0 winners against Yeovil Town at Huish Park tonight.

After an even first half, the table topping City side moved through the gears in the second half. Former Glovers stars Kieran Agard and Luke Freeman scored straight after the break and sub George Saville added a late third to see the Robins go thirteen points clear at the top.

The defeat, combined with Coventrys draw against Bradford means that the gap between Yeovil and the safety of 20th spot has grown to four points with two games in succession against sides in the drop zone with Yeovil.

Unsurprisingly manager Terry Skiverton went with an unchanged side after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Oldham. Lining up against the Glovers were four players with history at the club in Luke Freeman, Luke Ayling, Korey Smith and Kieran Agard. And it was Ayling who had the games first chance when he poked wide from just inside the box as early as the second minute.

There weren’t many chances in the first twenty minutes though City had the bulk of the possession and a couple of corners. Sam Foley tested City keeper Frank Fielding with a right footed effort and a later effort in the first half from Joel Grant was off target. Agard turned and fired wide while top scorer Aaron Wilbraham couldn’t get direction on a header as the half closed.

It seemed like City had a half time roasting with their cuppa as they came out ready, willing and able to take Yeovil apart. And just four minutes in, the Robins found themselves two goals up, both from ex Yeovil players. The first came ninety seconds in when Joe Bryan’s ball across the box was finished at the far post by Kieran Agard. Then before Yeovil had caught their breath, it was 2-0 when Mark Little fed Luke Freeman and he curled a beauty into the far corner of the net.

James Hayter came on for Kieffer Moore straight after and the striker had a chance almost immediately but flicked his header wide from Grants cross. Foley shot way over from long range and Hayter then headed over from Gozie Ugwu’s ball in to the middle.

Agard had two further chances to grab himself a second goal but he flicked wide then, after getting the better of Byron Webster, he sent his shot well wide of the near post. The chances weren’t all one way though and Adam Morgan’s long range effort, similar to the one that hit the post against Oldham three days ago, almost went in but took a vital deflection and out for a corner.

Hayter was Yeovil’s best hope for a goal and Grant set him up with another opportunity but he curled his shot over the angle of post and crossbar. Yeovil keeper Scott Loach then saved from Agard but was helpless on 85 minutes as the killer third went in. City sub George Savile hit a shot from outside the box that was only returned straight to him by a Yeovil clearance. He then hit a sweet left foot drive into the corner for his first goal since arriving on loan from Wolves.

Fielding was alert when Grant hit a low drive at him late on but in truth, Yeovil were simply beaten by a side that won’t be playing League One football next season, having won their fifth successive game and going thirteen points clear at the top of the table.     

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V BRISTOL CITY

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Tuesday night when the Glovers host top of the table Bristol City.

This of course, is more than just a normal Tuesday night fixture under the Huish Park floodlights, this game has so much more at stake.

Firstly, it is top vs bottom, with high flying City looking to book their place in the Championship at the earliest possible opportunity.

At the other end, the Glovers are looking to get out of trouble and avoid successive relegations.

Throw in the extra incentive of the derby fixture and the return of three former Glovers in the City side and all the elements are there for a cracking fixture.

Yeovil are coming off the back of a fantastic win on Saturday, a last gasp James Hayter goal secured a come-from-behind win over Oldham Athletic.

That win drew the Glovers within three points of safety; a win on Tuesday could see Yeovil come within goal difference of the magical 20th place.

The victory on Saturday went some way to turning decent performances into valuable points, draws over Scunthorpe and Gillingham have both had a ‘near but so far’ feeling about them.

The visitors from just up the A37 are on a very impressive run of form themselves, four wins on the spin have seen the Robins cement their place at the top of the pile, a full 10 points ahead of second placed Preston.

Their last two games have both been away from home at sides struggling at the wrong end of the table and both have seen City come away with all three points.

At Leyton Orient, a 3-1 win secured the victory and at Crawley they overcame a stubborn home side 2-1.

The win on Saturday was wrapped up with a goal from a certain Luke Ayling.

Ayling is just one of three former Huish Park men who will be in the squad on Tuesday night with the ‘Twansfer’ Kieran Agard and former loanee Luke Freeman

It is not just City who shall be parading their returning stars, but Yeovil have Chris Weale, Joe Edwards and Simon Gillett on their payroll too.

The irony here is that all three are fitness doubts, with Weale and Edwards returning to training recently, they have a chance of being involved, but Gillett is out for the season.

There are other injury concerns in the squad with Stephen Kingsley and Liam Davis missing from the squad on Saturday and Artur Krysiak only returning to the bench following his head injury against Scunthorpe.

Should Kingsley return to the squad, two other loan players will have to miss out on the chance to be involved in the 18.

