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Season 2005-2006 : Yeovil Town v Brentford : Tuesday 7th March 2006
Football League One : Yeovil Town 1 - 2 Brentford

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Venue: Huish Park
Tues 7th March 2006, 7.45pm kick-off.

Conditions: Damp, mild, heavy rain most of the day prior to kick-off
Pitch: Greasy but held up well

Scorers: Isaiah Rankin (12, 0-1), Terry Skiverton (26, 1-1), Alex Rhodes (58, 1-2)

Attendance: 5,137 (including approx 600 Brentford fans)

Referee: LW Probert
Assistants: J Farries, KR Buller
Fourth official: AD Sainsbury

Yeovil: Paul Terry (11, foul), Adam Lockwood (87, foul), Chris Cohen (89, foul)
Brentford: Jay Tabb (20, foul), Paul Brooker (25, foul), Alex Rhodes (88, foul)

Team Line-Ups

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
13. Steven Collis
12. Kevin Amankwaah 2. Adam Lockwood 4. Terry Skiverton 11. Nathan Jones
14. Andy Lindegaard 7. Paul Terry 29. Chris Cohen 18. David Poole
20. Matt Harrold 25. Arron Davies

Subs: 1. Francisco Ramos (GK) 5. Colin Miles 9. Kevin Gall (74, for Poole) 17. Scott Guyett (29, for Amankwaah) 27. Daniel Webb (85, for Skiverton)

Brentford :
. Stuart Nelson 7. Paul Brooker 4. Sam Sodje 5. Michael Turner 18. Sam Tillen 14. Eddie Hutchinson 6. Ricky Newman 15. Isaiah Rankin 11. Jay Tabb 9. Lloyd Owusu 16. Marcus Gayle

Subs: 31. Ademole Bankole (GK) 17. Alex Rhodes (45, for Hutchinson) 19. Calum Willock 29. Darren Pratley (71, for Brooker) 22. John Mousinho

Match Report

Steve Thompson kept faith with the side that completed Saturday's match against Chesterfield, making just one enforced change to that line-up for the visit of Brentford. Chris Weale's knee injury up in Derbyshire meant that he couldn't retain his place in the side and instead Steve Collis was recalled, with Bridgwater Town keeper Francisco Ramos coming in onto the bench for the second time this season.

Considering Brentford's lofty position in the league, the Glovers made an impressive start attacking the away end. Arron Davies had a quick darting run blocked by a last ditch tackle, whilst Matt Harrold's volley from the edge of the box was well saved by Brentford keeper Stuart Nelson.

After that promising start though, a failure to intercept a succession of passes by the visitors towards the Glovers penalty box cost Yeovil dear. Isaiah RANKIN received the ball with his back to goal on the Bartlett Stand side, swivelled and turned and got room to beat Steve Collis from inside the area on the angle, with the player given far too much room in the box.

It had certainly been a very competitive start, and referee Lee Probert comes with a reputation for not letting few games flow. Hence it was little surprise when three heavy tackles reservedly landed in the book early on - Paul Terry was yellow-carded for bringing down Sam Tillen, meanwhile Brentford's Jay Tabb and Paul Brooker also booked for wild challenges on Chris Cohen and Kevin Amankwaah.

The latter challenge was to prove significant for both good and bad reasons. Whilst Yeovil were down to 10 men as Amankwaah received treatment, Chris Cohen curled in a free kick that was half cleared but then returned back into the box. Arriving late at the back post was Terry SKIVERTON who got in a free header from 10 yards out which was all he needed to power the ball into the net for his fifth goal of the season and an excellent equaliser. 1-1 and on the balance of play probably deserved.

The downside was the damage to Kevin Amankwaah's ankle. The right-back briefly returned to the field, but couldn't continue and ultimately had to be stretchered off the field with ligament damage. Brentford fans let themselves down badly by loudly booing Amankwaah as he left the field on the stretcher, blaming him for the foul that had led to the equaliser. Compare and contrast that with the sporting behaviour of Chesterfield fans on Saturday concerning Anthony Barry when he too left the field on a stretcher. Sadly for Thommo though, Kevin was going to be yet another addition to physio Glen Schmidt's claims for working overtime at Huish Park this week.

The Glovers readjusted by introducing Scott Guyett as the match stayed relatively even in its balance. One game plan that Brentford do play very effectively judging from the match at Griffin Park and the match tonight is that they are very clever in lining up players to pick up loose balls on the edge of the box when corners or free kicks are half-cleared. That got them their winner at Griffin Park, and so perhaps Yeovil's defending players should have been more aware as the visitors got three first half attempts on goal from the edge of the box in such situations, with thankfully the ball clearing the crossbar on each occasion.

Arron Davies once again got in behind the Brentford defence, with his snap-shot forcing Stuart Nelson to turn the ball low around his left-hand post. Meanwhile Terry Skiverton almost doubled his account when again Brentford failed to pick him up as a short free kick returned in Nathan Jones curling a ball into the box. There was no doubt that Brentford were proving to be the dangerous opposition that their league position would suggest, but the Glovers were giving just as much back.

