Captain Marvel inspires a home win
Three years ago this very weekend Yeovil Town played Doncaster and secured one of their most important victories of all time as they clinched promotion to the Football League with an emphatic win. This time around, and at an equally sunny Huish Park, the team, led by the outstanding Terry Skiverton, convincingly beat their Yorkshire counterparts again, this time by 3 goals to nil. Who knows, that three goal margin could be worth an extra point at the end of the season, and be just as important considering the "squeaky bum" tightness of League One!
Yeovil made a couple of changes to the starting line up that faced Bristol City last week. Steve Collis was forced to withdraw due to illness and Chris Weale was recalled to the starting line up following his recent injury. Kevin Amankwaah was also missing from the squad, presumably due to his ankle knock, but fortunately Skiverton was passed fit, recovering from his latest knee injury sustained against Tranmere, and the Londoner looked in no trouble whatsoever as he turned in one of the most impressive performances of his Huish Park career. From start to finish the central defender, playing in the heart of the back three, was immense, positively massive. In fact it was he, after a shaky opening period where Yeovil looked dishevelled, who settled the home crowd and the players with a thunderous strike on 8 minutes that calmed the nerves and paved the way for a display that had the home crowd singing like they havenít sung for quite some time at home - what a difference a goal makes!
After a short corner, where Yeovil contrived to lose possession, the ball quickly found its way back into the box where Skiverton was lurking. Bringing the ball down on his chest, he teed himself up a treat and took a huge huge swipe, the sort of swipe that a heavyweight boxer would relish, and the sort of jump that the winner of the grand national put in at the last fence, such was its beauty, and such was its determination, and with it Yeovilís luck changed as the rocket shot cannoned off the inside of the post, and flew across the goal line before finding the inside netting on the opposite side of the goal. Cue the celebrations and feel the relief - Huish Park had awoken!
The home side began to play with a bit more fluency than previous games, and a fine move down the centre of the pitch involving Davies, Harrold and Jones almost resulted in Chris Cohen, overshadowed for once by his skipper, opening his goalscoring account for the club. Although itís difficult to criticize the youngster, on this occasion heíll probably hold his hands up and say he should have done better with only the keeper to beat, shooting tamely, albeit on target, with the inside of his foot.
A few moments later it was Jevons, back in the starting line up at the expense of Rocastle, who shot narrowly over following a good inswinging cross from the dependable Scott Guyett. As the ball was cleared by a Doncaster head it fell to Jevons just outside the box and his first time shot was well struck. On 25 minutes Yeovil should have gone 2 ahead when that man Skiverton found himself in space in the box, from a corner taken by Cohen. The skipper got to it first, but probably surprised at the space he mistimed his touch and the ball ballooned over the crossbar, appearing to come off Skivoís knee.
Although Yeovil were in command, as recent performances have shown, it was vital to keep their noses in front. Luckily they did that just, as Sean Thorntonís terrific shot bounced off the bar after he received a cheeky but clever flick from Timlin; who later had a penalty appeal turned down following a pretty blatant dive, although in his defence, he did leave the pitch later after not recovering from an injury sustained in that clash.
Arron Davies was then sent sprawling on the edge of the opposite box. This time it was a foul and the Rovers captain Graeme Lee was booked for his misdemeanour. Unfortunately the Glovers couldnít capitalize, only putting themselves in danger. As the ball was cleared, Ross McCormack, on as an early sub, was given the freedom of the Yeovil half, and as he bore down on goal Chris Cohen once again produced an outstanding tackle as he burst back to defend. What a fantastic asset this boy would be next season! Let's hope we can keep hold of Phil Jevons too. As the first half drew to a close it was he who looked like extending the home side's lead again, but this time his self made chance from the edge of the box nestled amongst the 378 Donny fans - and the home supporters, buoyed by the performance, knew that one goal would not be enough to enjoy the second half, comfortably at least!