Ben Nugent has been one of the loanees to miss out recently – the last time all seven were available for selection it was he and Fulham defender Stephen Artherworry to sit out.

It was however, Nugent who scored the only Yeovil goal of the game the last time the two sides met, on Boxing Day.

City came out on top, 2-1 in the end with goals from Matt Smith and Jay Emanuel Thomas.

Smith, who was onl loan from Fulham at the time has now returned to his parent club and isn’t available for selection this midweek.

It is also worth noting that Bristol City’s hectic schedule doesn’t get any easier – they have a Wembley final to plan for at the end of the month.

The Johnstones Paint Trophy final against Walsall takes place on the weekend that this fixture was originally scheduled for.

As we’ve already mentioned, the last meeting took place as part of the festive fixtures but it will be of no surprise that the sides have a long history of playing against each other.

I hope you don’t mind, but I won’t go back through the entire history of the head to heads, but stick to some of the more recent encounters

The two teams haven’t actually met in a league fixture since 2007, the Glovers lost the away leg that season but did actually come out on top at Huish Park.

Arron Davies and Wayne Gray scoring in front of the Huish Park crowd that day.

Since then, the sides have met in friendly matches only and despite regular matches the clubs have actually only met four times in the Football League.

David Poole scored the only goal in a 1-1 draw in the first meeting before City notched another 2-1 win later that season in 2006.

On to this Tuesday then and Glovers fans who have been boosted by Saturday’s win can still make sure they are at the game this Tuesday.

Tickets are available in person, online and over the phone to any Glovers fans who have a history of purchases with the club.

Supporters will need to confirm their address and card details with the system to prevent away fans entering the home ends on the night.

This is the final game of the three home matches in a row and Terry Skiverton and Darren Way want a packed house under the floodlights in order to help pull off an upset of the highest order to help their survival campaign.

As ever, if you are unable to make the game, this might be one to tune in to on Glovers Player.

The club’s official YouTube channel will have highlights as well as video interviews within 24 hours and you can keep up to date with goings on via Twitter and Facebook.

It’s Derby Day this Tuesday night, but with so much more on the line it is the biggest game of the season by far.

FAMOUS FANS.

Bristol City seems to be the team of choice for comedians.

Mark Watson, John Cleese, Tony Robinson, Justin Lee Collins.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS (This could take a while)

Kieran Agard, Kevin Amankwaah, Luke Ayling, Kevin Betsy, Len Bond, Mitch Brundle, Steven Caulker, Steve Collis, Terry Connor, Luke Freeman, Gerry Gow, Lee Johnson, Marcus Stewart, Lee Matthews, Jamie McAllister, Michael McIndoe, Alex Russell, Ivan Sproule, Gavin Williams, Brendan Moloney and more than likely, countless others I’ve missed. Plus of course… Joe Edwards, Simon Gillett, Chris Weale.

DID YOU KNOW?

Bristol University was the first in Britain to admit women on an equal level to men.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V OLDHAM ATHLETIC

A James Hayter goal in the second minute of stoppage time gave Yeovil Town a massive three points against Oldham Athletic this afternoon.

Hayter’s close range finish completed a great comeback from the Glovers who went a goal behind to Carl Winchesters first half goal. They then replied through Joel Grant on 55 minutes before Latics defender Brian Wilson received a second yellow and then red for tripping Adam Morgan. The result was huge for Terry Skiverton and his side as the five teams above them all suffered losses today. It will give Yeovil heart ahead of Tuesday nights Derby clash with Bristol City at Huish Park.

Skiverton had opted for four changes from the side that lost to Walsall last Tuesday. Stephen Kingsley and Liam Davis missed out through injury with James Hayter and James Berrett dropping to the bench. Steven Arthurworrey and Nathan Smith returned to the defence with Adam Morgan and Joel Grant coming into midfield.

Yeovil started the brighter of the two sides and consistently created chances throughout the first half without converting any of them. Arthurworrey was proving a real nuisance at set pieces and twice headed over before then volleying wide from a cross on the stretch.

Kieffer Moore also volleyed over from a narrow angle and Sam Foley’s direction was adrift on two occasions, firing way over. It took Oldham forty minutes to have their first attempt on goal as Carl Winchesters shot was wide. But three minutes later, their second chance led to the opening goal, Mike Jones finding space to set up Winchester to fire home left footed from the edge of the box.

It didn’t take long for Yeovil to level in the second half, ten minutes to be precise. The ball was played out wide to Morgan on the right flank; the striker then cut inside and unleashed a left foot screamer that former Glovers keeper Jake Kean did well to push on to the post but it fell to Joel Grant to knock in his third goal of the season.

