The Yeovil roller-coaster steamed on with this convincing 3-0 demolition of
Carlisle United. A man-of-the-match performance by two-goal Glover Kevin Gall
was the difference between Yeovil and their physical opponents.
But it was Mr Thorpe, today's referee, who was the first in action; Pluck was
booked for a clumsy challenge in the first minute; Carlisle's Kelly followed
a minute later.
The first footballing action after four minutes lead to the opening goal. It
fell to the currently unstoppable Kevin GALL. O'Brien latched onto a clearance
from Johnson's right-wing corner and fired his shot low towards the Carlisle
goal. It was goal-bound but Gall managed to block his team-mates shot, and, as
the ball spun beneath his feet, was able to flick the ball into the back of
the net. Yeovil 1 Carlisle 0. The green and white party rolled on.
The game was punctuated by errors from both sides; Lee Johnson giving the
ball away on the edge of his box after ten minutes. But Carlisle failed to take
advantage as McGill sent a teasing cross across the Yeovil goal.
Johnson made amends in midfield on seventeen minutes, feeding gall on the
edge of the Carlisle box. Kevin GALL, supremely confident, turned and volleyed inside
the right-hand post with keeper Glennon well beaten. Yeovil 2 Carlisle 0.
Gall should have completed his hat-trick a minute later when he broke past a
ragged Carlisle defence. But, this time, Glennon came out on top, and managed
to tip Gall's shot away. Glennon rode his luck minutes later when Johnson's
shot was deflected. The Carlisle keeper managed to get his legs in the way to
prevent the shot flying into his net.
Mr Thorpe was again busy with his book as Yeovil's Williams and Carlisle's
substitute Rundle battled each other in different ends of the park. Carlisle's
Kelly looked to be heading for an early bath when he clattered into Gall as he
played a one-two with Jackson and appeared to be clear through. Mr Thorpe
appeared reluctant to show Kelly his second card of the afternoon, or maybe he had
simply lost his red card.
Gosling was the next culprit to give the ball away, Carlisle winning a corner
from which Kelly's header crashed onto the Yeovil bar. That spurred Yeovil on
and Gall should have again completed his hat-trick, but failed to beat
Glennon when one-on-one. Yeovil's passing and work-rate at this time was supreme,
but could not beat Glennon when one-on-one, this time Gosling being the culprit.
Roddy Collins, the Carlisle manager, made his second substitution before half
time and for the few remaining minutes Carlisle enjoyed more of the game. But
rarely was Weale's goal threatened.