Match Details: 21/02/2009
Yeovil Town 2-2 Oldham Athletic
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Tomlin (16), Gavin Tomlin (33)
Yeovil Line-Up: 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Jonathan Worthington, 9. Andy Welsh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 14. Paul Warne, 23. Aaron Brown, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 15. Luke Rodgers, 17. Aidan Downes, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 19. Andre McCollin,
Substitutes Used: Luke Rodgers for Paul Warne (76 mins), Aidan Downes for Andy Welsh (84 mins)
Bookings: Lee Peltier (Foul, 73), Jonathan Worthington (Foul, 74)
Yeovil Town gained a home point in this afternoon's League One fixture against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park with a 2-2 draw pushing them up to 15th in the table. The Glovers came back from the early disappointment of a Deane Smalley opening strike with two Gavin Tomlin goals during the first period. However, an own goal from Terrell Forbes restored the balance of the game, and a slightly scrappy second period couldn't find a winning goal for either side.
The match represented another chapter in Yeovil Town's history with the new management duo being unveiled to the crowd before the game - Terry Skiverton looking transformed in a grey suit as he waved to the crowd, joined by assistant Nathan Jones, who was also doubling as a substitute.
In terms of team selection, pretty much everything was forced. Aleksandar Prijovic, Shaun MacDonald, Gary Roberts and Skivo himself were all unavailable with various ailments. That meant that Gavin Tomlin replaced Prijovic in the starting line-up whilst Danny Schofield was also a logical replacement for MacDonald. Otherwise matters didn't look too much different to previous Glovers line-ups in recent weeks.
The Glovers started positively at a high tempo and looked the better side, and so must have been a little miffed when Oldham took the lead on their first attack. Kevin Maher thread the ball through the centre and Deane Smalley made himself room to fire across Josh Wagenaar to put the visitors a goal up. Huish Park was stunned - this wasn't the fairy-tale start to Skivo's management career that had been hoped for.
Thankfully throughout this season there have only been a tiny number of matches where heads have gone down. They only had four minutes to wait for the smiles to be restored on supporters faces. Andy Welsh is currently clocking up a huge number of 'assists', showing how well he has developed since his arrival at the club and his latest was a free kick that was met by the head of Gavin Tomlin and into the roof of the net.
With confidence fully restored, Yeovil knocked the ball around well, albeit with the usual issues of trying to turn their passing into cast-iron chances. However they were given an absolute gift by Reuben Hazell on 32 minutes. The experienced centre-back was put under pressure by Gavin Tomlin and when his pass back was overhit beyond his goalkeeper, Tomlin's momentum took him past everyone and for an easy tap-in and a 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately the Glovers were also in a charitable mood. When you're made Yeovil Town's new club captain and you're up against one of your former clubs, you want to have a day to remember. Pity then Terrell Forbes who got in a mix-up with Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar, by looping a back header over the the top and into the back of the net with Terrell holding his head in his hands in despair.
Half time brought the biggest cheer of the day - Darren Way making his first public appearance since his December traffic accident. Whizzing around in an electric wheelchair, Darren probably gave the groundstaff kittens by doing a top speed lap around the pitch waving at supporters, who not surprisingly stood to applaud. Darren also took over the microphone, giving an emotional thanks to all who had sent their best wishes, as well as giving his firm backing to his close friend Terry Skiverton getting the management job. Darren plans to act as a scout for the club whilst he continues his rehab, showing how anxious he is to get himself active again.
With four goals in the first half - albeit with two contenders for the Christmas football comedy DVDs - the second period was a far quieter affair in the blustery conditions, although it did have its moments. Tomlin went close to completing his hat-trick when he firmly headed a Danny Schofield cross wide of the target.
Chance of the half though had to go to Deane Smalley again, who got hold of a loose ball inside the Yeovil penalty box and smashed it against the underside of the crossbar when it looked easier for him to score. At the other end, Aaron Brown had the ball in the back of the net in the dying minutes, although his attempt was rightly disallowed for controlling the ball with his hands. As the second period developed into a bit of a scrap, probably a draw was a fair result.
Not a bad start for the new management team with a draw against a fifth placed side that looked fairly useful on the day. The team played positively, even if they did find themselves running into the same sort of problems that they have faced over the last couple of seasons of turning their approach play into hard chances. The good news is that the team as a whole seemed to have got back to their more confident selves after Tuesday night's underpar performance at the Memorial Stadium. Let's hope they can take that into the huge forthcoming game at Crewe Alexandra in three days time.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
7. Jonathan Worthington 11. Danny Schofield 27. Lee Peltier 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Paul Warne
3. Nathan Jones 15. Luke Rodgers (76 mins for Paul Warne) 17. Aidan Downes (84 mins for Andy Welsh) 18. Keiran Murtagh 19. Andre McCollin
13. Greg Fleming
23. Seb Hines 14. Reuben Hazell 16. Sean Gregan 3. Scott Golbourne
24. Deane Smalley 8. Mark Allott 15. Kevin Maher 18. Chris Taylor
9. Lee Hughes 5. Dean Windass
28. Jan Budtz (GK) 2. Neal Eardley (83 mins for Kevin Maher) 7. Danny Whitaker 22. Andy Liddell (68 mins for Dean Windass) 6. Stefan Stam
Scorers: Dean Smalley (12 mins, 0-1), Gavin Tomlin (16 mins, 1-1), Gavin Tomlin (33 mins, 2-1), Terrell Forbes (39 mins, 2-2, own goal)
Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (foul, 73 mins), Jonathan Worthington (foul, 74 mins)
Oldham Bookings: Reuben Hazell (foul, 5 mins), Sean Gregan (foul, 83 mins).
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Harry Lennard (East Sussex) and Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Attendance: 4,150 (including approx 250 Oldham fans)