Brian Wilson and Josh Sheehan then clashed on the touch line,both earning yellow cards and it was to prove important in the end. Yeovil then brought on James Hayter for Moore on 68 minutes and immediately, the game took on a more niggly feel with yellow cards for Liam Kelly and Winchester before the game turned on 78 minutes. Morgan broke down the flank but was tripped by Wilson. Ref Lee Collins waved on the advantage and once the ball went out of play, he returned to issue Wilson a second yellow.

The game could have gone either way at this stage with James Wilson heading over for the visitors and Foley’s shot blocked. But just as it seemed destined to end in a draw, Yeovil pulled the rabbit out of the hat. After a scramble in the box when Grant appeared to be brought down, the coolest man in the stadium was James Hayter who slotted home his third of the season to give Yeovil the win.

There was still time for a scare for Yeovil fans in the sixth minute of stoppage time when Oldham headed home from a corner but it was disallowed for a push on the keeper. In the end, Yeovil were good value for their three points and can look forward to another tough game on Tuesday v table topping Bristol City.

Match Report : 07/03/2015

A James Hayter goal in the second minute of stoppage time gave Yeovil Town a massive three points against Oldham Athletic this afternoon. 

Hayter’s close range finish completed a great comeback from the Glovers who went a goal behind to Carl Winchesters first half goal. They then replied through Joel Grant on 55 minutes before Latics defender Brian Wilson received a second yellow and then red for tripping Adam Morgan. The result was huge for Terry Skiverton and his side as the five teams above them all suffered losses today. It will give Yeovil heart ahead of Tuesday nights Derby clash with Bristol City at Huish Park. 

Skiverton had opted for four changes from the side that lost to Walsall last Tuesday. Stephen Kingsley and Liam Davis missed out through injury with James Hayter and James Berrett dropping to the bench. Steven Arthurworrey and Nathan Smith returned to the defence with Adam Morgan and Joel Grant coming into midfield. 

Yeovil started the brighter of the two sides and consistently created chances throughout the first half without converting any of them. Arthurworrey was proving a real nuisance at set pieces and twice headed over before then volleying wide from a cross on the stretch. 

Kieffer Moore also volleyed over from a narrow angle and Sam Foley’s direction was adrift on two occasions, firing way over. It took Oldham forty minutes to have their first attempt on goal as Carl Winchesters shot was wide. But three minutes later, their second chance led to the opening goal, Mike Jones finding space to set up Winchester to fire home left footed from the edge of the box. 

It didn’t take long for Yeovil to level in the second half, ten minutes to be precise. The ball was played out wide to Morgan on the right flank; the striker then cut inside and unleashed a left foot screamer that former Glovers keeper Jake Kean did well to push on to the post but it fell to Joel Grant to knock in his third goal of the season. 

Brian Wilson and Josh Sheehan then clashed on the touch line,both earning yellow cards and it was to prove important in the end. Yeovil then brought on James Hayter for Moore on 68 minutes and immediately, the game took on a more niggly feel with yellow cards for Liam Kelly and Winchester before the game turned on 78 minutes. Morgan broke down the flank but was tripped by Wilson. Ref Lee Collins waved on the advantage and once the ball went out of play, he returned to issue Wilson a second yellow. 

The game could have gone either way at this stage with James Wilson heading over for the visitors and Foley’s shot blocked. But just as it seemed destined to end in a draw, Yeovil pulled the rabbit out of the hat. After a scramble in the box when Grant appeared to be brought down, the coolest man in the stadium was James Hayter who slotted home his third of the season to give Yeovil the win. 

There was still time for a scare for Yeovil fans in the sixth minute of stoppage time when Oldham headed home from a corner but it was disallowed for a push on the keeper. In the end, Yeovil were good value for their three points and can look forward to another tough game on Tuesday v table topping Bristol City.

KICK IT OUT DAY TODAY

Today’s match against Oldham Athletic is Yeovil Town’s support match for the Kick it out campaign.

The club will be showing it’s support for the campaign with the players wearing their "Kick it out" t-shirts and a flag being paraded around the pitch.

Wrist Bands, badges and leaflets will be distributed at the ground today and we all hope that all supporters will show their support.

EASTMOND ALREADY FEELING AT HOME IN NEW SURROUNDINGS

Four years ago, Craig Eastmond started for Arsenal in a UEFA Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Today, he will line up for the Glovers in a comparatively less illustrious league one tie against Oldham Athletic.

However, Eastmond still realises the significance of every game as he tries to help Yeovil avoid the relegation trap door.

He said “every game is very important.”

Primarily a central midfielder, the 24-year-old has also be known to fill in at right-back, though he feels most comfortable playing in the middle of the park

“I prefer to play central midfield” Eastmond confirmed.

Signing with Championship side Millwall aged eight, Eastmond moved across the capital to local rivals Arsenal three years later.

Completing the youth double of the Premier Academy League and FA Youth Cup in 2009, he admits that his time with the Gunners helped change him from a boy to a man.

