Match Details: 13/03/2010
Yeovil Town 4-0 Hartlepool United
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Tomlin (20), Gavin Williams (38), Own Goal (50), Dean Bowditch (71)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 14. Dean Bowditch, 20. Gavin Williams, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 25. Shaun MacDonald, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 7. Arron Davies, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 11. Andy Welsh, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 17. Aidan Downes, 23. Danny Hutchins,
Substitutes Used: Keiran Murtagh for Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (69 mins), Andy Welsh for Dean Bowditch (74 mins), Scott Murray for Gavin Tomlin (82 mins)
Bookings: Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (Handball, 55), Gavin Tomlin (Foul, 56),
Yeovil Town gained an emphatic 4-0 win over Hartlepool United this afternoon at Huish Park to rebound from last week's disappointing defeat at Norwich City. A Gavin Tomlin penalty was added to by a Gavin Williams free kick, as he celebrated his return to Huish Park. Williams was also on hand to cause Sam Collins to score an own goal as he collected the rebound off the crossbar from a lobbed shot. Williams went from hero to villain as he got his marching orders in the second half for an off the ball incident involving Hartlepool's Andy Monkhouse, but there was no stopping the Glovers as Dean Bowditch added a goal 20 minutes from time.
Team selection saw Hartlepool name an unchanged line-up, whilst Yeovil named two changes. One was Gavin Williams, who displaced Arron Davies, whilst Ryan Mason dropped entirely out of the squad, allowing striker Dean Bowditch to return from a hamstring problem. Yeovil started sloppily, giving the ball away far too often. Roy O'Donovan shot wide of the target as he received the ball when Yeovil gifted Hartlepool the ball inside their own half. The positioning of Shaun MacDonald as a left-winger, and Gavin Williams as a central midfielder took time to gel, with the whole midfield line struggling to find their passes early on.
Twenty minutes into the half, and without a shot on goal, the Glovers got themselves a firm foothold into the game. A cross into the box was blocked by the arm of Peter Hartley at close range. Quite possibly ball-to-hand, but referee Steve Rushton thought otherwise and responded to the home crowd appeals by pointing to the spot. Up stepped Gavin Tomlin to net his fifth goal of the season, despite former Glover Scott Flinders going the right way.
Hartlepool had been the dominant force up until that point, and they continued their good efforts as an Andy Monkhouse cross evaded the Glovers defence and Roy O'Donovan's header had Alex McCarthy well beaten, but it also beat the goalpost in what was to be Hartlepool's best chance of the first half. O'Donovan, who had netted a hat-trick last weekend against Southend United had earlier skewed a ball wide of the post.
Seven minutes from half time, Hartlepool central defender Sam Collins, who had already been booked earlier in the half, barged into the back of Sam Williams for a pretty unimpressive foul that would have probably earned him a booking if he was not already on a yellow. But Collins got full punishment for his transgression direct from the set piece, as Gavin Williams curled the free kick around the wall, and in off the post for a glorious second goal on his comeback, with the Welshman showing his delight to the Huish Park crowd by leaping into the air.
Shaun MacDonald landed a shot into the midriff of Scott Flinders, and Sam Williams put a header from a MacDonald cross over the bar as a shellshocked Hartlepool went off the boil significantly. They hadn't played badly and had more than matched the Glovers in open play, but two dead ball situations had left them with a mountain to climb, and they needed half time to come badly as Yeovil finished the half well on top.
Hartlepool's official site had tipped former Glover Ritchie Jones to score the opening goal of the game. He instead lasted just 45 minutes, being replaced by James Brown - not the former 'Lord Lucan' of Yeovil Town who Glovers fans never saw step out in a green'n'white shirt, but a striker coming back from a knee ligament injury. Brown lined up out on the right wing.
Whatever Hartlepool's game plan was for clawing back the two goal deficit, all of that was fairly irrelevant five minutes into the half when Gavin Williams produced a lobbed shot-cum-cross that beat Scott Flinders easily, and then rebounded off the body of Sam Collins for an own goal and a 3-0 lead. All was going swimmingly well, but there was to be a twist to the game that threatened Yeovil's dominance.
Twenty minutes into the second half, an off the ball incident broke out after Andy Monkhouse fouled Gavin Williams. Monkhouse, the agressor, pushed Williams in the chest, and Williams reacted by appearing to push his head into Monkhouse's chest. A bout of common sense by refere Steve Rushton might have seen him realise that this was little more than handbags, but instead, Williams got his marching orders. Over five years apart, but on a technicality Gavin's second consecutive sending off for Yeovil.
Yeovil moved to a 4-4-1 formation, with Dean Bowditch moving to the right wing, whilst Gavin Tomlin switched to the left and Shaun MacDonald moved central. That change of formation, and the switch around of players may have confused the Hartlepool back line as Bowditch received a layoff from Sam Williams. He danced his way through a couple of half-hearted challenges, and rifled home a shot to put the Glovers in firm command and four goals to the good. Game over!
Despite the goal that was Bowditch's last action as Andy Welsh replaced him to give the Glovers a slightly more orthodox set of wingers. Sam Williams had two great chances to increase Yeovil's lead, whilst Steven Caulker headed over as they belied the fact that they were a man down on the field of play. Hartlepool never responded to the small glimmer of hope that the red card had given them, and the final 20 minutes that might have been nervy because of the man deficit turned into a stroll in the park, with the Glovers dominating the play.
In the closing minutes, referee Steve Rushton was again the centre of attention as he looked set to blow for a penalty as Andy Welsh's shirt was clearly pulled by Gary Liddle inside the box, but when Liddle finally decided to challenge Welsh legally by putting out a boot on the ball, he changed his mind. Thankfully at 4-0 up, no-one was going to complain too loudly.
Aside from the red card - for which Williams will (unless the club appeal) receive a three match ban, the only down side to the afternoon was Jean-Paul Kalala's departure down the tunnel, carrying an injury minutes after the red card. Otherwise with the Glovers in 11th place and 11 points clear of the drop zone, Terry Skiverton's side continue to lie in boring-old-midtabledom and realistically the team should be able to relax and enjoy their football a bit over the final 10 games with around two wins needed to secure League One football. A couple of weeks ago, the idea of that seemed unthinkable.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Hartlepool United 0.
Scorers: Gavin Tomlin (20 mins, pen, 1-0), Gavin Williams (38 mins, 2-0), Sam Collins (50 mins, own goal, 3-0), Dean Bowditch (71 mins, 4-0)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 20. Gavin Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. Arron Davies 8. Keiran Murtagh (69 mins for Jean-Paul Kalala) 11. Andy Welsh (74 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Scott Murray (82 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins
1. Scott Flinders
2. Neil Austin 4. Gary Liddle 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley
8. Ritchie Jones 30. Joe Gamble 15. Antony Sweeney 11. Andy Monkhouse
10. Adam Boyd 32. Roy O'Donovan
21. Mark Cook (GK) 3. Ritchie Humphreys 6. Ben Clark 7. Leon McSweeney (66 mins for Adam Boyd) 12. James Brown (46 mins for Ritchie Jones) 16. Steven Haslam 26. Armann Bjornsson
Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (55 mins, handball), Gavin Tomlin (56 mins, foul). Red Card: Gavin williams (64 mins, violent conduct).
Hartlepool Bookings: Sam Collins (8 mins, foul), Andy Monkhouse (65 mins, retaliaton)
Referee: Steve Rushton (Staffordshire). Assistants: Richard Martin (Somerset) and Mark Philpott (Cornwall). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).
Attendance: 4,169 (including 96 Hartlepool Supporters)