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Season 2005-2006 : Oldham Athletic v Yeovil Town : Saturday 6th August 2005
Football League One : Oldham Athletic 2 - 0 Yeovil Town

Venue: Boundary Park
Sat 6th August 2005, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions:
Pitch:

Scorers: Chris Porter (24, 1-0), Paul Warne (26, 2-0)

Attendance: 6,979 (including 1,022 Glovers fans)

Referee: Uriah Rennie (S Yorks)
Assistants: Nigel Bannister (E Yorkshire) & Andy Garrat (W Midlands)
Fourth official: Paul Varley (W Yorkshire)

Bookings:
Yeovil: None
Oldham: None

Team Line-Ups

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
13. Steven Collis
12. Kevin Amankwaah 4. Terry Skiverton 16. Efetobore Sodje 11. Nathan Jones
18. David Poole 7. Paul Terry 8. Lee Johnson 6. Darren Way
25. Arron Davies 10. Phil Jevons

Subs: 1. Chris Weale 5. Colin Miles (84, for Terry) 9. Kevin Gall (64, for Poole) 14. Andy Lindegaard 21. Luke Oliver (62, for Davies)

Oldham Athletic :
13. Chris Day 2. Terrell Forbes 18. Guy Branston 20. Gareth Owen 19. Marc Tierney 16. Robert Scott 7. Richard Wellens 17. Richard Butcher 22. Andy Liddell 14. Paul Warne 21. Chris Porter

Subs: 1. Les Pogliacomi (GK) 6. Stefan Stam 10. Delroy Facey 4. Mark Bonner 11. Paul Edwards

Jeremy Gear's Match Report

After a pre-season that seemed to last forever, Yeovil eventually kicked off their league one campaign at Oldham’s Boundary Park, the highest league ground in England, and like last years opening fixture up north, the 1022 Glovers who made the long trip returned home empty handed as the Hoops suffered a 2-0 defeat in a rather disappointing game.

Pre-match optimism was high, Yeovil's attacking nature would surely be too good for a Oldham side that had been re-built this summer, Pablo Bastiani, Yeovil's record signing would lead the scoring charts at the end of the day, and the Glovers mean defence, with the addition of the experienced Nathan Jones, would remain un-breached as they keep a clean sheet and therefore, come 4.45pm we would lead the table on goal difference. Sadly though – cometh the hour, Yeovil, albeit alphabetically, propped up league one and that earlier optimism was quietly washed away.

With Pablo unable to play due to his work permit not arriving, Gary Johnson’s early plans were probably thrown somewhat. Collis, as most expected started in goal, and the defence was marshalled by Amankwaah on the right, Sodje and the dependable Skiverton in the middle, with new boy Nathan Jones filling the left back spot, which many thought would be claimed by Colin Miles, so impressive pre-season. In the midfield, another new boy David Poole took the right side of midfield, Lee Johnson and Paul Terry played in the centre, and Darren Way, who played on the left in the friendlies assumed the same role in this game. The attack was led by the prolific Phil Jevons, and he was partnered by Arron Davies.

For the first 20 minutes the game was evenly matched with little separating the two teams, as always Yeovil played the ball around neatly, and like the end of last season Amankwaah drove down the right and pinged in several low balls that never really caused any damage, although from one, Jevons’ first time shot from 18 yards whistled over the bar for Yeovil's first proper attempt on goal.

At the other end Mark Tierney drove wide from 18 yards, but his vicious shot rebounded off Skiverton and was goal bound until Collis comfortably saved down to his right. Collis was called into action soon after when the impressive Porter, Oldhams centre forward, hooked a right footed shot, but again Collis saved without any difficulty. A strong run and shot from Jevons went narrowly wide, just before Porter again showed some terrific control, with a hint of the hand as well, but Skiverton the Yeovil skipper averted the danger with a last ditch tackle and poked the ball out for a corner.

After the early sparring Oldham began to take control of the game and Yeovil almost looked a little bit in awe of the surroundings and their opponents, and it was the host’s who made the first breakthrough on 24 minutes when Yeovil’s defence failed to clear a bouncing ball in the box following a long throw. At the far post Wellens crossed and that man Chris PORTER headed home without any real challenge to give his side the lead. Worse was to follow two minutes later, and the goal that effectively killed off the game was a poor one to concede. Some terrific play down Oldhams left saw Wellens again provide a great cut back from the byline, he picked out Paul WARNE who made no mistake from 10 yards and drilled the ball past the helpless Collis. This was a sloppy goal to concede and both Johnson's senior and junior will be disappointed that the latter never got a last ditch tackle in on the byline to prevent the cross.

Yeovil needed an instant reply, they had their chance when Poole did well down the right and knocked a good cross to the far post but Darren Way could not find the power and headed straight into the hands of Day in the Latics goal. Right now Yeovil needed a spell of “cosmic” football we know they are capable of to get themselves back in the game, it never came. The last chance of the half again fell to Way following a searching cross from Davies, but his right foot shot flew over the bar and Yeovil trudged off at half time looking a little bit sorry for themselves.

Half-time: Oldham Athletic 2 - 0 Yeovil Town

The second half started brightly and Davies's flick almost caused some damage as the ball flew across the front of goal and away from the danger area. At the other end Sodje, with a terrific tackle clawed back posession and released Amankwaah, undoubtedly the Town's man of the match, who in turn fed Jevons and his well struck shot sailed agonisingly close, but just above the top of the Oldham goal.

Midway through the half Gary Johnson made his first substitutions when the huge Luke Oliver replaced Aaron Davies up front, and shortly afterwards Kevin Gall replaced David Poole, who rarely threatened down the right. Almost immediately Gall was in the thick of it, Terry who did little wrong all game fed the Welshman and his strong cross was cleared for a corner by an Oldham defender…oh how Yeovil needed a goal right now! From a corner, Sodje headed well over, and then Terry, Johnson and Oliver all linked well but nothing came from the intricate passing.

Toward the end, Oldham could have extended their comfortable lead when a snapshot from the edge of the six yard box fell into the grateful hands of Steve Collis. Not long after, like the chilly northern wind the whistle blew and the game was over.

Yeovil swiftly return to action on Tuesday night when they entertain relegated Rotherham, the team they conquered on the way to a glorious cup run last season…a good psychological advantage! Meanwhile Johnson has some thinking to do! He’ll say - and rightly so - judge us after six games. Up front he’ll be praying for Pablo’s work permit to arrive, but it’s the midfield that will give him the most food for thought. For all Darren Way's recognised effort and workrate, out on the left he’s a square peg in a round hole, central midfielder he is…left winger he ain’t! The thought of dropping Way will keep the manager awake at night, put the little man in goal and he’d play his heart out, but for the sake of the team…Johnson needs to find a balance. Don’t be surprised to find Miles at left back come Tuesday, with Jones pushing forward into the left hand side of midfield. You’re then left with the scenario, if of course he sticks to 4-4-2, of dropping one from three, to fill the middle of the park…Johnson, Terry or Way…?? There’s a bookie in the main stand now [but only if you're a corporate customer - Ciderspace ed.] …who’s your money on?

Jeremy Gear

MOTM Vote Result:

Player MOTM Score
Kevin Amankwaah 17 824
Efe Sodje 6 600
Paul Terry 1 120
Phil Jevons 1 48
Nathan Jones - 48

Overall match rating: 5.3 / 10
Performance: 5
Entertainment: 5.6

25 votes received.

Any comments/questions please email yeo.motm@ntlworld.com

Full-time: Oldham Athletic 2 - 0 Yeovil Town
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