Eastmond made a total of nine first-team appearances for the Premiership giants between 2009 and 2010 before going out on loan to a number of lower league clubs, eventually joining Colchester United on a permanent basis in May 2013.

Despite being a regular during his first season for the U’s, the London-born player found opportunities this campaign harder to come by, making just 12 appearances.

His only goal of the season so far came against the Glovers in a one-nil win in December but, despite now playing for the opposition, he believes it is something you have to take in your stride as a footballer.

He said “yes but these things happen.”

Yeovil are set to play Colchester United in Essex in mid-March and with both teams currently scrapping at the bottom of the table, this game could turn into a relegation six-pointer.

However, Eastmond reassures Glovers fans that he will not have mixed emotions on the day and that he is completely focused on helping Terry Skiverton’s men gain what could be a vital three points.

Asked whether he has faith in the current squad to secure their league status for another year, Eastmond replied “Yeah definitely because we have got a lot of potential and talent.”

Although it always takes time for new players to settle in, Eastmond believes that knowing some of his teammates from earlier on in his career will help him to fit in.

“I know a few of the players from previous clubs” he said. “It always helps when you know people at the club already.”

The midfielder is only on a short-term contract until the end of the campaign and has not yet considered his long-term future. However, he believes that he can still play a part in Yeovil’s season.

“I would like to get a run of games and achieve for the club” Eastmond admitted.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V OLDHAM ATHLETIC

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One Action this coming Saturday as the Glovers host Oldham Athletic with a 3pm kick off.

It is a match that would have pitted two of the Johnson family against each other, but will now see two interim managers take their places in the dugout and go head to head.

Father Gary Johnson was relieved of his duties at Yeovil earlier in February and son Lee has moved from Boundary Park to take up the top job at Barnsley.

The Glovers are hoping to put right the midweek result that saw them lose 1-0 to Walsall on Tuesday.

A single Jordy Hiwula goal was all that separated the sides in a game which saw both teams miss penalties.

Adam Morgan failed from the spot after debutant ‘keeper Scott Loach had himself denied Saddler’s striker Tom Bradshaw from 12-yards.

The defeat brings to an end a short unbeaten spell for Yeovil; back-to-back draws had seen confidence rise and brought hopes of home comforts helping to turn those valuable points into a winning streak.

But with a quick turnaround before the next fixture, again with the Huish Park faithful behind them, the squad are hoping to get back on track sooner rather than later.

The midweek defeat didn’t change too much in terms of the relegation scrap; Yeovil are still bottom, six points from safety and four points behind the side in 23rd.

Acting Manager, Terry Skiverton has admitted that time is running out, but again promised that the squad and coaching staff would not be deterred as they give everything to avoid the drop.

That continues on Saturday and with Oldham coming off the back of a long midweek away trip, the motorway miles might end up taking their toll on the Lancashire side.

On Tuesday, they travelled down the M6 to Port Vale and returned with all three points following a 1-0 win.

Mike Jones (pictured) scored the only goal of the game, a 25-yard free kick did the damage to give Dean Holden his first win in temporary charge.

Holden had overseen their previous match, a 4-0 defeat to high flying Preston.

All of that leaves the Latics in 11th position just 3 points off the play-offs.

There will be a couple of familiar faces in the away dressing room on Saturday; Adam Lockwood was a stalwart of the Conference and FA Trophy winning side that did so well, while Jake Kean played in goal for Yeovil on a short term loan earlier this season.

It seems commonplace at the moment to discuss Yeovil’s ongoing injury concerns and this week is no different. Liam Davis and Stephen Artherworrey both had concerns going into Tuesday’s game with the Fulham loanee missing out of the squad altogether.

Stephen Kingsley (pictured) took a terrible challenge during the game and was forced off fearing damage to his face and cheekbone.

Thankfully, those fears weren’t met and the Swansea man will be monitored right through until Saturday morning.

The same applies to Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak. Both ‘keepers have spent time in the physio’s room recently, but with Scott Loach in for a month, there is no need to rush either of those back.

This game provides Yeovil with another opportunity to clinch the home and away double over a side for the second time this season.

The trip to Oldham resulted in an impressive 4-0 win for Yeovil, arguably the best result of the entire campaign so far.

Stephen Arthurworrey, Simon Gillett, Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore did the damage in a match that Yeovil dominated from start to finish.

Prior to this season, the two sides last met in 2012/13 season, Yeovil losing 1-0 away from home in the first ever "Father v Son" derby but thrashing a Paul Dickov-led Oldham 4-1 at home.

Yeovil fans will remember a Gavin Williams wonder goal that day.

That single Latics win is in fact, the only time the Blues have come out on top in this fixture since 2008.

