Match Details: 21/10/2008
Yeovil Town 3-2 Crewe Alexandra
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Danny Schofield (45), Danny Schofield (66), Darren Way (85)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Asmir Begovic, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Gareth Owen, 8. Darren Way, 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 14. Paul Warne, 15. Scott Rendell, 18. Keiran Murtagh,
Subs: 10. Gavin Tomlin, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 19. Andre McCollin, 22. Jordan Street, 23. Aaron Brown
Substitutes Used: Gavin Tomlin for Andy Welsh (81 mins)
Bookings: Gareth Owen (Foul, 37), Danny Schofield (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 56)
Yeovil Town gained three priceless points tonight as they beat Crewe Alexandra 3-2 in a pulsating match at Huish Park that swung both ways before Darren Way's deflected effort five minutes from time sealed the points. Danny Schofield looked to have guaranteed a win for the Glovers midway through the second half when he scored the second of his two goals, but a Crewe double-substitution sparked the game into life, with Byron Moore scoring the first and then setting up Shaun Miller for an equaliser four minutes later. Thankfully, Way was to have the last laugh.
The usual squad limitations dogged any real options manager Russell Slade had when putting up his teamsheet for the match. He chose to partner Scott Rendell with Paul Warne, whilst the least surprising change was Craig Alcock coming in for the suspended Terrell Forbes. Left winger Andy Welsh's brief cameo on Saturday was impressive enough for him to earn himself a start ahead of Gavin Tomlin.
In terms of possession and territory, Yeovil got off to a flyer. Paul Warne twice got in behind the Crewe defence in the first couple of minutes, with the first attempt following a Danny Schofield throughball, forcing Crewe to clear the ball close to their own goal line as Warne put the ball across the face of the box. Then Scott Rendell charged down a Danny Woodards clearance as he broke through the Crewe back line as Yeovil took the game to their opponents in exactly the way that Slade had demanded in his pre-match interview.
The only snag was that former Glover Steve Collis wasn't getting his gloves dirty. Sure balls fizzed across the face of the box, and others went wide of the posts, but as close as Yeovil got, the golden chance they needed wouldn't come their way. That all changed though, right on the stroke of half time. Andy Welsh put in the kind of left-wing cross that the Glovers had been crying out for all half, and the ball found his opposite winger with Danny Schofield slightly miscontrolling the ball before hooking it into the back of the net with his back to goal to entirely change both managers' half time team talks.
The second half saw Crewe improve somewhat, albeit without significantly threatening the Glovers goal. Yeovil were also not quite as penatrative as they had been in the first period, and with the scoreline balanced at a delicate 1-0, there was always that underlying nervousness that just one mistake could change the game.
Midway through the second period though, the Glovers appeared to be marching their way to victory as they grabbed their second goal of the night with their first bit of clinical play of that half. Kieran Murtagh ran forward as he received a ball from Scott Rendell and then as he accelerated, he slipped it through to Danny Schofield who netted an excellent strike from the edge of the box to double Yeovil's lead and prompt wild celebrations. Celebrations that were to prove to be a little premature as the game suddenly turned into an end-to-end thriller.
Crewe's response was to make a double substitution to save the game. Within two minutes of the arrival of Anthony Elding and Byron Moore, their prescence was felt sharply. Elding skinned an otherwise reliable Craig Alcock and squared it for Moore and suddenly Crewe had a lifeline at 2-1.
As Yeovil suddenly looked ragged after 70 minutes of calmness, Crewe could have equalised just a minute later when John Brayford broke through and rounded Asmir Begovic. Rather than try and score a goal, Brayford threw himself to the floor in a clear dive. The only surprise was that referee James Linington didn't see that as a bookable offence. But four minutes after the first goal, Crewe scorer Moore turned provider as the substitute turned the ball in from the right wing and Shaun Miller couldn't miss. From 2-0 to 2-2 inside just four minutes, with Crewe's substitutes playing a key role in doing the damage.
But this game wasn't finished. Gavin Tomlin was brought on as Yeovil's first substitute, and for the second time in the evening, it was a substitute who was to spark a change in the pattern of the game. With five minutes to go, Darren Way arrived late into the box as a Tomlin cross found Scott Rendell, and Way's scrambled shot took a deflection off a Crewe defender attempting a block tackle and span into the net off the post. 3-2 and this time there was no way back for Crewe.
A pulsating end to the game, and the way that Yeovil won the match will have given a huge confidence boost to the players as they picked up their first home win of the season and their first League One victory since the August away win at Edgar Street. Perhaps Yeovil should also realise that if they are good enough to finish off sides like Hereford and Crewe, then they are also good enough to finish above them in the final league table. The challenge on Saturday, as Yeovil climb up to 21st, is to prove that 22nd placed Leyton Orient can be slotted into a similar category.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.
Scorers: Danny Schofield (45 mins, 1-0), Danny Schofield (66 mins, 2-0), Byron Moore (73 mins, 2-1), Shaun Miller (77 mins, 2-2), Darren Way (85 mins, 3-2).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Asmir Begovic
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Gareth Owen 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
14. Paul Warne 15. Scott Rendell
Subs: 13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 10. Gavin Tomlin (81 mins for Andy Welsh) 22. Jordan Street 19. Andre McCollin 23. Aaron Brown
Crewe Alexandra: (4-4-2)
1. Steve Collis
2. Dan Woodards 6. Julien Baudet 31. Dennis Lawrence 3. Billy Jones
18. Mark Carrington 23. James Bailey 8. Michael O'Connor 20. Shaun Miller
10. Calvin Zola 27. Clayton Donaldson
Subs: 4. Steven Schumacher 9. Anthony Elding (71 mins for Calvin Zola) 11. Joel Grant 17. Byron Moore (71 mins for Mark Carrington) 30. John Brayford (43 mins for Julien Baudet)
Yeovil Bookings: Gareth Owen (foul, 37 mins), Danny Schofield (kicking ball away, 56 mins)
Crewe Bookings: Calvin Zola (dissent, 45 mins), Michael O'Connor (foul, 70 mins)
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Richard Martin (Somerset) and Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Mike Cairns (Somerset).
Attendance: 3,536 (including 85 Crewe supporters).