Match Details: 07/08/2010
Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Dean Bowditch (12), Luke Freeman (45)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. John Sullivan, 2. Craig Alcock, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Paul Huntington, 7. Andy Williams, 8. Luke Ayling, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Dean Bowditch, 18. Luke Freeman, 19. Adam Virgo, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala,
Subs: 4. Stefan Stam, 6. Nathan Smith, 12. Danny Hutchins, 14. Rob Kiernan, 15. Cameron Stewart, 16. Ed Upson, 22. Ben Roberts
Substitutes Used: Cameron Stewart for Dean Bowditch (77 mins), Rob Kiernan for Luke Freeman (84 mins)
Bookings: Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (Foul, 51)
Yeovil Town got the 2010-11 season off to a strong start by grabbing all three points against Leyton Orient in a 2-1 win at Huish Park. The Glovers got their opening goal of the season with a superb strike from Dean Bowditch on the angle before an Alex Revell header levelled the score. Right on half time came the winner though as a goalkeeping blunder gifted Luke Freeman an easy tap-in that was to prove to be the winning goal.
The team selection saw not too many surprises given what had come before during pre-season. Andy Welsh was left out of the squad entirely, presumably through injury, whilst Nathan Jones was preferred to Nathan Smith at left-back. Elsewhere it was largely the players who had played the most football during pre-season.
The Glovers made a positive start, and got off to a flyer when striker Dean Bowditch produced an excellent solo goal. Cutting in from the Cowlin Stand on his right foot, he then cut inside onto his left, curling a shot in off the inside of the far post for an awesome opener. Yeovil had largely dominated the opening 15 minutes or so, and so deserved the lead based on what they had produced up until the goal.
Orient though began to get their act together, by stretching the ball across the field from wing to wing and gradually opening up the Yeovil defence. That said, it took until 35 minutes into the match before they mustered a shot of any sort, with Alex Revell's downward header forcing Glovers keeper John Sullivan to have to punch the ball away acrobatically. Minutes later, Scott McGleish forced Sullivan into a near post save, and the pattern of the game had begun to swing.
It was therefore not too surprising when a Dean Cox left wing move beat Craig Alcock to the byline, and his cross to the near post saw Yeovil's centre-backs go walkabout and Alex Revell head the ball home from close range to give Orient an equaliser.
The Glovers really needed half time to come, to keep them on level terms, but instead they got a total gift that put them ahead. Andy Williams put in a right wing cross that looked harmless enough as it was hooked into the area, but a goalkeeping error was to gift Yeovil the lead. Jamie Jones had played for Yeovil Town Reserves under Russell Slade whilst on trial from Everton, but Slade chose not to take him on. Hence Jones did not create a particularly favourable second impression for the Orient boss when he dropped the ball at the feet of Luke Freeman who slotted the ball into an empty net for the last kick of the first half.
The second half saw the obligatory opening booking of the season for Jean-Paul Kalala as he chopped down Stephen Dawson right in front of the referee. At the Copse Road End, Terrell Forbes was a whisker away from getting a goal against his former club when he put a bullet of a header from a corner against the goalpost, with the ball rebounding out, via a deflection to safety.
Next Dean Cox forced John Sullivan into a point-blank save, as the keeper parried a shot from inside the box, with only the attentions of Adam Virgo stopping the ball from going over the line. Virgo was to go on to win the sponsors Man of the Match, with a second goal line clearance late on in the match and whilst not the speediest of defenders, looked to have a good physical presence inside his own box.
A spot of Route One football almost saw Bowditch grab his second of the game as a huge John Sullivan goal kick bounced once, leading to a spot of indecisiveness in the Orient back line. Bowditch spotted goalkeeper Jones off his line and hooked the ball first time, but the shot went just wide of the post.
The second half became a touch scrappy overall, with Orient struggling to work past a Yeovil midfield that had become in practice a 4-5-1 formation, particularly after a couple of substitutions had emphasised that point, with Cameron Stewart and Rob Kiernan coming on to make their debuts.
Four minutes of injury time produced little of note that would threaten Yeovil's 2-1 advantage, with Yeovil even threatening slightly in the closing 10 minutes as gaps opened up. Not a classic performance by any means for the Glovers, but certainly a good enough one as an opener, and a welcome three points against one of the teams tipped to be around them in the table. As Skiverton said before the game, the opening day is merely a start, but three points is a good start.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 1.
Scorers: Dean Bowditch (12 mins, 1-0), Alex Revell (41 mins, 1-1), Luke Freeman (45 mins, 2-1)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 8. Luke Ayling 21. JP Kalala 18. Luke Freeman
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith 12. Danny Hutchins 14. Rob Kiernan (84 mins for Luke Freeman) 15. Cameron Stewart (77 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Edward Upson
1. Jamie Jones
2. Elliot Omozusi 4. Ben Chorley 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Michael Liddle
8. Stephen Dawson 10. Adam Chambers 16. Matthew Spring 7. Dean Cox
9. Scott McGleish 11. Alex Revell
12. Lee Butcher (GK) 5. Aaron Brown 14. Ryan Jarvis 15. George Porter 18. Jonathan Tehoue (72 mins for Scott McGleish) 19. Mike Cestor 20. Jimmy Smith (72 mins for Adam Chambers)
Yeovil Booking: Jean-Paul Kalala (foul, 51 mins).
Orient Booking: Luke Chambers (foul)
Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Andy Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).
Attendance: 4,126 (incl approx 300 Orient fans)