|Dover Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 0
Leberl (21, 1-0)
Wormull (71, 2-0)
Brown, S (82, 3-0)
Attendance : 1,442
Mr J Singh(Hounlow)
P MacQueen (Yellow Trim - Aveley)
M Allen (Red Trim - Upminster)
Line-Up & Formation
Ben Smith (not used)
Dean Chandler (not used
Opposition Line-Up : |
1. Paul Hyde 2. Tony Browne 3. Steve Norman 4. Jake Leberl 5. Lee Shearer
6. Simon Beard 7. Dave Clarke 8. Simon Wormull 9. Matt Carruthers
10. Steve Brown 11. Neil Le Bihan
Substitutes : Mark Hynes, James Virgo, Scott Daniels, Andy Iga, Danny Bolt
Bookings : |
Yeovil : Terry Skiverton (5, foul)
Dover : Clarke (72, foul)
Team Selection :|
Several changes to the side that finished the game against Forest
Green on New Year's Bank Holiday but no real surprises. Warren Patmore
got his No. 9 shirt back as he displaced Jason Eaton, whilst Terry
Skiverton forced Dean Chandler onto the bench. This allowed Chris
Sparks to resume his left-of-centre role. Ben Smith returned, but on
the benches, whilst Anthony Tonkin and James Bent drifted out of the
First Half :
A very quiet start to the game as both sides fought it out in
midfield, with Yeovil's Adrian Foster and Dover's Simon Wormull being
the only two real cutting edges in the game. Terry Skiverton was booked
when he bundled over Lee Shearer after just five minutes but otherwise
neither keeper saw much of the ball, despite one corner to Dover and
three for Yeovil.
Hence when the goal arrived, it had an element of surprise to it. A
right wing cross was swung in a hopeful fashion, and an even more
hopeful left boot of Jake LEBERL connected with the ball. His
shot spun off a Yeovil defender, thus confusing Tony Pennock as it span
past his right hand side for a 22nd minute lead.
The goal served to inspire Dover and they went on to have their best
spell of the match. Simon Wormull put in a sharp right wing cross which
surely would have landed in the back of the net had Chris Sparks not
removed the ball from Steve Brown's boot. Yeovil were being caught
defending far too deep and were allowing Dover to heavily pressurise
them into conceding a possible second.
What stopped that happening, for the moment at least, was an
unfortunate incident that broke up Dover's lengthy possession. Murray
Fishlock sprinted down the wing at top speed, then pulled up sharply
and landed with a thud on the deck lying still flat on his back. A
stretcher and a doctor were summoned, and eventually Fishlock left the
field on a stretcher, although later we were to see him hobbling about
after the game.
Murray's injury put Glen Poole into action and he got off to a
useful start as he pumped in a good cross from the wings that saw Paul
Hyde tip Warren Patmore's header over the bar. Yeovil had got
themselves back into the match and finished the half well on top. Poole
landed Yeovil another excellent chance right on half time when his
cross was nodded down by Warren Patmore, Adrian Foster skewed the ball
across, and Paul Tisdale's shot went narrowly wide. It was to turn out
to be a vital miss.
|Half Time : Dover Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 0
Second Half :
The second half started badly for Yeovil with another right wing
cross from the excellent Wormull being met by a free header.
Fortunately, Kevan Brown was well placed to clear off the line. Yeovil
were having difficulty in bringing the ball forward with balls from
Pitman and Piper being played too far forward for the Yeovil front line
to make any impression. Even when they did, Warren Patmore was being
dragged wide to stand a chance of collecting the ball.
But Yeovil were still very much in the game. A Poole free kick
produced a typical Patmore nod down, but Paul Tisdale's shot was blocked
by Steve Norman. A minute later Dover reminded everyone of their
attacking presence when Neil Le Bihan's diving header went wide of
Pennocks left hand post.
