Match Details: 28/03/2009
Yeovil Town 1-0 Swindon Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Jonathan Obika (33)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Chris Weale, 6. Terrell Forbes, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 24. Danny Hutchins, 25. Andros Townsend, 26. Jonathan Obika, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith, 30. David Noble
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 15. Luke Rodgers, 18. Keiran Murtagh,
Substitutes Used: Luke Rodgers for Gavin Tomlin (78 mins), Keiran Murtagh for Paul Warne (88 mins)
Bookings: Terry Skiverton (Foul, 11), Chris Weale (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 70), David Noble (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 81)
Yeovil Town gained their first win in nine matches this afternoon with a crucial 1-0 win over relegation rivals Swindon Town at Huish Park this afternoon. The only goal of the game was scored by Tottenham Hotspur loanee Jonathan Obika, who latched onto a ball over the top and with Robins keeper Phil Smith losing his feet as he came out to meet the ball, Obika's lob gave Yeovil three points they deserved, even if the slender scoreline made for a few nervy second half moments.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes from last weekend's match against Milton Keynes Dons. One change reflected how that game had ended with the injured Terry Skiverton making way for Danny Hutchins with Lee Peltier moving inside once again to play as a centre-back. The other change saw the experience of David Noble replace Keiran Murtagh. New loan signing Danny Maguire didn't even make the bench due to Football League loan rules.
For once, the roll of the dice early on went Yeovil's way. Swindon were forced to make two substitutions early on, including one on the back of a robust challenge from Terrell Forbes in a goalmouth melee that saw Sean Morrison come out worse. Hal Robson-Kanu was another early withdrawl in an opening period that was dominated by the blustery conditions and both sides trying to impose themselves physically on the game. Referee Roger East also seemed to be trying to make his mark. He's rarely pleased a Huish Park crowd, and his series of early bookings antagonised both teams and threatened to boil the game over.
As for the football, Jonathan Obika showed that heading is not necessarily his strong point by badly skewing wide an early attempt. However, when Paul Warne's lob over the top of the Swindon back line was chased by the Spurs loanee, Swindon keeper Phil Smith's slip on the turf gave the striker the edge and he calmly lobbed the ball into the net to give Yeovil the lead.
Rather like last week's match, getting the ball in the back of the net seemed to give the whole team a lift and Yeovil deserved their half time lead. Andros Townsend was a menace for former Glover Kevin Amankwaah to cope with - so much that the Robins needed to double-mark the Spurs player out of the game to prevent him exploiting the flanks.
For Swindon, Simon Cox was unsurprisingly their main threat, with their top scorer getting in front of his marker for a second period near post cross that Chris Weale anticipated well, blocking at the striker's feet for a corner. Cox also put a free header wide of the post that he really should have buried. As the second half opened up and Swindon began to take more risks, they occasionally threatened, but not as much as a side that had scored 10 times in their last three games perhaps should have.
As it happened it was the Glovers who missed the golden opportunity to grab the next goal - Gavin Tomlin was put through clean on goal by Obika, but Phil Smith smothered his shot well to keep the match on an edge. In the end it was just the single goal that decided it, and that led to a few frayed nerves, but there was little doubt on the final whistle which side deserved the three points.
The result keeps Yeovil in the relegation zone, but only on goal difference. Northampton Town's draw with Carlisle United was a perfect result whilst Leyton Orient were the only other winners amongst those trying to avoid the drop. The Glovers are now at the foot of a cluster of six clubs within two points of each other which makes Tuesday night's 'game in hand' against Northampton at Huish Park all the more vital. It's still tight, but with Brighton, Hereford and Cheltenham all falling by the wayside, it looks like any one team from seven clubs for the fourth from bottom spot, and as of 5.00p.m. tonight there is a light at the end of a dark tunnel. See below for full analysis.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 0.
Scorer: Jonathan Obika (33 mins, 1-0).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 30. David Noble 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin
3. Nathan Jones 9. Andrew Welsh 11. Danny Schofield 15. Luke Rodgers (78 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 18. Keiran Murtagh (88 mins for Paul Warne)
Swindon Town: (4-4-2)
1. Phil Smith
15. Kevin Amankwaah 25. Sean Morrison 33. Gordon Greer 2. Jack Smith
7. Hal Robson-Kanu 4. Michael Timlin 17. Lilian Nalis 11. Anthony McNamee
20. Billy Paynter 31. Simon Cox
12. Peter Brezovan (GK) 5. Jerel Ifil (13 mins for Sean Morrison) 19. Michael Pook (76 mins for Lilian Nalis) 30. Callum Kennedy (24 mis for Hal Robson-Kanu) 22. Hamdi Razak
Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (11 mins, foul), Chris Weale (70 mins, timewasting), David Noble (81 mins, taking free kick too quickly)
Swindon Bookings: Jack Smith (14 mins, dissent), Kevin Amankwaah (19 mins, foul)
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Michael Rowley (Berkshire) and AD Sainsbury (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).
Attendance: 5,476 (including approx 1,200 Swindon fans).