Five draws and six Glovers wins have been and gone since then.

What’s more, the head to head at Huish Park is even more in Yeovil’s favour; of the eight meetings in Somerset, only one – the very first one back in 2005 – went Oldham’s way.

You can see if that impressive win record can continue by securing your place at Huish Park this Saturday.

Click HERE to buy your tickets online now. Or head down in person or call the ticket office team.

It’s no secret that Yeovil need your support to help get themselves out of trouble and everybody through the turnstiles makes a real difference.

If you can’t make it, as ever we point you in the direction of Glovers Player for live commentary as well as social media and YouTube for action and reaction.

Oldham Athletic

Famous Fans: Take That’s Mark Owen and Professor Brian Cox.

A Foot in Both Camps: Kevin Betsy, Craig Davies, James Dayton, Tom Eaves, Jon Grounds, Ritchie Jones, Matt Lanzoni, Adam Lockwood, Keanu Marsh Brown, Steve Mildenhall, Reuben Reid, Paul Warne, Jake Kean and of course, Lee Johnson.

GETTING BEHIND THE LADS IS ONLY A GOOD THING

Hey everyone.

It is now a busy time for all football teams and we have played twice since I last blogged. Once again it has been a rollercoaster with both games having so much drama. I would like to firstly wish Artur Krysiak and Stephen Kingsley a speedy recovery as they both suffered nasty injuries against Scunthorpe and Walsall respectively.

The point up at Scunthorpe in isolation is a good result, especially as Gareth Stewart saved a penalty from a certain Paddy Madden. However, I think we needed the win due to our situation being so desperate. It is disappointing that we went down 1-0 at home on Tuesday, even though Scott Loach had a man of the match debut between the sticks. He also saved a penalty but Adam Morgan’s miss from the spot will also go down as a key moment of the season. He did save us against Gillingham and unfortunately these things happen in football.

We now lie six points from safety and it looks like a mountain to climb. It is not impossible by any stretch but a win against Oldham on Saturday is a must if we are to have a chance of defying the odds. However, if any club can, Yeovil Town Football Club can.

 

In other news, the Premier League provided some great games last night. All of the top five won, with Arsenal and Liverpool looking the most impressive in terms of form. Liverpool saw off Burnley at Anfield, whilst Arsenal travelled to Loftus Road claiming all three points. The Gunners saw off strugglers QPR 2-1 with Alexis Sanchez shining once again. He sealed the win after 69 minutes claiming his first goal in seven games. In my opinion, he has been the player of the season due to his unselfishness and creativity. Every time he gets the ball something magic seems to happen. He is one of the main reasons the Gunners will almost certainly secure a Champions League place once again.  

Liverpool have also been impressive in the Premier League lately and are now unbeaten in 12 games, having won five of their last seven. They now lay just two points off the top 4 and after an inconsistent start now look dangerous. I think Brendan Rodgers has done a fantastic job and rode out the sticky patch well in which the Reds looked disappointing. On the other side of Merseyside, all is not so going to plan.

I think Everton have been extremely disappointing this year and look a shadow of the sides we have seen over the last few years. Last night, they went down 2-0 at Stoke and lie in 14th place, just six points clear of the relegation zone.

I think they will be fine, but Roberto Martinez will be disappointed with their lack of goals and how they now look easy to beat. He is a fine manager and will be looking to invest over the summer. They should be pushing for a top seven spot, particularly with their recent record in the top flight. Along with Southampton, they are one of the teams a lot of football fans hope do well so I do hope they turn it around and finish the season strongly.

Goal of the week

This strike from Jordan Henderson is worthy of any 3 points and this was just the opening goal of their 2 – 1 win. He has been a revelation the last two seasons and has proved a lot of people wrong. This is my favourite finish from a great mid-week Match of the Day.

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

So, it may seem all doom and gloom at Huish Park but let’s try not to get too down! Whatever will be will be and we now have nothing to lose.

The boys, Skivo and Darren will not give up so we can’t either! Getting behind the lads can only be a good thing….oh and Joe MUST be back from injury soon! Keep smiling and see you ALL at the game on Saturday, our support can make all the difference.

Until next week.

Shez

TICKETS: YEOVIL TOWN V BRISTOL CITY

Tickets for Town’s clash with high flying Bristol City at Huish Park remain on sale via ytfc.net for fans with a buying history.

Fans need to log in with their membership number, which can be found either on your season ticket under your name or on an the address label if you order tickets by post, alternatively you can call the ticket office for your unique reference number. Numbers start with 100 and are 8 digits long.

Once signed in, select the buy now option and a new list will appear with the City game in.

Buying your tickets online is the cheapest way to watch the Glovers. To buy your tickets now click here.

