The hot and dry weather saw the sprinklers used during the interval. The second half started with two changes - Chris Holland on for David Noble in the Boston team, and a replacement corner flag for the repaired one.
In the first minute of the second half Yeovil earned another corner, but again failed to capitalise. Skiverton and Fontaine continued to impress at the back, with both Rose and Lindegaard pushing forward at every opportunity. The deadlock was broken in the fourth minute of the second period when Lindegaard played a ball forward from the right flank midway in his own half. A Boston defender seemed to misjudge the flight of the ball, which beat him and fell into the path of Phil JEVONS who took the ball into the area and calmed slotted it to the right of Abbey in the Boston goal. 1 - 0.
A couple of minutes later Jevons flicked the ball up, Tarachulski chested down, and Jevons volleyed wide to the left of goal. A Boston shot from outside the area soared over the Yeovil goal, but didn’t miss by too much emphasising the need for Yeovil to score a second to make the game safe.
The hard working Adrian Caceres “stole” the ball from a Boston forward and ran on, beating substitute Chris Holland before crossing to Phil Jevons. His first touch let Jevons down, and the ball ran away from him slightly allowing Boston to clear. Gall crossed from the right to Tarachulski, and he tucked inside his man before firing a left footed shot which Abbey got behind diving low.
Ten minutes into the second half another long ball from the excellent Lindegaard found Jevons, who was pushed over near the right touchline for a free kick, which resulted in another corner. The Boston defence headed the ball out to Phil Jevons, and his left footed shot was narrowly wide. To bring the home side back to earth a long ball through to Martin Carruthers saw him shoot just wide for Boston. Yeovil attacked again, and an excellent pass from Darren way found Bartosz Tarachulski, who played the ball across to Kevin Gall on the right, and he shot just wide of the Boston goal.
With just over half an hour remaining Steve Evans made a double substitution with Lee Thompson and Courtney Pitt replacing Steve Melton and the delightfully named Gareth Jellyman (there has to be a joke about Gareth from “The Office” and staplers set in jelly, but I think I’ll pass!). The first action they saw was another fine defensive header from Terry Skiverton.
Adrian Caceres showed some nice touches, chipping the ball into the area for Phil Jevons to turn and shoot wide of the goal, and in fairness Jevons did probably not realise how much time he actually had or he would have no doubt taken time to choose his spot more carefully.
With 25 minutes remaining a lovely move from Gall to Tarachulski and back to Gall won yet another corner for the home side - the tenth by my reckoning. Inevitably, such pressure would eventually tell and the floated corner from Lee Johnson was met superbly by Bartosz TARACHULSKI who capped his fine performance by heading the ball firmly past the helpless goal keeper. 2 - 0.
Yeovil continued to press, and Jevons was hauled down on the left flank after a fine pass by Fontaine. Kevin Gall won the ball from replacement Courtney Pitt and found Adrian Caceres, who was hacked down by Mark Greaves, earning a caution for the Boston defender.
A Yeovil free kick to the right of the penalty area was taken by Lee Johnson, and cleared for a throw in near the corner flag. The ball was worked across to Michael Rose on the left who ran in and shot high from outside the area.
Four minutes after his booking for the foul on Caceres, Mark Greaves brought down Lee Johnson. The Yeovil man stood up to Greaves, who shoved him, and Greaves was given his marching orders while the Yeovil midfielder had his name taken for his part in the incident.
In an increasingly hostile atmosphere, and with Mr Armstrong always struggling to maintain control, it was concerning when he called Darren Way across for a word while waiting for the free kick to be taken. With Way having been booked in the first half, there was speculation in the crowd that Gary Johnson may replace him - probably with Simon Weatherstone - to avoid any further risk of punishment. This did not happen, and his continuing presence was almost rewarded when he crossed the ball low and Phil Jevons failed to connect with it by the proverbial “cigarette paper”.
With just over ten minutes left a good ball by Courtney Pitt found Jason Lee on the right, and his cross was headed out by Andy Lindegaard. Liam Fontaine came out and won the ball back from a Boston player, and threaded the ball through to Bartosz Tarachulski who had a clear run at goal, but he hesitated in the area and the Boston defence cleared for another corner when a third goal looked almost inevitable. The defence cleared the ball for a 12th corner, which Tarachulski met but headed wide.
In the first Yeovil substitution Simon Weatherstone came on for Adrian Caceres. Darren Way made a good run before being fouled just outside the Boston penalty box to the left. The referee spoke to the culprit, but produced no card. Lee Johnson slid the ball across for a Weatherstone shot, which was deflected for a corner. This resulted in another Weatherstone shot, which sailed high over the Westland Stand roof.
In the 84th minute Kezie Ibe made his competitive debut for the Glovers, replacing Phil Jevons. Inside the last five minutes a long ball from Boston fell for Carruthers, but as he outpaced the Yeovil defence Chris Weale - previously untroubled all afternoon - beat him with his feet just outside the area with an excellent challenge, and cleared the ball to safety.
The team performance seemed more consistent with expectations of the “Yeovil spirit” than the games against Bury and Darlington. This was epitomised in the 87th minute when a Boston player well into the Yeovil half had his attempted cross blocked for a throw in by none other than Bartosz Tarachulski! Two minutes later Lee Johnson tracked back hassling a Boston forward deep into the Yeovil half, preventing him from making a telling pass, and eventually winning the ball from him.
A last minute attack saw Gall receive the ball on the right flank, and run across and fire a shot which was blocked. In the two minutes of stoppage time a Yeovil free kick from the right was headed “in” by Simon Weatherstone, only to be cleared off of the line by a defender. A time wasting substitution saw Paul Terry replace Kevin Gall, and Terry crossed from a short corner from Lee Johnson in just about the last constructive action of the game.
Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Boston United 0
An excellent performance from the Glovers, and the first win of the campaign. I cannot recall a corner or shot on target for Boston in the whole match, and by my calculations the 2-0 win this afternoon saw Yeovil “winning” about 14-0 on corners and about 11-0 on efforts on target - all in all a pretty comprehensive victory.
My choice for man of the match was Terry Skiverton, very narrowly beating the excellent Andy Lindegaard. Having said that, the team performance as a whole was superb, and Liam Fontaine looked very good indeed.
Good luck to Gazza at Boston. I think he may need it!
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 8.2 / 10
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