Yeovil Town ended their recent dismal run with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough on Saturday, Gavin Williams' 64th minute goal enough to take all 3 points and move the Glovers back up to 5th in the table.
The Glovers were good value for the win overall, but a largely undistinguished match exploded into life with just a few minutes left on the clock when Kiddy striker John Williams appeared to dive in the penalty box when challenged by the outstanding Adam Lockwood. The assistant referee amazingly flagged for the penalty and a few minutes of mayhem ensued with Williams inciting the Yeovil supporters behind the goal and both sets of players getting involved in pushing and shoving matches with several hands raised at one point. After the dust had settled the penalty decision stood but justice was seen to be done when Glovers keeper Chris Weale made an outstanding save at the foot of his right-hand post to stop Adam Murray's well-hit shot.
The stop was Weale's first penalty save this season. "I haven't saved one recently - the last was Doncaster away on Sky and I have got a bit of stick for not saving a penalty, but it came up at the right time today.," the Glovers keeper said afterwards, adding: "I try to plan which way to go and obviously it hasn't worked recently, but it worked today. I only got a slight touch, but it went around the post. The Gaffer is entitled to take the credit because he has given me quite a few pointers to help me, but I don't really want to say I'm going to go that way every time. But it was about time I saved a penalty because we had the Colchester penalty shootout (in the LDV Vans Trophy) when I conceded five penalties and obviously as a keeper you want to save penalties." Weale returns to to West Ham United for the next couple of days to spend time training with the 1st division club.
This was an important 3 points for Yeovil who were again forced to field a makeshift back 4 with first choice defenders Terry Skiverton, Colin Pluck, Paul Terry and of course Roy O'Brien all missing through injury. On-loan striker Andy Bishop made a promising debut as a second-half substitute, showing he has a good touch as well as a fair bit of pace for such a big man.
Final score: Kidderminster Harriers 0 - 1 Yeovil Town.
Other results at the top of the table mostly went the Glovers way this weekend, only Hull City of last week's top 6 managing a win to strengthen their position at the top. Yeovil go back up to 5th place on 50 points, 6 points away from the last automatic promotion place which is currently held by Oxford United, who lost 1-0 at Leyton Orient on Saturday. The U's visit Huish Park for a real 6-pointer this coming Saturday.
Finally, Glovers boss Gary Johnson has denied that striker Kirk Jackson has no future at Huish Park. It's been reported that the Glovers have agreed a fee for Jackson's services with Dagenham & Redbrige, where the frontman is currently on-loan and re-discovering his scoring touch, but Johnson said on Saturday: ""We haven't agreed anything, Kirk remains with Dagenham on loan. Woking have asked about him, as have another four Conference clubs. But Kirk has only played a handful of games for Dagenham and I think he'll want to see the month out there before we talk about the future."
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