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TICKETS: FLEETWOOD TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Tickets for Town’s trip to Fleetwood Town on Monday 6th April are on sale from Huish park and are priced as follows:
 

Adults – £22 – Over 65 – ££17 – Under 18 – £17 – Under 16 – £14 – Under 5 – Free

 

All prices will increase by £2 on the day

 

Wheelchair- ambulant disabled pay relevant price with carer FOC.

To buy your tickets call the Ticket Office on 01935 847888.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V WALSALL

A Jordy Hiwula goal on 32 minute gave Walsall all three points in a one sided clash with Yeovil Town at Huish Park tonight.


The goal, coming five minutes after Walsalls Tom Bradshaw had missed a penalty was all that divided the sides however the Saddlers had four times the number of chances as the hosts who also missed a spot kick late on through Adam Morgan. The result leaves the Glovers rooted to the bottom six points from safety; frustratingly the five sides immediately above Yeovil in the table all lost so no ground lost, no ground gained!

Manager Terry Skiverton made four changes to the side that gained a point at Scunthorpe on Saturday. Keeper Artur Krysiak hadn’t recovered from his head injury and new loan keeper Scott Loach came straight in for his debut. At the back, Stephen Arthurworrey dropped out of the squad as a surplus loanee while Nathan Smith (injured) and Joel Grant (bench) were the other non starters. James Hayter, James Berrett and Liam Davis all came in from Saturdays bench.

It didn’t take long for any pre match plans to be torn up, just six minutes in fact as Stephen Kingsley was stretchered off with a facial injury after a poor challenge from Tom Bradshaw. It was late and dangerous but inexplicably, ref Charles Breakspear didn’t even issue a yellow card.

The first half followed a pattern throughout with the Saddlers dominating possession and creating many chances. Bradshaw, James Baxendale and Hiwula all missed chances early on and Romaine Sawyers tested Loach with a right foot shot.

On 27 minutes, Walsall were awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances. Hiwula’s first shot was blocked  but rebounded to him, taking it past the on rushing Loach, he went down under the challenge from the keeper. Ref Breakspear gave the spot kick and for the second game running, a Yeovil keeper became the hero with Loach diving to turn away the penalty kick.

The respite was short lived though and after Hayter had shot straight at Walsall keeper Richard O’Donnell, the visitors took the lead. Hiwula broke into the box and conscious of the earlier penalty, no defender challenged and the Man City loanee fire home his fourth goal in seven games.

Scott Loach twice saved the home side from going two behind, denying Sawyers and Hiwula while Bradshaw, Adam Chambers and Reece Flanagan all were awry with their efforts.

Liam Shephard’s free kick barely tested O’Donnell right on half time and straight after the break, Yeovil had the ball in the net when Gozie Ugwu nodded in after Hayter had hit the crossbar but the striker was offside. This came only two minutes after Baxendale had rapped the post from outside the box.

Sawyers and Hiwula also went close, and that was enough for Skiverton to twist and put on his remaining two subs with Joel Grant and Adam Morgan replacing Hayter and Nathan Ralph.

On the hour, Yeovil felt they should have had a penalty when Berrett was felled in the box but nothing was given, and despite this,Walsall still looked the most likely to score, Bradshaw and Flanagan both spurning opportunities.

On 71 minutes came the break that Yeovil needed. Grant advanced towards the goal but was brought down by Ben Purkiss, ref Breakspear pointing to the spot. But Adam Morgan, having successfully netted against Gillingham from twelve yards, this time saw his shot saved by O’Donnell.

Yeovil’s best spell of the game followed forcing four successive corners but nothing like a goal arrived. Baxendale was booked for diving and sub Ashley Grimes made Loach dive full length to keep his shot out.

O’Donnell then produced the save of the match keeping Byron Webster’s header out after previously having his hands stung by Josh Sheehan’s long range strike.

Late on, Morgan found himself through on goal but typical of the night’s efforts, it was a good save from O’Donnell that preserved all three points for the visiting Saddlers.   

Match Report : 03/03/2015

A Jordy Hiwula goal on 32 minute gave Walsall all three points in a one sided clash with Yeovil Town at Huish Park tonight.


The goal, coming five minutes after Walsalls Tom Bradshaw had missed a penalty was all that divided the sides however the Saddlers had four times the number of chances as the hosts who also missed a spot kick late on through Adam Morgan. The result leaves the Glovers rooted to the bottom six points from safety; frustratingly the five sides immediately above Yeovil in the table all lost so no ground lost, no ground gained!

Manager Terry Skiverton made four changes to the side that gained a point at Scunthorpe on Saturday. Keeper Artur Krysiak hadn’t recovered from his head injury and new loan keeper Scott Loach came straight in for his debut. At the back, Stephen Arthurworrey dropped out of the squad as a surplus loanee while Nathan Smith (injured) and Joel Grant (bench) were the other non starters. James Hayter, James Berrett and Liam Davis all came in from Saturdays bench.