Half-time: Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Brentford

The second half opened up with Brentford seriously taking the upper hand. The only good thing seemed to be their inability to gain genuine clear-cut chances out of their succession of corner kicks that Yeovil were being forced to concede. Eight corners were put into Yeovil's penalty box during the opening 12 minutes of the half. On one such occasion, the Bees had a goal disallowed as David Poole was fouled in the box as he attempted to clear the ball from the danger zone.

On the eighth attempt, Marcus Gayle fed Paul Brooker, whose cross found half-time substitute Alex RHODES at the back post unmarked to nod in from close range against the side he once trialled for back in 2003. Brentford now had the goal and the upper hand and the Glovers needed badly to work the ball out of their own half.

Finally, 19 minutes into the second period, Yeovil managed to break their way out of their own half and it almost produced a goal. The pace of Arron Davies took him through the middle of the Brentford defence, and once again he forced Stuart Nelson into an excellent parried save. Two minutes later, the same Yeovil striker, and the same Brentford keeper were at it again - this time Nelson's parry from another Davies break saw the ball spin behind Nelson towards the goal, but this time a defender was on hand to mop up any hopes Yeovil may have had of retrieving a loose ball.

As the half wore on, Yeovil were starting to grab the upper hand, doubtless in part due to Brentford being content to sit on their lead somewhat. Kevin Gall replaced David Poole who looked to have tired somewhat during the second period. Yeovil had strong appeals for a penalty turned down when Darren Pratley appeared to handle the ball as Kevin Gall put the ball into the centre, but referee Lee Probert angered the Westland Stand supporters who had a clear view of the incident by allowing play to go on. The ball was returned into the box, but Paul Terry spurned a wonderful chance to level the scores - sending the ball wide of the post from six yards out although to be fair to the midfielder, the ball came at him at a fair old pace.

Brentford's attacks at the other end of the field were now somewhat rare although they should have sealed the game on a breakaway as Yeovil pushed upwards. Jay Tabb's left wing run fed Lloyd Owusu in the box, but the former Slough striker contrived to shoot straight at Steve Collis when anywhere else would have done. Daniel Webb replaced Terry Skiverton as Thommo pressed the gamble button by playing three strikers up front, with Kevin Gall also frequently pushing forward. But the equaliser wouldn't come as visiting keeper Stuart Nelson kept his side's lead.

The game finished with Mr Probert well on top adding to his early yellow card collection with another flurry of bookings. Adam Lockwood was the first for running Alex Rhodes away from the ball by pushing him towards the touchline he was running down. Then Rhodes himself landed in the book for a wild swing of his boot that connected with Andy Lindegaard rather than the ball. Then Chris Cohen was carded for a foul on Jay Tabb. Given Mr Probert's attitude to the game it was a wonder that both sides ended the game with 11 men.

Yeovil's final chance to get something out of the game came through three minutes of injury time. Kevin Gall's cross into the box was flicked on by a Brentford defender perfectly to Arron Davies on the back post. Once again keeper Stuart Nelson managed to get his body in the way as Davies fired at the target and when the parried ball came back to him, the Welshman's second attempt was blocked by a defender.

A slight curate's egg of a performance thereby ended in disappointment. Like the game at Griffin Park, this one ebbed and flowed one way then the other, but the ultimate difference between the two sides was that Brentford made their period of pressure count, and it was that period at the start of the second period that was to be Yeovil's undoing. A definite knock-back for the Glovers after their fine win on Saturday, but Brentford are one of the best sides to visit Huish Park this season, and the Glovers certainly took them to the finish line.


Spotlight On : Terry Skiverton
Overall Performance:

Tackles won - 1 Tackles lost - 4
Headers won - 11 Headers lost - 7
Successful Passes - 9 Unsuccessful passes - 3
Fouls - 2
Goals scored - 1 Shots - 3

Tackle Success Rate: 20%
Header Success Rate: 61%
Pass Success Rate: 75%
Shot Success Rate: 33%

Tackle Won: 10th minute
Tackle Lost: 16th, 20th, 39th, 82nd
Header Won: 10th, 19th, 29th, 33rd, 44th, 48th, 49th, 65th, 67th, 72nd, 74th
Header Lost: 11th, 12th, 21st, 49th, 54th, 61st, 62nd
Successful Pass: 1st, 2nd, 14th, 19th, 19th, 45th, 45th, 65th, 79th
Intercepted Pass: 42nd, 78th
Over-hit Pass: 81st
Foul: 20th, 68th
Costly foul: None

Good positioning: 2nd, 7th
Caught out of position: 4th, 6th, 41st, 76th, 80th
Beaten successfully: None

Goal Scored: 25th
Shot on target: 25th
Shot blocked: 32nd
Shot off target: 45th

Key Moments:
Beaten to header in 11th minute lead to goal scored by Isaiah Rankin.
Shot on target in 25th minute was headed goal scored.
Substituted 84th minute.

Stats by Chris Medland

Full-time: Yeovil Town 1 - 2 Brentford
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