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Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday 18th February 2003, 7.45pm kick-off.
Conditions: Bloody cold, and dry.
Ground: Perfect, but bare patches in goalmouths.
Somerset Premier Cup R3 :
Yeovil Town 2 Odd Down 0
Yeovil: Collis (dissent)
Line up : (3-5-2)
Substitutes: Adam Lockwood (46, for O'Brien), Dean Ritchie (58, for ), Jon Sheffield, Ian Linney (58, for Leach).
Odd Down: (4-4-2)
Missiato, Whitecliffe, Gould, Bright,
Mountford, Jeffreys, Thomas, Peart,
Hodges, Vickery, Snow, Moore.
Scorers: Kim GRANT (50, 1-0), Kim GRANT (57, 2-0)
This report courtesy of Noddy Elms:
OLD AND NEW GIVE ODD DOWN BLUES
Yeovil wore down a competitive Odd Down side in tonight's Somerset
Cup match at Huish Park. Two goals by Yeovil's Kim Grant were enough to
off their opponents but more importantly the crowd of 354 were
displays from all over the park. Kevin Gall's sizzling pace was enough
for the entrance fee alone, but a youthful display from veteran Steve
Thompson complemented the maturity of Yeovil's youth element. Comparison
last year's Screwfix fixture reveals just how far the Yeovil "reserves"
come in that time: Leech, Trevett, and Patchet all looked comfortable
their roles, but Steven Reed gave the performance, underlining his
with exciting surges down the left.
The old and the new took a few minutes to gel together and it was not
thirty minutes had elapsed that Yeovil looked the better side. Both
started lively but it was Yeovil who won the first free kick. Mr Beale
required to reprimand medallion man Steve Thompson and ordered him to
his excessive jewellery. Steven Reed got on with the free kick in the
time, Kim Grant deflecting wide of the near post.
Odd Down responded immediately and were unlucky when Forristal broke
right wing to send in a teasing cross that eluded defender and,
unfortunately, attacker alike. Minutes later Steve Reed charged infield
unleash a right foot shot, but Westlake in the Odd Down goal took the
comfortably. After twenty minutes Odd Down troubled the Yeovil defence
low left wing cross that fizzed through a crowded penalty area: again,
striker was on hand.
While Odd Down made progress down both flanks Aggrey and O'Brien at the
of the Yeovil defence looked secure. Yeovil, going forward, were too
and their final ball often went astray. The closest Yeovil came to
that final ball was when Lindegaard collected a clearance on the half
line. His through ball to Gall was well directed but the Yeovil striker
unable to latch onto the through ball and Westlake gathered it.
The linesman in front of the Main Stand annoyed the Yeovil contingent by
picking up Collis for taking his clearance outside the penalty box.
have been some validity in that decision as he was in line, but how he
judge Collis's later transgression when collecting an Odd Down attack on
left of his box is a mystery and can only be explained by the loud
from the Odd Down contingent, closely seated behind him. For this,
earned Yeovil's first booking.
But around the thirty-minute mark Yeovil started to step up a gear, but
good passing move down the right ended with a poor Grant shot. Thompson
then instrumental in a good move down the right, but Gall's chip failed
clear Westlake. Grant then did well to get down to the left-hand goal
and pull the ball back for Gall, but Gall was just unable to make
Although Yeovil were now well on top it was Odd Down that should have
the scoring after 37 minutes. A rare attack down the right wing looked
have petered out as Aggrey strode out to clear on the edge of his box.
Unfortunately he stumbled as he made his first touch and Wilson had only
Collis to beat as the ball rolled through to him. Wilson decided to
high but his shot cleared both Collis and his cross bar, much to
As Yeovil continued to turn up the pressure challenges became more
but Odd Down managed to hang on until the break.
Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Odd Down 0.
Yeovil replaced O'Brien with Lockwood at the start of the second half
were again on the attack. Gall latched onto a Thompson through ball and
nipped in as Westlake and Whitecliffe got in each other's way. But
had taken him wide and he was unable to convert the chance. That should
set the alarm bells ringing for Odd Down. Thompson's quick throw found
deep on the right five minutes later. Whitecliffe looked to have covered
Gall's first time cross, but the big Odd Down defender missed his kick
Kim GRANT reacted quickly and had no trouble beating Westlake from
yards. Yeovil 1 Odd Down 0.
Seven minutes later another Odd Down defending lapse allowed Yeovil to
their lead. Lindegaard picked up a loose ball as the Odd Down midfield
dithered, surged to the edge of the Odd Down box and fed Kim GRANT to his
Grant's shot took a wicked deflection and looped over the stranded
to make it Yeovil 2 Odd Down 0.
With a two-goal lead and total control Yeovil could afford the luxury of
introducing their stars of tomorrow. Linney slotted in comfortably at
back in place of Leech while Ritchie supported the front two with his
down the right wing. Gall volleyed wide from the edge of the Odd Down
after Thompson's cleared from the half way line. Gall then latched onto
Ritchie's pass and crossed quickly for Grant who was unfortunate to see
lob clear the Odd Down bar.
With twelve minutes left Odd Down replaced Peart with Snow but there was
answer to Yeovil's dominance. The game was now more open and swung from
to end, but Collis was rarely troubled when Odd Down throw the ball in
direction. Grant and Gall were now enjoying their work and Gall produced
audacious "Bergkamp-esque" flick over his marker while facing away from
goal. Fortunately for Odd Down cover appeared just in time but,
for Yeovil, Gall was deprived of just rewards for an outstanding night's
Gall must have thought he had gained his reward minutes later when he
onto Grants lob and, beating Westlake to the ball lobbed the onrushing
only to see the ball bounce off the firm Huish Park turf, onto the Odd
bar, and away from danger. £200,000 pitch improvement and still not
Gall must have known then it was not to be his day.
Full Time: Yeovil Town 2 Odd Down 0.
It is always difficult to assess a performance against lowly opposition.
given the degree of youth in the Yeovil team it was a far more
win than that game last March that saw Odd Down grab two goals in the
five minutes to snatch three Screwfix points. That was never going to
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