It didn’t take long for any pre match plans to be torn up, just six minutes in fact as Stephen Kingsley was stretchered off with a facial injury after a poor challenge from Tom Bradshaw. It was late and dangerous but inexplicably, ref Charles Breakspear didn’t even issue a yellow card.

The first half followed a pattern throughout with the Saddlers dominating possession and creating many chances. Bradshaw, James Baxendale and Hiwula all missed chances early on and Romaine Sawyers tested Loach with a right foot shot.

On 27 minutes, Walsall were awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances. Hiwula’s first shot was blocked  but rebounded to him, taking it past the on rushing Loach, he went down under the challenge from the keeper. Ref Breakspear gave the spot kick and for the second game running, a Yeovil keeper became the hero with Loach diving to turn away the penalty kick.

The respite was short lived though and after Hayter had shot straight at Walsall keeper Richard O’Donnell, the visitors took the lead. Hiwula broke into the box and conscious of the earlier penalty, no defender challenged and the Man City loanee fire home his fourth goal in seven games.

Scott Loach twice saved the home side from going two behind, denying Sawyers and Hiwula while Bradshaw, Adam Chambers and Reece Flanagan all were awry with their efforts.

Liam Shephard’s free kick barely tested O’Donnell right on half time and straight after the break, Yeovil had the ball in the net when Gozie Ugwu nodded in after Hayter had hit the crossbar but the striker was offside. This came only two minutes after Baxendale had rapped the post from outside the box.

Sawyers and Hiwula also went close, and that was enough for Skiverton to twist and put on his remaining two subs with Joel Grant and Adam Morgan replacing Hayter and Nathan Ralph.

On the hour, Yeovil felt they should have had a penalty when Berrett was felled in the box but nothing was given, and despite this,Walsall still looked the most likely to score, Bradshaw and Flanagan both spurning opportunities.

On 71 minutes came the break that Yeovil needed. Grant advanced towards the goal but was brought down by Ben Purkiss, ref Breakspear pointing to the spot. But Adam Morgan, having successfully netted against Gillingham from twelve yards, this time saw his shot saved by O’Donnell.

Yeovil’s best spell of the game followed forcing four successive corners but nothing like a goal arrived. Baxendale was booked for diving and sub Ashley Grimes made Loach dive full length to keep his shot out.

O’Donnell then produced the save of the match keeping Byron Webster’s header out after previously having his hands stung by Josh Sheehan’s long range strike.

Late on, Morgan found himself through on goal but typical of the night’s efforts, it was a good save from O’Donnell that preserved all three points for the visiting Saddlers.

SCOTT LOACH JOINS ON LOAN FROM ROTHERHAM UNITED


Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of Goalkeeper Scott Loach from Rotherham United on a one month emergency loan deal.

Loach has been drafted in following injuries to both Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak.

Weale has been out for a number of months while Krysiak was forced off the field due to head injury on Saturday.

It was down to goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart to step in for the remainder of the game, but it was decided that bringing in a loan stopper would be the best option for the next few games.

Loach goes straight into the squad to face Walsall on Tuesday night.

Nottingham-born Loach has already spent time on loan this season with both Bury in League Two and Peterborough.

He played for the Posh in their 1-0 defeat to Yeovil in January.

Loach made over 100 appearances for Watford before moving onto Ipswich and then Rotherham but has found first team opportunities hard to come by.

His third loan of the season helps out all parties and you can see Loach’s debut at Huish Park this Tuesday night.

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V WALSALL

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Tuesday when Walsall visit Huish Park with a 7:45pm kick off.

The Glovers are hoping to turn back to back draws into some wins and momentum as the quest for League One survival continues into March.

On Saturday, Yeovil came away from Scunthorpe with a point after Joel Grant’s opener was cancelled out in the second half.

That followed a 2-2 draw at home against in form Gillingham.

Goals from both Adam Morgan and Grant in recent weeks have been the main positives to the return of two players who have been out of the side since way before Christmas.

Tuesday’s fixture is the first of three home matches in a row and with two matches undefeated behind the Glovers, confidence should be high that draws can be turned into wins.

The situation at the bottom of the table doesn’t make for pretty reading, Yeovil are 24th, six points from the side in 20th place with an inferior goal difference to boot.

A winning streak starting now would go a long way to putting that right.

A win on Tuesday would actually not change an awful lot in terms of position, there’s a four point gap to 23rd, so a win couldn’t even lift Terry Skiverton’s men off the bottom.

But what it will do is extend the unbeaten run, it would put them within one or two results of getting out of trouble and with two more home games to come the momentum that it would bring would be invaluable.

