An Arron Davies hat-trick gave Yeovil Town a priceless 3 points in a game that the Glovers dominated against Chesterfield at Saltergate this afternoon - but the win came at a heavy price with midfielders Tommy Doherty and Anthony Barry both suffering serious injuries in the first half of the match.
Chesterfield sweated blood to ensure the game went ahead after snow and a severe overnight frost meant that games all around the country were postponed, but they must have been wondering why they bothered after this comprehensive defeat, for which Yeovil were full value. The Glovers had to do it the hard way with recent first-choice strikers Kevin Gall and Phil Jevons both missing through injury and being replaced by Matt Harrold, fit again after a couple of weeks out with an ankle injury, and Arron Davies pressed into action as an emergency centre-forward - and what a inspired choice he was! It got worse before it got better for the Glovers however, losing new loan signing Tommy Doherty on 11 minutes with what appears to be a recurrence of the shin injury that has ruined the Northern Ireland international's season at QPR. Arron Davies gave the visitors a deserved lead on 37 minutes before the Glovers suffered another cruel blow on the stroke of half-time with impressive new signing Anthony Barry being stretchered off with a dislocated kneecap after an awkward-looking fall.
More on the injuries below, but the way the rest of the team responded to the setbacks speaks volumnes about the team spirit manager Steve Thompson has engendered in the side. Yeovil continued to take the game to the home side and finally got the reward their efforts deserved with Davies adding another 2 goals in second half injury-time to put the icing on the cake and ensure that all 3 points were on their way back with the team to Somerset this evening.
Final score: Chesterfield 0 - 3 Yeovil Town. A full match report will be online later.
As reported above, both new signing Anthony Barry and loanee Tommy Doherty suffered serious injuries today. It's a particularly cruel blow to lose Barry with a dislocated kneecap, the 19 year old midfielder has impressed everyone with his performances since his arrival at Huish Park from Accrington in January. It's not known how long he'll be out for as yet and no-one would want to sound unduly gloomy before the facts are known, but a dislocated kneecap is a serious injury and it must be unlikely that he'll return to fitness before the end of the season, but more will be known on this after the weekend. Loan signing Tommy Doherty has evidently suffered a recurrence of the shin injury that has plagued his season up until now, again he will be assessed on Monday and a decision made as to whether his loan period should be brought to an end or not. However long both players are out for Ciderspace wishes them a full recovery as soon as possible - get well soon lads.
Theirs weren't the only misfortunes suffered by Yeovil players today. Chris Weale received extensive treatment for a leg injury during the second half and both Kevin Amankwaah and Paul Terry both received knocks for which they'll receive treatment before Tuesday's important home match v Brentford - it's hoped that all 3 players will be fit for the game. Kevin Gall missed today's game with a groin injury but he too is expected to have recovered in time for the Brentford match. Just to round off what's been a bad day injury-wise, leading scorer Phil Jevons ankle ligament trouble has been diagnosed as severe enough to keep him out for a further 3 weeks. Back on the phone for more loans on Monday, Thommo!
It may have been a bad day for injuries for the Glovers, but results could barely have gone better for us. In fact postponements due to the bad weather meant that our match at Chesterfield was one of only 2 matches involving teams in the bottom half of the table to survive the conditions; the other being the match at Ashton Gate where TBCUTR drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest. Yeovil move up 4 places to 17th on 41 points, a massive (massive in the context of this extraordinarily tight league table) 3 points away from the relegation zone. All those teams below shuffle down a place with Walsall, Swindon, Rotherham and Franchise FC in the relegation zone. TCBUTR are 13th on 43 points, a mere 2 points ahead of the Glovers but having played 2 games more.
At the top, Southend opened up a 6 point gap on 2nd-placed Huddersfield with an hugely impressive 3-0 win at 5th-placed Colchester, whose own form is slumping badly recently. The Terriers were held at home to a 2-2 draw by improving Doncaster. Barnsley and Swansea cancelled each other out at Oakwell in another 2-2 draw to remain 3rd and 4th respectively.
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