06/12/2009 : Yeovil Town Blog : The Fastest Glovers In The West
6 December 2009 : The Fastest Glovers In The West
Yesterday, hopefully any of the 341 spectators who travelled to the match against Milton Keynes Dons managed to make it to their seats before Dean Bowditch netted Yeovil Town's opening goal. The match ended in a 2-2 draw and led to the question of whether that was the fastest goal the Glovers had scored since entering the Football League.

The answer to that question, can be found below, with a summary of the fastest eight goals scored since the summer of 2003, counting down in (roughly) reverse order:

8. Simon Weatherstone : Boston United vs Yeovil Town : 12/04/2004 : 4 mins.

When you're up against your old club, and returning to the ground for the first time since moving to Yeovil Town, give them a little bit of a reminder of what they're missing. Simon Weatherstone needed just four minutes to hammer a 25 yard drive past his old team-mate Paul Bastock at Boston United. Sadly, not everything in the game went to plan with referee Eddie Ilderton having a stinker, and Boston won 3-2 with a 93rd minute offside goal. (Match Report).

7. Terry Skiverton : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town : 21/10/2003 : 4 mins.

Club captain Terry Skiverton had missed the start of Yeovil's Football League campaign and was making only his second league appearance. Perhaps that was a factor in why Huddersfield Town were caught cold from a Gavin Williams free kick, and the Terriers failed to realise that the centre-back's trademark was rising high from a set piece and powering home a header. The Terriers later equalised, but Yeovil won the match 2-1. (Match Report).

6. Kevin Gall : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United : 16/08/2003 : 4 mins.

Just one week after Kevin Gall had written himself into Yeovil Town history as their first ever scorer in the Football League, he wasted no time in grabbing the accolade for the Glovers' first Football League goal at Huish Park. Carlisle United were to later give Gall a contract, but he also gave them a nasty surprise on their first visit to Huish Park - collecting a Roy O'Brien shot from the edge of the box after a Lee Johnson corner had been half cleared, and swivelling and bagging the goal himself. The Glovers went on to win the game 3-0, with Gally bagging a second later on. (Match Report).

5. Lee Morris : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town : 05/01/2007 : 4 mins.

Live in front of the Sky Sports cameras for the first time in a league game since entering the Football League, the Glovers put on a blistering first half performance against Huddersfield Town. Racing to a 3-0 half time lead, the opening goal was scored by Lee Morris, thanks to an Andy Lindegaard assist and an off the ball run that allowed Morris to part the Huddersfield defence like the red sea. The Glovers went on to win the match 3-1. (Match Report).

4. Terry Skiverton : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth : 04/12/2007 : 3 mins.

Another goal for Skivo? Or an own goal from AFC Bournemouth defender Alex Pearce? We'll assume that Pearce won't want the credit for heading home a Zoltan Stieber corner, as both players rose to the ball, and powered it off the underside of the crossbar and into the net. The Glovers went on to win the match 2-1, although had to endure a nervous final 25 minutes, played out with just 10 men. (Match Report).

3. David Poole : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City : 31/12/2005 : 3 mins.

Former manager Gary Johnson was making his first return to Huish Park following his move up the road to Bristol, and probably didn't appreciate one of his former charges reminding him what he had left behind. His new side lost the ball in midfield, Matt Harrold grabbed possession and squared to David Poole who turned and shot to give the perfect start to a local derby. City found a second half equaliser, but the 9,178 crowd went home encouraged that the Glovers could match a Johnson side. (Match Report).

2. Dean Bowditch : Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town : 05/12/2009 : 33 seconds.

Missing out by just 7 seconds on Yeovil Town's fastest goal since entering the Football League, this one came out of a spot of good old-fashioned long-ball football. Alex McCarthy's mammoth goal kick was chested down by Sam Williams and into the path of Gavin Tomlin. He threaded the ball forward to Dean Bowditch, who pounced for his third goal of the season. The Glovers went on to draw the match 2-2. (Match Report).

1. Pablo Bastianini : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town : 27/08/2005 : 26 seconds.

Back in August 2005, the Argentine Pablo Bastianini was considered to be one of the most talented players Yeovil Town fans had ever seen wear a green'n'white shirt. His ball skills were precocious in pre-season, and the Glovers had finally sorted his international clearance for him to play in the Football League. When he netted after just 26 seconds against Swindon Town, it's easy to see why Yeovil thought they'd got themselves a steal, as Kevin Amankwaah's cross-field pass found Nathan Jones and he set up Pablo to chest the ball down and stun the Robins. Sadly, neither the game, nor Pablo's form was quite so incredible. The Glovers lost 4-2 and Pablo never lasted the season. Match Report).


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