Season 2004-2005 : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town : Saturday 31st July 2004
Pre-Season Friendly : Torquay United 2 - 4 Yeovil Town
Sat 31st July 2004, 3pm kick-off.
Scorers: Adebayo Akinfenwa (19, 1-0), Bartosz Tarachulski (37, 1-1),
Bartosz Tarachulski (39, 1-2), Bartosz Tarachulski (55, 1-3), Tony Bedeau (69, 2-3), Adrian Caceres (84, 2-4)
Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
1 Chris Weale
14 Roy O'Brien, 4 Terry Skiverton (C), 5 Colin Pluck, 3 Michael Rose
20 Gavin Williams, 8 Lee Johnson, 6 Darren Way, 10 Adrian Caceres
9 Kevin Gall, 18 Bartosz Tarachulski
Subs: 13 Steve Collis, 2 Adam Lockwood (65, for Pluck), 11 Phil Jevons (59, for Tarachulski),
12 Simon Weatherstone (for Johnson), 15 Steve Reed (83, for Rose), 17 Scott Guyett (59, for Skiverton),
22 Kezie Ibe (76, for Gall), 23 Nicolas Mirza (59, for Way), 24 Yemi Odubade (67, for Williams)
Torquay United : (4-4-2)
1. Bertran Bossu
4. Lee Canoville, 18. Steve Woods, 5. Derek Taylor, 17. Brian McGlinchey
20. Martin Phillips, Russell, 14. Matt Hockley, 11. Kevin Hill
25. Adebayo Akinfenwa, 10. Jo Kuffour
Subs: 1. Arjan van Heusden, Gareth Owen, 3. Matt Villas,
19. Richard Bouton, 9. Martin Gritton, 7. Tony Bedeau, 8. Jason Fowler, Bruno Meirelles
Badger's View Of The Game
With the possible exceptions of Paul Terry and Phil Jevons, Glovers manager Gary Johnson appeared to select a
candidate first team as a dress rehearsal for next week's match at Bury as they came up against one of their
rivals for promotion from last season. Torquay finished the season seven points ahead of Yeovil last season, and
in an automatic promotion position, and with the Gulls having taken four points off Yeovil during that campaign,
it was going to be an interesting benchmark to see how close Yeovil were to the Devon side.
The first 25 minutes or so implied they were still a long way off the pace. Torquay started as the far superior
side, and the Glovers were failing to get their feet to the ball, with most of the play in the Yeovil half.
Martin Phillips exposed the Yeovil defence when he cut inside Michael Rose, flashing the ball across the face
of the box with just seven minutes gone. Ex-Doncaster striker Adebayo Akinfenwa tried his luck from long range
but planted the ball wide - an almost identical chance to that presented to Kevin Gall minutes earlier, when the
nippy striker had broken away on a 30 yard run, leaving ex-Hayes keeper Bossu stranded with his shot.
But it was no great surprise when the home side took the lead, with Adebayo AKINFENWA scoring an
excellent solo goal. He was allowed to cut in from the right wing, and without a challenge coming his way,
he shot from the edge of the area, and his curling shot bounced once just in front of Chris Weale and into the corner
of the net, giving the Yeovil keeper little chance of keeping it out. The same player went on to force a corner
out of Weale a minute later when he used his trickery to get through on the opposite flank.
Perhaps the turning point of the match came when Gavin Williams and Adrian Caceres swapped wings to revert to
their more orthodox positions. Yeovil started to carve out chances and Bartosz Tarachulski and Terry Skiverton
both were on the end of good crosses into the box, but both attempts went wide. Adrian Caceres forced Bossu into
his first real save when he blocked a run from the winger and a Torquay defender hacked the loose ball away.
The Glovers finally got themselves back into the game with a moment of simplicity. Michael Rose had his left-wing
run blocked illegally by a Torquay defender, and Lee Johnson's free-kick was floated in with Bartosz TARACHULSKI
planting a simple header past Bossu who kept up his usual reputation for not knowing how to deal with crosses.
Two minutes later, Yeovil had turned a one goal deficit into a one goal advantage. Adrian Caceres again exposed
the same flank that Michael Rose had undone earlier, and as he rode three Torquay tackles, including one final
reckless and wild attempt to win the ball for the home side, he got to the byline and delivered a low hard cross
that left Bossu stranded on his near post and allowed Bartosz TARACHULSKI to scoop the ball into an empty
net from just a yard out.
Torquay managed to get one attempt to claw the game back just before the break when little Jo Kuffour beat not
so little Colin Pluck, who lost control of the ball under his legs, allowing Kuffour to sneak round the back, but his
shot went wide of the post.
Half-time: Torquay United 1 - 2 Yeovil Town
Torquay made a triple halftime substitution with Tony Bedeau, Jason Fowler and former Glovers trialist
Bruno Meirelles coming onto the field of play. Kevin Gall got in the first strike of the half when Gavin Williams
put him through but his shot from the edge of the area was well saved by Bossu. At the other end, Wealey had to palm
away a dangerous back post cross from his own goal, with Colin Pluck obliging with a hefty whack out of defence
of the loose ball.
Ten minutes into the half it was 3-1 when Gavin Williams dispossed Meirelles and his long run saw a through-ball
come directly into the path of Bartosz TARACHULSKI who was as cool as a cucumber in converting his
hat-trick goal from just 12 yards out.
Gary Johnson chose that moment to save the big striker's legs as he made one of three substitutions on the
hour mark. With both sides making a succession of substitutions, the game became a little messy and incoherent with
neither team really getting to grips with the flow of the game. Eventually Yeovil came out the stronger with
Gavin Williams firing one just over the crossbar.
It was therefore a bit of a surprise when the home side pulled a goal back with their first real chance of the
half. Tony BEDEAU cut in from the right flank and hit a rising shot into the top corner in a move that
was rather reminiscient of Torquay's first goal.
If that goal was meant to rattle Yeovil, it didn't show. Kevin Gall showed superb understanding with Adrian
Caceres, when he laid off a gem of a ball on the right flank, taking out three Torquay midfielders with one
simple flick of the boot. Caceres played in Simon Weatherstone and Bossu was forced to parry the ball for a corner.
Caceres, who was inspirational for the whole 90 minutes, set up another excellent chance when he fed Phil Jevons
who whipped a 25 yard shot with Bossu again forcing a corner.
With six minutes left though, the Glovers restored their two goal advantage, and it was only fitting that
Adrian CARERES was able to cap his fine performance with a goal. Kezie Ibe raced down the right flank,
Simon Weatherstone received his pass with his back to the goal, and delivered a simple pass straight
into the path of Caceres who near dribbled the ball into the back of the net, with Bossu never having time
to react to the final nudge into the corner.
Torquay had two very late chances with Chris Weale saving at the feet of Martin Gritton and Bruno
Meirelles firing a long-ranger wide, but Yeovil were well on top with Stephen Reed skidding
a shot across the face of goal after a fine run, whilst Phil Jevons forced Bossu into a point blank save, even if
the match referee saw it as a goal kick.
This was an impressive Yeovil performance although Torquay look to be a shadow of the side they had last
season with David Graham having departed for Wigan Athletic over the summer. Whilst Torquay had that marksman
last season who was one of the major reasons for that seven point advantage over the Glovers, Yeovil now have
their own 'fox in the box' as Gary Johnson says, and it seems as though Bartosz Tarachulski is now starting
to find a groove in his new side. The season looks as though it is going to start at just the right time for
Full-time: Torquay United 2 - 4 Yeovil Town
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