Jamie Pitman produced a dangerous cross from a free kick that
everyone missed but the succession of accidental dummies did not fool
keeper Paul Hyde. But on 71 minutes Dover were two goals up. A looping
shot hit the crossbar, was semi-punched out by Pennock and Simon
WORMULL got the reward for his superb game by scoring from the rebound.
Ben Smith replaced Chris Sparks but the heart had gone out of
Yeovil's side and Dover were rampant. Dave Clarke was booked for a foul
on Glen Poole, but this was a minor set back for the Kent side. Tony
Pounder came on as Yeovil attempted to get back into the game, but he
had barely enough time to work out what side of the park he was playing
when Simon BROWN produced a shot from a narrow angle. Once again
the shot was deflected, but with nine minutes left the game was over.
Yeovil created one more chance as Pitman's pass to Pounder on the
wing was met by a Foster header, but Yeovil were by that time a washed
out shadow of the side that had started the game, as the game fizzled
to a close with Dover knowing that they could take the foot off the
|Final Score : Dover Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 0
|Web Site Verdict : |
This is becoming a worrying trend. Yeovil were in the game for
pretty much the first 60 minutes of the game but faded badly once the
second goal went in. Their game degraded badly after each goal hit the
net. There seems to be a disturbing lack of self-belief and fight out
there, such that as soon as Yeovil go behind, particularly away from
home, they seem to fold up and go badly into their shells. Their lack
of fight after conceding each goal is a definite cause for concern.
There is also a worrying problem, as exposed by FGR's Marc McGregor two
weeks ago, that when speedy players run at our defenders with the ball
at their feet the defence seem paralysed. Dover deserved their win,
although perhaps not by such a large margin. But perhaps that is
irrelevant, as Yeovil did not deserve any points, and could not have
too much cause for complaints. Lastly for once, having lost, it is wise
to highlight the performance of referee Mr Singh. It is easy to blame
match officials when you are on the losing side, but for once, the
referee largely got his game spot on. If only all Conference referees
could remotely raise themselves to the standard that was displayed
|Thommo's Verdict :
Once again, I've got to say that I'm more than disappointed. We were defeated
too easily. That isn't good enough is it ? If you lose too many games you are
not going to win the league.
The first half was fairly good. We might have gone in ahead, but they went in
ahead, but in the second half after about 10 minutes we just caved in. Dover
had higher energies; they out-lasted us both in terms of energy and in terms
of endeavour. They are all important games, and we've caved in on other games. We are
prone to caving in, and teams that win leagues don't cave in. To win the league
you need heart and commitment, and you need to be a winner. You've got to have
that mental toughness.
A lot of that doesn't come from the training field. A lot of that comes from
within us, and the experiences we've had and how we approach things. But I'm
not putting all the blame on the players. I have to take my fair share of the
responsibilities because I'm in charge and I pick the team.
I didn't think that we would lose 3-0. After 20 minutes, I was sitting
there thinking that we had started there well, but we ended up losing 3-0.
The first goal was a deflection, and the second one you could maybe say was a
weakish punch; you can analyse all the goals, but at the end of the day we've
been beaten 3-0. We could have stuck some in, but we didn't, and sometimes
you think you've done enough, but in football sometimes it kicks you in the teeth.
We've got to look at our nine defeats. It's no good singling out a game,
you've got to look at our nine defeats in one season. That doesn't just happen.
One defeat might just happen, two defeats might just happen ... but nine doesn't
just happen. It's too coincidental.
Murray has hurt his back again, but it is too early to say. You can't judge
a back injury just like that. It was very disappointing, because we had only just
got him back, and I felt that in his last game against Forest Green, he played
quite well, and I was disappointed to lose him after just 30 minutes. Matt Hayfield
should be another two or three weeks. It's unlikely that he will play on
We've got a very important game next week, and we're capable of beating anyone,
as we've shown this season. So we are still capable of winning something this
year. But after nine defeats, it isn't going to be the league if we carry on like
|Man of the Match :
Tony Pennock 40%
Adrian Foster 27%
Jamie Pitman 14%
Kevan Brown 6%
MATCH RATING - 5
Seventeen votes received