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Tues 4th September 2001, 7.45pm kick-off.
Nationwide Conference :
Yeovil Town 1 - 3 Woking
Line up : (3-5-2)
Barrington Belgrave (46 mins for Ramsay), Roy O'Brien (46 mins for Skiverton), Chris Giles (71 mins for Turner).
1. Tony Tucker, 2. David Piper, 3. Robert Hollingdale, 4. Steve West (Capt.), 5. Paul Steele, 6. Junior Kadi, 7. Dean Chandler, 8. Barry Moore, 9. Scott Steele, 10. Charlie Griffin, 11. Scott Huckerby.
Warren Haughton (78 mins for Huckerby), Stuart Reeks (78 mins for S. Steele).
Scorers: Scott Huckerby (32 mins, 0-1), Charlie Griffin (33 mins, 0-2), Carl ALFORD (45 mins, 1-2), Junior Kadi (84 mins, 1-3)
This report courtesy of Fe7:
Following a run of three straight wins tonight's contest against Woking was
well within Yeovil's reach. Surely, against a team that has only notched up
one win so far this season, a Yeovil victory should be a formality.
Back to the game.
Yeovil named its familiar starting line-up. Woking line-up was also familiar:
David Piper, Paul Steele and Dean Chandler, and of course Colin Lippiatt in
A minutes silence was observed [in memory of Stan Harland] and the game began, despite vocal support from
the Westland Terrace, in an equally subdued atmosphere.
The referee was first into action after two minutes, imposing his control on
the game by booking Woking's Robert Hollingdale for a late challenge on
Yeovil created the first strike, a shot from Crittenden, which Woking's
keeper, Anthony Tucker, pushed away for a corner. The first real opportunity
fell to Yeovil on seven minutes: an excellent through ball by Alford, but
Ramsay, beating Tucker, but failing to hit the target.
Yeovil continued to have the best of the following minutes: good work by
MacIndoe down the right, Skiverton heading his cross just past the post; good
work by MacIndoe and Alford put Ramsay through, but again the Yeovil striker
failed to hit the target.
Woking broke occasionally and eventually won their first corner after 16
minutes, this failed to cause any concern. As Woking were unable to create
any problems, Yeovil managed to create one or two problems for themselves: a
poor defensive clearance ending with a good save from Sheffield.
Despite Yeovil's upper hand the game maintained a subdued atmosphere. Yeovil
played as if tired from Saturday's television appearance, or for some reason
stuck in an "exhibition" style of play: supreme control but little passion or
A long free kick by Tucker on 32 minutes was flicked on to Scott Huckerby,
who, back to the Yeovil goal, cleverly flicked the ball with his right foot
so that it arched over the stranded Sheffield. A minute later, while
Skiverton and Yeovil pressed forward in the Woking box, a quick break left
Charlie Griffin clear inside the Yeovil half, bearing down on goal he stayed
calm to coolly slot the ball past Sheffield. As quickly as that it was Yeovil
0 Woking 2.
Yeovil stuck to the same game plan, after all, they had been in control
before the two goals. Again Yeovil managed to create problems for themselves:
a Tonkin back-pass putting unnecessary pressure on Sheffield as he tangled
While Yeovil's approach work often lacked a cutting edge, they did manage to put
together one of the sweetest moves of the game on 44 minutes. Sweeping
inter-play found Way on the right, his curling cross was met by Carl Alford
at the near post whose header powered the ball past Tucker. Yeovil 1 Woking
2, just what Yeovil needed before half time, surely they could turn things
round in the second half.
Half Time: Yeovil 1 Woking 2.
Surprisingly, O'Brien and Belgrave replaced Skiverton and Ramsay at the start
of the second half. And, surprisingly, Woking started the brighter of the two
teams, forcing two corners in the opening minutes.
Yeovil settled down and started pushing forward. However, a more confident
Woking now put together their own moves and the game swung from one end to
Yeovil came close on 53 minutes when Crittenden's dipping cross was met by
Alford's chest, the ball bobbled up but bounced off the bar out to touch
instead of dropping into the goal. Belgrave's shot, minutes later, was easily
saved by Tucker. Later a good lay-back by Belgrave to Crittenden resulted
with his shot flashing over the cross-bar. Minutes later Alford, beyond the
far post, was on the end of MacIndoe's curling cross, but his header failed
to hit the target and drifted limply across the face of the goal and out for
a goal kick.
Yeovil were again in control of the game, and it seemed as if their pressure
should produce an equaliser. However, Woking were content to soak up Yeovil's
pressure, their own advances relegated to long balls from defence. Although
Yeovil corners followed in quick succession, and the Yeovil mid-field
maintained possession, to be honest there were few, if any significant
In order to add further urgency, Gary Johnson introduced Chris Giles for Andy
Turner on 70 minutes, and Yeovil switched to a 3-4-3 formation. While Giles
posed a different problem for the Woking defence playing in a front three
often relegated him to the role of a left-winger and Giles was unable to
fulfil his super-sub potential.
A number of Yeovil efforts either flew over the Woking bar, or past the
Woking posts, Yeovil were time after time failing to hit the target. The
Woking defence defended deeply, and effectively.
Just when it appeared as though White, O'Brien and Sheffield, were in
complete control at the back, a quick counter attack on 84 minutes left
Woking's Junior Kadi with plenty of time to slip the ball under the advancing
Sheffield to make it Yeovil 1 Woking 3.
The game was all but over. The remaining Yeovil crowd hung on for the final
minutes to pointlessly tick away.
Final Score: Yeovil 1 Woking 3.
Despite much expectation, Yeovil failed to deliver. Despite significant
periods of control, a well-organised and competent defence easily subdued
them where it mattered, in the box. Pretty movement in midfield is of no
consequence if the final ball is poor, or ill conceived. Despite many
chances, the quality was poor, all too often the Yeovil strikers failed to
hit the target. It really is difficult to remember when Tucker was required
to make a save. If you don't hit the target, you will not score. And if you
fail to defend effectively for ninety minutes you will lose.
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