As for the opponents, Walsall have been in a sticky patch of late and since confirming their place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final have struggled for consistent form.

They have won just twice out of seven matches in February and suffered defeats to both Leyton Orient and Preston in their last two outings.

The last time the Saddlers picked up all three points was a five goal thriller against Rochdale way back on the 10th of February.

What that means is that their position of 16th might suggest safety is assured, the condensed nature of League One means they are exactly the same distance from the relegation zone as they are the play offs.

Seven points is all that separates them from another shot at Wembley, or a relegation scrap.

The team news from Huish Park mainly surrounds the goalkeeping situation, having gone from four ‘keepers at one point, Terry Skiverton is now left with a headache and potentially just a Goalkeeping coach to choose.

Chris Weale’s long term injury edges closer to being sorted, but Tuesday comes way too soon to be considered an option for a return.

Artur Krysiak came off at Scunthorpe with a serious head injury and needed hospital attention and multiple stitches in his head. The quick turnaround might not quite be enough to ensure the wound in healed and Artur is fit for action.

Gareth Stewart, who is mainly a coach, but still holds a playing registration, came on for Artur and did fantastically well to not only save a Paddy Madden penalty but also performed more than admirably for the whole of the second half.

The other option is to go and get someone in on loan, there are plenty of goalkeepers who would jump at the chance for a stint in a first team but finding them and executing a deal in short space of time is hard work.

Furthermore, an additional loan will also mean than that Yeovil have seven temporary additions in the squad – two would have to miss out on Tuesday.

Ben Nugent has been the unlucky ‘sixth’ loanee in the previous two games and he would be joined in the stands by one of the other loan players.

As for Walsall, they’ll be bringing back their own loan star to Huish Park, someone who Glovers fans will surely recognise.

Jordy Hiwula played a few times for Yeovil earlier this season, scoring against Crawley in the FA Cup before returning to Manchester City.

Since then, he has gone back out on loan, to Walsall and extended his deal with the midlands’ side this week.

The front man already has three league goals to his name and one more against the side that he formerly played for wouldn’t be sniffed at.

However, it is Tom Bradshaw who leads the way for Walsall; his 14 goals for the season are a full 10 more than any other player in the squad.

When the two sides met earlier this season, Yeovil completed an impressive away win thanks to goals from James Hayter and Kevin Dawson.

That man Tom Bradshaw did get one back but it wasn’t enough.

Another win over the Saddlers on Tuesday would be only the second time Yeovil have completed a home and away win double over a side this season, following six points from Bradford City.

In fact, Yeovil’s head to head record against Walsall has been rather impressive of late, the last time Walsall recorded a win over Yeovil was way back in 2009.

Since then there have been four wins and four draws and only once have Yeovil failed to score in this fixture since then – a 0-0 draw in 2013.

So this is where you, the supporter, comes in to play, (no, not in goal – Skivo will get that sorted!).

Right now the club needs you; back to back draws need to become wins and the best chance of that happening is with three packed stands and a Thatchers Gold end even louder than normal.

Click HERE to buy tickets for either this fixture or the Oldham match on Saturday via the online ticketing system.

Bring a friend, bring a drum, a bell, a rattle or just make sure you’re kitted out in full green and white gear.

The lads are giving everything and they need you behind them this Tuesday night.

If you cannot make the game, then stay tuned via social media (use the hashtag #YTFC on twitter or Instagram) and dial into your Glovers Player subscription for full match commentary.

After the game, log on to YouTube where the post match reaction will be played in full.

LARKHALL ATHLETIC TIE REARRANGED

A new date has been set for Town’s Somerset Premier Cup tie with Larkhall Athletic.

The tie will now take place on Tuesday 24th March with a 7:45pm kick off.

The match was originally scheduled to take place last Tuesday but had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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SPECIAL OFFER ON AWAY SHIRTS

This evening sees the Glovers take on Walsall and the club shop is offering this seasons away shirt at a reduced price for one day only!

Fans can get their hands on the away shirt for just £20 for adult sizes and £15 for youth sizes.

The offer is only valid in store and via telephone.

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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.

LATEST ON ARTUR KRYSIAK HEAD INJURY


No it’s not the invisible man it’s Artur Krysiak after emerging from Scunthorpe Hospital late on Saturday evening.

Artur was rushed to hospital following a collision with a Scunthorpe player which resulted in a really nasty gash on the top of his head.

Four hours later and with ten stitches in the wound and following a CAT scan Artur emerged ready for the long four hour journey back to Somerset courtesy of the YTFC media team.

But there was no peace for the wicked, not that we are saying Artur is wicked…far from it, our injured keeper had to report in at 9am for training and more treatment.

Whether Artur will be available for Tuesday’s game against Walsall will be in the hands of the medical team, but judging by his comments on the journey home he is raring to go!