Attacking the Westland Stand end, it always seemed likely that the Glovers would go out on the offensive. Oldham Athletic were winning at Brighton which meant matters were heading to the final day of the season with Yeovil's fate still undecided. They weren't being helped by a double-substitution made by Sean O'Driscoll with Doncaster becoming even more defensive, adoptiong a 4-5-1 formation and trying to crowd Yeovil out in midfield.
Lee Morris decided the only way to get through the packed line of nine outfield players was to dribble his way through rather than pass, and five minutes into the half he weaved his way through the Doncaster back-line, even getting as far as away keeper Jan Budtz, but his final weave had taken him a little too wide, and Budtz was able to block his near post attempt out for a corner.
The Glovers took a while to get going in the opening period and it was Doncaster who initially looked the stronger, with Mark Wilson producing the best out of Steve Mildenhall as he was forced to single-handedly palm the looping ball over his own crossbar in emphatic fashion.
But gradually Yeovil began to get back on top and Gareth Roberts became the game's only booking when he cynically tripped Marcus Stewart after the striker had been put away into clear space - Roberts didn't even attempt to go for the ball, taking his man out whilst the ball was 5 yards away at the point where he knew he'd lost his marker. For some reason Roberts appeared to think the decision was harsh! From the free kick, Chris Cohen fired narrowly wide of the target, with keeper Jan Budtz left scrambling to try and recover the ground. Had it been a foot inside the post then it didn't look like Budtz would have got there in time.
With eighteen minutes left though, the growing territorial advantage finally reaped its reward. Donny had scrambled away one of several balls into the box and it almost looked as though the visitors were going to break out of defence. However, with the ball loose, in slid Terrell Forbes, who had a masterclass in the art of "mopping up" all afternoon, and Terrell's sliding tackle suddenly turned into a pinpoint 30 yard pass straight into the path of Wayne GRAY.
Showing superb instincts, the pacey striker needed just a single touch to help the ball on and lift it over the advancing Budtz and into the back of the net and to produce the biggest roar Huish Park has had during 2007. Unsurprisingly, the goalscorer was swamped by his team-mates who executed a "playground bundle" to such great effect that you wondered if anyone would come out from the bottom with their limbs in the right places! Right at the bottom, Gray emerged with a huge grin on his face matching the 6,000 Glovers fans who were now starting to believe that the League One playoffs were a reality.
There was of course the minor matter of the remaining 18 minutes to play out - plus an eventual five minutes of injury time to handle. But they did so without too many fluttering hearts, at one point keeping the ball for around three or four minutes as the Glovers fans cheered every pass as it went from player to player. Time seemed to pass in slow motion, but there was little that Doncaster could come up with that could spoil the party. A totally professional performance, a deserved win, and for the first time this season the Glovers can allow themselves 90 minutes worth of relaxation and the freedom to play their game without pressure. Congratulations to Russell Slade and the players - if you spend nearly the whole season in the top six then it is because you deserve to be there and the playoffs is exactly what they deserve.