A fifteen minute purple patch by Yeovil Town was enough for them to secure a hefty win, and their second four goal tally against Wycombe Wanderers this season. Two goals from Dean Bowditch were added to by Andy Welsh and Owain Tudur Jones, thus meaning that Matt Harrold's headed equaliser against his old club was of little relevance.
In terms of team selection, Nathan Jones disappeared entirely out of the matchday squad, whilst Ryan Mason was this week's 'sixth loan', getting the weekend off. Craig Alcock was left on the bench, with a slight knock meaning that Terrell Forbes and Nathan Smith took over the full-back positions. Gavin Tomlin and Andy Welsh got the nod for the more forward wide positions, as the Glovers opted for a bulk standard 4-4-2 formation. No nested midfield structures. No wide forwards. Just a simple approach, and one in which all players looked comfortable in their positions.
The first half actually wasn't much to write home about. The opening 15 minutes barely produced anything, although the home side had considerably more possession, with Yeovil struggling to build anything in the opposition half. Thus when Dean Bowditch rifled a shot from just inside the box and into the top right hand corner, after he had been fed by Andy Welsh, it was a bolt from the blue entirely.
As for the rest of the first period, probably the only main picks were two awful misses by both sides. First, Dean Bowditch's right-wing run produced a perfect looking cross for Andy Welsh to convert, with home keeper Scott Shearer already committed to his front post, but Welsh skied his attempt over the top of the home terrace and out of the ground.
Next, two former Glovers combined, with Kevin Betsy skinning Nathan Smith and putting the ball across the six yard box. Matt Harrold appeared to have a tap-in, but contrived to put it wide from four yards out. In his defence, he was under pressure from Steven Caulker, and may have claimed that the Glovers centre-back had the last touch on his shot. However, given that referee Steve Bratt awarded a goal-kick, the official view was that Harrold had missed the open goal. However, both Welsh and Harrold were to redeem themselves early in the second half.
Wycombe's Stuart Beavon ended the first half by landing the ball in the back of the net, but John Mousinho's through ball was slightly mistimed and up went the offside flag to rescue the Glovers.
Wycombe had looked their most dangerous from set pieces and one criticism of the Glovers were that they were giving away a few too many fouls in their own half. One such foul by Gavin Tomlin, set Wycombe up for their move that allowed them their equalising goal. Dean Keates sent in the free kick, and Matt Harrold rose highest to loop his header over Alex McCarthy and into the net.
The home side introduced Luke Oliver for an injured Adam Hinshelwood and perhaps that change caught them cold as almost immediately, the Glovers managed to get themselves back in front. Dean Bowditch stretched a Wycombe defence that appeared to have gone AWOL, and as Scott Shearer parried his low right wing cross, two Glovers were queuing up on the back post and Andy Welsh got himself a gift. This time he didn't disappoint.
Thereafter, and with echoes of Wycombe's 4-0 Boxing Day defeat at Huish Park, the home side fell apart as their rather sluggish looking back four got put under pressure through Yeovil's counter-attacking. Luke Oliver's crude trip on Dean Bowditch on the edge of the box landed him in the book, with the tackle bordering on a professional foul.
Although Oliver was to stay on the field, he was still to be punished further, as a free kick from Owain Tudur Jones was sneaked round the blind side of a badly positioned wall and past Scott Shearer for the third goal of the afternoon.
Three very quickly became four as once again the slow Wycombe defence couldn't cope with another break-away goal with Dean Bowditch put through on goal, and as keeper Scott Shearer advanced, Bowditch poked the ball past him and in off the post to put Yeovil 4-1 up and in dreamland!
The final 20 minutes of the game didn't quite live up to that period of play that had seen four goals in 17 minutes. To their credit, Wycombe didn't give up, but in their hearts they knew they were beaten, whilst the Glovers knew they didn't have to do too much more other than to hold their shape. Three substitutions ensured that fresh legs could be introduced, and the Glovers easily saw out the remainder of the game.
The match overall was not a million miles away from the Boxing Day match, with a tight 50 minutes being followed by a 15 minute phase where Wanderers just couldn't handle pace and counter-attacking as they pushed players up for an equaliser. Each time they tried it, Yeovil broke away, and the second half finishing was clinical, given that there weren't too many other chances throughout the game. But the most important thing was that it was an emphatic away win, giving Yeovil their second of the season. Now all Skivo needs to do is to lock the blueprint to that success in a safe and ensure that it gets brought out again for the next match on the road.
Final Score: Wycombe Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 4.
Scorers: Dean Bowditch (16 mins, 0-1), Matt Harrold (50 mins, 1-1), Andy Welsh (52 mins, 1-2), Owain Tudur Jones (60 mins, 1-3), Dean Bowditch (67 mins, 1-4)
1. Scott Shearer 3. Craig Woodman 23. Chris Westwood 32. Adam Hinshelwood 20. John Mousinho 27. Josh Payne 29. Kevin Betsy 8. Dean Keates 11. Alex Revell 24. Stuart Beavon 9. Matt Harrold
12. Steven Arnold (GK) 2. Lewis Hunt 6. Luke Oliver (51 mins for Adam Hinshelwood) 16. Jon-Paul Pittman 17. Lewis Montrose 18. Matt Phillips 28. Kevin McLeod
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (88 mins for Stefan Stam) 8. Keiran Murtagh 16. Scott Murray (85 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika (73 mins for Sam Williams)
Wycombe Bookings: Luke Oliver (59 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Tomlin (49 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, foul)
Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: Gary Jerden (Essex) and Wade Norcott (Essex). Fourth Official: Chris Knowles (Northamptonshire).
Attendance: 4,793 (including approx 400 Yeovil fans)
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