Yeovil Town gained an excellent 3-2 victory over neighbours Bristol City this evening at Huish Park as a late Gavin Tomlin goal grabbed them a narrow win over the Championship side. Despite going an early goal down from former Glover Gavin Williams, goals from Dean Bowditch and Danny Schofield put Yeovil on top at half time. An early second half penalty levelled the scores again, before Tomlin popped up four minutes from time to seal an impressive result.
The Glovers played their part in a lively first half, even if they did start the game half asleep. Craig Alcock conceded a corner that he didn't really need to, but when the set piece was swung in, the ball was allowed to bounce inside the penalty area without a single challenge coming in, and Gavin Williams was able to sweep the ball home against his old club.
City were well on top - that was until the Glovers got their equalising goal. Trialist Dean Bowditch did his hopes of earning a contract no harm whatsoever by swivelling on the edge of the box and unleashing a piledriver of a shot that came off the inside of the post and into the back of the net. Four minutes later and the Glovers were in front, with Bowditch involved once again - flicking a neat one-two back to Danny Schofield who neatly lifted the ball over the keeper to turn the game on its head.
By this point of the match, the pendulum had swung the other way and it was Yeovil definitely in control. In between the two goals, Ryan Mason had whistled a shot just past the upright, and it was the Spurs teenager who stepped up to take a spot kick half an hour into the game. Sadly, Yeovil's penalty taking doesn't appear to be their strong point these days, with yet another kick failing to find the net, although to be fair to Mason, it was an excellent save from Dean Gerken that denied him Yeovil's third goal of the night.
City did come back into the game as the half closed out, with the balance of play growing more even, but they couldn't get themselves an equaliser to take into the dressing room. A one-on-one with Alex McCarthy sent them close, but McCarthy stood up well to the task and blocked the attempt on goal.
It was no surprise to find City open the second period in determined mood. Presumably given a rocket by Gary Johnson at half time, they responded well and got themselves a fairly clear cut penalty when Nathan Jones got into a tangle with himself. Probably the assistant boss should have hoofed the ball out, but he looked for a pass inside his own box, lost his footing and then was dispossessed. As a result he brought down a City player for the second spot kick of the game, and rather like last week's match against Derby County the opposition showed the Glovers how to take a penalty.
The second half proved to be a game of cat'n'mouse. City pressed and frequently held the upper hand, but quick breakouts made the Glovers dangerous and kept the Championship side on their toes. During the second period, Yeovil stood up well to the City pressure and with four minutes remaining they sealed the game with an excellent solo goal. Gavin Tomlin weaved his way in and out of the City defence, switching both ways to create himself room in the box and he eventually planted an excellent shot into the bottom corner - albeit with the help of a deflection - for a goal that was to clinch the game. Still City tried to come back and force a late equaliser, but Alex McCarthy produced a strong save to ensure the game stayed with the Glovers for good.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Bristol City 2.
Scorers: Gavin Williams (0-1, 2 mins), Dean Bowditch (1-1, 19 mins), Danny Schofield (2-1, 23 mins), Bristol City Scorer (2-2, 52 mins, pen), Gavin Tomlin (3-2, 86 mins)
Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Steven Caulker 5. Terrell Forbes (Capt) 3. Nathan Jones
6. Ryan Mason 7. Danny Schofield 8. George O'Callaghan 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 11. Dean Bowditch
13. Ben Roberts 14. Danny Hutchins 15. Nathan Smith 16. Paul Terry (71 mins for Danny Schofield) 17. Andre McCollin (50 mins for Dean Bowditch) 18. Conrad Schimdt 19. Ciaran Levet 20. Joe Grimstead
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