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Venue: Huish Park
Saturday 15th March 2003, 3pm kick-off.
Conditions: Sunny and bright
Ground: Perfect with bare areas in goalmouths
FA Trophy Round 6 :
Yeovil Town 0 Burscough 2
Referee: Mr A Marriner
Burscough: McAuley (51, deliberate handball)
Line up : (3-4-1-2)
1. Chris Weale
2. Adam Lockwood
4. Terry Skiverton
5. Colin Pluck
24. Abdelhalim El Kholti
6. Darren Way
8. Lee Johnson
11. Michael McIndoe
20. Gavin Williams
25. Kirk Jackson
9. Kevin Gall
Substitutes: 10. Nick Crittenden (71, for Lockwood) 14. Roy O'Brien, 16. Andy Lindegaard (82, for Johnson), 18. Kim Grant (82, for Jackson), 22. Steven Collis
Burscough: (4-4-2) M Taylor,
Underwood, J Taylor, Teale, MacAuley,
Byrne, Bluck, Norman, Lawless,
Subs : Burns (76, for Martindale), Molyneux (65, for Byrne), McHale, Maguire, Bowen (81, for Wright).
Scorers: Peter Wright (9 mins, 0-1), (78 mins, 0-2)
This report courtesy of Noddy Elms:
TEALE'S HOMEWORK GETS TEN OUT OF TEN
Burscough achieved the impossible and dumped Yeovil Town out of the FA Trophy
to deny the Glovers a repeat of last year's day out at Villa Park. It was an
unusual day with all three remaining Conference sides going out, almost as if
more powerful forces were at work.
But, to be honest, Burscough deserved their moment of glory: but this match
was won as much off the pitch as on. They had a game plan and they stuck to
it. Burscough's manager Shaun Teale had done his homework and formulated a
plan to ensure Yeovil's downfall and progress Burscough into the FA Trophy
semi-finals. Who knows what they can achieve now.
In front of the 4934 mainly home crowd Yeovil dominated possession for the
majority of today's game but failed to find that incisiveness to break down a
stubborn Burscough defence. Teale took note that visiting team's defensive
mistakes had lead to their downfall. Burscough rode their luck and made
relatively few mistakes and Yeovil showed their inability to break down a ten
man defensive barrier.
Shaun Teale would surely have been happy to defend all day and take Yeovil
back to Lancashire. But he must have been ecstatic as his plan paid a rich
dividend when Burscough took an eighth minute lead. Byrne capitalised on an
uncharacteristic lapse in the Yeovil defence: skipper Skiverton
over-committed himself to a midfield challenge and Byrne raced away to set
Peter WRIGHT free on the left of the Yeovil penalty area. Lockwood had no chance to
make up ground and Wright finished clinically. From that point onward the
clock began ticking down for Yeovil.
Although Burscough's confidence grew with that goal, Yeovil soon regained
control, but that is only useful when effective. Despite domination Yeovil
rarely created chances that could be said to be clear-cut. The best of such
chances fell to Jackson after 15 minutes. McIndoe ran straight at the
Burscough defence and slipped the ball through to Jackson. But Jackson's
final strike went the wrong side of the post.
For much of the game Yeovil stroked the ball across the midfield, often only
a few yards outside the Burscough box, but rarely was Taylor in the Burscough
goal troubled. Despite their immense contribution to the Glover's season the
Yeovil midfield have failed to directly impact the score-sheet. Darren Way is
yet to score, Lee Johnson has only hit the back of the net on three
occasions, Williams five times, despite a total of over 120 appearances. That
is why Yeovil struggle to break down stubborn defences, and that is why
Yeovil are not going to Villa Park. Any manager looking at that fact would
surely be rubbing his hands. Yet Lindegaard, capable of hitting the back of
the net from either up front or from mid-field, and more than capable of
those clever little through-balls on the edge of the box, languishes on the
bench until far too late.
Today's statistics show a catalogue of optimistic half-chances. Despite
domination throughout the first half only Jackson's fifteenth minute chance
could be classed as clear-cut. By the 25th minute McIndoe's shot from 30
yards illustrated the level of desperation to which Yeovil had sunk. Seconds
later McIndoe was forced to shoot with his right foot, this came much closer
than one had hoped as Jackson got a head to the wayward shot to deflect it
somewhat closer to the Burscough post, but invariably wide of it.
After 37 minutes it was again McIndoe, a powerful effort, but Taylor had it
As half time approached Yeovil upped the tempo and won a number of free kicks
outside the Burscough box. It was an afternoon that called out for a McIndoe
special, but that was not to be. Johnson's later rising free kick was even
further off the target. As the first half concluded Johnson's corner was met
by a Skiverton header, and although only inches wide, it was not on target.
Half Time: Yeovil Town 0 Burscough 1.
The second half followed a similar pattern: plenty of Yeovil possession, but
few "should have scored" chances, and critically, a second Burscough goal.
Yeovil began by winning two free kicks close to the edge of the Burscough
box, but they came to nought. Williams again highlighted Yeovil's frustration
by shooting from neigh on 35 yards, inevitably off target.
Williams was unlucky with Yeovil's best move of the second half after 59
minutes. Judging his run behind the Burscough defence to perfection Williams
connected with Macca's through-ball to head onto the top of Taylor's bar.
Macca followed that with a left wing cross that eluded all to drift beyond
the far post.
With 30 minutes left both managers made substitutions: Molyneux for Byrne for
Burscough, then Crittenden for Lockwood for Yeovil. Although the Yeovil
favourite's return received generous applause from an admiring home crowd it
soon became apparent that Critts still has some way to go before being fully
fit. Critts did have a hand in the next Yeovil chance, linking with Jackson
and setting up Gall, but his overhead kick was weak and off-target.
If Yeovil were now desperate, their plight became impossible on 77 minutes.
With Yeovil pushing forward their two best players, El Kholti and McIndoe,
contrived to lose the ball and Burscough set off on a rare counter attack.
WRIGHT was away with only Pluck and Weale to beat, the Burscough man cut onto
his left foot as he entered the Yeovil box and smashed the ball inside the
far post: Yeovil 0 Burscough 2. Game over.
Burscough replaced Martindale and Wright with Bowen and Maguire, Yeovil
replaced Jackson and Johnson with Grant and Lindegaard. The Yeovil line up
now showed the desperate position they were in, Skiverton pushed up front
leaving Pluck and El Kholti at the back. Burscough again looked the more
likely to score as they mounted a rare counter-attack with Yeovil pushing
Yeovil continued to dominate the last ten minutes but McIndoe's third free
kick was the closest they came deep into four minutes of injury time, his
shot bouncing off the top of the Burscough bar.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Burscough 2.
Down and out of the FA Trophy but Yeovil must learn from today's
disappointment. Yeovil have often struggled to over-come a resolute defence.
It's time the Gaffer sorted that out before anybody else realises how easy it
is to beat Yeovil Town.
Internet Man of the Match Voting Result:
|Abdelhalim El Kholti
Overall match rating: 4.2 / 10
36 votes received.
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